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Blog posts by Adam Schachter

On November 4, 2011 an earthquake of discovery shattered Adam's carefully created perception of the rest of his professional life. He walked into a room filled with books written in Russian at an estate sale and bought 30 pamphlets because they were printed in Germany between 1945 and 1947, had UN censorship marks and some had beautiful color illustrations on their front wraps. Turns out they were not pamphlets, they were books printed in Russian refugee camps in Germany just after the war and were an attempt at preserving culture while the UN was trying to repatriate the refugees. A recent winner of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest wrote his paper on these books and it was the first time Adam was truly exposed to the trade and the depth of knowledge it takes to enhance the value of an object and turn it into an artifact. Over the next couple of years, he regularly got up early to cheat on his law practice and work on the exciting items he would find such as the founding minute book of a Guatemalan political party that overthrew its dictator around 1920. So in 2015, Adam gave up his career as a bankruptcy attorney to become a full time antiquarian bookseller. He specializes in selling original materials that tell interesting American stories, with an emphasis on social movements that includes African Americana, Women, LGBTQ and more. Adam has issued four catalogs to date which can be found on his website.

I've been a full-time antiquarian bookseller for over two years now, specializing in selling original materials that tell interesting American stories, with an emphasis on social movements. So my every day involves intellectual adventure as I make a living helping to preserve bits of history. Until the first week of January though, I hadn't quite experienced anything like I'm about to share, so with all due respect to Mr. Everitt, I couldn't think of a better title. I hope you'll keep reading and agree. It started the morning of Christmas Eve a couple weeks ago, when an eBay seller listed several books by the important civil rights activist, W.E.B. Du Bois. Du Bois was a prolific writer, and his books are not uncommon. But, what made these special was they had their dust jackets -- which I knew were rarely seen for these particular titles... [more]