Author(s): Catherine Porter
This guide, which is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced collectors, examines what you need to know about collecting British and American books from the late 19th century to 2002. It includes chapters on all of the major areas - literature, children's, illustrated, fine printing and binding - and explains the factors that influence value. Special features focus on the lives and work of key authors and illustrators from Arthur Conan Doyle to J.K. Rowling, and there are information boxes highlighting popular collecting areas. Dust jackets, illustration processes, and collecting manuscripts and original artwork are also covered. Comprehensive practical collecting information is given, including a guide to where to buy and sell books and a glossary of technical terms. Over 350 books are illustrated and values.
Timeline. English and American literature: special features - Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad; Modernism; E.M. Forster and D.H. Lawrence; James Joyce; Ernest Hemingway; F. Scott Fitzgerald; Graham Greene; The Beats; literary awards; T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound; Ian Fleming. Children's books: special features - Beatrix Potter; bears; J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis; J.K. Rowling; Enid Blyton; Roald Dahl; Dr Seuss; Walt Disney; Maurice Sendak. Illustrated books: special features - Arthur Rackham; Edmund Dulac; Eric Gill and David Jones. Fine printing and typography: special feature - Bruce Rogers and Daniel B. Updike. Binding: special feature - Sangorski and Sutcliffe.