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From the Dept. of Tooting My Own Horn: William S. Burroughs and an Interview

Last month, colleague Ken Lopez and I handled a rare and important archive of original collages and photographs by/from Naked Lunch author William S. Burroughs. Jed Birmingham, who writes the Bibliographic Bunker column for the WSB site RealityStudio, asked if I would answer some questions about the collection and other related topics. The [...]

The Baron of Bibliomania

From the UK Guardian this rather damning portrait:
For much of the 19th century this was the home of Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1st baronet, whom the world called a bibliomaniac, though his term for himself went still further. Vello-mania, he called his condition, because it ran as much to the purchase and hoarding of documents as [...]


ILAB has posted to YouTube bibliomania, the:
ABAA-produced documentary filmed entirely on location at the San Francisco Book Fair. Filled with interviews given by both booksellers and attendees, it gives a revealing look at the reason to collect antiquarian books.

Also: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 (mislabeled “Part 6″), and (the actual) Part 6.

Book Trailers

Is this a new trend, promoting books like movies? I hope so, if these two examples are any indication. I LOVE this pop-up book and must get one when released:

Available for pre-order from Amazon
And finally, check out this wicked-cool trailer:
Johnny Bunko trailer from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.
I don’t need this book, but this [...]

Collecting Bits

What might collecting look like in an age of computers? Perhaps something like Dan’s 20th Century Abandonware collection. Via Kottke.

The Pelican Project

Sixty years of Pelican covers. Very cool.

The Essentials of Book Collecting

Just recently found this well-written and comprehensive guide to book collecting. It was penned by the late Robert F. Wilson and is easily the best guide of its kind on the web, and better than most similar guides you can buy. And on a similar note, John Carter’s classic and indispensable ABCs for [...]