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A Magnificent Farce And Other Diversions Of A Book Collector

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A collection of this consummate book-collector and Samuel Johnson devotee's 1910s essays, most of which originally appeared in The Bookman.
Unknown Binding, 267 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Books for Libraries (first published 1921)
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Michael Kitchen
What a really lovely find. I was in a thrift shop one day and this book was placed upon a mantle piece more for decoration I suppose, as there was no price within it. When I inquired, the proprietor made an offer of $10, not realizing that she hadn't priced it. Who knew that I'd suddenly discover a new writer to adore.

A. Edward Newton was a book collector. He was a book lover, and his collection was a treasure trove of first editions and of such value that, upon his death in 1941, it took 9 days
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A real treasure of a little book from a goneby era.
Filled with marvolous little tales surely to be of interest to any bookman.
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Alfred Edward Newton (1864—1940) was an American author, publisher, and avid book collector. He is best known for his book Amenities of Book Collecting (1918), which sold over 25,000 copies.

Over a collecting career that covered more than four decades, Newton assembled a library especially rich in British literature of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. With Chauncey Brewster Tinker (Yale)
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The Amenities of Book Collecting and Kindred Affections End Papers: Literary Recreations This Book Collecting Game Bibliography and pseudo-Bibliography The Amenities of Book-Collecting and Kindred Affections

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“Who was it who said, "I hold the buying of more books than one can peradventure read, as nothing less than the soul's reaching towards infinity; which is the only thing that raises us above the beasts that perish?" Whoever it was, I agree with him.” 38 likes
“There may be little room for the display of this supreme qualification in the retail book business, but there is room for some. Be enterprising. Get good people about you. Make your shop windows and your shops attractive. The fact that so many young men and women enter the teaching profession shows that there are still some people willing to scrape along on comparatively little money for the pleasure of following an occupation in which they delight. It is as true to-day as it was in Chaucer's time that there is a class of men who "gladly learn and gladly teach," and our college trustees and overseers and rich alumni take advantage of this and expect them to live on wages which an expert chauffeur would regard as insufficient. Any bookshop worthy of survival can offer inducements at least as great as the average school or college. Under pleasant conditions you will meet pleasant people, for the most part, whom you can teach and form whom you may learn something.” 2 likes
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