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AMONG THE GENTLY MAD:  PERSPECTIVES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE BOOK HUNTER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY., Basbanes, Nicholas A.
1 Basbanes, Nicholas A. AMONG THE GENTLY MAD: PERSPECTIVES AND STRATEGIES FOR THE BOOK HUNTER IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY.
New York Henry Holt 2002 0805051597 / 9780805051599 First Edition. Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
250 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H). "(A) delightfully discursive twenty-first-century guide to book collecting that combines a fresh respect for proven methods of acquisition with sound advice on how to use the exciting electronic tools now available. Drawing on the superb insight he has gathered from some of the world's most notable collectors, dealers, and librarians, (the author) offers a penetrating consideration of the pastime as it enters an era in which 'everything', it seems, has become collectible, an era in which the computer has become an indispensable tool. For newcomers, this book presents the rare opportunity to look over the shoulders of accomplished book hunters, all with their own successful strategies, as they pursue their prey, to glean some invaluable tips from the pros. Along with conveying the thrill of the chase, their stories remind readers that good books bought shrewdly are 'always' wise inventments. Traditionalists who believe that preparation and knowledge remain the soundest foundations for success will not be disappointed by Basbane's contention that for all the wonders of the Internet, there is still no substitute for going out into the field, meeting up with kindred spirits at book fairs, open shops, auctions, and flea markets, and learning how to 'handle the goods' from people who have been there. At the same time, he questions the relevance of a few axioms that have been accepted as gospel, while explaining the timeless wisdom of others." Tiny bump at top of front hinge, tiny scuff at top edge of front board. Dust jacket has minor edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds. 
Price: 20.00 USD
 
 
2 Smiley, Kathryn, editor. (Robin H. Smiley, Allen Ahearn, Roger Gozdecki, Al Navis.) FIRSTS: THE BOOK COLLECTOR'S MAGAZINE. APRIL, 1996. VOLUME 6, NUMBER 4. (M.F.K. FISHER - BASEBALL BOOKS - HEMINGWAY & STEINBECK.)
Tucson, Arizona Firsts Magazine 1996 Stapled in Wraps Very Good+ 
76 pp, 10 3/4" H, soft cover (magazine format). B&w illustrations. Articles: Collectors' Blue Chips, Part One (Hemingway & Steinbeck); Transcendant Gastronomy: Savoring the Works of M.F.K. Fisher; M.F.K. Fisher: A Checklist; Take Me Back to the Ball Game (nonfiction baseball books); Points; A Collector's Guide to Publishers (W.W. Norton); Books into Film ('The Razor's Edge'). Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - minor edge wear, minor rubbing, a few small very soft wrinkles. 
Price: 10.00 USD
 
 
OTTAWA:  THE CAPITAL OF CANADA., Woods, Shirley E., Jr.
3 Woods, Shirley E., Jr. OTTAWA: THE CAPITAL OF CANADA.
Toronto Doubleday Canada 1980 0385147228 / 9780385147224 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
350 pp, 9 1/4" H. B&w pictorial endpapers, photographs, reproductions, map. "(T)ells the story of a major North American city, from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Etienne Brule, who portaged the Chaudiere Falls in 1610, was the first white man to view the site of the future capital. He was followed by a procession of explorers, fur traders, and missionaries, but it was not until the year 1800 that the first permanent settlers arrived in the area. By the time Colonel John By completed the Rideau Canal in 1832, Bytown had become a boom town. In 1858, Queen Victoria's choice of the newly named Ottawa as the capital of Canada assured it a central place in the history of the fledgling nation. This comprehensive and fast-paced narrative explores every aspect of Ottawa's development into a beautiful modern city that still retains much of the charm of a small town. It tells a lively tale of royalty and rogues, commerical buccaneers and civil servants, soldiers and statemen, missionaries and millionaires. From the laying of the cornerstone of the Parliament Buildings in 1860 to the Rideau Club fire of 1979, the author neglects no important civic event, nor any significant public or private enter-prise." 1" piece missing at bottom of front pastedown (folded under itself), tiny bump at top of spine, minor corner wear. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, tiny tear and creases at top of spine - archivally taped, minor rubbing. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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