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Vandérem et la bibliophilie nouvelle

Published on 08 Oct. 2010
Le mérite de cet épisode emporté de l'histoire de la bibliophilie française revient tout entier à Fernand Vandérem. En 1922, Henri Leclerc, libraire-expert, propriétaire de la revue, lui en a confié la direction. Homme tout autre et venu d'un tout autre bord que Georges Vicaire, son prédécesseur, Vandérem n'est ni un érudit ni un bibliographe patenté. C'est un écrivain, romancier sans succès et chroniqueur littéraire apprécié, qui s'est taillé dans le petit monde spécialisé de la librairie ancienne la réputation d'un amateur fin et paradoxal. L'aplomb de ses oukases et la causticité de son esprit en ont fait une manière de personnage. À la tête du Bulletin, il va révéler et déployer tous les talents d'un incomparable animateur.
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The A-Z of Celebrity Book Collecting - Bookride reveals the hidden secrets of the rare book trade

Published on 27 Aug. 2010
The Who is Who of rare book collecting. Why does Charlie Woods never attend rare book auctions? What do Led Zeppelin and Crowley have in common? Who has bought a lock of Rupert Brooke's hair? And how much did it cost? Bookride reveals the "hidden" secrets of the antiquarian book trade and explains what is worth collecting in a glossary from A to Z: animals, Attenborough, auctions, Beatles, Boer War, Bloomsbury, Celine, Chesterton, colour printing, cookery, cricket, Crowley, design, Dracula, engineering, false books, flowers ...
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How To Shop at a Used or Rare Book Store Without Being Murdered

Published on 26 Aug. 2010
"One of the questionable compensations which used booksellers [the rare books, not the sellers] receive in return for devoting themselves to a precarious vocation is a constant exposure to all the varieties and extremes of human behaviour at its most eccentric." So begins The Protocols of Used Bookstores, a serio-comic tract written and recently published by Toronto fine and rare bookseller (the rare books and the seller) David Mason. Within, Mason lists forty-four Rules to be heeded by the used and rare book buyer when patronizing a brick and mortar shop if they wish the proprietor to give them the time of day and a piece of their expertise as opposed to a time of death and a piece of their mind. Mason has put forth these rules "to help make your quest for a book simpler."
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Rare Books to Honour the Still Alive - “Festschriften and The Private Library”

Published on 18 Aug. 2010
Memorials are published after the death of an author, artist or scientist. "It is rare that such tributes are composed while an honoree is still alive, though such tributes are not unknown." "Festschriften" – there is no English or American equivalent for what is meant by the German word – are addressed to scientists during their life and career. L. D. Mitchell introduces a field of collecting rare books which are popular in the scholarly world, but nearly unknown to bibliophiles.
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“The Precious Unprinted Contents of Books” – Handwritten notes, flowers and other things you find in rare books

Published on 16 Aug. 2010
Open an old book and find – a flower, or better: a bank note, photographs, letters, notes scribbled on the pages, exhibitions tickets. Even if a book is boring you may find something interesting between the lines or pages, if it is an old book, not a Kindle. The Guardian Book Blog muses about "marginalia and forgotten mementoes" in the age of the internet.
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The Greatest Book Collector You Never Heard Of

Published on 27 July 2010
"One room was abandoned when the piles neared the ceiling, and at some point a subsidence of books blocked the door from the inside, sealing the room off. He established an annex in the garage, where piles of loose books mingled with unopened purchases from local shops and parcels from overseas ..."
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Celal Sengör

Published on 22 July 2010
Celal Sengör is one of the leading geologists and specialist on earthquakes worldwide. He is a professor of the Technical University in Istanbul – and possesses what is probably the largest private library on geology and it’s history from the very beginnings until today. His library, built into the hills above the Bosporus, contains more than 30,000 volumes...
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Bibliofilia e bibliomania - Or: The Fascination of Rare Books and Autographs

Published on 19 July 2010
Umberto Eco held his "lectio magistralis" about "Bibliofilia e bibliomania" in Turin. Professor Eco himself is "A Bibliophile of huge Ec(h)o", as Umberto Pregliasco has characterized him. In September 2010 he will open the 39th ILAB Congress and 23rd International Book Fair in Bologna with a lecture - a great honour for the League, and a great pleasure for every bibliophile who will have the chance to attend this event.
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The Foots and the Poets

Published on 06 July 2010
Very recently, a delightful new book tumbled on to my desk from an otherwise boring mail delivery - a Yard (3 Foots) Anthology, which straight away brightened my day and finished off anything else I had planned to do. For it immediately took me back many years to a different era. After a preliminary look-through, I was so grateful that I telephoned the donor to thank him most profusely and genuinely.
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James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific

Three expeditions into the uncharted waters of the Pacific Ocean – and a tragic end on Hawaii. James Cook (1728–1779) was the first to map New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific islands. He formed our modern image of the world and refuted once and for all the existence of a mythical Terra Australis Incognita.
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Norbert Donhofer - President of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB)

At the Ordinary General Meeting on 13th April 2014 in Paris the presidents of ILAB's 22 national member associations voted for Norbert Donhofer (Austria) as new ILAB President. He succeeds Tom Congalton (United States) who served as President from 2012 to 2014; and he will be supported by ILAB Vice-President Gonzalo Fernandéz Pontes (Spain).
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Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press: A Checklist - An New Book By Matthew McLennan Young

Matthew McLennan Young is the author of Field & Tuer, The Leadenhall Press: A Checklist, the first comprehensive bibliography on this subject, which has recently been published by Oak Knoll Press. Andrew W. Tuer (1838-1900) was as one of the most influential printers of the Victorian period. With The Leadenhall Press he published hundreds of titles in almost every subject area, from sixpenny pamphlets to limited editions, periodicals like The Paper & Printing Trades Journal or The Printers International Specimen Exchange, Jerome K. Jerome's first book On the Stage - and Off and Sir Montague Shearman's Foot-Ball: Its History for Five Centuries. Matthew McLennan Young's outstanding work includes a portrait of Andrew Tuer and an annotated bibliography which lists nearly 450 publications by Field & Tuer and The Leadenhall Press from 1863 to 1913. For the Oak Knoll Biblio-Blog he has given an account of a post-publication discovery.
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Books from the Shelf - Rare Book Talks in Budapest

Adam Bosze, President of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Hungary (MAE), is a specialist in books and manuscripts on music from 15th to 20th century. His shop is located in Budapest, but he also exhibits at the major international antiquarian book fairs. Besides being an antiquarian bookseller, he is also a TV and radio journalist, who talks and writes about books and music in television, on the radio and in his blogs in the Internet. From the beginning of October onwards, every first and last Wednesdays of each month Adam Bosze will be talking about the books on music he finds interesting. The books he will talk about are from the shelves of his antiquarian book shop in Budapest. They may be boring or absolutely fascinating, depending on the audience's taste, but they will all be worth discussing.
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Vom "Autogramm" zum "Autograph". Zur Kultivierung einer Liebhaberei

"In unserer schnelllebigen Zeit steht der bloße Namenszug des vom Scheinwerferlicht des Tages umfluteten Zeitgenossen - das Autogramm - im Vordergrund des Interesses." Günther Preuß-Tantzen about the history of autograph collecting.
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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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