Richard Minsky’s Native American Theme Exhibition

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On Saturday, March 29, 2014 we were back on the road again, this time to attend Richard Minsky’s latest exhibition, Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933.   The exhibition was held at his home and gallery in Hudson, New York, and coincides with the upcoming publication of his latest exquisite catalog of this book collection.

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20140329_155751_resized_2There is much to grab your attention upon entering, even before you get to the book gallery.

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In the book gallery at Richard Minsky's.  The woman in the center of the pic facing camera (blue jacket) is Janet Steins of Tozzer library of anthropology at Harvard.

In the book gallery at Richard Minsky’s. Facing us in the center of photo, woman in blue jacket at end of glass case is Janet Steins of the Tozzer Library of Anthropology at Harvard.

This was the first “subject” theme exhibition in Minsky’s series covering the Golden Age of publisher’s bindings.  It features beautiful decorative and pictorial cover designs incorporating Native American themes which were created by artists such as Margaret Armstrong, Frank Hazenplug, Rome K. Richardson, George W. Hood, The Decorative Designers, and many others.

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"The Indian Book" The design of Richard's latest catalog is based on this book's cover

“The Indians’ Book”
The design of Richard Minsky’s latest catalog is based on this book’s cover. Original was an unsigned cover design, likely by Angel de Cora ((Hinook Mahiwi Kilinaka, Winnebago) Harper and Brothers, 1907

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Richard Minsky, his lovely and talented life partner Barbara, and my husband Ron sharing a laugh

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Richard’s exhibitions are well attended by a wide range of delightful and interesting book people, including rare book librarians from large universities, authors, book collectors, friends and bibliophiles…and a select few rare book dealers who he purchases his stock from!!

Richard Minsky (left); Rebecca Rego Barry and husband Jeff (center), and me

Richard Minsky (left); Rebecca Rego Barry, Editor of Fine Books Magazine and husband Brett (center)… and me

Ina Saltz, art director, designer, author,  and Professor of Art at The City College of New York

Ina Saltz, art director, designer, author, and Professor of Art at The City College of New York

There are so many fascinating conversations going on, you have to keep moving to take it all in…

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Richard and Barbara are excellent hosts, and they make sure a good time is had by all…

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Richard talking with Joan K. Davidson (wearing red), President of Furthermore grants in publishing and former Chairman of the NY State Council on the Arts.

Here is part of the workshop in the gallery where Richard does his fine book binding…

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Can’t wait to have our copy of the catalog in our hands!  For information on obtaining your own personal copy of Richard Minsky’s  Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933 click HERE.  

 

 

 

Black Swan Books – Lexington, KY

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The last book shop stop we made on this trip was in Lexington, Kentucky at Black Swan Books.   We had visited the shop two years ago, and were happy to find it still as nice as we remembered it to be.

There is street parking in front of the store and we found a spot without difficulty.

Black Swan Books, 505 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY

Black Swan Books, 505 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY

This shop has been in business since 1984, and is run by J. Michael Courtney.   Here one can comfortably browse the pleasant spacious rooms filled with neatly shelved books in a wide variety of genres.  The books are  in clean, solid condition.

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The shop offers Americana, Kentuckiana, Military History, Literature, Art, Poetry, Horticulture, Modern Firsts, Modern Library Editions and more.  There is a beautiful rare book room containing a wide variety of collectible books.

Rare book room at Black Swan Books, Lexington, KY

Rare book room at Black Swan Books, Lexington, KY

We found several nice decorated cloth bindings here (Michael has collected them himself for years).

Black Swan has something for every serious book lover in a wide price range (reading quality to highly collectible).  Prices are moderate…but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t some good natured dealer-to-dealer haggling going on, as you can see below…

Michael and Ron negotiating

Michael and Ron

I told Michael he wins the prize for the nicest book store restroom.  Sorry, I didn’t take a photo — you’ll have to stop in and see for yourself!  Bring a friend.

Make sure you check back soon for our 2014 Spring book scouting trip summary.  We’ll show you some of our finds, and  share a few stories I may have left out along the way.

 

 

 

 

Book Scouting in Tennessee and Kentucky

Our travels took us northward again on I-75 into Tennessee.  Our first book shop stop was  The Book Company in Chattanooga.  This is a family-owned used book store which carries both reading quality and collectible books.

The Book Company, 3205 Old Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, TN

The Book Company, 3205 Old Ringgold Rd., Chattanooga, TN

The store offers a large selection of both hardcover and softcover books in all genres.  The staff was friendly and helpful! They have been in business for 35 years, 5 years at their present location. They have easy access free parking.

Interior view of The Book Company - Chattanooga, TN

Interior view of The Book Company – Chattanooga, TN

We purchased a decorated cloth binding and several Modern Library Editions here.  They did have a very nice fore edge painting book!  Most of their collectible stock is offered only online.

Checking out at The Book Company, Chattanooga, TN

Our second stop in Chattanooga was downtown at All Books. We found on-street parking right near the store.

All Books, Inc., 410 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN

All Books, Inc., 410 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN

All Books is a huge one-floor store that is now in the process of conversion to a yarn store (!)  The store has been open since 1989 and is owned by Polly Henry.  There is an inventory of about 50,000 books (mostly hardcover) in varying conditions, and many are of collectible quality.  I think there may be some collectible quality yarn there too!!

Interior of All Books, Inc. - Chattanooga, TN

Interior of All Books, Inc. – Chattanooga, TN

Here we purchased an 18th century cookbook, some decorated bindings, and a few Modern Library Editions.

Me and Polly packing up our treasures

Me and Polly packing up our treasures

After we loaded our booty in the car, Polly was nice enough to come out and tell us about another downtown area book store.  Unfortunately, time was up for us in Chattanooga — we were already behind schedule in our northward travel.

Our next stop will be in Lexington, Kentucky!

 

A Visit to Dogwood Books – Rome, Georgia

Before saying goodbye to Georgia we left I-75 and traveled west on Rte. 411 to the charming city of Rome.  Tucked in the foothills of the ancient Appalachian Mountains, this city of about 96,ooo people boasts three rivers (Etowah, Oostanaula and Coosa), one university and two colleges.  The highway through the rolling hills and pine forests was beautiful ride, and the approach to the city had lovely flowering trees.

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Here we visited Dogwood Books, a used & rare book shop which carries over 20,000 books and is the largest used book store in Northwest Georgia.

Dogwood Books, 240 Broad St., Rome, Georgia

Dogwood Books, 240 Broad St., Rome, Georgia

The store is owned by Kenneth Studdard, and has two floors of   inventory in a wide variety of genres, with a nice selection of children’s series books, signed collectible books, mystery, literature, and non-fiction categories.  The store is spacious, neat and well arranged. Below are some interior views of Dogwood Books:

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Second floor, Dogwood Books, Rome, GA

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First floor viewed from second floor staircase, Dogwood Books

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Second floor, Dogwood Books

Kenneth Studdard, Proprietor of Dogwood Books (and me)

Kenneth Studdard, Proprietor of Dogwood Books (and me)

This store is definitely worth a visit if you are a book lover, and if you go, plan to spend some time — there is a lot to look over.  And it’s such a pretty city at every turn, you may want to explore it further than we were able to…

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for our book scouting adventure was pulling us northward to Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Join us there in our next post!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Scouting in Georgia

As we headed north into Georgia, our first stop was to be Books Again in Decatur, GA on Atlanta’s edge.   Usually we call ahead before arriving at a store (just to make sure the store is open and the location hasn’t changed), but we didn’t this time.  When we arrived we were sadly disappointed to find the store empty.  A call to the store owner rang but went unanswered.  Disappointing, because we had been here two years before and really enjoyed this shop!

We moved on to Atlanta Vintage Books in Chamblee, Georgia just a few miles away.

Atlanta Vintage Books, 3660 Clairmont Rd., Chamblee, GA

Atlanta Vintage Books, 3660 Clairmont Rd., Chamblee, GA

We visited this shop about two years ago and we are happy to report that this store is still thriving.  In business for over twenty years, the store has 5,000 square feet of space on two floors and over 70,000 books.  Inventory ranges from reading quality to highly collectible.

Inside Atlanta Vintage Books

Inside Atlanta Vintage Books

The folks here are always friendly and helpful! This was our second visit to Atlanta Vintage Books; we posted a blog about this store two years ago when we traveled through the area.

Proprietor Bob Roarty (Atlanta Vintage Books) with Ron

Proprietor Bob Roarty (Atlanta Vintage Books) with Ron

Moving north, we stopped for the evening in Acworth, one of our favorite Georgia towns.  We always look forward to eating at Henry’s Louisiana Grille!

Henry's Louisiana Grill, Acworth, GA

Henry’s Louisiana Grill, Acworth, GA

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crawfish races in Henry’s Louisiana Grill – proceeds go to charity

Crawfish boil dinner at Henry's

Crawfish boil dinner at Henry’s

After eating a superb meal at Henry’s, we wandered up the street and discovered this wonderful book store, and to our delight, it was still open…

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Acworth Book Store and Coffee Shop, Acworth, Georgia

This store stocks new books, used books, local history, gifts and some of the best coffee I’ve ever tasted!  The store is owned by Guy W. Condra, and he is very knowledgeable about the area’s history.  He also had some interesting antiquarian books and signed local history in his store. We made some purchases, including a German WWII “cigarette stamp” book, complete with original dust jacket.

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Here I am with Guy Condra, Proprietor of Acworth Bookstore & Coffee Shop – Acworth, Georgia

In the store we also had the pleasure of meeting Todd Beckett (below) enthusiastic publisher of the local newspaper, the Northside News, which serves the communities of Acworth and Kennesaw, Georgia.

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Todd Beckett holding the first edition, first issue of the Northside News!

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Guy and Todd were wonderful hosts and put the crowning touch on our evening in Acworth!

The Old Book Store – Madison, Florida

After spending time at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg, we headed the car north toward New York State, stopping to visit open antiquarian, used & rare book stores along the way.

We like to visit used book stores in out-of-the way places, and so we found Lucille Cherry running The Old Book Store in the little town of Madison, Florida.  Madison has a population of about 3,000 people, is the county seat of Madison County, located in the Florida panhandle about 55 miles east of Tallahassee.  It is home to North Florida Community College.

Lucille Cherry, Proprietor of The Old Book Store, Madison, FL

Lucille Cherry, Proprietor of The Old Book Store, Madison, FL

Lucille and her husband opened The Old Book Store about twenty-five years ago.  Both had long careers as teachers, and shared a love of books.  After Mark passed away fifteen years ago, Lucille continued running the store on her own.

The Old Book Store, Madison, FL

The Old Book Store, Madison, FL

With an inventory of about 30,000 books, there is a lot of browsing to do here…

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The shop’s inventory includes nonfiction, Americana, Biography, Military, Fiction, mystery and natural science.  Although we didn’t find many collectible items here in our particular areas of interest, there is plenty of reading material.  And we did come away with three or four nice early Modern Library Editions in jackets.

It was obvious to us that the town loves Lucille and her book store.  A local librarian stopped in while we were there and she told us that The Old Book Store is THE favorite shop in town!  Here is a framed newspaper article about Lucille, her husband and the bookshop that we  spotted in the store:

20140318_164848_resizedAs you can see, Lucille has always been photogenic!  And she really knew her inventory, guiding us around the store to find every kind of book we named.  She is a charming woman, and it was a true pleasure to meet her.

Me and Lucille!

Me and Lucille!

I’m running a litle behind on my posts, as we have been spending our evenings enjoying the people we meet along the way!  But I promise to update you soon on our book scouting stops in Atlanta and Acworth, Georgia.

 

 

 

Fantastic Book Fair at St. Pete

20140315_153427_resizedWe had a fabulous day at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Petersburg.  It was wonderful to see so many people standing in line to get in to the fair, and booths that were so crowded at times it was hard to squeeze in!  We went to the first full day of the Fair at opening (9am) on Saturday, March 15 and stayed until it was almost closing time.

Lining up at the entrance to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Lining up at the entrance to the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

The theme of the Fair was children’s books…”Pages of Wonder”…

Poster for the 2014 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Poster for the 2014 Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

There were around 100 exhibitors, all bringing a great variety of books to the fair in addition to children’s books.  Booksellers came from as far away as California and New York.

Bob & Becky Scott from Yesterday's Books, Richmond, Indiana (and me!)

Bob & Becky Scott from Yesterday’s Books, Richmond, Indiana (and me!)

Interior - The Coliseum, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Pete

Interior – The Coliseum, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair in St. Pete

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Stan and John Shelley with me sandwiched in the middle. (Shelley and Son Books, Hendersonville, NC)

Stan Shelley, left,owner of Shelley and Son Books, Hendersonville, NC (My apologies for not writing down the name of the handsome gentleman on the right!)

We found Gary Nippes at his booth — we had met Gary earlier in the week where he was in charge of selling the inventory at O. Brisky Books in Micanopy, FL.

Gary Nippes with Ron

Gary Nippes with Ron

Ron with Lorne Bair and Amir Naghib of Lorne Bair Rare Books, Winchester, Virginia

Ron with Lorne Bair and Amir Naghib of Lorne Bair Rare Books, Winchester, Virginia

Ron’s arms grew two inches longer from making five trips to the car carrying purchases from this sale.  We found decorated bindings, a few lovely children’s books, early jackets and more.

Here are a few of the books we bought at the fair:

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Max Beerbohm’s first book, and a signed Margaret Armstrong binding

I didn’t know that Paul Brown did an illustrated version of “Black Beauty”but here it is:

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Black Beauty, Illustrated by Paul Brown. First Edition (thus) in original jacket.

"Tobacco Leaves" by John Bain Jr.

“Tobacco Leaves” by John Bain Jr.

 

Title page spread from "Tobacco Leaves"

Title page spread from “Tobacco Leaves”

Goodbye, beautiful St. Petersburg, and thanks for hosting such a successful antiquarian book fair!

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We’ll be back soon with more news from our swing through the southern U.S. in search of fine books…

 

A Visit to Copperfish Books

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Graham of Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida at the lovely shop she runs with co-proprietor Serena Wyckoff.  As you can see, the sun is still shining in Florida, while we have had over a foot of snow during the past twenty-four hours at home in Stanley, New York!

Entrance to Copperfish Books, 1205 Elizabeth St., Suite A, Punta Gorda, Florida

Entrance to Copperfish Books, 1205 Elizabeth St., Suite A, Punta Gorda, Florida

The store carries a nice variety of new, used and antiquarian books, all on one floor.

Antiquarian section at Copperfish Books

Antiquarian section at Copperfish Books

Spacious interior at Copperfish Books

Spacious interior at Copperfish Books

Copperfish Books will be exhibiting books for sale at the Florida  Antiquarian Book Fair (March 14-15-16 in St. Petersburg, FL).  They carry Literature, Americana, Florida, History and general stock.

I saw some interesting Florida pieces here, and purchased a decorated binding and a book by James Whitcomb Riley in a beautiful early jacket, illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy and with page decorations by Virginia Keep.

Tannhauser - A dramatic poem by Richard Wagner, translaed in poetic narrative form by Oliver Huckel.  Published by Thomas Crowell & Co., NY, 1906

Tannhauser – A dramatic poem by Richard Wagner, translated in poetic narrative form by Oliver Huckel. Published by Thomas Crowell & Co., NY, 1906

An Old Sweetheart of Mine, by James Whitcomb Riley (Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy)

An Old Sweetheart of Mine, by James Whitcomb Riley (Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy)

A decorated page and a Christy illustration from "An Old Sweetheart of Mine"

A decorated page and a Christy illustration from “An Old Sweetheart of Mine”

And here are the two Cathys…meeting in person for the first time!

The two Cathys!  Cathy Graham of Copperfish Books and Cathy Petruccione of Old Scrolls Book Shop.

Cathy Graham of Copperfish Books and Cathy Petruccione of Old Scrolls Book Shop.

Cathy (me!) and Ron

Cathy (me!) and Ron inside Copperfish

We had a fun visit with Cathy Graham, enjoyed shopping in her book store, and look forward to seeing her again soon!

First and Last Visit to O. Brisky Books – Micanopy, FL

Which way did we go??

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After a long hard winter, it feels so good to be in Florida, experiencing warm sunshine!  We’ve shed the jackets and gloves, which have been happily replaced with flip-flops and sunglasses!!

After driving Friday afternoon and all day Saturday (with a short stop for a little book scouting in Cincinnati, Ohio), we crossed into the Sunshine State at about 2pm on Saturday March 8.

Our first southern book scouting stop of the trip was at O. Brisky Books in Micanopy, Florida.  Mr. Brisky, a long-time, respected bookseller, passed away in February.  He was well loved in his community — a beautiful gem of a small town just south of Gainesville.

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Micanopy (pronounced: mi-cah-NO-pee) is so quaintly beautiful, I could hardly believe my eyes when we arrived.  “Old Florida” homes and buildings (wood bungalows with wrap-around porches, brick buildings with shaded walks), moss draped trees, friendly people and laid-back charm.

Beautiful door handle on the entrance to O. Brinsky's

Love this beautiful iron door handle on the entrance to O. Brisky’s

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General store across the street from O. Brinsky's

General store across the street from O. Brisky’s

Gary Nippes (doorway) and Ron just outside O. Brisky's.

Gary Nippes (doorway) and Ron just outside O. Brisky’s.

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street view, Micanopy, Florida

Gary Nippes, a friend of Mr. Brisky’s and a long time bookman,  is handling closing out the remaining inventory in the store.  It is mostly non-fiction, with some literature.  The store was busy with local customers during the two hours or so that we were there, and there was a good selection of hardcover books in a wide variety of subject areas.   We purchased a variety of books in history, adventure/travel, biography, literature and children’s literature.

interior of O. Brinsky Books, Micanopy, Florida

interior of O. Brisky Books, Micanopy, Florida

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Sadly, another long-time bookseller and book store has been lost — and will be missed by the people of Micanopy, Florida and the booksellers who knew  Mr. Brisky.

After loading up the books, we strolled through the town and enjoyed the late afternoon by chatting with some of the locals before pointing the car further south.

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Check back soon to see where we turn up next on our book hunting journey…

Two Crazy Booksellers Hit the Road

It’s been a despicable winter–can you see that it’s making us crazy?

2013-14 Winter - CABIN FEVER

2013-14 Winter – CABIN FEVER!

Okay, so the winter of 2013-14 has finally gotten to us.  Cabin Fever, sun deprivation, shrinking firewood supply, exhaustion, mental dullness…it’s all there…symptoms of an unusually long, dreary and cold New York State winter.

But WE know the cure!  To save ourselves, we are about to point the book buggy southward and escape on a book scouting adventure.  We hope to replenish not only our book inventory, but our energy and depleted Vitamin D levels on this trip to sunnier regions of the U.S.A.

Stay tuned as we take you along on a journey to used and rare bookstores, book sales, and an antiquarian book fair in the sunny south!

We hope to send you some nicer images of us soon.

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