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Articles - July - 2006 Issue

The 16 cylinder Keyword Search

Sa.june

Searching made easier!


By Bruce McKinney

Online searches are in the midst of a tectonic shift. eBay has made an intelligent science of sequential keyword searches by providing a single search field and the ability to build a string of terms that quickly narrow results to a few useful ones. In the hands of even the inexperienced such searches become highly intuitive once you realize you can do this. Adding the second term is an epiphany. Google does the same thing but is suffering through a period of irrelevant matches because it can not impose many limits on the content it searches. On eBay the lions are caged because listings are created in the eBay format. On Google they roam free in every form imaginable. Sites such as eBay that control the data fields have the ability to parse and search accurately and fast. Recently we added sequential searching to our keyword search and it works well. It in effect mimics the eBay intuitive search and is an important enhancement that's worth testing. On eBay you see material as it pours into the market. On AE, using this enhanced keyword search you see the past just as clearly. Because it is difficult for sellers to set starting prices and buyers to know what to bid, an intuitive historical approach is very useful to all participants. It is also very fast.

To begin with let's ask and answer the question "why should this matter to me?" On the net there are many ways to accomplish searches. In the AED, our database of almost 1.4 million full text records, we provide two ways to access data: via Keyword and Advanced Search. In Keyword you type in a term or two and search for records that contain these references. You can then add more terms to the same search to narrow results. It's fast so a trial and error approach is practical. It works well for the novice and even better for the pro. It's a violin or harmonica depending on your experience. Begin with a single term and add others to reduce matches to a manageable number. To add another term simply close the pop-up results window by clicking on the X in the upper right hand corner. The search screen is in the background and will again be visible. Then add another term and search again. The field progressively narrows!

If you are a member sign-in and select KEYWORD SEARCH from the menu that runs down the left side of the screen. If you aren't yet a member sign up for a $7.95 one week trial. Click here. Upgrade anytime during the week to regular membership and receive full credit toward a $14.75 monthly membership.

Keyword Search Preliminary Results Page with links to additional information



These searches are quick and unlimited so trial and error is a practical approach. Open search results by clicking on the blue links in the description field. Obtain instant estimates of current value simply by selecting records and clicking Get Current Estimate. It's that fast. All records are individually adjusted to current value, all selected records totaled and their estimates averaged. Any records found to be inappropriate can be deleted and the average current value re-estimated.

For members who wish to either buy or sell this or a similar item a GET AE Keyword link is also provided. Selecting this option calculates the frequency of appearance of terms in all selected descriptions and the resulting list becomes a term guide for keyword matches for buyers and a reference list for sellers building descriptions. It is very fast and useful.

It all begins with intuitive keyword searches.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Luis de Lucena, <i>Arte de Ajedres,</i> first edition of the earliest extant manual on modern chess, Salamanca, circa 1496-97. Sold for $68,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Carte-de-visite album with 83 images of prominent African Americans & abolitionists, circa 1860s. Sold for $47,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Gustav Klimt, <i>Das Werk,</i> Vienna & Leipzig, 1918. Sold for $106,250.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Man Ray, <i>[London Transport] – Keeps London Going,</i> 1938. Sold for $149,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Thomas Jefferson, Letter Signed, to Major-General Nathanael Greene, promising reinforcements against Cornwallis, 1781. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Nicolas de Fer, <i>L’Amerique Divisee Selon Letendue de ses Principales Parties,</i> Paris, 1713. Sold for $30,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Russell H. Tandy, <i>The Secret in the Old Attic,</i> watercolor, pencil & ink, 1944. Sold for $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Hemingway, <i>Three Stories & Ten Poems,</i> first edition of the author's first book, Paris, 1923. Sold for $23,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Walker Evans, <i>River Rouge Plant,</i> silver print, 1947. Sold for $57,500.
  • <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Ernst, Max. <i>Mr. Knife and Miss Fork</i>. Paris, 1932. DELUXE EDITION. Sold for $15,625
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Cage, John. Autograph musical leaf from his Concert for Piano and Orchestra, NY, 1958. Sold for $18,750
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Einstein, Albert. Signed Passport Photo for his US citizenship application. Bermuda, 1935. Sold for $17,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Verard, Antoine. Illuminated printed Book of Hours. Paris, 1507. Sold for $7,500
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Wetterkurzschlussel. German Weather Report Codebook - for Enigma use. Berlin, 1942. Sold for $225,000
    <b>Bonhams: September 25, New York</b>
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Morelos y Pavon, Jose Maria. Autograph letter signed to El Virrey Venegas, February 5, 1812. Sold for $6,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Milne, A.A. Complete set of <i>Winnie-the-Pooh</i> books. 4 volumes. All first issue points. London, 1924-1928. Sold for $5,250
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> A 48-star American Flag, battle worn flown at Guadalcanal and Peleliu, 1942-1944. Sold for $35,000
    <b>Bonhams, June 12 results:</b> Locke, John. Autograph Letter Signed mourning the death of his friend, William Molyneaux, 2 pp, October 27, 1698. Sold for $20,000
  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>

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