Monday, September 1, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
This summer the long arm has extended its reach to West Street - not a reference to the BPD's orchestration of the Celtics' victory parade or even our neighbors across the street at the Massachusetts Bar Association, but the arrival of an interesting group of new additions to the Law sections on the shop's 2nd and 3rd floors. Included are numerous scholarly analyses of courts and torts from the usual suspects at Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, and Yale, but also contributions from centers of legal - and NCAA - excellence like Stanford, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the Univ. of Michigan (Go Blue!). Also among the arrivals are studies of the history and development of laws and legal systems, with titles covering Roman, English, American, and even Massachusetts legal history.
One gem from the selection on display in the Rare Book Room is a three volume, leather-bound set of the spirited late 19th Century periodical, The Green Bag: A Useless but Entertaining Magazine for Lawyers (Boston, 1889-1891. $250, 3v). Filled with biographical features and articles on cases and decisions of the day, the magazine includes pieces treating subjects ranging from "Women Lawyers in the U.S." to the less socially substantial "Foot-ball in Law." Accompanying the text are scores of black and white portraits capturing contemporary legal personages at their most deliberative and distinguished, offering a fashionable panoply of 19th Century American lapels, neckties, and facial hair. Come on by for a closer look!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
In honor of the EURO 2008 soccer tournament being contested this month – and the timely arrival of a large new collection of books – June at the Brattle will feature a host of New Arrivals in the subjects of Linguistics and Foreign Languages. So while native speakers of various Romance, Germanic, Turkic, and Slavic languages arrive in Switzerland/Austria for the matches, stop in to browse an array of foreign language guides, readers, dictionaries (general as well as technical), and literature now available and continuing to appear around the shop. The more studious among us will be pleased with the myriad studies of all things linguistic, with MIT leading the parade of scholarly presses. Among the titles featured in the
So stop by this week to say "Ciao" - although if you want to offer congratulations to the new European Champions I’d suggest practicing a few phrases of Dutch, as the Brattle Staff consensus (of one) agrees they are the side to beat.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
There's no better time than the home stretch of summer's slow approach - bringing with it, one hopes, some consistently accommodating weather - to check in on the bibliophile's open-air retreat amid Downtown Crossing's retail sprawl: the Brattle's sale lot. We know, of course, that it's not a background of sunny (or warm, or calm, or even dry) weather that matters in the lot. It's the books. And right now there is a dizzying mix of books on all imaginable subjects priced at $5, $3, and $1. The newest arrivals include recently published Business, Management, and Economics titles (published by Wiley, Harvard Business School, and the Productivity Press of Portland, OR, to name a few) and a diverse group of unusual antiquarian books covering subjects like Travel, Exploration, and History. Here's an example:
I will tell you that it's a quaint piece of 1850s Southern Americana marked with a yellow $5 sticker, but that's all the help you get. As regulars know and first-time browsers are bound to discover, the fun is in the search.
And remember, groups of new arrivals in the outside lot invariably mean new arrivals of "better" titles on the same subjects inside the shop.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Among the New Arrivals to our Rare Book Room are two pieces of
Baseball was well into its organized professional (if not entirely modern) stage in 1888 when Ernest L. Thayer wrote his final San Francisco Examiner column, a playful piece of narrative verse depicting the spectacular failure of a hometown baseball hero. Since its publication Casey at the Bat has managed to survive in popular memory, and even those with little interest in the game it celebrates can recognize it most famous lines. Few poems, however, can long endure in our consciousness as poems alone, and over the years others have helped maintain the crucial sizzle of Thayer's steak. Perhaps its most famous exponent was the vaudevillian William De Wolfe Hopper who - during stage performances, curtain calls, and, one must imagine, before every meal - is alleged to have recited Casey over 10,000 times! But the poem also survived in various printed forms, with an excellent copy of the first book edition (Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1912) featuring the text enhanced by Dan Sayre Groesbeck's color illustrations now available in the shop, priced $3,750. The book is a splendid, collectible version of the poem that has remained, as its original subtitle claims, A Ballad of the Republic.
Follow this link http://www.baseball-almanac.com/poetry/po_case.shtml for more information on the history of Casey at the Bat, including an audio recording of a Hopper performance.