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General news on collectible, rare, out-of-print books

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 […]