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Iconic cathedral slashes budget, staff; may pare its precious rare books collection

By Joachim Koch. Jun 12, 2010. 2:29 PM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting

WASHINGTON - Over the past two years, economic hard times have loomed as large at Washington National Cathedral as the Gothic spires that grace the city's skyline.  The Rev. John Runkle, conservator of Washington National Cathedral, leafs through a rare Dutch Bible. Runkle is being let go at the end of June, a casualty of the cathedral’s third round of staff cuts to help balance the budget.


Craft Shop Family Buys Up Ancient Bibles for Museum

By Joachim Koch. Jun 12, 2010. 4:36 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting, History, Book News

At least one example of the printed word is in great demand even in the digital age: ancient Bibles.


Cambridge University Library to publish rare books on internet

By Joachim Koch. Jun 5, 2010. 12:36 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, History

Thousands of rare books and manuscripts at Camrbidge University Library – including handwritten notes by Sir Isaac Newton – are to be made available on line thanks to a £1.5m donation.


Collection of rare books to be taken into State care

By Joachim Koch. Jun 1, 2010. 1:00 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book News

A collection of rare books, described by experts as the most important of its kind in Ireland outside Dublin is being taken into State care by the Office of Public Works.


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