Few collectors are as passionate about their quarry as collectors of rare books. Rebecca Rego Barry's Rare Books Uncovered relates 56 tales from the antiquarian paper trail. An expert on rare books, Barry recounts stories from a world of remarkable discoveries. Read about a stash of vintage comic books, worth $35 million, long forgotten in a basement closet. Or a first edition of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird purchased at a Philadelphia flea market for a few dollars. Or a stunning eighteenth-century French folio stored in a Massachusetts barn. These stories and others like them will entertain and inspire casual collectors and hardcore bibliomaniacs alike. Book jacket.
"Rare Books Uncovered celebrates books, collectors, and the thrill of the hunt" - Victoria Magazine "Rebecca Rego Barry's Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places is one of the finest books about books ever written." - American Book Collecting ..".a welcome gift for a passionate reader or collector." - Washington Post
Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections magazine. She has written about books for Preservation, the Barnes & Noble Review, The Awl, the Daily News/Page Views, American Libraries, Publishers Weekly, and many other periodicals, as well as WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She is Victoria magazine's 2014 Writer-in-Residence.Rebecca has been in the book business for over 15 years. After graduating from Syracuse University with degrees in English and Journalism, she joined the venerable publishing house of Simon & Schuster in New York. She moved on to Drew University, completing a masters degree in book history and serving as the preservation and archives associate in charge of the university's archives. She later completed postgraduate courses in archives and special collections at Drew University, the American Antiquarian Society, and the University of Virginia's Rare Book School. After relocating to the Hudson Valley, she spent a year as a reference librarian at Marist College before joining Fine Books & Collections.Nicholas A. Basbanes is an author and America's foremost historian of books and book culture. Among his nine published books are the acclaimed A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books and On Paper: The Everything of Its Two Thousand Year History. In addition to his books, Mr. Basbanes has written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian, and many other periodicals. He and his wife Constance live in Massachusetts.