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Old Books in the Old World: Reminiscences of Book Buying Abroad Limited Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1884718212
ISBN-10: 1884718183
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If your pulse increases inexplicably at the sight of a used bookstore, if your heart leaps like a hungry weasel when you encounter a rare first edition that has been erroneously priced at $5.00, this collection of journal entries and letters of two American book dealers in Post-War Europe is certain to delight you. Although I personally would have enjoyed this book more if it had been fleshed out more completely, its presentation--whether by intention or chance--has the same serendipitous and chaotic feeling as rummaging through the bookstores and bookstalls of Europe.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Pr; Limited edition (June 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884718183
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884718212
  • ASIN: 1884718213
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,448,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Guild on April 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although I love "Books About Books";I ,like the majority of those who love books and reading ,know very little ,nor have had the experience of searching for,buying and selling Antiquarian books and Ephermera.While never part of that world,I found this book about it, a delightful read.
To the authors of this book,it was their whole life. They not only had the experiences they tell us about;but also made a successful career of it and made their living at it. They are no longer with us; Leona Rostenberg passed away on March 17,2005 at the age of 96,while Madeleine Stern passed away on August 18,2007 at the age of 95.They spent their entire adult lives living and working together. The world of books and their friendship were everything to them.
This book is mainly comprised of the journals they kept of their trips to England and Europe during the years after WWII ,from 1947 to 1957.
Their descriptions of what things were like after the destruction and hardships of recovery after the war are as much of what this book is about as the rare books they are able o find.Of course,as in any endeavor,the people you meet and the friendships that develop along the way,are what most enjoyments of pursuits are all about.
It is amazing ,the amount of 15th -18th Century books that were available ,for what seems today like pittance. The books they find,and talk about are virtually unknown to me,and very shortly after being found ended up in special collections in libraries,universities and with wealthy collectors. The experiences of the authors lasted for only a decade or so .That was the time when money was hard to find,collections all over Europe had been plundered,scattered about,and great rareties could be found in many bookstores.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a common reader on September 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Two intrepid and brilliant women offer us excerpts from their diaries and letters, written during the years 1947-1957 when they traveled each year to Europe to buy stock for their fledgling bookselling business. Through their frist-hand reports, we see war-ruined Europe--and its surviving sellers of rare books--slowly recovering a civilization that the Nazis had tried to destroy. The authors invented the very effective device of placing a retrospective paragraph after every few excerpts. Each "Retrospect" fills in the background of what was happening, and adds the authors' perspective on it all from many years later. This is first-rate autobiographical writing. As their detective work takes the firm of Rostenberg and Stern to eccentric bookshops, where they root out old and rare, often obscure, but very important books, we find ourselves with them in the company of Civilization. Old Books in the Old World: Reminiscences of Book Buying Abroad
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