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The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter: A Rare Bookman in Search of American History

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Charles P. Everitt happened to be a rare book dealer and authority on Americana, but he could have been a character out of Mark Twain. The stories he tells in "The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter," about the grand old days of wheeling and dealing in the first half of the 20th century, are unfailingly vivid and colorful.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published April 1st 1991 by Meyerbooks, Publisher (first published 1951)
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Heather
Nov 09, 2007 Heather rated it liked it
Reading this book is like listening to a very sharp man with mild dimensia tell anecdote after anecdote while you're trapped (happily) on a bus together. It's a really fun read, partly because of his bizarre straightforwardness, and partly because while the book feels very current, it was published in 1951 and Charles P Everitt's memories span two centuries. He writes about a rare biography of Lincoln and learning from the biographer himself that the book is rare because Lincoln thought it was c ...more
Zedder
Mar 09, 2007 Zedder rated it it was amazing
Want to know what someone who is actually honest in their personal interactions with others is like? Read this book.
Raymond
Nov 19, 2016 Raymond rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, read-2016
An interesting read for old book nerds.

Everitt doesn't think much of libraries, because they purchase historical documents, then throw them into the cellar for 20 years, waiting to be cataloged. Having worked in both a library and an archive, I'm afraid to say not much has changed. In the defense of libraries, however, original cataloging of that nature is a slow-going and specialized procedure.
Robert
Nov 20, 2016 Robert rated it liked it
I found this long recounting --by somewhat self-aggrandizing sometimes self deprecating anecdotes--of a life spent dealing in Americana too long but overall providing an interesting back-drop for modern rare book dealing. Everitt was certainly a master of the pre-computer, pre-internet trade which ended 10 or 20 years after his death shortly after these reminiscences were published in 1951. Many insights are provided to aspiring dealers as the anecdotes are roughly organized around key component ...more
Elizabeth
Sep 06, 2009 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009
This book distinguished itself from the ever-growing volume of books about book collecting that I've read in a couple ways. First, this is the first volume that all but ignores European literature. Everitt is a dealer in Americana, mostly non-fiction, and this focus suggests what earlier accounts of collectors only allude to: that the variety of what might be collected will diversify over time in order to satisfy the drive for collecting of an ever-growing number of consumers. Second, Everitt gi ...more
Chent Higson
Dec 23, 2016 Chent Higson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Although I have less than no interest in Americana, this was still a pretty interesting read. I 'borrowed' it from work and now I think I'd rather like to own it. Everitt hasn't got the smoothest writing style, but it works well-enough for this sort of thing.
Charles
Aug 21, 2008 Charles rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite all-time books. Buying and selling rare Americana in the golden age. Mine's not a paperback, but the original self published edition.
Hope
Feb 23, 2014 Hope rated it really liked it
A delightful look at one man's book obsession. Should appeal to bibliophiles.
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