Rare Book Monthly Articles - April - 2008 Issue

A New York Weekend Ph.d in Book Collecting

By Bruce McKinney There are many recent reports of slower sales in the book business and few sellers are exempt from the downturn. The February book fairs in California underperformed and the upcoming fairs in New York will be conducted in an environment of uncertainty. As a person interested enough in books and works on paper to be reading this article you are potentially one of the those attending. There are many good reasons. Let's consider them. There are three shows occuring within blocks of each other with more than 270 dealers participating. One is the ABAA's annual New York...

Kindle: Incredible Reading Tool, Evil Book-Killer, or Overpriced Technology?

by Renée Magriel Roberts So, what currently has several issues of the New York Times Tuesday science edition, American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis, samples pages of Atonement by Ian McEwan and ...

A Discussion of Book Auctions with PBA's Justine Berkeley

By Karen Wright While in San Francisco for the Antiquarian Book Fair in February, we had lunch at Café Claude with our friend Justine Berkeley, Logistics Manager at PBA Galleries on Kearny Street. ...

Lincoln Museum To Close -- Now What Happens To Its Huge Collection?

By Michael Stillman A museum hosting one of the largest collections of Lincoln material in the world will be closing its doors on June 30, leading to the question, what will become of its huge coll...

Caught in the Fun House: Paying by PayPal

By Bruce McKinney About a month ago I bid for and won a 1913 Middletown, New York phone book. As I have learned, this being the third early Hudson Valley phone book I've bought in eBay ...

A Perspective on Maps and their Place in the Heavens

By Bruce McKinney The April Comet When people think about books and look online they seem at first glance to be a single universe. Fiction and non-fiction exist side by side as do books ...

<i>In The News</i>: Magna Carta Back in Washington, Abe's Latest Top 10

By Michael StillmanA copy of the Magna Carta has found its way back home to the National Archives in Washington. Of course, this is not the original home for this document. It resided in England fo...

Important News for Booksellers

By Bruce McKinney On AE we work toward the integration of the various segments of book buying and selling into a single universe in which collectors and dealers can understand who has what, find e...

A Facelift For Biblio

By Michael Stillman Biblio recently put its website through a facelift. The third largest, and youngest of the major bookselling sites has regularly made a point of pushing forward aggressively ...

Victorian Portraits on Display at the Grolier Club in New York

An exhibition that connects images, art and the written word will be continuing at the Grolier Club in New York from now through April 26. Facing the Late Victorians: Portraits of Writers and Art...

The May Issue of the Comet Announced: Pamphlets, Broadsides and Ephemera

By Bruce McKinney The subject of the May issue of the Comet will be Pamphlets, Broadsides and Ephemera. It is one of the great breakthrough collecting areas in the internet era. This type of mat...

Rosenbach Gets Historical Marker

By Michael Stillman The Rosenbach Museum and Library will get an official historical marker from the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission, with ceremonies to be held on April 2 at 11:00 a.m....

Australian Bookseller Releases Massive Encyclopedia of Exploration

By Michael Stillman Hordern House Rare Books of Sydney, Australia, has announced the publication of the fourth and final volume in their massive Encyclopedia of Exploration. The author is Ray How...

Fourteen Catalogues Reviewed In Section II

Fourteen new bookseller catalogues are reviewed in Section II this month. The American Southwest and Mexico are the subjects of Almagre Books latest offering, the American West and its cast of char...

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    Modern First Editions
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
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    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [RUTH, George Herman “Babe” (1895-1948)]. Signed photograph. Circa 1930s. 191 x 248 mm. $1,500 to $2,500.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: HARRISON, Benjamin. Document signed (“Benj Harrison”) as governor of Virginia, certifying the service of Daniel Cumbo, a Black Revolutionary soldier. $6,000 to $9,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: ONE OF THE FIRST PRINTED ANNOUNCEMENTS OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: FIRST PRINTING OF LINCOLN’S IMMORTAL GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. $4,000 to $6,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: HIGHLY IMPORTANT MORMON ARCHIVE. ALLEY, George. Archive of 23 Autograph Letters Signed by Mormon Convert George Alley to His Brother Joseph Alley. $10,000 to $20,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [AVIATION]. [ARMSTRONG, Neil A.] Aviation Hall of Fame Gold Medal MS64 NGC, Awarded to Neil Armstrong in 1979. $2,000 to $3,000.
    Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: NEWLY DISCOVERED FIRST PRINTING OF "WITH MALICE TOWARDS NONE... " FROM THE ONLY NEWSPAPER ACTUALLY ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN LINCOLN’S SECOND INAUGURAL PROCESSION. $4,000 to $8,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: THE MOST IMPORTANT GEORGE WASHINGTON DOCUMENT IN PRIVATE HANDS; GEORGE WASHINGTON’S COMMISSION AS COMMANDER IN CHIEF, 1775, ONE OF ONLY TWO ORIGINALS. $150,000 to $250,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: A VERY RARE ACCOUNT OF BLACKBEARD’S DEATH AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIRATE ITEMS EXTANT. $3,000 to $5,000.
    Potter & Potter Auctions
    How History Unfolds on Paper:
    Choice Selections from the Eric C. Caren Collection
    Part IX
    Starting 10AM CST
    April 18, 2024
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: EDISON, Thomas. Patent for Edison’s Improvements on the Electric-Light, No. 219,628. [Washington, D.C.: U.S. Patent Office], 16 September 1879. $2,000 to $3,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: [VIETNAM WAR]. The original pen used by Secretary of State William P. Rogers to sign the Vietnam Peace Agreement, Paris, 27 January 1973. $10,000 to $15,000.
    Potter & Potter, Apr. 18: SONS OF LIBERTY FOUNDER COLONEL BARRÉ ANNOTATED TITLE-PAGE, “WHICH OUGHT TO ROUSE UP BRITISH ATTENTION”. $4,000 to $6,000.

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