Entries from September 2016

2016 Boston Book Fair

By Rich Rennicks

The last major antiquarian book fair of 2016 is almost upon us. The center of the rare book world moves to Boston, MA for three days at the end of October for the 40th annual Boston International Anti... [more]

Former president of the ABAA Robert D. Fleck died yesterday. Fleck founded Oak Knoll Books in 1976, and Oak Knoll Press two years later. The publishing operation was intended to fill a need he saw for... [more]

Bookplates are fascinating corner of the literary world. If your only exposure to bookplates are the rather anodyne mass-produced examples some modern bookstores sell, you may not appreciate the indiv... [more]

2 Books Stolen from PRPH

By Janine Moodhe

Update: These books have been recovered. The ABAA has recently become aware of a theft which occurred in May from PRPH books. If you have information, or believe you may have been offered either of th... [more]

Rare Book Catalogs

By Rich Rennicks

We humans are a superstitious bunch. Some touch wood frequently, others mutter about rabbits on the first day of each month, and apparantly a large number wear particular socks or T-shirts in the purs... [more]

Collecting Roald Dahl

By Rich Rennicks

Happy Roald Dahl Day! The renowned British children's book author, screenwriter, and WWII fighter pilot, was born one hundred years ago, today (September 13, 1916). Dahl (or more accurately his books)... [more]

Missing from Tucson, AZ


Bezalel silver binding with 4 blue stones and etched designs, c. 1920, housing a Hebrew Bible, approximately 5” x 4”. Owner thinks book was inscribed – possibly in Hebrew – to “Albert” or ... [more]


By Margueritte Peterson

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” -- Colette I readily admit that I am a fan of the badass literary woman. Give me Anais Nin, Marguerite Duras or Virginia Woolf any day – ... [more]