Monday, July 25, 2016

We had a great time on Rare Book Cafe, a web-based talk show just for book lovers

We had a delightful time on Saturday appearing on Rare Book Cafe, the web-based talk show devoted entirely to rare books. It was good, as usual, to see Steven Eisenstein, the host of the show and owner of A-Book-A-Brac Shop in Miami Beach. Steven has been an exhibitor at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair for years. We've known Steven and his wife Edie for decades.

It was also good to meet a new co-host for the program, Lindsay Thompson, owner of Henry Bemis Books in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lindsay is a retired lawyer and is knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects. He is a terrific addition to the show.

Edie Eisenstein has a segment on the show called Miniature Corner, 

We missed our friend Thorne Donnelley, owner of Liberty Books  in West Palm Beach, who also is a regular exhibitor at the book fair each year. Thorne, who is a co-host on the show, was away at Rare Book School in Virginia. We're eager to hear tales of his adventures when he returns. T. Allan Smith, creator and executive producer of Rare Book Cafe, was in and out during the show.

We took the opportunity during our visit on the show ta couple of volumes from our recently acquired Martin L. Fackler Collection of surgery and gunshot wounds. Dr. Fackler was a military surgeon and distiguished researcher in forensic sciences. He was the author of more than 300 articles on would ballistics, body armor, and the treatment of wounds. We're offering these volumes as a collection. You can watch a replay of the program above. Toward the end of the program, we had to depart to tend to customers since we were broadcasting live from the store.

The Rare Book Cafe is live from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Saturday on If you enjoy rare books, it's time well spent. It's easy to get on Rare Book Cafe. From your desktop (or laptop) computer, sign into Twitter or Facebook. You should use a Firefox or Chrome browser. This system doesn't work with other browsers. Navigate to and follow the prompts to sign in. Once you're in, do a search on "Rare Book Cafe" and should easily find it.

You can also sign in on your iPhone or iPad. Be sure to download the app. Make sure you get the Blab app with the little purple space owl.

Thanks, Steven, Lindsay, and Allan for all  your work on this program on rare books, which is sponsored by the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Lighthouse Books in 3D! Do you like it?

Well, we're trying a experiment here. There is a new smartphone app out called Fyuse and it's intended to make 3D photography available to the masses (read: ordinary folks who aren't likely to invest in a special 3-D camera but do have an iPhone). It's intriguing because of the possibilities it presents for showing antiquarian books in a whole new way and, potentially, to a new audience.

It's too early to tell how well Fyuse will be received but one thing we liked about it is that no special equipment is needed to view it. The scene at the top is inside the front entrance. If it's rotating wildly, just put your cursor over it and stop the scene anywhere you'd like. That's Mike at his desk amid unending appraisal work. Notice the book about lighthouses in the foreground as you pan around. How appropriate! And it clearly illustrates the 3D effect you get with this new app.

The bottom scene is a book about surgery from the 1500s. It's part of a collection of books on surgery we acquired recently, and quite an interesting find.

Of course, 3D photography has been around for eons, ever since a Victorian-era English scientist invented the stereoscope. In the earliest days of movies, filmmakers were tinkering with 3D effects and, of course, who can forget the legions of filmgoers wearing those paper-framed glasses with the red and blue lenses that made the likes of the Creature from the Black Lagoon scare the bejeebers out of everybody. Over the decades, the popularity of 3D has waxed and waned but 3D movies are still with us. These days, if you're a fanatic, you can even buy your own 3D camera. They cost, though.

Now all you need is a smartphone.

We're going to keep on doing these videos. VR or Virtual Reality has become popular these days. If you're a business owner, you can have a Google photographer come to your store and create 360-degree scenes. Well, this is pretty close to VR so we're going to do our own. So check back and you'll see more scenes inside Lighthouse Books, ABAA.

This has been a fun experiment for us. We kind of like the results. We hope you do, too.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rare Book Moment: Signed copies and such

No. 20: Rare book appraiser Michael Slicker discusses signed books, inscribed books, and association copies. Michael Slicker, a recognized authority on antiquarian books, has owned Lighthouse Books, ABAA in St. Petersburg, Florida, for more than 35 years. Michael Slicker's Rare Book Moment is recorded at Lighthouse Books, ABAA. Music by Jack Payne: Back to Those Happy Days

Our specialties

Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.

We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.

Appraisal service

Michael F. Slicker, is one of about 450 qualified members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Inc., and its affiliate the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Condition of the book, demand for it and history of comparable sales are among the factors considered in evaluating the value of a book. Other factors may apply as well.

Please contact us for more information regarding our certified appraisal services. We encourage you to visit our website, Lighthouse Books, ABAA

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Michael Slicker was the founding president of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and has served as chairman of its annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair since its inception.

The 36th annual book fair is set for April 21-23, 2017 at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg.

The fair is the oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeast. Learn more about the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair and the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

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