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"A living book in a world without books" - Soylent Green

It's the year 2022 ... New York City has become overpopulated with 40 million people and pollution has caused the temperature to be risen and all natural resources have been destroyed, leaving 40 million people starving. People do anything to get what they need. And they need Soylent Green. New York police detective Thorn is accused of murder by government agents because he gets too close to a secret involving the origins of the revolutionary foodstuff created by the Soylent Company. His assistant is Sol Roth, one of the few "living books in a world without books". Roth has lost his job, the only thing he can do for his living is to be "a living book". As such Roth gives Thorn all the information and all the knowledge that he needs. There are many "living books" in this world where strawberries, fresh meat and books are as rare as humanity. They meet at the "Exchange" – a kind of library ... A German review of this famous science fiction movie.
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Collecting Ernest Hemingway

Where to start with Hemingway? Ernest Hemingway has been avidly collected pretty much from the start of his career. His first book, Three Stories and Ten Poems (1923) issued in wrappers in an edition of 300 copies, originally came in an unprinted glassine sleeve, the presence of which can dramatically increase the cost of the book.
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In Memory of Mitsuo Nitta

As I had retired from the publishing business more than fifteen years ago, it was only when we sent our annual Seasonal Greetings to Mr. and Mrs. Nitta that we learned from Yushodo that Mitsuo had passed away two months earlier. I was shocked that my old friend had died, as was my wife and son. It seemed impossible, a person with such brimming enthusiasm and largess of life. And I felt particularly saddened that we had become so out of touch since my retirement that I only recently discovered this great loss.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Astronomy, Astrology, Potato, Po-tah-to?

Since the Neolithic age, humans have attempted to track lunar cycles and understand their relationship with natural phenomena like the changing tides. From these rudimentary attempts, the fields of astrology and astronomy were eventually born. The two disciplines evolved together, but our changing understanding of the universe has relegated astrology to the world of superstition and folklore. The world of rare books offers an interesting glimpse into these parallel studies.
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