Rare Book Monthly

Articles - February - 2009 Issue

Wikis Add the AED and Prepare for Stage II


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Wikis do not compete with existing listing sites. They complement them. Buyers will simply use them to clarify what is logically included within a focus. Wikis will create open markets.

And this then takes us to the very heart of the issue that is most pressing for dealers - where is the new collector? The answer is they are waiting. The existing wholesale-retail model makes collecting financially unappealing. Collectors see material both priced high and stacked like cord wood and they instinctively know that what they buy will be very tough to sell. And so they step back. For them Wikis will provide an ongoing, never-ending window on the market that instills confidence AND it does by providing a place for buyers and sellers to learn about each other; in particular what the one side has and the other wants.

This month take a closer look at the Wikis. There is a new one prepared by Pia Oliver of Randall House of Santa Barbara, California. It's been created around the Zamorano 80, an interesting combination of California material that is both accessible and wildly elusive. Ms. Oliver has also included additional relevant material. It is an interesting collecting category. [Link to Zamorano 80].

We are currently matching all lots at traditional documented auctions worldwide, all material posted to Books for Sale, and all material referenced in the two million records in the Americana Exchange Database [AED]. Full Wiki searching as well as preliminary searches in the AED are free. Access to full search results requires AE Research membership that is $7.95 for a week, $14.75 by the month and $141.60 by the year. A commission-free annual Books for Sale listing subscription, including full access to research services, is for most members $240.

By March 1st we will add global searches for quicker evaluation of Wikis.

Click here to take a look at the Wikis.

Click here to suggest a Wiki subject.

Click here to sign-up as a research or listing member.

Click here to view the Zamorano 80 Wiki Bibliography

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Abraham Lincoln, <i>Emancipation Proclamation by the President of the United States,</i> pamphlet, 1862. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the distinguished Ruby-Jackson family, Portland, Maine, 1853-1961. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Family papers of the Confederate Vice President Alexander Stephens & the persons who served him, 1866-1907. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Autograph book with inscriptions by orators Moses Roper & Peter Williams, 1821-54. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Archive of letters, postcards, and greeting cards sent by Romare Bearden, 1949-87. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br>E. Simms Campbell, <i>A Night-Club Map of Harlem,</i> in inaugural issue of Manhattan, 1933. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Papers of the comedian Nipsey Russell, including a letter from MLK, 1929-2000. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Early German-American anti-slavery broadside, <i>Sclaven-Handel,</i> Philadelphia, 1794. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Edmonia Lewis, prominent sculptor, carte-de-visite by Henry Rocher, c. 1866-71. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b><br><i>The Black Panther: Black Community News Service,</i> 44 issues, San Francisco, 1967-1971. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> Ernest Withers, <i>I Am A Man, Sanitation Workers Strike,</i> silver print, 1968. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries:</b> <i>March For Freedom Now!,</i> poster for the 1960 Republican Convention. $4,000 to $6,000.

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