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The Antiquarian Booksellers' Benevolent Fund Since its founding in 1952 by a group of ABAA members, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Benevolent Fund has been dedicated throughout its history to providing timely financial assistance to those in the book trade who find themselves in a time of need. Originally known as The Charles Grand Memorial Fund (a founder's reminiscence can be found below), it was specifically meant to provide “for the assistance of needy persons, regardless of affiliation, who are or have been engaged in the business of selling and dealing in books, manuscripts, and printed matter in general,” with the only proviso being that funds may be granted only for personal needs, not for business needs. In a typical year, the Fund gives a total of $40,000 in one-time disbursements to booksellers in need, the majority of whom a... [more Donate to the Benevolent and Woodburn Funds]

2020 NCBCC Winners


The winners of the 2020 National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest have been chosen. They are: First: Alan Tu, Harvard University: "Found in Translation: Contemporary World Fiction Revisited." (download Alan's entry) Second: Jack Swab, University of Kentucky: "Gay Spaces: Travel Guides and Maps for the LGBTQ Community, 1969-2001." (download Jack's entry) Third: Brendan W. Clark, Trinity College: "The Baron Colchester: Recreating the Library of a 19th Century English Parliamentarian and Country Gentleman in Substance and Subject." (download Brendan's entry) Essay: Matthew O. Weinstock, Washington University in St. Louis: "Party-Bottom Paperbacks: Cruising Bookstores in Search of Queer History." (download Matthew's entry) The National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest is jointly administered by the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of ... [more 2020 NCBCC Winners]

These items were reported stolen May 14, 2020 from Columbus OH. West Point Atlas of American War. 2nd addition signed by President Esinhower with the addition of personal words from him to me it reads, " to Rex Brown with best wishes D. W. Esenhower. 1965." "The History of the Scottish Clans and Family's" one printing 1905. Sent to a listed names of 500 odd persons. Please contact with any information. [more Stolen Columbus OH: West Point Atlas of American War and History of the Scottish Clans and Families]

UPDATED 2/2020: This item was recovered. Seemingly fell off the tracking map in San Fransisco, the item is #341 of 512 of Wasson's Mushrooms, Russia, and History, Pantheon, 1957; two large volumes in a slipcase, value is US$2000. The book was in transit from Wisconsin to Hawaii. If offered, please contact: Peter Dast Bookworks 11236 South County Road K Beloit, WI 53511 [more Missing in Transit: Wasson’s Mushrooms, Russia, and History]

Missing in San Francisco


The following items were reported missing from a building lobby in San Francisco: Antonio Gallonio / Antonio Tempesta - De Sanctorum Martyrum Cruciatibus - 1659/1660 Bockler - Theatrum Machinarum Novum 1662 & Architectura Curiosa Nova (part 1) 1664 If you have any information please contact Roland Salvato. [more Missing in San Francisco]

Missing from Salt Lake City


Dear Members, The following items have been reported missing from Ken Sanders Rare Books. Please contact Ken if you know the whereabouts of these items. > Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA > 268 South 200 East > Salt Lake City UT 84111 > (801) 521-3819 >> > 1. Gass, Patrick. A Journal of the Voyages and Travels of a Corps of Discovery, Under the Command of Capt. Lewis and Capt. Clarke of the Army of the United States, from the Mouth of the Missouri through the Interior Parts of North America to the Pacific Ocean, During the Years 1804, 1805 and 1806. Philadelphia: Printed for Matthew Carey, 1810. Second edition. 262pp. Sextodecimo Rebound in 1/2 leather over marbled boards. New endsheets and pastedowns. Tissue repair to frontispiece. Includes all six engravings. 2. Smith, Lucy Mack. Biograph... [more Missing from Salt Lake City]

The following modern first editions have been reported missing from the Portland Oregon area as of May 20, 2018. It is believed that these books have been offered for sale to several dealers in the U.S. and in Europe. 1. A first edition of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest," Viking, 1962. The book has a PON on the FFE, but is otherwise about fine. The jacket is very good, with the customary fading to the spine. 2. A first edition of "Andy Warhol," by Rainer Crone, Praeger, 1970. The book is in very good condition. It has been signed by Andy Warhol and includes his original sketch of a Campbell's soup can. The jacket is good only, with significant wear. 3. A first edition of "The Shining," by Stephen King, Doubleday, 1977. NF/NF. 4. "Thirtyfour Parking Lots," by Ed Ruscha. 1967. VG. 5. A first American edition of "Four Quartets," by T.S. El... [more Modern Firsts missing from the Portland, OR area]

The Queens' Bowne House Museum has reported it is missing approximately 50 historical documents ranging from the 1600s through the 1800s, which are believed to have been removed in the 1980s or 1990s. The Bowne House, is a historic house museum in Flushing Queens, New York. The house was built in 1661 by early settler John Bowne, a Quaker convert known for his successful defense of religious freedom in the face of persecution from New Netherlands Governor Peter Stuyvesant. The home was continually inhabited by nine generations of his descendants, many of whom were also Quaker reformers and prominent New Yorkers, and their personal papers and effects have been preserved onsite. Please note that the original Colonial documents will probably use Quaker dating conventions- i.e., they did not use the names of the months or days, only numbers, ... [more Missing from Queens’ Bowne House Museum since the 1980s or 90s]

Lost in the USPS system somewhere between Allen Park, Michigan and Fernandina Beach, Florida within the last 45 days. Please contact the us at (212) 944-8291 or if offered. Rowling, J. K. & Grandpre, Mary HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, Arthur A. Levine / Scholastic Press, 1999, first American edition (first printing), insignificant and quite small grayish mark to a tiny section of the b.p.e.'s, else fine in like pictorial dw. Signed by both the author and the illustrator. Quite scarce thus. HARRY POTTER #2. [more Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Missing in Transit from Michigan to Florida]

Reported Stolen: Poe and Dickens


These works were reported stolen with the use of a fraudulent credit card. Please contact us ( or 212-944-8291) if you are offered either of these. The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe. Poe, Edgar Allan. Akron, Ohio: The Werner Company, 1908. Centenary edition, limited to 1,000 sets. Octavo, bound in three quarters morocco, with titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt. Illustrated. The Personal History of David Copperfield. Dickens, Charles. London: Bradbury and Evans, 1850. First edition, first printing. Octavo, elegantly bound in full morocco. Gilt titles and elaborate tooling to the spine, gilt lined to the front and rear panels. In near fine condition. Illustrated with 40 etchings by Hablot Knight Browne. [more Reported Stolen: Poe and Dickens]