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Next week, June 20-22, I’ll be attending the 57th Annual Rare Book and Manuscript librarians conference in Coral Gables, Florida. For the past decade or so conference organizers, in conjunction with the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, have included a “Dealer’s Showcase” in the program of events. This is an opportunity for the top book dealers in America to meet their colleagues on the library side. While it’s primarily a meet and greet, and an opportunity to discuss areas of mutual interest, dealers are provided with a small space to display books or manuscripts that best represent their stock. I’ve found, over the years, that “less is more.” Time and space are limited, and attention spans are short. Consequently I’ve whittled my displays down to the amount of material that will fit in a suitcase. As you might expect, these are mostly manuscripts, documents, and printed ephemera – things that catch the eye and are easy to transport. I’ve put a selection of them together into Maritime List 237 (which will be going out to librarians attending the conference as well as my regular customers) and, because they all have to fit inside a suitcase, I’m calling this list ALL THE BOOKS THAT FIT.
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One of the things I like best about my job is that I learn something new every day. I know, it’s a trite phrase and a worn out idea, but it happens to be true. There is no end of books, and every book is ripe with secrets. Well, most of them, anyway. I … More >>