Adventures In American Bookshops, Antique Stores And Auction Rooms

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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Adventures in American Bookshops, Antique Stores and Auction Rooms

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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780217676212
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 8/16/2009
  • Pages: 38
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.08 (d)

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The Strange Discovery and Disappearance of Stuart's Washington ANTIQUE shops are isles of romance and mystery in the commonplace everyday life of New York, but if you wish to enter into the real thrill of adventure, you must forget the fashionable shop, where antiques have found a temporary resting place and you must not talk to the shop-keeper. Antique shops along Fifth Avenue and the main streets are conducted as up-to-date business places, and up-to- date business has a romance of its own, a twentieth century romance that has little to do with the individual and less with sacred time-honored traditions that touch the heart. Most antique dealers kill the charm their curios and works of art awaken in us. They know the prices of the beautiful and ugly things on sale in their shops, but they don't know their value. Antique dealers are painful whenever they try to impress you with their knowledge of art or of association or history, or when they simply play on the vanity of prospective customers, telling in whose possession the priceless object has been, quoting prices like stock brokers. Whenever I spend some time in an antique shop I think of George Bernard Shaw's essay: "On Going to Church": "What wonderful and ideal places would churches be if there were no priests and no services to disturb the sublime quiet and the elevating beauty of the edifices." What charming places for dreams and revery would antique shops be if there were no antique dealers and no ambitious millionaires, who wish to show their appreciation of art by paying exorbitant prices for art objects. "Then the museum is an ideal place," I hear you say. No, it isn't. The museum is a mausoleum of art. The artobjects there seem to me buried forever in costly catacombs with beautiful monuments and tombsto...
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