Rare Book Monthly Articles - August - 2022 Issue


Collecting into the Future: Learning from the Past

The Internet has transformed many things, collecting among them.  From the beginning of the Internet old books and collectible paper could be found.  Yes, you could see opportunities and quickly, observers began to discourage using the Internet as a primary source, pointing out that condition is subjective and descriptions potentially misleading.  To understand that issue I found auction records useful and in time, started Americana Exchange to build an authoritative database to reduce my financial risk when acquiring material.  Rare Book Hub and later Transactions+ in t...


New York Bookseller Among Three Indicted on Charges Related to Theft of Valuable Manuscripts from Don Henley of the Band The Eagles

Three men, including a New York bookseller, have been charged in a conspiracy to sell an archive of materials stolen from The Eagles' singer and songwriter Don Henley many years ago. Glen Horowitz,...


Is Violence Coming to Libraries?

These are trying times in America. There is anger, hate, violence, and threats on a level I've never witnessed before in my long life. Still, I was not prepared for this statement recently publishe...


AbeBooks Top 20 Highest Prices for April-June 2022

AbeBooks has released their list of the twenty highest prices paid from the millions of books offered on their website. This list covers the second quarter of 2022, April-June. Here is their list. ...


Hey Book Dealers, you’ll have one more list to check

The State of Pennsylvania is second and probably will eventually be No. 1 in what are book bannings at the school district level unless Iowa, Florida and Idaho’s irate parents beat them to it...


Consolidation and the Mid-Range Auction Market

At the end of June, Bonhams continued its ‘roll up’ strategy with the acquisition of the Paris-based auction house Cornette de Saint Cyr as forecast in “What Are They Building in ...


Memoirs of Honoré Riouffe: Romantic Nightmare during the Révolution

The French national narrative has it that the Révolution of 1789 is but a blessing. The people standing up against tyranny and triumphing against all odds—vive la France! But the enthu...


Hawaiian Mission Houses Take Historical Reenactment to a New Level

Theatrical performances at cemeteries make figures from the past come alive
The Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (HMH) is one of Hawaii’s more intere...


Terrace Horticultural Books has joined the ABAA

The Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America recently confirmed that Terrace Horticultural Books of 503 St. Clair Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota has joined the membership.  The firm ...


1780 Letter from Hamilton to Lafayette, Stolen Decades Ago, Returned to Massachusetts

This story goes back to the early days of America, before there even was a United States. It concerns a letter written in 1780 during the Revolutionary War. It was sent by one of America's founders...


Who Gets John Adams' Library – the City of Quincy (Massachusetts) or the Boston Public Library?

A conflict may be brewing over possession of what the Boston Public Library calls “one of the largest colonial American libraries still intact.” It is the library of the second Presiden...


Four New Catalogues Reviewed for August

This month we review four new bookseller catalogues. Forest Books offers a catalogue of rare and curious books, pamphlets, and printed ephemera on a wide variety of subjects. Garrett Scott Booksell...

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  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.

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