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  • Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Kerouac: The road, the books, the people

    Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Kerouac: The road, the books, the people

    Jack Kerouac was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, in 1922. He died in St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg 47 years later. In the intervening years, he went to Columbia University, did a stint in the Merchant Marines, joined the Navy twice, hitchhiked across America, wrote 19 novels as well as books of poetry and other works, and drank - a lot. He hung out with the likes of Beat poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Gregory Corso, writers Williams S. Burroughs and Herbert Huncke, and editors Robert Giroux and Lucien Carr. An eclectic selection of Kerouac's writings is in the collection of rare and unusual books at Lighthouse Books, ABAA. Among them: Visions of Gerard, The Dharma Bums, Big Sur, Vanity of Duluoz, Pomes All Sizes and Pic. Another slim volume, The Kerouac We Knew, contains essays by people who had met Kerouac at various stages in his life.

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  • The Grolier Club – Exhibitions, Lectures, Meetings, September to December 2014

    The Grolier Club – Exhibitions, Lectures, Meetings, September to December 2014

    The mission of the Grolier Club is “to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce”. To this purpose numerous books and exhibition catalogues are published or sponsored, and a series of book-related events is regularly being held at the Grolier. The fall season of Grolier events starts in September with a Seamus Heaney exhibition followed by other amazing lectures, exhibitions and meetings until December 2014, including the first “Grolier Club Hundred Exhibition” in twenty years. An overview:

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  • Girolamini and De Caro – A Letter to the Presidents of ILAB's Member Associations

    Girolamini and De Caro – A Letter to the Presidents of ILAB's Member Associations

    Dear Fellow-Presidents, I am very sorry to be the bearer of bad news which are related to the thefts at the Girolamini-Library at Naples and Marino Massimo de Caro. Christian Westergaard, from Denmark, was arrested some days ago - and later released - for supposedly handling stolen Italian books. The books in question had no immediate Italian provenance (some came from the Macclesfield Library) but were on an Italian list of stolen books, presumably those known to have been stolen by De Caro and his accomplices. Because Christian and other dealers openly list their stock online, it seems that the Italian investigators just matched authors and titles, without reading the detailed notes, or examining the photos on the web, which would have demonstrated that these were not the copies in question. It is also more than curious that all of the eleven books that were confiscated by the Danish Police were titles that had appeared in auction 59 at Zisska & Schauer, Munich, in May of 2012. All of the then withdrawn books– totaling up to 540 – are still kept under lock by the Bavarian Police and that factor was forgotten by the Italian investigators! It may therefore even be that they do not fully understand that these books exist in multiple copies.

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  • Just what has been going on Down Under? - A great deal has been going on, “Down Under” this year!

    Just what has been going on Down Under? - A great deal has been going on, “Down Under” this year!

    Having held both a wonderful conference in May and a hugely successful Melbourne Rare Book Week and Melbourne Rare Book Fair in late July the Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) is on a high! Not only have we enjoyed great success with these two events with our profile considerably raised and many sales made – but, and this is a significant but - we have learnt something very powerful and extremely heartening. We now know that there is just as much interest as there ever was in rare books – if not in fact more, but the methods we need to use to reach and motivate collectors have changed considerably. Both the ANZAAB Conference and most particularly the Melbourne Rare Book Fair are proof of this. We tried something different and it worked!

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  • International Cooperation - or the power of nearly 2000 booksellers

    International Cooperation - or the power of nearly 2000 booksellers

    In the past ILAB had always seemed to me rather distant and not relevant to my business or life in the trade. I believe I was not alone in this opinion. Even worse I thought it was a dull body “banging” on about rules and regulations which the National Associations already did very well. I really didn’t see ILAB as serving any purpose for me as I wasn’t interested in exhibiting overseas. So yes, you guessed it; this is one of those how wrong could I be stories…

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  • Charles Dickens collectors see prices rise as signed book fetches £275k, here's how to invest from just £100

    "Charles Dickens is arguably the nation’s greatest novelist – as well as the most collectable. A signed copy of A Tale Of Two Cities was last month put up for sale for a record-breaking £275,000. The previous top price paid for the Victorian author’s work was $290,000 (£174,000) for a pre-publication copy of A Christmas Carol in 2009. The signed copy of A Tale Of Two Cities is special as it is inscribed to fellow writer George Eliot – real name Mary Ann Evans. But Brian Lake, president of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association, says the key appeal of Dickens is that there is a wide range of books and ephemera to suit all pockets ..."

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  • “You’ve got to keep rolling the dice”

    “You’ve got to keep rolling the dice”

    "I didn’t decide to become a bookseller; I fell into it by accident. In my early 20s I was determined to be an artist and that’s what I was until I reached about 25. Then I started helping a friend with a stall outdoors on the Portobello Road on Saturdays and, after a while, I got my own pitch. I happened to do better with the stall than I was doing at painting and I enjoyed it more than painting to a point. Then I started having children and so needed money, and I realised that I was doing more bookselling and less painting and I was actually enjoying it. The day I realised that, I stopped painting and just started focusing on bookselling." - Shelf Fullfillment, the new blog of the ABA, starts with a very interesting series of interviews by Beatie Wolfe.

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  • In Praise of the Printed Word - 36th Boston Annual International Antiquarian Book Fair 2012

    In Praise of the Printed Word - 36th Boston Annual International Antiquarian Book Fair 2012

    The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, will return to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston’s beautiful Back Bay, November 16-18, 2012.  The offerings are wide and diverse from over 120 dealers located in the United States, England, Canada, France, Hungary, The Netherlands, and Argentina who will exhibit and sell rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, photographs, modern first editions, and a plethora of other literary ephemera.  Fine and decorative prints will also be featured.

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  • Collecting Australian Bushranging Books

    Collecting Australian Bushranging Books

    The Australian Bushranging era (1790–1890s) covered approximately the first 100 years of Australian settlement. Early bushrangers were mainly exconvict labourers from working class, Irish backgrounds who had been transported to Australia. Referred to in much of the literature as Bolters, they were rebels against authority who were attempting to survive in the bush by stealing from isolated settlers and travellers. The discovery of gold in the 1850’s and 60’s saw an upsurge in bushranging activity. Gold nuggets were relatively easy to steal, transport and sell and, because of this, many Australianborn sons joined the ranks of the bushrangers. A collecting tip by Maureen Fraher.

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  • Second Edition of the Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano from 7th to 9th March, 2014!

    Second Edition of the Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano from 7th to 9th March, 2014!

    The Italian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (ALAI) is pleased to announce that the second edition of the ALAI book fair, Libri Antichi e di Pregio a Milano, will take place from 7th to 9th March 2014, in Palazzo Mezzanotte, the historical seat of the Milan Stock Exchange.

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  • Central Europe in Six Days – Pre- and Post ILAB Congress Tours, Budapest and Beyond

    Central Europe in Six Days – Pre- and Post ILAB Congress Tours, Budapest and Beyond

    The ILAB Congress and International Antiquarian Book Fair in Budapest will not only give booklovers the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company, admire book rarities, indulge in the various sights and treasures, but will also provide the possibility to visit some of the neighbouring countries. Before and after the ILAB Congress and Fair delegates will have the chance to see some of the most exciting places in Slovenia, Croatia, Austria and the Czech Republic. September is one of the most pleasant months in Central Europe, and the early autumn lights will put the historic beauty of these places in a new perspective.

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  • Bibliographies - Iceland

    Online: Antique maps of Iceland

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