...If you have read a bookseller's catalogue and wondered what words like large paper copy, belles-littres, foxed, slipcase, verso and recto mean, and how books are sized, this is the book for you. A Handbook for Booklovers is a mini lexicon for comprehending the jargon that is a bookseller's bailiwick. ...
A Handbook For Book Lovers - A Survey of Collectible Authors, Books and Values by Joesph Raymond LeFontaine. Hard Cover, 6.5" x 9.5".
Prometheus Books, 59 John Glenn Drive, Amherst, New York 14228-2197, USA. Phone: (716) 691-0133 or Toll Free: (800) 421-0351 Fax: (716) 691-0137. Publication Date Nov 30, 1988. 612 pages, ISBN 0-87975-491-5. Price $71.00
Official site of this book: http://www.prometheusbooks.com/site/catalog/book_599.html
Everything you always wanted to know about books but didn't know who to ask! Whether you are a bibliophile (a booklover) or a book collector, this anthology provides a colossal amount of information at one place, yet in a handbook format for easy look up.
The author addresses more than 3,700 titles by more than 1,800 authors (all collector's items) in a manner that entices not only book collectors, but also simple book lovers like you and me.
A Handbook for Booklovers is a boon for people who wish to read more books by a particular author, but don't know what they are. Or for those who are curious about their favorite author's true name and other pseudonyms used by him/her. I was surprised to learn that the author also writes under the pen name of Dan Cingfox!
First publications by collectible authors are the key to assembling an author collection. These have been listed in the form of author, title, place of publication and year of publication.
If you have read a bookseller's catalogue and wondered what words like large paper copy, belles-littres, foxed, slipcase, verso and recto mean, and how books are sized, this is the book for you. A Handbook for Booklovers is a mini lexicon for comprehending the jargon that is a bookseller's bailiwick.
Categorizing authors based on specific genres like Crime and Mystery, Western, Mainstream Fiction, Children's Books, Poets, Espionage, Nonfiction, Historical Romances etc makes referring effortless and smooth.
How to deal with booksellers and where to find them is invaluable information for those who wish to become, or are, collectors. Common courtesies and things to take note of, while dealing with booksellers and search services is handy information indeed.
My favorite part in the book was an English translation of over 100 French, Latin, Italian and Greek words and phrases that often appear in literature.
This book by Joseph LeFontaine is a one stop source of all the whos, whats, whys, whens, and wheres of thousands of books, with information an how to find them, how to take care of them, and how to assess their worth. A Collectors Item indeed!
Dr. Pakhee Aggarwal, 23 is currently working as an Intern in Medicine and Surgery at one of the most prominent hospitals of New Delhi - the Lok Nayak Hospital. She has been the Co-Editor for the Annual College Magazine, "Spandan" in 2002. She is an avid reader of books and a highly motivated book reviewer, in addition to being a budding writer of articles on common health topics for the lay public.
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