Books On Books

Books on Books


  • All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular World

    By Hubert Dreyfus

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781416596158
    • Publisher: Free Press
    • Published: January 2011
    The authors illuminate some of the greatest works of the West to reveal how we have lost our passionate engagement with and responsiveness to the world. Their journey takes readers from the wonder and openness of Homer's polytheism to the monotheism of Dante; from the autonomy of Kant to the mutliple worlds of Melville; and finally, to the spiritual difficulties evoked by modern authors such as David Foster Wallace, who attempted to pertain in a world wholly cut from the cloth of a lostness he could perceive in himself and those around him. Re-envisioning modern spiritual life thorugh their examination of literature, philosophy, and religious testimiony, philosophers Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly unearth ancient sources of meaning, and teach readers how to rediscover the sacred, shining things that surround us every day. Notes, Index. 254p.
  • American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853 (Material Texts)

    By Meredith L. McGill

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812219951
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Published: April 2007
    The antebellum period has long been identified with the belated emergence of a truly national literature. And yet, as Meredith L. McGill argues, a mass market for books in this period was built and sustained through what we would call rampant literary piracy: a national literature developed not despite but because of the systematic copying of foreign works. Restoring a political dimension to accounts of the economic grounds of antebellum literature, McGill unfolds the legal arguments and political struggles that produced an American "culture of reprinting" and held it in place for two crucial decades.In this culture of reprinting, the circulation of print outstripped authorial and editorial control. McGill examines the workings of literary culture within this market, shifting her gaze from first and authorized editions to reprints and piracies, from the form of the book to the intersection of book and periodical publishing, and from a national literature to an internally divided and transatlantic literary marketplace. Through readings of the work of Dickens, Poe, and Hawthorne, McGill seeks both to analyze how changes in the conditions of publication influenced literary form and to measure what was lost as literary markets became centralized and literary culture became stratified in the early 1850s. American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853 delineates a distinctive literary culture that was regional in articulation and transnational in scope, while questioning the grounds of the startlingly recent but nonetheless powerful equation of the national interest with the extension of authors' rights.
  • Among the Gently Mad: Perspectives and Strategies for the Book-Hunter in the Twenty-First Century

    By Nicholas Basbanes

    Our Price: $12.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780805051599
    • Published: November 2002
    The author's unsurpassed grasp of the history and lore of book collecting has delighted bibliophiles with his previous books, A Gentle Madness, and Patience &Fortitude. Now, Mr. Basbanes provides a 21st-century guide to book collecting that deals with both the traditional methods of acquisition and the electronic tools now available on the Internet. The book offers a lucid,informed refresher course on the fundamentals that endure, while questioning certain practices of doubtful validity. 'The book no modern collector will want to be without!' 288p.
  • Art Deco Bookbindings: The Work of Pierre Legrain and Rose Adler

    By Yves Peyre

    Our Price: $14.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781568984629
    • Published: March 2004
    The two designers who dramatically transformed bookbinding into a medium of playful and dazzling experimentation and craftsmanship with their colorful, imaginative works, often madein exotic materials. This volume selects more than sixty designs, colored-paper maquettes, and realized bindings. With insightful texts introducing the work and discussing its revolutionary effect on modern design. Illus., 60 in full color. 120p.
  • Asami Library: A Descriptive Catalogue

    By Chaoying Fang

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781499911459
  • Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector's Manual

    By Edmund Berkeley

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780684156224
    • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
    • Published: June 1982
    Sponsored by the Manuscript Society.
  • Bibliography of the Village Press: 1903-1938

    By Melbert B Cary Jr.

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781299800243
    • Publisher: NICHOLAS T. SMITH
    • Published: 1981
  • The Blue of Capricorn

    By Eugene Burdick

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781499117516
    • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
    • Published: 1961
    Author of The Ninth Wave, co-author of The Ugly American, now takes as his literary province the vast area of the South Pacific known as Oceania.
  • Book Business: Publishing: Past, Present, and Future

    By Jason Epstein

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393049848
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: January 2001
    The creator of Anchor Books and cofounder of The New York Review of Books, The Library of America and The Reader's Catalog discusses the severe crisis facing the book business today and looks ahead to the radicallytransformed industry that will revolutionize the idea of the book as profoundly as the introduction of movable type did five centuries ago. 188p.
  • Book Collecting 2000: A Comprehensive Guide

    By Allen Ahearn

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780399145742
    • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
    • Published: January 2000
    Completely revised handbook of estimated market values for first printings of first books, updated and expanded to include the works of more than 6,000 authors & discussions on the impact of the Internet on book collecting.
  • Book Collecting : A Comprehensive Guide

    By Allen Ahearn

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780399134562
    • Publisher: Putnam Adult
    • Published: September 1989
  • Book Collecting: A Modern Guide

    By Jean Peters

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780835209854
    • Publisher: R.R. BOWKER COMPANY
    • Published: 1983
    Twelve essays by noted book collectors, curators, and scholars cover auctions, dealers, descriptive bibliographies, forgeries, the organization of a collection, and the care of books and manuscripts
  • Book Row : An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of The Antiquarian Book Trade

    By Marvin Mondlin

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780786713059
    • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers
    • Published: December 2003
    An anecdotal history chronicles the nearly eight decades of the New York Booksellers' Row, from the 1890s to the 1960s, detailing the collectors, readers, bookstores, sellers, and othes who transformed the area into a haven for bibliophiles.
  • The Book of Lost Books : An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read

    By Stuart Kelly

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781400062973
    • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
    • Published: 2006
    8vo. Luckily, masterpieces of classical literature still remain available to readers around the world through the incredible revelry for history & tradition. But what about all those lost classics, such as 'Speak, America,' Nabokov's second volume of memoirs, or Socrates' versions of Aesop's fables? In this brilliant feat of literary detection and historical expose, Stuart Kelly brings readers this compulsively readable story of the tantalizing, vanished works by the famous, the acclaimed, and the influential writers whose works were lost, sometimes due to outrageous circumstances. Index. 344p.
  • The Book on the Book Shelf

    By Henry Petroski

    Our Price: $4.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780965004558
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: January 1999
    The book delves into the question of the inevitability of books' vertical arrangement on horizontal surfaces that we know as 'bookshelves.' Illus., 67 b&w. 290p. Pap.