Books & Book Collecting

Reference Books and Collector's Resources

Price Guides
Dealer Guides
Design & Printing
Care and Preservation
Book Selling / Internet

Specialty Collecting
Children's Books
Cook Books
Detective Fiction
Historical Letters
Map Collecting
Science Fiction

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Ahearn, Allen & Patricia. 1984. A Collection of First Books. Illustrated with B&W photos of dust jackets. Bethesda, MD. Quill & Brush Books.
Bookseller's catalogue listing first editions of authors' first books and their (then) market prices. Highly useful annotations for 1,035 entries.
__________. 2000. Book Collecting 2000: A Comprehensive Guide. 480 pp, bibliography. glossary. New York. Putnam.
Major section: list of first editions of authors' first books and market prices. List of authors most requested, abbreviations, pseudonyms, booksellers, auction houses.
Basbanes, Nicholas A. 1995. A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. 584 pp, 6 x 9¼, New York. Henry Holt & Co..
Obsessive book collecting is apparently the only hobby to have a disease named after it. Bibliophiles all along this delightful continuum will enjoy Basbanes's anecdotal and journalistic approach to book collecting, buying, and selling throughout world history.
__________. 2002. Among the Gently Mad. 272 pp, 8.5 x 5.8, Henry Holt & Company, Inc..
Booth, Richard. 1976. Book Collecting. 192 pp, 27 cm, [4] leaves of plates. ill. (some col.) bibliography p. 182-185. includes index.. Florence, Alabama. House of Collectibles.
chapters by S. Peter Dance, Trevor Mills, Harold Landry, Booth... "well illustrated, excellent glossary, very useful bibliography." (Gene Freeman).
Connolly, Joseph. 1987. Modern First Editions: Their Value to Collectors. 2nd. Trans-Atlantic Publications.
Author is a London bookseller; book has British orientation.
de Hamel, Christopher and Richard A. Linenthal, eds. 1981. Fine books and book collecting: books and manuscripts acquired from Alan G. Thomas and described by his customers on the occasion of his seventieth birthday. x, 72 pp, 31 cm, ill.. Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. J. Hall.
Ellis, Estelle; Caroline Seebohm; Christopher Simon Sykes. 1995. At Home With Books: How Booklovers Live With and Care for Their Libraries. 12.1 x 9.3, Random House.
Ellis, Ian C. 1996. Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books. 271 pp, 5.5 x 8.5, pbk. New York. Berkeley Publishing Group: A Perigree Book.
An insider's guide to the used and rare book market and how to learn to find hidden treasures on the bookshelves. Includes an index of the 1,001 "most collectible" books and authors.
Feather, John. 1996. A Dictionary of Book History. 320 pp, Oxford Univ. Press.
650 articles on bibliophile subjects.
Fleck, Robert D. 1981. The Alida Roochvarg Collection of Books About Books: Six Catalogues and Index. 428 pp, Oak Knoll Books.
Goldstone, Lawrence and Nancy. 1998. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World. 224 pp, 8.2 x 5.5, Griffin Trade Paperback.
Hurlimann, Bettina. 1977. Seven Houses: My Life With Books. Ty Crowell Co..
Iacone, Salvatore J. 1976. The Pleasures of Book Collecting. 303 pp, index. bibliography. glossary. abbreviations. Harper & Row.
Chapters include first editions, impressions/issue/state, association copies, list of desirable author signed copies, plan for collecting (several lists), first editions, points (list of notable books and their points), care and protection, bookseller psychology.
Matthews, Jack. 1977. Collecting Rare Books for Pleasure and Profit. 317 pp, index. bibliography. glossary. New York. Putnam.
Rare books as investments, points (notable books and their points), modern firsts, private presses, association copies, Grolier & Connolly lists of high spots, condition and care, buying/selling strategies.
__________. 1981. Collecting Rare Books For Pleasure and Profit. Athens, OH. Ohio University Press.
McBride, Bill. 1998. Book Collecting For Fun And Profit. Hartford, CT. Bill McBride.
Peters, Jean, ed. 1977. Book Collecting: a Modern Guide. 288 pp, index. New York. R.R. Bowker.
Twelve essays: bookseller relations, auctions, antiquarian market, manuscripts., descriptive bibliography, forgeries, care and condition, appraisal, collection organization, literature of book collecting.
__________. 1979. Collectible Books: Some New Paths. 294 pp, index. bibliography, pp.275-279. New York. R.R. Bowker.
Nine essays: non-firsts, books in series, book catalogs, "American Fiction Since 1960".
Porter, Catherine. 1995. Miller's Collecting Books. Mitchell Beazley.
Quayle, Eric. 1971. The collector's book of books. 144 pp, 31 cm, illus. (part col.), facsims. bibliography p. 139. photos by Gabriel Monro. New York, London. C.N. Potter, Studio Vista.
Rostenberg, Leona and Madeleine B. Stern. 1996. Old Books in the Old World. 168 pp, 6 x 9.5, New Castle, Del.. Oak Knoll Press.
During the decade following the end of World War II, these two grand dames of the antiquarian bookselling world ventured across the Atlantic to buy old books. Among the ruins and cobblestone streets of postwar Europe they discovered bibliographic treasures and returned with rarities and bookish tales.
Storm, Colton and Howard Peckham. 1947. Invitation to Book Collecting, Its Pleasures and Practices. New York. R.R. Bowker.
"...the very best modern introduction to book collecting. It often appears in catalogues at anywhere from $15 to $50." (Dave Klappholz, posting to Biblio, 10/13/96.).
Thomas, Alan Gradon. 1967. Fine Books. 120 pp, 22 cm, illus. (part col.), facsims. bibliography p. 120. New York. Putnam.
__________. 1975. Great Books and Book Collectors. 280 pp, 32 cm, ill. (some col.) includes index. bibliography p. 272-274. New York. Putnam.
Wilson, Robert A. 1980. Modern Book Collecting. 270 pp, index. glossary. Knopf.
Author collections, bookseller relations, auctions, collector's condition, first edition identification, bibliographies, (includes list of 20th century author bibliographies.), book production, care and condition, forgeries, investment issues, selling a collection. Appendixes: list of book auction firms, bookseller list (modern first editions), clubs for collectors, 50 most important American literary books published since WWII. Emphasis on the HOW, not the why, of book collecting. Author was proprietor of the Phoenix Book Shop, New York City.
__________. 1992. Modern Book Collecting. 276 pp, 5.5 x 8.25, index, glossary. pbk. New York. Lyons & Burford.


Blanck, Jacob, compiler. 1955. Bibliography of American Literature (BAL). 26 cm, 9 vols.. New Haven. Yale University Press (Bibliographical Society of America).
v.1. Henry Adams to Donn Byrne.--v.2. George W. Cable to Timothy Dwight.--v.3. Edward Eggleston to Bret Harte.--v.4. Nathaniel Hawthorne to Joseph Holt Ingraham.--v.5. Washington Irving to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. v.6. Augustus Baldwin Longstreet to Thomas WilliamParsons -- v.7. James Kirke Paulding to Frank Richard Stockton / edited and completed by Virginia L. Smyers and Michael Winship...

"The Bibliography of American Literature (BAL) provides nearly 40,000 records of the literary works of approximately 300 American writers from the period of the Revolution to 1930. It provides the researcher with a comprehensive bibliographic guide to over 200 years of the acknowledged American literary canon. BAL is particularly renowned for the accuracy and extent of its publication details, which list every reprint and variant edition of the authors' works, including obscure and fugitive appearances in anthologies, broadsides and gift books. It also includes details on bindings and physical features of the editions." Bowling Green State University. (online edition)

"Bibliography of American Literature originally appeared in nine volumes, published for the Bibliographical Society of America by the Yale University Press between 1955 and 1991. Jacob Blanck, the project's originator and primary architect, compiled the basic data for all volumes and saw Volumes 1 to 6 through to publication. After Blanck's death in 1974, Volume 7 was completed and edited for publication by Virginia L. Smyers and Michael Winship, Volumes 8 and 9 by Michael Winship alone." University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (online edition)

"As a collector of nineteenth century literature I find it essential. Most of ts nine volumes are out of print. The last set I saw was listed at $650. My guess a good set (very fine in booksellerese) would go for $900 now, ex-library $500-700. The Winship and Eppard Selective Index... although not part of the original BAL, is in print at $70, and it's very useful. Many libraries have complete sets so owning it might not be necessary unless you want to be on top of the buying game." (Gene Freeman, posted to Biblio 12/20/96). more info on BAL.

Johnson, Merle. 1942. American First Editions. 553 pp, revised by Jacob Blanck. maroon cloth. 8vo. 4th rev.. New York. R.R. Bowker.
"For materials published before about 1942 it gives lots of information on identifying the first editions of works whose status is not easily ascertained and points out individual exceptions to the normal identification rules. For me, it's a must." (Mike Justman, posted to Biblio, 10/13/96).
McBride, Bill. 1996. Points of Issue; A Compendium of Points of Issue of Books by 19th - 20th Century Authors. 100 pp, 3rd. Hartford, CT. Bill McBride.
Pocket size, easy-to-use guide.
__________. 2001. Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions. 76 pp, 6th. Hartford, CT. Bill McBride.
Pocket size, easy-to-use guide.
Zempel, Edward N. & Linda A. Verkler, eds. 2001. First Editions, A Guide to Identification. 680 pp, 6 x 9, 4th. Peoria, IL. Spoon River Press.
Statements of selected North American, British Commonwealth, and Irish publishers on their methods of designating first editions.


Carter, John. 2000. ABC for Book Collectors. 224 pp, 21 cm, 5.25 x 8, revised by Nicolas Barker. 7th. New Castle, DE. Oak Knoll Books.
Witty, clever, and entertaining, the newly revised edition of this indispensable classic reference contains over 450 alphabetical entries covering technical terms of book collecting and bibliography, as well as informative comments on many other subjects.
Glaister, Geoffrey Ashall. 1996. Encyclopedia of the Book. 576 pp, 7 x 10, Cleveland. World Pub. Co..
The standard reference guide to the book, this classic on all aspects of the book trade includes over 3,000 definitions of terms used in bookbinding, printing, and papermaking, as well as biographical details and notes.
Haller, Margaret. 1976. The Book Collector's Fact Book. 271 pp, ARCO Pub. Co..
Handbook for collectors, arranged as a glossary.
Peters, Jean, ed. 1994. The Bookman's Glossary. 223 pp, bibliography. 7th. New York. R.R. Bowker.
Prytherch, Raymond John. Harrod, Leonard Montague. 1990. The librarians' glossary of terms used in librarianship, and the book crafts, and reference book. 784 pp, 7th rev.. Ashgate Publishing Co..
Comprehensive glossary for bibliophiles.
Roberts, Matt T. and Don Etherington. 1994. Bookbinding and the Conservation of books: A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. with drawings by Margaret R. Brown. (website).


1991-. FIRSTS: Collecting Modern First Editions. (website).
monthly, began publication January 1991. [eleven issues per year, beginning 1993.]. Feature articles, checklists with market prices, how-to articles. The best single periodical source for collectors of modern first editions. Write for info to FIRSTS Magazine, P.O. Box 65166 - Dept. EO11, Tucson, AZ 85728-5166 USA.
1996-1999. BIBLIO: The Magazine for Collectors of Books, Manuscripts, and Ephemera.
first issue July-August 1996, last issue April 1999. (began bimonthly; became monthly Jan. 1997.)
2003-. OP: A Magazine of Book Culture, Collectors, & Commerce. issue #1, Jan-Feb 2003. (website).
"...a new magazine dedicated to the out-of-print, collectible, and antiquarian book world." published by Scott Brown.
PO Box 106
Eureka, CA 95502
707-443-9562   fax 707-443-9572

Price Guides

Ahearn, Allen & Patricia. 2001. Collected Books: The Guide to Values 2002. 832 pp, 9.6 x 6.4, Putnam Pub Group.
Up-to-date price handbook listing over 20,000 first editions in all fields. Special feature: Bibliography of literary author bibliographies, the best single source available. Acknowledged as the successor to Van Allen Bradley's Book Collector's Handbook of Values.
George, Mark A. 1997. Price Guide of World War I and World War II Books and Manuals. 301 pp, 11 x 8.5, 19,000+ entries, comb bound with laminated covers, [$32.50+$2.50 s/h]. Mark A. George, P.O. Box 36372, Denver CO 80236. (303) 781-8482.
Howlett-West, Stephanie. 1997. Inter-Galactic Price Guide to Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror, 2nd Edition. 386 pp, 8.5 x 11, Modesto, CA. S. Howlett-West Books.
20,000+ entries, spiral bound with laminated covers. A compilation of 65 catalogs over the year from 28 different dealers. All data from 1996 thru Feburary 1997. ($35.00. contact Shep Iiams [] for info.).
__________. 1997. Behind the Lens, a price guide to books about photography, photographers & related material. 352 pp, 8.5 x 11, Modesto, CA. S. Howlett-West Books.
6,500+ entries, spiral bound with laminated covers. A compilation of 32 catalogs over the year from 20 different dealers. Data for 1996 thru May 1997. ($35.00. contact Shep Iiams [] for info.).
Huxford, Bob and Lisa Stroup, eds. 1999. Huxford's Old Book Value Guide. 11th. Collector Books.
Leab, Katharine Kyes, editor-in-chief. 2001. American Book Prices Current. 2000: The Auction Season September 1999-August 2000. (Vol. 106). Bancroft-Parkman, Inc. P.O. Box 1236, Washington CT 06793 USA.
"American Book Prices Current is an annual record of books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and broadsides sold at auction. Countries covered include North America and the UK, with sales from such other countries as Switzerland, Germany, Monaco, Holland, Australia and many other places. It is the standard tool used by dealers, appraisers, auction houses, scholars and tax authorities. Now in its 106th year, ABPC is available in book or CD-ROM form."
__________. 2008. American Book Prices Current.
Vol. 110 (September 2003-August 2004) was the final hard-copy edition. Currently available online: (and 1975-2006 available on CD-ROM).
Snow, Marshall. 1997. A Comprehensive Price List of Crime, Mystery, Thriller & Detective Fiction, 1997 Edition. 800+ pp,
55,000+ entries of different books in 2 comb bound volumes. Derived from over 350 different dealers catalogs, AB Bookman Weekly ads, Interloc and Bibliofind internet databases. ($79.00. contact Shep Iiams [] for info.).
Tedford, Marie and Pat Goudey. 2001. Official Price Guide to Collecting Books. 400 pp, 9.3 x 6.1, House of Collectibles.
Zempel, Edward N. and Linda A. Verkler. 1998. Book Prices: Used & Rare. 798 pp, 8.8 x 11.3, Peoria, Ill. Spoon River Press.
Containing prices on over 30,000 mainstay books in all of the major subject areas, this is often the first guide book collectors and sellers reach for.

Dealer Guides

Ethridge, James M. and Karen, eds. 1997. Antiquarian, Specialty, and Used Book Sellers, 1997-98: A Subject Guide and Directory (ASUBS). 863 pp, 6 x 9, flexible cover. Omnigraphics, Inc. PO Box 31-1601, Detroit, MI 48231.
5,261 Dealer Listings / Specialty Index of 2,000 Topics / Personal Name and Store Name Indexes. "the largest, most informative guide to the U.S. trade ever published for dealers, librarians, collectors, researchers..." Website
Sheppard's. 1994. Sheppard's Book Dealers in Japan. 200 pp, 5.75 x 8.5, 400 dealers. London. Europa.
__________. 1994. Sheppard's International Directory of Ephemera Dealers. 346 pp, 5.75 x 8.5, 1,790 dealers. London. Europa.
__________. 1997. Sheppard's Book Dealers in Europe. 320 pp, 5.75 x 8.5, 1,900 dealers. 10th. London. Europa.
__________. 1999. Sheppard's Book Dealers in North America. 676 pp, 5.75 x 8.5, 3,350 dealers. 14th. London. Europa.
__________. 2000. Sheppard's Book Dealers in the British Isles. 489 pp, 5.75 x 8.5, 2,600 dealers. 24th. London. Europa.
__________. 2002. Sheppard's Book Dealers in Australia & New Zealand. 232 pp, 5.75 x 8.5, 680+ dealers. London. Europa.
Siegel, David S. & Susan. The Used Book Lover's Guide Series. P.O. Box 193, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Book Hunter Press. Seven regional guides to 7,900 used book dealers in the USA and Canada, including open shops, by appointment and mail order only dealers. Includes detailed descriptions of the dealer's stock, travel directions, city, regional and state maps that highlight clusters of dealers located near each other, dealer and specialty indexes and comments about the open shops based on the authors' site visits. The Guides are available either as trade paperbacks or online by annual subscription. Free partial access to the online searchable database is also available. The printed Guides are updated annually with a printed supplements. The online Guides are updated on a continuing basis.
__________. 1997. The Used Book Lover's Guide to the Mid-Atlantic States. 375 pp, 6 x 9, 1100 dealers. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware. rev & exp.. Yorktown Heights, NY. Book Hunter Press.
__________. 1997. The Used Book Lover's Guide to the South Atlantic States. 375 pp, 6 x 9, 950 dealers. Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida. rev & exp.. Yorktown Heights, NY. Book Hunter Press.
__________. 1997. The Used Book Lover's Guide to the Central States. 464 pp, 6 x 9, 1250 dealers. Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama. rev & exp.. Yorktown Heights, NY. Book Hunter Press.
__________. 1998. The Used Book Lover's Guide to the Midwest. 511 pp, 6 x 9, 1100 dealers. Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia. rev & exp.. Yorktown Heights, NY. Book Hunter Press.
__________. 1999. The Used Book Lover's Guide to Canada. 850 pp, 6 x 9, 850 dealers. Yorktown Heights, NY. Book Hunter Press.
__________. 2000. The Used Book Lover's Guide to New England. 375 pp, 6 x 9, 850 dealers. Maine New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island. 2nd rev.. Yorktown Heights, NY. Book Hunter Press.
__________. 2000. The Used Book Lover's Guide to the Pacific Coast States. 528 pp, 6 x 9, 1500 dealers. California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii. rev & exp.. Yorktown Heights, NY. Book Hunter Press.

Design & Printing

Levarie, Norma. 1995. The Art & History of Books. 328 pp, 8.5 x 11, 176 b&w illustrations. New Castle, DE. Oak Knoll Press. London: British Library; New York: Distributed in the USA by Lyons & Burford.
This lavishly illustrated history of book design from its beginnings to the present belongs on every booklover's shelf. "The best overall survey in print."
McLean, Ruari. 1959. Modern book design; from William Morris to the present day. 115 pp, 23 cm, illus.. Fair Lawn, NJ. Essential Books.
__________. 1963. Victorian book design and colour printing. 182 pp, 23 cm, illus, New York. Oxford University Press.
__________. 1972. Victorian book design and colour printing. xii, 241 pp, 30 cm, illus. (part col.) includes bibliographical references. 2nd. Berkeley. University of California Press.
__________. 1973. Victorian publishers' book-bindings in cloth and leather. 160 pp, 31 cm, illus. (part col.) bibliography p. 6. Berkeley. University of California Press (UK: Fraser).
__________. 1983. Victorian publishers' book-bindings in paper. 112 pp, 31 cm, chiefly ill. (some col.) bibliography p.[6]. includes index. Berkeley. University of California Press (UK: Fraser).

Care and Preservation

Ellis, Estelle, Wilton Wiggins, Douglas Lee. 2000. The Booklover's Repair Kit: First Aid for Home Libraries. 160 pp, 13.7 x 10, Knopf.
Greenfield, Jane. 1988. The Care of Fine Books. 160 pp, 7 x 9.25, Over 200 line illustrations. New York. N. Lyons Books.
A highly readable handbook on the construction, care, repair, storage, display, and handling of fine books.
Rosenberg, Margot and Bern Marcowitz. 2002. The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New. 192 pp, 5.5 x 8.7, Thomas Dunne Books.

Book Selling / Internet

Harper, Tro. 2001. Now What! Tales from the Annals of a San Francisco Bookseller. 189 pp, Oak Point Press.
Pitner, Suzanne F. 2000. Selling Old Books the New Dot Com Way: Your Guide to Starting and Running an Internet Bookselling Business. 128 pp, 5 x 8,
Windwalker, Stephen. 2002. Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites. 176 pp, Harvard Perspectives Press.

Specialty Collecting


Lesser, David M. 1996. Americana: a bibliography. (list prepared for Biblio maillist 10/18/96).

Children's Books

Arbuthnot, May Hill. 1957. Children and Books. 8, xvi, 684 pp, (later editions with Zena Sutherland: Glenview, 1972, 8, 836pp; Glenview, 1977, 8, xii, 699pp). Scott, Foresman and Company (William Morrow & Company).
(A college text for children's lit classes. Easy to understand, well covered, good for beginners) NS
Bader, Barbara. 1976. American Picture Books from Noah's Ark to the Beast Within. 615 pp, New York. MacMillan Publishing Company.
Blanck, Joseph. 1938. Peter Parley to Penrod. Bibliographic Description of the Best-Loved American Juvenile Books. Bowker.
Dalby, Richard. 2001. Golden Age of Children's Book Illustration. Book Sales.
Darton, F.J. Harvey. 1999. Children's Books in England; Five Centuries of Social Life. 398 pp, 3rd (1932). British Library.
De Vries, Leonard. 1990. Treasury of Illustrated Children's Books: Early Nineteenth-Century Classics from the Osborne Collection. 285 pp, 10.3 x 13.2, Abbeville Press, Inc..
Feaver, William. 1977. When We Were Young; Two Centuries of Children's Book Illustration. Holt Rinehard Winston.
Fleck, Robert D. 1992. Kenneth E. Luther Collection of Books about Children's Books. Oak Knoll Books.
Gottlieb, Gerald. 1975. Early Children's Books and their Illustration. Pierpont Morgan Library.
Heran, Michael Patrick & Trinkett Clark, H. Nichols, B. Clark. 1997. Myth, Magic, and Mystery: One Hundred Years of American Children's Book Illustration. 9 x 11.6, Roberts Rinehart Pub.
Hurlimann, Bettina. 1968. Three Centuries of Children's Books in Europe. Work.
Jones, Diane McClure and Rosemary. 1996. Collector's Guide to Children's Books 1850 to 1950: Identification & Values (Vol 1). 8.5 x 11, Collector Books.
__________. 1998. Collector's Guide to Children's Books 1850 to 1950: Identification & Values (Vol 2). 176 pp, 8.5 x 11, Collector Books.
__________. 2000. Collector's Guide to Children's Books 1950 to 1975: Identification & Values (Vol 3). 272 pp, 8.5 x 11, Collector Books.
__________. 2001. Boys' & Girls' Book Series Real World Adventures: Identification & Values. 176 pp, 8.5 x 11, Collector Books.
Mahony, Bertha E. 1990. Contemporary Illustrators of Children's Books. Omnigraphics, Inc..
Mahony, Bertha E. & Louise Payson Latimer & Beulah Folmsbee. 1985. Illustrators of Children's Books 1744-1945. (1947). Horn Book.
Matheson, William. 1985. Children's Books in the Rare Book Division of the Library of Congress: Author, Title and Chronological Catalogs. 2 volumes. Rowman & Littlefield.
Meyer, Susan E. 1997. Treasury of the Great Children's Book Illustrators. 272 pp, 8.9 x 11.1, pbk. Harry N Abrams.
Miller, Bertha E. Mahony. 1978. Contemporary Illustrators of Children's Books. Gale Group.
Muir, Percy. 1954. English Children's Books 1600-1900. Bastford.
Peppin, Brigid. Fantasy: book illustration 1860-1920. 191 pp, Studio Vista.
Peppin, Brigid & L. Micklethwait. 1984. Book Illustrators of the Twentiteh Century. Arco Pub..
Quayle, Eric. 1971. The collector's book of children's books. 144 pp, 31 cm, photos by Gabriel Monro. illus. (part col.) bibliography p. 138. 1st. New York. C.N. Potter; distributed by Crown Publishers.
__________. 1983. Early children's books: a collector's guide. 256 pp, 24 cm, bibliography p. 247-248. includes index. Devon. David & Charles. Newton Abbot. Totowa, N.J. Barnes & Noble Books.
Santi, Steve. 2000. Collecting Little Golden Books: A Collector's Identification and Price Guide. 528 pp, 8.5 x 11, 4th. Krause Publications.
Shercliff, W.H. 1988. Manchester Polytechnic Library of Children's Books 1840-1939. Manchester Polytechnic Library.
St John, Judith. 1958. Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books: Vol I 1599-1910. Toronto Public Library.
__________. 1975. Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books: Vol II 1476-1910. Toronto Public Library.
Stewart, Nancy. 1996. Early Children's and Illustrated Books. Most of the listings in this section were originally from this list by Nancy Stewart prepared for the Biblio maillist 10/21/96.
Sutherland, Zena. 1996. Children and Books. 720 pp, 8.2 x 10.3, Trina Schart Hyman, illustrator. 9th. Addison-Wesley Pub Co..
May Hill Arbuthnot authored the first edition of this now-classic children's literature textbook, a tradition carried on for the last six editions by Sutherland, whose name appears here as sole author for the first time.
Targ, William. 1957. Bibliophile in the Nursery: a Bookman's Treasury.... Scarecrow Press.
Thwaite, Mary F. 1972. From Primer to Pleasure in Reading: An Introduction to the History of Children's Books in England from the Invention of Printing to 1914. Horn Book.
Townsend, John Rowe. 1992. Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature. 372 pp, 5.3 x 8, 25th Anniversary Edition. pbk. 4th rev.. Lippincott.
Whalley, Joyce Irene. 1975. Cobwebs to Catch Flies; Illustrated Books for the Nursery and Schoolroom 1700-1900. University of California Press.

Cook Books

Quayle, Eric. 1978. Old cook books: an illustrated history. 256 pp, 31 cm, photos by Gabriel Monro. ill. bibliography p. 249. includes indexes. 1st. New York. Dutton "A Brandywine Press book".

Detective Fiction

Bleiler, Richard. 1999. Reference Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction. 391 pp, 6.5 x 9.6, Libraries Unlimited.
Quayle, Eric. 1972. The collector's book of detective fiction. 143 pp, 31 cm, photos by Gabriel Monro. [16] p. illus. (some col.), facsims., ports. bibliography p. 129. London. Studio Vista.


Lewis, John Noel Claude. 1962. Printed ephemera; the changing uses of type and letterforms in English and American printing. 282 pp, 32 cm, typog. specimens. Ipswich, Suffolk. W.S. Cowell; [distributed by Dover Publications, New York].
__________. 1976. Collecting printed ephemera: a background to social habits and social history, to eating and drinking, to travel and heritage, and just for fun. 160 pp, 31 cm, [16] p. of plates. ill. (some col.), facsims. (some col.), forms, ports. (some col.) bibl, p.158. London. Studio Vista.
Rickards, Maurice. 1977. This is ephemera: collecting printed throwaways. 64 pp, 21 cm, [1] leaf of plates. ill. includes index. Brattleboro, VT. Gossamer Press: distributed by S. Greene Press.
__________. 1988. Collecting printed ephemera. 224 pp, 25 cm, ill. (some col.) bibliography p. 220-221. includes index. New York. Abbeville Press.
Rickards, Maurice, Michael Twyman (ed.). 2000. Encyclopedia of Ephemera: A Guide to the Fragmentary Documents of Everyday Life for the Collector, Curator and Historian. 416 pp, 8.6 x 11.6, Routledge.

Historical Letters

Rendell, Kenneth W. 1995. History Comes to Life: Collecting Historical Letters and Documents. 279 pp, 8.75 x 11.25, 1,007 illustrations and signature samples.. Norman, OK. University of Oklahoma Press.
Discussing the reasons collectors acquire these tangible links to people they admire, Rendell guides the reader through all aspects of collecting irresistible letters, manuscripts, and documents in virtually all subject areas from ancient times through the twentieth century.

Map Collecting

Armistead, Steve. 1996. Useful Map Collecting Books. (based on a list posted to Biblio maillist).

Science Fiction

Internet Speculative Fiction DataBase. (website).
This index is created from the monthly Books Received column in Locus Magazine, edited by Charles N. Brown. The contents of anthologies, single-author collections, and magazines are added by William G. Contento, who also wrote the programs used to generate these pages.
Barron, Neil. 1995. Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction. 912 pp, 9 x 6, 4th. Bowker-Greenwood.
Contains no 1st edition or price information whatsoever. This is THE guide of what to read or films to see. Revised and updated edition has concise summaries and evaluations of some 2,100 works of fiction and over 800 works of non-fiction published from the genre's beginnings to the present. Includes listings of films based on SF novels and short stories, guidance to books on video and audio tape, public and private research libraries SF magazines, comics, and art. Excludes foreign language SF. (See 3rd (1987) edition for most comprehensive guide to foreign SF). SI
Bleiler, Everett F. 1978. The Checklist of Science-Fiction and Supernatural Fiction. Glen Rock, NJ. Firebell Books.
__________. 1983. Guide to Supernatural Fiction. Kent, OH. Kent State University Press.
__________. 1991. Science-Fiction: The Early Years. 998 pp, 8.8 x 11.3, Kent State Univ Pr.
__________. 2002. Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror. 2nd. Charles Scribners Sons/Reference.
Bleiler, Everett F. & Richard J. Bleiler. 1998. Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years: A Complete Coverage of the Genre Magazines Amazing, Astounding, Wonder, and Others from 1926 Through 1936. 768 pp, 8.8 x 11.3, Kent State Univ Pr.
Brown, Charles N. & William G. Contento. The Locus Index to Science Fiction (1984-1998). (website).
From the monthly Books Received column in LOCUS MAGAZINE, covers ALL books, anthologies and magazines from 1984 thru 1996 including contents and publication data. A huge annual reference book version: SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, & HORROR: 1984-1996 by Charles N. Brown & William G. Contento (Locus Press, 1986-1996) was available, however the internet version is constantly corrected and updated. (1996 SI)
Clute & Nichols. 1995. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. 1370 pp, St. Martins.
Illustrated CD ROM available from Grolier for Mac and Windoze. An indispensable reference book on science fiction that contains over 4,300 entries and 1.2 million words. For every reader who loves, uses and wishes to know more about science fiction, this is the first and most important reference you should get. Has publication dates and title changes only with no other first edition ID information. Unlike the 1979 edition, the book is not illustrated and there are no magazine checklists. SI
Contento, William. 2000. Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, Combined Edition. (website).
A comprehensive, complete, updated and corrected index compiled from INDEX TO SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGIES AND COLLECTIONS, (G.K. Hall 1978) and INDEX TO SCIENCE FICTION ANTHOLOGIES AND COLLECTIONS 1977-1983, (G.K. Hall 1984). Catalog of all SF anthologies thru 1983 searchable by story or author, and by book title or author/editor. Excellent reference for finding original magazine publication of any SF story that has been anthologised. (1996 SI)
Currey Lloyd. 1979. Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors: A Bibliography of First Printings of Their Fiction and Selected Non-Fiction. G.K. Hall.
Covers roughly 215 important authors thru December 1977, reference citations thru June 1979. Although perhaps the most important, thorough and accurate guide to identification of first editions, it if far from complete or accurate. For instance it is very easy to misidentify Heinlein's STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND by Currey's less than complete description. There are almost no cover/dust jacket prices or page counts mentioned excepting paperbacks. SI
Day, Donald. 1982. Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1926 - 1950. revised. PG K Hall.
All major SF magazines but no Horror such as WEIRD TALES. By author and title with pseudonyms, but no index by index. SI
Howlett-West, Stephanie. Inter-Galactic Price Guide: Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror. 408 pp, 8.5 x 11, Modesto, CA. S. Howlett-West Books.
The ONLY current price guide to books by modern and classic Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror authors. This 8 1/2 by 11, 408 page book has 20,000+ entries. A compilation of 89 catalogs over the year from 29 different dealers, spiral bound with laminated covers and includes a detailed introduction. There are multiple listings for many titles. Entries are coded for condition, signed, inscribed, limited, ARC, Proof, association, etc. Cover price $35. (1996 SI)
Iiams, Shep. 1996. A List of Sci-Fi Reference Materials. comments noted SI are originally from this list posted by Shep Iiams to Biblio Maillist in 1996.
This is a summary of the best, most current, primary SF references I am aware of to identify first editions, find reading material, find stories with favorite themes, pricing, etc. SI
Parnell, Frank H., Michael Ashley. 1985. Monthly Terrors: An Index to the Weird Fantasy Magazines Published in the United States and Great Britain. 602 pp, 6.4 x 9.6, Greenwood Publishing Group.
Reginald, R. 1974. Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature: A Check List 1700 - 1974. Gale Research.
vol. 1 is 786 pages. Attempts to identify all first and first thus editions thru 1974, but only contains date, publisher, page count, hardback/paperback information. No cover price or other identifying point information included. Includes by title, series, award, ace and Belmont doubles indexes. Vol. 2 Short biographies including original author comments and 32 page B&W "Pictorial History of Science Fiction Publishing". SI
__________. 2002. Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Supplement, 87. 87th. Gale Research.
Attempts to identify all first and first thus editions 1975 thru 1991, but only contains date, publisher, page count, hardback/paperback information. No cover price or other identifying point information included. SI
Stephens, Christopher P. 1991. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Paperback First Edition: A Complete List of Them All (1939 - 1973). 144 pp, 8.5 x 11, pbk.
By author listings with a title index. Includes publisher ID numbers, cover price, page count, and illustrators. SI
Strauss, Erwin. 1966. Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1951-1965. MIT Science Fiction Society.
Author, Title and Issue indexes with a check list of magazines indexed. SI
__________. 1971-. Index to the Science Fiction Magazines 1966 - 1970. New England Science Fiction Association.
1971, ... 1989, beginning 1971 the New England Science Fiction Association published a number of SF magazine indexes. Author, Title and Issue indexes with a check list of magazines indexed. SI
Tuck, Donald. 1974. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Advent.
A three volume encyclopedia current thru 1968. The bulk of vol. 1 & 2 consist of short author biographies with extensive book bibliographies which include many authors and descriptive items not found in the more recent Currey bibliography such as cover prices, page counts, later and foreign editions. SI
Tymn, Marshall B. and Mike Ashley. 1985. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Weird Fiction Magazines. 970 pp, Greenwood Press.
A comprehensive critical description of over 600 main stream magazines, associated magazine-like anthologies, academic periodicals, major fanzines and non-English language magazines. Critical descriptive essays are 1/2 to 40 pages. Includes bibliographies of source information and primary library holdings; a concise publication history with the dates of title changes, size and format changes, volume data, publisher changes, editorial changes, and issue price. Includes index to several hundred major cover artists; and a chronology of magazines started by year. SI

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