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Celebrating a Legend in Sci-Fi and Adventure

By Kristin Masters. Aug 31, 2012. 1:37 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, Book Collecting, Science Fiction

Tomorrow marks the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs .The creator of such famous characters as Tarzan and John Carter, Burroughs iconic novels revolutionized science fiction and adventure writing.

     
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A Seussical Day, Indeed!

By Kristin Masters. Aug 27, 2012. 3:29 AM.

Topics: Children's Books

Born on March 2, 1904 Theodore Seuss Geisel was a cartoonist, poet, and author. Better known as Dr. Seuss, he wrote and illustrated some of the most beloved children's books of our time--and numerous humorous pieces for adults as well. A look at some of Dr. Seuss' iconic works:
     
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Remembering Neil Armstrong

By Kristin Masters. Aug 26, 2012. 2:37 AM.

Topics: Biographies, Science

On August 25, 2012, the world lost a truly great man: Neil Armstrong. The first man to walk on the moon, Armstrong inspired a nation--and generations--with the hope and excitement of space exploration.

Born August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong discovered his love for flight very early. By the age of 16, he'd already earned his student license. When he began at Purdue University, it was to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering under a full scholarship from the US Navy. However, when the Korean War broke out, Armstrong's education was interrupted by the call of duty. He flew 78 combat missions during the Korean War and returned to school in 1952.

     
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Jorge Luis Borges: Legendary Author, Philosopher, Translator

By Kristin Masters. Aug 24, 2012. 2:38 AM.

Topics: Umberto Eco, Book Collecting, Literature

On this day in 1899, Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Borges would eventually become a leading author and translator not only in Latin America, but also worldwide. Borges’ philosophy and authorial style have influenced numerous authors, most notably Umberto Eco.

     
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A Quick Guide to Collecting Limited Editions

For rare book collectors, limited editions are often charming and interesting additions to collections.  They generally differ from first editions not only because they are printed in purposely small numbers; limited editions are often published on higher quality paper, with more luxurious bindings.      
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Celebrating Culinary Legend Julia Child

By Kristin Masters. Aug 15, 2012. 5:43 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Rare Book Gift Ideas

Basketball player, copywriter, spy, legendary chef: Julia Child would be 100 years old today, and we’re still indebted to her legacy of greatness. Child was a pioneer in the culinary world, making high cuisine accessible to a wide audience. Child’s cookbooks continue to be popular among both cooking enthusiasts and rare book collectors alike.

     
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When Mistakes Are Worth Money: Errata in Rare Books

By Kristin Masters. Aug 14, 2012. 4:25 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting, Modern First Editions

In most industries, mistakes cost money--—sometimes lots of money. In the world of rare books, however, mistakes can impact a book'’s value in a quite a different way. Called errata, mistakes made in books may include spelling errors, word omissions, or the use of a different word in place of the intended one.

     
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Bandits, Crooks, and Swindlers: Famous Antiquarian Book Thieves

By Kristin Masters. Aug 9, 2012. 3:31 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting

As rare book collectors, we all know what it feels like to covet a particular rare edition or antiquarian volume. For rare book thieves, that desire isn't the only motivation. Some do it for the profit, while others do it because they feel the books have been somehow abandoned in the vastness of institutional libraries.
     
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A Tribute to Gore Vidal

By Kristin Masters. Aug 2, 2012. 10:37 AM.

Topics: Legendary Authors, American Literature

On Tuesday we lost a legendary novelist, essayist, and polemicist. Gore Vidal passed away at the age of 86. Vidal was renowned as a leading author and political thinker of the modern era.

     
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