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Collecting Girl Scout Handbooks, Part II: 1950-1977

(Part I is here.) Last time in “Collecting Girl Scout Handbooks,” I covered the books published from the origins of Girl Scouting in the U.S. until 1947 – a period of only 35 years.  This post will cover the years … Continue reading

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How to Find Collectible Books – On Your Own Terms

Two things I particularly love about book collecting: It is a game, and I get to make up (some of) the rules. Not all the rules are free for interpretation.  The ones that aren’t are mostly dictated by market forces … Continue reading

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A Collector Meets Her First Broken Book

Book-breaking – the practice of taking a book apart to remove the colour plates or illustrations, the idea being that these are more valuable when sold separately than the book is when sold as a whole. A great many older … Continue reading

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Old Books Aren’t Vegan!: A Guide to Animals Used in Book Making

[Wendy] also wore her mother’s long bathrobe and had this crazy-looking fur thing wrapped around her neck.  It had eyes, paws, a tail and everything. “Animals are for loving, not wearing,” I told her. “I know it,” said Wendy, “but … Continue reading

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How to Ruin Perfectly Good Books

There are enough books in the world to keep my bibliophilia happy forever – and probably yours, too. Unfortunately, waaaay too many of those books are what the bookselling industry generously calls “reading copies” – because reading is all they … Continue reading

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