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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.
If you are new to the antiquarian rare book world, I can understand you may find it intimidating with great rarities in glass cases and high prices. However, with modest sums you can acquire some very interesting rare books from centuries past. Sure, you may not be able to purchase an illuminated manuscript or an incunable for next to nothing, but with a little digging you can find rare book treasures at affordable prices for everyone. I made another rare book Youtube chat to highlight some examples for $50/each. There is a superb 19th publisher binding, a travel book owned by a clerk to Alexander Hamilton and others. It is not a sales video and any actual sales go to the ABAA Bookseller’s Benevolent fund which helps booksellers in times of need.
I got a little bored of lecturing about things I know about rare books, so I thought I would talk about four thing I don’t know about books. I’ll explore an illuminated manuscript (A Book of Hours), Renaissance book storage, the origins of gilding on bookbindings – and the very humble often overlooked tissue guard.
Here is a video on some recent discoveries in old books that can really increase their value to a collector or institution. They are some of the not-so-obvious and really fun and exciting things to look for when researching rare books.