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Waverly Rare Books to Conduct May 2 Judaica Auction

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A Record for Peruvian Photographer Martín Chambi at Swann Galleries

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Bond Abounds in Literature Auction at Swann on May 14

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Two Hunter S. Thompson Letters to be Auctioned

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Printed & Manuscript Americana Realizes $1 Million at Swann

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Einstein Letter Defending his Jewish Heritage to be Auctioned

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2015 Bookseller Resource Guide
October 2009
Contents46

SPECIAL REPORT

The Big Sell

The rise and fall
of door-to-door
book agents who
roamed the
continent in the
early decades of
the 20th century.
By Jeffrey S. Murray

 

Departments

DIGEST

Edgar Allan is ALIVE!

Upcoming events to honor famed poet Edgar Allan Poe’s 200th birthday and the 160th anniversary of his death. Kimberyly Draper

Jane Austen Relived

The Morgan Library displays over 100 of Austen’s works, some of which are on view for the first time in 25 years.

Calendar

Find book fairs and auctions in your area or around the world.

Featured Columns

Gently Mad

Remarkable Repositories: Assembling the Getty

Marcia Reed, chief curator and head of collection development at the Getty Research Institute, has helped build an astounding collection of rarities over the past 25 years. By Nicholas Basbanes

On the Block

Up, Up, and Away

Journal of the first manned balloon ascent in America; one of a kind colored plate from Airopaidia; and Charles Dickens’ toothpick. By Ian McKay

Round These Isles

Book Notes From The UK

Current events from the world of books in the UK, including the fight to protect a seaside shelter built in 1910 in Margate where T.S. Elliot did some of his writing. By Stephen Maughan