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'Med gamle bøker mot en ny tid' - 'With old books in modern times': 75 Years Norwegian Association

Published on 16 Nov. 2017
"Through the association the trade has organized themselves as managers and intermediaries of the cultural heritage of books. While the books are waiting for their new owners, it is the antiquarians that take care of them. It is they who bring about the material remains of our literary heritage to new readers, to collectors and institutions. Thus they secure great cultural values for the future, and they distinguish between the valuable and the worthless, between the inalienable and waste paper. Hence the antiquarians contribute, not only to preserve the cultural heritage; they also to a large extent, contribute to define it."
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41st Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair - The Highlights are announced

Published on 24 Oct. 2017
The annual fall gathering for booklovers, the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center in Boston's beautiful Back Bay for its 41st year, November 10-12, 2017. More than 120 dealers from the United States, Argentina, Australia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, and Russia will exhibit and sell a vast selection of rare, collectible and antiquarian books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, atlases, modern first editions, photographs, and fine and decorative prints.
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The ABA Chelsea Rare Book Fair 2017 - Finding the perfect Christmas gift, join guided tours or a book signing

Published on 23 Oct. 2017
Held each autumn in the beautiful and historic Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Fair brings together more than 80 exhibitors specialising in antique books, first editions, maps, prints, and manuscripts from all over the world. Prices begin at just a few pounds and dealers are happy to guide you, making this an accessible and exciting venue for beginning collectors or those simply looking for an extra special Christmas gift.
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Intellectual Gluttony - Philosophy Against the Abundance of Books, from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel and Nietzsche

A characteristic feature of Modernity is the contempt of too much food - and books. Philosophers like Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche considered the abundance of books to be unhealthy. In their view, both libraries and human thinking should be restricted to a moderate amount of keeping and reading "the right books". At the same time health fanatics, physicians and the ever rising fashion industry put the world on a diet. The ideal of physical slimness and the contempt of too much food (and drinks, of course) coincides with the philosophical ideal of "intellectual slimness", writes Manfred Schneider, professor of German Literature and Media at the University of Bochum. In his historical outline he describes how philosophers from Petrarca to Kant to Hegel, Nietzsche and Heidegger condemned the abundance of books in libraries and how they fought against, what they thought to be, intellectual gluttony.
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“You’ve got to keep rolling the dice”

"I didn't decide to become a bookseller; I fell into it by accident. In my early 20s I was determined to be an artist and that's what I was until I reached about 25. Then I started helping a friend with a stall outdoors on the Portobello Road on Saturdays and, after a while, I got my own pitch. I happened to do better with the stall than I was doing at painting and I enjoyed it more than painting to a point. Then I started having children and so needed money, and I realised that I was doing more bookselling and less painting and I was actually enjoying it. The day I realised that, I stopped painting and just started focusing on bookselling." - Shelf Fullfillment, the new blog of the ABA, starts with a very interesting series of interviews by Beatie Wolfe.
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Rare Objects with a Story - A catalogue published by Antiquariat Dasa Pahor GbR

It is not every day that a reviewer of catalogues has it this easy. To sum up the intention of this brilliant catalogue, I can do no better than to quote the introduction: "'Rare Objects with a Story' endeavours not to be your normal catalogue. It features only thirty items and makes no attempt to be a 'paint by numbers' production that features a balanced quota of well-known classics from each part of the world... Read more!
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Collecting - Your future on the cards

I like things like this: a rare game of divination, published in Graz, Austria, in 1846, which shows the international legacy of Marie-Anne Lenormand, who had died three years before. Marie-Anne Lenormand (1772–1843) was a clairvoyant, publisher, and self-publicist extraordinaire. Orphaned at an early age, she was raised in a Benedictine convent where she first came to believe in her powers of fortune-telling ...
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Collecting Rare Books and first Editions - Wildman Percy Bysshe Shelley

August 4, 1792, is the birthday of poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), who wrote some of the most popular poems in the English language, including Ozymandias, Ode to the West Wind, and To a Skylark, though his greatest success came after his death.
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Rebecca Romney's "Printer's Error" just published

ABAA bookseller and ILAB member Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Books, well known for her TV appearances in the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" has just published her first book "Printer's Error - Irreverent Stories from Book History". This book should be a delight to any collector, dealer or bibliophile in general. A wonderful idea to put together a collection of "absurd" moments in the lives of authors and printers throughout book history.
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