Tag Archives: Book collecting

Poison Book Project

Just in case you needed another reason to wash your hands these days… The bright emerald green cloth on the books (above & below) gets its intense color from copper acetoarsenite, more commonly known as arsenic. The inorganic pigment was … Continue reading

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Yeah, That’s Me


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Intellectual Wallpaper


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It’s Not Hoarding If It’s Books


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Happy Reading

    Happy Reading is publisher Penguin’s new advertising campaign celebrating the special   relationship that forms between a reader and the books they’ve treasured over the years. Happy Reading consists of a series of posters that feature the well-read, and … Continue reading

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Just So Stories

Just So Stories for little children Rudyard Kipling London Macmillan and Co Limited First Edition September 1902 – Reprinted October 1902 I was never a big Kipling fan as a child, but I vividly remember this particular book from the … Continue reading

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Never Enough

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Book Purge Pain

Every four or five years I attempt a thinning out of my personal library through a merciless book purge. Last year I managed to ruthlessly select about 300 titles and donate the lot to my local library for the annual … Continue reading

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Cherish Your Book Scorpions

  As a collector and seller of antiquarian and secondhand books, I often discover the remains of dead book scorpions. The tiny arachnids are actually pseudoscorpions and are the book lover’s friend and mostly unseen companions. Although they are harmless … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Columbus & Philip Roth

Last week we lost one of America’s last true literary lions, Philip Roth. With the many exceptional obituaries that have been published, I won’t attempt to add my own. However, as a book collector and book seller, I often wonder … Continue reading

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