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One-Man Play Celebrates Poet Harold Pinter

By Kristin Masters. Aug 24, 2011. 2:24 AM.

Topics: Poetry, Book Collecting, Drama

Julian Sands’ one-man show recently closed in Edinburgh, and in September it will head on national tour. Directed by none other than John Malkovich, the play’s subject may surprise you: poet and playwright Harold Pinter.


Association Copies Earn Well-Deserved Attention

By Kristin Masters. Aug 17, 2011. 2:26 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Rare Books, Book Collecting

Last week Frida Kahlo’s copy of Edgar Allan Poe sold at auction for $24,000. Why was the rather tattered copy so valuable? Kahlo filled the book with artistic marginalia. The price of this book reflects the value of association copies, that is, books that are affiliated with a famous person or someone close to the author.


Book Binding: A Lesson from the Fifteenth Century

By Kristin Masters. Aug 10, 2011. 2:39 AM.

Topics: Book Making, Book Care

By Bruce Levy

During my tenure at the Harry Ransom Humanities Center (HRHC), I encountered countless texts from all over the world. Despite the variety of printed texts, most books are built with relatively standard techniques.


Our New Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection

We’ve recently been lucky enough to acquire a beautiful collection of Edgar Rice Burroughs books. Best known for his Tarzan novels, Burroughs was one of the most prolific authors of the early 20th century. His sci-fi and fantasy novels inspired a generation of writers, artists, producers, and even scientists.


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