Rare Book Monthly Articles - October - 2022 Issue

Rare Book Hub Introduces Rare Book Batch Valuation Service

Rare Book Hub is launching the beta version of its Rare Book Batch Valuation service this month and will be officially accepting member submitted lists of material beginning October 15th. Batch Valuation is a new service that enables you to quickly search for auction lot matches to your entire book collection in our database of over 12 million records. Instead of searching titles one at a time, Batch Valuation enables you to submit a list of hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands at once for automated searches.   Next, for each matching lot for each title found, we update past sales ...

William Reese Company to Live on Under New Ownership

The news is official.  The William Reese Co, ABAA, ILAB is to live on Under New Ownership.  Bill Reese slipped away from this mortal coil four years ago and his firm has now been transferred to the...

Defunded Library Raises Budget through GoFundMe Rather than Acquiesce to Book Banning

This is a tough time to be a librarian in America. From all over the country we hear stories of pressure put on them to ban books certain people do not like. Most often, the books have something to...

Building an Ephemera Sale

Ephemera, the random debris of history, has long been considered insufficiently important and too difficult to identify to sell.  Books almost always have a known author, title, place and date prin...

Two Comic Book Thefts Last Month – One Valued at $100,000, the Other Involving Violence

Comic Books have taken on a different level of value from the days when Mickey Mouse was the favorite character and super heroes appealed to a demographic not much beyond teenage and younger boys. ...

Dr. Robert Bennett Remembered

Every book collector has a personal story.  Two men set me on the path to appreciating history.  Bill Heidgerd and Dr. Robert Bennett got me into this fix.  To both I’m grateful.  Dr. Bennett passe...

Contents Sana in Papier Dominoté Sano

I do believe there are good or bad reasons to buy an old book. And God forgive, I did buy one for the wrong reason the other day. I confess it: I wasn’t interested in its contents at all—but in its...

Young People the Focus of Book Banning as Culture Wars Heat Up in Schools and Libraries

This year was not your standard Banned Book Week; it was Banned Book Week on steroids. Every September the American Library Association (ALA) hosts an annual event when libraries, bookstores and b...

The Library of Edward R. Leahy Comes to Auction at Christie's, 6 October

Edward R. Leahy has devoted over half a century to the pursuit of rare books—succumbing to a temptation here, seizing an opportunity there—resulting in a remarkable library filled with choice copie...

Shapero Rare Books' Parent Confirms First Profit in Four Years

Shapero Rare Books' parent corporation, Scholium Group, confirmed earlier preliminary results that the company made a profit in their latest fiscal year, ending on March 30, 2022. It was a healthy ...

Librarians Confronting Job Trauma – a New Study Focuses on a New Problem

Libraries have been evolving for the past couple of decades from the traditional role they played for two centuries. They are no longer simply repositories of physical books that you can read sitti...

A Handful of Elon Musk Trinkets brought $165,000 at RR Auction on September 15th

Elon went to college at The University of Pennsylvania and left a thin scattering of mementos with a friend who recently decided to convert the car-maven’s fame into a fund to help her family to go...

Northampton Print & Book Fair 2022 on October 1st, 12 to 5PM

After a two year hiatus, Northampton Print Book Fair is excited to announce that it is making its return to downtown Northampton this Fall! Come by from noon-5pm for a one-day celebration of conte...

Found in a Library Book: An Unusual Exhibit at the Oakland Library

The Oakland (California) Public Library is featuring an exhibit called Found in a Library Book. This is not about information, knowledge, learning, things you expect to find in a book. No, it's abo...

Five New Catalogues Are Reviewed

This month we review five new booksellers' catalogues. Maggs Bros. presents a selection of old voyages and travel. Ursus Rare Books has five centuries worth of illustrated books. Jonathan A. Hill B...

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  • Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JAMES MADISON THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION. $12,000 - $18,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JAMES MONROE PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE SOUP BOWL. $6,000 - $9,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A FRANKLIN PIERCE BRUSHED SILK TOP HAT. $10,000 - $15,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: LINCOLN ENDORSEMENT: "I AM ALWAYS FOR THE MAN WHO WISHES TO WORK." $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A RUTHERFORD B. HAYES CIVIL WAR-ERA TRAVEL DESK. $4,000 - $6,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT'S FINAL PRESIDENTIAL AUTOMOBILE FLAG. $20,000 - $30,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: GARFIELD LS AS PRESIDENT ALLUDING TO THE "STAR-ROUTE" SCANDAL: "REGRETTING THE EMBARRASSMENTS WHICH THE EVENT HAS CAUSED US BOTH." $25,000 - $35,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: AN 18K GOLD AND ENAMEL WILLIAM MCKINLEY INAGURATION POCKETWATCH. $15,000 - $20,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: A JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL MOTORCADE FLAG. $80,000 - $120,000
    Bonhams, Ending Feb. 21: PRESIDENT KENNEDY'S LAST DAY: OFFICIAL SCHEDULE ANNOTATED BY SPECIAL ASSISTANT DAVE POWERS WITH A MINUTE-BY-MINUTE DETAIL OF THE DAY'S ACTIONS. $40,000 - $60,000
  • Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Winston Churchill. The Second World War. Set of First-Edition Volumes. 6,000 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: A.A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard. A Collection of The Pooh Books. Set of First-Editions. 18,600 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Salvador Dalí, Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Finely Bound and Signed Limited Edition. 15,000 USD
    Sotheby’s
    Modern First Editions
    Available for Immediate Purchase
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ian Fleming. Live and Let Die. First Edition. 9,500 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter Series. Finely Bound First Printing Set of Complete Series. 5,650 USD
    Sotheby’s, Available Now: Ernest Hemingway. A Farewell to Arms. First Edition, First Printing. 4,200 USD
  • Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: KUPKA, Frantisek (1871-1957) - Quatre histoires de blanc et noir. Paris: Marcel Baque, 1926. €5.000-€8.000
    Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: VASI, Giuseppe Agostino (1710-1782) - Raccolta delle più belle vedute antiche, e moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise secondo lo stato presente. Rome: A. Vasi, 1786. €4.000-€6.000
    Il Ponte, Feb. 27-28: SALAMANCA, Antonio (1478-1562) - [First map depicting the bay of Naples]. [Rome: 1538]. €3.000-€5.000

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