• Ephemera,  Myth

    If I was a rare book collector

    Abebooks has posted a list of the 10 most expensive books it sold in 2010. Some highlights: 1. Arabic Manuscript of Al Wajaza Fi Sihhat Il Qawl Bi l Ijaza – $45,000 This is an important work on Hadith methodology (narrations concerning the words and deeds of the Islamic prophet Muhammad) that was originally written in the 10th century AD. This copy was published in the 12th-13th century A.D. and contained an ownership mark on the title page from a well known scholar called Ibrahim B. Sulleymanb Muhammad B. Abd Ul Aziz Al Hanafi Al Jinini, who bought it while living in Damascus in 1659 A.D. 6. Ottoman Atlas – $19,500 Published…

  • Myth

    Lois Long’s father and the Nature Fakers

    Lois Long’s father, William Long, was prominent in the “Nature faker” controversy, one of the most fantastic controversies America’s literary world has gone through. Around the turn of the 20th century naturalist literature saw a boom in popularity, and among the beneficiaries were colorful writers without considerable scientific experience. Among these were writers like Jack London and Ruyard Kipling, who told fictional stories with anthropomorphic animals, but also among these were writers who claimed to tell non-fiction stories with… anthropomorphic animals. A positive review of William Long’s book in the Atlantic, spurred the controversy. Long originated some animal stories which are now popular features in cartoons – Porcupines rolling down…