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Book Collectors - Palau Islands, Pacific Ocean, and Bochum, Germany

Buying collections is always an exiting business, at least for me. There are so many elements of surprise, even if you have an idea what is in the collection, because you helped build it. Here is one of my most pleasant recollections of buying from an old customer.
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Bibliographies - Philosophy

Online: The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (IEP) - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (SEP) - Immanuel Kant - "Warda" online
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions: The Letters of B. Traven

One of the great things about working for a bookseller is you get to see some very cool items. One of the best in recent days is a collection of letters from the writer B. Traven - best known for his novel The Treasure of Sierra Madre - sent to the model and actress Ruth Ford. If you're only familiar with the classic movie starring Humphrey Bogart, you've been missing out because B. Traven was a man of mystery worthy a movie all his own.
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1948 - Copenhagen III

Poul Jan Poulsen, ILAB’s Treasurer and Committee Member for many many years, discovered a real treasure in his archives: a photograph taken in the Town Hall in Copenhagen in 1948. This was the year in which the League was officially founded. 92 booksellers attended the first ILAB Congress in Denmark which followed the Preliminary Conference held in Amsterdam in 1947.
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Rare Books in the Press: Nigel Beale's Audio Interview with George Parker on The Ryerson Press

Rare book news from Canada: The Ryerson Press is regarded as "one of Canada's most important book publishing firms during the 20th century". Nigel Beale of Nota Bene Books met George Parker to talk about the history of the Ryerson Press and the Methodist Book and Publishing Company. George Parker, Professor Emeritus of the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario, where he taught from 1967 to 1997, is the author of numerous articles on Canadian authors and publishers, he contributed to the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature, the Oxford Companion to Canadian History, The Canadian Encyclopedia, and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and wrote "The Beginnings of the Book Trade in Canada" (1985).
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