Stephen J. Gertz tells us here: "If you love to read, and appreciate art, craft, and the test of time as a measure of what’s true from what’s false, have an aversion to the artificial, a preference for content in the form that has yet to be improved upon, from the sacred to the profane and in the big middle, rare books are truly the coolest collectible."
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and walls in Havana;
Allens Boots, where
they also happen to sell
First: The Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association is holding its annual bookfair at the Colliseum in St. Pete’s, starting tomorrow, with more than 110 National & International Dealers exhibiting their wares.
Second: Friends of the Tampa Book Arts Studio and University of Tampa Library will be hosting a free lecture by noted collector and scholar Mark Samuels Lasner who will talk about his experience “COLLECTING THE LATE VICTORIANS”; Saturday, March 13, 2010, noon-12:45 at the MacDonald Kelce Library, University of Tampa ( stay tuned for The Biblio File interview!).
The talk will complement "Facing the Late Victorians" an exhibit of items from Lasner’s collection on display at the fantastical
H. B. Plant Museum, a building constructed in….the late Victorian era.
Also, in the Macdonald Kelce Library, two more free exhibits for booklovers: “The Bookbindings of Alice C. Morse,” prepared by Mindell Dubansky of the Thomas Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and originally exhibited at the Grolier Club, plus a display of Victorian Publisher’s Bindings from the Tampa Book Arts Studio Library Collections.
I like this. But I think I need to collect my thoughts – read this over several dozen more times to get a decent grip on it…to iron out the kinks in its swing…so that I can grasp its profundity. Because profundity for the allegorist is, I guess, not a matter of reflection, as it might be for the collector, but rather a flash of illumination which only, after the fact, shines profound light and unforeseen meaning on each affected thing…
This might read better after a toke or two.
Latest find: $5.00 Cdn.
This find, which I announced (bragged about) on Facebook, brought on a comment by Dorota Wąsik who informed me that Animal Farm was banned by the United Arab Emirates in 2002: which strikes me as odd, in light of the new openness with which that country is promoting international discussion of Arab authored books. In fact, I note with interest that Martin Amis will be attending the 2010 Emirates Airline International Festival of Literature to air, clarify and discuss his position on Muslim fundamentalists and Sharia law.
John Piper, Romney Marsh, A King Penguin Book (1950)
This has to be one of the sweetest little books in my collection. Contains colour plates at the back, of the marsh itself, preceded by sketches of some of the churches in the district. Same format as those lovely Ladybird Books, only slightly wider. Here’s what abebooks has to say.