Category Archives: Book Collecting

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Nabokov’s Last Novel to be Released in November

Penguin Classics has announced the release date for Vladimir Nabokov’s last manuscript, “The Original of Laura.” Nabokov, author of “Lolita” and “Pale Fire,” is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century.

Some Good News for Independent Bookstores in the New Economy

Indiebound.com mentioned a heartening story from the Boston Globe about an independent brick and mortar bookstore in Coolidge Corner, Massachusetts that is succeeding in the face of direct competition from a major national chain rival. Maybe this is an isolated case, but I tend to

See you at the NY Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend!

We’ll be attending the New York Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend, and hope to see you there! This is a great opportunity for booksellers, avid collectors, or readers who just simply want to feast their eyes on some beautiful books. Here’s the official info, courtesy

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Rare Book of the Day: The Hobbit (first American ed.)

The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien While I’m waiting for The Hobbit movie adaptation (slated for release in 2012), I’ll save up my pennies for this gem. As described: Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938. First American edition, third state, in a

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New Author Challenge 2009

Ok, I’m getting a bit of a late start on this, but I just discovered a very popular online group called The New Author Challenge 2009. The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2009, so I’ve got some reading to do! The premise

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I Shall Buy Books on Ebay No More Forever

I don’t understand the bookseller who advertises a book club edition as the first edition, but I’ve fallen for it twice. Too much in a hurry for a deal, twice I’ve found Ebay auctions for one of my favorite modern firsts and believed the description

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Very rare and expensive books – eye-candy for Bibliophiles

Stumbling around this afternoon, I came up with an interesting search, revealing a pretty fascinating gallery of very rare and expensive books on Biblio.com. Shown to the left isn’t actually a book, though it was found in the search above.  Its a portrait of e

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Award-Winning Author John Updike Dies at 76

Pulitzer prize recipient and prolific author John Updike passed away today at the age of 76. Updike died from lung cancer. He is famous for the Rabbit series, a quartet of novels written over a 30-year period which centers around the title character Harry “Rabbit”

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2008 Man Booker Prize Announced

Aravind Adiga, 33, won the 40th Man Booker prize on Tuesday night for his debut novel, “The White Tiger,” an exploration of India’s class struggle told through the story of a village boy’s journey from Indian village life to entrepreneurial success. Adiga, who lives in