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At Bonhams: Orwell's Copy of "Keep the Aspidistra Flying" Presented to a Bookseller

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The Book Illustration Competition 2017 Announces Winner

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Ski & Winter Imagery Lead Swann Galleries' March 16 Sale of Vintage Posters

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Asemic Writing Exhibition at Minnesota Center for Book Arts Through May 28

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Greenwich will Host the Largest Ephemera Fair in the Country, March 18-19

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Galley Proofs for Martin Luther King's Last Book to be Auctioned

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A Prominent San Francisco Library from the Andrew F. Burke Family 

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Art and Emblems of Friendships with the Kennedys at Bonhams' Bi-Atlantic Sales

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February 2009
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special report

Rules He Lived By

In honor of Lincoln’s bicentennial birthday, Nicholas Basbanes writes about a book the young Abraham Lincoln walked 12 miles to acquire. Kirkham’s Grammar, now among the Library of Congress’s “Top Treasures,” was the book that taught Honest Abe, our original Illinois-statesman-turned-president, to write by the rules.

Featured Columns

Sold@Auction

Silly Old Bear Market

Our ever-bullish columnist Ian McKay finds London’s Pooh-bear market going strong. Other recent sales: rare editions of works by Ian Fleming, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Lawrence Durrell and Olaf Stapledon; Russian coronation albums, Bermudan lithographs, 18th-century U.S. maps, an eyewitness account of Magellan’s voyage; and a lock of Lord Byron’s hair, yours for only $4,650.

Departments

Digest

Double Bind

George Fletcher, who guest-curated the Morgan Library’s current show of book bindings, knew the Morgan’s collection all too well; he helped build it. So how in the world could he choose only 55 pieces?

Lasting Beauties

“Worshipping Women,” an exhibition of classical Greek art at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York through May 9, begs a question: See the show, or just buy the books?

Dear Reader

Fair Games

What’s it like to organize a three-day book fair? Just don’t ever say the words “front entrance” to an antiquarian bookseller in San Francisco. Ann J. Loftin

Quotes & Comments

In Memoriam: John Updike

Overheard on ExLibris:

One rare, used Kindle for sale.
More readers lament the passing of print.

Calendar

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COLLECTING@LARGE

Food Junk

Heirloom seed gardener William Woys Weaver unveils his other collection, of all foodish things fit—and not so fit—to print. Welcome to the wondrously weird world of American culinary ephemera.

CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITIES

Not Wisely

A wealthy American-Iranian collector in London loved rare books too well. So he stole pages from the British Library and Oxford’s Bodleian library to add to his own collection. Jeremy Dibbell

THE FINE BOOKS INTERVIEW

French Kiss

Peter Strauss only started collecting livres d’artistes in his 50s, but he spent the next 30 years amassing a first-rate collection. Now his passion is sharing that knowledge with others. Ellen Firsching Brown