Rare Book Monthly

Articles - December - 2019 Issue

Site Changes Coming on Rare Book Hub: the only constant is change.


Looking Ahead

For Americana Exchange and more recently its successor Rare Book Hub change has always been part of the equation.  Change online is necessary as the structure of the Internet evolves, speeds increase, and underlying assumptions about how websites function and are used, change.  Early on the focus was on duplicating print services electronically. The idea was to create a great portable library that researchers could access at their desks.  For those who tried it in 2002, it worked but most did not need it because the post-World War II structure of the rare book business was still, if wavering, intact.  Shows were robust, dealer catalogues flowed off presses every day, institutions were significant acquirers and dealers still running shops.  It was an understandable world even as enormous changes were occurring on the Internet.


These changes profoundly affected the rare book business.  More and more people posted material on line to sell and simultaneously the number of listing sites began to decline as the rule, be No. 1 or be gone, took hold.  As importantly, book collectors began to buy on these listing sites, thereby undermining the need for open shops, thereby weakening the field’s traditional structure, a weakening that continues today.


Since 2002 AE/RBH has built three databases and along the way, moved from stand-alone servers to the cloud while increasing the Transaction Database from 151,000 records on day 1 to 9.4 million full text records today.


This January we’ll introduce a fresh version of the site and an hour by hour Newsfeed for the rare book, manuscript, map and ephemera fields and then, a few months later, dedicated apps to turn your phone into a combination work station and daily newspaper for the field.


In taking these steps we look to help the field continue to transition, to keep the field relevant to the emerging next generation of collectors who see the world in a fresh way and we hope become enamored by collectible paper’s appealing complexity.


2020 will be an important year as we try to make the case to the next generation that what has been highly collectible for hundreds of years should be equally important to them once they see the view through the prism that the internet has made possible.


In closing, we at Rare Book Hub appreciate the broad support we have been receiving and want to thank all who, as visitors or paid services members, have used the site to advance their knowledge and understanding this past year.


Bruce McKinney

Managing Partner

Rare Book Hub

Posted On: 2019-12-01 03:08
User Name: cartog

Hello Bruce,
Thank you for working hard to remain current and provide us, your subscribers with timely market information. I have not yet learned how to use this service to its full capacity. I often also consult Abe Books which does something a little different than Rare Book Hub. . There does seem to be room on Rare Book Hub for a means of identifying and directing attention to shops. It might be a directory, for example. Without actual shops, the computer listings really become a commodities exchange. Not a desirable result.

I do not have a shop, and at this time participate in shows. This means I can only meet a very small sample of collectors, new browsers and institutional staff. I wonder whether you have any interest in being a show sponsor at some point. The shows are also faltering because booth fees for commercially produced shows are beyond what makes economic sense for the most part, and this trend will only continue without a new sponsorship model for dealer shows. The collective "profession" and those interested in preserving knowledge and maintaining a public marketplace of books, maps and letters do have to create either a new model, or engage new participants. The internet model is not a success if it ultimately challenges the primacy of browsing books, maps and other printed or manuscript works in person.
Any thoughts on your part?
Have a good end of the year.

Posted On: 2019-12-02 02:24
User Name: mairin

Impressive news on these upcoming initiatives,
especially the redesigned Rare Book Hub website
and the hourly Newsfeed. I'll be watching.
Every success with this, and thank you for continuing
commitment to responsible & timely data-collection,
Maureen E. Mulvihill, collector.

Posted On: 2019-12-11 16:26
User Name: Fattrad1


Wishing you every success in this technology transition.

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> JOYCE, James. <i>Ulysses.</i> London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1937. PRESENTATION COPY OF THE FIRST ENGLISH EDITION PRINTED IN ENGLAND. $50,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [SHACKLETON, Ernest]. –– BROWNING, Robert. <i>Poetical Works of…</i> London: Smith and Elder, 1906. PRESENTED TO SHACKLETON AND THE OFFICERS OF THE NIMROD BY A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> AUDUBON, John James. <i>The Birds of America, from Drawings Made in the United States and Their Territories.</i> New York: George R. Lockwood, [1870]. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> ARISTOTLE. Opera, in Greek, parts one and two only: Organon and Natural Philosophy I. Edited by Aldus and others. Venice: Aldus Manutius, 1 November 1495–February 1498. $20,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> COOK, James, Capt. [Collected Voyages]. First and Second Voyages: London: W. Strahan; and T. Cadell, 1773, 1777; Third Voyage: London: H. Hughes for G. Nicol and T. Cadell, 1785. $14,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne (“Mark Twain”). <i>The Writings of…</i> Hartford: American Publishing Co., 1899–1900. $12,000 to $16,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. SHAKESPEARE, William. <i>The Poems of…</i> Edited by Frederick S. Ellis. Hammersmith: William Morris for the Kelmscott Press, 1893. $12,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> LONDON, Jack. <i>The Call of the Wild.</i> New York: The Macmillan Company, 1905. PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY LONDON. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> CROWLEY, Aleister (1875–1947). <i>The Winged Beetle.</i> London: privately printed, 1910. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b><center>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts<br>October 20, 2022</b></center>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> WILDE, Oscar (“C.3.3.”). <i>The Ballad of Reading Gaol.</i> London: Leonard Smithers, January 1898. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> DRYDEN, John. <i>Fables Ancient and Modern; translated into verse from Homer, Ovid, Boccace, & Chaucer: with original poems.</i> London: John Tonson, 1700. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Oct. 20:</b> [MAP]. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huygen van. <i>Delineatio Orarum Maritimarum…</i> London: John Wolfe, 1598. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b><center>Sotheby’s<br>Antiquarian Books<br>Including a series of views of Milan<br>September 27 to October 4</b></center>
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Livius, Historia Romanae decades, Venice, Vindelinus de Spira, 1470, contemporary Morocco. €30,000 to €40,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Blaeu, Nieuw Stedeboeck van Italien (Piemont), The Hague, 1724-1725, 8 volumes, marbled calf gilt. €70,000 to €90,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Baysio, Rosarium decretorum, Venice, 1481, later vellum. €10,000 to €15,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> [Niccolò da Poggibonsi], Viaggio da Venetia al santo Sepulchro, Venice, 1529, later half calf. €2,000 to €3,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Sep. 27 – Oct. 4:</b> Hieronymus, Epistole [Italian], Ferrara, 1497, blue crushed morocco with the Rocco di Torrepadula arms. €12,000 to €15,000.
  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Extensive archive of papers of Lincoln’s Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles. $60,000 to $90,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> George Catlin, <i>North American Indian Portfolio,</i> 1844. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> The Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures, Carefully Translated…after the Best Jewish Authorities, Philadelphia, 1853-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>Printed & Manuscript Americana<br>September 29, 2022</b>
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Wedding book of Eleanor Roosevelt’s bodyguard, Earl Miller, signed by the Roosevelts, 1932. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Textile titled <i>The Resignation of Pres’t Washington,</i> Scotland, circa 1800. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Gideon Welles, Pass for President Lincoln’s White House funeral, 1865. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Swann September 29:</b> Confirmation of arms and nobility in favor of the Diez y Mora family, Madrid, 1710. $2,500 to $3,500.

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