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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.
Fresh off the New York Antiquarian Book fair, I made this video of one of the books I exhibited and with which I am personally fascinated. It is a very rare 1505 Toledo printing of the first book published in America – of which no copies survive and only mentions can be found in the historical and bibliographical record. If you have any early or rare Americana – especially books printed in America before 1800 – always reach out for a free evaluation.
Here is a video where I discuss how Instagram has become a force in the rare book world – a wonderful community of rare book librarians, curators, special collections, fellow rare book dealers, collectors, and enthusiasts. I’ll highlight some “instagrammable” woodcut headers in early printed books. Also, there is a plug for my colleague’s new documentary “THE BOOKSELLERS” – which opens in theaters March 6 – so go see a window into the enchanting universe of antiquarian and rare books through the lens of some New York dealers and its biggest ABAA fair.