Reminiscences of a Russian Antiquarian Bookseller: Encounters with People and Books (1924-1986

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Paula Israelewicz, the Russian-born linguist and librarian has made available to Western readers, in an English translation, Reminiscences of a Russian Antiquarian Bookseller, the memoirs, written at an advanced age by eldest Moscow book dealer L.A. Glazer. The volume recounts Glazer’s sixty years’ experience in the book world of his time and place. Throughout the eight chapters, Glazer gives the reader a detailed account of his encounters with booklovers in all walks of life; noted bibliophiles, scholars, ...
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Overview

Paula Israelewicz, the Russian-born linguist and librarian has made available to Western readers, in an English translation, Reminiscences of a Russian Antiquarian Bookseller, the memoirs, written at an advanced age by eldest Moscow book dealer L.A. Glazer. The volume recounts Glazer’s sixty years’ experience in the book world of his time and place. Throughout the eight chapters, Glazer gives the reader a detailed account of his encounters with booklovers in all walks of life; noted bibliophiles, scholars, bookmen and bibliographers, writers, actors, musicians and also students whom he inspired with an interest for books. The many ‘treasures’ and private collections handled by Glazer during his long career are described in the book, mostly Russian works from the 16th to the 20th century, writings of Russian authors such as Pushkin and many others.

The beginning of Glazer’s career coincided with a period after the revolution. For the Western reader it is interesting to realize that even under the Soviet regime ‘normal’ life went on in the milieu dedicated to books. Perhaps reading and book collecting constituted an ‘escape’ from the troubles of daily life, the persecutions of the Stalin era, and the horrors of World War Two.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595199969
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2002

    UNFORGETTABLE

    Yes -- I enjoyed it very much. The stories were terrific. I learned about rare books I had not heard of, and about the ways books were sold in the early days. I would like to read more on this subject. Eden Martin

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