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Dr. Rosenbach and Mr. Lilly: Book Collecting in a Golden Age
by Joel Silver
"A history of the business relationship between American bookseller Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and collector Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., from the 1920s through 1940s. Includes a list of books and manuscripts Lilly purchased from the Rosenbach Co. and an index. Illustrated throughout in grayscale, with a section of color plates"--Provided by publisher.
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 2nd 2012 by Oak Knoll Press
(first published July 31st 2011)
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This short book wonderfully captures the spirit of the book-collecting world between (roughly) 1930 and 1950 in its examination of (antiquarian bookseller) Rosenbach's dealings with (collector) J.K Lilly, Jr. One of the important facets of the rare-book world deals with the symbiosis between collectors and dealers. Especially before the internet, visits to antiquarian bookshops were usually not simply akin to walking into a retail space and choosing books that a clerk "rang up" at the end of the ...more