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Book Trade History - George Berger and his Sons 1796-1868

Published on 23 Sept. 2015
GEORGE BERGER was a very active bookseller and publisher in the first half of the 19th century, who worked out of Holywell Street, off the Strand, and who at one point, prior to the arrival of W.H. Smith, was the largest newsagent in London (Louis James, Fiction for the Working Man, 1963). Yet, as was the case with many of his contemporaries – George Purkess, William Strange, and George Cowie, for example – very little was known about him. Until now…
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How to Identify First Editions from G.P. Putnam's Sons

Published on 04 July 2013
Since its inception in 1838, G.P. Putnam's Sons have grown into one of the most respected - and controversial - publishing houses in the United States. In 1996, the publishing house became an imprint of the Penguin Group and continues to publish the works of outstanding authors of both fiction and non-fiction.
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How To Identify Simon & Schuster First Editions

Published on 22 May 2013
One of the four largest English-language publishing houses, Simon & Schuster now publishes over 2,000 titles a year under 35 different imprints. The firm started by publishing crossword puzzle books and grew to publish some of the world's most recognized authors. How to identify Simon & Schuster first editions.
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Cathy Henderson and Richard Oram on the history and collecting of books published by Alfred A. Knopf

Published on 12 July 2011
The Harry Ransom Center holds the Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. archive, which includes books published under the Borzoi imprint and books from Alfred A. and Blanche Knopf's personal library. Nigel Beale interviews the Associate Directors for Exhibitions Cathy Henderson and Richard Oram, co-authors of "The House of Knopf", a book that contains collected documents from the Knopf, Inc. archive and is part of the Dictionary of Literary Biography series.
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The Curse of St Clements - or, A Tale of Peril and Redemption

When Leslie asked me to talk to you about books, and my bookselling career – if bookselling can be called a career – I decided that, this being the Osborne Collection, I should confine myself to children's books This will not be hard to do, because children's books have always had a central place in my life I should warn you though, that tonight you are going to get less of my daring adventures as a bookseller, and more of my conclusions about books, especially children's books, gained from 40 years experience of bookselling
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In the Media - ATG UK: Proposed EU cultural goods bill ‘unworkable’ say trade bodies

Article in Antiques Trade Gazette (UK), 17th April 2018:
Book dealers seek change to 250-years-old clause in proposed import licensing law.
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The Picasso of Dust Jacket Design

He brought poster, advertising, and dust jacket design out of the nineteenth century and into the twentieth, integrating the aesthetic and forms of modern art into his work. It was welcomed in England. It was rejected in the United States. In his time he was, ultimately, the most significant graphic designer in the English-speaking world. Born in Montana, USA, E[dward]. ("Ted") McKnight Kauffer (1890-1954) was one of Europe's most prolific and influential advertising poster artists during the 1920s and 1930s, and as innovative as his French counterpart, A.M. Cassandre.
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Collecting the Physical Book in the Digital Age

I'm going to make some general comments about my experiences as a dealer buying and selling in the Internet/digital age today and offer some reflections on the past – over the thirty-five years that I've been in business. I won't keep you in suspense any longer. The impact of the Internet and computer technology has been enormous on the rare book business. There are three basic things that we do in this profession: buy books, sell books, and research what we are buying in order to sell them. All have been greatly impacted by technology. Today everything that I acquire is researched online in regard to bibliographical information, as well as for pricing comparison by looking at other copies in the marketplace. This research plays a key role in deciding what to buy, what to pay for the book, and in determining a fair amount to price the book for sale. Of course a subscription to the online auction record database is essential.
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The Professionalization of Library Theft

Travis McDade is Curator of Law Rare Books at the University of Illinois College of Law and author of the upcoming Thieves of Book Row: New York's Most Notorious Rare Book Ring and the Man Who Stopped It. The book will published by Oxford University Press in May 2013. In this article Travis McDade, who also teaches a class called "Rare Books, Crime & Punishment", writes about how stolen books can be identified and what book thieves do to prevent this.
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"What you're doing with all these books here?" The Cookie Monster in the Library

For our youngest collectors: A library is a room full of shelves without cookies. Just books, no cookies, not even a glass of juice ... Sesame Street on YouTube.
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