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Past Presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association - Alan Gradon Thomas (1911-1992)

This week – revisiting the past again with another in the occasional series on past presidents of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association. Alan Gradon Thomas was born in Hampstead, North London, on the 19th October 1911 – the son of Albert Edward Thomas, a local newsagent and stationer, and his wife Evelyn Gradon, originally from Durham, who had married the previous year.
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Rare Books in the Press - Conservation of Jefferson's Bible

Fine Books & Collections announces: "The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is currently performing a conservation treatment to ensure the long-term preservation of Thomas Jefferson's bible, a small handmade book that provides an intimate view of Jefferson's private religious and moral philosophy ...
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13 volumes about camellias - hidden under a coat

A thief was arrested on Christmas Day in Yorkshire (UK). The Cambridge graduate William Jacques had stolen Ambroise Verschaffelt"s Nouvelle Iconographies des Camellias from the RHS Lindley Library ...
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The study of paper as evidence, artefact, and commodity

Paper plays a subsidiary role in book production. It is the basic substance of which books are made, yet almost never impinges upon their communicative function. It serves as a mute vehicle of text, rarely noticed except when it fails of its purpose, when defects inherent in its manufacture impede the transmission and preservation of printed information.
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Collecting - Eugene Ionesco

The Romanian-French playwright Eugene Ionesco was one of the leading absurdist writers of the 20th century. Among his best known plays are The Bald Soprano (1950), The Lesson (1951), The Chairs (1952), Jack or The Submission (1955), The Killer (1958), Rhinoceros (1959), Exit the King (1962), A Stroll in the Air (1963), and Macbett (1972).
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