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The Story of Howl by Allen Ginsberg

In this short film Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark recounts the daring and controversy behind the 1956 publication of Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and the start of the Beat movement….


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Stories About Books3.17.15

The Radical Roots of Gulliver’s Travels

A first edition, first issue ("Teerink A")

Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast. Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveller; he Served human liberty. –W.B. Yeats, The Winding Stair


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The Secret Language of Rare Books: Morocco

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Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting…


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Stories About Books3.2.15

Les Dîners de Gala by Salvador Dalí

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Giving new meaning to the term “celebrity chef,” artist Salvador Dalí released a fantastic cookbook in 1973, dedicated to his wife. The work, Les Dîners de Gala is an opulent,…

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The Story Behind A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Las Vegas bookseller Christy Shannon explores the creation of this famous dystopian novel.  

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The Secret Language of Rare Books: Doublures

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Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting…


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Collecting rare books and autographs of American Presidents

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If you love American history, you may find a particular joy in collecting rare books related to the nation’s presidents. For many, the presidency holds an exceptional fascination as a…


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Stories About Books1.20.15

The Society of Cincinnati

Certificate of Membership for the Society of Cincinnati, signed by George Washington (BRB 103275)

In 1783, hard on the heels of the American Revolution, a group of Continental Army and Navy officers founded the Society of Cincinnati. 

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The Story Behind The Elements of Geometrie by Euclid

Las Vegas bookseller James Russell discusses the monumental influence of Euclid’s magnum opus.

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Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 20th Century

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The previous post featured classic children’s books from the 19th century by Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Carlo Collodi, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Now…


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Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 19th Century

First editions of The Jungle Books (BRB #101753)

Children’s books are one of the most popular subjects for giving and collecting rare books. Who can resist the charms of the memorable stories and characters from the classic works…