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Provenance Research in Book History - A Handbook (Hardcover, New edition): David Pearson Provenance Research in Book History - A Handbook (Hardcover, New edition)
David Pearson
R1,386 Discovery Miles 13 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since this handbook was first published in 1994, interest in the book as a material object, and in the ways in which books have been owned, read and used, has burgeoned. Now established as a standard reference work, this book has been revised and expanded with a new set of over 200 colour illustrations, updated bibliographies and extended international coverage of libraries and online resources. It covers the history and understanding of inscriptions, bookplates, ink and binding stamps, mottoes and heraldry, and describes how to identify owners and track down books from particular collections via library and sale catalogues. Each section features an evaluated bibliography listing further sources, both online and in print. Illustrated examples of the many kinds of ownership evidence which can be found in books are also shown throughout. Relevant to anyone seeking to identify previous owners of books, or trace private libraries, this title will also support the work of all book historians interested in the history of reading or the use of books and in the book as a material object. An essential handbook for anyone working in provenance research.

Collecting Children's Books (Hardcover, 3): Jonathan Scott, "Book & Magazine Collector" Collecting Children's Books (Hardcover, 3)
Jonathan Scott, "Book & Magazine Collector" 2
R553 R421 Discovery Miles 4 210 Save R132 (24%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The world's definitive guide to identifying and valuing collectable children's books. A treasure trove of classic books from "Alive in Wonderland" to "Harry Potter". Includes a listing of over 15,000 titles by the most collectable authors with current values of all first editions.

The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects - War Museum of the Boer Republics (Hardcover): Johan Van Zyl The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects - War Museum of the Boer Republics (Hardcover)
Johan Van Zyl; War Museum of The Boer Republics
R290 R232 Discovery Miles 2 320 Save R58 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The Anglo-Boer War in 100 Objects brings the victories and the tragedies, the full extent of the human drama behind this war – to life through 100 iconic artefacts.

While a Mafeking siege note helps to illustrate the acute shortages caused by the siege, a spade used by a Scottish soldier at Magersfontein and the boots of a Boer soldier who died at Spion Kop tell of the severity of some of the famous battles.

The book follows the course of the war but also highlights specific themes, such as British and Boer weaponry, medical services, POW camps, as well as major role-players on both sides.

The text is interspersed with striking historical images from the museum’s photographic collection. A further 200 secondary objects have been included to help tell the story of a conflict that left an indelible mark on the South African landscape.

Portrait of Route 66 - Images from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives (Hardcover): T Lindsay Baker Portrait of Route 66 - Images from the Curt Teich Postcard Archives (Hardcover)
T Lindsay Baker; Foreword by Joe Sonderman
R877 R726 Discovery Miles 7 260 Save R151 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

By the time Route 66 received its official numerical designation in 1926, picture postcards had become popular travel souvenirs. At the time, these postcards with colorful images served as advertisements for roadside businesses. While cherished by collectors, these postcard depictions do not always reflect reality. They often present instead a view enhanced for promotional purposes. Portrait of Route 66 lets us see for the first time the actual photographs from which the postcards were made, and in describing how the production process worked, introduces us to an extraordinary archival collection, adding new history to this iconic road. The Curt Teich Postcard Archives, held at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, Illinois, contains one of the nation's largest collections of Route 66 images, including thousands of job files for postcards produced by Curt Teich and Company of Chicago. T. Lindsay Baker combed these files to choose the best examples of postcards and their accompanying photographs not only to reflect well-known sites along the route but also to demonstrate the relationships between photographs and their resulting postcards. The photographs show the reality of the locations that customers sometimes wanted ""improved"" for aesthetic purposes in creating the postcards. Such alterations included removing utility poles or automobile traffic and rendering overcast skies partly cloudy. This book will interest historians of art and design as well as the worldwide audiences of Route 66 aficionados and postcard collectors. For its mining of an invaluable and little-known photographic archive and depiction of high-quality photographs that have not been seen before, Portrait of Route 66 will be irresistible to all who are interested in American history and culture.

Words On Paper - Reflections Of An Incurable Collector (Hardcover): Jeff Fisher Words On Paper - Reflections Of An Incurable Collector (Hardcover)
Jeff Fisher 3
R485 R388 Discovery Miles 3 880 Save R97 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

If you like true stories about real people, are intrigued by serendipity, curious about curiosities, or maybe you are a collector yourself, then this book is for you.

The collecting and researching of any collectable is an intense and pleasurable pastime. The author’s passion for more than half a century has been for collecting handwritten, original letters, antique documents, manuscripts, old share certificates, fire insurance policies, photographs and maps.

The writers of these words on paper include kings and queens, presidents and prime ministers, admirals and generals, actors and authors, judges and prisoners, philosophers, statesmen, scientists, and sportsmen. Some were famous, some infamous, some important, others less so. Many you will know about; with others, only their names may be familiar. There’s Admiral Nelson, and the Duke of Wellington; there are queens Elizabeth I and II and kings George III, IV and VI; presidents Eisenhower, Kruger, and Mandela are here; prime ministers Botha, Hertzog and Smuts; explorers Scott and Shackleton. There’s Faraday and De la Rey, and many more, including two controversial giants of history – Napoleon and Rhodes.

The chapters need not be read in any set order, although there is an underlying thread linking them to the life of the author that enabled this eclectic collection to evolve in the way it did.

Vintage Advertising - An A to Z (Paperback): Julie Anne Lambert Vintage Advertising - An A to Z (Paperback)
Julie Anne Lambert
R558 R460 Discovery Miles 4 600 Save R98 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

How did the advertisers of the past sell magnetic corsets, carbolic smoke balls or even the first televisions? Which celebrities endorsed products? How did innovations in printing techniques and packaging design play a part in the evolution of advertising? And what can these items tell us about transport, war, politics and even the royal family? 'Vintage Advertising: An A to Z' takes a fresh look at historical advertising through a series of thematic and chronological juxtapositions. Richly illustrated from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera at the Bodleian Library, this book features a range of topics from Art to Zeitgeist, showcasing how nineteenth- and early twentieth-century advertisements often capture the spirit of their age and can be rich repositories of information about our past.

Secrets of the Great Ocean Liners (Hardcover): John G. Sayers Secrets of the Great Ocean Liners (Hardcover)
John G. Sayers
R650 R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Save R125 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Before the advent of commercial transatlantic flights in the early 1950s, the only way to travel between continents was by sea. In the golden age of ocean liners, between the late nineteenth century and the Second World War, shipping companies ensured their vessels were a home away from home, providing entertainment, dining, sleeping quarters and smoking lounges to accommodate passengers of all ages and budgets, for voyages that could last as long as three months. Secrets of the Great Ocean Liners leads the reader through each of the stages - and secrets - of ocean liner travel, from booking a ticket and choosing a cabin to shore excursions, dining, on-board games, social events, romances, and disembarking on arrival. Additional chapters disclose wartime voyages and disasters at sea. The shipping companies produced glamorous brochures, sailing schedules, voyage logs, passenger lists, postcards and menus, all of which help us to savour the challenges, etiquette and luxury of ocean liner travel. Diaries, letters and journals written on board also reveal a host of behind-the-scenes secrets and fascinating insights into the experience of travelling by sea. This book dives into a vast, unique collection to reveal the scandals, glamour, challenges and tragedies of ocean liner travel.

A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (Paperback, Facsimile of 1590 ed): Thomas Hariot A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (Paperback, Facsimile of 1590 ed)
Thomas Hariot
R1,115 Discovery Miles 11 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For more than 400 years, scholars from an array of disciplines have recognized Theodor de Bry's 1590 edition of Thomas Hariot's A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia as a book whose influence shaped contemporary European perceptions of North America, as well as subsequent research on that period for centuries to come.

The book, upon which the present volume is based, is from the collections of the Library at the Mariners' Museum. It is extremely rare, containing hand-colored illustrations from the period, and is one of only three recorded copies with colored plates. This complete facsimile edition presents de Bry's exceptional engravings, based on John White's sixteenth-century watercolors, in their original hand-colored form. The book is available in paperback and as a limited cloth edition of two hundred numbered copies. Both editions are printed by the award-winning Stinehour Press.

As the first volume in de Bry's celebrated Grand Voyages, a series of publications chronicling many of the earliest expeditions to the Americas, this book, which incorporates a 1588 text by Thomas Hariot, was illustrated and published in four languages. It became for many Europeans their first glimpse of the American continent. Accompanying the Latin facsimile is an English text. The first section is modernized from earlier versions of the English, and the second part, which accompanies the plates, is newly translated from the original Latin.

In addition to a valuable introduction, the book includes two illuminating essays. The first, by Karen Ordahl Kupperman, examines the early American settlement and tells how a collaboration between the writer and mathematician Thomas Hariot and the artist John White (later governor of the Roanoke Colony) evolved into a rich study not only of English colonial life but of the Indian culture and the natural resources of the region. The second essay, by Peter Stallybrass, uncovers new information in the much studied plates and presents an intriguing theory about the creation and importance of the engravings.

This facsimile edition will appeal to students and scholars in several fields of study, from American history and ethnography to fine arts and the history of the book, and will provide the reader with the best illustration of the New World as it was first presented to the Old.

Published for the Library at the Mariner's Museum

The Constitution of the United States of America (Hardcover): The Constitution Usa The Constitution of the United States of America (Hardcover)
The Constitution Usa
R293 Discovery Miles 2 930 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Romeo & Juliette Minibook (Hardcover): William Shakespeare Romeo & Juliette Minibook (Hardcover)
William Shakespeare
R498 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R134 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Dracula Lined Journal. (Hardcover): Dracula Dracula Lined Journal. (Hardcover)
R317 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R86 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Manuscript Hunter - Brasseur de Bourbourg's Travels through Central America and Mexico, 1854-1859 (Hardcover): Charles... The Manuscript Hunter - Brasseur de Bourbourg's Travels through Central America and Mexico, 1854-1859 (Hardcover)
Charles Etienne Brasseur De Bourbourg (; Edited by Katia Sainson
R1,040 Discovery Miles 10 400 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In two decades of traveling throughout Mexico, Central America, and Europe, French priest Charles Etienne Brasseur de Bourbourg (1814-1874) amassed hundreds of indigenous manuscripts and printed books, including grammars and vocabularies that brought to light languages and cultures little known at the time. Although his efforts yielded many of the foundational texts of Mesoamerican studies - the pre-Columbian Codex Troana, the only known copies of the Popol Vuh and the indigenous dance drama Rabinal-Achi, and Diego De Landa's Relacian de la cosas de Yucatan - Brasseur earned disdain among scholars for his theories linking Maya writings to the mythical continent of Atlantis. In The Manuscript Hunter, translator Katia Sainson reasserts his standing as the founder of modern Maya studies, presenting three of his travel writings in English for the first time. While civil wars raged throughout Mexico and Central America and foreign interests sought access to the region's rich resources, Brasseur focused on uncovering Mesoamerica's mysterious past by examining its ancient manuscripts and living oral traditions. His ""Notes from a Voyage in Central America,"" ""From Guatemala City to Rabinal,"" and Voyage across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec document his travels in search of these texts and traditions. Brasseur's writings weave vivid geographical descriptions of Central America and Mexico during the mid-1800s with keen social and political analysis, all steeped in vast knowledge of the region's history and interest in its indigenous cultures. Coupled with Sainson's thoughtful introduction and annotations, these captivating, accessible accounts reveal Brasseur de Bourbourg's true accomplishments and offer an unrivaled view of the birth of Mesoamerican studies in the nineteenth century. Brasseur's writings not only depict Central America and Mexico through the eyes of a European traveler at a key moment, but also illuminate the remarkable efforts of one man to understand and preserve Mesoamerica's cultural traditions for all time.

The Ormesby Psalter - Patrons and Artists in Medieval East Anglia (Paperback): Frederica C. E. Law-Turner The Ormesby Psalter - Patrons and Artists in Medieval East Anglia (Paperback)
Frederica C. E. Law-Turner
R786 Discovery Miles 7 860 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Ormesby Psalter is perhaps the most magnificent yet enigmatic of the great Gothic psalters produced in East Anglia in the first half of the fourteenth century. Its pages boast a wealth of decoration picked out in rich colours and burnished gold, and its margins are inhabited by a vibrant crew of beasts, birds and insects. Fantastic imagery proliferates: musicians, mermaids, lovers and warriors are juxtaposed with scenes from everyday life, from chivalric legend, and from folk-tales, fables and riddles. The psalter takes its name from Robert of Ormesby, subprior at Norwich Cathedral Priory in the 1330s. He was not the first owner, however, and it has long been acknowledged that the writing, decoration and binding of the book took place in a series of distinct phases from the late thirteenth to the mid-fourteenth century. The final result was the work of four or five scribes and up to seven illuminators and its pages show a panorama of stylistic development. Unravelling its complexities has sometimes been thought to hold the key to understanding the 'East Anglian School', a group of large, luxury manuscripts connected with Norwich Cathedral and Norfolk churches and patrons. This book casts an entirely new light on its history, not only clarifying and dating the successive phases of production, but associating the main work on the manuscript with the patronage of John de Warenne, Earl of Surrey, one of the greatest magnates of the time. It is extensively illustrated with full-page colour reproductions of the manuscript's main decorated folios, as well as many smaller initials and numerous comparative illustrations.

Korean Treasures: Volume 2 - Rare Books, Manuscripts and Artefacts in the Bodleian Libraries and Museums of Oxford University... Korean Treasures: Volume 2 - Rare Books, Manuscripts and Artefacts in the Bodleian Libraries and Museums of Oxford University (Hardcover)
Minh Chung
R916 Discovery Miles 9 160 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many important and valuable rare books, manuscripts and artefacts related to Korea have been acquired by donations throughout the long history of the Bodleian Libraries and the museums of the University of Oxford. However, due to an early lack of specialist knowledge in this area, many of these Korean items were largely neglected. Following on from the publication of the first volume of these forgotten treasures, this book collects together further important and often unique objects. Notable items include the only surviving Korean example of an eighteenth-century world map, hand-drawn, with a set of twelve globe gores on a single sheet; rare Korean coins and charms including excellent examples of the 1423 Choson t'ongbo ; official correspondence from the archives of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, shining a light on the history of Christian missions from the opening of Korea in the 1880s until after the Korean War; photographs from the end of the nineteenth century up to the 1960s showing village and street scenes; a rare silk coat with inner armour plates of lacquered hide; a massive iron padlock inlaid with silver character inscriptions, bronze shoes and Nightingale robe; spectacles with dark crystal lenses and frames of horn; an elaborately decorated bow, arrows and quiver and many other rare artefacts.

Weddings - Vintage People on Photo Postcards (Hardcover, New): Tom Phillips Weddings - Vintage People on Photo Postcards (Hardcover, New)
Tom Phillips; Foreword by Giles Waterfield
R401 R243 Discovery Miles 2 430 Save R158 (39%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

To celebrate the acquisition of the archive of distinguished artist Tom Phillips, the Bodleian Library asked the artist to assemble and design a series of books drawing on his themed collection of over 50,000 photographic postcards. These encompass the first half of the twentieth century, a period in which, thanks to the ever cheaper medium of photography, ordinary people could afford to purchase their own portraits. These portraits allowed individuals to create and embellish their own self images, presenting themselves as they wished to be seen within the trends and social mores of their time. Each book in the series contains two hundred images chosen from a visually rich vein of social history. Their back covers also feature thematically linked paintings, specially created for each title, from Phillips's signature work, " A Humument." "Weddings" captures all the excitement and drama of the stages of the ceremony from preparations to wedding vehicles to family and friends in lively scenes in churches and homes. These unique and visually stunning books offer a rich glimpse of forgotten times and will be greatly valued by art and history lovers alike. "These images are captivating visual vignettes. We may not know who the subjects are, but the postcards offer us a glimpse of their interests, their time, and their world. Tom Phillips's exceptional collection gives us a fascinating chance to retrieve something of these lives."--Sandy Nairne, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London "Picture postcards from a century ago capture unique moments in time and place and are a wonderful social history record. Tom Phillips is adept at seeking out and choosing amazingly evocative postcard images."--Brian Lund, editor, "Picture Postcard Monthly"

Harry and Meghan The Wedding Paper Dolls (Paperback): Eileen Miller Harry and Meghan The Wedding Paper Dolls (Paperback)
Eileen Miller 1
R187 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R31 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Hamlet Minibook - Prince of Denmark (Hardcover): William Shakespeare Hamlet Minibook - Prince of Denmark (Hardcover)
William Shakespeare
R498 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R134 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This title includes a book & a slipcase. "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark", or more simply "Hamlet", is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601. The play, set in Denmark, recounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts the course of real and feigned madness - from overwhelming grief to seething rage - and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.

Bodleian Library: High Jinks Bookshelves (Foiled Pocket Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition): Flame Tree Studio Bodleian Library: High Jinks Bookshelves (Foiled Pocket Journal) (Notebook / blank book, New edition)
Flame Tree Studio
R182 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R20 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed, then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features Bodleian Library: High Jinks Bookshelves.

Picture of Dorian Gray Lined Journal. (Hardcover): Gray. Picture of Dorian Gray Lined Journal. (Hardcover)
R317 R231 Discovery Miles 2 310 Save R86 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Studies in Bibliography, v. 59 (Hardcover, New): David L. Vander Meulen Studies in Bibliography, v. 59 (Hardcover, New)
David L. Vander Meulen
R1,938 R1,375 Discovery Miles 13 750 Save R563 (29%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The fifty-ninth volume of "Studies in Bibliography" continues its tradition of presenting a wide range of articles by international scholars on bibliography, textual criticism, and other aspects of the study of books.

This volume opens with an excerpt from a forthcoming memoir by the eminent bibliographical and textual scholar G. Thomas Tanselle. Articles range in topic from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century and from manuscript production to the distribution of books by American bookstores. In a tour de force of bibliographical analysis, one piece examines the implications of inked pages that leave their images on adjacent leaves, and another provides new insights into the vexed question of the canon of Daniel Defoe. An advertisement for an early piracy of writings by Mark Twain and Bret Harte provides a springboard for a deeply contextual essay that demonstrates the complex interrelationships of the world of publishing and authorship, while another article on nineteenth-century books brings to light rare bindings issued by a major English publisher.

Among the articles and their authors are:

"Extracts from The Living Room: A Memoir," G. Thomas Tanselle, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; "Merton College, MS 68: Production and Texts," Ralph Hanna, Keble College, Oxford; "Beyond Furbank and Owens: A New Consideration of the Evidence for the 'Defoe' Canon," Ashley Marshall, University of Nevada, Reno; "Offset Evidence in Edward Young's The Centaur Not Fabulous," James E. May, Penn State University, DuBois; "Mark Twain and Bret Harte: A Mysterious Early Piracy in Context," Richard Bucci, Mark Twain Project; "Wilkie Collins in Smith, Elder Boards 1865-66," Geoffrey Hargreaves; "Directories of American Bookstores to 1950: Addenda & Corrigenda," Michael Winship, University of Texas at Austin.

Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia

Idea of a New General History of North America - An Account of Colonial Native Mexico (Hardcover, Annotated edition): Lorenzo... Idea of a New General History of North America - An Account of Colonial Native Mexico (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Lorenzo Boturini Benaduci; Translated by Stafford Poole; Foreword by Susan Schroeder
R1,149 Discovery Miles 11 490 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Spaniard originally from Italy, the polymath Lorenzo Boturini Benaduci (1702-1753), known as Boturini, traveled to New Spain in 1736. Becoming fascinated by the Mesoamerican cultures of the New World, he collected and copied native writings - and learned Nahuatl, the language in which most of these documents were written. Boturini's incomparable collection - confiscated, neglected, and dispersed after the Spanish crown condemned his intellectual pursuits - became the basis of his Idea of a New General History of North America. The volume, completed in 1746 and written almost entirely from memory, is presented here in English for the first time, along with the Catalogo, Boturini's annotated enumeration of the works he had gathered in New Spain. Stafford Poole's lucid and nuanced translation of the Idea and Catalogo allows Anglophone readers to fully appreciate Boturini's unique accomplishment and his unparalleled and sympathetic knowledge of the native peoples of eighteenth-century Mexico. Poole's introduction puts Boturini's feat of memory and scholarship into historical context: Boturini was documenting the knowledge and skills of native Americans whom most Europeans were doing their utmost to denigrate. Through extensive, thoughtful annotations, Poole clarifies Boturini's references to Greco-Roman mythology, authors from classical antiquity, humanist works, ecclesiastical and legal sources, and terms in Nahuatl, Spanish, Latin, and Italian. In his notes to the Catalogo, he points readers to transcriptions and translations of the original materials in Boturini's archive that exist today. Invaluable for the new light they shed on Mesoamerican language, knowledge, culture, and religious practices, the Idea of a New General History of North America and the Catalogo also offer a rare perspective on the intellectual practices and prejudices of the Bourbon era - and on one of the most curious and singular minds of the time.

Kate & Meghan Paper Dolls (Paperback): Eileen Rudisill Miller Kate & Meghan Paper Dolls (Paperback)
Eileen Rudisill Miller
R237 R197 Discovery Miles 1 970 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Greetings from Strange Planet (Hardcover): Nathan W Pyle Greetings from Strange Planet (Hardcover)
Nathan W Pyle
R320 R264 Discovery Miles 2 640 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Jackie Morris Queen of the Sky (Postcard book or pack): Jackie Morris Jackie Morris Queen of the Sky (Postcard book or pack)
Jackie Morris; Illustrated by Jackie Morris
R332 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R58 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Casanova Was A Book Lover - And Other Naked Truths and Provocative Curiosities about the Writing, Selling, and Reading of Books... Casanova Was A Book Lover - And Other Naked Truths and Provocative Curiosities about the Writing, Selling, and Reading of Books (Hardcover)
John Maxwell Hamilton
R656 R542 Discovery Miles 5 420 Save R114 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Everyone knows which books people buy; they can just look at the best-seller lists. But who knows which books people steal? Who, for that matter, knows that authors ruin the book market by writing too much? Or why book critics are not critical? Or why librarians need to throw out more books? Who, indeed, knows the answer to that all important question in our democracy: should presidents and presidential candidates write books? (The answer is no.)

In this irreverent analysis of the book industry, John Maxwell Hamilton -- a longtime journalist and public radio commentator -- answers these questions and many more, proving that the best way to study books is not to take them too seriously. He provides a rich history of the book -- from the days when monks laboriously hand-copied texts to the recent tidal wave of Titanic tie-ins -- and gives a succinct overview of the state of the industry today, including writing, marketing, promoting, reviewing, ghost-writing, and collecting.

Throughout, Hamilton peppers his prose with spicy tidbits of information that will fascinate bibliophiles everywhere. For instance, did you know that Walt Whitman was fired from a government job because his boss found Leaves of Grass, and its author, immoral? Or that the most stolen books in the United States are the Bible, followed by The Joy of Sex? How about that Dan Quayle's 1989 Christmas card read "May our nation continue to be a beakon of hope to the world?" Or that Casanova was an ardent lover of books as well as women?

Hamilton offers an inside look at the history and business of book reviewing, explaining why, more often than not, reviewers resemble "counselors at a self-esteem camp" and examining theenormous impact of the "Oprah effect" on the market. As the self-appointed Emily Post of the book world, he advises publishers, authors, and readers on proper etiquette for everything from book parties ("Feel free to build a party around a theme in a book, no matter how tacky") and jacket photos ("You should not show off your new baby unless [your] book [is] about raising kids"), to book signings ("Just because an author has given you an autograph does not mean they want to become your pen pal") and promotion by friends and relatives ("They should carry the book at all times on public transportation with the cover showing").

Both edifying and enjoyable, Casanova Was a Book Lover fills a Grand Canyon -- sized void in the literature on literature. It is indispensable for book enthusiasts who want to know the naked truth about reading, writing, and publishing.

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