Old Books in the Old World: Reminiscences of Book Buying Abroad

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Oak Knoll Press, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 175 pages
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This is a charming account of postwar book buying abroad by the "Holmes and Watson" of antiquarian books.
After the war, Americans went abroad for European culture, food and art, but Rostenberg & Stern, the Grand Dames of the antiquarian bookselling world, went to Europe to buy old books. Old Books in the Old World glows with the details of their book-buying trips abroad between 1947 and 1957. Filled with tales of steamships, cobblestone streets and dusty rare bookshops, this illustrated journal draws from original diaries and letters and contemporary recollections.
Full of history and bookish tales, this personal insight into postwar Europe and the antiquarian book-selling scene will be of interest both to the seasoned bibliophile and to the casual reader.

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Details the European book-buying trips of this famous partnership from 1947-1957. The book draws from the original diaries kept by the two and is filled with tales of steamships, cobbled streets, and dusty rare-book shops. Read full review

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MADELEINE B. STERN is one of the world's leading authorities on antiquarian books and an acknowledged Alcott expert. She has authored or edited six books covering the life, times, and works of Louisa May Alcott.

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