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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.
I bought this lovely 1508 rather rare post incunable at the Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair for $300. It is a single volume from a 7 volume set – which normally is a fatal flaw in the antiquarian book world and something rare book dealers would not touch with a ten foot pole. Nevertheless, see why – after I studied the bookbinding – I value it at a considerably higher price.