“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” — Mae West
The celebrated Vaudevillian Mae West might have been talking about men she had known, but her advice is equally true for the books one has loved. The demands of shelf space, changing family needs, or a simple change in personal taste may all inspire us to part with books we once loved. Rare books are no different: our interests change, our areas of focus narrow or broaden, and ownership of certain volumes may come to be of less importance to us — usually because the need for funds to purchase a book of more interest or greater rarity becomes acute! Of course, that isn’t to say nobody else might want desperately to own our books!
This is the natural cycle of rare and collectible books. Collectors prune their collection as a gardener prunes her roses, bringing the volumes they can now live without to their local rare book dealer to find a new home, and purchasing other works that deepen and enhance their collection. (Of course, there are some collectors, as Kurt Zimmerman reminds us, who may “buy the lot next door and build a separate book house,” but most of us must occasionally rotate or thin our collections for practical purposes.
Thankfully, there is an easy way to monitor the ebb and flow of rare books through the network of dealers that make up the ABAA: peruse the rare book catalogs that dealers publish — some as often as weekly! An even easier method is to cultivate an intimate relationship with your local ABAA member, and have them call you whenever they find something you may be interested in. (Which is another of Kurt Zimmerman’s warning signs that you might be becoming a “serious book collector…”)
So, take the next step on your road as a book collector by browsing the latest catalogs from the members of the ABAA…
Recent Acquisitions -- list only available to mailing list subscribers. Sign up here...
Boston Book Fair Catalog (.pdf download link)
Catalog 57 -- Sustained Ambitions or, The Eccentricities of Endurance
- Jews in the Age of Fascism
- Espionage! Conspiracy! Subversion!
- Anti-Fascist Movements
- A Short List on Resistance to Sexual Assault and Harassment
- Don't Think of an Elephant
- Beat Literature
- E-List: (Mostly) Safe for Work - Sex & Sexuality
- Go Ask Alice (and Ted) -- 16 works by, from, or about New York School poets Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan
- E-list No. 33 - Miscellany: Shaping the Victorian Woman -- Corsets & Bustles, Cookery, Radium Wells & of Course the Children
- E-list No. 32 - Miscellany: FreeThinkers, Hair Book, Women's Work & Of Course, the Children
- Bibliography, Fine Press books, Livre d'artiste, and related
- Gardening & Landscape Design
- Printed Americana (Part 2)
- Winter Miscellany
- Catalog 219
- Unpublished Manuscript on the Industrialization of Prussia & Russia
- Continental Quartos
- Catalogue 218
Catalog 14 -- Artists' Books, Private Press, 19th Century Literature, Original Art, and more.
Latest e-catalog available by request from email@example.com
- Catalog 85: Recently Acquired Books, Manuscripts & Ephemera
- 30 Antiquarian Items (Jan. 3).
- 30 Antiquarian Items (Dec. 20).
- Catalogue 153, Rare Americana (December, 2016)
- Catalog 152, Rare Americana (September-October, 2016)
- The Simple Order of Things
- The Japanese Warhol, early Women in Medicine, Rationalist Press, Color Theory, Debs and Socialism, Haitian Photography, etc.
- Art, Photography, & Design
- Religious Pamphlets (Part 3)...
- THE COLLECTION OF DR. STEPHEN S. WALLACE: 19TH- AND EARLY 20TH-CENTURY OPERA
- AUTOGRAPH LETTERS OF COMPOSERS, SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS, ETC. -- Part II: M-Z
- AUTOGRAPH LETTERS OF COMPOSERS, SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHS, ETC. -- Part I: A-L
- THE PAUL J. JACKSON OPERA COLLECTION -- Part VIII: T-Z
Catalog 56 -- Autumn 2016
- SIXTY FIVE YEARS OF AMERICAN HOMES: House Plan Catalogs 1900-1965
- PRODUCTS FOR THE HOME: Manufacturers’ Catalogs 1900s - 1950s
December 2016: Western Americana -- by subscription only. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details about obtaining a copy.
- Groups -- Items that contain collections
- 19 Manuscripts
- Gunshot -- wounds and associated books
- Omnium Gatherum I
- New Arrivlas 1/3/17
- New Arrivals
- List 12/13: New Arrivals
- List 11/29: New Arrivals
- Special List 256, Twenty-Six Recent Acquisitions
- Special List 255: Thirty-Five Items Recently Catalogued -- Thirty-five items on Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Asia, etc., with color illustrations.
- Special List 254, Eça de Queiroz
- Special List 253, Western Pacific
- Something for Everyone – A Christmas Related Miscellany of Americana
- Americana Bulletin 5: Natural History
- Boston Antiquarian Book Fair
- List 127: Recent Acquisitions
- E-list (Dec. 13)
- Henry Theodore Tuckerman (1813-1871)
- Catalog 154: Winter 2017
- INK LDN -- October 2016 -- a unique new international antiquarian book and art fair with an emphasis on luxury and quality.
- Rare Book Week - April 2016
- From the Library of Henry Roth
- Catalog #199D: Illustrated Books
- Catalog # 199C: Books & Autographs -- 299 Rare books and Autographs including some US Presidents, Charles Darwin and others
Catalogue 201, Part II -- 67 items: Children's, Antiquarian, Fine Press (including The Palace Press and Taller Martín Pescado) and, of course, Arthuriana.
"Occasional List" -- please request a copy directly from email@example.com...
- One Volume: Two Major 17th century works bound together on the History of Libraries - Louys Jacob and Gabriel Naude
ABAA members list new books every day. Browse this week's new listings...
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'.)