Don Ralston: yet another Witton coincidence
(Sydney member Don Ralston has emailed the Editor the following little item.)
Re Siegfried Scholem mentioned in your ‘Three Postscripts to “The Little Island Books of Leipzig…” ’ article in Biblionews 355/56 for September/December, 2007, pp.175f.: I have discovered that Doctor Steven Scholem in practice at North Ryde is Siegfried’s great grandson. After Siegfried’s death in the 1930s, Dr Scholem’s grandfather and father went to South Africa and Dr Scholem came to Australia with his parents in 1954
when he was 7 years old. Furthermore, Dr Scholem knows Mr Witton and they in fact attend the same Synagogue. The old cliche ‘it’s a small world’ would appear to have some relevance here.
(Postscript: Sadly, after this item was received, Mr Emil Witton passed away on 23 June 2008 following an operation resulting from a fall. An interview I had with him some months ago about his work as a printer will be published in Biblionews later this year. Ed.)
Jürgen Wegner on the 75th anniversary of the Berlin book burning
(Adapted from: Jürgen Wegner, Brandywine Archive, Sydney, 27 May 2008)
2008 is the 75th anniversary of the burning in Berlin by the Nazis on 10 May 1933 of books not to their taste. For those interested in this important event in modern book history check out the following video:
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/2638100/7743875. You’ve no doubt seen the famous still before but this is the live newsreel footage!
In Germany there have of course been countless commemorative events from exhibitions to a special fund established to buy a huge special collection of books by persecuted authors. The major German publishing house of Olms has also initiated a series of reprints called the Library of burnt books [http://www.olms.de/ ] of which the first 10 were released on 10 May 2008.
A number of major sponsors have donated sufficient money for 4100 sets
of these books to be placed in German schools.
There’s actually an interesting memorial to this event in the square just outside Berlin Uni where it took place. Not very well publicized and a bit hard to find… because it’s actually only a large plate glass set into the surface of the square. As you peer down—most just walk by as there’s no sign or other visible object nearby—you see a huge sunken white room with all walls covered with empty white bookshelves.
On a related subject the following is a Bibliography about the destruction
of books: http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byform/mailing-lists/exlibris/2002/
Some requests from Charles Stitz
1. Biblionews back issues wanted.
Charles Stitz, of 3/444 Dean Street, Albury, NSW 2640 (phone: 02 6021 3230, email: firstname.lastname@example.org) is chasing the following back issues of Biblionews to complete his set by purchase or swap:
All issues prior to No. 259 (September 1983) except Nos. 228 & 244 and the 1982 Index (which he has), then the following numbers: 260, 261, 263, 264, 266, 268, 269, 272, 273, 275, 276, 277, 280, 282, 285 to 290 inclusive, 292, 296, 303 & 306.
He has the following spares to swap or sell: 305, 332, 335, 336,
337, 339, 340, 343&344, 347.
2. James Edge-Partington material sought.
Charles Stitz would like to hear from any member/reader who has (and is prepared to make available by way of sale or loan) a copy of Random Rot published privately by James Edge-Partington in about 1898(?), or any biography of Edge-Partington. The material is required for the purpose of a biographical article on Edge-Partington.
3. W Baldwin Spencer ID mark.
Charles would lso like to obtain a photocopy of the identification mark used by Sir W Baldwin Spencer in his books, said to be the small, neatly pencilled letters “W.B.S.”, sometimes also circled.
Spotlight on a rare treasure
(From Jürgen Wegner)
Writer David Malouf and actor Amanda Muggleton will bring to life the Canadian Government’s gift to the National Library of Australia of a treasure—the earliest surviving document printed in Australia—at a special event on Wednesday 25 June. The 1796 playbill, advertising a performance at the Theatre, Sydney, was printed by convict George Hughes, operator of Australia’s first printing press, which came out on the First Fleet. Amanda Muggleton will perform a piece from the advertised play, Jane Shore, David Malouf will discuss colonial life and Australian National University’s Dr Gillian Russell talks about early Australian theatre.
A website for the BCSA?
There has been general discussion for some time now about the possibility of the Book Collectors’ Society of Australia having its own website. At the meeting in Sydney on 7th June the matter was subjected to more serious discussion thanks to an offer made by member Elizabeth Fletcher, widow of our former President and Editor of Publications John Fletcher. The following is an extract from the minutes recorded for that meeting by our Hon. Secretary, Mark Ferson.
Elizabeth Fletcher spoke on the development of a Society website. The website will require a domain name and to be hosted on a computer server, which would require set-up and ongoing payments. The possible costs vary and Elizabeth will obtain some figures for them. Her son Tom Fletcher was very involved with websites and could provide advice and technical assistance. She offered to design and maintain the website at no charge with material provided to her. In relation to the design, Elizabeth suggested that the front cover of Biblionews would be a very suitable model for the
design of the website, including the pale blue colour. The Secretary suggested an appropriate web address might be www.bookcollectors.org.au but there are many possibilities. All suggestions were received with enthusiasm by those members present at the meeting. It was proposed that a working party be established, comprising Elizabeth Fletcher, Tom Fletcher, Brian Taylor, Richard Blair, Chris Nicholls and Mark Ferson, to further the discussion and development of the website. Elizabeth was thanked for her contribution.
Uralla Book Fair 2008
BCSA member Ross Burnet draws attention to the fact that the 6th Uralla Book Fair will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September 2008 in the Memorial Hall, Salisbury Street, Uralla. Opening times are Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Uralla is in northern New South Wales and can be reached on the Armidale line by XPT train from Sydney.
For further information contact Ross Burnet by telephone on:
(02) 6778 4682 or (02) 6778 4683, or look up http://www.urallabookfestival.com.au on the internet.
Submission of Illustrations/Graphics with Articles
Illustrations and photographs submitted with articles for publication in Biblionews are welcome as these can be beneficial but unfortunately, some are unable to be printed because of the lack of technical quality. Many graphics received are sent as emails as low resolution JPG or JPEG files but such cannot be used for printing. The ideal solution would be to submit the original illustrations for expert scanning and have them returned afterwards but it is recognised that some misgivings by owners may arise.
It is most necessary that high resolutions, which can still be transmitted by
email, be used and the following hints are offered.
1. Set your scanner to Professional Mode and select 400dpi (dots per inch). 600dpi would be better but the file sizes do increase markedly. Anything less than 300dpi is unacceptable.
2. Set the final width size to between 150 and 200mm. If the width of the original is less than this, set the percentage enlargement size to give the increased width.
3. Select ‘unsharp mask’ to enhance sharpness of the image.
4. If the graphic or photograph is in BW (black and white), select ‘greyscale’; this will considerably reduce the file size.
5. If the graphic or photograph is in colour, select ‘colour positive’ if the illustration is in the form of a film positive or ‘colour negative’ if in the form of a slide or film negative. This will result in a higher file size but the use of colour can be beneficial to an article.
6. If the graphic or photograph is a published newspaper item or a digital photo print, select ‘descreen’, otherwise severe interference patterns known as ‘moroning’ will result.
7. If scanning from a slide or film negative, select ‘dust removal’ because slides are notorious for dust accumulation due to static electric charge. Most scanners have a facility for the scanning of slides and film negatives or film positives.
8. Scan the graphic or photograph and save as a TIFF (tagged image file format) file. Do not save as a JPEG file.
The resultant TIFF scanned images should be in a greyscale, RGB (red, green, blue) or CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black)—as the case may be—and be in TIFF format and, if less than 5MB (megabyte), can be sent as an email attachment. Should there be two or more such sized scans, it is preferable to send each scan as a separate email to accompany the article. If emailing is considered impracticable, articles together with accompanying scanned images should be sent on a CD or DVD to the editor through the post. Unless otherwise instructed by the author, the editor will return the CD or DVD by post with the author’s copies of the issue of Biblionews in which the illustrated article is published. Treatment of graphics for publication will be undertaken by the editor.
Please remember, the higher the scanned resolution the better.
John R Newland