Rare Book Monthly Articles - June - 2009 Issue

Institutions Are Still Buying

By Bruce McKinney Recently I asked Terry Belanger, MacArthur fellow, full professor and Director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia, about institutional buying and he encouraged me to contact a cross-section of institutional buyers for perspective. Their outlook is encouraging if sanguine. I spoke to Daniel De Simone, David Whitesell, Lynda Claassen, Doug Erickson, Martin Antonetti and Katherine Reagan, all of whom convey a commitment to continuing acquisitions although their budgets, prospects, logic and approaches differ substantially. They are all headed in the s...

Trends in Book Auction Prices - New Charts Let You See Where the Market Is Going

By Michael Stillman This month, the Americana Exchange initiates coverage of what we call "Trends in Book Auction Prices." We now provide three graphs that look at auction prices and sell-throug...

A Market Under Pressure

By Bruce McKinney The Books, Manuscripts and Ephemera market at auction, as evidenced by both declining prices and percentage of lots sold, continues to be under extreme pressure. In the rooms,...

A Stiff Prison Sentence for Book Theft: Equal Justice for All?

By Michael Stillman We have seen several high profile book theft cases come down in recent years. The target is often a library, in particular, the rare book room. Some people simply stuff a boo...

Cause Marketing: Increase Sales (and do a lot of good)

by Renée Magriel Roberts As the mortgage foreclosure crisis has been rippling throughout the United States with disastrous effect, our town (Harwich, located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts) has ce...

The Wiki Control Panel Revised

By Bruce McKinney Listen carefully and you can hear the next generation of shoes dropping. Material everyday is being organized and digitized by subject and collection for the web and scholars,...

Gutenberg of Dust Jackets Discovered

By Michael Stillman A long time ago, a bit earlier than previously thought, some printer or bookseller believed it would be a good idea to protect the cover of a book from dust before purchase. ...

Liberty & the American Revolution

By Bruce McKinney Princeton University, the alma mater of Sid Lapidus, has published an exhibition catalogue, Liberty the American Revolution, to accompany the display of material that Mr. Lapi...

Around the Books Sites: Alibris Offers Listing Tools, Biblio Opens U.K. Site, Abe's Latest Top Ten

By Michael Stillman Alibris has announced the availability of a set of tools to help their sellers manage and improve their listings and set prices. The tools are available free to Alibris selle...

Spend an Afternoon in the World of Books

By Bruce McKinney Whidbey Island, an hour from Seattle's downtown, is a worthwhile day trip, a pristine place where a community of 58,000 lives and tens of thousands visit, if mostly in the su...

Mission Seeks to Find the Lost Discoverer of the South Pole

By Michael Stillman Some of the greatest nonfiction writers were those who participated in history. Among the greatest of the great are the explorers who expanded the tiny pre-Columbian known un...

Sixteen New Catalogues Reviewed

This month we review 16 new bookseller catalogues we received. Hordern House has created a spectacular catalogue for a collection of works relating to Captain William Bligh, noted for Mutiny on the...

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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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    Modern First Editions
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    Books, Autographs & Manuscripts
    March 6th-7th 2024
    Gonnelli: Cramer, [Picasso, Chagall , Miró], Trente ans d'activité. Starting price 4800€
    Gonnelli: Futurism
    Gonnelli: Avienus, Opera. 1488. Starting price 1200€
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    Gonnelli: Goedart, Metamorphosis et historia naturalis insectorum. 1662.
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