Saturday, April 16, 2011

English Literary Manuscripts - rare books, antiquarian books, manuscripts, autographs, first editions, illustrated books, maps ... | ILAB-LILA

English Literary Manuscripts
"Most collectors in this field begin by acquiring a letter or manuscript of their favourite author. This first impulse, usually accompanied by a delightful bewilderment that it is at all possible to obtain anything in the autograph of a writer whose genius has touched them, is prompted by the purest desire, sadly often later abandoned, to collect pieces directly related to personal interests. Acting on this impulse makes over-priced purchases easier to accommodate; gives the beginner real advantages over rivals and dealers; and, depending on the nature of the interest and its degrees of novelty and specialisation, may put the novice ahead of the market."

Old book bindings at the Merton College library.Image via Wikipedia

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