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So you want to start a book collection - but not sure where to start? We have created this series of web pages as a basic guide to starting a collection and understanding the terminology of booksellers. Our guide to book collecting covers many of the basic elements of book collecting, from what to collect to caring for your book collection.
With kitchens often serving as the heart or hub of any household, it's no surprise the gadgets, goodies and graters of the kitchens of yesteryear are a popular choice among fellow collectors. Antique Trader Kitchen Collectibles Price Guide outlines the history behind innovations such as eggbeaters, string holders, teapots, rolling pins, coffee pots, ice cream scoops and canisters, while offering advice on making smart collecting decisions.
Cinema is a broad genre for collectors. There are autobiographies, memoirs and essays. There are books written by and about countless actors, directors, screenwriters, producers and even stuntmen. History, scandal, innovation and celebrity can be found on page after page.
Put a few pieces of Hollywood history on your bookshelves.
Owning a Beatrix Potter collection is like having a slice of literary history on your bookshelf. Her stories shaped bedtime reading for many book collectors who now hunt down rare copies of Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Jeremy Fisher and those other classic tales.
Who says book collecting has to break the bank? Often when we imagine collectable books, we envision enormous, golden-edged Shakespeare tomes under glass, but the truth is, it′s not limited to antiquarian books - a collectable title can be any rare book, any limited edition, any unusual book, or any book likely to appreciate in value.
Long before Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Steinbeck, there was literature from Germany – one of the true cradles of the written word in Europe. Even though Germany did not become a modern state until 1871, the first books originating from the Germanic culture appeared more than a thousand years ago and Johann Gutenberg, born in Mainz on the banks of the Rhine, changed the world with his invention of the mechanised printing press in the 15th century.