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Arthur Rackham 101

Arthur Rackham (b. 1867, d. 1939) is the most well known artist who illustrated books during that era dubbed the "Golden Age" of illustration which spanned 1870 - 1930. Many of Rackham's books have been reprinted in modern times, and book lovers have discovered his fanciful artwork. To fully appreciate...

100 Years/100 Books: High Spots in Children's Literature

The world of collectible children's books has come of age. Although children's books have always been collected, it is only within the last ten years that they have blasted into the consciousness of the book collecting world in general and even into the minds of the non collecting public. It...

History of P.F. Volland Publishers

The History In Chicago, 1908, German-born Paul Frederick Volland founded the Volland Company. Originally intending to publish greeting cards that would compete with the European dominated industry, by 1917 Volland had transformed the company into a nine-acre plant that now included calendars, and books for adults and children. Through Volland's...

Buying Rare Books Online

Many assume that the internet has made it easier for collectors to find the books they want. Not so! It has made clear what is available in the marketplace, but the online marketplace is a quagmire! Online, one description might seem more appealing than another because the bibliographical description is...

Dr. Seuss First Editions Guide

After seven years of research, our guide to determining first editions of Dr. Seuss books was published in 2002. Because everyone loves Dr. Seuss, his books have become both extremely collectible and can be pricey as well. The problem had always been how to determine first editions - a slippery...

Book Terms & Terms of the Trade

Describing the condition of books can be complicated in the field of children's and illustrated books. All condition reports are subjective to some extent; not all books with same grade will always be in the exact same condition. Any specific defect of a book should be mentioned in the book...