Author: Vic Zoschak

Tavistock Books was established in 1989. Our current inventory is ~ 15,000 items, running the gamut from Aviation to Zoology. Within that scope, focus is on 1st Editions, Rare & Collectible titles. Our specialties include Charles Dickens, Children's Serial Fiction & History of Nursing.

BEST OF: “What’s this Book Worth?”

“Is it a first?” “What are the points of…?” “I can’t find a price guide for…?” “No copy on the net, and need to know the value of…?” Such are the daily, ubiquitous questions found on the various bookish listservs to which many booksellers & collectors subscribe.

Pasadena Book Fair

This erstwhile IOBA member was, after the fact, pressed into service as Pasadena Book Fair Correspondent by the Standard’s pugnacious editor, Shirley Bryant. Having recently celebrating a 51st birthday, one can easily imagine the Correspondent’s difficulties in recalling events that…

Proposed Reference Book Workshop, Fall 2003

A comment in a recent IOBA email thread occasions an offer to all- About 1-1/2 years ago, under the auspices of the IOBA, I hosted a ‘reference book familiarity’ seminar/workshop here at my shop–an opportunity for those in attendance to…

The Dickens Reference Shelf. An Annotated List.

As a Dickens specialist, I have over 6 shelves of books I use in researching Charles Dickens material. This is obviously overkill for the purposes of most booksellers, so what appears below are those that I consider the more important…

First IOBA Workshop

On December 4, 2001, Vic Zoschak of Tavistocks books presented the first IOBA sponsored workshop on identifying first editions at his bookstore in Alameda, California. Emphasis was on which are the best reference materials and how to use them –…

What’s This Book Worth?

“Is it a first?” “What are the points of…?” “I can’t find a price guide for…?” “No copy on the net, and need to know the value of…?” Such are the daily, ubiquitous questions found on the various bookish listservs…