September 25, 2020

Rare Book Provenance Deep Dive

I’ll look at a rare book on Renaissance cosmetics with provenance of the famous Royal Society. The video is about how rare book dealers look for copies of books with unique compelling stories to tell.

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September 11, 2020

The Good and the Bad in Buying Rare Books

Every rare book, like every unique person, has its flaws and virtues. In trying to decide whether I want to purchase a rare book – if it will be something I feel passion for when I catalog it or regret five minutes after buying – I weigh in my mind the good and the bad qualities of the book. Here is a video with some honest glimpses into my thought processes.

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August 19, 2020

5 More ‘Cheap’ Rare Books

I made a follow up Youtube video with another 5 books at modest prices for the beginning antiquarian book collector. There is the one of the first restaurant guides, a prison memoir, a Gilded age calling card etc. All proceeds benefit the ABAA’s Benevolent Booksellers’s fund to assist booksellers in times of need. There is also a plug for the upcoming VIRTUAL Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair

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August 4, 2020

Rare Books with something Missing

I made a short video on things that are missing from some Rare Books and what we can learn from them. I will discuss excised pages, expurgated, and defaced books etc. Many books that are incomplete or damaged are often passed over with little thought, but it is always good to ask if there is any hidden reason, motivation or history behind the loss.

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