• 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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  • 6
    Feb

Franklin Pierce-Jefferson Davis Signatures Document

One of the most unique things about this document is that it bears the original signatures of Franklin Pierce (who served as President of the United States) and Jefferson Davis (who was the only man to serve as President of the Confederate States). One must wonder why two people from opposing sides would want to […]

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  • 4
    Feb

This Week in Geek 2/4/09

By Matt Baum WorthPoint Worthologist This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint Comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week’s new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make […]

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  • 2
    Feb

Collectible Book Terminology Part 2 – Edition and Copy

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. Some of the most perplexing descriptions include the various editions and copies of a book. Even antiquarian […]

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  • 30
    Jan

Preserving precious letters from the past

How do I protect a collection of poignant World War II letters from my father? First, copy them. Until recently, I always suggested photocopying. Today, I recommend scanning. When copying the letters, make certain to keep the envelope and letter together. Individuals have a bad habit of taking letters out of envelopes and placing them […]

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  • 30
    Jan

Examining a 1799 Indenture Document

EDITOR’S NOTE: Visiting the small New England town of Brimfield, Mass., is usually a normal, everyday occurrence, as you roll right through Route 10 on the way out of town. It is a sleepy little burg, except when it becomes the “Antiques Capital of the United States.” For one week every spring, summer and fall, […]

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  • 29
    Jan

Collectible Book Terminology Part I – Bindings

Dealer catalogs often contain confusing words or phrases used 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 a series of articles, we’ll explore different categories of these terms. The first thing that […]

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  • 27
    Jan

This Week in Geek 1/28/09

By Matt Baum WorthPoint Worthologist This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint Comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week’s new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make […]

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  • 20
    Jan

This Week in Geek 1/21/09

By Matt Baum This Week in Geek is a weekly blog about new comics written by WorthPoint Comic book Worthologist Matt Baum. Every Wednesday, Matt takes a look at the week’s new comics from a collector’s point-of-view and discusses which books may be hard to find in the near future and why. Make sure to […]

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  • 20
    Jan

The Addictive Art of Collecting Books

When it comes to the rare, antique or collectible book, for a serious collector, there is more in play than just the book. “A book collection is not like assembling a coin collection,” advised Michael Slicker, Worthpoint’s expert on antique and collectible books, prints and ephemera. “It really is an act of creation.” “It isn’t […]

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