Rare Books

At a local book trade show not more than three months ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with a few old friends and exchange some provocative conversations relating to my favorite topic – books.  The antiquarian book dealer in this particular conversation was delighted to bring up some quite interesting points on the […]


Rare books are collectibles and the month of April brings capital gain, estate or gift tax considerations to those of us residing in the United States. Whether you have decided to sell off parts of your collection or bequeath it to an heir, Uncle Sam wants to know. Failing to manage valuable asset holdings properly […]


Thank You!

by Admin on February 5, 2013

Much of what we do here at Rarebooksdigest.com is discovering rare books, and the stories that accompany them. These stories can pertain to the written pages, the outside covers of the books, or even to the people who cherished them.   For much else, however, we are in debt to our superior scholars and booksellers, whose […]


While on vacation on the small island of Cyprus, I was pleasantly surprised with the opportunity to explore a Turkish Cypriot rare book store. After a tip from a local businessman I made my way towards the center of Nicosia, the capital of the island, to travel from the Greek side of the city to […]

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In a 1776 publication of a book with the title An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1723-1790) declared that the difference between wealth and poverty of a nation is relative to the freedom of its markets and the degree to which the average person shares in the […]

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 No other Charles Dickens book has been through significant controversy quite like Oliver Twist. Published by Richard Bentley in 1838, it is considered to be Charles Dickens’ second novel following The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club.  Despite the long story’s popularity, Oliver Twist was criticized for introducing criminals and prostitutes; was delivered by an […]

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Have you ever wondered how an author becomes the writer of one of the rarest books of modern literature?  One thing for certain is that the author must be a pretty good writer and story teller to attract a large following and favorable critic. Limited publication can also help, but that usually is secondary.  A […]


As we get more involved in the rare books world, it becomes apparent how little we know, and how much more there is to learn about the amazing world of books. All of a sudden our outcry tends to become, “I want to be a better rare book lover!” In this context, better means more […]


Rare Books 102

by AndreChevalier on January 30, 2012

We continue our educational series on collecting rare books with some additional insights specific to the storage of rare, old, antiquarian and vintage books. In our introductory write-up entitled “Rare Books 101,” we provided a summary of topics pertinent to book collecting to get one familiar with the terminology and broad aspects of the art […]


Book Fair & Book Sale Calendar

by Admin on January 1, 2012

In-person book fairs are back! We have collected  the details on a number of book fairs and book sales taking place during the months of  May & June of 2024. Our Rare Book Calendar is updated monthly and it includes events from all over the world. Please let us know of any events that we may have […]