Rare Book Monthly Articles - October - 2012 Issue

Steve Maden:  An American Original

It’s the 21st of September and Steven Maden of Kingston, New York has loaded 50 of what he expects will be a 70 lot sale on eBay that kicks off at 03:01 am EST on October 1st and ends on the 9th.   Steve is a blue-collar dealer-auctioneer who relentlessly scours flea markets, antique shops, and house dispersals for material to post to the never-ending eBay auctions he runs under the name bestbidforu.  “It’s a life, a busy one, and I like it.”   I met Steve recently a month or so after I bought most of the about fifty Poughkeepsie fire photograph images he posted on eBay.  Soon after I was t...

Sex and Rage: BookFinder Issues Its Annual Report of the 100 Most Sought After Old Books

BookFinder.com has issued its annual report of the 100 most sought after old books on their website. This is one of my favorites as it's such an eclectic list. BookFinder is a listing site search, ...

Stephen J. Gertz: Booktryst – Blog Extraordinaire

What kind of a person would start a book blog, write it daily for over two years, build it to the point where it had accumulated a million hits (1,500 to 2,000 unique visitors a day, 40,000-50,000 ...

Selling History - Moving on Down the Highway

Jim Croce said or perhaps I should say sang “Movin’ me down the highway” in 1973 and we have been hearing it ever since on radios and in elevators.  Seth Kaller and John Reznikoff got the message a...

George S. MacManus:  a source of inspiration

Several months ago we approached Clarence Wolf of George S. MacManus Company in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania for permission to include the company’s catalogues in the AED.  He agreed and we have since b...

E-Books: A Tentative Settlement, a Challenge, and Some Lower Prices

The battle over e-book pricing that has ensnared Amazon, Apple, five book publishers, and the U.S. Department of Justice, took some more strange turns over the past few weeks. Some parties have set...

Robert Scott, M.D. - a chance encounter

A book on eBay recently caught my attention, a Poughkeepsie imprint and an early one – A Regular Series of Chronology from the Creation of the World, to the Year 5813, ending with the Autumnal Equi...

Overdue Book Returned 78 Years Late

A few weeks back, the Chicago Public Library announced an amnesty on fines for overdue library books. Running from late August through early September, this was not a first for the Chicago Library,...

Crime, Punishment and eBay: Books are still the Target of Thefts

A Cape Cod man has been indicted on multiple counts of stealing books from libraries, books that eventually made their way to eBay. This case is just another reminder of the problem with eBay, a wo...

An Almost Perfect Crime: Rochefort vs. Du Tertre

Some old books are mysterious. Trying to unfold their stories is like solving a cold case, sometimes. In the case of Mr. de Rochefort, I’ve been holding a suspect on my bookshelf for a few years, c...

This is Crazy: Mary Todd Lincoln to be Retried for Insanity

Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, did not have an easy life. It is also fair to say she was not always the steadiest of individuals. She was probably always a bit unstable. That...

Auctions in October

This month 86 events are posted on the auction calendar.  The previous high for October was 57, reached both in 2011 and in 2007, the last year before the world economy was convulsed with economic ...

Exhibition and Talk on Comic Illustrator Joseph Hémard at Yale Law

There is an exhibition entitled TheComicArtofJosephHémard running at the Yale Law Library through December 15, with a talk on Hémard's career scheduled for Friday, October 5. For those unfamiliar w...

12 New Catalogues Reviewed This Month

For October, we have 12 new catalogues to review. The first catalogue issued by ExtantAmericana of New York features rare, often unique items relating to America's past. The WilliamReeseCompany als...

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