Tag Archives: Rare Books

Tonight: Learn How to Collect Rare Books

Photograph courtesy of Kenneth Gloss.

Is There Value in Your Old & Rare Book?

THURSDAY, January 31, 2013
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Main Library, 449 Broadway
Lecture Hall

Learn the basics of book collecting from an expert! Kenneth Gloss is the second generation owner of the Brattle Book Shop and has appeared on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. Discover popular genres for collectors and how to get started. Find out why some 20th Century books may go up in value while books hundreds of years old may not. See some of Gloss’s favorite finds. And bring a book! After the talk, Gloss will give free verbal appraisals of the audience’s items.


Fashion in the Rare Book Stacks!

The Wall Street Journal just did a great, short piece on the fashion the New York Public Library’s staff.  We love the photos that prominently feature fashionable librarians in the stacks – especially the rare books stacks.  Even though Cambridge doesn’t have the fashion credibility that NYC does, we did debut the Puritan look for the fall/winter season of 1640 and our very own librarian Almira Haywood (1838-1894) did high Victorian style exceptionally well.   We think the WSJ should definitely feature the CPL staff in their next fashion round-up.

**Thanks to CPL reference librarian Liz S. for the link!**

Free Lectures at the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair, November 13-14

Photograph featured at the Boston Antiquarian Book Fair.

This year’s Boston Antiquarian Book Fair taking place November 13 and 14 at the Hynes Convention Center is offering two really interesting free lectures.

On Saturday November 13 at 1:00 p.m., the Northeast Document Conservation Center will present, “How to Cure Smelly Books,” practical tips for the care of rare books.

On Sunday November 14 at 1:00 p.m., Michael Suarez, University Professor and Director of Rare Book School at the University of Virgina, will present  “The Ecosystems of Book History:  Local Actions, Global Analysis.”

Both NEDCC and the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School are international leaders in the field of rare book conservation and the history of rare books.  Don’t miss these free lectures – they are a wonderful and rare opportunity!

For more information, visit:  https://www.bostonbookfair.com/?page_id=11.