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Rare Books and Suicide Bombers

"Walking into the New York Antiquarian Book Fair in Manhattan's Armory, you get a sense of what suicide bombers must feel when they enter paradise and start in on those 72 virgins. For a bibliopsycho, like me, this was paradise at its most varied and delectable."
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Pictorial Literature - Two Children’s Books Catalogues by Sabine Keune, reviewed by F.C. Heller

In a series of catalogues the German antiquarian bookseller Sabine Keune offers the most beautiful copies from the Martin Kaiser Collection of Pictorial Literature. Martin Kaiser collected children's books, fairy tales which are more than books for children: They are, in Roger Duvoisin's words, "pictorial literature", pieces of art, designed and illustrated by famous 20th century artists like V. Preissig, V. Lebedev, Walter Trier and Walt Disney. The illustrations in these pictorial books are influenced by the predominant artistic trends of the 20th century: from Art Nouveau to Expressionism to Avantgarde. Friedrich C. Heller's review of Sabine Keune's catalogue is as worth reading as the catalogue itself.
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News from Stockholm!

On Saturday 17th March, the 2018 edition of the annual Stockholm Antiquarian Book Fair will open its doors! We spoke to Mats Peterson, owner of Stockholm's Centralantikvariatet in Stockholm and President of the Swedish association SVAF.
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EU proposals for the crackdown on cultural goods imports delayed

Antiques Trade Gazette (ATG) on 6th August 2018: The European Union’s plan to introduce new laws on the import of cultural goods, due to be voted on this summer, has been delayed until September.
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CABS 2018 - The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

This week, the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar will take place - an unmissable opportunity for booksellers to learn about the rare book trade and get hands on advice from experienced and highly respected booksellers.
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Gertrude Emily Benham (1867-1938) - English Mountaineer, Traveller and Collector

Gertrude Benham was one of the most, possibly the most prolific traveller of all time, and of either sex. The present author is attempting to locate Benham's numerous paintings, sketches and photographs, which are not in any known archives. In a last letter to the Plymouth Museum, early 1935, shortly before the start of her ill-fated final journey, she states that she deposited them in a trunk in a warehouse in Bridport. Descendants of the Benham family believe they were destroyed in the Plymouth blitz of March 1941, but there is no evidence for this.
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