Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places (Paperback)
Feed your inner bibliophile with this volume on unearthed rare and antiquarian books.
Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In Rare Books Uncovered, expert on rare and antiquarian books Rebecca Rego Barry recounts the stories of remarkable discoveries from the world of book collecting.
Read about the family whose discovery in their attic of a copy of Action Comics No. 1--the first appearance of Superman-saved their home from foreclosure. Or the Salt Lake City bookseller who volunteered for a local fundraiser--and came across a 500-year-old copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle. Or the collector who, while browsing his local thrift shop, found a collectible copy of Calvary in China--inscribed by the author to the collector's grandfather. These tales and many others will entertain and inspire casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike.
Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has written about books for Preservation, the Barnes & Noble Review, The Awl, the Daily News/Page Views, American Libraries, Publishers Weekly, and many other periodicals, as well as WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She is Victoria magazine's 2014 Writer-in-Residence.
Rebecca has been in the book business for over 15 years. After graduating from Syracuse University with degrees in English and Journalism, she joined the venerable publishing house of Simon & Schuster in New York. She moved on to Drew University, completing a masters degree in book history and serving as the preservation and archives associate in charge of the university's archives. She later completed postgraduate courses in archives and special collections at Drew University, the American Antiquarian Society, and the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. After relocating to the Hudson Valley, she spent a year as a reference librarian at Marist College before joining Fine Books & Collections.
Nicholas A. Basbanes is an author and America's foremost historian of books and book culture. Among his nine published books are the acclaimed A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books and On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History. In addition to his books, Mr. Basbanes has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian, and many other periodicals. He and his wife Constance live in Massachusetts.
"...a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector." - Washington Post
"Rare Books Uncovered celebrates books, collectors, and the thrill of the hunt" - Victoria Magazine
"Rebecca Rego Barry's Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places is one of the finest books about books ever written." - American Book Collecting