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  • The Collector and The Collected: Two Typophiles From New York

    The Collector and The Collected: Two Typophiles From New York

    “There are two typophiles from New York in my library: the Collector and the Collected. One was born in Rochester in 1918. The other died in Rochester in 1991. One sold printing equipment and supplies. The other ran two printing firms, one of which belonged to his father. One collected printing presses and books about printing. The other wrote a bibliography of books about printing. One was a witness in a hearing of the Committee on Un-American Activities in the 1950s (he sold printing equipment to the Communist Party). The other was Director of the Printing and Publishing Division of the Department of Commerce in the 1950s. One sold his antique press collection to the Canadian National Museum of Science and Technology in the early 1970s. The other sold his printing equipment company in 1966, and became a graphics arts consultant. One moved to California in the early 1970s. The other moved back to Rochester after he retired. One was a member of the Roxburghe Club and the Book Club of California. The other was a member of the Typophiles, the Goudy Society, and the Grolier Club. Who is the Collector? And who is the Collected?“

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Marie LaFarge was convicted of murder

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Marie LaFarge was convicted of murder

    It is the birthday of murderess Marie LaFarge (1816), whose 1840 trial for poisoning her husband with arsenic became a cause célébre throughout France, with the public deeply divided over her innocence or guilt. She was the first person convicted by direct forensic evidence, and the case was one of the first followed closely by the public with daily newspaper reports. The trial was a spectacle attended by people from all over France. It included all the twists and turns of a good whodunit, including a celebrated expert witness and setbacks for both the prosecution and the defense. Marie LaFarge wrote her Mémoires(1841) while in prison. The novel The Lady and the Arsenic (1937) was based on the case as was the French film L’Affaire Lafarge (1938).

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  • The World Arrives in London for Book Fair Week 8–16 June 2013

    The World Arrives in London for Book Fair Week 8–16 June 2013

    SEVEN FAIRS displaying rare books, maps, photographs and ephemera have come together to set up the first London Book Fair Week from Saturday, 8th to Sunday, 16th June 2013. This is the first time all the fairs organisers have joined together to create a major event for both trade and public by holding all the major summer fairs in one week.

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  • Biographies

    Biographical Portal  (ADB, NDB, HLS, ÖBL): The best online database for German speaking authors, scientists, artists, philosophers etc. Joint index of Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB, Universal German Biography), Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz (HLS, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland), Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB, New German Biography), and Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950 (ÖBL, Austrian Dictionary of Biography 1815-1950). This cooperative project of the Bavarian State Library, the Historical Committee at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Foundation Historical Dictionary of Switzerland started in June 2009.

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  • Born (Again) in the USA

    Born (Again) in the USA

    "The challenge for the book trade is to introduce young people to rare books and foster an appreciation of the importance of books as cultural artefacts. We can show them what a difference they can make to the world by what they choose to collect and treasure, to write about and share with friends. Chris and I are thinking of publishing our next ventures as apps for the iPad. If we continue to embrace technology, the future for the rare book trade is unlimited. Terry Belanger once pointed out that the less utilitarian horses became, the more highly they were valued and treasured. I’m betting the same is true of books and I hope to be selling them for many years to come." Sheila Markham in conversation with John Windle

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  • Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - Monster Book Sells for Monster Price at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - Monster Book Sells for Monster Price at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair

    Over 1,000 people visited the London International Antiquarian Book Fair on the first day, with a record-breaking queue when the Fair opened its doors at 3pm on Thursday June 13, 2013 at the National Exhibition Hall at Olympia, West London. This resulted in an 18% increase in visitor numbers on the first day compared to the 2012 Fair and this trend continued with visitor numbers up on both of the following two days.

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  • How To Identify Simon & Schuster First Editions

    How To Identify Simon & Schuster First Editions

    One of the four largest English-language publishing houses, Simon & Schuster now publishes over 2,000 titles a year under 35 different imprints. The firm started by publishing crossword puzzle books and grew to publish some of the world's most recognized authors. How to identify Simon & Schuster first editions.

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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: James A. Michener

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: James A. Michener

    Michener is best known for his first work of fiction Tales of the South Pacific, a collection on interconnected stories that won the Pulitzer Prize, and which was the basis for his play South Pacific: A Musical Play which also won the prize, and for the film South Pacific.

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  • Collecting Authors' First Books

    Collecting Authors' First Books

    Authors' "firsts" -- first appearances, first books, first works of fiction, first novels. The fame of the authors included herein varies widely: some are names virtually everyone has heard; some are writers that few people know of yet. What they share in their first or early appearances in print is that, at the time, they were almost all both relatively young and relatively unknown. The works had to stand on their own merits rather than on their authors' reputations.

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  • Michael Trenkle, Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat

    Michael Trenkle, Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat

    From „A“ for „Abklatsch“ to „Z“ for „Zinkdruck“. Michael Trenkle has compiled a glossary of terms commonly used in the antiquarian book business. He includes – and explains exactly – graphic techniques as well as different kinds of paper, cloth or leather, typography, the methods and the history of printing and book binding. An excellent resource for rare book descriptions, and the best German glossary about the terms of the trade.

    Michael Trenkle, Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat. Verband Deutscher Antiquare 2010

    “Fachbegriffe im Antiquariat” was first published in the Handbook 2009/2010 of the German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association and can be browsed on the VDA website. It is presented here by permission of Michael Trenkle (Patzer & Trenkle) and the VDA.

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  • Book thefts and recovery: How the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers Use Stolen-book.org

    Book thefts and recovery: How the International League of Antiquarian   Booksellers Use Stolen-book.org

    An interesting article in the Art Crime Blog about ILAB's efforts to cope with book thefts and to catch book thieves as quickly as possible. A. M. C. Knutsson describes the Stolen Book Database of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and its worldwide influence.

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  • From the ILAB Archives – A Letter by Einar Grønholt-Pedersen

    From the ILAB Archives – A Letter by Einar Grønholt-Pedersen

    The history of ILAB is full of personal memories. Since its beginnings the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers has been a highly effective business organization, a network for the professional book trade, and it has been more: The League is an international family. All affiliates who have attended ILAB Congresses and ILAB Book Fairs in Europe, Australia, Asia and America have experienced the friendship, the warmth and cordiality among rare book dealers that create good business relations worldwide. “Amor librorum nos unit - The love of books unites us” is the motto of the League. This was exactly what ILAB’s founding fathers intended. - A letter by by Einar Grønholt-Pedersen from the year 1959.

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