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The Truly Serious Book Collector

March 25, 2015

Lovers of books will enjoy posts on The New Antiquarian, the blog of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America. Lovers of many books (but never enough) will enjoy a recent post by Kurt Zimmerman, ‘You Know You’re a Serious Book Collector When . . .’

For example, you know you’re a serious book collector when:

You realize you may never see that rare book again but you can always make more money. We’re all for financial responsibility. We save, we spend wisely, we look for value for money. But you will never forget the book you let get away as long as you live.

You sell your piano to make room for another large bookcase. We did that! Except that it made room for three large bookcases.

You quietly worry about the structural integrity of your home. No (it’s very well built), but others certainly do.

You have book shelves in your bedroom closets. Only in two bedrooms, and there are no beds in those rooms – just books.

You order book jacket protectors and rolls of protective mylar in bulk from library suppliers. Well, yes (from Gaylord). This is part of being financially responsible.

Your vacations feature book stores and book dealers. Doesn’t everyone’s?

You can scout book stores all day long and forget to eat. Not quite, though we have been known to work straight through lunch when we’re in a library and in the middle of research.

Guests grow silent in amazement when they walk through your book-laden home. Then they ask about its structural integrity.

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2 Comments
  1. JULIE permalink
    March 25, 2015 6:16 pm

    Great little article – can relate on most levels – not a fan of mylar though. I started off with having a dedicated library room – what was I thinking that I could contain it!

  2. Sue Bridgwater permalink
    March 30, 2015 3:36 am

    Yes to all of the above!

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