Friday, August 22, 2014

Books for the Bookseller

These just arrived: shiny new reference books!

A good antiquarian bookseller has to have a good reference library. Two things I've been wanting to learn are the identification of leather bindings and the identification of illustrations (copperplate? woodblock? photogravure?).

How to Identify Prints, by Bamber Gascoigne, explains all about images, including magnified examples and a handy checklist.

And John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors is a classic reference of book terms.

Now, if I could just order a little time to read them...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Booksellers in Denver

The morning after the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair, Denver booksellers open their shops for brunch.

I started on the 200 block of Broadway, at the Broadway Book Mall (pictured at left) and Farenheit Books.

Broadway Book Mall and Printed Page Bookshop are co-ops — groups of booksellers that sell their books in one shop. I love the idea of combining resources and not being physically tied to the counter every day.

Printed Page was down on the 1400 block.

I really enjoyed their neighbor, Gallagher Books — what a beautiful shop. Best of all, I got to meet Sue Gallagher and her husband Don. I'd "talked" to Sue via e-mail, and she made me feel right at home.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair

The Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair wrapped up last weekend in Denver, Colorado. I made a side trip on my way to Colorado Springs because I've never been to an antiquarian book fair, and there aren't any in North Carolina or my neighboring states. 

A press

It was fun. It was overwhelming. 

I browsed through every booth, but only a few drew me in to look at particular books. Trying to remember lessons about not buying a book that won't turn a profit, I didn't buy any. I was tempted, though, by a quite reasonable set of signed Tony Hillermans. I looked in awe at signed firsts and their amazing prices. 
Type and images to go in the press

I looked through one seller's collection of cruise ship ephemera with a particular customer in mind, but he didn't have the particular ship. 

Sally Burdon gave an interesting talk about bookselling from an Australian perspective. As a second-generation bookseller, she has seen many changes in her shop and the business. 

After getting up at 3 am Eastern time for my flight, I was exhausted before the fair closed. But I made it all the way around the room and enjoyed looking. 

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Colorado bound!

(I wanted to post this Saturday, Aug. 2, but wi-fi access has been a challenge)

I've had plenty of things to blog about this year, but no time to write. Blessed with extra hours at my archives job from January to June, I'm just now getting back to bookselling. I had already decided to go to CABS — the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar — knowing I might have to dig into savings. With over three years in bookselling and the transition from an open shop to an online business, the timing seemed perfect.

Other people thought the timing perfect, too — I won the IOBA scholarship!

Here I am on my way to Colorado.

I'm heading out a day early to attend my first antiquarian book fair, the Rocky Mountain Book and Paper Fair in Denver.

I hope to write more, but it might have to wait 'til I get back home with reliable internet. My head will be so full of books! What I can't put into words, I'll try to capture in pictures.