"As I stood admiring the book and ruminating on its worth, that wise and shrewd bookseller, Bill Fletcher, doyen of the British trade, and a man some thirty years my senior in both age and experience, came up to me. 'What are you looking at, my son?' he inquired. I told him. 'What's so special about that then? he asked. I explained. 'Then why don't you buy it?' Bill said ... I replied to the effect that were I to buy it with a view to selling it again, I would in effect be trading gold for gold. 'Shall I tell you something, my son?' Bill responded. 'The price of gold [pause] is going up!'" (Anthony Rota, Books in the Blood). Keith Fletcher recounts the life and personality of his father, the doyen of the trade and former owner of H.M. Fletcher Rare Books: Bill Fletcher.
Young antiquarian booksellers and beginners in the trade will head for Colorado in July and York in September 2015. The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar and the York Antiquarian Book Seminar, established last year after the example of Colorado, offer excellent possibilities to enter the international rare book trade. AbeBooks will sponsor two courses both in Colorado and in York. For all who are interested, read the following information:
It is fitting that the first issue of San Francisco Earthquake was published in the fall of 1967 as it is a product of the hangover after the Summer of Love. That Summer was largely a media fabrication and the Earthquake through its five issues is a Burroughsian attack on Time-Life media and a potent example of Fluxus and Situationist detournment. But let's be honest, even the mainstream media reported that the flower in the hair of wannabe hippies had wilted by 1967. For example, Joan Didion's articles on Lifestyles in the Golden Land had been appearing in the Saturday Evening Post as early as 1965.
Un coup d´œil sur les rayons et vitrines des exposants dans les foires aux livres anciens internationales montre à quel point les livres peuvent être épargnés par le temps. Tant chez les bibliophiles que dans les bibliothèques, de nombreux incunables ont bravés les siècles pratiquement sans prendre une ride.
75.000 medieval manuscripts, available online: Manuscripta mediaevalia is a joint venture of the State Library Berlin (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin / Preußischer Kulturbesitz), the State Library Munich (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München) and the German Documentation Centre for the History of Arts (Deutsches Dokumentationszentrum für Kunstgeschichte - Bildarchiv Foto Marburg).