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Boston Virtual Book Fair 2020

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Goes Virtual

Publié le 20 Août 2020
BOSTON, MA – An alluring treasure trove awaits seasoned collectors as well as new visitors at the 44th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair which will be held virtually November 12-14, 2020. The event will showcase the finest in rare and valuable books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, ephemera, political and historic documents, maps, atlases, photographs, fine and decorative prints, and much more.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Picture this

This little book (it measures only 138 × 108 mm), 'The Secret of taking Daguerreotypes, or the Art of producing Photogenic Pictures with a Camera Obscura', has been described as 'the first photographic manual in the world' (Gernsheim, Concise History of Photography (third edition, p. 11), and is also the first German publication on photography.
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The House Call

It’s a thrilling experience, a rite of passage into the trade. A member of the public thinks so highly of your skills as a book maven, (or your status as a cash cow), that they invite you into their private space to examine, and make an offer on, their books. You get to walk around pronouncing on the current state of the market, on what’s hot and what’s not, all the while maintaining an ingratiating stream of patter that, you hope, will convince the owner that you’re a sage and trustworthy expert.
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La photographie ancienne

Il y a trois cents ans vint le temps de l'amour des livres imprimés. Cabinets de lectures et bibliothèques privées se multiplièrent, rivalisant d'élégance sous l'arbitrage d'érudits bibliographes travaillant avec ardeur pour tenter de compléter de vivants inventaires sans cesse renouvelés, jamais achevés. L'arrivée d'Internet, et l'unification de tous les catalogues, mit un terme au jeu. Elle permit d'abord à chacun de vérifier des informations peu accessibles. On en profita aussi pour compléter les ouvrages défectueux et pour trouver des brochures recherchées vainement depuis plus de trente ans.
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Book Collecting Basics: Pirated Editions

In July 2007, JK Rowling fans around the world anxiously awaited the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in Rowling's beloved Harry Potterseries. The official release of the English-language version was scheduled to take place on July 21, 2007. But readers in China got their hands on the novel a full ten days earlier, when the book unexpectedly popped up in book stores. Thousands bought the early editions...unaware that the copies in their hands had virtually nothing in common with the authorized edition actually written by JK Rowling.This new pirated edition was certainly not the first unauthorized Harry Potter book published in China. On the contrary, the popular series had fostered an entire cottage industry of book piracy. In some cases, people would scan and republish exact replicas of the authorized editions. In others, they would mimic the genuine article. One pirated edition, for instance, was called Harry Potter and the Half-Blooded Relative Prince. People also would write their own titles, which had little or no connection to Rowling's books. For years, one could easily find titles like Harry Potter and the Hiking Dragon or Harry Potter and the Big Funnel. Rowling's publisher waged a war against those responsible for the pirated editions, a difficult task given that even large Chinese publishers partook in the practice--then denied any knowledge of it.
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Book Collecting in the Press: Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying (Guardian UK, 26 Jan 2017)

The Guardian in the UK recently published an article on book collecting: "An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors – and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes". This essay will resonate with many book collectors and we recommend to follow this link.
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