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  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club Ltd (16 Aug. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907462138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907462132
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 May 2002
Format: Hardcover
A superb introduction to antiquarian book collecting. It includes fascinating insights into great collectors of the past and the publications of private presses as well as explaining basic book terms and binding techniques. Without patronising the reader, Uden provides an accessible guide to many traditional areas of collecting that could appear daunting to non-experts and those on limited budgets. Prices are only of historical interest since they are based on pre-1981 records, but the principles still hold true. I found the chapters on bibles and the detective work to find the lives behind autograph copies particularly fascinating. This is a beautifully produced book on fine quality paper. It's great value for the price and a wonderful wallow when you're steering clear of second-hand bookshops while your credit card recovers!
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VEDDY BRITISH antiquarian book reference 17 Jun. 2001
By thecastlebookroom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Don't get me wrong, this is a beautiful little book, and it's full of information. But it's British, and book-collecting in Britain (UK) has a very different slant than here in the U.S., and perhaps this should have been indicated in the title. I also mention "antiquarian", which is the field this handsome little reference seems to favor, whereas there are numerous fields of collecting more egalitarian which are untouched upon. So if you're into antiquarian books, and want to learn more about the British market, this is the book for you. An overview of the field in general it isn't. For a good introductory text I recommend Modern Book Collecting by Robert Wilson.
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Yes, It's Dated And For The British Market, But 19 Mar. 2006
By J. Aubrey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a handsome binding (for a modern book), with much useful information and many interesting pictures. A great browse for us "bibliopegists" (students and lovers of fine bindings). A delightful passage:

"Nevertheless, Sir, there are some things more fit to be looked at than others; for instance, there is nothing more fit to be looked at than the outside of a book . . . It is, as I may say from repeated experience, a pure and unmixed pleasure to have a goodly volume lying before you, and to know that you . . . need not open it unless you please . . . There is no place, in which a man can move or sit, in which the outside of a book can be otherwise than an innocent and becoming spectacle."

Thomas Love Peacock, Victorian
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