The world of rare books
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Have you read the John Dunning mystery series featuring Cliff Janeway?
I also enjoy books about book scouts/hunters too. I have some of the ones mentioned and have added more to my wish list from this discussion.
One not yet mentioned is Memoirs of a Book Snake by David Meyer. My biggest problem with this book is that it's far too short! It should have twice as long.
Although not about books per se, another book I found fascinating was The Island of Lost Maps by Miles Harvey. It's the true story of Gilbert Bland and his theft of hundreds of priceless antique maps from libraries around the country. And since some of the maps were removed from priceless books, it does have a book tie in as well as the fact that the maps were spirited away from what were thought to be very secure reference rooms at very prestigious institutional libraries.
I see someone`s already mentioned Rare Old & Offbeat, but I like the name so i thought I`d mention it again !).
Other than that, good luck with this group - it seems interesting.
Another writer that delves into rare books and scholarly examination of them is Owen Gingerich, an astronomer and professor and wrote a book I could not put down on Copernicus's de Revolutionibus. He examined every extant copy, I believe and it is absolutely a fascinating read.
Glad I checked in on LibraryThing and found this spot.
Last week, I created a Group called Favorite Bookstores.
Would you folks who patronize Oaknoll and the book dealer in Ashville, mind adding an entry for them in there? The Subject Line should be formatted a particular way -- so it can be sorted geographically. I've got a few more to add myself.