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Nabokov's Butterfly: And Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books (2006)

by Rick Gekoski

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You'd have to be a rare-book collecting nerd like me to thoroughly enjoy this book. Even still, the author does a very good job detailing some of the world's biggest rare-book deals -- most of which he conveniently was involved with one way or another. You'll learn about rare editions of: Lolita, The Hobbit, Lord of the Flies, The Pictures of Dorian Gray, [b:On the Road|6288|The Road|Cormac McCarthy|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21E8H3D1JSL._SL75_.jpg|3355573], Ulysses, Sons and Lovers, The Catcher in the Rye, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, The Colossus, A Confederacy of Dunces, Animal Farm, and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
Here was all the good stuff that was missing from his later book, "Outside of a Dog." Neither book describes how he moved from being a college professor to a top tier bookman, but at least we're hearing now some interesting anecdotes about the "story behind the book", all engagingly written. ( )
  dono421846 | Jan 12, 2016 |
Rick Gekoski has met so many wonderful authors that I’d almost think he was lying. He’s a used book dealer and his job has put him in contact with the amazing copies of the works of Graham Greene and Evelyn Waugh and J. R. R. Tolkien. A nice little ride with a collector. ( )
  debnance | Jun 13, 2015 |
A delightful romp through the tales connected with ten important rare books which provides an understanding of the trade and a lot of GREAT literary anecdotes, Highly recommended. ( )
  jhhymas | Sep 11, 2010 |
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"In each of the twenty chapters of this erudite and funny work, rare book dealer Rick Gekoski tells the inside story of a great work of modern literature. Based loosely on a hugely successful Radio 4 series, Rare Books, Rare People, each essay gives the publishing biography of a single book, together with details of Rick Gekoski's involvement with the first edition of the work."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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