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Collecting Baedeker Travel Guides

Publié le 24 Fév. 2010
Baedeker's travel guides were the premium travel guides of the second half of the 19th and the first part of the 20th century, giving rise to the verse: "Kings and governments may err – but never Mr. Baedeker." They are keenly collected, and some of them are extremely rare, like the famous and seldom seen "Athen" Baedeker from 1896, which was not sold outside Greece.
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Diana Parikian’s Swansong

Diana Parikian, one of the most g ift, hardworking and highly regarded booksellers in the trade, recently announced her 'retirement', prompting the above remark in The Book Collector. Diana created whole fields of collecting interests and library trends, from emblem books to Wunderkammer, and many a rare book collector and librarian is indebted to her. Her finds include neo-Latin Renaissance literature, early theatre, opera libretti, documents of art history as well as forays into conjuring and cookery. Diana belongs to that small group of booksellers who actually read, or at least browse, the contents of obscure books, in Latin. Italian and French, to discover some unknown feature. She has published 80 catalogues over the last 45 years.
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Collecting Rare Books and First Editions - Linguistic Adventures

Some years ago I bought a copy of "Bizarre Books, a compendium of classic oddities" (New York, 2007). Books like that are not only fun to read but also very useful as a reference work when hunting for 'bizarre books'. Books with funny titles, obscure topics and unusual stories, especially the older ones, make me curious and greedy. Most of them are hard to find though. The first title I bought after reading 'Bizarre Books' was a "Handbook on hanging" (London, 1928). Thanks to internet it came all the way from a little brick and mortar bookshop on Isle of Arran (of all places…) to my private library near Amsterdam. But the book that really caught my attention was "An Irishman's Difficulties with the Dutch Language" (Rotterdam, 1908) by 'Cuey-na-Gael'.
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Australia’s Willy Wonka: From Home Candy-Making to Confectionery Magnate

The man who introduced chewing gum to Australia came from much humbler beginnings. Macpherson Robertson, founder of MacRobertson's Steam Confectionery Works, is known for building a true candy empire. An innovative marketer, Robertson published a book about his rise to success. The copiously illustrated volume, entitled A Young Man and a Nail Can, romanticizes Robertson's rags-to-riches story and offers a glimpse into the world of an ingenious businessman who forever changed the world of confections.
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ILAB Internships – Out of the Classroom, into the World: Barcelona, Spain 2013

Hello, it's me again! Another two weeks have past, and my today's post is about Barcelona. The city hasn't lost a bit of its charm since I've been there three years ago, and I was really happy to come back here and to spend these days with Albert Casals and his friends.
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The Gravell Watermark Archive: Taking watermarks online

The Gravell Watermark Archive ( is bringing together more than 50,000 watermarks from America and Europe, including 7,500 images collected by American-watermark expert Thomas L. Gravell and about 45,000 unpublished marks documented by Charles-Moise Briquet. On the website, you can search for stags, swans, or unicorns, creatures from a medieval bestiary produced long ago by wire attached to a paper mould. (Watermarks are made by placing a design made with thin wire on a paper mould. The paper formed over the wire is thinner and translucent when held up to a light source.)
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