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Swann Fine Books Auction April 7, 2011

Swann Auction Galleries is holding a Fine Books & Manuscripts auction April 7, Thursday, at 10:30 am. The sale includes illuminated manuscript leaves, incunabula & early printing, 19th & 20th century literature, press & illustrated books, and sets & bindings. Exhibition Hours will be held Wednesday, April 6, 10 am – 6 pm. For more […]

A literary ghoul

“Sometimes, he spent hours in the great libraries of Paris, those catacombs of departed authors, rummaging among their hoards of dusty and obsolete works in quest of food for his unhealthy appetite. He was, in a manner, a literary ghoul, feeding in the charnel-house of decayed literature.” — Washington Irving, The Tale of the German […]

Retro Romance Gives Out-of-Print Romance Novels New Digital Life

Out-of-print books are also finding new life from e-book publishers such as Samhain Publishing ®. Publishers Weekly, reporting on Samhain’s new e-book line,Retro Romance, will resurrect romances originally published from 1970s through the early 2000s. They are inviting the authors who hold digital rights to their romances in this time frame to submit their works […]

Book Hoarder Bares Obsession

  Mark Medley in his Confessions of a Book Hoarder essay, is a breath of fresh air. Medley edits the book blog for Canada’s National Post. As a book reviewer and editor, he could certainly justify his habit. Instead, he admits that he is powerless over books. He finally found friendly intervention from supportive colleagues, […]

Are Collectible Books the Next Bubble?

Does the rise of used and collectible book sales portend the next bubble? I’m reminded of the mid-90s when domain names were a novelty among the bulletin board geeklets, when one-syllable real words were lying around for the taking. Now a once-$60 domain that jumped to $600 can be found on the market for $6000. […]

Foundation of Modern Egyptology Book on Auction

An exceptional copy of the famous Description de l’Egypte, bound by Jean-Joseph Tessier in polished and richly decorated calfskin, is the highlight of a Christie’s Book and Manuscript auction of the Michel Wittock Collection, Part IV, in Paris on May 11, 2011. The 23 volumes of the Description de l’Égypte, in the original mahogany display cases, is […]

Do You Love Old Books?

The faster we speed into the transparent, socialized world of e-books and digital readers, and the more brick and mortar bookstores that bite the dust, the more precious and rare become the books we leave behind, and the libraries that keep them. Not just illuminated manuscripts, or books rolled out centuries ago from Gutenberg technology, […]