Tag Archives: Books

Can I have your Autograph?

Stan Lee at an autographing event. "I would write the stories, and hope the public would buy them and like them, and then I'd be able to pay the rent. I never really spent time thinking how long will that last, because I knew if the character became unpopular, I can always write another one. I was always writing other ones."

by Maxine Carter-Lome, Publisher Since ancient Roman times, a man’s ability to sign his name separated him from the masses and marked him as a member of the ruling class at a time when all but a very few were illiterate. A man’s signature entitled him to make decisions that affected people, property, and wealth, […]

Victorian Scrapbooks

Victorian Scrapbooks

Bound Memories & Scraps of Ephemera by Maxine Carter-Lome This album I’ve made is much more than a book. It’s worth even more than the time that it took. – Kimberly Rinehart, A Scrapbooker’s Verse Collecting and preserving information, thoughts, images, and mementos, whether for prosperity, education, personal reflection or enjoyment, is a pastime as […]

The Art of the Game

The Art of the Game

The Colorful History of McLoughlin Bros. by Maxine Carter-Lome While you might not recognize the name McLoughlin Brothers, or the names of their books and games for that matter, chances are the colorful and dominant illustrations that defined their merchandise will look familiar, especially if you frequent antique shops and shows, and follow specialized toy, […]

Great Collections: February 2019

Great Collections: February 2019

Thomas Jefferson’s Books By Maxine Carter-Lome “I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson in a letter to John Adams, June 10, 1815 Throughout his life, reading and acquiring books were vital to Thomas Jefferson’s education and well-being. He relied on his books as his chief source of inspiration and practical knowledge, and believed that […]

The Library for the Children

The Library for the Children

Recently the British Library uploaded over one million images to Flickr from scans of books published in the 17th-19th centuries – including children’s books. The Huffington Post recently shared this information, positively gushing about the children’s book images in particular; and who can blame them? These illustrated tomes may have come late to the library […]

Publisher’s Corner: February 2019

Publisher’s Corner: February 2019

The Reading Room by Maxine Carter-Lome The founding principles of our country have their roots in the Age of Enlightenment, an intellectual and philosophical movement that dominated the world of ideas in Europe during the 18th century. Ideals such as “liberty, progress, religious tolerance, fraternity, constitutional government, and separation of church and state” advanced in […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: First edition, The Federalist, $223,500, PBA Galleries

Gavels 'n' Paddles: First edition, The Federalist, $223,500, PBA Galleries

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A rare first edition copy of The Federalist (1788), one of only 500 printed and considered the most important book in the political history of the U.S., sold for $223,500 at an auction held May 31st by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a […]

Great Collections: December 2017

Great Collections: December 2017

The Grimminger Collection of Hymnals With Dr. Daniel Grimminger Since the time of the 16th-century Reformation, hymn singing has been very important in Western civilization. Martin Luther (1483-1546) wrote hymns, some of which were newly composed while others were adaptations of ancient Latin chant melodies and texts. Over the next 500 years, German hymns found […]

Governor Brown Signs AB 228 Into Law

Governor Brown Signs AB 228 Into Law

Governor Brown signs AB 228 into law, reducing impediments to auction companies doing business in California Measure corrects problems created by provisions in AB 1570 (Chang) Signed Memorabilia [Ch. 258, Stat. 2016] SACRAMENTO, Calif. – On Oct. 12, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 228 into law, immediately reducing impediments to auction companies doing business […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Copy of Moby Dick, $9,600, PBA Galleries

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Copy of Moby Dick, $9,600, PBA Galleries

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A first American edition copy of Herman Melville’s classic book Moby Dick (or, The Whale) sold for $9,600 at a Fine Literature & Fine Books Auction held July 27th by PBA Galleries in San Francisco. Also, a first edition copy of J. D. Salinger’s […]