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Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile – Lucien Goldschmidt (1912-1992)

Published on 21 July 2018
“Lucien Goldschmidt was a citizen of the world”, Nicholas Barker once wrote in The Independent. “He would have liked to be called that, but it would be more true to say that the world of which he was a citizen was one that he had largely created. His life was divided between books and the world of art. Booksellers and art dealers normally lead rather separate careers, but Goldschmidt combined both, giving to each his own individual, highly independent, taste. Words and images combined to form an outlook on the world that was, in one word, civilised.”
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Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile

Emil Hirsch (1866-1954) – Antiquarian Booksellers in Exile –

Published on 21 July 2018
The fifth part of the series of 25 booksellers’ biographies from Ernst Fischer’s biographical handbook "Verleger, Buchhändler & Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933" is dedicated to Emil Hirsch, who started his career in Munich in the year 1884 as an apprentice at Ludwig Rosenthal’s antiquarian bookshop. After working with Oscar Gerschel in Stuttgart, Zahn & Jaensch in Dresden and, as partner, with Gottlob Hess in Munich, he founded his own company in 1879. Emil Hirsch’s antiquarian bookshop and auction house very soon became the centre of bibliophily in the Bavarian capital. He was a founding member of the Gesellschaft der Münchener Bücherfreunde, encouraged Hans von Weber to establish the „Hundertdrucke“ and supported the Bremer Presse. Famous collectors, authors and artists like Karl Wolfskehl and Franz Marc were amongst his friends.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Three Men in a Boat encounter Russian pirates

This year is the 125th anniversary of the first appearance of Three Men in a Boat, published by J. W. Arrowsmith in Bristol (who, three years later, was to bring out that other classic comic novel, George and Weedon Grossmith's The Diary of a Nobody). Although slated by some critics at the time, the book sold in huge numbers, leading Arrowsmith to comment: 'I pay Jerome so much in royalties, I cannot imagine what becomes of all the copies of that book I issue. I often think the public must eat them.' It has never been out of print since.
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Biographies

Biographical Portal (ADB, NDB, HLS, ÖBL): The best online database for German speaking authors, scientists, artists, philosophers etc. Joint index of Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB, Universal German Biography), Historisches Lexikon der Schweiz (HLS, Historical Dictionary of Switzerland), Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB, New German Biography), and Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950 (ÖBL, Austrian Dictionary of Biography 1815-1950). This cooperative project of the Bavarian State Library, the Historical Committee at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Foundation Historical Dictionary of Switzerland started in June 2009.
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40 first Danish editions of milestones in world literature

Meet the Danish booksellers on UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April, in Copenhagen! Members of the Danish Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABF) will hold an ILAB Pop Up Book Fair tomorrow in the main hall of the National Library of Denmark, in the center of Copenhagen. On this occasion Herman Lynge & Son will be exhibiting 40 first Danish translations of milestones in world literature including works by authors such as Cervantes, Shakespeare, Adam Smith and Darwin. The full list can be viewed here on the ILAB website.
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The 5 Most Stolen Books - A Survey by Publisher's Weekly

This week two spectacular book thefts have gone through the press. The World's famous Codex Calixtinus, worth millions, is missing in Santiago de Compostela. A few days later historian and author Barry H. Landau was arrested on charges of stealing historical documents, including ones signed by Abraham Lincoln, from the Maryland Historical Society. "The arrest eventually led to Landau's locker, where police found upwards of 60 documents worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Laudau's heist and the tremendous value of the stolen documents got us thinking about the other end of the literature theft spectrum: what are the most frequently stolen books from bookstores?"
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Collecting Raymond Chandler

Chandler's first four novels in fine jackets The Big Sleep (1939), Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The High Window (1942), and The Lady in the Lake (1943), are the book collecting equivalent of big game.
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Buying Rare and Antiquarian Books in Costa Rica

Buying used, rare, and antiquarian books in Costa Rica's capital city of San Jose can be quite a challenge, but not because of a dearth of bookstores. Rather, unlike many cities in various parts of the world packed that are packed with bookshops, San Jose streets don't have numbers that allow visitors unfamiliar with the city's directional methods to locate with ease their intended destinations.
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