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Blog posts by Zoe Abrams

Zoe Abrams ( née Mindell) began her career in the Mortimer Rare Book Room at Smith College, where she majored in Art History and Italian Literature. She has worked for auction houses, libraries, and dealers, most recently Ursus Books in New York City. In 2015-2016, Zoe will be based in Paris, working on her own book business and blogging about adventures abroad at zoethebookseller.com.


For 27 years, the Colorado Antiquarian Books Seminar (CABS) has provided a training ground for rare book collectors, dealers, and librarians to meet and share their knowledge. Even experienced book dealers attend to keep abreast of the latest scholarship and learn from their peers. ABAA associate-member Zoe Abrams attended this year, and reports on her experience. On the first day of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, Terry Belanger stood solemnly in front of our class and commanded us to “follow the rulebook with supine acquiescence.” We were feverishly scribbling collational formulae in our notebooks as he added, “The fact that it is ridiculous is totally irrelevant.” The group let out a communal chuckle and went on copying the ever-expanding equations projected on the wall. Terry was referring specifically to the Ur-text of... [more]