Manuscripts

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Books

Has Yale’s mysterious Voynich Manuscript finally been deciphered?

A German Egyptologist believes he has cracked the code to the enigmatic 15th century illustrated book—but many others have made the same claim in the past and failed

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Acquisitions

New York's Morgan Library receives ‘transformational’ trove of manuscripts and bindings

Bequest comes from New York collector Jayne Wrightsman, who amassed an 18th-century library to complement her celebrated French furnishings

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Books

Caucasian collecting: the Bodleian Library’s Georgian papers, books and medieval manuscripts

The collection amassed by Sir Oliver and Marjory Wardrop

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Crime

Police arrest man after attempted theft of Magna Carta at Salisbury Cathedral

Incident is a further blow to English city following the novichok poisonings earlier this year

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Art market

Second tranche of Aristophil's manuscripts collection to be sold in Paris, but will it flood the market?

After a difficult first series of auctions last December, Drouot holds more sales in June to disperse holdings of bankrupt French firm

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Art market

World's largest collection of manuscripts from bankrupt firm Aristophil to be sold in Paris

Auctioneer Claude Aguttes will sell the collection of historic books and manuscripts across 300 sales over at least six years as part of liquidation

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Collectors

Oslo collector Martin Schøyen sells 60 manuscripts

He blames Norway’s tax system for his decision

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Collectors

The obsessions and follies of the charismatic Joost Ritman

The fate of esoteric books and illuminated manuscripts hangs in the balance

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Forgeries

Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a forgery

US scholars, conservators and scientists collaborate to prove that a “14th-century manuscript” is a skilled fake

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Leonardo da Vinci

Bill Gates’s Leonardo Codex removed from British Library website

Leading scholar is “saddened” by decision

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Leonardo da Vinci

Bill Gates announces there is to be Leonardo for all (those with Vista software)

The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft spoke at the British Library (BL) in January at the glitzy launch of Windows Vista, his company’s new operating system

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Restitution

Sinai monks in historic agreement with British Library over Codex Sinaiticus

Ownership dispute has been set aside for joint study and digitisation of the world’s oldest bible

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MoMA PS1

News from the US: Museum acquisitions and sales, refurbishment highs and lows, and fabulous manuscript donations

Nine Modern paintings from the MoMA collection go on sale at Christie’s this month - is it to fund the purchase of the Hirsts at Tate?

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Iraq

Military personnel unearth secret hoard of Jewish manuscripts belonging to Saddam Hussein in search for weapons of mass destruction

Found in the headquarters of Saddam’s secret police force in Baghdad, the cache has been transferred to Washington for conservation

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Collectors

Sir Paul Getty’s library to live on as part of a charitable foundation

The American-born benefactor bought rare books and manuscripts for over 20 years

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and manuscripts at the Louvre

Many items on display have not been exhibited since 1952

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News

Italian cathedral submits war-loot claim to British Library

The claim is for a bound 290-folio missal which appears to have disappeared in 1943

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Ethics

Oslo: Buddhism’s “Dead Sea Scrolls” for sale to Norway

Saved from Afghanistan by top collector, the manuscripts pose an ethical problem

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Museums

MoMA sculptures on show at the New York Botanical Gardens

Also exhibited are rare and illustrated books on botany to inaugurate their new gallery

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Restitution

Italian embassy in London pursues claim to Benevento missal

The Art Newspaper has tracked down further details of what happened to the twelfth-century manuscript during World War II

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Collectors

Collector profile: Sir Paul Getty's two weaknesses, books and cricket

Over twenty-five years this Anglo-American has built up a great library of early books, manuscripts and incunabula

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Auctions

State intervention on humanist manuscripts in Feltrinelli Library sale at Christie's

Top lots go to private collectors, but the Italian State and European dealers put up a fight

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Manuscripts

The Getty acquires “The fates of illustrious men and women” by the Boucicaut Master

Though the identity of the Boucicaut Master is unknown, his work is extremely valuable

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Collectors

How dynamic Dutch art collector Joost Ritman finds guidance in Rosicrucianism

The Art Newspaper examine the art and philosophy of a man who has closed deals with Sotheby’s, Noortman and Artemis

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo Codex on the market

Autumn sale at Christie’s expected for the last manuscript by the artist in private hands — in 1980 it sold for £2 million

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Prizes

Kent dealer wins Leonardo Prize

His rare manuscript find nabbed him this year's award

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November 1992

World War II ends for a small town in eastern Germany as treasures are finally returned

Church valuables were dispersed in 1945, reunited in 1992, and return home in 1993

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci next at the next Palazzo Grassi

Leonardo the artist and the scientist will be on show