William Harris Arnold. FIRST REPORT OF A BOOK-COLLECTOR; COMPRISING: A BRIEF ANSWER TO THE FREQUENT QUESTION “WHY FIRST EDITIONS?” WITH SOME REMARKS ON THE COMMON SUPPOSITION THAT MERE SCARCITY IS A REASON FOR COLLECTING THEM; AND FIVE EGOTISTICAL CHAPTERS OF ANECDOTE AND ADVICE ADDRESSED TO THE BEGINNER IN BOOK-COLLECTING: FOLLOWED BY AN ACCOUNT OF BOOK-WORMS. Jamaica, Queensborough, New York: Printed on the Marion Press, 1897-1898. xi 97  p. Frontis., plates, illus., facsimiles, inserted leaves, two folded leaves in pocket at rear. Small 4to. Original stiff vellum, spine stamped in gilt, custom slipcase. Limitation: No. 51 of 85 copies, signed by the printer, Frank E. Hopkins. Also signed by Arnold at the end of the foreword. Notes: A second, less elaborate edition, limited to 220 copies, was published in 1898.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
I thought it might be entertaining and (perhaps) enlightening to post selected items from my collection on a regular basis. Each will feature a description of the work. Keep bookin'. Kurt Zimmerman
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Re-reading a classic work of literature can lead down unexpected bypaths. In my case, I can’t claim the re-reading was premeditated. In fact, as I settled my tender loins against the hard, wooden bench, a book was not on the front burner. My wife, Nicole, had an appointment. Since we were together, I hunkered down to wait for her. The appointment ran long and turned into a two hour sigh fest – or could have.
Across from me sat an oblivious couple of flat-bellies, early twenties, deeply engrossed in their I-phones. I deftly whipped out my Android phone, recently acquired, and spent a few minutes fumbling aboard the internet. I still felt pretty cool. This amused me for a little while but being well-seasoned I soon looked around for something printed to read. Nothing. Frustrated, I played more with the phone and noticed the pre-loaded “Books” application. I opened it and my phone offered me a selection of Google-scanned free classics, one of them being Dickens’ Great Expectations. I selected it and my e-reading adventure began. The text was easy to read and “turning” pages required only a simple swipe of my thumb.