Rare Book Monthly Articles - December - 2021 Issue

William P. Barlow, Gone but remembered

Bill Barlow, collector extraordinaire, slipped away on October 21st, looking forward to his 88th birthday soon after the New Year.  An accountant by trade, he was by avocation a collecting savant, his interests broad and intense.  As a stamp collector he had a gift for the unusual and irregular and as a book collector his goal was inevitably to be complete.  He had exceptional intellectual capability married with the patience of Job.  Simply stated, he was one of a kind.   His collections, once started, went on and on.  He had eclectic interests insuring there was something, somewhere he ...

IN MEMORIAM: Richard Lan

Richard Lan, 74, a respected dealer in early printed books and maps, passed away on November 4, 2021 in New York City, from complications from Leukemia. Forty years ago, he and his wife, Seyla Mart...

Growing Up in the Trade - Bookseller Nostalgia from the Dealers’ Daughter

Those of you who entered the world of bookselling in the digital age mostly followed the path laid down by Interloc or Amazon. For you 1998 is a long time ago. But there are some of us who go farth...

Fire at Another British Bookseller Totally Destroys Shop

Another terrible fire has struck a British bookseller and the losses are devastating, a total loss. Just last month, we wrote another such story about Cosmo Books in Wem, where losses were practica...

A World Record Price Set for an item in the Books, Manuscripts, Maps and Ephemera Category

World records are born to die and Bill Gates’ purchase of Leonardo da Vinci’s Leicester Codex for $30.8 has been the gold standard in the category of books, manuscripts, maps and ephemera since 199...

Einstein is Appreciated and has Appreciated

Christie’s in Paris:  sells a rare manuscript featuring early calculations that led to Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.   The emergence of the scientific revolution is often dated ...

Shapero Rare Books' Parent Once Again Turns Profitable

In a sign that the rare book trade is heading up again, Scholium Group recently announced that the company has turned a profit again for its most recent half-year. Scholium is the parent of Shapero...

Buying, Selling and Collecting in Complicated Times

Covid19, the economic downturn and resurgence, offer few if any precedents for economists and the book trade to feel comfortable about the future.  Certainly the recovery is noticeable, even shocki...

Arrest Made in $1.5 Million Book Fraud Scheme

A Michigan man has been arrested in one of the more amazing book fraud operations we have ever seen. Geoffrey Mark Hays Talsma, 36, of Portage, Michigan, allegedly “borrowed” 14,000 books, valued a...

Arader Galleries announces their Winter Auction December 11th

Arader Galleries is excited to announce a wonderful Winter Auction on December 11th, 2021 including profoundly important icons of natural history and cartography such as beautiful examples of Audub...

Of Salaberry And Men

Travel books will make you explore unknown territories, including their narrators’ minds—the latter sometimes being even more fascinating. This is the case with Mr Salaberry’s travel to Constantino...

House Sold with Very Large Library in Place

A house was sold recently in Liverpool which must have had just about the largest “library” included with a home. An exact count is unknown but it was certainly a large number. The unnamed owner mu...

Defendant in Large Comic Book Theft Turns Down Plea Deal

A man charged in a large comic book theft from a Shelton, Connecticut, storage unit has declined the prosecution's offer of a plea bargain. Thirty-four year old Saul Salazar turned down the offer o...

Four Catalogues Reviewed For December

This month we have four new catalogues to review. Ursus Rare Books features artists books modern and contemporary. David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books offers a new selection of rare Americana (a...

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  • Gonnelli:
    Auction 50
    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€
    Gonnelli: Vimont, Relation de ce qui s'est passé en la Nouvelle France, en l'année 1642. Starting price 5000€
    Gonnelli: Goedart, Metamorphosis et historia naturalis insectorum. 1662.
    Gonnelli: Il Petrarcha con la spositione di M. Giovanni Andrea Gesualdo.
    Gonnelli: Poblacion, De usu astrolabi compendium.
  • Toronto Book Auctions
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [ART BOOK MONOGRAPH] DAVID BURLIUK WITH ORIGINAL DRAWING and Signed twice. David Burliuk Rare ACA Gallery exhibition catalogue, undated. CA$400 – 800
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [ART BOOK MONOGRAPH] KAWS: COMPANIONSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS. Text by Margaret Atwood. National Gallery of Victoria, Australia, 2019. $CA400 - 800
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: SIGNED. LAWRENCE WEINER: POSTERS. Nova Scotia College of Art, Canada,1987. CA$800 – 1,200
    Toronto Book Auctions
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: WILBUR SMITH: THE DARK OF THE SUN. Heinemann, UK, 1965. Signed First edition. CA$800 – 1,200
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: ROBERTSON DAVIES: LEAVEN OF MALICE. SIGNED Clark, Irwin, & Co., Canada. 1954. 1st edition. CA$400 – 600
    Toronto Book Auctions
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [MILITARY FICTION]. 8 VOLUMES SOLD TOGETHER. INCLUDING: Canada's Royal Military College. REVIEW, THE STONE FRIGATE, A HISTORY OF THE RMC… CA$300 – 400
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: [WW1] CANADIAN (C.S.E.F.) SIBERIA 1918-1919 PHOTO ALBUM. With approximately 303 original official war photographs, photo-postcards, and personal photographs. CA$8,000 – 10,000.
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: HANS BELLMER: THE DOLL. 1995, 1st Ed. CA$150 – 300.
    Toronto Book Auctions
    March 6, 2024
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: FAN HO; HONG KONG YESTERDAY. ModernBooks edition, 2006. First edition. 4to. CA$300 – 600.
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: TARYN SIMON: AN AMERICAN INDEX OF THE HIDDEN AND UNFAMILIAR. Hatje Cantz, Germany, 2012. Third edition. CA$600 – 1,000.
    Toronto Book Auctions, Mar. 6: BARBARA KRUGER PICTURE/READINGS. [Self-Published], 1978 First edition. CA$800 – 1,200.
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    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
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    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

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