Plus it is such a fun read! Over the next three years they haunted every used and rare bookshop between New York and Boston that they could find, from dingy, dust-filled barns to elegant Park Avenue galleries. This review was first posted at This book taught me about two kinds of book lovers. Possible ex library copy, thatâll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. New England bookshops are raided and booksellers, who are all characters of one kind or another, are met. A few pages later, they discover that the only night they can make it to the fair is actually for dealers only--the information card they were given was wrong. You know they won't drop in value.
Then there was w I actually read this book to the end and found the scattered information and insights in it worth reading. This search ends up in an adventure in the book-collecting land. Nancy Goldstone has written articles for the New York Times, Washington Post Magazine, the Boston Herald, Lear's, the Boston Phoenix, and the New York Daily News, as well as several novels, including The Lady Queen. But they went away still confused, and they go off to ogle a near-mint copy of Steinbeck's The Moon Is Down. Perhaps I should go to Project Gutenberg and see if any of the books are there. I don't think I'd get through it on a Kindle. In the beginning, they turn up their noses of purchasing something - even a book - that is not 'new'.
It all starts with a bet to see who can get the better birthday present within a budget. You know they won't drop in value. Μου θύμισε το βιβλίο του Αρτούρο Πέρεθ Ρεβέρτε The Club Dumas που έγινε ταινία με τον Τζόνι Ντεπ ως συλλέκτη βιβλίων The Ninth Gate. I never did sell my copy. But I didn't care, I wasn't waiting on them. I checked this book out from the library expecting one thing, and found something quite different.
It comes from having a succession of high school babysitters dragging their bookbags into your living room. What a collector needs most and usually has the least is self-discipline. The idea that books had stories associated with them that had nothing to do with the stories inside them was new to us. One of the best 'books about books' I have read. On the other hand, I found a first with dust jacket of The Unknown Ajax for twenty bucks. Goldstone holds a PhD in American Constitutional Studies from the New School.
Οι συγγραφείς αυτού του βιβλίου μέχρι το 1994 ήταν απλά συγγραφείς και φυσικά λάτρεις του βιβλίου ως αναγνωστικό μέσο κυρίως. Αγαπημένη ταινία υποκειμενικά πάντα Έπονται συνέχειες διότι οι συγγραφείς έγραψα άλλα 2 βιβλία μετά απ' αυτό για τα ταξίδια τους στον κόσμο του συλλεκτικού βιβλίου. Which gives you a pretty good idea what century most of the booksellers Nancy and Larry meet are inhabiting. This warm and witty story is filled with eccentric characters, from a punk book dealer peddling fifty-thousand-dollar modern firsts to a golf-obsessed Shakespearean scholar with books on demonic possession in his basement. Along the way, they also find new authors to read, as well as a number of fascinating book dealers who contribute to the Gold I love reading books about books. Soon we, too, are drawn into this world, which answers one of the questions I have always wondered - who would pay a couple thousand dollars for a book? Goldstone's articles, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in, among other publications, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, and Berkshi Lawrence Goldstone is the author of fourteen books of both fiction and non-fiction. He is a unerring stock picker.
Are they the happy, wealthy free spirits that they see in the mirror, or the spoiled, mean-spirited, big-name-male-author worshiping, acquisitive collectors that lurk beneath? In the end, Larry gives Nancy a bath brush. Nancy gets a lovely hardback copy of War and Peace and that not only allows her to win the bet, but sparks an interest in used books. There are extended riffs on Anthony Trollope and Booth Tarkington and Sinclair Lewis and Charles Dickens and John Dos Passos, and for a book published in 1997 some jaw-dropping prices. I came away from this book with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Used and Rare: Adventures in the Book World is a fun story about searching for, well, used and rare books. They discovered book collecting together and have very similar interests in what they read. For one thing, it is written in the cloying first-person plural, like The Virgin Suicides or Double Down, but they are no Barthelmes and no Eugenides.
Part travel story, part love story, and part memoir, Used and Rare is an absorbing and delightful journey and a love letter to book lovers everywhere. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. We had always valued the history, the world of ideas contained between the covers. I even remember seeing the bootleg Ace editions of the Lord Of the Rings. Maybe I'll find a nice first edition.
I think the best piece of advice on collecting comes from the dealer, George Minkoff. They're more like Gatsby than they think. For one thing, it is written in the cloying first-person plural, like The Virgin Suicides or Double Down, but they are no Barthelmes and no Eugenides. When they ask a dealer why it is that a book on whaling once owned by Melville, full of marginal notations, is worth less than a pristine first edition of Tarzan of the Apes with a dust-jacket, he patiently explains to them that there are a finite number of books out there and a finite number of collectors and that collectors are interested in what they're interested in and that people like Tarzan and that it's a market. Of course, there's also everybody in between, which is most of us.
I read it in one sitting. On the last page they have a hopeful minor epiphany, but it's unclear whether it will last. Things have changed dramatically since, due to the internet, but you'll learn about first editions and those who collect them in this fun tale of a couple's journey into the antiquarian book world. And we drop our jaws in disbelief along with them as they learn just how much a first edition Tarzan novel sold for, even as we wonder, why does Tarzan take precedence over the classics? The authors start out as the This book taught me about two kinds of book lovers. So that part of it was kind of entertaining, how they went about finding books to buy without the Internet. Όμως επί την ευκαιρία των κοινών τους γενεθλίων στην ίδια εβδομάδα αναγκάστηκε ο ένας από τους δυο να κάνει δώρο στον άλλο ένα καλό βιβλίο από ένα παλαιοβιβλιοπωλείο. When Nancy tracked down a ten-dollar copy of War and Peace in order to win a birthday bet with Larry, the Goldstones' love affair with old books began.
For all those who love books for reading and collecting the Goldstones take you on a magic journey. You'll get in on those autions that have buried treasures of books. Nancy Bazelon Goldstone has written a very funny book. Journey into the world of book collecting with the Goldstones-rediscover the joy of reading, laugh, and fall in love with books all over again. They take you through each rung of their indoctrination into collecting rare books. Part travel story, part love story, and part memoir, Used and Rare is an absorbing and delightful. These are words to live by for a book collector: About 4 years ago I finally gave up on owning my dream book, the Gregg Press edition of Samuel R.