In the News

Olmstead's 1859 Letter Describing his Vision for Central Park to be Auctioned

Los Angeles - A handwritten letter from renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead to... read more

Works by Tolkien, Drawings, and Photography on View This Winter at the Morgan

New York — The 2019 winter season at the Morgan Library & Museum continues... read more

Sotheby's Geek Week Auctions Total $7.4 Million in NY

New York - Sotheby’s Geek Week auctions concluded Friday in New York with a... read more

The Getty Museum Presents "Spectacular Mysteries: Renaissance Drawings Revealed"

Los Angeles - During the Italian Renaissance—the period from about 1475 to 1600 that... read more

Charles Dickens Handwritten Signed "Christmas Carol" Quote Sold for $23,597 at Auction 

Boston—A Charles Dickens handwritten signed quotation from “A Christmas Carol” sold for $23,597 according... read more

World Records for both Harry Potter & Einstein's "God" Letter at Christie's

New York - Christie’s December 13 sale of Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts realized... read more

Potter & Potter Auctions' December Vintage Travel Poster Sale Takes Off

Chicago — Potter and Potter's December 1st Vintage Travel Poster Sale was first class... read more

52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair Returns to Oakland, February 8-10, 2019

Oakland, CA - The 52nd California International Antiquarian Book Fair, recognized as one of... read more

Follow us on TwitterLike us on Facebook
Auction Guide
Advertise with Us
2015 Bookseller Resource Guide
January 2009
Contents37
Maritime journals

special report

Let Freedom Ring

David Pettus, a nautical library collector and the former president of the San Francisco National Maritime Park Association, reveals the private journal of a young British navy lieutenant who died fighting the 19th-century African slave trade.

Featured Columns

Sold@Auction

Flush This Book

Ian McKay finds a 19th-century Johnny-on-the-Spot disguised as a book. Also, rare editions of works by Evelyn Waugh, Madeleine L’Engle, Jack London, Raymond Breton and others, sold last year.

Departments

Digest

Inaugural Follies

This month’s First Family inaugurals may be historic, but Marvin Kranz, the Library of Congress’s retired American History specialist, says he’s seen it all before.

Vintage Rose Bowl

The New Year’s Day Rose Bowl is nothing new. Vintage Rose Bowl photos and memorabilia, a collectors’ thirty-yard-dash of them, date back to 1890.

Dear Reader

Resolved: To Wise Up, a Little Bit

Fine Book's editor Ann J. Loftin offers her first message to our readers.

Quotes & Comments

Printed Matters

Loyal readers respond to the new format.

Calendar

Find book fairs and auctions in your area or around the world.

Gently Mad visits British Columbia

Gently Mad

Viva Vancouver

Nicholas Basbanes finds book culture vibrant in Vancouver.

Book arts

Book Arts

The Da Vinci Creed

Richard Goodman talks to Peter and Donna Thomas, whose new book celebrates American ingenuity using paper handmade from okra, fennel, Spanish moss, tobacco and even marijuana.

Fine Maps

Tracking America

Derek Hayes admires the 19th-century railroad maps and brochures that sent a nation out west.