7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2002
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!