An image showing a view of the River Shary is a good example of how far away places looked to the English speaking world of the period. It comes from item #35, a first edition Denham and Clapperton’s two volumes in one Narrative of Travels and Discoveries in Northern and Central Africa in the Years 1822, 1823, and 1824, London: John Murray, 1826 with an asking price of $1,000. Other prices in the Africa catalog range from about $40 to about $3,500 (for a Kilimanjaro mountaineering title naturally).
If you’re a dealer or collector from an earlier age wondering what will become of the antiquarian trade as the world of print turns digital and the market for actual books shrinks chances are you’ll find Svendsen’s outlook reassuring.
Even more upbeat is her assertion that she is not alone. There is a next generation and she contends that there are many motivated younger people who see the antiquarian trade as a vocation with a future.
She suggested AE readers take the time to browse her own offerings and those of some of her peers.
Walkabout Books – ABAA
Exploration & Travel
And a few of her colleagues in the next generation for recommended browsing:
Bay Leaf Books - ABAA
Sand Lake, MI
Used and Rare Generalist
Adam Davis and Kate Schafer
Division Leap - ABAA
Hip, ‘Zines, Ephemera, Mimeo Revolution
Yesterday’s Muse - IOBA
Little Sages Books - IOBA
Antiquarian –hard to find books & ephemera
Cooper City, Florida
ZH Books– IOBA
Eastern Euro-Slavic Languages,
Links to the Book Schools
Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar
August 4-9, 2013
Rare Books School,
2013 summer and fall courses in Charlottesville, New Haven, Philadelphia & Washington, DC
California Rare Books School
August through November 2013 in various California locations
ABAA San Francisco Book Fair, Feb 15-17, 2013
Reach Susan Halas at firstname.lastname@example.org