Feed your inner bibliophile with this volume on unearthed rare and antiquarian books.
Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting.
Read about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1--the first appearance of Superman-saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Or the collector who, while browsing his local thrift shop, found a collectible copy of Calvary in China--inscribed by the author to the collector's grandfather. These tales and many others will entertain and inspire casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike.
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About the Author
Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has written about books for Preservation, the Barnes & Noble Review, The Awl, the Daily News/Page Views, American Libraries, Publishers Weekly, and many other periodicals, as well as WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She is Victoria magazine's 2014 Writer-in-Residence.
Rebecca has been in the book business for over 15 years. After graduating from Syracuse University with degrees in English and Journalism, she joined the venerable publishing house of Simon & Schuster in New York. She moved on to Drew University, completing a masters degree in book history and serving as the preservation and archives associate in charge of the university's archives. She later completed postgraduate courses in archives and special collections at Drew University, the American Antiquarian Society, and the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. After relocating to the Hudson Valley, she spent a year as a reference librarian at Marist College before joining Fine Books & Collections.
Nicholas A. Basbanes is an author and America's foremost historian of books and book culture. Among his nine published books are the acclaimed A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books and On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History. In addition to his books, Mr. Basbanes has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian, and many other periodicals. He and his wife Constance live in Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
Foreword Nicholas A. Basbanes 6
Introduction: Have You a Tamerlane in Your Attic? Redux 9
1 A Prewar Stockpile in Brussels 16
2 The Five-Hundred-Year-Old Book under the Bed 21
3 Philly Flea First Edition Find 25
4 A Revolutionary Manuscript Filed in the Attic 30
5 Tarzan in a Trailer Park 36
6 Bargain Borges 40
7 Leather-Bound Beauty in a Cowboy Outpost 44
8 Seeking Alice 49
9 Superhero Jackpot 52
10 Scarce Scottish Imprint Hiding in the Stacks 56
11 Kerouac's Hand-Annotated Bibliography, for $20 61
12 Dumpster Emergency 67
13 A French Folio in a New England Barn 71
14 A Better-than-Technicolor Gone with the Wind 76
15 Rummaging Up a 1905 Lippincott's Gazetteer 80
16 An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary Discovery 83
17 Sendak's Seven Stories 87
18 Swap Meet Yields JFK-Signed Book 91
19 Recovery of Nineteenth-Century Senate Ledgers 95
20 A Textbook Turned Lipstick Blotter 99
21 Frankenstein Rises from the Shadows 102
22 The Townsend Document Surfaces 107
23 Where (and When) to Seek Hypermoderns 111
24 A March Made in Germany and England 115
25 An Astronomer's Accidental Acquisition 118
26 Mendelssohn, for a Song 122
27 A Family Bible Worth $350,000 126
28 Mark Twain Stashed in a Barrel 132
29 The Bard's Book? An Epic eBay Buy 137
30 A Cobwebbed Cellar Tenders Treasure 143
31 Following the Flag 146
32 The $1.50 Declaration 152
33 The Curious Case of a Very Overdue Harvard Library Book 157
34 A Cache of Cards Concealed 162
35 The Motherlode of Mini Books 166
36 A Garage Sale Jumpstarts a Career 169
37 An 1815 Arkansas Deed Retrieved in Oregon 173
38 A World War II Comic Uncovered 176
39 Advice from Texas: Look High and Look Low 179
40 Memoirs of a Tattooist … under a Fedora 184
41 Homecoming for a Tome Mislaid since the English Civil War 188
42 A Sleeper: Marmaduke Sampson's Rationale of Crime 193
43 Reclaiming Abandoned African Americana 196
44 Ex Libris Vatican Library, in Oklahoma 201
45 The Box Lot of the Century 205
46 Return to Sherwood Forest 211
47 Thick & Thin 215
48 Greetings from Salem 218
49 A Connection to Capote 222
50 The Doctor's Diaries Emerge 225
51 Retro Geography in Reno 229
52 McMurtry Surveys the Shelves 232
53 Free on Craigslist: A Trove of Vintage NOLA Newspapers 238
54 A Godsend at the Salvation Army 243
55 Flowers in the Attic 246
56 Much Ado about a Little Notebook 249
Selected Reading 255
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a fun collection of stories about rare book finds! I will be keeping my eyes peeled for hidden treasures as I peruse library and estate sales, and maybe I'll even dig through my attic for a forgotten gem! A great read for any lover of old books.
This book is a collection of essays about booksellers and ordinary people and the rare books they uncovered. This book does answer the question that not everything has been already discovered . After reading this book you will be haunting stores and markets looking for your own treasures. Anyone who enjoys reading books about books will enjoy this. It will also make a great gift for the bibliophile on your list.
I would love to buy and read this book, alas, it is only available in *.pdf format, which, unlike ePub, does not allow increasing the font size. So, I have to wait for my local library to have a copy available.