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Old Books, Rare Friends
Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion | Madeline B. Stern, Leona Rostenberg
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Louisa May Alcott once wrote that she had taken her pen for a bridegroom. Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern, friends and business partners for fifty years, have in many ways taken up their pens and passion for literature much in the same way. The "Holmes & Watson" of the rare book business, Rostenberg and Stern are renowned for unlocking the hidden secret of Louisa May Alcott's life when they discovered her pseudonym, A.M. Barnard, along with her anonymously published "blood and thunder" stories on subjects like transvestitism, hashish smoking, and feminism. Old Books, Rare Friends describes their mutual passion for books and literary sleuthing as they take us on their earliest European book buying jaunts. Using what they call Finger-spitzengefühl, the art of evaluating antiquarian books by handling, experience, and instinct, we are treated to some of their greatest discoveries amid the mildewed basements of London's booksellers after the Blitz. We experience the thrill of finding one of the earliest known books printed in America between 1617-1619 by the Pilgrim Press and learn about the influential role of publisher-printers from the fifteenth century. Like a precious gem, Old Books, Rare Friends is a book to treasure about the companionship of two rare friends and their shared passion for old books.
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Books. Friends. Relationships built around a love of books. That‘s what Litsy means to me. I know Litfluence is just a number, but this one jumped out at me. The last almost 3 years have been special because so many of you have become part of my life and my family. I love you all 😘

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Also! A dear, dear friend of mine sent me these candles for my birthday (which is in a couple of weeks) and they are beautiful and smell divine. 😻

ephemeralwaltz Yummy! 3mo
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The smell of old books😢😣💓

#oldbooks #grammared

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Catching up on the #oldcoolbooks challenge, hosted by @Linsy 😊📚😊 See her page for details.

Linsy 😁 13mo
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EadieB
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Another pile of old book. Faulkners belonged to my dad. #oldcoolbooks #nakedbooks

batsy Wow! So cool. 13mo
AmyG Ooooooo Faulkner. ❤️ 13mo
Linsy Lovely! I read As I Lay Dying in high school and just thought: What the heck? This is so depressing and confusing! I reread it in college and loved it! I also got a lot more out of it, lol. What a collection! 13mo
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andrew61 Lovely books - great photo 13mo
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SleepyDragon Light in August is on my TBR short list. 13mo
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I love this #OldCoolBooks #GiveAway being hosted by @Linsy .. can‘t wait to see what #bookish treasures will be posted each day! ❤️❤️😊

Linsy Me either! I‘m having so much fun already seeing what others share. 💜🎉 (edited) 13mo
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I love old books, especially when I can justify my purchases as research. Here‘s one of my latest, picked up on a trip to Boston. It‘s full of illustrations of the region that is the setting for the book I‘m currently writing. The binding is so beautiful, even if a little worn. #rarebooks

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Citymouse
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#riotgrams Someone else‘s books. Here‘s a shelf from the historic house where my brother is getting married tomorrow.

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Two ladies who were friends well into their #GoldenYears and shared an enthusiasm for old books #Septembowie

Cinfhen OMG!!! I'm in love 😍 check this out @laurabeth ~ that could be us in what, 10 years?!!😂😂 2y
LauraBeth Oh I HOPE so! ❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi LOL ❤️ this! 😂 2y
readinginthedark This is so awesome, like the Two Guys Series! 2y
bookdrunkard78 @readinginthedark I hadn't heard of that one! I'll have to check it out! 2y
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merelybookish
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Did some use bookstore browsing today and found this: Bookends: Two Women, One Enduring Friendship. (Not in database.) It's a sequel to Old Books, Rare Friends. Anyone read these? They're about women who worked in the rare book business. Thought it might be a bit like 84, Charing Cross Rd.
Cover is very faint. Resorted to the bathroom for decent light. 😐

CherylDeFranceschi ❤️Looks like a brilliant find! 2y
merelybookish Yes. I thought so, too. And it wasnt an awesome bookstore so it really stood out. 😊 2y
LeahBergen I have Old Books, Rare Friends but it's still TBR. 😬 2y
avalinah Sounds very interesting 🙂 2y
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#bookhaul 2 All the #Gaiman and a book I've been wanting for awhile... Amazon gift cards are the best!

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I just want to welcome my friend, the awesome @rivergirl314 to Litsy! She has been listening to me sing the praises of this community and now that it is open to Android she has come to join us!! 👏🏻🎉

Maike Welcome @rivergirl314 🎉🎉 3y
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Aleida

Just curious. What were you favorite books from the 80s and 90s? Authors? Book covers?

Aleida Anyone? 3y
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Here's my author collaboration choice; a story of an amazing, lifelong friendship between two antiquarian book dealers and scholars. They were the discoverers of Louisa May Alcott's pseudonym, under which she wrote her "sensational" tales. #augustofpages #bookphotochallenge @TheSpinecrackersBookClub #booksaboutbooks

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