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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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Interview with Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

The Collation, the blog of the Folger Shakespeare Library, has inaugurated a series of interviews with the Folger staff. The first interview introduces the director Michael Witmore.
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Descartes Letter Found, Therefore It Is

The story of a spectacular robbery and its happy ending 170 years later is published in the New York Times, by Patricia Cohen
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1957 - Munich

The 11th Congress of the International League was opened at Munich on 16th September.
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Glorious Bookishness - Learning Anew in the Material World

A Ted Talk by Prof. Michael F. Suarez, S.J. of Rare Book School Virginia
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Being an 'Ai Sho Ka'

I normally don't. But this time I couldn't help myself and paid almost two hundred fifty US dollars (€ 175,- euro) for three books in Kanji (logographic Chinese characters used in Japanese language) printed on very thin paper and traditionally bound in yellow embossed paper wrappers. Why?
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Collectors on Tour - Masonic Lodges in Constantinople (not Istanbul)

Working with rare and valuable books has a tendency to make the extraordinary seem rather ordinary. You start to wonder how certain agglomerations of leather, cloth, paper and ink can be worth so much. These doubts are cast aside, however, when confronted with something which makes a personal connection with you. The truth is that books, letters and diaries provide the most direct links between individuals from the past and those living in the present. Although it is the messages they transmit which are invaluable, surely paper and ink are no less valuable as tangible markers of history than art or architecture?
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