Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2011 Issue

A Personal View of 2010

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Blue Jacket Books of Xenia, Ohio.

I agree with Gene and here’s my own mantra for 2011:

 

Big, be it Amazon or Borders may come and go, but small is forever. As small dealers we’re in the knowledge business, whatever format it takes now or in the future. The more we know the better we’ll do. What the dealer adds is the frame of reference and credibility: why it’s important and who might want it. It’s that knowledge that differentiates the wheat from the chaff.

 

When I finished my year end numbers I found that 90 percent of my revenue came from 10 percent of my transactions, but there were also lots and lots and lots of small sales and at least a few repeat customers whose trade though small was welcome.

 

My thanks to all of you who helped me make it through.

 

Links to the booksellers mentioned in this month’s article

 

Better World Books – Antiquarian Division www.betterworldbooks.com

 

Blue Jacket Books www.bluejacketbooks.com

 

Book Fever www.bookfever.com

 

Books Tell You Why www.bookstellyouwhy.com

 

Lux Mentis www.luxmentis.com

 

Michael J. Osborne Books www.michaeljosbornebooks.com

 

Motte & Bailey www.mottebooks.com/shop/motte/index.html

 

Old Lahaina Book Emporium www.oldlahainabookemporium.com

 

Tavistock Books www.tavbooks.com

 

Susan Halas, a long time antiquarian dealer, writes for AE Monthly.

Reach her at halas@hawaii.rr.com

 

 

Here are the links for a year’s worth of Halas’ stories in AE Monthly

 

Feb. - Bookselling – It’s a Business (with Chris Volk) tinyurl.com/67hf9o2

 

March - ABAA – Data, Knowledge Charm, New Blood tinyurl.com/64nmdhr

 

April - Exit Strategies: Getting out of the Book Business tinyurl.com/63lb6ej

 

May - Richard Minsky on Decorative Bindings tinyurl.com/672dbmj

 

June - Cherokee Nation Puts History on Display tinyurl.com/5rn4awb

 

July- Bud Plant celebrates 40 years in Comics & Illustration - tinyurl.com/6xwheet

 

Sept. - Vic Zoschak Talks Bibliography tinyurl.com/6gxeokx

 

Oct. - Bookselling tips for eBay tinyurl.com/6xwdker

 

Nov. - Better World Books - tinyurl.com/6k8qk3t

 

Dec. - Nancy Pearl: America’s Favorite Librarian tinyurl.com/5wn2nj8

 

Jan. – 007: Bond for Booksellers tinyurl.com/6jbghya

 

 

See all the articles published by AE Monthly in the AE Archives at:

 

www.americanaexchange.com/ae/AEMonthly/AEMonthlyArchive.aspx

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. <i>On the Origin of Species.</i> Presentation Copy. Sold for $500,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Darwin, Charles. Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pp, negotiating the 2nd American edition with Appleton. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Hemingway, Ernest. Autograph Letter Signed, 8 pp, Paris, 1924, to his father discussing Bullfighting, Stories, and his new baby. Sold for $25,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Corialanus.</i> London, 1623. 1st printing [Extracted from the First Folio]. Sold for $50,075.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Swift, Jonathan. <i>Gulliver's Travels.</i> London, 1726. 1st edition, Teerink's A edition, fine, large copy. Sold for $21,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Fitzroy, Robert. Autograph Letter Signed to agent Thomas Stilwell, informing him of the progress of H.M.S. Beagle. Sold for $17,575.
    <center><b>Bonhams<br> Property from the Collection of Nicole and William R. Keck II</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Shakespeare, William. <i>Sonnets.</i> 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner, bound by Trautz-Bauzonnet. Sold for $13,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. Sold for $5,325.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. Sold for $7,575.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Rackham, Arthur. <i>Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.</i> 1/500 copies signed by Rackham. Sold for $4,825.
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 13 results:</b> Proust, Marcel. <i>Du coté de chez Swann.</i> 1st edition, 1st issue. Inscribed by Proust. Sold for $8,825.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. Sold for $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Joseph Brant, Mohawk Chief, ALS, writing after pledging support to King George III against American rebels, 1776. Sold for a record $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Ses Peintures</i> . . ., 20 pochoir plates, Paris, 1925. Sold for a record $13,750.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Diana, Princess of Wales, 6 autograph letters signed to British <i>Vogue</i> editor, 1989-92. Sold for $10,400.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alexander Hamilton, ALS, as Secretary of the Treasury covering costs of the new U.S. Mint, 1793. Sold for $12,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. Sold for $20,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> George Barbier & François-Louis Schmied, <i>Personnages de Comédie,</i> Paris, 1922. Sold for $9,375.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Alphonse Mucha, <i>Ilsée, Princesse de Tripoli,</i> Paris, 1897. Sold for a record $13,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ralph Waldo Emerson, <i>The Dial,</i> first edition of the reconstituted issue, Emerson’s copy with inscriptions, Cincinnati, 1860. Sold for a record $3,250.

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