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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
 
Elisabeth and Sally Burdon
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Interviewed by AbeBooks: "Sisters in antiquarian bookselling: meet Elisabeth and Sally Burdon"

Published on 30 April 2018
Meet Elisabeth (left) and Sally Burdon. A pair of sisters involved in the antiquarian bookselling community and yet operating businesses thousands of miles apart. Elisabeth runs Old Imprints in Portland, Oregon, and is one of the most interesting sellers of ephemera that we know. Sally runs Asia Bookroom in Canberra, Australia, a business that specializes in Asian books, art, and ephemera. Both sell on AbeBooks and we’re thrilled that they partner with us. Sally is also President of ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers), so these are two booksellers with much to talk about. They were kind enough to answer our questions about their family, bookselling and much more.
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Biographies of the Key Figures Involved in the Doves Press

Marianne Tidcombe about the lives of Thomas James Cobden-Sanderson, Harry Gage-Cole, Edward Johnston, John Henry Mason, Edward Philip Prince, and Emery Walker.
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Book Fairs 101: A How-to Handbook for Book Fair Exhibitors

Are you new to antiquarian bookselling? ILAB bookseller Susan Ravdin has put together a very useful set of articles on how to prepare for a book fair sharing her experience: "...I've been exhibiting at book fairs for over 25 years, and I figure I've set-up over 500 booths in that time..."
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Hollywood Adaptations - How Books Inspire Hollywood Movies

How a Christmas card, a poem, a Time magazine article, and even a few novels inspired some of Hollywood's greatest films
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Kay Craddock Booksellers Melbourne Receive Lord Mayor's Commendation

ILAB bookseller Kay Craddock was recently awarded the Lord Mayor's Commendation, an initiative by the City of Melbourne that recognizes small businesses that have operated continuously for at least 50 years. An idea that could be replicated in other cities.
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A Slow Bookshop

Finally I've taken the plunge. Many months ago, I ended my association with abebooks.com. Just before Christmas I withdrew from the Australian bookselling site booksandcollectibles.com.au. And in January this year I summoned my son John to rejig my website, so that it would no longer be possible to browse or order any of my stock online. And he did. Which means that I am no longer an internet bookseller. It's over, finished, done with. And I am delighted. I can't help wishing that I'd taken the plunge years ago. But to everything there is a season – and a reason.
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