Books Have Their Fates

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The continuing adventures of the legendary book-dealer team of Rostenberg and Stern, "book detectives," life-long friends, and partners in the book trade for close to 60 years. In this latest work (they have co-authored a number of reminiscences and scholarly studies), they trace 30 histories in which the protagonists are some of the books that have passed through their hands; they begin with the tale of a 16th-century volume about a clock and end with stories about imaginary books, imaginary libraries, and other hoaxes. Illustrated with reproductions of the title pages of the books in question. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584560487
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press DE
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Sixteenth Century
I Time and Time Again 9
II Emblem of a Paris Strike 13
III Marianus Bubo 17
IV Our Admirable Crichton 23
V A Castle In Spain 29
VI Family Reunion 33
VII Shakespeare Sources 41
VIII The Dynasty of a Book 49
Seventeenth Century
IX The Spanish Armada in Hiding 55
X Return Voyage 59
XI Miss Shuttleworth's Choice 63
XII Louis XIV's Playing Cards 67
XIII Duplicate Order 71
XIV Back Home Again 77
Eighteenth Century
XV Perpetual Motion 83
XVI Learned Ladies 89
XVII Tears For Pippo 95
XVIII Lost and Found 101
XIX Hot and Cold 105
XX An Orthopedist's Booty 111
XXI Three Lives of Moreau De Saint-Mery 117
XXII Leona Rostenberg and J.P. Morgan 123
XXIII Skullduggery? 127
Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries
XXIV Shelley Plain 133
XXV Edgar Allan Poe on the Left Bank 141
XXVI Life in Prairie Land 145
XXVII My Mother's Wedding Gift 151
XXVIII Louisa May Alcott and a Harlem News Stand 157
XXIX Bequest of a Jesuit Father 163
XXX Imaginary Books--Imaginary Libraries 169
Short-Title List 175
Index 185
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