Posted on 03. Jan, 2011 by Thatcher Wine in Blog, Recent Projects
When I turned my book collecting hobby into a bookselling business years ago, I started with rare and unusual books, bought one at a time, and sold one at a time. My niche of building complete book collections and decorative libraries came a few years later after I already had a lot of experience and expertise buying books, identifying first editions, and selling to collectors and institutions. These days, I still help a lot of clients build book collections one book at a time and the fundamental knowledge I have about authors, books, subjects, sources for books, etc. comes in very handy helping with these projects.
I recently added a few new pages to the website and some photos of recent projects. Good photos of past projects aren’t all available, but I will be adding more photos in the future as I build additional book collections.
Literary classics, in the broad definition, is probably the most requested type of book collection for a home library. Authors like Mark Twain and Jane Austen are timeless and nice to own in a hardcover or leather bound edition. Given my familiarity with authors, I can assemble collections of literary classics that appeal to any customer and if favorite authors are requested, I can easily extrapolate to other authors that might be of interest.
Handpicked Literary Classics
Literary classics in modern leather bindings, such as those published by Easton Press, are also very popular and decorative.
Modern Leather Literary Classics
We handle a lot of antique leather books. One of the differences in our overall approach to leather books is that we pay attention to both how the books look AND their content / titles. We also specialize in primarily all English language antique leather books. For clients interested in a purely decorative antique leather library, we can deliver that at a very economical price. For clients interested in building libraries of complete sets of particular authors we can assemble those as well.
Leather Bound George Eliot
On the higher and more specialized end of book collecting are collections of First Editions we obtain for clients. These range from a single book we might help a customer obtain for a gift, to finding collectible copies of rare and/or signed first editions for clients over time. Recent requests have included first editions of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, P.G. Wodehouse, Larry McMurtry, Will James, Frank Dobie, and others.
Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse First Editions
As we are based in Boulder, Colorado and have a lot of clients in the West – we buy and sell a lot of books about the West – Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, etc. We have several clients who we have worked with over years to build their collections one book at a time. We also have clients who we have furnished entire libraries of hundreds of volumes of Western Americana at one time.
Western Americana Library
A somewhat related field is that of mountaineering books. Given our base in Boulder, CO and our frequent work in the mountain communities, we see a lot of books about the mountains, rock climbing, skiing, and other related subjects and we find good homes for them!
We have built libraries for clients all over the world including yachts in the Mediterranean, homes in Italy and Switzerland, beach houses in California, South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey, beautiful homes in Arizona, Oregon, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinios, New York, etc. . . . One thing many of these clients have in common is that they have requested some books about the regional history of the areas where the homes are located. We enjoy finding these books and having the homeowners and their guests delight in the discovery of learning local history.
New Mexico Book Collection
Another popular request we receive is for children’s books, usually as part of larger collections. We have recently assembled childrens’ books including complete sets of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Harry Pottery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, NC Wyeth illustrated classics, kids editions of Mark Twain, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and others.
We would be happy to discuss any project idea you have involving a custom book collection. It is not an exaggeration to say that we can find books about just about any subject that you are interested in . . .