“Genius is immediate, but talent takes time.” —Janet Flanner

 

Janet Flanner

If you think of Paris as a golden city of culture, eternally haunted by the ghosts of “lost generation” writers like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein, you are indebted to Janet Flanner. For 50 years Flanner lived in Paris and chronicled its daily life, its culture, and its personalities for the New Yorker. It’s possible she did more to shape American’s impressions of Paris than any other writer. 

Like Flanner’s cultural reportage, building a quality book collection also takes time and a keen instinct. The astute collector must immerse themselves in their chosen milieu, genre, or subject matter, and learn to tell the exceptional writers from the insipid, to distinguish between the ephemeral flavors of the month and the books that will stand the test of time. 

Great collections are not built in a day, nor are they built alone. Savvy collectors find others who share their interests, or who have collected or studied an area before them. Some of these experts are members of the ABAA, have helped many people build their collections, and are always happy to help newer collectors hunt for the essential cornerstones of their growing collections.

If you have not read Janet Flanner before, a wonderful place to start is her 1972 collection Paris Was Yesterday. If you have not met any ABAA members, a good first step is to read through their catalogs for insight into their interests, areas of expertise, and idiosyncratic humor. 

We invite you to peruse the latest catalogs from the members of the ABAA below...

Note: this list is regularly updated.  *New*  indicates catalogs added this week.

 

Catalog, Charles AgventCHARLES AGVENT

 

 

ANDERSON BUTLER RARE BOOKS

 

 

NICK ARETAKIS

 

 

ARTISAN BOOKS & BINDERY

 

 

ATHENA RARE BOOKS

 

 

BACK OF BEYOND BOOKS

 

Lorne Bair Catalog

LORNE BAIR RARE BOOKS 

 

 

BAUMAN RARE BOOKS

 

STUART BENNETT RARE BOOKS

English Libertine LIterature 1652-1843 -- Catalog available by request stuart@sbrarebooks.com

 

 

Bernett, NYABF F.A. BERNETT BOOKS

 

 

Between the Covers CatalogBETWEEN THE COVERS, RARE BOOKS

 

 

BICKERSTAFF'S BOOKS, MAPS, &.

Americana: Books, Periodicals, Maps & Views -- November, 2016

Biblioctopus 57

 
 

BIBLIOCTOPUS

Catalog 57 -- Sustained Ambitions or, The Eccentricities of Endurance

 

 

ROBIN BLEDSOE BOOKS

Catalog 58: Carriage Books from the Collection of Deirdre H. Pirie

 

 

BOLERIUM BOOKS

 

BOREAS FINE ART

California Book Fair

 

Early Ulysses

BOSTON BOOK COMPANY

 

DAVID BRASS RARE BOOKS

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

 

Bromer Catalog BROMER BOOKSELLERS

 

BUDDENBROOKS, INC.

 

ANDREW CAHAN, BOOKSELLER, LTD.

 

Brian Cassidy: Drugs, Drinking, SmokingBRIAN CASSIDY, BOOKSELLER

 

THE COLOPHON BOOK SHOP

 

JAMES CUMMINS BOOKSELLER

 

David Rajchel Arkham House Archive L.W. CURREY, INC.

David Rajchel Arkham House Archive -- Offered jointly with John W. Knott, Jr., Bookseller

 

DIVISION LEAP

Short LIst: Tattooing, Art, Feminism... 

 

 

Eclectibles Catalog

ECLECTIBLES

 

JOSEPH J. FELCONE, INC.

 

GOLDEN LEGEND 

 

THOMAS A. GOLDWASSER RARE BOOKS

Artist's Ephemera

 

Govi Rare Books: Science CatalogGOVI RARE BOOKS

 

DONALD A. HEALD RARE BOOKS

 

JONATHAN A. HILL, BOOKSELLER, INC.

 

JEFF HIRSCH BOOKS

 

Honey & Wax: Literary CriticismHONEY & WAX BOOKSELLERS

 

JOHN HOWELL FOR BOOKS

California Book Fairs

 

JOHNSON RARE BOOKS & ARCHIVES

How to Give a Vodka Party

 

 

PRISCILLA JUVELIS, INC.

Catalogue 71: American Women Writers, Reformers and Achievers

 

KAATERSKILL BOOKS

 

KEVIN F.  KELLY, BOOKSELLER

Holiday Miscellany

 

KELMSCOTT BOOKSHOP

Catalog 14 -- Artists' Books, Private Press, 19th Century Literature, Original Art, and more.

 

 ERIC CHAIM KLINE BOOKSELLER

Arkham House Archive

 

JOHN W. KNOTT, JR., BOOKSELLER

David Rajchel Arkham House Archive -- Offered jointly with L.W. Currey, Inc.

 

 

KUBIK FINE BOOKS, LTD.

Catalog #74: 100 Rare Books -- with an emphasis on history and military affairs. Please request from mail@kubikbooks.com...  * New * 

 

 

KUENZIG BOOKS

November 2016 Catalog

 

 

MICHAEL LAIRD RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPTS

 

JOHN MICHAEL LANG FINE BOOKS

 

Lawbook ExchangeTHE LAWBOOK EXCHANGE, LTD.

 

David M. LesserDAVID M. LESSER, FINE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS

 

LIBER ANTIQUUS, EARLY PRINTED BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

LITTLE SAGES BOOKS

 

Literature of War & Protest (Ken Lopez)

KEN LOPEZ BOOKSELLER

 

J.& J. LUBRANO MUSIC ANTIQUARIANS

 

LUX MENTIS BOOKSELLERS

New York Antiquarian Book Fair

 

KENNITH MALLORY, BOOKSELLER

 

Jeffrey D. Mancevice CatalogJEFFREY D. MANCEVICE INC.

 

 

 

EM Maurice CatalogE.M. MAURICE BOOKS

 

 

BRUCE MCKITTRICK RARE BOOKS, INC.

 

 

MULLEN BOOKS, INC.

Fall Sale 2016

 

 

Musinsky CatalogMUSINSKY RARE BOOKS

 

OAK KNOLL BOOKS

 

OLD IMPRINTS

 

OLD WEST BOOKS

December 2016: Western Americana -- by subscription only. Contact oldwestbooks@earthlink.net for details about obtaining a copy.

 

MICHAEL J. OSBORNE BOOKS

Presidential Elections

 

PALINURUS ANTIQUARIAN BOOKS

 

Parigi Books CatalogPARIGI BOOKS

Catalog #2: Fantasy, Horror, Science Fiction  * New * 

 

 

New Arrivals, PetrillaR & A PETRILLA, ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS 

 

PHILADELPHIA RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

EDWARD T. POLLACK FINE ARTS

Recent Acquisitions

 

RABELAIS BOOKS ON FOOD & DRINK

 

Raptis Rare Books Spring 2017 CatalogRAPTIS RARE BOOKS

 

RICHARD C. RAMER, OLD & RARE BOOKS

 

READ'EM AGAIN BOOKS

Catalog 16: 2

 

William Reese CatalogWILLIAM REESE COMPANY

 

L&T RESPESS BOOKS

 

B&L ROOTENBERG RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

RULON-MILLER BOOKS

 

SANCTUARY BOOKS

 

SAVOY BOOKS

SHORTHAND: A collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides and manuscripts from the 17th to the 19th centuries

 

ABBY SCHOOLMAN BOOKS

 

E.K. SCHREIBER

February 2017

 

Election CatalogSCHUBERTIADE MUSIC & ARTS

Election Catalog

 

SCHULSON AUTOGRAPHS

 

GARRETT SCOTT, BOOKSELLER

 

SECOND LIFE BOOKS

 

Medicine & Health, SelvaggioMARC SELVAGGIO, BOOKS & EPHEMERA

Medicine & Health

 

TAVISTOCK BOOKS

  • On Reflection
  • Fresh Meat -- 44 brand new items of bibliophilic “fresh meat” for your delectation and enjoyment.

 

TEN POUND ISLAND BOOK COMPANY

 

MICHAEL R. THOMPSON RARE BOOKS

 

THORN BOOKS

 

Tomberg Books, Catalog #7 TOMBERG RARE BOOKS

 

TREVIAN BOOKS

48 Recent Acquisitions

 

TRIOLET RARE BOOKS

New York Antiquarian Book Fair List

 

VAMP & TRAMP, BOOKSELLERS

 

JOHN WAITE RARE BOOKS

"Occasional List" -- please request a copy directly from jwrb@comcast.net...

 

WALKABOUT BOOKS

Catalogue 4: Americana & Travel, Including Manuscripts, Photos, Ephemera

 

Theology, Church History

JOHN WINDLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLER

 

CHARLES B. WOOD, BOOKSELLER

Woodburn Books Holiday Catalog

 

WOODBURN BOOKS

Holiday Books

 

 

YESTERDAY'S MUSE BOOKS

 

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Remember, you can always browse and download the latest catalogs published by ABAA members on ABAA.org by visiting the following link: https://www.abaa.org/catalog/... (You can also access this page by selecting 'Booksellers' from the top menu, scroll to the bottom of the page to 'Member Catalogs', and click on 'View All'.)

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