Collecting Rare and Antiquarian Books

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 25 Jul 2012 Video
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AbeBooks: The Difference Between an Ex-Library & an Ex Libris Book?

When searching on AbeBooks, you will see the terms ex-library and ex libris. Although they sound similar, it's important to not confuse them.

Ex-library indicates that the book was once in a public library. Ex-libr... Read More
 25 Jul 2012 Article/Essay
Peering Into the Exquisite Life of Rare Books
By Jennifer Schuessler
New York Times, July 23, 2012

For five weeks each summer Rare Book School brings some 300 librarians, conservators, scholars, dealers, collectors and random book-mad civilians together for weeklong intensive courses in an a... Read More
 13 Jan 2012 Article/Essay
How to Identify Old Books
By Tracy Stefan

To identify an antiquarian or "old" book you must determine it's bibliographic identity and publishing history. You must calculate the edition of the book and verify the author's bibliographic information to determine whether or not it is antiquarian.... Read More
 26 Aug 2011 Article/Essay
Book Collecting
By Allen and Patricia Ahearn

Book collectors start as readers. This may seem obvious but is important to keep in mind, for the majority of book collectors collect authors or subjects that they are currently reading or have read and enjoyed. In fact, perhaps "enjoyed" is really no... Read More