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Book Sizes and Taking Advantage of Bald Men

Book Sizes, also known as a book's format, at first sight come across as a bit pointlessly arcane: Folio: Fo. or 2° (try and imagine the 2 as really big and the O as really small). Quarto: Qto. or 4to or even 4°. Octavo: Oct. or 8vo. Duodecimo: 12mo (usually spoken as twelvemo). Sextodecimo: 16mo (sixteenmo). Vicesimo-quarto: 24mo (twentyfourmo). Tricesimo-secundo: 32mo (thirtytwomo). They are the most commonly used. There are a myriad of variations within each theme "Crown Octavo", "Elephant Folio" , "Royal Quarto", "Small..", "Squat.." etc. These are usually tied to bibliographical descriptions from SOMEONE OLD AND DISTINGUISHED tm. who wrote about this book eighty years ago and whose word has been taken ever since.
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Derek Walker of McNaughtan's about the new Rare Books Edinburgh Festival

Rare Books Edinburgh is a new festival taking place from 20th to 30th March 2017, which brings together ten different institutions and organisations to celebrate book culture, collecting, and the history of the book.
The programme includes talks, workshops, and exhibitions, and incorporates the Edinburgh Book Fair, jointly run by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association and the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association. The Edinburgh Book Fair is the largest antiquarian and collectable book fair in Scotland, this year featuring over forty specialist booksellers from around the UK. They will be offering for sale rare and collectable books and printed material of all kinds at a wide variety of price points. The fair will be opened by bestselling author and 'king of tartan noir' Ian Rankin OBE, creator of Inspector Rebus.
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Why Congresses? - A veteran’s ramblings by Keith Fletcher

You ask "why congresses?" - the short answer is surely Amor librorum nos unit; and what better than to meet with people who know what you are talking about rather than experiencing the blank looks of one's 'lay' friends when one mentions "old books".
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Searching For Books In Days Of Yore

Back in April, when I launched this blog, I was pleased that my first post managed to elicit a nice comment. One particular point made by this commenter has been banging around in my head ever since. On the suject of want lists, he wrote: Electronic book-collecting tools are all focused on "dealer push" — a vendor essentially saying, "Here's what I have. Are you interested." The tools aggregate and push this information. We know that many large booksellers do not have the time or inclination to post all of their inventories. It would be nice to go back to the old days of "pull" — posting want lists in magazines to let dealers and fellow collectors know what we are interested in and looking for. It's a service I would readily pay for within the context of a strong collector community like ViaLibri. It was an interesting suggestion, even without the hint of additional revenue. It made me wonder. I am always surprised at how easy it is to forget the "old days" of antiquarian bookselling, before the internet changed everything.
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"A living book in a world without books" - Soylent Green

It's the year 2022 ... New York City has become overpopulated with 40 million people and pollution has caused the temperature to be risen and all natural resources have been destroyed, leaving 40 million people starving. People do anything to get what they need. And they need Soylent Green. New York police detective Thorn is accused of murder by government agents because he gets too close to a secret involving the origins of the revolutionary foodstuff created by the Soylent Company. His assistant is Sol Roth, one of the few "living books in a world without books". Roth has lost his job, the only thing he can do for his living is to be "a living book". As such Roth gives Thorn all the information and all the knowledge that he needs. There are many "living books" in this world where strawberries, fresh meat and books are as rare as humanity. They meet at the "Exchange" – a kind of library ... A German review of this famous science fiction movie.
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