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A Primer of Book Collecting

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Contents include: Part 1 - The Quarry - I. First Editions and Blood Relations - II. Association Books III. What Makes a Rare Book Rare? IV. The Factor of Condition Part 2 The Chase - The Mechanics of Collecting - The Pursuit of the Point - Books as an Investment
Hardcover, 228 pages
Published 1966 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd (first published 1926)
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Why does this bibliomaniac have to read a book on book collecting with the word 'Primer' in its title??? Whatever, it is an excellent read and many of the points from its original publication (1926) and this revised edition (1966) still apply. It is particularly interesting to read the tastes in literature chapter, nothing changes! Perhaps one major change has been the modern insistence on price-unclipped dust wrappers, something never greatly considered in 1926 and 1966! A good read for the ser ...more
There's definitely some interesting information in this book. It talks about the differences between first editions, association books, book condition (including pristine and the disputed "uncut"), and also gives many examples of rare and sought-after books and what they've sold for. The issues with this book are that it can be wordy and a bit monotonous. Also, Winterich complains about collectors' disinterest in American editions, but I believe time has changed in the years since 1966 (the date ...more
Great introduction to rare book collecting.
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