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  • [+] More ‘I never have any luck with my books’ – Collecting the works of Friedo Lampe 


    ‘I never have any luck with my books’ – Collecting the works of Friedo Lampe
    Published since 27 Jul 2016

    Lampe was born on 4 December 1899, in the northern city of Bremen, a place which would exert a particular influence on his writing.  At the age of five, he was diagnosed with bone tuberculosis in his left ankle and was sent to a children’s clinic over 100 miles away, on the East Frisian island of Nordeney; he spent a total of three years there, away from his family, before being pronounced cured, but it left him disabled for the rest of his life.  As a teenager, Lampe was a voracious reader (E.T.A. Hoffmann, Kleist, Büchner, Rilke, Thomas Mann, Kafka, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe) and an insatiable book buyer: ‘It really is an illness with me.  I just have to buy every book, even if I don’t have the money.’

  • [+] More Collecting - The Life of the Great Creator of Sherlock Holmes 


    Collecting - The Life of the Great Creator of Sherlock Holmes
    Published since 26 Jul 2016

    On the 7th of July, 1930, Arthur Conan Doyle died at age 71 from a heart attack. On this the 86th anniversary of his death, we’d like to look at this famous author, spiritualist & physician and his lifetime contribution to so many different fields! Conan Doyle (as he is often called, though Conan Doyle is a combination of his middle and last names, as Conan is not a surname, as people often think!) was not born under auspicious circumstances. His father, Charles Altamont Doyle, was an alcoholic and when Arthur was only 5 years old he and his siblings were dispersed to live with family and friends across Edinburgh. A few years later the family moved back together and for numerous years lived in near-poverty. Luckily, Doyle had wealthy family to support him and to send him to Jesuit boarding school in England for seven years beginning when he was nine years old. Despite a difficult home life and upbringing, Doyle apparently struggled leaving home for school – as he was incredibly close with his mother (and would remain so throughout his life) and cherished the stories she would tell him during his childhood. It is even said that his favorite part of school was writing letters home to his mother, and telling stories to his schoolmates that she had once told him!

  • [+] More Collecting Indigenous Sámi Literature 


    Collecting Indigenous Sámi Literature
    Published since 22 Jul 2016

    If you’ve read anything about Sámi culture or literature recently, it may have been through Vendela Vida’s novel Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name: A Novel (2007). While many works of indigenous literature have received international acclaim over the last century, Sámi fiction and poetry has remained relatively obscured from global readership. In case you’re not familiar with Sámi history or culture, we can give you a brief background. The Sámi are an indigenous group with geographic ties to the Arctic regions of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia.

  • [+] More Booksellers on Tour – The Rare Book Trade in Iran 


    Booksellers on Tour – The Rare Book Trade in Iran
    Published since 21 Jul 2016

    Does anyone know of any antiquarian booksellers in Iran? Follow Hugh Myers, cataloguer and researcher at Hordern House (Sydney, Australia), on his amazing trip through the country.

  • [+] More Blogging and the Trade - War and… Peace 


    Blogging and the Trade - War and… Peace
    Published since 30 Jun 2016

    Hard to believe, for me anyway, but we’ve just shot past the sixth anniversary of Bookman’s Log. Yes, I should have written this entry after the fifth anniversary, and I don’t know why I didn’t. The post dated June 8, 2015 is about my dimwitted attempt to sell rare maritime books through an eBay store. (Results for the 6 months I tried it were one sale and two offers, both for less that 50% of what I had listed the book for.)

  • [+] More BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR 


    BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
    Published since 29 Jun 2016

    For the first time ever the Hungarian rare book dealers invite colleagues and collectors from across the world to Budapest. The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016 will present Budapest as one of the most beautiful cities and one of the most fascinating book capitals in Europe. Before the first International ILAB Congress and Fair in Budapest in September, we would like you to have a glimpse into its programme. First of all, we have prepared a brief series on the most prestigious libraries and venues of Budapest.

  • [+] More Collecting - Five Interesting Facts about Jean-Paul Sartre 


    Collecting - Five Interesting Facts about Jean-Paul Sartre
    Published since 23 Jun 2016

    Jean-Paul Sartre lived a full life. He is widely remembered for his contributions as a philosopher, playwright, and teacher. His notable works include his philosophical magnum opus, L'Etre et le néant [Being and Nothingness] which was published in 1943, and his plays,Les Mouches [The Flies], 1943 and Huis Clos [No Exit], 1947. His ideas have a continued influence on philosophical and literary studies today. But what are some other facts about the esteemed thinker? Read on to discover five interesting factoids about Jean-Paul Sartre.

  • [+] More BUDAPEST SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS - AND THE WINNERS ARE ... 


    BUDAPEST SCHOLARSHIP FOR YOUNG ANTIQUARIANS - AND THE WINNERS ARE ...
    Published since 20 Jun 2016

    The Hungarian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association has the honour and pleasure to announce the three winners of the YOUNG ANTIQUARIAN SCHOLARSHIP. The winners will participate in the 42nd ILAB Congress in Budapest, 21-23 September, 2016. Congress fees and accommodation of the scholarship winners will be funded entirely by the Hungarian association, but as all young antiquarians are very welcome to the event, the Hungarian association has offered to provide all other scholarship applicants with a 50% discount on their registration fee.

  • [+] More BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR 


    BUDAPEST 2016 - ILAB CONGRESS & INTERNATIONAL ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR
    Published since 16 Jun 2016

    For the first time ever the Hungarian rare book dealers invite colleagues and collectors from across the world to Budapest. The 42nd ILAB Congress and 26th ILAB International Antiquarian Book Fair from 21 to 25 September 2016 will present Budapest as one of the most beautiful cities and one of the most fascinating book capitals in Europe. Before the first International ILAB Congress and Fair in Budapest in September, we would like you to have a glimpse into its programme. First of all, we have prepared a brief series on the most prestigious libraries of Budapest.

  • [+] More Collecting - The Russian taste for Edgar Allan Poe 


    Collecting - The Russian taste for Edgar Allan Poe
    Published since 14 Jun 2016

    ‘”Edgar Poe - the underground stream in Russia.”  So the Russian Symbolist poet Aleksandr Blok noted in his journal for November 6, 1911, a topic for a future critical study.  The article was never written, but the prospect has remained an enticing one.  For Poe’s fame, however clouded by conflicting interpretation, is of long standing in Russia’ (Joan Delaney Grossman, Edgar Allan Poe in Russia: a study in legend and literary influence, p. 7).

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