Seventh Edition of A Pocket Guide to First Editions, 2012

Announcing the Seventh Edition of A Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions, 2012

Compiled since 1999 when the Sixth Edition went to press, the revised content of the Seventh Edition will include 2342 items of new information: previously-unlisted publishers from 1850 to 2011, changes and revisions to already-listed publishers from the Sixth Edition, as well as newly discovered publishers since 1999.

As a point of comparison, the Seventh Edition will list 5835 publishers. The Sixth Edition listed in 3642.

With the demise of Zempel & Verkler’s Guide, last updated in 2001 and now out of print, our Seventh Edition becomes the only available guide to this scholarship and the most up-to-date.

For practicality and field utility, we have used a lighter, stronger paper to keep the bulk of the book approximately the same as the Sixth Edition.

Prepaid orders will be accepted beginning at once, for shipping in mid-January 2012.

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Individual copies are $18.95 plus $2.50 S&H worldwide. Discount structure has been revised to reflect small publisher short discounts: resale begins at 5 copies [5-9 - less 30%], 10-25 [less 35%], 26-49 [less 40%], and 50 or more [less 45%].

With all good wishes for better books at better prices for dealers & collectors alike,

Bill McBride

Historical Note: The Seventh Edition was compiled with the research assistance of my son, Ross McBride, a now-fourth generation bookseller. His grandfather Everett Whitlock, great uncle Gilbert Whitlock, great uncle Reverdy Whitlock and great grandfather C. E. H. Whitlock, all on his Mother’s side, were booksellers. C. E. H. founded Whitlock’s, Inc, New Haven, in 1900 and was succeeded by Reverdy through 1990, ; Everett & Gilbert operated The Whitlock Farm Booksellers, Bethany, since ca 1940.  There are also reports that another ancestor operated a used book business in New York City in the 1820s. And I’m his Dad, founder of The Jumping Frog, Hartford, in 1983 and still at it.

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