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Seattle Book Fair Report by Douglas Stewart

Published on 19 Dec. 2018
After the Pasadena book fair in February this year I enjoyed a scenic drive up the Pacific Highway to Seattle, where I met up with the local dealers who invited me to come exhibit at the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair in October. I thought that sounded like fun, so jumped back on the QF93 to attend my first book fair in the Pacific Northwest.
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The Way It Was In Tripoli, 1817

Stephen Gertz travels to Tripoli through the eyes of Miss Tully, sister-in-law of Richard Tully, British Consul in Tripoli from 1783 to 1793, and real author of (Richard) Tully's "Narrative of a Ten Years' Residence at Tripoli in Africa, published from the originals in the possession of the family of the late Richard Tully … comprising authentic memoirs and anecdotes of the reigning Bashaw, his family, and other persons of distinction; also an account of the domestic manners of the Moors, Arabs, and Turks"
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„Cocktails and Book Tales“ in Munich on Unesco World Book Day 23 April 2015!

If you are looking for a "typical" English club in Germany, you would do well to start in Munich. The Kaufmanns Casino was established in 1832, the year when Johann Wolfgang von Goethe died. Since then it has been hosting "tout Munich" – business people, artists, lawyers, physicians, authors, scientists – for conferences and cocktails. The Kaufmanns Casino has become one of Munich's institutions. Munich without the Kaufmanns Casino would not be the same for all who are living in the wonderful capital of Bavaria.
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Among the antiquarians: Why there’s optimism in the old book game

"'There are a lot of happy dealers,' said Adrian Harrington, the world's foremost purveyor of James Bond first editions, as he walked through the fair on Saturday afternoon. He counted himself among them. The dealers who attended the festival are all part of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, a superhero-sounding collective encompassing 23 individual associations around the world, including the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada." Read more about the Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair in "The National Post"
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Obituary to Dr. Hans Schneider - Nachruf Dr. Hans Schneider

Dr. Hans Schneider, antiquarian bookseller from Tutzing in Germany, passed away in April 2017 at the age of 96. Eberhard Köstler remembers Dr. Schneider, his legacy and a lifetime of building one of the most important antiquarian firms worldwide, specialising in music and music literature. 
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New York Slate: A Bob Dylan Forgery (Why to be careful when buying at auction)

In one of the latest blog entries of Peter Harrington Rare Books (UK), Rachel Chanter describes the dangers of buying at auction. "This cautionary tale shows how far forgers will go to defraud dealers and avid collectors, and how they can sometimes exploit an auction house's less-than-rigorous approach to research. Fortunately, we were able to discover the spurious nature of this artwork, subjecting it to the same level of scrutiny as we do all the items we acquire, which is why we are able to assure customers of the legitimacy of everything we sell. "
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Booksellers show unprecedented act of solidarity and send their books “on vacation”

“I have decided to put my books on (permanent) vacation on ABE in solidarity with fellow booksellers in the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea and Russia. I hope you might like to follow suit.” 
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