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  • [+] More The Book Huntresses: Women Bibliophiles 


    The Book Huntresses: Women Bibliophiles
    By Rachel Chanter Published since 17 Jul 2017
    In his 1930 work on book collecting, Anatomy of Bibliomania, Holbrook Jackson claimed that “book love is as masculine (although not as common) as growing a beard.” Times have changed; the recent inauguration of a new book collecting prize by New York bookseller Honey & Wax, “an annual prize of $1000 to be awarded to an outstanding book collection conceived and built by a young woman”, is possibly the final nail in the coffin of the idea that bibliophilia is a man’s pursuit.
  • [+] More Book Collecting in the News - Lithub.com: 10 Famous Book Hoarders 


    Book Collecting in the News - Lithub.com: 10 Famous Book Hoarders
    Published since 23 Jun 2017
    Ten famous book "hoarders" were selected for this article by Emily Temple for Lithub.com, published on 22 June 2017. Book collecting is a passion and lifelong occupation. Some celebrity collectors are named in the article; fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld, TV chef and author Nigella Lawson, filmmaker and producer George Lucas and more. While we might disagree with the term "hoarder", this is an interesting insight into the world of book collecting. 
    To build a valuable and curated collection, it is advisable to contact or work with a bookseller affiliated to the International League of Antiquarian Books (ILAB).
  • [+] More Announcing a New Annual Prize for Young Female Book Collectors 


    Announcing a New Annual Prize for Young Female Book Collectors
    Published since 29 May 2017
    A message and wonderful initiative from Honey & Wax Booksellers, Brooklyn, NY:

    Here at Honey & Wax, we take a particular interest in the evolving role of women in the rare book trade, on both the buying and selling sides. The great American book collector Mary Hyde Eccles, the first woman elected to the Grolier Club, noted that a collector must have three things: resources, education, and freedom. Historically, she observed, “only a few women have had all three, but times are changing!”
  • [+] More Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica 


    Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica
    By Audrey Golden Published since 03 Mar 2017
    Buying used, rare, and antiquarian books in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose can be quite a challenge, but not because of a dearth of bookstores. Rather, unlike many cities in various parts of the world packed that are packed with bookshops, San Jose streets don’t have numbers that allow visitors unfamiliar with the city’s directional methods to locate with ease their intended destinations.
  • [+] More Book Collecting in the Press: Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying (Guardian UK, 26 Jan 2017) 


    Book Collecting in the Press: Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying (Guardian UK, 26 Jan 2017)
    Published since 31 Jan 2017
    The Guardian in the UK recently published an article on book collecting: "An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors – and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes". 
    This essay will resonate with many book collectors and we recommend to follow this link.

  • [+] More A Guide to Buying and Collecting Signed Books by Leah Dobrinska 


    A Guide to Buying and Collecting Signed Books by Leah Dobrinska
    Published since 12 Dec 2016
    A signed book is a sought-after collectible for a bibliophile, and it can add exponential value to a book collection. Whether you’re just beginning your collection or are a seasoned collector, what should you consider when looking for and purchasing a signed book? What’s the best “type” of signature?
  • [+] More New bibliophile society launched for aspiring book collectors - and three tips for getting started 


    New bibliophile society launched for aspiring book collectors - and three tips for getting started
    By Antiques Trade Gazette Published since 01 Nov 2016
    Author: Frances Allit (ATG)
    A new group for book collectors and enthusiasts is set to launch at the University of London this Friday.
  • [+] More Mania and Imagination - Perils and Pleasures of the Private Collector Present and Future 


    Mania and Imagination - Perils and Pleasures of the Private Collector Present and Future
    Published since 26 Feb 2016

    King’s College, Cambridge, will hold a follow-up conference on 18 and 19 June 2016 to focus on the theme of modern private collecting, one of Munby’s great interests. Titled “Mania and Imagination: Perils and Pleasures of the Private Collector Present and Future” this conference aims to investigate the nature of book collecting by private individuals today, and to look at the future in a rapidly changing world. The speakers are collectors themselves, or are involved in the manuscript and book trade, or study modern collectors and their collections.  They include ABA member Justin Croft, Mirjam Foot, Meg Ford, Peter Jones, Michael Meredith and Toshiyuki Takamiya.  The event will also feature themed discussion panels and presentations from young collectors and bibliographers.

  • [+] More Sweet Home Chicago: A Literary Tour of the Windy City 


    Sweet Home Chicago: A Literary Tour of the Windy City
    Published since 02 Dec 2015

    Though often referred to as the Second City, Chicago is second to none in terms of its rich cultural heritage, iconic architecture, sports fandom, and inventive takes on comfort food staples like the pizza hotdog and the red hot. But The Windy City is also home to a literary tradition rivaled by very few cities across the country, with some of America’s most renowned writers calling Chicago their home ...

  • [+] More Collecting - J. & F. Harwood of Fenchurch Street 


    Collecting - J. & F. Harwood of Fenchurch Street
    Published since 30 Oct 2015

    I have long admired those occasionally found sheets of decorative Victorian notepaper – a handsomely engraved view of your place of resort at the head of a folded sheet of letter-paper: enough space to write a full four-page letter – the more leisurely and elegant precursor of the picture-postcard.  While they enjoyed their brief spell of fashion in the mid-nineteenth century there were a number of specialist London (as well as local) manufacturers, but the most appealing of them to my mind – a little larger, a little more artistic – employing decent artists like Thomas Abiel Prior and Edward John Roberts, and certainly better engraved – were those produced by the Harwoods of Fenchurch Street, who also produced bound selections of these views printed on heavier paper under a multitude of titles, such as “Harwood’s Scenery of Great Britain”, “Harwood’s Views of Guernsey”, “Harwood’s Views of Derbyshire”, etc.

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