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Welcome To The Library Hiding In A Garden Hiding In New York City

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.05.2016 | Arts

The earliest book ever published on American insects (1797, for the record) sits in a massive library in the Bronx, and fewer people than should be ar...

J. Robert Oppenheimer, the Man Behind the Bomb

Auctionata | Posted 05.17.2016 | Home

J. Robert Oppenheimer was a man interested in mystic Eastern religions, a Communist sympathizer, and widely considered, "the father of the atomic bomb."

Changing New York | An Exceptional Record of New York History

Auctionata | Posted 04.18.2016 | Arts

During the 1930s renowned photographer Berenice Abbott embarked on a five year documentation of the gritty streets of Depression Era New York City. Inspired by Eugene Atget's photo documentary series of Paris, Abbott sought to document the ever transforming streets of New York to serve as a record of the history of America.

A Gorgeous Collaboration Between Two Great Modernist Artists

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Arts

What happens when two of the 20th century’s greatest artists team up to produce a gold-embossed, illustrated book? That book's value, just $15 in 19...

The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America: A Hidden Gem in New York City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.

An American Entrepreneur in Paris: How Sylvia Beach fought censorship

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.25.2014 | Home
Steve Mariotti

Her story is legendary: an American bibliophile who brought her love of literature to Paris and created one of the most well-known and influential bookstores of the twentieth century, Shakespeare and Company.

Striking Gold in Princeton: 5 Tips for Any Aspiring Collector

Steve Mariotti | Posted 11.12.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I stumbled upon a hidden treasure recently, right in my backyard of Princeton, New Jersey. The Gilded Lion is a wonderful antique store, located at 24 Chambers Street, where it has stood since 1989.

My Three Favorite Rare Book Stores in Europe

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.25.2014 | Home
Steve Mariotti

I traveled to Europe a few weeks ago and, for the first time, I didn't attend a conference on youth education, or meet with leading business people on how we can innovate startups worldwide. Instead I explored the opportunities provided by a few select bookstores.

Africa's Most Photographed House Is in Danger

Roadtrippers | Posted 09.18.2014 | Travel

Designed by Alan Donovan, the beautiful building overlooks Nairobi National Park, and is described by Architectural Digest as "an architecture rising from the serene Kenyan plain like an outcropping of earth, a vision of usefulness..." However, this priceless piece of cultural history is now under threat.

Good Weird Hunting

Angela Tung | Posted 04.08.2014 | Home
Angela Tung

Until I was about 9, I didn't really like to read. I preferred picture books and my illustrated children's encyclopedia over "real" books.

Most Expensive Books Of 2012

Posted 12.20.2012 | Home

Yesterday, AbeBooks released its list of the most expensive books they've sold this year. They range greatly in topic. Some are serious religious ...

Historic Church May Sell First Book Published In North America For Millions

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion

A Massachusetts church is considering selling its first edition copy of the first book published in North America, but the debate over the rare book's...

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Home
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Another Masterpiece Found At A Flea Market

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts

The United States has had its fair share of thrift store success stories as of late, what with a Renoir turning up at a flea market and a 20th century...

The 11 Most Popular Out-Of-Print Books

Posted 08.23.2012 | Home has released an annual report ranking the most popular out-of-print books of the year. An out-of-print book is exactly what it soun...

Celebrity Collector: Dr. Joe Vitale

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.13.2012 | Home
Reyne Haines

The author and star of The Secret, had been actually keeping a secret. While making movies, videos, and writing books on all the things he firmly believes in, not once did he mention his interest in collecting rare books.

8 Ridiculously Expensive Books

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.15.2011 | Home

The priciest books in the world - we're talking those in the Hampton's summer home range - are usually valued for their antiquity and connection to a ...

The Most Provocative, Revolutionary, Dangerous and Radical Book Ever Written

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 10.21.2011 | Media
Stephen J. Gertz

Q1: What book, born of the political upheavals in mid-nineteenth century Europe, spearheaded radical Leftist Anarchism in the United States dur...

What Makes A Book Rare? | SAM ROBERTS | Posted 08.23.2011 | Home

Before he became the first name of a bank, J. P. Morgan was a Wall Street mogul who, a century ago, bequeathed his collection of 14,000 or so rare boo...

The Butterfly Art Of Vladimir Nabokov: A Love Story

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 08.12.2011 | Arts
Stephen J. Gertz

Nabokov disliked ineffective, syrupy sentiment. Consider his butterfly drawings to Vera as mash-notes without the slop.

You Will Be Devoured by Seven Horrible Demons

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 07.31.2011 | Media
Stephen J. Gertz

One day, God, dressed as a poor man seeking alms, knocks on the door. Teresa, not the most pleasant of servants at any time under any circumstance, is having a bad hair day and refuses His entreaty. We've all had experiences like that.

The Surrealistic Book Paintings of Alireza Darvish

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.29.2011 | Home
Stephen J. Gertz

Both playful and serious, light and dark, pensive and provocative, Alireza Darvish's paintings draw us into the world of books and readers within the subconscious in the surreal world.

S.J. Perelman, Humorist, Cardiology a Specialty

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen J. Gertz

So, you wake up at 12:20 AM in a sweat, dizzy, pressure in your chest. You've been here before, twenty-one years ago, when you were thirty-eight: you ...

The Most Amazing Woman You've Never Heard Of

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen J. Gertz

Rose Marie Pinon was not the first woman to circumnavigate the globe but she was the sole one to have written about it, creating the only great voyage narrative told from a woman's point of view.

Cashing In on an Author's Death (18th Century Edition)

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Stephen J. Gertz

When a famous author dies, an industry of postmortem exploitation begins. All, of course, with the very best of intentions.