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Why Are Some Dustjackets Clipped but Not Price-Clipped?

While browsing through Ralph Sipper's booth at this past weekend's Los Angeles Antiquarian Book Fair, I came upon an interesting copy of book that at first seemed a little out of place at the fair: John Sanford's Every Island Fled Away. It's a 1964 novel that, these days, is typically a $30 – $40 book in collectible condition, and not that much more when signed or inscribed. Usually the booths at the three fairs sponsored by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (there's also a New York show in April and a Boston show in November) are full of the best antiquarian books for sale in the country and the world (read highest quality, and consequently highest priced). Dealers usually trot out their top material, and Ralph's booth was full of many stunning copies of notable literary first editions. Some of them, like his beautiful copy of William Faulkner's first novel, Soldiers' Pay, are genuinely rare in such condition. By comparison, the John Sanford book seemed to be a grade schooler lost at the senior prom.
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Raymond Kilgarriff

Bookselling is speculation - chancing your arm and knowing that you have backed winners or losers.
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Arthur Rackham 1867 - 1939

Arthur Rackham is perhaps the most well known artist who illustrated books during that era dubbed the "Golden Age" of illustration which spanned the years 1870 - 1930. Because many of Rackham's books have been reprinted in modern times, book lovers of today have been able to enjoy his fanciful artwork. But to truly appreciate his skill and talent, there is nothing that compares to the quality of printing and sharpness of reproduction that appears in the limited editions and first editions of his works.
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Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Lucien Goldschmidt (1912-1992)

“Lucien Goldschmidt was a citizen of the world”, Nicholas Barker once wrote in The Independent. “He would have liked to be called that, but it would be more true to say that the world of which he was a citizen was one that he had largely created. His life was divided between books and the world of art. Booksellers and art dealers normally lead rather separate careers, but Goldschmidt combined both, giving to each his own individual, highly independent, taste. Words and images combined to form an outlook on the world that was, in one word, civilised.”
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Among the antiquarians: Why there’s optimism in the old book game

"'There are a lot of happy dealers,' said Adrian Harrington, the world's foremost purveyor of James Bond first editions, as he walked through the fair on Saturday afternoon. He counted himself among them. The dealers who attended the festival are all part of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, a superhero-sounding collective encompassing 23 individual associations around the world, including the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada." Read more about the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair in "The National Post"
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Reading Marathon in Budapest – A Living Symbol for the Importance of Literacy

1,800 antiquarian booksellers, on 5 continents, in 16 countries, in 30 cities, in all languages bringing rare books to the people and fighting for a more literate world – this is ILAB on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2016. And there is one ILAB bookseller in Hungary out of 1,800 affiliates across the world, who will be doing something really special.
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