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JAMES G (JIM) STEWART 1940–2004

Jim Stewart died suddenly on 23 April 2004 at his Clayton home in Victoria. Jim had been a member of the Society for almost eleven years, and had served on the Committee. He retired from the printing industry after about seventeen years, of which he spent seven years in his own print shop. Largely self … Continue reading

TWO FOOTNOTES ON BOOKMARKERS

THE FOLLOWING two items are belated footnotes to my article Bookmark (Biblionews, 26 (2001) 3, pp91-101). For those interested in this subject, a revised and expanded version was published as Mark that book! in ARLIS/ANZ journal, (December 2002) 54, pp11-16. In the further reading list appended I included E-Günther Rehse’s Lesezeichen (Itzehoe, Germany: Verlag Beruf … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW

THE BEINECKE LIBRARY OF YALE UNIVERSITY Edited by Stephen Parks, New Haven. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Yale University (distributed by University Press of New England). 237pp ISBN 0-8457-3150-5. $US50. TREASURES OF THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA By Bev Roberts, Sydney, Focus Publishing. 176pp ISBN 1-920683-10-0 $49.95 TWO MAJOR libraries, perhaps as physically apart … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW

TOLKIEN’S GOWN AND OTHER STORIES OF GREAT AUTHORS AND RARE BOOKS By Rick Gekoski. Constable. 250pp. $39.99 Tolkien’s Gown is based on Rick Gekoski’s highly successful BBC radio series, Rare Books, Rare People, which was also broadcast on the ABC in Australia recently. The book intertwines descriptions of twenty great works, bar one, of twentieth … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW

LASTING IMPRESSIONS. THE GROLIER CLUB LIBRARY Edited by Eric Holzenberg and J Fernando Pena. The Grolier Club. Winterhouse Editions (distributed by the University of Chicago Press), 2004. 224pp. ISBN 0-910672-52-0. $US50. THE GROLIER CLUB, founded in 1884 and located at 47th East 60th Street in New York, is America’s oldest, and, argued by some, most … Continue reading

BOOK REVIEW

THE HILL COLLECTION OF PACIFIC VOYAGES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO Second Edition. New Haven, William Reese Company; Sydney, Hordern House Limited. xxiii, 792pp, 2004. ISBN 0-939226-10-3. $225 (AUD), $175 (US) THE HILL PACIFIC book collection was a gift by Kenneth and Dorothy Hill in 1974 to the then recently formed University of … Continue reading

AUCTION OF THE LIBRARY OF DR JOHN CHAPMAN

Sold by Peter Arnold, Ormond Hall, Prahran, Melbourne, 24-25 February 2004 JOHN CHAPMAN’S library has long been known as one of the choice collections of Australiana. He has spoken on the subject to the Book Collectors’ Society, and shown some of the choice items. He had decided at the outset that rather than go down … Continue reading

PSYCHIC EXPERIENCES IN BOOKSHOPS

IN THE December 2003 Biblionews (p135) Alan Rickard recounts a possibly psychic experience which led him to exactly the book he had been searching for in a shop he had never before visited. I have had a similar experience. A couple of years ago I was in Devon (UK) doing some family history research and … Continue reading

RECOLLECTIONS OF A BOOK COLLECTOR

AT the time I started work in 1948 there were a number of secondhand booksellers still operating in the lower end (i.e. the Quay end) of Sydney City. All these shops have long since vanished in new developments. Indeed, so too have many of the booksellers vanished into the great beyond. I was fortunate in … Continue reading

EDITION RENARD – VENTURING INTO RE-PUBLISHING AUSTRALIANA

Julien Renard, Antiquarian bookseller and publisher Text of address to the Book Collector’s Society of Australia (Victorian Branch) on 30 July 2004 GOOD EVENING, ladies and gentlemen, I thought I should start by giving a very brief personal history, showing how I got started in this activity. I was born in Melbourne, and went to … Continue reading

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