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  • Collecting the Physical Book in the Digital Age

    Collecting the Physical Book in the Digital Age

    I’m going to make some general comments about my experiences as a dealer buying and selling in the Internet/digital age today and offer some reflections on the past – over the thirty-five years that I’ve been in business. I won’t keep you in suspense any longer. The impact of the Internet and computer technology has been enormous on the rare book business. There are three basic things that we do in this profession: buy books, sell books, and research what we are buying in order to sell them. All have been greatly impacted by technology. Today everything that I acquire is researched online in regard to bibliographical information, as well as for pricing comparison by looking at other copies in the marketplace. This research plays a key role in deciding what to buy, what to pay for the book, and in determining a fair amount to price the book for sale. Of course a subscription to the online auction record database is essential.

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  • A Brief History of Broadsides

    A Brief History of Broadsides

    Samuel F Haven, former librarian for the American Antiquarian Society, presided over one of the largest collections of broadsides in the world. Historians and rare book collectors alike cherish broadsides because they offer snapshots of moments in time, helping us to understand the zeitgeist of that era. Broadsides make ideal complements to a rare book collection, granting the collection greater depth and context.

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  • John Updike’s Archive: A Great Writer at Work

    John Updike’s Archive: A Great Writer at Work

    "Updike was a private man, if not a recluse like J. D. Salinger or a phantom like Thomas Pynchon, then a one-man gated community, visible from afar but firmly sealed off, with a No Trespassing sign posted in front.”

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  • Dr. Michael Knoche and Professor Dr. Reiner Speck - ILAB and VDA Patrons of Honour

    Dr. Michael Knoche and Professor Dr. Reiner Speck - ILAB and VDA Patrons of Honour

    The German Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (VDA) is delighted to announce that Dr. Michael Knoche and Professor Dr. Reiner Speck have been awarded the ILAB Patron of Honour for their outstanding contributions to the world of books and the antiquarian book trade.

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  • Ben Barrett-Forrest: The History of Typography, in Stop-Motion Animation

    Ben Barrett-Forrest: The History of Typography, in Stop-Motion Animation

    Built with 2454 photographs, 291 letters, and 140 hours of his life, Barrett-Forrest’s animated short is a delight.  As he guides us from the lowly beginnings of Guttenberg’s printing press, all the way to the computer age, it becomes apparent that the art of type is a corollary for history. Like architecture and fashion, typography is a reflection of the world in which it’s created. Barrett-Forrest explains his interest in type and the genesis of the project in an interview below.

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  • Famous Figures in the History of Book Binding, Part Two

    Famous Figures in the History of Book Binding, Part Two

    The way we present and preserve the written word has changed considerably over the millennia. When Johann Gutenberg introduced movable type, our concept of the book changed forever. Since then, famous figures like William Caxton, Jean Grolier, and Samuel Mearne introduced the concept of the book as an object of art. In more recent centuries, Roger Payne and William Morris paved the way for the modern private press movement.

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  • May 68 of Children’s Books - A New Catalogue by Michèle Noret and Jacques Desse

    May 68 of Children’s Books - A New Catalogue by Michèle Noret and Jacques Desse

    Those collectors, who have discovered the beauty and incredible variety of contemporary artistic picture books , are aware of the important initiatives which were set in the 1960s in European children’s book art.  In these years the contemporary art (as  for example Surrealism and Pop art) „came into“ children’s book illustration, and since that time there is no doubt that certain picture books can be esteemed as „contemporary book-art“ - and their artists as book-artists (and not only as illustrators!) A just published catalogue of two Parisian Book Galleries shows this in a tremendous exemplification (Chez les libraires associés and Librairie Michèle Noret).

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  • The Longest Banned Book?

    The Longest Banned Book?

    The Roman poet Ovid not only had his book, Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love) banned, but he himself was banished from Rome for writing it in the year 8 CE. All of his works were burned by Savonarola in his infamous bonfire of the vanities  in 1497.  Christopher Marlowe translated it in 1599, and his translation was banned.  U.S. Customs banned it in 1930 - nearly two thousand years later. This makes it a candidate, if not the winner, of the dubious distinction of being the longest (in time) banned book.

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  • Living With - And From - Books, Part 3

    Living With - And From - Books, Part 3

    I worked as a book dealer for 30 years, while my father takes pride in his 60 years-long experience; it’s a long time but doubtless a time well spent. During all these years we’ve been honoured meeting so many extraordinary people: bibliophiles, librarians and, above all, colleagues with whom we shared ideas, insights and of course culture. The exchange of views with fellow book dealers from all over the world has been an irreplaceable resource in doing our job, and doing it with the most passionate attitude. Besides the economic incentive, we cannot help but consider the intellectual profile involved in the book dealing as a truly gratifying reward.

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  • How to Begin Collecting Economists

    How to Begin Collecting Economists

    Over the course of history, the economy - and all the surmising and projecting and studying it requires - has given rise to some of the most remarkable works of human-thought. Economists in every generation provide a fascinating breadth of work and ideas. Today, we’d like to explore a couple of famous economists as well as some ideas for collecting economy-based works. A basic list of economists that merit our attention can be formed from a quick glance throughout history. These individuals punctuate the economic landscape of their times with their thought-processes, philosophies, and recommendations. So without further ado, we give you some noteworthy economists, and their contributions, to add to or to begin growing your economic collection.

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  • Rare Book Paradise - California Antiquarian Book Fair Videos 2012

    Rare Book Paradise - California Antiquarian Book Fair Videos 2012

    “Hi, my name is Eric Idle, and I am a book addict. And this is the place where I hang around.” In Febuary it rains in Rotterdam, freezes in France. Britain is bundled-up, it's cloudy in Catalonia. Sweden is snowed-in. But when the California International Antiquarian Book Fair comes to Pasadena, California, the warmth of the sun pours over rare book lovers and dealers from all over the world. See the California Book Fair Videos on YouTube and meet colleagues and collectors like Heather O’Donnell, Michael Thompson, Gary Milan, and Eric Idle while browsing the California Book Fair shelves.

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  • Il mestiere del libraio antiquario

    Il mestiere del libraio antiquario

    La natura internazionale dell’Associazione sta alla base delle regole di comportamento fissate nella Raccolta di Usi e Consuetudini a cui devono fare riferimento i diversi statuti delle associazioni nazionali. Più che del rispetto di codici e codicilli si tratta di un habitus mentale: il libraio antiquario è tenuto a comportarsi in modo irreprensibile dal punto di vista professionale e a cercare sempre, nell’eventualità di dispute, un accordo ragionevole, un gentlemen agreement. L’I.L.A.B. conta oggi circa 2000 membri, di cui circa 120 sono i librai italiani iscitti all’A.L.A.I.

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