New Canaan Library Auctioning Collectible Books on eBay

The New Canaan library in Connecticut has been auctioning collectible books on eBay as part of its annual Spring book sale being held this weekend, June 6 – Sunday, June 8, 2014. Auction winners can pick up their books when they come to the library’s book sale. See what books are left for auction at […]

Edward Gorey Deranged Cousins 1971 ed Up for Bid

If you’re an Edward Gorey fan, take note. On Sept. 9, 2012 Gorey’s THE DERANGED COUSINS 1971 Limited Edition Fantod Press goes on auction. Online bidding available. Auction suggested bid listed at $110. Here are the details from the National Book Auctions, AuctionZip website: Book Details: Condition / Notes: This is a scarce limited edition of this […]

Best Ways to Care for Books

There are many sources of information for caring for your books. One of the most comprehensive I have run across was published by the Tapping Book Mine in Atlantic Beach in northeast Florida. “Book Care for Bibliophiles” includes advice for protecting your books even in subtropical environments; advice how to say “No” to would-be book […]

Why Do Old Books Smell?

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, […]