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Nabokov's Butterfly: And Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books

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A first edition of Ulysses sold for $460,000 in auction at Christie's in 2002. The price might have upset the union chief, convicted gangster, and major-league James Joyce book collector Dennis Silverman, who had sold his copy, signed and inscribed by the author, for a mere $135,000 ten years earlier. Great books attract all kinds and come to fascinating destinies of their own, as Nabokov's Butterfly amply demonstrates. Here, noted author and rare book dealer Rick Gekoski — whose vocation led to the BBC radio series titled Rare Books, Rare People, — profiles twenty editions of major books that have passed through his hands and made publishing history, as they have become the legends of rare book collectors. Sued by J. D. Salinger, harassed by Harold Pinter, berated by Ted Hughes who unloaded his personal and passionately inscribed copy of Sylvia Plath's The Colossus, Gekoski is a convivial participant in these histories, including his sale of Mr. Tolkien's college gown. He recalls one day purchasing from Graham Greene his first edition of Lolita, with Nabokov's signature drawing of a butterfly inside, and on the next day he sold it to Elton John's lyricist at a $10,000 profit.

Synopsis:

An author and rare book dealer profiles 20 editions of major books that have passed through his hands and made publishing history, as the books--and their authors' memorabilia--have become the legends of rare book collectors. Includes 25 color photographs.

About the Author

Rick Gekoski became a book runner while working on his PhD in English at Oxford. In the 1980s he left his lectureship at the University of Warwick to become a full-time, full-fledged rare book dealer—a vocation that led to a series of radio programs for the BBC titled Rare Books, Rare People.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786716548
Subtitle:
And Other Stories of Great Authors and Rare Books
Author:
Gekoski, Rick
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
HISTORY / Essays
Subject:
HIS049000
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20060622
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5.25 in 8 oz

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