Rare and old books

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Created on: 4 Mar 2012
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Group dedicated to all lovers of rare and old books.

What is a rare book?

From a book collector's point of view, a rare book is 'a book you want badly and can't find', or a book that is 'important, desirable and hard to get'. However, there is no clear-cut definition of what makes a book a rare book. Even different libraries and booksellers employ different criteria. The terms 'rare', 'antiquarian' and 'old' are not clearly defined or indeed distinguished. The rarity of a book has different aspects, too: 'rarity' can refer to the way the book is supposed to be handled, to the number of existing copies, and to its value.

In: http://www.nls.uk/collections/rare-books/beginners
See also: http://www.historyofscience.com/traditions/rare-book.php

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  • LuthienDillon

    Good idea, this group. I adore rare and old books - until I have to move into another flat. On these occasions, I always wonder if I might suffer from CBB (chronical book buying). ;-)

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
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