art outside the book

Contemporary art can be alluring for investors. Prices are soaring and the traditional cheaper alternative of investing in art works that are printed, bound, and widely offered in the form of a limited edition book, are not what they used to be. Such editions printed on better quality paper and featuring fine illustrations or even […]

Let’s assume for a moment that we are in the market for a first edition copy of Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald from 1934. We may be an American literature collector of modern first editions or a fan of Fitzgerald or even a beautiful art dust jacket collector. We want to purchase […]

In ancient Roman times, those who could afford it commissioned workers to build impressive courtyards in their homes which amassed grandiose fountains and intricate tile mosaics, in an effort to display their prominence and prestige. Today the fervor towards exhibiting personal interests and good taste in homes has turned a bit more subtle.  Now more […]

A modern first edition’s value is very much dependant on its dust jacket (dust wrapper or dust cover.)  A very desirable copy should not only come in its original dust jacket, but the condition of its wrapper should be in relatively mint condition. The dust cover consists of the detachable outer covers usually decorated with […]

The Beauty Outside the Rare Book

by Liz on January 23, 2012

      Ornate and luminous gilt covers and spines. Vibrant marbled covers that appear to be set in fast and perpetual motion. These beauteous aspects of ornamented rare books are what add to their uniqueness and value, as they ultimately grab the collector’s heart and interest before the rare book is even opened or read. It […]