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  • The Inside and Outside of the Book – Two Publications of The Legacy Press

    The Inside and Outside of the Book – Two  Publications of The Legacy Press

    The Legacy Press, established in 1997 and located in Ann Arbor (Michigan), publishes finely designed and crafted letterpress and offset printed books concerning all aspects of printing, paper, and bookbinding. Two recent publications cover the inside and the outside of The Book: Cathleen A. Baker: From the Hand to the Machine. Nineteenth-Century American Paper and Mediums: Technologies, Materials, and Conservation. Julia Miller: Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings.

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  • Practice Makes (Nearly) Perfect - 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Practice Makes (Nearly) Perfect - 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Sometimes the years seem to fly by like calendar leaves flapping off the wall in a corny movie. That was much the feeling at this year’s 36th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, held at the Hynes Convention Center.  Old veterans of Bostons past walked the familiar aisles, nodding at one another – “Here we are again.” Members of the excellent Brede staff, many of whom have been working with us for years, gave us a “Good to see you again” shoulder clap. And they meant it. We’d each survived another year and were back in the familiar, comfortable confines of the Hynes. I recall problems in the early years, mostly centering around the difficulties of moving in and out. But now staff and exhibitors alike know the drill, and if anyone unfamiliar with the procedure gets panicky, there are plenty of calmer heads to offer support. No more ugly, non-conforming booths, no fighting, no biting. The complainers will never go away, but even they seemed subdued this year.

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  • Sheila Markham - A Book of Booksellers

    Sheila Markham - A Book of Booksellers

    It’s hard to know where to start with a book like this. Perhaps this way. I saw it listed in a catalogue and bought a single copy to see if I liked it. I wasn’t twenty pages in before I ordered another 20 copies most of which I gave to friends and clients. I’m now on my second lot of 20 copies. If anybody wants to know what Antiquarian booksellers are really like you can find out in this wonderful book, a book which exists almost by accident.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Time Travel for Dummies

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Time Travel for Dummies

    When my accountant said, “Hey, you’ve had another good year,” my response was, “You’ve got to be kidding!” But then, looking back, I remembered some happy referrals, several fascinating consignments and, in general, quite a bit of successful book scouting.  Ten Pound Island’s  invoices and check stubs (all digital!) told the story in detail. My "new business model," concocted so painfully over the past year, paid off. I dropped the California, Florida, and New York book fairs, cut expenses way back, moved from hard copy to web based catalogs, and quoted a lot more books using specially tailored, richly illustrated e-based catalogs.

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  • Facing the Late Victorians - Portraits of Writers and Artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

    Facing the Late Victorians - Portraits of Writers and Artists from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection

    When the Tampa Bay Hotel opened in 1891, Hotel guests were reading Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy, and George Eliot and talking about the latest paintings by James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent. They congregated on the veranda and in the Grand Salon to recite the poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson and chuckled with amusement at Oscar Wilde’s witticisms.

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  • Bibliographies - English Literature

    Bibliographies - English Literature

    Online: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature - Case, Poetical Miscellanies 1521-1750 - Grolier Club, English writers from Langland to Prior, 3 volumes - The Victorian Literary Studies Archive

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  • Did Ansel Adams take these photos? Are they worth $200 million? Depends who you ask

    "Rick Norsigian, the antiques buff who bought a couple of boxes of old-fashioned glass-plate photographic negatives at a garage sale 10 years ago in Fresno, then set out to prove they were taken by Ansel Adams early in his career, is back in the news."

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  • Alan Shelley (1941 - 2009)

    Alan Shelley (1941 - 2009)

    The death of Alan Shelley from cancer at the age of 68 on November 18th at Chailey Hospice, near Lewes, is an occasion of great sadness to his family and to his many friends both within and without the rare book trade. He had resigned from the Presidency of the ABA only three weeks before on the grounds of ill health after a notably successful spell at a difficult time in the Association’s affairs.

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  • Books stolen by Nazis to be returned

    The Guardian reports: 70 books stolen from the Social Democratic party by the Nazi regime will officially be returned on August 31, including an 1883 English edition of The Communist Manifesto thought to come from the library of Friedrich Engels. The Social Democrats, Germany's oldest political party, was outlawed after the Nazis came to power in 1933. The return of the books is part of a larger project by the Berlin library to rehome Nazi "loot". In April, it had already given ten books and three journals back to the Jewish Community of Berlin.

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  • Collecting Margaret Mitchell

    Collecting Margaret Mitchell

    Margaret Mitchell was the All-20th-Century-One-Book-Wonder, until Harper Lee wrested the title away from her in 1960. Mitchell lived another 13 years, Lee is at 45 and counting.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Red Jack

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Red Jack

    ‘Until the 1950’s, Jack London was by far the most popular American author in Soviet Russia.  Over thirteen million copies of his works have been printed since the Revolution.  Even today [i.e. 1962] he continues as a popular classic, and it is probable that over the Soviet period as a whole he has been read more widely than any other non-Russian author.

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  • Living With - And From - Books, Part 5

    Living With - And From - Books, Part 5

    "Among our famous clients at the “Libreria”, as a matter of fact, the author of The name of the rose shares many things with us: beside  our “Piedmontesity” and the love for  books, we also share the delight in playing with words and puzzles. Even the fact of having the same name has  helped the relationship: we are jealously keeping the letters, still handwritten which he signed «Omonimamente  Suo…», those in which he pointed out  some inaccuracy in my catalogue, and  even his complaints because a book he was looking for was already sold to others." In part 5 of "Living With - And From - Books" Umberto Pregliasco tells anecdotes of his namesake Umberto Eco, and reveals who first translated Mickey Mouse into the Italian language.

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