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Book Collecting: A Comprehensive Guide 1995 Edition - SIGNED

Ahearn, Allen;Ahearn, Patricia

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ISBN 10: 0399140492 / ISBN 13: 9780399140495
Published by Putnam Pub Group, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A., 1995
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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BOOKS ABOUT BOOKS-This regular size hard cover is SIGNED by BOTH AUTHORS and is FINE in a FINE DJ. maroon w/white lettering 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0.0. Bookseller Inventory # Nov9-11ahb12

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Title: Book Collecting: A Comprehensive Guide 1995 ...

Publisher: Putnam Pub Group, E Rutherford, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Authors

Edition: First Edition

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An updated, well-regarded handbook lists the estimated market values of thousands of first editions, including the works of more than five thousand authors, and features a section on prize-winners and a guide to antiquarian book-sellers.


Penzler's Picks, July 2000: Huge numbers of readers I have known over the years have--sometimes reluctantly, always hesitantly, inevitably happily--decided that it was a good idea to take care of their books, save the ones they especially liked, and maybe even go so far as to get them autographed by their favorite authors. This is the beginning of bibliophilia, which can ultimately lead to bibliomania--the gentlest and happiest form of insanity. When these stirrings begin, it is important to have some guideposts, and this book is like the firm hand of a wise old mentor, gently leading the novice down that most delicious garden path. It is also exceptionally comprehensive, and thus of great value to nearly every collector, even those with many years of experience and expertise.

Here, the reader can learn the rudiments of beginning a collection: how to find books, where to buy them, what to collect, how to store the treasures and care for them--and what not to do. No bookplates, no proud owner's signature. Get an embossing tool--in fact, get three--and burn them all, as they are the ruination of good books.

There is a great long list of first books, with approximate values in various decades, and a list of "High Spots of American Literature" and what happened to those prices over the past 60 years. There is so much more in this hefty (552 pages) tome that I could go on and on. If you think this is an area you would like to explore, or would like to know more about if you are already involved, you could not do better than to read this book and then add it to your permanent shelf of vital books. The authors have been running a rare-book business (Quill and Brush in Bethesda, Maryland) for more than 30 years and have produced numerous other volumes dealing with the seemingly arcane world of collectible books, all of which are reader (and collector) friendly. --Otto Penzler

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