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Bibliophilie

The Book Huntresses: Women Bibliophiles

In his 1930 work on book collecting, Anatomy of Bibliomania, Holbrook Jackson claimed that "book love is as masculine (although not as common) as growing a beard." Times have changed; the recent inauguration of a new book collecting prize by New York bookseller Honey & Wax, "an annual prize of $1000 to be awarded to an outstanding book collection conceived and built by a young woman", is possibly the final nail in the coffin of the idea that bibliophilia is a man's pursuit.
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LILA

Latest submissions to the ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography 2018

The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, worth 10.000 $, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography. Every fourth year it detects and awards a particularly significant reference work within a selection of scholarly books about books published in the previous years. The 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography will be awarded in 2018 to one or more books published in any language and in any part of the world between April 2013 and April 2017.
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#HarryPotter20 - Or Harry Potter 20 Years On

The Harry Potter publishing phenomena is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Is it really 20 years already? Has an entire generation of Harry Potter fans grown up into adults who are more than half way through their twenties? According to its publisher Bloomsbury, the Harry Potter series is estimated to have been sold more than 450 million copies, in over 79 languages, worldwide in the ten years between 1997 and 2007.
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British Map Engravers: A Dictionary of Engravers, Lithographers and Their Principal Employers to 1850

The ultimate guide to the identification of British antique maps and their makers: An illustrated dictionary of over 1,500 members of the map trade in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, of British-born engravers working overseas and foreign engravers working in the British Isles, from the beginnings until the mid 19th century. Included are all the known engravers and lithographers, globemakers and retailers, the principal map sellers and publishers, key cartographers, makers of map-based games and puzzles, but also the remarkable lives of many artists, dealers and publishers, whose fates have been unknown so far.
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Man created absurd world in plot to sell stolen Shakespeare folio, court hears

"Raymond Scott, who lived with his elderly mother in a County Durham cul-de-sac, created an "absurd" fake world involving an imaginary playboy lifestyle and a lost book hoard in Cuba, a jury at Newcastle crown court was told."
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Selling Civilization

It isn't easy being a bookseller these days. We are being assaulted from every side, by what seems to be progress, or at least that's what people call it. A few years ago I referred in print to the current explosion of instant world-wide communication technology as the Electronic revolution, comparing it to the Industrial revolution of the 19th century. I continued by pointing out that just as people living in the midst of that industrial explosion of mass manufacturing could hardly have foreseen the long-term effects of that major cataclysm ...
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Libraires

Le livre ancien a donc un avenir ! - Un interview avec Alain Marchiset

Depuis quelques années notre profession connaît de profondes mutations. On nous parle de plus en plus du livre électronique, et il n'est pas difficile de comprendre que dans quelques années le livre papier ne sera plus la référence en matière de support de la culture. J'avais déjà anticipé cela en 2002 dans un autre article intitulé "Quel avenir pour le livre ancien" dans lequel je disais que le livre ancien échappera sans doute à l'effondrement général du marché du livre neuf, car le livre ancien restera une valeur de collection. Comme je le disais alors " plus le décalage entre le livre de consommation courante et le livre ancien sera grand, plus ce dernier sera valorisé en tant qu'objet de convoitise et donc de collection ». Il y aura donc en effet toujours des amateurs exigeants pour de belles reliures en cuir, de beaux livres illustrés sur beau papier, des manuscrits originaux, etc... Peut-on en effet réellement comparer ces beaux objets du passé à un livre électronique ? le livre ancien a donc un futur !
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