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Blog posts by Susan Benne

Susan has served as Executive Director of the ABAA for 14 years. She collects material on vice and Brooklyn. Susan is focused on making the book trade diverse and equitable.


JAMES CUMMINS BOOKSELLER of New York City is seeking an experienced antiquarian bookseller and rare book cataloguer familiar with the full range of material handled by the firm: printed books from incunables to modern literature, as well as manuscripts, autographs, archives, ephemera, and illustration art. The ideal candidate will have strong writing skills, as well as practical, demonstrable knowledge of descriptive cataloguing (including collation, bibliography, and knowledge of reference sources) from an antiquarian bookselling perspective, with suitable foreign language skills (at least one classical or modern European language beyond English). Sales experience is essential, including the ability to engage new customers (private and institutional), conclude sales, and maintain relations with existing customers. The ideal candidate wil... [more Position Opening at James Cummins Bookseller]


Carnegie Library Theft

By Susan Benne

In an effort to assist in the recovery of materials missing as a result of the Carnegie Library theft, the ABAA would like to bring to the public's attention the list of items believed stolen. Click this link to view the list. Update 8/20/18: The following list includes more details. Should any member of the public identify having purchased or otherwise having knowledge of the disposition or current location of any items from the Carnegie Library—whether on this list or not—please contact one of the following detectives from Allegheny County District Attorney's Office: · Det. Fran Laquatra (412) 388-5305 flaquatra@alleghenycountyda.us · Det. Perann Tansmore (412) 388-5307 ptansmore@alleghenycountyda.us ` · Det. Lyle Graber (412) 388-5316 lgraber@alleghenycountyda.us Please note, the detectives do not have reason to believe that any... [more Carnegie Library Theft]

UPDATE: These items have been recovered. If you know the whereabouts of these items, please contact Larry O'Shaughnessy, Larry@franklinbooks.com, 800-627-3890 or 908-323-3686. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by John Tenniel, Signed Full Leather Bayntun Binding Binding Details: A beautiful signed Bayntun binding featuring full leather polished calf boards with elaborate gilt decorations and titling in compartments on the spine that has five raised spine hubs. The front and rear covers contain gold gilt characters from the book, double gilt ruling to the boards with floral stops, inner and outer dentelles, marbled endpapers, and gold gilted page ends. The Bayntun Binders stamp appears on the top of the first free endpaper. Book Details: Alice's Adventures in... [more Missing: Disney Gremlins and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [and] Through the Looking Glass…]

The following book is missing after having been marked as delivered to Marc Kuritz of Churchill Book Collector in San Diego on July 22nd: Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence, copy #313/750 of the limited issue of the first British trade edition, published by Jonathan Cape in 1935. Two images are attached; please contact the firm if you know the whereabouts of this item: Churchill Book Collector, ABAA | ILAB | IOBA San Diego, California, U.S.A. / 619.384.7992 churchillbookcollector@gmail.com [more Missing in Transit to San Diego: Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence]

The following three books are missing as a result of fraudulent orders from the UK (London). If you are offered these items, please contact Marc Younger of Aleph-Bet Books: Marc Younger Aleph-Bet Books, Inc. Phone (914) 764-7410 e-mail: marc@alephbet.com RACKHAM'S PETER PAN IN DUST WRAPPER (RACKHAM,ARTHUR)illus. PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS by J.M. Barrie. London: Hodder & Stoughton, no date . Large 4to (9 x 11 1/8"), green, textured, gilt pictorial cloth, 125 numbered pages, some offsetting and a few oxidation spots on endpapers else a FINE COPY IN THE PUBLISHER'S DUST WRAPPER WITH A MOUNTED COLOR PLATE (plate reproduces #50 from the book). First edition of Rackham's enlarged edition, later issue with plain endpapers and title printed in 1 color. This edition has a new color plate done for this edition, plus there are 7 fullpage black... [more Missing Rackham and Dahl material]

UPDATE: This has been recovered. Someone Like You by Roald Dahl First Edition. Signed by the author and dated Nov. 11, 1953. A card inscribed by Patricia Neal (signed “Pat”) presenting the book is laid in. Very good plus in a very good dust jacket. Queen's Quorum. If offered, please contact Peter Stern at Peter Stern & Co., Inc. Phone (617) 542-2376 info@sternrarebooks.com [more Missing: Someone Like You by Roald Dahl]

B&B Rare Books is missing a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory that was sent to London (technically Essex). If anyone is offered a first of Charlie, please contact info@bbrarebooks. Attached is a photo of their Charlie as well as the description (the most obvious marker is a vertical crease to the dj on the front panel, about an inch in from the right edge:) New York: Alfred Knopf, 1964. First edition, first issue, with a six line colophon. Publisher's red cloth, with the title in blind to the front board, spine lettered in gilt, black topstain; in the original first-issue dust jacket designed by Schindelman, lacking the ISBN number to the rear panel, with illustration of a chocolate candy bar, Charlie, and Willy Wonka to the front panel, illustration of Wonka dancing in front of billboards to the rear panel. Near fine, with gilt just a to... [more Missing in UK: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory]

I was thrilled recently to learn, via John Windle, of the philanthropic activities of ABAA member Phillip Pirages and his wife Ellen Summerfield. The couple formed the Give a Little Foundation in 2007 with the mission to provide assistance to individuals and families in Yamhill County, Oregon who are experiencing financial adversity and to alleviate hardship and enhance the quality of life of those on very limited budgets. The foundation offers one-time grants of up to $500 to help residents in crisis, and it has other special outreach programs in place to help school children, job seekers, and seniors. Phil and Ellen were moved to give back to their local community after identifying a need through their professional acquaintances and social services organizations. From the beginning, they have worked with existing organizations who had t... [more ABAA Member Phillip Pirages Gives Back to his Oregon Community]

UPDATE: This item has been located! 5/31/2019. Becker, George F. Atlas to Accompany the Monograph on the Geology of the Comstock Lode and the Washoe District. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1882. First edition. 21 sheets. Elephant Folio Very good. Small paper label on backstrip and front board. Contents clean and complete. This is the atlas to accompany the third monograph from the USGS. If offered, please contact: Ken Sanders Rare Books, ABAA at (801) 521-3819 or www.kensandersbooks.com. [more Atlas Missing from Chicago Map Fair]