Category: Feature

Articles specially written or curated for the IOBA Standard

2016 CABS Report: Paul Shelley, Churchill Book Collector

Firstly, let me express again my thanks to the IOBA scholarship committee and to the membership at large for their support with the scholarship that I received. As Mike alluded to, CABS benefits the entire trade, not just the people…

CABS Report: Mike Brenner, Brenner Books

“A short discourse on the fundamental benefits of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar for those persons engaged in the commerce and compiling of all printed and other matter that collectively is commonly known as the ‘Book Trade’” or,   “How a…

CABS Report: Edward Markiewicz, Montgomery Rare Books & Manuscripts

It is time to unbuckle my seatbelt after an exhilarating week at the 2016 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. My attendance at the seminar can only be described through a litany of superlative accolades on how intellectually stimulating and educationally beneficial…

On the Importance of Antiquarian Book Fairs

I would like to take a moment to talk about antiquarian book fairs: what they are; who attends them; where they have been and where they are going; why they are important; and how I as a bookseller fit into…

Serendipity in Bookselling – Tim Doyle

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines “serendipity” as: “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” The word has just celebrated its 262nd birthday, having been coined by Horace Walpole in a letter to Horace Mann,…

Embracing the Unexpected – Joe Perlman

The following article was originally published in the Summer 2008 issue of The Standard. One of the best things about being in the used book business is that you never know what to expect. When you get up in the…

From On-Line to Selling at Antiquarian Book Fairs

with Lee Kirk, Ken Karmiole, and Nancy Johnson We asked several IOBA members for their perspectives on selling at book fairs. The focus of this article is not on the large international and member only trade association fairs, but on…