Collecting Used and Rare Books

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  1. AmateisGal

    AmateisGal I'll Lock Up

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    Remember that scene in The Big Sleep where Humphrey Bogart goes to the used and rare bookstore and talks to Dorothy Malone? In that scene, he asks her if she has a Ben Hur, 1860, third edition, with a duplicated line on page 116. She goes and looks at a book to look it up.

    My question: what was that book? Is it a book listing all first editions? Or...?

    I ask because my character works in a rare and used bookstore. I want to be as authentic as I can in writing her world, but even though I LOVE books, I'm afraid I don't know much about this world. I found a great resource here https://pages.bookstellyouwhy.com/rare-books which is great for telling me how to do things NOW.

    But, how did they do them in the 1930s and 1940s?

    I figured if anyone on the planet would know, it was people here at the Fedora Lounge!
     
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  2. Bugguy

    Bugguy A-List Customer

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    Sorry, I can't help. But I appreciated the link.
    I've never owned a rare book, but I've bought my share of old books thinking they should be rare. I guess mildew and dust doesn't establish provenance. Looks like I'll be refining my tastes. Thanks!
     
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  3. AmateisGal

    AmateisGal I'll Lock Up

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    If I had the money, I'd invest in some rare books. As it is, I just have a huge bookshelf full of books I've read and books I want to read. Books are like old friends to me.
     
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  4. M Hatman

    M Hatman My Mail is Forwarded Here

    They did indeed have books on books (catalogs really) of famous library and individual collections as well as auction catalogs. Here is an example of one from my own collection from 1935 (I have others):
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    Hope that helps.......
     
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  5. AmateisGal

    AmateisGal I'll Lock Up

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    Oh cool! Thank you!
     
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