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Collecting William Faulkner

Faulkner provides opportunities for the beginning collector, and challenges for the veteran collector. After his literary reassessment in the late 1940s Faulkner's works were printed in larger numbers and collectible copies of most of his later works are readily available. Prior to this, however, Faulkner was neither widely read nor appreciated. Fine copies of his early works are particularly difficult to obtain.
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The London Book Fair Week 2014

Who invented the antiquarian book fair? In 1958 the first book fair worldwide offering rare and beautiful books, prints and manuscripts was held in London at the National Book League in Albemarle Street from 6th to 21st June, organized by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA). Now in its 57th year, the London International Antiquarian Book Fair is not only the oldest, but one of the biggest and most important events of the rare book trade. With over 180 leading antiquarian book dealers from across the globe exhibiting rare treasures from the early days of printing up to highly collectible modern first editions, children's and illustrated books, precious bindings, autograph letters, prints, photographs, manuscripts, ephemera and original art works spanning the centuries, with prices ranging from the accessible £10 to half a million – it is the place to be for book collectors. Whatever you collect, whatever your subject, curiosity or indulgence, you will find something to capture your imagination and interest at the International Antiquarian Book Fair at National Hall, Olympia - and not only there. A series of book fairs will be held in London at the end of May. This is a short summary of all the fairs, with links to the official websites.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Jenny Lind in London

I like to try and find material relating to the history of performance, both in music and the theatre, and my library customers in particular are always looking for things they can use for exhibitions, for teaching, or to attract researchers. In other words, the unique. Here is one such book. Bound in black morocco by W. S. Johnson, it is a careful contemporary record of the 1849 season at Her Majesty's Theatre in London.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Chilling Tales from the Icy Wastes

The polar regions have always had a huge attraction for mankind and its explorers. What lay in or beyond those icy wastes? An open sea? The way to Asia? Riches beyond the dreams of avarice? Many set out to find out, never to return. Probably no other field of exploration has brought forth so many heroes, sung and unsung, so much suffering and so many, often unnecessary, deaths. Probably most of the gruesome deaths in the icy reaches will never be known or told, but several made it into print from the 16th to the 20th century. I have picked 10 expeditions at random, my only criterion being that there had to be horrible suffering, death, and, maybe, cannibalism.
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Rare Books on the Blog - Pacific Voyages: A Book That Sailed with Cook

"Among the volumes held by University of Melbourne Special Collections concerning British exploration of the Pacific, the book with the greatest link to the subject has nothing at all to do with it at least in terms of its topic. It is a medical text called An Introduction to Physiology (London, 1759), a compilation of lectures for students by the Scottish physiologist and instructor Malcolm Flemyng (ca. 1700–1764)..."
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Announcing the Text: The Development of the Title Page, 1470–1900

An exhibition in the National Gallery of Art Library. It traces the development of the title page presenting wonderful examples of early books of the 15th century through modern books of the late 19th century.
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