Collecting Thomas Wolfe

Here in Asheville, NC, where Thomas Wolfe and Biblio.com both have their roots, Wolfe’s novels have always been well known and touted throughout the small mountain town. Actually – that’s not true at all – Wolfe left Asheville when he was 15 and didn’t come back until right before his death at the young age of 37 – and his reception during his visit wasn’t the welcome homecoming he was hoping for.  But Asheville was never far from his thoughts, … Continued


Rare Journal of a Young Privateer Rediscovered in a Linen Closet

  A treasure was recently found in a strange hiding place – a linen closet in Kansas City. While the relatives of Margaret Davis sorted her estate, they came across the handwritten journal of one of their ancestors: Christopher Hawkins. His journal was penned in 1834 when he was 70 years old, and it recounts his tales as a young privateer during the Revolutionary War. At the tender age of 13 years old, apprentice Christopher Hawkins turned privateer to help … Continued


Copyright Confusion: Trademark? Patent? Copyright?

ironically enough, this photo was listed as “free for reuse without credit”

There has been a lot of attention on the new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff, and some of that attention has been from unhappy customers who ordered and received: Fire and Fury: The Allied Bombing of Germany 1942-1945 by Randall Hansen, published in 2009 and now hitting the bestseller list. {See this post here about other Trump book mishaps and the importance of searching by ISBN.)

How did this happen? Basically, titles cannot be copyrighted. That’s right – if you want to write a new book called Moby Dick? go ahead – just check to make sure, like Chicken Soup for the Soul and Harry Potter, that the title is not “Trademarked.”

Trademark? Patent? Copyright?

A trademark is a word, phrase, or symbol that identifies a brand and can be federally registered, patent protects ideas. A copyright protects original works of authorship, like books, songs, or poems. (more…)

Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with an MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.


Agatha Christie Manuscript Notebook Going to Auction

agatha christie manuscript notebook - listed by Lucius Books on Biblio

 

Agatha Christie wrote out her brainstorming and inspiration in handwritten notebooks, and now James Hallgate of Lucius Books has one of those notebooks up for auction.

Lucius Books, who sells on Biblio, has the manuscript notebook listed for sale. You can browse the listing on Biblio here.

From their description: “Manuscript notebook, written entirely in the hand of Agatha Christie containing 175 pages of notes relating in depth to the Miss Marple novel “A Murder Is Announced” (here with the working title “A Murder Has Been Arranged”) and the play “Spider’s Web”. With further notes relating to the novel “They Do It With Mirrors”, a page regarding the play “Miss Perry”, an alternative plot for “A Pale Horse”, notes for a Mary Westmacott novel, jottings of autobiography, a room sketch to illustrate the layout for a murder and much more.”

agatha christie manuscript notebook - by lucius books on biblio.com
An unassuming notebook containing a wealth of inspiration from Agatha Christie

The auction will take place at the “China in Print” fair, whih features rare books, manuscripts, maps, and photographs. The fair runs through November 17-19 at the Maritime Museum in Hong Kong.

Lucius Books (ABA, ILAB) is located in York. They carry a high quality stock of first editions, signed copies, bound sets and childrens & illustrated books with some original art. Browse their full inventory on Biblio.

If you are a fan of Dame Agatha Christie, you can browse her rare and collectible titles here.

 

 

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


2017 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Scholarship

August 10, 2012 CABS – Janine Moodhe

Biblio.com is excited to offer a scholarship to the 2017 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar!

Biblio is offering a scholarship to the 2017 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. This year, we are ding something different and opening our scholarship to both book sellers and book collectors.

This year’s scholarship recipient will receive:

  • The full cost of tuition
  • $250 toward accommodations at the facilities provided by the seminar
  • $250 donation to a non-profit of their choice that promotes literacy and/or education

The scholarship is open to book sellers and book collectors.

Applicants should provide:

  • An essay written to explain their chosen field of expertise to someone new to book collecting. Around 500 words is ideal. Biblio may, at its discretion, publish your article on its websites and will provide you with full credit and links to your business, where applicable.
  • A brief description of the charity you would choose to receive the donation and why you chose them. (no more than one single-spaced page)

Deadline for applications/articles is May 31, 2017. Please send all applications to scholarship@biblio.com.

A drawing is held among qualified entrants to find the winner.

The scholarship winner will be notified within 7-10 days of the application deadline.

Best of luck to all of our scholarship applicants!

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


The dread and envy of them all

In the wake of the British “Brexit” vote that not only begins the process of withdrawing from the European Union, but also potentially triggers the break-up of the United Kingdom, the libretto to a piece of eighteenth-century theatre illustrates the tangled history of Britain and Europe. In 1700, England faced a succession crisis: twelve years previously, the Roman Catholic king James II had been ousted by his daughter, Mary Stuart and her husband, the Dutch Protestant William of Orange. They … Continued


Trending on Biblio: The First Bible printed in America

The Aitken Bible, The Bible of the Revolution - the first Bible printed in America - trending on Biblio.com #rarebooks
The Bible of the Revolution
The Aitken Bible, The Bible of the Revolution - an early American printed Bible trending on Biblio.com #rarebooks
Interior page with provenance of previous owners.

The Aitken Bible was the first Bible printed in America.

The first complete Bible in the newly formed nation was printed in Philadelphia in 1782 by Robert Aiken, although there had been copies of the Bible printed when the land was still considered British colonies, as well as copies printed in German.

THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS: NEWLY TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES; AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED

Printed and sold by Robert Aitken, this Bible was created in response to a shortage of the Holy Book on American soil due to the embargo on goods from England during the American Revolution.  The Continental Congress itself endorsed the creation of this Bible, leading to this often being called “The Bible of the Revolution.

This specific edition that everyone has been looking at so far today is listed on Biblio by William Reese Company – Americana.

Read more about this specific listing here, including details on its condition, provenence, and history.

Now Trending...

 

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Biblio offering CABS scholarship to a Bookseller

A talk by Michael Suarez, titled "Ecosystems of Value: Thinking about the Circulation of Antiquarian Books"
A talk by Michael Suarez, titled “Ecosystems of Value: Thinking about the Circulation of Antiquarian Books”

In support of Biblio’s commitment to excellence in bookselling, we are pleased to once again pay the tuition for a bookseller to attend the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar.

The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is one of the single greatest resources available for professional booksellers of every experience level to increase their knowledge.

This is the eighth year that Biblio has offered a bookseller a scholarship to attend the Seminar. Biblio’s scholarship awards:

  • The full cost of tuition for the Seminar
  • $250 toward accommodations at the facilities provided by the seminar
  • $250 donation to a non-profit of the winner’s choice which promotes literacy and/or education
  • One year of Biblio’s lowest commission option with all monthly fees rebated.

Past scholarship recipients have reported the amazing depth of information available during this 5 day event, and we are proud to be able to help booksellers attend.

To apply, please provide:

  • A few paragraphs on why you hope to attend the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. (no more than one single-spaced page)
  • A brief description of the charity you would choose to receive the donation and why you chose them (no more than one single-spaced page)

Email your entry to scholarship@biblio.com by May 30, 2016.
We’ll announce a winner by June 10th.

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


The Works of Harper Lee

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Nelle Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama on April 28, 1926, and she passed away in her hometown earlier today, February 19, 2016.

Harper Lee was best known for the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which was published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and has become a classic of modern American literature.  She remained out of the public eye for decades afterwards, and did not publish anything else until 2015, a sequel to Mockingbird: Go Set a Watchman in 2015. (more…)


Roald Dahl: a family builds a love of books

Danny, Champion of the World by Roald Dahl, illus. Quentin Blake

Our Roald Dahl collection started entirely by accident, but that’s often the case when collecting books, isn’t it?

When I married my husband, I had a son from a previous relationship. As is expected, the two hadn’t quite found the moment that clicked between them. My son was preschool age and generally regarded my husband as the tall, odd man that fed and bathed him. My husband was (is) a tall, odd man who wanted nothing more than to lavish his new stepson with all manner of love and be-spoil-ment. Then one night, purely by chance or else divine intervention, I got called into work to cover a late shift.

I got home right as bath-time was accomplished, pajamas administered, and my son was running down the hall to pick out a bedtime story. Normally I did story-time in his room, squatting awkwardly next to his tiny bed, but I was content to watch and see how my husband might do things differently.

When my son came pelting out of his room with no books in hand and swerved for the living room of our tiny apartment, I nearly stopped him. I’m glad I didn’t. (more…)

Pru is a North Carolina native, transplanted to the bustling base of South Carolina’s tiny share of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she tag-teams with her husband to herd two brilliant boys and two cats.

When she’s not busy blogging with Biblio or toiling over original works, you can most likely find her speeding around in the mountains, blasting egregiously loud music and singing off-key.

Despite being fresh in the bookselling scene, she’s been a insatiable reader since forever, and will point you to her love for Oscar Wilde and Jane Austen, while tucking Neil Gaiman and Douglas Adams behind her back and shushing them. Honestly, she’ll read anything you put in front of her. Help support her writing career via Patreon