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Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places

by Rebecca Rego Barry

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"Feed your inner bibliophile with this volume on unearthed rare and antiquarian books. Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting. Read about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1--the first appearance of Superman--saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Or the collector who, while browsing his local thrift shop, found a collectible copy of Calvary in China--inscribed by the author to the collector's grandfather. These tales and many others will entertain and inspire casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike"-- "Discoveries of rare and collectible books are chronicled in stories from both casual and die-hard book collectors"--… (more)
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Book scouting sounds like one of those oddly intriguing careers, like a treasure hunter or a salvage diver. Mostly miss and every so often a massive hit but always the thrill of the chase.

Rare Books Uncovered is a collection of 52 stories from some of the more well known (relatively) scouts, librarians, and dealers in the business, each sharing their biggest, or most memorable 'score'. Rare first editions, ephemera and in one case, a flag.

This kind of stuff is my personal catnip and I ate it up. The cherry on top being a recommended reading section at the back, which will do nothing for the ever-growing size of my TBR. ( )
  murderbydeath | Jan 27, 2022 |
Short anecdotes on some intriging finds. Suitable for any audience. ( )
  Biggaz | Apr 10, 2020 |
Great read for bibliophiles & those seeking lost treasures of bookish bent ( )
  SESchend | Sep 6, 2017 |
4.5 of 5 stars.

A collection of short vignettes of people finding rare, mostly expensive books (and sometimes comics and sometime manuscripts) for cheap. An early printed copy of the Declaration for less than $2; a first edition of a Borges book for 50ยข. Out of the way places, too. An estate sale, a stack of discarded newspapers, a book stall, a kids book shop, etc.

Basically, it's what every rare bookseller and every book buyer or antiquer dreams of doing: the steal of a deal find.

Pretty good, short enough to read a chapter in a sitting. There are fifty-two chapters. Most are interesting, though a few are a bit boring. There is an index and some book-buying terms defined in sidebars. There is an informative afterword and a short selected bibliography. One drawback, there are some nifty pictures, but not one for each chapter, which disappoints. ( )
  tuckerresearch | Dec 8, 2016 |
NB: Not an official review, since I read the book in draft and the author is the editor of a publication for which I write.

That said, this collection of short essays on unexpected book finds will be catnip to anyone interested in book collecting in even the most basic way, and should make everyone look at books a little differently. You never know when you're going to unearth a gem! ( )
1 vote JBD1 | Dec 23, 2015 |
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"Feed your inner bibliophile with this volume on unearthed rare and antiquarian books. Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting. Read about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1--the first appearance of Superman--saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Or the collector who, while browsing his local thrift shop, found a collectible copy of Calvary in China--inscribed by the author to the collector's grandfather. These tales and many others will entertain and inspire casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike"-- "Discoveries of rare and collectible books are chronicled in stories from both casual and die-hard book collectors"--

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