Feed your inner bibliophile with this volume on unearthed rare and antiquarian books.
Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting.
Read about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1--the first appearance of Superman-saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Or the collector who, while browsing his local thrift shop, found a collectible copy of Calvary in China--inscribed by the author to the collector's grandfather. These tales and many others will entertain and inspire casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike.
Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has written about books for Preservation, the Barnes & Noble Review, The Awl, the Daily News/Page Views, American Libraries, Publishers Weekly, and many other periodicals, as well as WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She is Victoria magazine's 2014 Writer-in-Residence.
Rebecca has been in the book business for over 15 years. After graduating from Syracuse University with degrees in English and Journalism, she joined the venerable publishing house of Simon & Schuster in New York. She moved on to Drew University, completing a masters degree in book history and serving as the preservation and archives associate in charge of the university's archives. She later completed postgraduate courses in archives and special collections at Drew University, the American Antiquarian Society, and the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. After relocating to the Hudson Valley, she spent a year as a reference librarian at Marist College before joining Fine Books & Collections.
Nicholas A. Basbanes is an author and America's foremost historian of books and book culture. Among his nine published books are the acclaimed A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books and On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History. In addition to his books, Mr. Basbanes has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian, and many other periodicals. He and his wife Constance live in Massachusetts.
"...a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector." - Washington Post
"Rare Books Uncovered celebrates books, collectors, and the thrill of the hunt" - Victoria Magazine
"Rebecca Rego Barry's Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places is one of the finest books about books ever written." - American Book Collecting
"Rebecca Rego Barry is a fine writer. She's fresh, un-compromised, other than her love of old books, and she is knowledgeable, witty and a pleasure to read. Get the book!" - Rolland G. Smith (journalist, broadcaster)
"Reading Rare Books Uncovered will make you resolve to visit unfamiliar used book stores more often and add some local estate sales to your weekly schedule" - The New Antiquarian
"Barry (editor, Fine Books & Collections) compiles a lovely collection of stories from veteran book collectors and dealers about their most exciting or memorable finds. Invoking the patriarch of bibliophilia with an introduction by author Nicholas A. Basbanes, Barry carries an overarching message of hope, as espoused in the subtitle: that rare books can be found almost anywhere. And the stories bear that out. From a historic document in a stifling attic that saved a museum to a simple discovery of a signed first edition at a flea market, items end up in the most curious places. Garage sales, estate sales, even library book sales can hold treasures. Added to that are notes and definitions of common terms, suggestions for further reading, and other advice that make this a perfect primer for anyone interested in book collecting. There is also much talk about the profession and avocation of book collecting; anyone considering rare book dealing will get career counsel. While many other works have been written about book collecting, they are mostly autobiographical exploits - few will give newbies such an introduction. Verdict Novice and veteran bibliophiles alike." - Library Journal
"Barry shows that for serious collectors, getting to know a book is like getting to know a person, with all of the attendant quirks and mysteries that the analogy implies." - The Washington Free Beacon