Monday, July 7, 2014

Rare Finds: A Guide to Book Collecting

I've been buried in antique books lately, attempting to sell them for a friend. It's not a bad place to be, really. I love the smell and feel of old books and it's a delight simply to have them around and wonder about their history. I figured as long as was surrounded by such works, I might as well do some research on the subject. I have a few more books that I am waiting for at the library, but the first one that came in was Rare Finds: A Guide to Book Collecting
by David and Natalie Bauman, owners of Bauman Rare Books.

This is a beautiful book in itself, offering delightful photographs of treasured literary masterpieces. It offers an overview of the most highly collectible works, including some interesting facts about them. It is obvious on every page that the Baumans are truly in love with books. However, most of the ones they feature would be out of reach of everyone except the most well-heeled collector. For the rest of us, this book has value for the pleasure perusing its pages brings and the very useful list of references, explanation of bindings, and the glossary.

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