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  • Bibliographies - Exlibris

    Bibliographies - Exlibris

    Online: Richard Braungart, Deutsche Ex Libris und andere Kleingraphik der Gegenwart - Gustav A. Seyler, „Illustriertes Handbuch der Ex-Libris-Kunde“ - Book-Plate Collection Baron von Berlepsch - Gerhard Gnade, « Norwegian Ex Libris » - Egerton Castle, English Book-Plates - Augustus Wollaston Frank, “Catalogue of British and American Book-Plates (Ex Libris) - Arthur Vicars, Book-Plates 1893 - Henry W. Fincham and James R. Brown, A Bibliography of Book-Plates (Ex-Libris) - Herbert Gregson, « Ex Libris. A Collection of Book-Plate Designs by Herbert Gregson” - John B. Leicester Warren, “A Guide to the Study of Book-plates (Ex-Libris)” - Walter Hamilton, “Dated Book-Plates. A Treatise on their Origin and Development” - Walter Hamilton, “French Book-Plates. A Handbook for Ex-Libris Collectors”

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  • ABAA and ILAB honouring Sid Lapidus and Jay and Jean Kislak - New York Book Fair, April 14, 2012

    ABAA and ILAB honouring Sid Lapidus and Jay and Jean Kislak - New York Book Fair, April 14, 2012

    "To me, collecting has been a voyage of discovery of part of me that I didn't know existed. It has been a fascinating intellectual voyage, and although I normally suffer from motion sickness, this voyage has been mostly smooth and, at times, exhilarating. I meet so many interesting people, and I encounter so many concepts that continue to intrigue and challenge me. And what I find boring, I ignore." Sid Lapidus, ABAA and ILAB Patron of Honour, in his most excellent speech on the true nature of book collecting. Read it!

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  • 53rd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

    53rd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair

    The New York Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Park Avenue Armory for its 53rd Anniversary. Presented by the prestigious Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the 53rd Annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair is without a doubt, the foremost book fair of its kind.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Byron in Russia. Washington Irving in Germany

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Byron in Russia. Washington Irving in Germany

    Washington Irving’s name and fame reached Germany suddenly when in 1819–20 The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. was published in England and America.  Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York (1809), which had appeared ten years earlier and had established Irving’s reputation as a writer, held no appeal for Europe.  Its native satire and its mockery of American politics were incomprehensible to those not intimately acquainted with New York life and its political scene.  But when British journals began to praise this first American man of letters and reprinted authorized or pirated sections from The Sketch Book, German papers and periodicals promptly translated these extracts.  Editions in book form quickly followed, and the reception was enthusiastic.

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  • Identifying Bookplates

    Identifying Bookplates

    Given a particular bookplate, there are a number of avenues of research which may yield useful information on the owner. There are biographical and heraldic reference works; bibliographies or lists of bookplates; major collections of bookplates in various institutions; journals devoted to the study of bookplates, or likely to contain articles concerning bookplates; published catalogues of exhibitions of bookplates; and books about bookplates and their history.

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  • How to Identify First Editions from G.P. Putnam's Sons

    How to Identify First Editions from G.P. Putnam's Sons

    Since its inception in 1838, G.P. Putnam's Sons have grown into one of the most respected - and controversial - publishing houses in the United States. In 1996, the publishing house became an imprint of the Penguin Group and continues to publish the works of outstanding authors of both fiction and non-fiction.

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  • ILAB Internship Program 2011 for Students of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts II

    ILAB Internship Program 2011 for Students of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts II

    I am Master of Books at the Moscow State University of Art Print and study the antiquarian book trade. My ILAB Internship lasted five weeks, and Norbert Donhofer played a great role in its organization. For the first time young students and rare booksellers were offered the opportunity to study the world’s rare book markets. Until then such possibilies were very scarce. Due to the fact that the history and the structure of the antiquarian book trade differ from country to country learning experiences in various countries are very useful. International experience will teach us how to organize the antiquarian book trade in Russia more efficiently.

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  • 1895 – la fin des livres?

    1895 – la fin des livres?

    She’s relaxing on the sofa with her headphones on; her friend is listening to a novel. Between them they can get hold of pretty well anything they choose to hear – literature or music – channel-hopping from dance to Wagner to poetry or from philosophy to novels. The year is 1895 and the days of reading from printed books seem to be numbered.

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  • Book Restoration - Presentation by David H. Barry

    Book Restoration - Presentation by David H. Barry

    One of our faithful contributors, book collector Maureen E. Mulvihill, sends news of a forthcoming guest presentation in St Petersburg, Florida, by Welsh-trained book restorer, David H. Barry.

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  • Bibliographies - Hawaii

    Online: Forbes, Hawaiian National Bibliography

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Poe and Rafinesque in Philadelphia

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Poe and Rafinesque in Philadelphia

    It is not often that one discovers the work of an overlooked or forgotten genius, or a previously-unknown work of an established master. This is, of course, the hope which moves us to carefully examine all sorts of periodical publications and ephemera. So when Tom Congalton asked me to catalog two large folio volumes of the Philadelphia-based Saturday Evening Post, from 1827 and 1828, I was pleased to find the puzzle poem “Enigma” attributed to Edgar Allan Poe, and “Psalm 139th” by his brother Henry Poe. Perhaps the most interesting contributions to these volumes are not the Poeiana, but rather a whole series of botanical sketches and other contributions by an eccentric genius with the evocative name Rafinesque.

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  • Collecting John Updike

    Collecting John Updike

    If you want to collect John Updike in detail, you'd better build an addition onto your library. Its not true that he publishes a new book every week, it just seems like it, and his cheery indifference to writers' block has probably made him an editor's dream. He is generous with his signature, and apparently open to offers from publishers of limited editions.

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