10 Reasons Everyone Should be a Book Collector
Posted on July 14th, 2015
- The Thrill of the Chase
The quest for a rare book is one full of adventure. Your path will take you to the physical and virtual storefronts of bookstores around the globe. Along the way, you will start conversations with countless strangers, and many of them will become friends.
- The Excitement of Attainment
After being on your quest for a while, one day, you’ll see it, and, to you, it will be surrounded in a golden aura of delight. Your heart will throb, your palms will sweat, and, for a moment, you’ll feel like a poet in love.
- Some Things Never Change
There is a comfort in the illustrations of our childhood picture books, the cover art of the novels that shaped our teenage years, the inspirational text of our college favorites laid out on the page in institutional text. Like photographs of times past, they provide an unchanging window into the world we once lived in
- Change is the Only Constant
Books are fragile things. They get dogeared. They get soaked in the rain or splashed by the ocean’s spray. They get too close to a candle or campfire. The books that survive repeated readings are precious just because they still exist.
- There’s no Edition Like a First Edition
First editions are often the centerpiece items of a collection. It feels good to be first, and it feels good to know you have the first one. Not only that, but many first editions will increase in value over the years.
- Books are Always On Topic
Whatever you love, there’s a book about that. Books inform experts and enthusiasts alike, and provide entertainment for children of all ages. No matter how mainstream or obscure your interests are, you’ll always be able to find a complementary book.
- No Batteries Required
Old school is cool, especially for travelers. Whether you travel through overcrowded air and ground terminals or just take long road trips, books never need a charging station or wifi access. For folks who take old-school adventures on horseback, bicycle, or foot, charging stations can be days apart, but a lightweight paperback will provide great power-free entertainment.
- The Family Tree Becomes The Family Bookcase
Books can provide a priceless heirloom, regardless of any financial value of the library. Books store our history with them, they capture our scents, our dirty fingerprints, the tears we cried every time we re-read an especially moving page. Our personal library keeps a record of who we are as the contents change over time, and, for those who love us most, our library can be a comforting and insightful legacy.
- No-fuss Home Decor
A big case filled with high quality books can be the only decoration a room needs. They provide atmosphere and warmth, enhancing the space with the personality of your unique collection. Books always start great conversations at social gatherings.
- Books Have a Good Rep
Hanging out with books is good for your image. Reading them is even better for your image. Books can make you smarter, and improve your self esteem.
Why do you think everyone should collect books?
Classics at Holiday Time
Posted on December 16th, 2014
Whatever holiday we celebrate at this time of year, our homes are overflowing with family traditions.
In my home, reading stories out loud was an important part of celebrating the holiday season. Cuddled together in bed, our imaginations would build vivid images of places we’d never see and people who never existed. As we read together, wrapped up in warm blankets, the bedside lamp would create a bubble of light that warded off the cold and dark of the solstice nights.
The Swiss Family Robinson story is one of my favorite classics for wintertime reading; imagining their tropical island helps keep me warm in the winter. Whether you are starting a tradition with children of your own or reliving days when you were young, this story is a must-have in every reader’s library.
Luckily, we have two copies of this story in stock this holiday season!
The Swiss Family Robinson, in Words of One Syllable is a well-loved copy of the story, published around 1900. This edition features four beautiful illustrations to help inspire your favorite child’s imagination, and is priced low enough that you will feel comfortable allowing it to be a “reading copy”.
If you are looking for a super-special edition to keep behind glass and only handle with kid gloves, we have that edition, too! Le Robinson Suisse: Ou Journal d’un pere Famille Naufrage Avec Ses Enfans is a 4-volume, French language set. This first-edition set was published in 1814, and is in beautiful condition. A true collector will love having this set on their shelf.
I’m wishing you all a season full of wonderful traditions and amazing stories!
For the “inner child” at holiday time
Posted on December 9th, 2014
If there’s an “inner child” on your holiday shopping list that has been really good this year, we just found your perfect gift!
Dr. Seuss’ Please Try to Remember the First of Octember is a whimsical adventure that encourages the reader to remember that all of their wishes will come true on the first day of Octember when money rains from the sky. Dr. Seuss’ wild imagination wishes up all kinds of amazingly adventurous items that aren’t available until this magical day.
Adults will appreciate the story even more than they did as children – especially if they have children of their own now. The story’s narrator wants their child to have everything their little hearts might desire, and the idea of an annual month of windfalls is as appealing to parents as it is to children.
The first edition we have in our catalog is just beautiful and will become a prized addition to any collector’s library.
You can find more gifts for the inner child on your holiday shopping list in the Children’s section of our online catalog.
A Partridge In A Pear Tree
Posted on December 2nd, 2014
When I was a young girl, my favorite thing to find under the Christmas tree was a book. Even better: a trilogy or a whole series. Books smelled more delicious than candy and provided entertainment all year long. Santa never disappointed, and I spent many wintery days in my childhood deep in imaginary worlds, running around the prairie with Laura Ingalls or strolling the streets of London with Sherlock Holmes.
In preparation for Christmas, I’ve been double-checking some recent work by our favorite techies at Comment Designs and had the 12 days of Christmas song running through my mind. As I was browsing through the books, the bird-related titles started jumping out at me (like a partridge in a pear tree), and the festive cover design of Little Shooter of Birds and the Great Sun caught my attention. Somebody is going to love getting this book for Christmas!
Whether you are shopping for your favorite good girls and boys, or for all of your favorite Secret Santas, you’ll find lots of great gifts in our online store! Stop in today – with over 2000 items in stock, you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your list!
Happy December, Bookworms!
Transition in Printing
Posted on December 13th, 2013
Transition in Printing by James J. Guthrie is a unique little folio, a keepsake, published October 5, 1968 on the occasion of the ceremonies attendant upon the presentation of the 500,000 volume by the Friends of the Library and of the fist volumes toward the second half-million, in the Department of Special Collections, the University Library.
This portfolio, printed letterpress in an edition of 1000 copies, is printed on the occasion of the acquisition of the one-half millionth book in the University of California, Santa Barbara, Library.
Thoughts On Collecting Books
Posted on November 19th, 2013
~by Lee Johnson
Why would a person collect books? Serious readers have all read books that have affected them. Many of us have read books that are life changing. Good literature usually evokes strong feeling, much like great paintings or photography.
Not ever one is a collector. Those of us that are collectors generally collect thing that give us pleasure in life. So, like the art collector that collects the paintings that give him pleasure, the reader that finds great pleasure in books may want to form a collection of these books.
While the trend may be to read books on screen with an electronic reader or a personal computer, a collection of quality, first editions can never be replaced for warmth and visual appeal in the home by a thumb drive.
The Keefauver Story
Posted on November 12th, 2013
On our book buying trip of over three thousand miles I came across a book in Denver CO with my families name on it! The Keefauver Story is about my family starting with the three Keefauver brothers coming to America from Germany. I found my great-great grandfather’s name and read his story. My poor Aunt who had given me her copy no longer had my attention. I was lost on the page about famous people we were related to and how we were related. I had to check Wikipedia for what some of the terms meant.
One of the people listed was Catherine the Great of Russia who was listed as a 27th great grandmother! That sounded like too many generations, so now I had to go back to Wikipedia and read about her and when she ruled. The portrait of her reminds me of my mother, I can see the familial resemblance.
I also noticed several of my favorite authors listed. No wonder I am a bookaholic, it is in the blood. From both sides of my family as my dad is related to Alfred Hitchcock and my mom is related to several authors.
Oxford English Dictionary
Posted on July 3rd, 2013
A real leather bound copy of the Oxford English Dictionary; two volumes plus six other reference books and the wooden stand are included with this beautiful set.
History of our Map Case
Posted on July 3rd, 2013
Back in the 1950’s this map case was the front counter for E. Burstein Old Maps Books Views Geneva (Switzerland) 7. Rue De L’Hotel De-Ville. When he died his son, Marcel, inherited the store. After a dispute with the municipal government, he packed up the fixtures and the inventory and moved to the United States. Several years later we became acquainted with Marcel. Over a period of time, we purchased some of the leftover stock from Burstein’s and some of the fixtures, including this map case. This map case was a prominent feature of our retail store and now resides in our private library.