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Dieter Tausch - New President of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association (VAO) Dieter Tausch (Innsbruck)

Dieter Tausch (Innsbruck) has been elected new President at the annual meeting of the Austrian Antiquarian Booksellers' Assocation (Verband der Antiquare Österreichs, VAO). Michael Truppe (Graz) serves as vice-president. Michael Bauer (Vienna), Traugott Scheidtinger (Feldkirch) and Dr. Elisabeth Weinek (Salzburg) serve as members of the VAO Committee.
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Women in Revolutionary Debate. Female Novelists from Burney to Austen

Stephanie Russo is a lecturer at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Her research is focused on the 18th and 19th century novel. Her new book, published by Hes & de Graaf, is a very good read, and a highly important work for everyone who is interested in the history of ideas, culture and society, and, in particular, in the history of women who did not only embroider cushions while waiting in the parlour for Mister Darcy, but who took their opportunities to change their situation and to influence their society by means of literature.
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Christmas and The Private Library, Part 1

The literature of Christmas is vast, and any book collector seeking to create a Christmas-themed private library quickly realizes that difficult choices have to be made. Does one collect everything written about or influenced by this holiday? Does one focus only on non fiction books (origins, evolution, secular or religious aspects), fiction (not all of which is cheery), or both? Does one collect such books as a stand-alone theme, or as an adjunct to other collecting areas (folklore, religion, industrialization, childhood, illustration)? - This is a literary Christmas present by L. D. Mitchell and his famous blog The Private Library.
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Tall Tales and Fictitious Voyages - Travel Books, Rare & Extraordinary

Travel lies are as old as literature itself, or perhaps even older. Sailors, the quintessential travellers, are well known for their sailor's yarns. And how better to impress the stay-at-homes than with stories of sea serpents, dwarfs, giants, headless or dog-faced people in faraway places? This was much more satisfying than telling of hard work, bad food and low pay.
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When the book trade meets in New York

Booksellers from all continents are busy preparing one of the main events of the book trade each year. The New York Antiquarian Book Fair and a number of satellite events will run next week.
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