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Blog posts by Janine Moodhe

Janine graduated with a BA in English and American Literature from New York University, where she also minored in Visual Arts, and later completed the Documentary Photography and Visual Journalism Program at the International Center of Photography. She is an avid photographer, reader, and concert-goer. Janine started working for the ABAA in 2010 and has been Associate Director of the Association since 2011. 


Two weeks ago a full trunk of medical material went missing from the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The list of missing items can be found here. (You can visit the following link to view images of the books: https://tinyurl.com/Medicine2019) If you have any information about the material listed, please contact Howard Rootenberg at (818) 788-7765 or blroot@rootenbergbooks.com. [more]

In honor of long-time member Florence Shay (1922-2012), the Midwest Chapter of the ABAA offers an educational scholarship to booksellers from the Midwest Chapter region to attend the 2019 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. It covers full tuition plus room & board expenses for one attendee to this year's Seminar. All applications must be received by midnight, May 01, 2019. Applicants will be notified of the award decision via email on or before May 15, 2019. Each application must include at least one written letter of support by a professional bookseller or rare book librarian, as well as the applicant's biography and essay. These can be submitted via email to the Scholarship Committee Chair at chairmwabaachapter@gmail.com or by regular mail to: Daniel Weinberg, Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, Inc., Ste. 100 824 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 606... [more]

The following item has been reported stolen: Tractatus De Attentatis Et Innovatis, etc. Printed in Rome, in 1576, by Vincentium Accoltum. 16th century book in Latin, Folio. Treatise on Italian civil and ecclesiastical law. Collates: A - I, K - T, V, X, Y, Z, AA- II, KK - TT, VV, XX, YY, ZZ, AAa - EEc, a-h, i, k. Page numbering anomalies in index but catchwords match. Original vellum binding over 16th century pasteboard, end papers intact, spine worn and missing leather on top and bottom, missing ties, both boards loosely attached, text block with some browning, but mostly clean, some dog-ears at end. If you have any information on this item, please contact Paul Dessau at paul@nccn.net. [more]

It has been reported that Volume 4 of the following five volume set was missing during breakdown of the New York Fair and appears to have been stolen: Ernst, Max. Une Semaine de bonté, ou les sept éléments capitaux. Paris: Editions Jeanne Bucher, 1934. First edition. Blue printed wrappers. From the issue of 800 copies on Navarre paper, this is numbered Copy 61. The fourth volume from this set of five. Inscribed by Ernst to Gilbert Lély If you have any information on this item, please contact Tom Goldwasser at tom@goldwasserbooks.com. [more]

UPDATE: The books have been recovered. We received notice that the parish offices of Saint Dominic's Church in San Francisco were broken into and the church's Sacramental Records (series of leather-bound books) were stolen. Saint Dominic's Church is desperate to have the items returned and is offering a no questions asked reward to anyone who can facilitate the return of the items. If you are offered or have any information regarding these books, please contact Michael Rossi at michael@stdominics.org, or 415-567-7824, x108. [more]

In memory of long-time member George Robert Kane (Oct. 6, 1913–Nov. 28, 2009), the Northern California Chapter of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America announces the availability of an Educational Scholarship. In the interest of promoting professionalism and education relevant to the antiquarian book trade, persons currently working in or actively pursuing a career in the book trade are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship will pay tuition cost (to $1,500) for participation in a course of study offered by the following programs in the Summer/Fall of 2019: California Rare Book School (Los Angeles); Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (Colorado Springs); Rare Book School (Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as several other locations). To apply for the NCC/ABAA Educational Scholarship, please provide the following: 1... [more]

The following item was sent to London but was mis-delivered and is now missing (photo below): NORTON, Thomas. To the Quenes Maiesties poore deceiued Subiectes of the North Countrey A warning against the dangerous practices of Papistes A Bull graunted by the Pope to Doctor Harding A disclosing of the great Bull . STC 18682, 18686, 18678, 18679. Imprints vary, London, 1569 & 1570. Later calf, gilt, the joints somewhat rubbed, a few sidenotes just trimmed, else quite clean, the Bute copy (with bookplate). If you are offered this item or have any information pertaining to it, please contact Joe Luttrell at rarelaw@meyerbos.com or (415) 255-6400. [more]

Re: Notice of CENSURE of Seyla Martayan and Richard Lan The Board of Governors of the ABAA, pursuant to the Association's ByLaw Article V, section I (2), hereby CENSURE Seyla Martayan and Richard Lan for violations of the Association's Code of Ethics. The Board while appreciative of Ms. Martayan and Mr. Lan's success in satisfying the economic concerns raised by the complainants concluded that these resolutions should have been realized much earlier and without the significant involvement required by the Ethics Committee. Consequently, after a hearing and upon evaluating and considering the relevant documents as well as the testimony Ms. Martayan and Mr. Lan provided concerning this matter, the Board determined they violated the Association's Code of Ethics in their handling of the sale of materials to two customers, specifically Section... [more]

The following book went missing or was stolen from the main sorting facility of the USPS in Los Angeles between October 17 and October 21, 2018: Twain, Mark. THE CELEBRATED JUMPING FROG. London: Routledge Later printing. Contemporary quarter dark blue calf and dark blue pebbled cloth sides, red non-pareil marbled end papers. The incorrect date “(1871)” is penciled in on the title-page. Binding a bit scuffed. If you have any information on the item, please contact Kevin Mac Donnell at (512) 345-4139 or info@macdonnellrarebooks.com. [more]


Missing Steadman Print

By Janine Moodhe

The follwoing item was reported missing: Steadman, Ralph. LET'S PARTY: Limited Edition, Signed Silkscreen Print. (Lexington, KY: Petro III Graphics), 2006. First edition. One of 250 SIGNED, numbered copies of Steadman's image on a bright, red background of a cowboy hat-wearing, skull-faced, bare-chested Thompson declaring "OK! Let's Party!!!" An image from Steadman's 2006 book THE JOKE'S OVER, a memoir of his friendship and collaboration with famed Gonzo Journalist Hunter S. Thompson. The "Joke's Over" prints cover the span of their association, from their first meeting in Kentucky to the 2005 memorial service at which Thompson's ashes were blasted out of a cannon and include work from FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, THE CURSE OF LONO and THE KENTUCKY DERBY IS DECADENT AND DEPRAVED, among many others. Two- color silkscreen on white Rising... [more]