Library Trends 09 (4) Spring 1961: Current Trends in Antiquarian Books


Library Trends 9 (4) Spring 1961: Current Trends in Antiquarian Books. Edited by Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt.

What is happening in the rare book trade today? It would be difficult to find a more challenging question about the world of books in America at this particular time. Strange, unheard of things have happened and are still happening in the rare book world. Whether we like it or not, it is a fact that for the first time in the history of American book collecting rare books have begun to flow back to an appreciable degree from the Western world to countries along and behind the Eastern shores of the Atlantic Ocean. For the first time since American collectors began to dominate the field about a hundred years ago, have European private collectors returned to the position of serious competitors. Even state and university libraries in Europe have entered the arena. True enough, these are not conditions which have developed suddenly and without any previous warning, but they have taken on considerably enlarged proportions and an accelerated pace today. In this issue of Library Trends we are concerned mainly with what rare books mean to libraries.

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