OLD BOOKS IN THE OLD WORLD, REMINISCENCES OF BOOK BUYING ABROAD. Leona Rostenberg, Madeleine B. Stern.

OLD BOOKS IN THE OLD WORLD, REMINISCENCES OF BOOK BUYING ABROAD.

  • New Castle, Delaware: Oak Knoll Press, 1996.
  • 8vo.
  • cloth
  • 184 pages
  • ISBN: 1884718213
  • ISBN: 9781884718212

Price: $25.00  other currencies

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First edition. One of 350 special numbered and signed copies inserted in a cloth-covered slipcase (but this copy is not numbered nor does it have the slipcase but it is signed by both authors. In their books OLD & RARE and BETWEEN BOARDS, these two grand ladies of the bookselling world, Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine B. Stern, recounted many of their stories and hard learned advice gleaned from decades in the book business. This newest volume records for the first time in detail their book buying trips abroad between 1947 and 1957. Drawn from their original diaries and letters of the time and augmented with contemporary recollections, this book renders with an unparalleled sense of immediacy the horrors and treasures to be found in postwar Europe. Visiting London in the late forties, these two scholar-booksellers found among the bombed blocks of buildings and queues for rationed food, some of the most illustrious names in bookselling, Clifford Maggs, E.P. Goldschmidt, and Ernest Weil. Deprived of food and spirit, Europe overflowed with bibliographic treasures waiting to be discovered by these two distinguished ladies and passed on to some of the most renowned libraries in the United States. Unknown works by Martin Luther, original editions of Giorgio Vasari, and countless other rarities from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were purchased. Full of history and tales of books, this book is as perfect for the casual reader as it is for the sophisticated book collector.