Below are some of my personal recommendations. They include reference books
that I consider essential for all book collectors, some literary works about books,
or authors that I have read and found enjoyable enough to recommend, and finally
some good works of historical fiction that I felt imparted a sense of life during
the time that most of the books I sell were written (or just plain enjoyed!).
If you have questions, comments or recommendations, please don't hesitate to
drop me line!
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Books about book collecting, book collectors, etc...
ABC for Book Collectors:
This seventh edition of John Carter's classic text contains in-depth descriptions
of every aspect of antique and modern book collecting from A to Z. All terms are
alphabetized for quick reference, including how to take care of pigskin, morocco,
or Russian leather, how to tell japon vellum from India proof paper and how to
determine "very good copy" in a collectible volume. For first edition collectors,
Carter's definition of "follow the flag" explains the historical issues surrounding
first and native first texts. The book's pages are charmingly labeled, showing you
exactly where the half-title and tailpiece are located and what a printer's imprint
page looks like.
ABC of Bookbinding: A unique glossary with over 700 illustrations
for collectors and librarians. A great pictoral of book binding methods and
techniques for quick identification. -DD
A Degree of Mastery: A Journey Through Book Arts Apprenticeship
A meticulously crafted description
of a writing teacher's apprenticeship in bookbinding and conservation with an
internationally known master of the field.
Below are some entertaining books about book collectors, rare books, etc..
Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar,
a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World. This book
isn't fiction, but is written as one. Very easy to read, very informative
and enjoyable! -DD