Rare Book Monthly Articles - December - 2002 Issue

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Where It All Began - A Visit to the American Antiquarian Society

By Mike Stillman

“I want every thing and collect every thing.” That may sound like a quote from your four-year old, but in reality it comes from Christopher Columbus Baldwin, third librarian of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). It succinctly describes the Society’s view of collecting. Within its field, printed Americana through 1876, the AAS literally wants a copy of everything. What is truly amazing is just how close the Society has come to pulling this ambition off. Today the Society holds two-thirds of all known material printed in what is now the United States from the 1640’s ...

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The Means of Book Trading That Dares Not Speak Its Name: eBay

By Abby Tallmer

eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY; http://ebay.com) is the world’s online marketplace.
Founded in September 1995, eBay is the leading online marketplace for the sale of goods and services by ...

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A Visit with Jeremy Markowitz at Swann Galleries

By Abby Tallmer

It is a cold November morning in New York City. I am in a pristine white-walled office, high quality light toned wood shelves and easels everywhere, a central reception desk in ...

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Arizona and the Southwest at the University of Arizona Library Special Collections

By Julie Carleton

Introduction

Since its formation in 1958, the University of Arizona Library Special Collections has developed an extensive collection of materials on Arizona and the Southwe...

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Conversing with Mr. Americana: Talking Books With Bill Reese

By Abby Tallmer

Introduction:After a two hour long scenic train ride from Grand Central Station in New York, I emerge to the New Haven train station, a large building outside of which cabs are l...

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The Elusive Zamorano 80 Captured Again: The Volkmann Zamorano 80 under the Hammer in February

By Everett Wilkie

Although there have been four known complete collections of first editions of the so-called Zamorano 80, only one has ever been sold publicly as an entire collection. The seco...

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“Sold!,”A New Monthly Feature

By Everett Wilkie

Americana Exchange in the course of a year reviews about 300 auctions from over twenty auction houses in both America and Europe. The results of those reviews are mounted on t...

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Primary Search: An Easier Way To USE the AE Database

by Bruce E. McKinneyWe now offer a revised and much improved Primary Search tool to identify records in the Americana Exchange Database. We have revised both the search field that comes up first o...

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Auction Update



Auction Update August 2, 2009

Only about a thousand people in total, worldwide, comprise the community of active book and manuscript auction bidders. These bidders are divided by continen...

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  • <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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