AE Monthly Articles - February - 2005 Issue

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California Antiquarian Book Fair February 18 -20

By Bruce McKinney

There was a time, twenty years ago, when the book business existed at three levels: trade shows, catalogues and open stock. Every level emphasized human contact and the book business really was, and for many remains today, a relationship business.

In the 1990s online book listing sites began to fundamentally change the book business. Where previously AB Bookman's Weekly had provided a limited way for sellers and buyers to list their books and wants, books could now be posted as ever-green listings. Simply pay the monthly service fees and your books stayed up fo...

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Barrage Of Thefts Hits Rare Book Rooms

By Michael Stillman

On December 17, 2004, several rare and quite valuable books were stolen from Transylvania University. That's Transylvania U. as in Transylvania, Kentucky, not Dracula's old h...

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Charles Heartman: Unintended Lessons

By Bruce McKinney

Most people will not know who Charles Heartman was. He was a bookseller. He also conducted auctions of books, manuscripts and ephemera primarily, although not exclusively, i...

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Women in the Vanguard of Bookselling

By Karen Wright


I just finished an interesting book called Sunwise Turn by Madge Jenison (E.P. Dutton & Co. NY, 1923). Madge Jenison was a one of a not inconsiderable number of independent-th...

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A Few of My Favorite Things

By Renee Magriel Roberts

Despite the frustrations of engaging in bookselling, I do love the business. I'm able to find pleasure not only in the successful searching, prepping and selling of t...

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2004 Auction Overview

By Mike StillmanLast month, we had the opportunity to look at the top 350 prices paid at book auctions in 2004 See: AE Top 350. This month we have a chance to dig more deeply into what happened. Au...

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Alexander Hamilton: On Exhibit in New York and Online



By Michael Stillman

If you are anywhere near New York City this month, you still have a chance to take in what is an absolutely wonderful exhibition. The...

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Swann Printed & Manuscript Americana February 10th

By Bruce McKinney

There is a 358 lot auction of Americana coming up on February 10th at Swann's that should provide a fair indication where pricing in the Americana mid-market is today. This s...

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Exceptional Americana on the Block February 16th

By Bruce McKinney

Dorothy Sloan, auctioneer and cataloguer extraordaire, will conduct two interesting western Americana sales in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 16th, at the Society of Cal...

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Comments based on a reading of Perilous Times by Geoffrey R. Stone

By Bruce McKinney

The relationship between the law, leadership and circumstance is a complex one. Americans would like to believe that the constitution is a firm, yet flexible, document that, i...

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