Constant Sinner, Mae West

“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…

 

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

November 2016

 

STUART BENNETT RARE BOOKS

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

 

F.A. BERNETT BOOKS

ARLIS Conference

 

Between the Covers CatalogBETWEEN THE COVERS, RARE BOOKS

Catalog No. 211: Americana Part II

 

BICKERSTAFF'S BOOKS, MAPS, &.

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

Biblioctopus 57

 

BIBLIOCTOPUS

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

 

 

 

BOLERIUM BOOKS

 

BOREAS FINE ART

California Book Fair

 

Early Ulysses

BOSTON BOOK COMPANY

 

BROMER BOOKSELLERS

 

BUDDENBROOKS, INC.

Recent Acquisitions

 

ANDREW CAHAN, BOOKSELLER, LTD.

 

Brian Cassidy: Drugs, Drinking, SmokingBRIAN CASSIDY, BOOKSELLER

 

THE COLOPHON BOOK SHOP

 

JAMES CUMMINS BOOKSELLER

 

DIVISION LEAP

Short LIst: Tattooing, Art, Feminism... 

 

 

Eclectibles Catalog

ECLECTIBLES

 

Golden Legend New AcquisitionsGOLDEN 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

 

KUENZIG BOOKS

November 2016 Catalog

 

 

MICHAEL LAIRD RARE BOOK & MANUSCRIPTS

2017 Catalogue Announcement: Ninety-One items"brilliantly" described and "profusely" illustrated

 

 

JOHN MICHAEL LANG FINE BOOKS

Latest e-catalog (Food & Cookery) available by request from jmlbooks@isomedia.com

 

Lawbook Exchange CatalogTHE 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

 

KENNITH MALLORY, BOOKSELLER

 

Jeffrey D. Mancevice CatalogJEFFREY D. MANCEVICE INC.

 

 

E.M. MAURICE BOOKS

Catalog 56 -- Autumn 2016

 

 

BRUCE MCKITTRICK RARE BOOKS, INC.

Covers

 

 

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

 

New Arrivals, PetrillaR & A PETRILLA, ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS 

 

PHILADELPHIA RARE BOOKS & MANUSCRIPTS

 

EDWARD T. POLLACK FINE ARTS

Recent Acquisitions

 

RABELAIS BOOKS ON FOOD & DRINK

Fresh Arrivals, # 50

 

Raptis Books New CatalogRAPTIS RARE BOOKS

From Aristotle to A.A. Milne

 

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

Books in Russian

 

ABBY SCHOOLMAN BOOKS

 

E.K. SCHREIBER

February 2017

 

Election CatalogSCHUBERTIADE MUSIC & ARTS

Election Catalog

 

SCHULSON AUTOGRAPHS

2017 January Sale

 

GARRETT SCOTT, BOOKSELLER

 

SECOND LIFE BOOKS

 

Medicine & Health, SelvaggioMARC SELVAGGIO, BOOKS & EPHEMERA

Medicine & Health

 

TAVISTOCK BOOKS

On Reflection

 

Ten Pound Island...TEN POUND ISLAND BOOK COMPANY

 

MICHAEL R. THOMPSON RARE BOOKS

California Book Fair

 

THORN BOOKS

 

Tomberg Books, Catalog #7 TOMBERG RARE BOOKS

 

TREVIAN BOOKS

48 Recent Acquisitions

 

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

 

JOHN WINDLE ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLER

California Book Fair List

 

CHARLES B. WOOD, BOOKSELLER

 

Woodburn Books Holiday CatalogWOODBURN BOOKS

Holiday Books

 

YESTERDAY'S MUSE BOOKS

 

 

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ABAA members list new books every day. Browse this week's new listings...

 

 

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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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