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Recommended Reading

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...

cover : 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.

cover : 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

cover : 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..

cover : 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


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