ABC for Book Collectors

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Oak Knoll Press, 1995 - Bibliography - 224 pages
John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors has long been established as the most enjoyable as well as the most informative reference book on the subject. Here, in over 450 alphabetical entries, ranging in length from a single line to several pages, may be found definition and analysis of the technical terms of book collecting and bibliography, interspersed with salutory comment on such subjects as auctions, condition, facsimiles and fakes, 'points', rarity, etc. This seventh edition, revised and with a new introduction by Nicolas Barker, editor of The Book Collector, incorporates additions and amendments which he has accumulated since the last edition was updated fourteen years ago. Nicolas Barker worked with his friend John Carter revising the ABC up to the latter's death in 1975 and has faithfully preserved the spirit of the original. The ABC thus retains its character as an indispensable guide to book collecting.

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An ABC collated by a perfectionist must, almost by definition, be a five star. I simply refuse to give this the full five stars because Carter must have missed something. seriously, this is the best ... Read full review

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I finally took the opportunity to read John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors all the way through - I've dipped into it for various reasons for years, but never actually sat and read the whole thing ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

John Carter is a professor of sociology at the University of Teesside. He is the editor of Postmodernity and the Fragmentation of Welfare. Dave Morland is a professor of sociology and philosophy at the University of Teesside. He is the author of Demanding the Impossible? Human Nature and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Social Anarchism.

Barker is a Deputy Keeper at the British Library.

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