Rare Books in the Press: Bibliophilia for Beginners
Tips and Traps When Buying for the Aspiring Book Collector - From The Wall Street Journal
"You may think that no gift could be safer or tamer than a book. Rare books, however, are a different beast - if you're planning to buy one for a friend, or to treat yourself, remember the advice that is always given about dogs: They are not just for Christmas. In Arturo Pérez-Reverte's thriller "The Dumas Club," the satanic book dealer Varo Borja declares: "Becoming a book collector is like joining a religion: It's for life." All collecting is a disease, but lusting after rare books often strikes those without the bug as deranged. Unlike paintings or fine furniture, say, books are intrinsically mass-produced objects. What's more, you can look at a watercolor or a piece of porcelain without doing it any damage, but - according to the memoirs of the writer and collector John Baxter - a rare book loses $5 in value every time you open it."