Rare Book Monthly Articles - November - 2004 Issue

A Renewed "Half Life"<br>Half.com Lives

By Michael Stillman In our reviews of the major bookselling sites, we have assiduously avoided looking at Half.com. Why would we? Half.com has been a marked man, a website on death row, with its date of execution formally set. Originally, parent eBay just wanted to get rid of this unloved stepchild, purchased from others a few years ago. July was set as the final date. It encouraged everyone who sold books (and other things) on Half to move their listings to eBay stores, the natural child, loved by the parent though not necessarily by all of the booksellers. The migration was slow. Pare...

Book Shopping in the Pacific Northwest

By Karen Wright My husband and I finally got a chance to take a real vacation where we could do whatever we wanted for two weeks, our first in about 20 years. Of course we also needed to do ...

The Art of the Collector: Paul Magriel

by Renee Magriel Roberts As a bookseller involved in buying and selling rare books, I am naturally focused on the object itself-the book. Naturally, I'm also interested in my customers, and when...

ChooseBooks: Coming and Going

By Michael Stillman It is an inevitable part of the cycle of new technologies. The technology appears, and within a few years, the market is filled with new companies reaching for the stars. On...

So where is Sam Spade when you need him anyway?

By Bruce McKinney That's the question being by asked by the LA bibliophilic community these days. Long established eminent book and ephemera collector Dr. Gary Milan of Beverly Hills was recen...

Lincoln: You can collect him but you can not own him

By Bruce McKinney The second Lloyd Ostendorf Collection of Lincolniana comes under the hammer at Bonhams Butterfields on November 23rd, 2004. The first set was sold to a museum in 1986 and thi...

Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction

By Bruce McKinney Skinner's, the Boston auction house, recently issued a catalogue for their upcoming sale of antiques and decorative arts. It will be held on November 7th. Their catalogues are ...

Efficient Book Auction Searches

By Bruce McKinney Recently, without announcement, we added a new feature to the personal home pages of the more than 3,400 AE members. It is an Auction Keyword List and each member can develop a ...

The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

A Review by Bruce McKinney Prada did you say? Is AE a history site whose threads are entwined with Prada? Yes it is true but please don't tell anyone. Ever the reader I too need to change ge...

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