Tag Archives: book collecting

Spine perished, a summer project

One of the most popular pages on my website is the one that describes remainder marks, although almost all the pages in my Illustrated Collecting Terms section get a lot of hits. Book buyers do care. They understand, at least after their first … Continue reading

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The books of old Milwaukee

People collect all kinds of books for all kinds of reasons. If you want to read a representative smattering, go to Google Groups rec.collecting.books and do a search for “What do you collect?”. You will find people admitting to everything … Continue reading

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Old barns and old books

When I was five years old, my family lived in a small town in Wisconsin. It was the kind of place where everybody knew each other, and kids could roam from dawn to dusk in the summertime without fear of … Continue reading

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Christmas tales

If you have a blog about books, and if it’s the yuletide season, you’re pretty much obligated to write at least one post about a Christmas-related book. There have been some dandies. The Night Before Christmas, first published in 1823 … Continue reading

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Trust but verify: or, bibliographies are your friends, up to a point

The package in question contained a three volume set of Howard Louis Conard’s *History of Milwaukee County from its earliest settlement to the year 1895.* Continue reading

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Milwaukee history – a brief and somewhat disorganized bibliography

Milwaukee history books published in the first century of the city’s existence, with links to on-line download versions where available. Continue reading

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Milwaukee history – the first book

The Chronicles of Milwaukee, 1861. The first history devoted exclusively to the city of Milwaukee. Continue reading

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On buying like a collector

Every once in a while…I will buy a book for eventual resale even though I pay top dollar and may never make a dime on it. Continue reading

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