Rare Book Monthly Reviews - April - 2008 Issue

Fine Books and Art from J.N. Bartfield

By Michael Stillman

We recently received the latest catalogue from J.N. Bartfield Galleries and Fine Books. Bartfield's is one of the most venerable of booksellers, having been in business in Manhattan for over 70 years. However, the firm does not limit itself to printed or written material, hence the "galleries" in its name. They offer many beautiful paintings and bronze works to go along with the fine books they have offered for so many years. While a visit to their galleries would be exciting, the catalogue provides a reasonable facsimile for those unable to make the trip to New York...

New Mexico, Texas, Mexico and the Southwest from Almagre Books

By Michael Stillman

Almagre Books of Santa Fe has issued its List 60A, a fascinating collection of works concerning New Mexico, Texas, and The Southwest, Mexico and Latin America. Offered are o...

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Murder Most Foul and Other Books of Law from the Lawbook Exchange

By Michael Stillman

Catalogue 54 of Law and Legal History has been issued by The Lawbook Exchange. It offers a combination of antiquarian legal texts, constitutional documents, and more entertai...

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The Characters of the American West Return with Old West Books

By Michael Stillman

Old West Books has released its Catalog 21 of Rare, Out of Print Books on the American West. You will find all of your favorite western characters in these works. Included ar...

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Spanish, South American, and Mexican Rarities from Libreria de Antano

By Michael Stillman

Libreria de Antano has issued a catalogue of (mostly) Americana and Hispanica. It comes with a smaller insert of 30 Mexican rarities. These works, as the title suggests, come...

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The Latest Unusual Americana from David Lesser Antiquarian Books

By Michael Stillman

David M. Lesser Fine Antiquarian Books has issued a new catalogue of Rare Americana, this one number 103. Lesser specializes in the obscure, often strange, pamphlets and broa...

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Arts, Exploration and More from Wessel and Lieberman Booksellers

By Michael Stillman

Catalogue 39 has arrived from Wessel and Lieberman Booksellers. They describe it as a "general catalogue," since it covers a wide array of topics. However, there are a few ar...

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Bob's Favorites Highlight Latest Oak Knoll Catalogue

By Michael Stillman

Catalogue 285 has been released by Oak Knoll Books. It includes three broad sections - A Selection of Bob's Favorites about Book Collecting and Bookselling, Books About Books...

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Historic American Autographs from Joe Rubinfine

By Michael Stillman

Joe Rubinfine has issued a new catalogue of American Historical Autographs. It includes the most famous of American names, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, along with ...

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Fifty Spectacular Items of Cartography from Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Bernard J. Shapero Rare Books has issued their third in a series of map catalogues, Cartography III. This is a magnificent catalogue of important maps, atlases, charts, views...

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An Unusual Mix from Brian Cassidy, Bookseller

By Michael Stillman

Brian Cassidy, Bookseller has released his catalog no. two. Cassidy offers an eclectic mix of titles hard to describe. There is much from the art or arty world, but then agai...

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Firsts, Film, and Ephemera from James Pepper Rare Books

By Michael Stillman

Catalogue 171 from James Pepper Rare Books has just arrived. Pepper always has many items relating to theater and film, along with a good collection of literary first edition...

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Newly Acquired Material at Michael Sharpe Rare and Antiquarian Books

By Michael Stillman

Michael Sharpe Rare and Antiquarian Books has issued their List 1, A selection of newly acquired books, prints, photographs and autograph letters. As the title implies, you c...

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Ten 19th Century American Paintings from William Reese

By Michael Stillman

This month, the William Reese Company takes a brief timeout from its usual focus on books, but not from its concentration on Americana. Reese's Art Bulletin 14 is entitled ...

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