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Reflections on Scouting, Part I

Published on 29 March 2010
For as long as I've been around there has existed a controversy over whether bookselling should be considered a trade or a profession. Well here is the answer and like all great truths it is succinct. Bookselling is a trade: Bookscouting is a profession.
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Virtual "Kultur"

Published on 16 Feb. 2010
Just back from the Stuttgart Book Fair, I cannot resist sharing some mischievous thoughts inspired by the observation of a surrealist stand near the entrance of the exhibition.
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The Big Day Stay

Published on 30 Dec. 2009
It has always been my intention, since I began writing this column for Rare Book Review, to alternate chatty and anecdotal essays on bookish topics, with magisterial, carefully researched articles replete with detailed and incisive commentary on topics of immediate and vital interest to the rare book world. Thus after my self-indulgent and rambling article on poetry in the last issue, I was scheduled to reveal several exciting discoveries that would significantly forward the art and science of bibliography. And with that intention did I gather my copious research materials, as Heidi and I left for the weekend to our tiny cottage retreat by the shore in Cape May Point.
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Books in Hard Times Draws a Crowd

Published on 23 Dec. 2009
"The hotly anticipated Books in Hard Times conference held at the Grolier Club on September 22, 2009 drew 150 collectors, booksellers, and librarians. The usual suspects were in attendance along with a few new and young faces. One might have expected the mood to be dark and somber, but even before the opening remarks, the tenor of conversation in the audience was optimistic."
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Cultural Revolutions - A Firsthand Look At China's Reviving Book Scene

Published on 16 Dec. 2009
"On a cold Tuesday in Beijing, steam rose ghost-like from sewer grates in the wide, car-choked streets. The towering buildings, monuments to China's new wealth, stood a lonely watch as thickly bundled people hustled from heated lobby to taxi and back again. Street vendors' breath hung in a crystalline mist over full carts of fresh candied mandarin slices, twisted fried bread and roasted sweet potatoes ..."
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Some Features of the Antiquarian Book Trade in Russia

Published on 16 Dec. 2009
During the last 15-20 years Russia has experienced a significant increase of public interest in collecting antiques, including old and rare books, and as a consequence - intensive development of the antique trade. This is confirmed by numerous facts: increase of the number of antique shops and dealers; enlargement of their stock; improvement of traditional and development of new technologies of the trade ...
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Selling Civilization

Published on 14 Dec. 2009
It isn't easy being a bookseller these days. We are being assaulted from every side, by what seems to be progress, or at least that's what people call it. A few years ago I referred in print to the current explosion of instant world-wide communication technology as the Electronic revolution, comparing it to the Industrial revolution of the 19th century. I continued by pointing out that just as people living in the midst of that industrial explosion of mass manufacturing could hardly have foreseen the long-term effects of that major cataclysm ...
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Women's Work: women in Economics, Politics and Philosophy | New blog from Peter Harrington

The contribution of eminent male thinkers to intellectual and public life is well documented: we all know our Kant from our Keynes, our Wittgenstein from our Wilberforce. It's no secret that women and women's issues have historically been granted less space on the political, philosophical and economic stages, and this deficit is unfortunately reflected in publishing history.
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Final report from Stuttgart 2017 - See you again next year from 26 - 28 January 2018!

The final report from the 2017 Stuttgart International Antiquarian Book Fair has just been published by the German Booksellers Association VdA (Verband der Antiquare). Ein derart tolles Angebot wie in diesem Jahr hätte es auf der Antiquariatsmesse schon länger nicht mehr gegeben, schwärmte ein Sammler, der gleich bei mehreren Ausstellern fündig geworden war. Ähnlich positiv äußerten sich viele der Besucherinnen und Besucher, die beinahe ebenso zahlreich wie in den Vorjahren durch die Gänge flanierten und die Exponate bewunderten: Autographen studierten, in Erstausgaben blätterten oder über den Erwerb von dekorativer Grafik grübelten.
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Edgar Franco

Le 24 avril 1999, Edgar Franco, membre d'honneur de la LILA, est décédé à Utrecht aux Pays-Bas.
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Mostra del Libro Antico - International Antiquarian Book Fair, Bologna 2011

From 22 to 25 September 2011 Bologna will host the 8th Artelibro Art Book Festival, one of Italy's most prestigious book and art events held in cooperation with the Italian Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ALAI).
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - The Man Behind the Beloved Freddy Series

George Orwell's Animal Farm (1945) is synonymous with talking animals, but Orwell wasn't the first to populate a novel with anti-establishmentarian, anthropomorphic animals. Walter R Brooks created the beloved Freddy the Pig and his friends on Bean Farm almost two decades earlier. Though Brooks' Freddy books aren't as overtly political as Orwell's work, they do depict animals overcoming corrupt authority. Brooks had a rich, varied literary career that included not only the Freddy novels, but also numerous short stories, editorials, and literary reviews
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Over 550 booksellers in 26 countries working together, achieving remarkable result in unprecedented campaign

“Amor Librorum Nos Unit” is the motto of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, ILAB, the international trade body for the rare book trade uniting booksellers across 36 countries. The motto has been quoted many times over the last few days and particularly the last few hours following an agreement with AbeBooks to reverse its decision to withdraw from a number of international markets.
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