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How much is that old book worth? Is that novel from the 1950s a first edition? Do you want to buy a book from a catalog description, but don't understand the abbreviations and terminology such as a.e.g. or quarto? Which books are likely to hold their values and what type of collection is likely to be worth more than the sum of its parts? Which reference books are essential to a book collector? Is that leather-bound book from the seventeenth century in a contemporary binding or was it rebound a hundred years later? Is that black-and-white illustration in a 19th century book a mezzotint?

The seminar will be led by Jim Deak of Acorn Books who has been dealing full-time in rare and interesting books for over nineteen years. From 1991 to 2006, Acorn Books was a brick-and-mortar used-and-rare bookshop in Sterling Heights. Jim Deak also displays at antiquarian book and paper shows and the Royal Oak Antique & Collectible Flea Market. He is also a Past President of the Book Club of Detroit, a bibliophilic club with a history of over fifty years.

Half of each of the early sessions will include lectures on such topics as collection development, identifying first editions, valuing books and reading catalog descriptions. The other half of each session will be tailored to those attending and will include both Q&A and show-and-tell on both antiquarian and more recent collectible books and current books that have the potential to become collectible.

Who should attend?  Anyone who comes into contact with a lot of books will benefit –especially, if you already buy a lot of books, because you are already investing money in books. Also, anyone interested in more than the content of a book --someone who appreciates the as an aesthetic object.  Book collectors, potential collectors, librarians and even some book dealers and publishers will find this seminar interesting and useful.  Beginners welcome.

While it's not necessary, if you want updates about the seminar –mostly about content –including some discussions. Join the facebook event page at:!/event.php?eid=160642537306371

Call 586-578-0900 for any questions about the seminar.

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