Warmly Inscribed

I lucked out and found a hardcover copy of Warmly Inscribed: The New England Forger and Other Book Tales. I thoroughly enjoyed Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone’s previous two collected stories of book collecting, Used and Rare and Slightly Chipped.

books 023As I’m sure anyone reading this would agree, there’s something special about books on books. The Goldstones’ work is a little different in that it deals primarily with the physical books rather than their content, but as a small-time collector myself I just eat it up.

Among the anecdotes related here are details about the revelation of the man forging author signatures in classic works, as well as chapters on online booksellers like ABE-books, and the possible plight of independent bookstores. This was published in 2001, and I’m sure the book dealer world has changed even more since then.

Warmly Inscribed was the last book written in this vein, though the Goldstones have three other books written together: one about leading parent/child book groups and two about rare historic manuscripts. I will probably search them down at some point. Nancy Goldstone has also written several books about European queens.

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