The weather is getting warmer, which means garage sale season! I've been "sale-ing" with my mother since I was very young, collecting dolls, and I still do it as an adult, albeit now collecting books.Budman, Matthew. Instant Expert: Collecting Books. New York: House of Collectibles, 2004.Summary
: An introduction to collecting books that covers the history of publishing, book collecting terminology, strategies for collecting, preserving, and identifying first editions and author inscriptions/signatures, discussions about what is and is not monetarily valuable, and buying/selling techniques. Also includes a handy glossary and annotated bibliography.Comments
: Budman has managed to cram a TON of information into less than 200 slim pages. Though all of the information provided here is awesome, I thought Chapters 1 and 3 were most useful to the casual collector. I especially liked the historical overview of publishing and the discussion of book club editions. Without much discretionary income or any particular desire to collect books in order to make money, Chapter 2 is less important--though I suppose it's all good to know in case I do by some miracle happen to stumble across something at an estate sale. I also note that the bulk of what stereotypically constitutes "book collecting" is WAAAAY too rich and pretentious for my blood; in fact, women's popular literature, memoirs of any sort of poltical and business figures, etc. are not considered valuable, and it's not difficult to figure out why, if we take into account blue-blooded (male) prejudices. Yet, even as someone who collects "moderns" and "hypermoderns" exclusively and cannot, for practical purposes, be too concerned about value in dollar terms, there was plenty of information for me to chew on. Notes
: trade paperback, 1st editionRating
- The most well-thumbed "reference" book that I have purchased recently.