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Book Fair Calendar

Bloomsbury Ephemera Fair.  London, England.   November 27, 2022.

Northampton Antiquarian Book, Ephemera, and Book Arts Fair.  Northampton, MA.   December 2–3, 2022.

Philadelphia Rare Book Fair  Philadelphia, PA.   December 8–10, 2022.     (more information)

Rare Books San Francisco  San Francisco, CA.   February 3–5, 2023.

California International Antiquarian Book Fair.  Pasadena, CA.   February 10–12, 2023.     (more information)

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair  St. Petersburg, FL.   March 10–12, 2023.

Ephemera 43 Conference & Fair  Old Greenwich, CT.   March 16–19, 2023.

Albuquerque Antiquarian Book Fair  Albuquerque, NM.   March 17–18, 2023.

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair  New York, NY.   April 27–30, 2023.

Chicago Book & Paper Fair  Chicago, IL.   June 17, 2023.

Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair.  Cooperstown, NY.   June 24, 2023.

Book Auction Calendar

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   November 29, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 1, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   December 1, 2022.     (more information)

Sotheby’s.  London, England.   December 1, 2022.

Hindman Auctions.  Cincinnati, OH.   December 4, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Chicago, IL.   December 6, 2022.     (more information)

Hindman Auctions.  Cincinnati, OH.   December 7, 2022.     (more information)

Forum Auctions.  London, England.   December 7, 2022.

PBA Galleries  San Francisco, CA.   December 8, 2022.     (more information)

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 8, 2022.     (more information)

Auktionshaus Kiefer  Pforzheim, Germany..   December 15–17, 2022.

Swann Galleries.  New York, NY.   December 15, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   December 15, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   December 23, 2022.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   January 12, 2023.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   January 19, 2023.     (more information)

Christie’s.  New York, NY.   January 24, 2023.

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   January 26, 2023.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   February 9, 2023.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   February 23, 2023.     (more information)

PBA Galleries.  San Francisco, CA.   March 9, 2023.     (more information)

Christie’s.  London, England.   December 14, 2023.

Potter & Potter Announces Appointment of James Gannon as Senior Consultant

Potter & Potter Auctions has announced that James Gannon has joined the company as Senior Consultant to its Fine Books & Manuscripts Department. This department has experienced unprecedented growth over the past two years, regularly delivers seven figure results, and has established many new global sales records. With Gannon's appointment, the company intends to leverage that energy, further expand its offerings and expertise, and become the first choice for consignors looking to buy and sell world-class books, manuscripts, ephemera, and related materials.

Gannon began his association with books in 1990 as a specialist at the Heritage Book Shop in Los Angeles. He was named …more

Washington Letter to Jefferson Exceeds Estimate

Freeman’s November 15 Books and Manuscripts: Rare Americana auction featured the $2,389,500 sale (est. $1 - 1.5 million) of the letter George Washington sent to Thomas Jefferson announcing the Constitution’s completion, one day following its adoption by the Constitutional Convention.

“We’re thrilled by the sale of Washington’s letter to Jefferson, and so is the consignor,” says Darren Winston, Head of Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts department. “It’s always really exciting to bring rare documents like this to market, but especially—as in this case—when the letter is so deeply connected to the founding of the nation.”

At the time of the Constitution’s signing, Jefferson, who authored the Declaration of Independence, was representing America in France. The Constitutional Convention was sworn to secrecy in the summer of 1787, but Washington was eager to pass the news along to Jefferson as soon as the landmark document was signed.

In this way, the letter not only reflects the high regard in which Washington held Jefferson, it also provides a critical link between two of the nation’s founders and offers a window into a world where breaking news could take weeks or months to arrive.

The remarkable sale, held in the midst of American election season, confirms Freeman’s pride of place in bringing foundational early American letters and documents to market. The $2.4M sale of this rare letter on Tuesday is one of a series of Freeman’s recent successes presenting such material at auction, including the $1.8M sale of a 1776 letter announcing America’s independence, to the state of Georgia, signed by John Hancock and the …more

Cartography and Color Plate Books at Swann on December 8

Swann Galleries has a maps. atlases, natural history and color plate books auction coming up on December 8 at 12:00 pm. No further information is available at this time, but for more details please contact the specialist Caleb Kiffer at (212) 254-47100 or To view the lots, together with estimates, go directly to their auction site.

Potter & Potter's November 17th Auction

Potter & Potter Auctions' November 17th, 2022 Historical Memorabilia & Americana Sale will include relics of the Suffrage Movement, Civil Rights Ephemera, and Civil War Materials. The nearly 700 lot sale will start at 10 am CDT and the auction will be held online and live streamed, with a limited number of bidders physically allowed in the gallery. Please call the auction house, located at 5001 W. Belmont Avenue in Chicago, at 773-472-1442 to reserve seats. Bidding will take place through Potter & Potter's website, at Phone and absentee bids are also welcome.

Items with ties to the worldwide women's suffrage movement include a British hunger strike medal estimated at $10,000-15,000. It was made in London by Toye & Co. in 1914. The 1" diameter silver medal with suspension bars has a green, white, and purple ribbon and is housed in its original presentation case. It is dedicated to suffragette Emma Power. The medals were presented to women who had engaged in hunger strikes during imprisonment by the Women’s Social and Political Union at ceremonies held in their honor following their release. Women would ultimately be granted the right to vote in the UK in 1918.    

A medal awarded to Boy Scout Fred C. Reed for assistance during the 1913 Woman Suffrage Parade, is estimated at …more

Old Editions

Old Editions (954 Oliver St in North Tonawanda, NY (near Niagara Falls) is one of the country’s largest antiquarian bookstores—with 35,000 square feet of retail, gallery and warehouse space—there’s much more there than one might expect. In addition to a very large stock of antiquarian and rare books, they offer prints, posters, artwork, collectible magazines, comics, postcards, vinyl recordings, and memorabilia.

Ron Cozzi, the owner of Old Editions, started out in a second floor location he called the Buffalo Book Studio in late 1974. Within days of the opening a natural disaster in the form of a serious blizzard blanketed the area, the National Guard and Army Reserves were called in to rescue life, limb and property, and Ron was shut out of his newly-opened shop for 3 months. An unusual beginning for any business. They can be reached at (716) 842-1734 and a selection of recent acquistions or other noteworthy or outstanding items can be found on their e-Bay page.

Philadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts

PRB&M (Phildadelphia Rare Books & Manuscripts) is now entirely devoted to IRS qualified and other appraisals, collection building consultation, and to limited, private bookselling by direct offer only. Founded as a strictly antiquarian rare bookselling concern in 1984, PRB&M joined the Antiquarian Booksellers Association in 1985, executed its first major appraisals in 1991, established its website in 1997, created its range-expanding "Sessabks" in 2001, and welcomed visitors by appointment at The Arsenal between 2006 and 2021.

Since 1 January 2022, that long experience has been brought to bear in service of their clients' needs in newly focused & still evolving ways. For more information please call (215) 744-6734 or visit their website.

Exceptional Books from Back of Beyond (Moab, Utah)

An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by the Order of His Present Majesty for Making Discoveries in the Southern Hemisphere... 1773, 1777, 1785. Ten volumes, (nine quarto volumes plus one folio atlas volume) all bound uniformly in contemporary tree calf with elaborately gilt-decorated spines with raised bands and red and green morocco spine labels interspersed with gilt stamped image of Cook's ship the Endeavour or Resolution. Volumes have been expertly re-backed... (continue reading)

Fine Literature, with Beats, Bukowski & the Counterculture at PBA on December 1st

On December 1, 2022 PBA Galleries will host an auction with over 450 lots of fine literature and ephemera featuring scarce works from the counterculture and the Beat Generation, including a large section of rock and psychedelic posters.Promotional poster for The Grateful Dead, Estimate: $4,000Promotional poster for The Grateful Dead, Estimate: $4,000-6,000 Featured as well are rare editions from Charles Bukowski, many with original artwork. The sale includes large samplings of the works of Ray Bradbury, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway and other major voices of 20th century literature.

A highlight of the sale is an original 8-line manuscript letter handwritten by Jack Kerouac to poet Lois Sorrells Beckwith. The poet Lois Sorrells Beckwith was a romantic partner of Kerouac for a number of years, and the person after whom the character “Louise” in Big Sur is modeled. Beckwith and Jack Kerouac met in 1958, lived together for a few years, and remained friends until Kerouac’s death (est. $6,000-9,000).

The fine literature section contains many unique offerings. One of which is a copy of Lysistrata signed by Pablo Picasso and containing 6 original etchings. Published in 1934 by the Limited Editions Club, Gilbert Seldes translated the classic tale by Aristophanes (est. $5,000-8,000). Also from the Limited Editions Club is a copy of James Joyce’s Ulysses signed by Henri Matisse. With twenty-six plates and six etchings by Matisse, it was the only American publication of the artist’s illustrations. The soft-ground etchings used in this project are reportedly Matisse’s only use of that medium (est. $4,000-6,000).

Rare to find in the original jacket, is a first printing of Tender is the Night: A Romance by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It was his last completed novel published during his lifetime. First printing copies in the original jacket are scarce, as only 7600 copies of the first printing were originally produced. (est. $3,000-5,000). John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces in a first issue jacket also graces the sale. Published 11 years after the author’s death at age 32, it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1981 (est. $3,000-5,000).

A rare Bukowski work being offered is a copy of Crucifix in a Deathhand, one of twelve specially inscribed copies with original artwork and saffron covers. The original inscription/painting by Bukowski, in red paint, reads: “Spiders die at night too without reading Dylan Thomas. Good night, Charles Bukowski” followed by a drawing of a spider (est. $5,000-8,000).

Notable posters being offered are a Grateful Dead poster signed by artist Bob Fried from 1967. The much sought-after promotional poster features a skeleton walking on stilts across a road of books (est. …more

Offerings from Early Aeronautica

Dollfus, Charles and Henri Bouche. Historie de L'Aeronautique.  Paris, Societe Nationale des Entreprises de Presse, 1942.  Large heavy folio (12 x 15"), 630 pages in six chapters (pre 1843, 1843-1900, 1900-1914, war 1914-1918, 1929-1932, 1932-1938), heavily illustrated with fantastic photos and illustrations, French text.  Useful tables in the back including a chronology of aviation, 100 of the first deaths in aviation, Aero Club of France first brevets by name and number 1-100 (Bleriot #`1, Wright Bros #14 & 15).  About good-very good, small cover rubs and bumps.  $345.00 (continue reading...)

New Arrivals from Quill & Brush

Hemingway, Ernest. The Nick Adams Stories. New York: Scribner's Sons, (1972). First edition. Twenty-four stories, including eight previously unpublished ones. (and)  A Farewell to Arms. New York: Scribner's Sons, 1929. First edition. One of Hemingway's most influential works. First printing with publisher's seal and without the disclaimer. In dust jacket with "Katherine" for "Catherine" on front flap (as in the first five printings). 9vo black cloth boards with gold-foil printed labels. Very good with only light offsets along inner hinges and wear to cloth at base of spine but covers and labels clean and bright; in somewhat darkened, about very good dust jacket with shallow chipping and internal archival tape repairs to splits at spine folds... (continue reading)

Rare Books & Manuscripts at PBA on November 17th

On November 17, 2022 PBA Galleries will host a Rare Books & Manuscripts sale with over 250 lots of valuable and interesting books in all fields, with select manuscript material and other rarities. Dating from the 14th to the 21st centuries, the items range from early editions of Don Quixote to imaginative artists’ books from the past decade, with striking color plate books from the 19th century, shelves of finely bound literary sets, fine printing from the Arion Press and others, science and medical works spanning over 400 years, illustrated books, natural history, astronomy, photography, and much more.

One highlight from the sale is an exceptional set of Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a twenty-year endeavor worked on from 1776 and completed in 1788.The six volumes, all first editions, are beautifully bound in period full mottled calf with spines ornately tooled in gilt (est.$30,000-50,000).
Other rare highlights include North American Herpetology by John Edwards Holbrook, the first comprehensive illustrated account of the reptile class in American zoology. 5 volumes with 147 hand-colored lithographed plates, the revised and expanded edition. The author may have burned copies of the 3 volume first edition from dissatisfaction with the color plates (est. $10,000-15,000). …more

Rare Books Boston

Rare Books Boston: The 2022 edition of the Boston Rare Book and Ephemera Fair, the “Satellite Show,” will be held on Saturday, November 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116, four walkable blocks from the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair at the Hynes Convention Center.

The fair’s growing list of exhibitors, include antiquarian booksellers, ephemera specialists, and book conservators  from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Ontario, Canada.  Exhibitors comprise veteran dealers with lifetime careers in the trade, as well as young booksellers, who've recently started their own businesses after working in the field for others – together with recent graduates of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminars at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress; and Southern New England Antiquarian Booksellers, the fair is produced by Book Fair Promotion, of Northampton.  Admission is $15. A limited number of complimentary and discounted admission tickets are available at   Extremely accessible by mass transit, on foot, and by bicycle. Discounted, validated parking is available.

Rare Books Boston will include an events program including talks by antiquarian book collectors, booksellers, authors, publishers, and ephemera experts.   Free expert appraisals, for up to four items, will be offered from 2 to 3pm by rare booksellers William Hutchison, of Mendenhall, Pennsylvania and Dan Gaeta, of John Bale Books of Waterbury, Connecticut, said Mark Brumberg, director of Rare Books Boston.

What are the 100 Best Books Written or Published in Massachusetts since the Seventeenth Century? –  a panel discussion, will go live from 11am to noon at Rare Books Boston at the Back Bay Events Center, moderated by publisher and letterpress printer David Godine, with panelists John Buchtel, Ph.D., Curator of Rare Books and Head of Special Collections at the …more

A Selection from D & D Galleries

A smorgasbord or garden of bibliophilic delights described and offered for sale by D & D Galleries in Hillsborough, NJ, specialists in British and American literature...  (read more)

Gibson's Books

Gibson's Books in Owens Cross Roads in northern Alabama offers a general stock of books and periodicals in a variety of subjects, especially books (and) magazines about books. They have an extensive stock of back issues of Book Source Monthly and Book Source Magazine, from the period before May/June 2013, when we discontinued printing this magazine in hard copy.  (see more)

"New England's First Fruits" exceeds pre-auction estimate at Freeman's September 21 Sale

Freeman’s September 21 Books and Manuscripts auction inaugurated Freeman’s fall season with the remarkable $277,200 sale of New Englands First Fruits. The extremely rare first edition includes the first printed account of Harvard University—and garnered considerable interest in the September 21 auction, with competitive bidding driving the sale price more than nine times above its pre-sale high estimate of $30,000.

“We’re thrilled by the successful sale of New Englands First Fruits, and so is the consignor,” says Darren Winston, Head of Freeman’s Books and Manuscripts department. “This is the first copy to be offered at auction in over 20 years, and today’s result confirms the market demand for this material, setting a new world auction record for the title.”

In addition to New Englands First Fruits, a rare and beautiful first edition of L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz—made famous by the 1939 classic film starring Judy Garland—achieved $37,800, more than tripling its pre-sale high estimate of $8,000-12,000.

“Several important Americana manuscripts and documents likewise commanded competitive bidding wars, resulting in sale prices that far exceeded estimates—including the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, a scarce copy that achieved $27,720 against the estimate of $1,500-2,500. A 1738 colonial treatise on paper money sold for $21,420 (estimate: $1,000-1,500), and a very rare 1683 document issued to the very first purchaser of Pennsylvania land sold for $20,160 (estimate: $5,000-8,000).

“We’re now turning our attention to our November 15 Books and Manuscripts: Rare Americana auction,” said Darren Winston, “which builds on the department’s recent successes in bringing rare, foundational items to market, including the $4.42 million sale of a …more

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia

The Morgan Library & Museum presents She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400-2000 B.C opening October 14, 2022, and running through February 19, 2023. The exhibition brings together for the first time a comprehensive selection of artworks that capture the rich and shifting expressions of women’s lives in ancient Mesopotamia during the late fourth and third millennia BC. It centers on the high priestess and poet Enheduanna (ca. 2300 BC), the world’s first author known by name, who wielded considerable religious and political power.

Displaying a spectacular collection of her texts alongside other works made circa 3400–2000 BC, She Who Wrote celebrates Enheduanna’s poetry and her legacy as an author, priestess, and woman while bearing testament to women’s roles in religious, social, economic, and political contexts—as goddesses, priestesses, worshippers, mothers, workers, and rulers.

Enheduanna received her name, which means in Sumerian “high priestess, ornament of heaven”, upon her appointment to the temple of the moon god in Ur, a city in southern Mesopotamia, in present-day Iraq. The daughter of the Akkadian king Sargon (ca. 2334–2279 BC), Enheduanna left an indelible mark on the world of literature by composing extraordinary works in Sumerian. Her poetry reflected her devotion to the goddess of sexual love and warfare—Inanna in Sumerian, Ishtar in Akkadian. Whereas much of ancient Mesopotamian literature is unattributed, Enheduanna introduced herself by name and included autobiographical details in several poems. Her passionate voice had a lasting impact in Mesopotamia, as her writings continued to be copied in scribal schools for centuries after she died.

In addition to texts by Enheduanna, She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, ca. 3400- 2000 B.C includes works referring to …more

by John C. Huckans
Civil War Isn’t Funny
(originally published October 11, 2017)

Same goes for any war. When Gilbert a'Beckett was writing his comic histories (England, Rome, etc.) one has to wonder what was going through his mind. In a comic history of anything, most writers and readers understand it involves a lot of selective historical amnesia, mood-altering tricks and other forms of cover-up. But passage of time softens a lot of things – we remember getting mail from Hastings (Sussex) years ago, with part of the postmark reading “Hastings – popular with tourists since 1066”.  Although I could imagine a'Beckett writing that, I doubt if he would have wanted to handle the circumstances surrounding the death of Edward II (father of the great Edward III) whose general ineptitude and poor judgment, unduly influenced by his preoccupation and infatuation with Hugh Despenser (the younger), ultimately led to his execution. In those days …more

by John C. Huckans
On Political Realignment (or Fear and Loathing inside the Beltway)
(originally published March 17, 2017)

The U.S. Election of 2016 was a game-changer for all sorts of reasons.  To say the populist revolt came as a surprise to party regulars across the political spectrum is an obvious understatement, but the resulting emotional meltdown by people still in shock over the shifting loyalty and unexpected response of traditional working class voters (many of whom had supported Democrats since the Great Depression of the 1930s), only shows that it pays to do your homework. People who follow this column will recall that in July of 2016 we explained some of the reasons why Trump would perform bigly¹ in the 2016 general election. What follows is some observation and analysis that may contribute towards an understanding of recent trends.  Or maybe not.

Party labels are just that – labels and nothing more.  People who make a living seeking and trying to hold on to public office sometimes learn, to their annoyance, that …more

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair Returns to the Hynes

The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is making its much-anticipated return to the Hynes Convention Center in downtown Boston from November 11-13, 2022. The 44th Boston Book Fair is the annual fall gathering for book lovers and collectors, featuring the top selection of items available on the international literary market, sanctioned by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB).  
An alluring treasure trove awaits seasoned collectors and first-time attendees. More than 100 exhibitors, from 9 different countries–Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, the UK, and the US–will exhibit the finest in rare and valuable books, photography, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, maps, historic documents, maps, fine bindings, original illustrations, ephemera, fine and decorative prints, and more.  A full list of exhibitors can be found at …more

by John C. Huckans
Race to the Bottom (or plumbing the depths)
(Review of "Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice")

[Ed. Note - This review was first published here in Book Source Magazine several years ago. In light of recent events, I think we can agree that plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.]

According to the experience of most booksellers I know, Amazon and the internet have nearly trashed the antiquarian book trade – and in order to survive many independent booksellers have become data-entry catalogers for the online giants. I think it was at least twelve years ago when I first heard someone's opinion that antiquarian book-selling had become a rat race to the bottom.

And then there's the crazy pricing. Many of us have seen  identical copies of the same title offered on-line for anywhere from 99¢ to $100,000, so when recently published books, especially good ones, become remaindered for whatever reason there are often incredible bargains to be had.

Once in a fit of temporary madness I bought a case or two of Geoffrey Wawro's Quicksand: America's Pursuit of Power in the Middle East (New York, Penguin, 2010) on the internet (Biblio). Written by a professor of military history at the University of North Texas and published at $37.95, the three or four dollars a copy I paid was actually cheaper than the paperback version, and missionary-like I offered to sell them at cost to anyone interested in the the Middle East.  I had already read the book and naïvely thought others would jump at the chance – I thought wrong and except for the two copies I sold and three others given away to friends, I still have most of the shipment.

In 2014 another controversial book was published that explored corruption and obstruction of justice within the Department of Justice. The title, appropriately enough, is Licensed to Lie: Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice (Dallas, Brown Publishing Group, 2014), by Sidney Powell. According to her bio “Sidney Powell served in the Department of Justice for ten years” and for twenty years has been a federal appeals attorney. Also, “She was the youngest Assistant United States Attorney in the country and the youngest elected fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, for which she also served as President”.

Much of the book explores in excruciating detail the Federal prosecutions that grew out of the Enron collapse in the early years of the new century (and) the 2008 prosecution, conviction, and ultimate acquittal and exoneration of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska. (The Stevens case came at a politically convenient time that changed the balance of power in the Senate). In all high profile prosecutions, the cost of providing an adequate defense places an immense economic burden on the accused, and in a Gogolesque scenario, when threatened with financial ruin many defendants have struck immunity deals and have become witnesses for the prosecution, telling the court what they've been instructed to say, even if they absolutely know it to be untrue or misleading.  …more

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Austin's Books (Wilmington, VT ).  American History, Teddy Roosevelt, Fly Fishing, Travel, Maps, Prints & Ephemera. Tel: (802) 464-8438.  (Browse Inventory)

Back of Beyond Books (God’s Navel, Utah). Specializing in Western Americana and the human and natural history of the Colorado Plateau since 1990.  Always discovering new rare finds. (Rare and Collectible Inventory)

D & D Galleries  (P.O. Box 8413, Somerville, NJ).  Founded in 1985, with specialties in British and American literature.  Eclectic inventory (mostly English language) ranges from the 15th through the 20th centuries with sub-specialties in Fine Bindings, S.T.C. and Wing books, Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson), Charles Dickens, presentation and association material as well as 17th and 18th century British history.  Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Provincial Bookfair Association of Great Britain.  Tel: (908)  904-1314.  (Featured Selections)

Early Aeronautica  (Midland, MI).  Vintage books, documents & ephemera relating to early aviation. Tel: (989) 835-3908; (520) 373-2622  (Newest Arrivals)

Gibson's Books (3137 Old Highway 431,  Owens Cross Roads, AL).  Large stock, specializing in local and southern history, including Civil War, Southern fiction, cookery & ephemera.  Also, back issues of Book Source Monthly/Book Source Magazine from 1985-2013.  Tel: (256) 316-0054.  (Newest Arrivals)

Old Editions (954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, NY).  Rare & Antiquarian Books, Paper & Ephemera/Prints, Posters & Original Art Works. One of the largest antiquarian bookstores in New York State. Tel: (716) 842-1734. (Featured Selections)

Quill & Brush  (Middletown, MD).  Specialists in first edition literature, mysteries, poetry & collectible books in all fields.  Authors of well-known books on book collecting & compilers of over 200 individual Author Price Guides. Visit us on the web, or in person by appointment. Tel: (301) 874-3200. (Newest Arrivals)

R & A Petrilla, Booksellers. (P.O. Box 306, Roosevelt, NJ).    Established 1970.  Online since 1995.  Trading in unusual books, documents, and manuscripts in various fields of interest, including farm life.  (New Arrivals)

W.H. Adams, Antiquarian Books  (Hobart, NY).  General antiquarian with emphasis on England and early classics.  Located in the Book Village of Hobart in the Catskills. Tel: (607) 538-9080.   (Newest Arrivals or...)

Special Offerings from Early Aeronautica

Tom Kullgren (Early Aeronautica) has been busy listing new aeronautica acquired from his personal collection and from fellow collectors. On the left column of his home page is a list of the subject/category buttons and aeronautica enthusiasts are encouraged to browse in those areas of interest. While only 10 items are shown below, many more have been added in the last two months. The newest items are always at the top of each category listing. All catalog items are in Michigan so shipping will be prompt. To browse, please follow this link.

Hermann Collection Achieves Nearly $1 Million at Hindman

On June 21 and 22, Hindman Auctions’ American Historical Ephemera & Photography sale realized $989,781. The Civil War and American Militaria Collection of Bruce B. Hermann was the focal point of the auction, with bidders eagerly competing. Rare military uniforms were among standout lots offered on the second day of the sale, while outstanding Civil War era and 19th century photographs highlighted the first day of the auction.

On June 22, Hindman presented the Civil War and American Militaria portion of the collection, which achieved an impressive sell-through rate of 96 percent. Hermann has an extensive background in American and Western European military history, with more than 30 years of experience collecting and dealing in 16th to 20th century militaria. Hermann also served as an appraiser on the PBS series The Antiques Roadshow for 11 seasons.

Standout lots included a Uniform of the "Cladek Zouaves," identified to Private Alfred T. Brophy, Co. K, 35th New Jersey Infantry (lot 370) which exceeded its estimate of $9,000-12,000 to sell for $20,000. The uniform highlighted a notable selection of lots related to the Zouave regiments. 

A collection of items attributed to Thomas W. Johnson, Co. K, 4th Delaware Infantry, including a frock coat, cap, belt rig, and cartridge box was another noteworthy lot, achieving $10,635. An archive identified to Brigadier General Lansing B. Swan, including a New York militia frock coat, belt, epaulettes, and daguerreotype exceeded its estimate, selling for $8,125 against a presale estimate of $4,000-6,000.

Military headgear was also among top performers from the Hermann Collection, including a 4th Rhode Island Infantry kepi identified to Captain Martin Page Buffum, POW at Petersburg which realized $7,500 and a Model 1832 U.S. Infantry Shako for enlisted soldier, which sold for $6,875.

Emerging as the top lot of the first day of the auction was the Rosborough family archive, which sold for $37,500 against a presale estimate of $15,000-25,000.  The archive included letters relating to the California Gold Rush, the Modoc War, the Klondike Gold Rush, and early settlement and mining operations in Idaho Territory, Utah Territory, Nevada, and …more

by John Huckans
Dreadnought & Saying Goodbye

[Ed. Note - The following is a book review and announcement of the last issue of Book Source Magazine that would appear in “print-on-paper” format (May/June, 2013).  Parts of the magazine were ultimately sold off to another publication and we continue to publish on-line to the present day.  A small stock of back issues were taken to the Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair the weekend of June 25th where they were available free of charge.]


I've been reading Robert Massie's Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War (New York: Random House, 1991) for much of the winter – it's not because I'm a slow reader, but Massie's  ability to breathe so much life into the history he knows so intimately makes the reader want to take plenty of time to absorb and reflect on what's been read. I wouldn't rush through one of Massie's books any more than I'd down a glass of the best oloroso or cortado Spanish sherry as if it were a pint of draft Yuengling.  Nothing against Yuengling – it's probably my favorite non-pretentious go-to lager.

The parallel narratives, from both the English and German perspectives, relying heavily on letters, journals, contemporary accounts and earlier histories, focus on the late Victorian and Edwardian periods when ship design and construction methods were changing radically, naval tactics were undergoing a major rethinking, and all of it happening in …more

Booksellers' Gulch (or where the books are)

Summer is here and for bookhunters able to afford the price of a tank of gas, the open road beckons. The "Open Shop Guide" or Booksellers' Gulch, has been an ongoing feature of this magazine since 1985. Booksellers who would like to be a part of this only need to call (315) 655-9654 for more inf ormtion or a free listing.  Hundreds of open shops are included, preceded by a more highly annotated sponsors' section which appears below.

Austin's Books.  (Wilmington, VT ).  American History, Teddy Roosevelt, Fly Fishing, Travel, Maps, Prints & Ephemera. Tel: (802) 464-8438

Back of Beyond Books. (83 North Main, Moab, UT).  Rare Books, Americana, Books on the American West.  Tel: 435-259-5154

Booked Up. (Archer City, TX).  Founded by Larry McMurtry, Booked Up is a large general bookstore dealing mainly in the humanities. Tel: (940) 574-2511

D & D Galleries. (6 Ilene Ct., Bldg 9, Unit 1, Somerville, NJ).  Founded in 1985, with specialties in British and American literature. Inventory (mostly English language), somewhat eclectic, ranges from the 15th through the 20th centuries with sub-specialties in Fine Bindings, S.T.C. and Wing books, Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson), Charles Dickens, presentation and association material as well as 17th and 18th century British history. Members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Provincial Bookfair Association of Great Britain. Tel: (908) 904-1314.

Gibson's Books. (3037 Old Highway 431, Owens Cross Roads, AL). Local and southern history, fiction, Civil War, ephemera, cookery. Tel: (256) 725-2558.

Hobart Book Village. (Hobart, NY). Six bookstores, general and antiquarian. Tel: (607) 538-908.

Junction Book Shop. (73 Conway Road, Llandudno Junction, Wales). Rare & out-of-print books, Victorian maps & prints. Open Wed. to Sat., 10am to 5pm.

Old Editions. (954 Oliver St., North Tonawanda, NY). Rare & Antiquarian Books, Ephemera, Prints, Posters & Original Art Works. Tel: (716) 842-1734; (716) 812-4937.

Quill & Brush. (Middletown, MD).  Specialists in first edition literature, mysteries, poetry & collectible books in all fields. Authors of well-known books on book collecting & compilers of over 200 individual Author Price Guides. Visit us on the web, or in person by appointment. Tel: (301) 874-3200

(Country and state-by-state)

Acadia Art and Rare Books (232 Queen Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Alphabet Bookshop (145 Main Street West, Port Colborne, Ontario, Canada)
Baggins Book Bazaar. (19 High St., Rochester, Kent, England) …more

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