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Editions & Impressions:Twenty Years on the Book Beat [NOOK Book]

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Editions and Impressions: Twenty Years on the Book Beat brings together the best of Mr. Basbanes’s book journalism. He reports first-hand on a nascent library springing up on the battlefield in Iraq. He describes putting hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line at a New York auction on behalf of a friend and placing bids that, in some instances, exceeded his annual salary. In Sweden, he writes about a seventeenth-century palace library left unfinished when builders walked off the job three centuries ago. He ...
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Editions & Impressions:Twenty Years on the Book Beat

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Editions and Impressions: Twenty Years on the Book Beat brings together the best of Mr. Basbanes’s book journalism. He reports first-hand on a nascent library springing up on the battlefield in Iraq. He describes putting hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line at a New York auction on behalf of a friend and placing bids that, in some instances, exceeded his annual salary. In Sweden, he writes about a seventeenth-century palace library left unfinished when builders walked off the job three centuries ago. He recalls meeting with one of the most prolific book thieves of the twentieth century, and considers instances of the tragic destruction of books and libraries. Mr. Basbanes often says that he is a collector of collectors, and this book also brings together many profiles of fascinating rare-book aficionados, from the extremely wealthy who can buy almost anything they want to collectors who have built marvelous and important collections on limited budgets. Most of the pieces in Editions & Impressions are significantly revised and expanded from their original appearances in print, and throughout the book, Mr. Basbanes has added notes to bring the stories up-to-date. These essays, collected from two decades worth of magazine and newspaper appearances, establish Mr. Basbanes as one of the leading book journalists of our time.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Observer - Andre Bernard
"As he has proved so ably before, Mr. Basbanes is an elegant, wry, and humane writer, a lover of all things printed and bound. No other writer has traced the history of the book so thoroughly or engagingly, with such a warm human touch."
New Orleans Times - Picayune - Susan Larson
"Basbanes is a true champion of the book, and his intelligence and passion are inspiring."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015925494
  • Publisher: Fine Books Press
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 209
  • Sales rank: 1,345,588
  • File size: 639 KB

Meet the Author

Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of eight books about various aspects of books and book culture. His first, A Gentle Madness, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1995, and was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. An award-winning investigative reporter during the early 1970s, Basbanes was literary editor of the Worcester Sunday Telegram from 1978 to 1991, and for the next eight years wrote a nationally syndicated column on books and authors. His work on On Paper, a cultural history of paper and papermaking, was supported in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship, and will be published in 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf. Basbanes lectures widely on various topics, reviews for the Los Angeles Times, and writes a featured column for Fine Books & Collections magazine. He and his wife Constance live in Massachusetts.
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