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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 Eckhardt, William J. THE MYSTERY OF THE PRINCE EDWARD "QUEEN".
Toronto Unitrade 1985 0919801307 / 9780919801301 Reprint Stapled in Wraps Very Good 
Unpaginated (approx. 14pp.), 9" H. B&w illustrations. "In December of 1866 a peculiar 10 cent 'Prince Edward Island' stamp made its appearance in Europe. It was without perforations, printed in black on yellow paper, and the name of the country was misspelled. Those who saw the stamp said that it had 'an unreal look' about it." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - very light rubbing and soiling to covers, ghost sticker marking on front cover. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 
 
THE BOOKMAN'S TALE:  A NOVEL OF OBSESSION., Lovett, Charlie.
3 Lovett, Charlie. THE BOOKMAN'S TALE: A NOVEL OF OBSESSION.
New York Viking 2013 0670026476 / 9780670026470 3rd Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 
352 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). "Peter Byerly isn't sure what drew him into this particular bookshop in the Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. Nine months earlier, the death of his beloved wife, Amada, had left him shattered. The young antiquarian bookseller relocated from North Carolina to the English countryside, hoping to outrun his grief and rediscover the joy he once took in collecting and restoring rare books. But upon opening an eighteenth-century study of Shakespeare forgeries, Peter is shocked when a portrait of Amanda tumbles out of its pages. Of course, it can't be her. The watercolor is clearly Victorian. Yet the resemblance is uncanny, and Peter becomes obsessed with learning the picture's origins. Peter follows the trail of clues across the centuries - from a raucous London tavern where the unscrupulous bookseller Bartholomew Harbottle plots against the 'upstart crow' William Shakespeare to the unfinished ramparts of an Oxfordshire mansion where a frustrated Victorian painter mourns his lost love and takes revenge on his book-collecting rival. Along the way Peter discovers his holy grail: a priceless literary artifact that could prove the truth about Shakespeare's identity. Fearing the book may be a forgery, Peter races against time to prove its authenticity, evading the clutches of a murderer, meeting a woman who may hold the key to the mystery of the portrait, and finally discovering the truth about his own past and precious Amanda." Book is very slightly bowed. Dust jacket has one minor soft edge crease. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
INFINITE RICHES:  THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER., Magee, David.  Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell.
4 Magee, David. Introduction by Lawrence Clark Powell. INFINITE RICHES: THE ADVENTURES OF A RARE BOOK DEALER.
Toronto Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1973 0839735537 / 9780839735533 First Canadian Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 
274 pp, 8 1/2" H. B&w illustrations. "Life in the rare book business can be filled with excitement and surprise, as described by David Magee, San Francisco antiquarian bookseller, in this witty and highly civilized account of some of his adventures here and abroad. With lively humor and sophistication, Mr. Magee entertains and enlightens as he tells amusing and suspenseful anecdotes about the people he has encountered, the places he has visited, and the events he has attended in the course of nearly half a century in the rare book trade. (His) vignettes of the many and varied clients, confreres, dear friends and strangers with whom he has dealt are a charming pageant of human beings - sometimes eccentric, amusing or moving - always vivid to the reader." Very small stamp mark (bird) on top of text block, minor wrinkle at top of spine, light toning to edges of text block. Dust jacket has very light edge wear, light browning at inside edges and on flap-folds, one tiny edge tear. 
Price: 30.00 USD
 
 
WHAT'S LEFT OF NELSON., Marriott, Leo.
5 Marriott, Leo. WHAT'S LEFT OF NELSON.
Shepperton Dial House 1995 0711023034 / 9780711023031 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
160 pp, 8vo (9" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. This volume details museums, collections, historical sites, etc. where items and locales related to Lord Nelson can be viewed. "This series (of books) concerns the lasting impression that several eminent figures have left upon society. History records their actions and words and their lives are illustrated in books, photo-graphs and paintings. But each person leaves behind more than writings, reputation or notoriety: the place where they were born; the houses they lived in; the clothes they wore; the structures they owned, built or made; where they died and where they are laid to rest. Each of these books in the 'What's Left of' series is a detective story piecing together the physical remains that famous people leave behind - remains that we can see today and perhaps allow us to recapture some of their history - (not just major attractions) but the personal possessions, clothing or jewellery, that give us a clear insight into their personality." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - clean and bright with one faint crease on spine. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
WHAT'S LEFT OF NELSON., Marriott, Leo.
6 Marriott, Leo. WHAT'S LEFT OF NELSON.
Shepperton Dial House 1995 0711023034 / 9780711023031 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good+ 
160 pp, 8vo (9" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w photographs, reproductions. This volume details museums, collections, historical sites, etc. where items and locales related to Lord Nelson can be viewed. "This series (of books) concerns the lasting impression that several eminent figures have left upon society. History records their actions and words and their lives are illustrated in books, photo-graphs and paintings. But each person leaves behind more than writings, reputation or notoriety: the place where they were born; the houses they lived in; the clothes they wore; the structures they owned, built or made; where they died and where they are laid to rest. Each of these books in the 'What's Left of' series is a detective story piecing together the physical remains that famous people leave behind - remains that we can see today and perhaps allow us to recapture some of their history - (not just major attractions) but the personal possessions, clothing or jewellery, that give us a clear insight into their personality." Interior - clean and tight with no previous ownership marks. Exterior - tiny soft corner crease on front cover. 
Price: 15.00 USD
 
 
7 Oliver, Anthony. THE VICTORIAN STAFFORDSHIRE FIGURE: A GUIDE FOR COLLECTORS.
William Heinemann, London, 1971, first edition. 
179 pp, small 4to (10 1/16" H), hard cover (navy blue leatherette with gold lettering on spine, decorated text block edges) - no dust jacket. Decorated endpapers, profusely illustrated with color and b&w photographs, reproductions. Contents: Sett ing the Scene; The People Who Made Them; What They are Made of; How They Were Made; Identification (Part 1); Identification (Part 2); Forming a Collection; Fakes, Forgeries, Reproductions and Restorations; Where They are Sold; Select Bibli o g r a p h y ; I ndex. Small split at bottom of inside front hinge, minor rub mark on front board, very small shallow dint on rear board. Very Good+ 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
8 Sandon, John. MILLER'S COLLECTING PORCELAIN.
London Miller's 2002 1840006137 / 9781840006131 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 
160 pp, small 4to (10 1/2" H). Profusely illustrated in color. "A comprehensive introduction to the invention of porcelain and how it is manufactured is provided, including the factory processes involved in making the items, as well a details of what to look for and where to find it. Over 320 full-color photographs illustrate the diversity of porcelain available, with feature tint-boxes on useful collecting information and advice. Fakes and reproductions are uncovered and helpful tips are given on how to care for and display your procelain collection." Very minor rubbing to dust jacket. 
Price: 27.50 USD
 
 
WRISTWATCH CHRONOMETERS: MECHANICAL PRECISION WATCHES AND THEIR TESTING., von Osterhausen, Fritz.
9 von Osterhausen, Fritz. WRISTWATCH CHRONOMETERS: MECHANICAL PRECISION WATCHES AND THEIR TESTING.
Atglen, PA Schiffer 1997 0764303759 / 9780764303753 Hard Cover Very Good + Very Good+ 
211 pp, 4to (12 1/4" H). Profusely illustrated with b&w and colour photographs, reproductions. "The first section gives a detailed account of chronometer testing for wristwatches in Europe, primarily Swi tzerland. Information about testing methods, procedures, and guidelines, as well as participating makers, are based on research from the yearly reports of Swiss testing agencies between 1925 and present, and from the Swiss Observatories' reports ke pt between 1941 and 1967. The second part presents chronometer wristwatches by known makers each of which has been tested according to the guidelines of Swiss testing agencies. The types of errors found in the testing process and their possible reasons are pointed out. Follwing the theoretic-scientific presentation of the different testing methods, the reader learns the practical side of chronometer testing. At the end, the reader will want to test his own chronometer wristwatch. (A)lso will teach the collector to distinguish chronometer wristwatches and non-chronometer wristwatches from various countries. In addition to the many photographs in the illustration section, a list of over 300 Swiss watch manufacturers who made chronome ter wristwatches will be very useful. The reader also receives hints about fakes and forgeries." A heavy book which may require extra postage depending on destination. Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has minor rubbing, very light wrinkling and minor wear at top/bottom of hinges and flap-folds. 
Price: 85.00 USD
 
 
COLLECTING OLD GOLFING CLUBS., Watt, Alick A.
10 Watt, Alick A. COLLECTING OLD GOLFING CLUBS.
A.A. Watt & Son, Alton, Hants, 1985, first edition. 
119 pp, 8vo (8 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0951092308 Profusely illustrated in b&w and colour with photographs, drawings, reproductions, marks. Contents: How to Start Collecting; Woods 1820-1920; Club Development; The First Generati on of Iron Clubs; The Second Generation of Clubs; Some Specialist Clubs; They Make Their Mark; Away from the Kingdom of Fife; Vigilance is the Key; Searching for the Pefect Club; How to Look after your Clubs; Shafts in Old Clubs (Irons); Sh a f t s i n O ld Clubs (Woods); Fakes and Forgeries; Additional Marks & Makers; Index; Index to Named Models. Slight cigarette odor, light area of soiling in margin of page 35, small bump to top corner of boards and on fore-edge of boards. Dust ja ck et h a s li g ht edge wear/wrinkling, creases at top of spine and flap-folds, light to moderate rubbing/soiling - mainly on rear panel, several light cup-rings on front panel, four tiny edge tears, small bump on each flap-fold. Very Good-/G ood 
Price: 60.00 USD
 
 
CANFAKE:  AN EXPERT'S GUIDE TO THE TRICKS OF THE CANADIAN ANTIQUES TRADE., Webster, Donald.
11 Webster, Donald. CANFAKE: AN EXPERT'S GUIDE TO THE TRICKS OF THE CANADIAN ANTIQUES TRADE.
McClelland & Stewart, (Toronto, 1997), Ist edition. 
226 pp, 8vo, hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 077108904X "Drawing on his many years of work in the field of Canadian antiques, (Donald Webster) lays out the mechanics of buying and selling, outlines the levels of the market, and shows how a fake ca n be introduced into the lower levels of the trade and then rise steadily, gaining credibility as it goes. He identifies the categories of Canadian antiques that are most likely to be faked, demonstrates how honest reproductions can become pr o b l e m s , and outlines the pros and cons of buying and selling through dealers and auction houses. Throughout the book, he offers countless tips on how to spot fakes, many enlivened by entertaining anecdotes drawn from his own extensive experie nc e. " D us t jacket has some areas of light edge wrinkling. Near Fine/Very Good+ 
Price: 15.00 USD
 


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