Source : Rulon-Miller Books

Source Title Rulon-Miller Books, Inc. 716 North First Street Mnneapolis, MN 55401
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The seventy-fifth catalogue of Rulon-Miller Boos (catalogues 1-69 were issued under the name of The Current Company) represents a departure from previous offerings. 

 

It began by chance at a bookfair two years ago when my associate, Barbara Walzer and I went off to make purchases, independently of one another, and we returned to the booth with a number of books, almost all of them on one aspect or another of language and words.  It was hardely, we discovered, a coincidence.  We found that we'd grown tired of the standard stock we booksellers seem to always have on the shelves, and we decided right then and there that we'd try to offer something of an alternative.  Ever since, we've been buying what we could afford, and what we thought were the most interesting and intriguing books on the subject.  The rest is a history of which this catalogue is a record.

 

Whether or not this area becomes something of a specialty of ours depends partly on the success of the catalogue.  But regardless of the outcome, both Barbara and I have come to a very deep appreciation of the place language holds in the course of human events, and a respect of all those grammarians, lexicographers and philologists who have struggled with the science and philosophy of it all.

 

The catalogue has been something of a struggle for us, as well.  Finances were always a problem.  These were purchases we knew would be tied up for some time,with no immediate hope of reward.  To start, we had no adequate reference, and the two of us were endlessly, it seemed, making late night trips to libraries, and running up phone bills consulting others in the field.  Notable were the calls to Dan DeSimone of New York who helped us locate many of the books, and who assisted us in some of the research, especially on those books concerning the Italian languages and dialects.

Our reward is now at hand, and we hope you enjoy the catalogue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together for you.

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Total Records in AED 409
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