Modern Book Collecting

by Robert A. Wilson

Hardcover, 1980




New York : Knopf, 1980.


A new edition of the classic guide to book collecting includes a new section on Internet resources.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Jannes
A perfectly serviceable introduction to the collecting of modern editions - focus is as good as exclusively on 20th century authors.

When I bought this I was concerned that it would be badly outdated, but for the most part it holds up remarkably well - nothing about internet trading, of course, and the sections about dealer catalogues and the uses of telephone ordering might not be the most useful in the book, but most of it is filled with sound timeless advice and helpful anecdotes and information about everything from the process of proofreading to the virtues of being polite to poets. It might be slightly rambling at times, but that's part of the charm.

It's also rather smartly written, and with an obvious passion for books and literature - the parts about how the enjoyment of reading is more important than assuring increased value of investments made me smile.

Read it for the insight and personal experience, and consider getting another book covering the more technical details of book collecting in greater detail.
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LibraryThing member lmcohen
Though a bit dated, this book opened my eyes to the fact that my unhealthy love for books is in fact a respectable hobby. Great read to get you in the proper collecting mindset, broken into useful, quick sections.



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