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  • Vermont Booksellers Spring Fair and Book Hunting in Vermont

    Thu, 13 Apr 2017 04:05:35 Permalink
    My good friend Barb seemed to have an inordinate amount of fun assisting me with manning a booth at the Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair last September. She readily agreed to come along on a joint book hunting and genealogical research expedition to Burlington, Vermont this past weekend. Old Saratoga Books was signed up as an exhibitor at the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association Spring Fair on Saturday, April 8th at the Burlington Hilton and Barb was interested in doing some family history research at the University of Vermont Library's Special Collections, so we made it an extended weekend.We started our journey Read More
  • Vermont Booksellers Spring Fair and Book Hunting in Vermont

    Wed, 12 Apr 2017 01:54:03 Permalink
    My good friend Barb seemed to have an inordinate amount of fun assisting me with manning a booth at the Rochester Antiquarian Book Fair last September. She readily agreed to come along on a joint book hunting and genealogical research expedition to Burlington, Vermont this past weekend. Old Saratoga Books was signed up as an exhibitor at the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association Spring Fair on Saturday, April 8th at the Burlington Hilton and Barb was interested in doing some family history research at the University of Vermont Library's Special Collections, so we made it an extended weekend.We started our journey Read More
  • A Vinegar Valentine for a Mannish Female

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 07:55:28 Permalink
    I was recently at an antique store and leafing through some paper items when I spotted this colorful illustration and poem:It depicts a caricature of a woman in tailored attire accessorized with walking stick, natty hat with hat pin and a pair of oversized ears. The cartoon is printed on tan paper, almost like a thin lunch sack and has red, blue and yellow overlays. It measures 27 x 16 cm. No printing on verso. "1899" penciled neatly at lower right corner.There is a printed bit of doggerel beneath the image:"A Mannish FemaleFailing wholly to win a portionOf admiration as Read More
  • Photography Books and Photographic Items

    Sat, 06 Feb 2016 07:14:06 Permalink
    Our E-list No. 4: Photography has just been issued and highlights some unique, signed and otherwise interesting books on photography, photographic ephemera and original photographs. Here is a sample for your delectation:2) [Trade Catalog] Graflex and Graphic Focal Plane ShutterPhotography, Rochester, NY: Folmer Graflex Corporation, 1936, third edition. Pictorial stapled wraps. Many photographs. Good condition. Wraps foxed and rubbed at spine. 24 pp.Provides general instructions for using the medium- andlarge-format Graflex cameras and the mechanics of focal plane shutter photography, which allows for sharper images of fast motion subjects and sports photography. $407) Walker Evans at Fortune, 1945-1965, Wellesley, MA: Read More
  • The Book of the Day: Cheap Thrills at the Used Bookstore

    Tue, 26 Jan 2016 10:39:43 Permalink
    Restaurants may have the Catch of the Day, but at Old Saratoga Books, we have The Book of the Day. It has become a daily source of amusement and pleasure at our mom and pop used bookstore, not to mention a quasi-rivalry, to see which one of us can sell The Book of the Day when it is our turn to man the front desk. Sometimes the Book of the Day is one of our pricier books. It certainly perks us both up to have sold something in the three or four figures. Selling a nice Rockwell Kent illustrated Moby Dick Read More
  • E-list No. 1: Art Books

    Mon, 09 Nov 2015 09:05:19 Permalink
    We recently issued our first e-list featuring a selection of books from our art shelves. Many of these titles are still available. A pdf of this e-list with more photos can also be viewed at this link from our bookstore website.1) 1950-1965 Abstraction on Paper, NY: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 2001. Very Good; Stiff illustrated wraps. Catalogue for an exhibition held at the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery September 13 - November 3, 2001. Each page contains a color plate of a work by the artists included in this exhibition: Norman Bluhm, Jay DeFeo, Beauford Delaney, Burgoyne Diller, Fritz Glarner, Grace Hartigan, Eva Read More
  • Book Hunting around Bennington, Vermont

    Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:31:22 Permalink
    Southern Vermont is a fertile hunting ground for books and paper. Its gorgeously scenic roads are studded with antique shops, library book sales, bookstores, flea markets and junk shops. Here is a tour of a few of the bibliophilic haunts that I have found in recent months.Downtown Bennington itself has two bookstores, The Bennington Bookshop at 467 Main Street which sells a nice array of new books, and Now and Then Books, a few giant steps away at 439 Main Street.  Now and Then is upstairs, the thought of which makes my bookseller's back muscles spasm, and has several rooms of inexpensively Read More
  • Andy Warhol Book Exhibit at Williams College Museum of Art

    Sat, 01 Aug 2015 02:19:45 Permalink
    We are lucky to have so many cultural gems around southern Vermont, upstate New York and the Berkshires: MassMoca, Bennington Museum, Tang Museum, Clark Institute of Art, Hyde Collection, Salem Art Works, etc. Add The Williams College Museum of Art to this wonderful list. It's a great museum housing several floors of artwork, from ancient to contemporary. In addition to the Warhol exhibit described below, there were current exhibits on Maurice and Charles Prendergast, James Abbott McNeil Whistler, three centuries of American art, and art dating from the time of and subsequently inspired by The Trojan War.I recently visited the Read More
  • Literary and Other Treasures at The Bennington Museum

    Tue, 09 Jun 2015 04:03:20 Permalink
    When last I toured the Bennington Museum at the eastern gateway to the beautiful city of Bennington, Vermont, it was a darker, cluttered, dusty sort of place. This was probably twenty years ago. I remember a lot of cases full of brown and yellow Bennington Pottery poodles and jugs and lots of brightly painted works by just-across-the-border artist Grandma Moses. I always thought Grandma Moses herself was pretty darn cute,but her artwork just never caught my fancy.There are still lots of Grandma Moses paintings in the museum collection, an interactive schoolhouse where kids can touch and play with reproduction items Read More
  • Literary Temptations from Angels and Devils

    Thu, 30 Apr 2015 07:50:12 Permalink
    There are devils and angels on the shelves here at Old Saratoga Books, beckoning folks with their siren songs. Here are some of their literary temptations...1) Sharpe's Devil: Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821, byBernard Cornwell,  London: Harpercollins 1992, first printing. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. Remainder mark on page bottoms, jacket price-clipped. Thetwelfth title in the Sharpe series, in which our hero, British navalofficer Richard Sharpe, tries out retirement as a gentleman farmer inNormandy, but is called to sea when the wife of an old ally asks forhis help in rescuing her man. Jacket art by Gino Read More
  • NYC Antiquarian Book Fair 2015

    Tue, 14 Apr 2015 01:19:23 Permalink
    Having attended and exhibited at a number of "provincial" book fairs, it was a special treat to visit the grandaddy of them all, the ABAA's New York Antiquarian Book Fair. My reconnaissance mission was overlaid with the pleasure of seeing some bookseller friends in action and having my daughter want to accompany me after so many years of thinking what her dad and I do is hopelessly pointless and boring. The Book Fair is the premiere attraction of New York City's Rare Book Week and had begun on Thursday with an evening preview. I arrived on Sunday, when I thought the Read More
  • Guilty Pleasures of the Used and Rare Bookseller

    Thu, 02 Apr 2015 09:38:31 Permalink
    I cultivate a certain professional persona as a seller of used and rare books. In the nineteen years since opening our bookshop, my husband Dan and I have sought to continually improve our inventory, book knowledge, and the atmosphere at our store. We don't go around in tweedy jackets but we keep up a certain quiet, cultured ambiance at the store. I endeavor to represent this venerable trade in a respectable, professional manner, and am certainly more staid at Old Saratoga Books than I am in my off-hours when I can let my proverbial hair down.Booksellers are the guardians and Read More
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