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An Informal Talk by Elmer Adler at the University of Kansas, April 17, 1953.  First Annual Public lecture on Books & Bibliography., Elmer Adler (1884-1962).
1 Elmer Adler (1884-1962). An Informal Talk by Elmer Adler at the University of Kansas, April 17, 1953. First Annual Public lecture on Books & Bibliography.
Los Angeles: Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press, 1954 First Edition Hardcover Used: Very Good Hardcover 
FIRST EDITION. 12mo. [ii], (46) pp. Lovely typographic borders and decorations on title page, decorative initials, head- and tailpiece, printer's device on colophon; offsetting on pages 20-21 otherwise text clean and unmarked. Quarter beige linen, decorative paper over boards, printed paper spine label, added mylar dust-jacket; binding square and tight. Very Good. Elmer Adler was a Princeton Professor, bibliophile, and coy-founder of The Colophon. This is delightful lecture on bibliophilia presented at the University of Kansas in April 1953. From the library of Ward Ritchie (without distinguishing markings). This copy is Harmsen and Tabor's Binding Variant #2, with #5 Paper, Machine-made, watermarked "Saturn Book." REFERENCE: Harmsen and Tabor, The Plantin Press of Saul & Lillian Marks, No. 116. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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The American Book Collector., William B. Thorsen (1905-1990), editor.
2 William B. Thorsen (1905-1990), editor. The American Book Collector.
Chicago: William B. Thorsen, 1963 Paperback Used: Very Good Paperback 
1963-1976. 104 issues. 4to Pamphlets. 11 x 8 1/2 inches. Various paginations. Black-and-white printed self-wrappers; text clean, unmarked, binding square and tight, some volumes lightly bumped or dog-eared on corners. All Very Good. William B. Thorsen's The American Book Collector (not to be confused with Charles F. Heartman and Harry B. Weiss's The American Book Collector: A Monthly Magazine for Book Lovers, published in Metuchen, NJ, 1932-1935) ran from 1950 through 1976. This run, from Pall Bohne's personal collection, covers the years 1963 through 1976, when the journal ceased to exist. Each monthly issue (generally only 10 issues a year were produced, with a 2 month hiatus for summer months) contained classified ads, and articles about various aspects of bibliophilia, and letters to the editor kept readers involved. Regular contributors include James Lamar Weygand with "News and Reviews of Private Presses," "Auction Sales," Wallace Nethery with a variety of subjects, and Madeleine Stern on various aspects of book collecting. William B. Thorsen was born in Denmark, and collected Danish authors; he was an advertising manager for the Danish Times newspaper in the 1940s and 1950s before he started the American Book Collector. He developed the magazine into highly respected source about book collecting. Its tone was very positive, and it focused on the pleasures of book collecting. Jay Christian Bay, for example, wrote essays about Western books for this journal that were later compiled into several books. It also helped promote local American authors. Thorsen was a member of the Caxton Club. A complete list of the magazines offered here follows: The American Book Collector, Vol. XIV (1963-1964), Nos. 2, 4-6, 7 (2 copies), 8-10, 9 issues (LACKING 1 and 3); Vol. XV (1964-1965), Nos. 1-10, 10 issues (complete); Vol. XVI (1965-1966), Nos. 1-10, 10 issues (complete); Vol. XVII (1966-1966), Nos. 1-10, 10 issues (complete); Vol. XVIII (1967-1968), Nos. 1-4, 5-6, 7-10, 9 issues (complete); Vol. XIX (1968-1969), Nos. 1-7. 8-9, 10, 9 issues (complete); Vol. 20 (1969-1970), Nos. 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 8 issues (complete); Vol. 21 (1970-1971), Nos. 1-8, 8 issues (complete); Vol. 22 (1971-1972), Nos. 1-8, 8 issues (complete); Vol. 23 (1972-1973), Nos. 1-6, 6 issues (complete); Vol. 24 (1973-1974), Nos. 1-6, 6 issues (complete); Vol. 25 (1974-1975), Nos. 1-6, 6 issues (complete); Vol. 26 (1975-1976), Nos. 1-5, 5 issues (LACKING 6). 
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