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Mandelbrote, Giles (Editor)

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9.5 x 12.5 inches. Hardcover. 414 pages. A History of the Rare & Secondhand Book Trade in Britain in the 20th Century. First edition, second printing, with a few minor corrections. Published to mark the centenary of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association, this is the first book to map out the history of the rare book trade in the 20th century - the end of this period broadly coinciding with the end of an era in traditional bookselling and the arrival of the Internet. Twenty contributors describe and explain the ways in which booksellers acquired their stock and sold books to customers, bringing to life the personalities in this most individualistic of trades, and offer many insights into changes in taste and fashion in book collecting, during what was also a formative period for many of the world's most important research libraries, especially in North America. Bibliographical scholars write alongside well-known experts from the book trade itself, drawing on a wide range of sources, including unpublished archives, marked sets of catalogues and the memoirs (published and unpublished) of members of the antiquarian book trade itself. The book contains reproductions of many period photographs and several useful reference aids, including a survey of book trade archives, a checklist of memoirs, and three indexes. The book will appeal to historians of the book, and of 20th-century cultural and intellectual life, as well as to everyone interested in the world of buying and selling rare books, either as booksellers themselves or as readers and collectors. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: A history of the rare and second-hand book trade in Great Britain in the 20th Century. Out of Print & Into Profit is a fitting monument to the ABA. Most rare-book aficionados will find something of interest in this collection. The Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) celebrated its centennial in 2006 and published this dense and excellent collection of essays to commemorate the anniversary. Most of the authors belong to the organization, which counts among its members the most venerable dealers in the United Kingdom. Giles Mandelbrote, the editor and a curator at the British Library, wisely solicited essays from other librarians, auctioneers, scholars, and even a magazine editor or two, and their commentaries leaven the mix. In the introduction, Mandelbrote gives a nice overview of the socioeconomic forces that drove the English trade during its golden age in the nineteenth century. This serves as a prologue to the book's focus, which is the trade in the twentieth century. The Internet has not yet completely transformed British bookselling in the way it has revolutionized the business of books in the United States, so it is perhaps appropriate that this anthology deliberately keeps its focus on the pre-Internet era. That editorial decision, while understandable, makes Out of Print an elegy for the past more than an analysis of the present or a prediction of the future. As with all such collections, the quality of the essays-twenty-two in number-varies widely. A few are no more than annotated lists in narrative form recording the names of memorable bookstores or catalogers. The best essays, however, offer a balance of personal experience, well-researched history, and that ineffable quality of anecdotal reminiscence that falls under the mystical rubric of lore.

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Title: OUT OF PRINT AND INTO PROFIT
Publisher: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library
Publication Date: 2007
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