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Articles - May - 2003 Issue

Dealers of South Americana: An Interview with Alfredo & Gustavo Breitfeld



Which are most effective for them at this point, I ask, paper catalogues and/or internet catalogues/postings? Gustavo digs in. “The internet catalogues are much more efficient and economical. We only prepare one printed catalogue per year, for this book fair. We sell mostly on the internet. But as we mentioned before, personal contact with our clients is important and cannot be underrated. For ‘important’ books, the internet is not enough. The client needs to see the book in their hand. So we go to them, or sell books on approval. After this fair, we’ll be going to many of our institutional clients to show them books. Bookselling is hard work.”

Which type of material that you deal in is most popular, I ask. Alfredo answers. “Probably early South American, 17th century and before. This is very attractive to our clients.” And where do you get your material, I ask. “From auction houses, private collectors, often other dealers. The internet not so much so,” says Gustavo.

At long last I ask my final question: What were your expectations for this fair, and were your expectations met? For the first time the Breitfelds demur from answering a question. But being the good salesmen that they are, I didn’t realistically expect them to touch that one with a ten foot pole.

Somewhat dejectedly, as if I’ve just attended a fabulous party that I finally have to leave, I tear myself away from the interview, which seemed much more like play than work. Talking with them was truly a pleasure, as was reading their written word. I urge everyone to indulge in their catalogues, which are truly an indulgence. And a rewarding one at that.

You can reach Alfredo and/or Gustavo Breitfeld at the Librería De Antaño at Sanchez de Bustamante 1876, (1425) Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their Phone number is (5411) 48227178; their fax number is (5411) 48212532. You can email them at books@millic.com.ar. A large portion of their stock may be browsed or searched at: www.abebooks.com/home/BREITBOOKS

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Shakespeare’s Sonnets, In Two Parts,</i> limited Saint Dunstan edition, Oxford University Press, 1901. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Benjamin Graham & David L. Dodd, <i>Security Analysis,</i> first edition, inscribed by Graham to a Wall Street trader, NY, 1934. $18,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b><br>Ian Fleming, <i>Goldfinger,</i> first edition, inscribed to Sir Henry Cotton, MBE, London, 1959. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b><br>Ian Fleming, <i>The Man with the Golden Gun,</i> first edition, first state with the dust jacket, London, 1965. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Virginia Woolf, <i>The Voyage Out,</i> first American edition of the author’s first book, in rare dust jacket, NY, 1920. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Gabriel García Márquez, <i>Cien años de soledad,</i> Buenos Aires, 1967. $2,000 to $3,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Mary Mapes Dodge, <i>Along the Way,</i> first edition, author’s copy, annotated in her hand, NY, 1879. $1,800 to $2,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> <i>The Dial: A Monthly Magazine for Literature, Philosophy and Religion,</i> first edition, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s copy, Cincinnati, 1860. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Gaston Leroux, <i>The Phantom of the Opera,</i> first American edition, first printing, New York, 1911. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries May 14:</b> Walt Whitman, <i>Leaves of Grass,</i> signed, Camden, 1876. $4,000 to $6,000.
  • <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>New York | June 11, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Faulkner, William. <i>The Sound and the Fury.</i> New York: Jonathan Cape, [1929]. First edition in dust jacket. $10,000 to $15,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Trautz-Bauzonnet bindery. Shakespeare, William. Sonnets. 1901. 2 volumes. Printed on vellum and illuminated by Ross Turner. $12,000 to $18,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Thompson, Kay. <i>Eloise at Christmastime.</i> New York: Random House, [1958]. First edition. In custom binding by Asprey. $2,000 to $3,000
    <center><b>Bonhams<br>Fine Books and Manuscripts<br>New York | June 11, 2019</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Beardsley, Aubrey. <i>The Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur.</i> 1893-94. 2 volumes. Contemporary painted vellum gilt by Chivers. $2,000 to $3,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Assisi, St. Francis. <i>The Canticle of Brother Sun.</i> Illuminated on vellum, for the Grolier Society. $6,000 to $9,000
    <b>Bonhams, Jun 11:</b> Taylor, Deems. <i>Walt Disney’s Fantasia.</i> New York: 1940. In custom binding by Asprey. $2,500 to $3,500

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