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Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  431 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
More than a sequel, Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore is a companion piece for Used and Rare. A delight for the general reader and book collector alike, it details the Goldstones' further explorations into the curious world of book collecting. In Slightly Chipped, they get hooked on the correspondence and couplings of Bloomsbury; they track down Bram Stoker's earlies ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 5th 2000 by St. Martin's Press (first published 1999)
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Feb 25, 2016 Janie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016
Delightful peeks into book collecting. I love books, to have them, to hold them, to get them, to read them, to read about them, to talk about them . . . but I've never figured out the desire to have first editions or other collectible volumes in pristine condition for the sake of having them or reselling them for profit, especially when they cost a lot of money. My perspective for having books is primarily utilitarian and finding a used copy for one cent plus $4 shipping suits me. But I really e ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Diane rated it liked it
Shelves: bookishness
This is the third book I've read by the Goldstones, and while their writing style is enjoyable, I was a bit disappointed in this one. The first half is more focused on their adventures in book collecting (which is why I wanted to read it) but the rest of the book wanders. There is a long chapter talking about the Internet and how it affects the rare book business, but it felt like a magazine article from 1998 and I had to skim to get through it. And there is another long chapter on a Sotheby's a ...more
Jul 16, 2007 Gary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: crap

The content of this book has little to do with book collecting and more to do with name-dropping. Unfortunately, Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone come off as pretentious and boring. They spend a considerable amount of time discussing what people wear and how much they spend on dinner, but very little time talking about... books. After reading all their books about books, I can only conclude that they have learned very little about the book world and they remain book-collector-wannabes. Worse, they a
Jul 10, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
This wasn't quite as enjoyable as the Goldstones first book, in large part because it doesn't chart their personal foray into collecting as much is it gives an accounting of their socialization into the book collecting world. In this respect, it is theoretically interesting, in that it provides a nice (though perhaps somewhat problematically teleological) accounting of how collecting progresses from a personal/individual endeavor into a collective/club-based hobby. The book is also notable for t ...more
Jan 04, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it
The Goldstones, apparently on their way to a trilogy, successfully followed their first book with this one. It’s another delight. Becoming more accomplished as rare book aficionados, they are able to provide even more enlightening and amusing anecdotes of the book trade. They are informative as well about many of the authors whose books are collected. I had never heard of "Bloomsbury" members, being literature-challenged, but it seems the august members of that strange coterie are very collectib ...more
Sarah (Barmy for Books)
I loved reading this book and the Goldstones' earlier book titled "Used and Rare". Both books are set in New England and focus on the Goldstones' adventures hunting for books in used and rare bookstores, learning about first editions and becoming collectors, attending book fairs and auctions, museums and libraries, etc. Every once in a while they throw in a history lesson about a book or manuscript they come across, making it a fun, easy read for anyone interested in becoming a book collector or ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Jan rated it liked it
What the heck? Footnotes in Booklore? This was a strange book. I had hoped for more of what I loved about their previous book, Used and Rare. Slightly Chipped did share some visits to bookstores, book fairs and auctions, though these visits weren't quite as interesting as in Used and Rare. Too many pages were used up, in my opinion, on Virginia Wolfe and her strange friends. One long chapter that did not seem to fit was about Lawrence's trip to Jamaica years back. I did, once again, really enjoy ...more
Keith McCormick
Oct 20, 2014 Keith McCormick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like the first one, it is worth a read. I really enjoyed the first book in this three book series. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World Like most reviewers I liked narrative style of the first one better. It told a cohesive story while presenting anecdotes in each chapter. This book has the interesting anecdotes, but much less of a thread to connect them. The story line in the first book is largely complete at the end, and leaves the narrative no place to go. Certainly read Used and R ...more
K A Lewis
Jun 08, 2015 K A Lewis rated it really liked it
"Slightly Chipped" is perhaps the most entertaining book about book collecting that I've had the pleasure of reading. I formed an immediate attachment to the Goldstones and devoured this book in an afternoon. In the hope of slaking my book habit vicariously (fat chance - this book is re-igniting the flame), I've ordered the other two volumes in this series and eagerly await their arrival. Thanks, and HUZZAH to the authors for sharing their biblio-adventures!
Rogue Reader
Apr 08, 2015 Rogue Reader rated it liked it
Shelves: books
Pleasant read of normal people who get just a tad crazy seeking out collectible books, affordable collectible books that is, modern first editions. Written on the cusp on Internet bookselling, the Goldstones are skeptical of online sales, so in love are they with the physical object and the used and rare book stores they favor. I wonder what they make of the current scene, with the normalization of prices and an overwhelming inventory so readily available.

Sep 26, 2013 Jjudyfl rated it liked it
SLIGHTLY CHIPPED is about a married couple, the Goldstones, who traipsed across the country seeking BOOKS.
Their adventures are not risky or death defying. Those of us who get our thrills from stalking certain titles (& bagging them at a good price!) can live vicariously as they do a good job of describing their hunts.
Book fairs are described by their differences and their similarities, and so are the dealers.
Book collecting is a fun hobby, a safe passion and possibly (for some) a lucky inves
Blue Cypress Books
Nov 10, 2014 Blue Cypress Books rated it really liked it
Books about books are the best.
Mar 02, 2011 Roberta rated it really liked it
More of the kinds of experiences that the Goldstones shared in Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World. I particularly enjoyed their search for the earliest notes for Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Jul 28, 2013 Kevin rated it it was amazing
An excellent read. Overall, it's a fun and interesting overview of book collecting. While book collecting is the global theme, each chapter stands alone and has an individual sub-theme (e.g., Bloomsbury; the Kelmscott Press; a Sotheby's auction; Mrs. Bridge; mystery books). I understand this to be the second book of a trilogy; I would definitely be interested in reading the others.
Oct 25, 2014 Lea rated it liked it
Recommends it for: book lovers, book collectors
The second adventure in book collecting by the Goldstone's. This book wasn't as good as the first, more history of people they were talking about then about their adventures. I did learn a lot though. It is a bit dated as it was released prior to the internet being what it is today. Overall, worth the time.
Nov 27, 2011 Terry rated it liked it
A collection of experiences and anecdotes of a couple who collect books. The authors take us from a Sotheby's auction to small town book fairs to discussions in libraries and conversations in small antiquarian book shops.

Jul 22, 2008 AM rated it it was amazing
The Goldstones will make you want to collect books if you don't and pay more attention to your collection if you already do. There is pleasure in reading about people who love books as much if not more so then you do.
Aug 22, 2008 Catherine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-nonfiction
I found this to be an enjoyable, informative read.The authors' enthusiasm for both collecting and reading is infectious (in a good way) and made for a fun ride.
Mar 26, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
If you liked their first book, 'Used and Rare,' you'll enjoy this one too. Their voice continues to be entertaining and educational all at the same time.
Jul 16, 2007 A. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice lightweight read about book collecting and used book dealing -- not as in-depth as A Gentle Madness, but engaging and well-written all the same.
Nov 11, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it
This was fun for all the trivia -- it's amazing, all the well-researched tangents they explored. Reminded me a bit of reading AJ Jacobs.
Andy Plonka
Oct 16, 2012 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
Full of trivia about book collecting. Would that I had enough funds to spend the kind of money you need to buy rare books.
William Blair
Jan 01, 2010 William Blair rated it it was amazing
Absolutely wonderful book from the Goldstone husband-and-wife team. Review coming later.
Dec 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it liked it
Some naive opinions about the business side of rare bookselling, but an enjoyable read.
Jan 08, 2008 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're not near a great source of old books, at least you can read about them.
It was okay. But I quickly lost interest in it.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Wonderful story of searching for books
Jul 07, 2013 Tara rated it liked it
2.7 stars.
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Lawrence Goldstone is the author of fourteen books of both fiction and non-fiction. Six of those books were co-authored with his wife, Nancy, but they now write separately to save what is left of their dishes.
Goldstone's articles, reviews, and opinion pieces have appeared in, among other publications, the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Hartford Courant, and Berkshi
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