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Rare Books and the Rare Book Trade
 
Science Fiction

New "Taste and Technique" in Science Fiction

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
Modern science-fiction, fantasy, and horror collectors are in the forefront of the changes in the techniques of book collecting. They sincerely wish to own the "true" first edition of each book they collect. They are among the first types of book collectors to stop "following the flag" (i.e. buying the first edition of a book printed in the author's country of origin regardless of where the "true world first edition" was published). For a modern example, a number of Stephen King's books have been published in England, one in France, and another in Germany, all of which are eagerly collected today.
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Rare Book Trade

Why Buy From ABAA/ILAB Dealers?

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
It's reasonable to claim that the present is far and away the most tumultuous time in the history of book buying. Book buyers have a tool at their disposal, namely the Internet, that has completely changed the way book collectors are able to add to their libraries.
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Press Books

Fine presses and the bookseller

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
The recent CODEX Foundation book arts festival and symposium The Fate of the Art: The Hand Printed Book in the 21st Century, or Kochfest as I like to call it, was by all accounts a highpoint for the fine press community. It provided a well-deserved spark to all who attended and participated, being the most significant event for the trade in many many years.
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Libraries

A Talk at the Library of Congress

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
The relationship between collectors and libraries, which sounds as if it should be simple, has a way of becoming complex. Consider the following story, with the names omitted to protect the innocent. A well-known collector gave his books and manuscripts to a large university library.
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Rare Book Trade

A Look at the American Antiquarian Book Trade

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
At years end, the state of the American antiquarian book trade can best be described as unsettled, and in what has become an increasingly global marketplace; I suspect that the American experience is little different from that of our overseas colleagues. Although some areas of the American trade remain robust with children's books, American colorplate books, some Americana, and some literary highspots most conspicuous among them, the trade in general continues to undergo a rapid and continuous shift. The ease of finding books on the Internet has contributed to the increasingly rapid decline of the open shop. Those unwilling to adapt to the new circumstances are facing increasing difficulties.
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Literature

Collecting Authors' First Books

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
Authors' "firsts" -- first appearances, first books, first works of fiction, first novels. The fame of the authors included herein varies widely: some are names virtually everyone has heard; some are writers that few people know of yet. What they share in their first or early appearances in print is that, at the time, they were almost all both relatively young and relatively unknown. The works had to stand on their own merits rather than on their authors' reputations.
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Early Printing

The St Andrews Project

Published on 26 Nov. 2009
Since 1997, a group of researchers at the University of St Andrews have been engaged on an ambitious bibliographical project: a survey of all books published in French before 1601.
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Yeah, that's him, Gutenberg!

Sunday Girl meets Sunday Boy, or: The history of printing sung after the famous Blondie tunes on YouTube.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

If you've ever attended or exhibited at a book fair in Florida, you'll know that MKR is a "home girl," probably trailing only Ernest Hemingway and John D. MacDonald in popularity as collected Florida authors, and neck and neck with Zora Neale Hurston for third place.
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Virtual "Kultur"

Just back from the Stuttgart Book Fair, I cannot resist sharing some mischievous thoughts inspired by the observation of a surrealist stand near the entrance of the exhibition.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Isaac Asimov, Legendary Author of Science Fiction

Isaac Asimov, legendary author of science fiction, celebrated his birthday on January 2. Born Isaak Yudovich Osimov in Petrovichi, Russia around January 2, 1920, Asimov immigrated to Brooklyn, New York with his family. Asimov would always retain a strong New York accent, a feature just as distinctive as his legendary mutton chops. The author is less well known for his flying phobia and using the nom de plume Paul French.
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Photographically illustrated Books

It is widely known that in 1839 William Henry Fox Talbot invented the positive-negative system of photography that effectively was the medium until the digital age supplanted it 150 years later. It is less wellknown that from 1852 he concentrated on perfecting his photoglyphic engraving process, the precursor to photogravure, which revolutionized high-quality book illustration and art reproduction from the 1880s.
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Message from Hervé Valentin, President of SLAM: Paris Book Fair 2020 & COVID19

This text was first published in the SLAM Members Gazette, edition 76 in French language.
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