• 26
    Oct

Collecting Classic Horror Books—Tales that Scared Our Great-Great-Grandparents

“Morning and evening Maids heard the goblins cry ‘Come buy our orchard fruits, Come buy, come buy’ ” Thus begins Christina Rossetti’s 1859 epic poem, “Goblin Market.” This tale of horror (first published in 1862) describes how two innocent girls are lured to near death by beastly goblins, who entice them with descriptions of exotic, forbidden […]

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  • 26
    Oct

The King of the Macabre: Edgar Allan Poe Offers Various Avenues of Collectibles

As the undisputed father of terror and the grotesque, Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) wrote more than 150 poems, essays and short stories, as well as a couple of novels, a play and even a textbook. Many artists have interpreted his poems and short stories, creating hundreds of different illustrated versions. Publishers have combined his work […]

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  • 30
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/30/09

Maybe it was the iTunes motion comic, or writer Brian Michael Bendis’ undying love for her, but one thing is for certain: me naming Spiderwoman #1 as a speculator spick of the week did not make the title sell out last week. However, it did sell out. Marvel issued a press release earlier this week […]

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  • 28
    Sep

Harry Rinker’s Hypothetical New Book: Not Appropriate for ‘The Big House’

I am addicted to the cable channel Turner Classic Movies (TCM), much to the chagrin of my wife Linda who finds many of the movies dated and boring. Robert Osborne, TCM’s host, quotes Lauren Bacall as saying, “every movie is a new movie if you haven’t seen it before.” I agree. Further, once is not […]

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  • 9
    Sep

Last Year’s Almanacs May Not Be Useful, but They Sure Are Collectible

It used to be said of something no longer of use that it was “as useless as last year’s almanac.” But not any longer. Old almanacs are both valuable and interesting, and lately have become the object of much collector attention. It is easy to understand why. Reading backwards through a collection of them is […]

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  • 7
    Jul

Q & A with Harry Rinker: Art Books, Beatles Bazooka Wrapper, Esther Hunt Bust

QUESTION: I want to sell old (1960 and older) hardcover art books. They are in very good condition and still have their dust jackets. In addition, I have old art periodicals. What advice do you have? – TM, Lancaster, PA, via e-mail ANSWER: Selling art reference books, especially if they are coffee table books, is […]

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  • 23
    Mar

Collectible Book Terminology Part 6 – Recognizing First Editions

Vintage books offered for sale by individuals are very often misidentified as first editions. In fact, online auction sites are full of old books that are casually and incorrectly represented as firsts. Some publishers clearly state “First Printing” or “First Edition” on their books’ title pages, which make identification easy. But most first editions are […]

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  • 10
    Mar

Collectible Book Terminology Part 5 – Illustrations

Dealer catalogs often contain confusing words or phrases to describe the books that are offered for sale. The terms may be understandable to professionals and bibliophiles, but new collectors and casual owners can sometimes find the jargon puzzling. There are many different terms to describe the various illustrations that may be contained in a book. […]

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  • 23
    Feb

Collectible Book Terminology Part 4 – Condition

Dealer catalogs often contain confusing words or phrases to describe the books that are offered for sale. The terms may be understandable to professionals and bibliophiles, but new collectors and casual owners can sometimes find the jargon puzzling. Condition terminology is important to master, because condition and rarity are the most significant aspects for evaluating […]

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  • 9
    Feb

Collectible Book Terminology Part 3 – Internal Pages

Dealer catalogs often contain confusing words or phrases to describe the books that are offered for sale. The terms may be understandable to professionals and bibliophiles, but new collectors and casual owners can sometimes find the jargon puzzling. In Part III of this series, we examine the verbiage used for internal pages. Many do not […]

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