Friday, September 2, 2016

Rare Book Moment: The value is in the discovery of the story behind the book

No. 21: Rare book appraiser Michael Slicker discusses how the value of an antiquarian book may well be in the back story of the author or the book itself. Michael Slicker's Rare Book Moment is recorded at Lighthouse Books, ABAA in St. Petersburg, Florida. Music by Jack Payne: Back to Those Happy Days Lighthouse Books, ABAA specializes in antiquarian books, serving St. Petersburg, Tampa, the Tampa Bay area and all of Florida. In addition to rare books, Lighthouse Books, ABAA also offers expert antiquarian book appraisals.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

RARE BOOK 3D: 1893 poetry collection of John Warren, illustrated by Charles Ricketts


A couple of months ago, we introduced here new 3D photo technology that's shot with nothing more complicated than your cellphone. It's an app called Fyuse, and we instantly saw use for it here on our blog and elsewhere to show you selected volumes from our stacks. Now we're back with another installment. Let us know how you like it. It's easy to operate. Just click on the image and move it in either direction following the arrows to see the front or back of the book. You'll have the best experience if you click to enlarge the image first.  

RARE BOOK 3D: Here’s an amazing volume illustrated by renowned artist Charles Ricketts. Only 100 copies were published of this poetry book by John Warren, 3rd Baron de Tabley. Ricketts designed the cover with a gilt-stamped floral pattern on the front, rear, and spine. The collection is called Poems, Dramatic and Lyrical, and it was published in London by Elkin Mathews and John Lane at the Sign of the Bodley Head.

Author, artist and illustrator Charles Ricketts is best known for his book design and typography at The Vale Press, an enterprise established in 1895 by Ricketts and his partner Charles Shannon. It is name for their home in Hammersmith. The Vale Press is often seen as the earliest competitor of the better known Kelmscott Press.This poetry volume is an early example of the design work that would make The Vale Press famous.

John Warren was once a close friend of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and moved in English literary and artistic circles throughout his life. Although he created material in a variety of fields, he remains best known for his poetry.

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 Blab.im. 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 Blab.im system doesn't work with other browsers. Navigate to Blab.im 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. 




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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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