Thursday, November 25, 2021

Kurt Zimmerman: A Talk to the FBS About Bookseller Dorothy Sloan

 I gave a zoom talk recently to the Florida Bibliophile Society about antiquarian bookseller Dorothy Sloan (1943-2021). She was an important mentor in my youth.  The focus is the acquisition of the core of her reference library and portions of her archive.  Jerry Morris, president of the FBS, provides the introduction and the ending presentation.  There were a couple of technical glitches, but all's well that ends well.

Here is the youtube link (talk approx. 37 minutes).

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

William P. Barlow Jr. (1934-2021): Personal Rewards and Universal Benefits


Bill Barlow in his library 2011

William P. Barlow, Jr. (1934-2021) collected books for almost 70 years – an admirable run achieved by few collectors, and rarer still was his ability to recall just about every acquisition going back to the beginning.  A CPA by vocation, Bill was organized, and in case he needed to refresh his memory, he could consult his large, hefty ledger book in which he had written in chronological order each book acquired since the early 1950s.  And there were thousands and thousands of them recorded within.  I saw this ledger first-hand on a memorable visit with my friend Douglas Adams to Bill’s home in Oakland, California in 2011.  News of Bill’s passing on October 21st at age 87 from a heart attack shocked me and stirred many thoughts.