Rare Book School 1998: Book Collecting Course

Rare Book School 1998: Book Collecting Course

Post by Terry Belange » Thu, 19 Mar 1998 04:00:00

BOOKS AT ***IA: RARE BOOK SCHOOL 1998 (RBS): Rare Book School is
pleased to announce its schedule of courses for the summer of 1998, 26
five-day non-credit courses of bookish interest to be offered on the
grounds of the University of ***ia in C***tesville, 13 July - 7
August. Tuition per course for RBS 1998 Summer Session is $595.
Applications may be requested via the contact information at the end of
this message. The complete brochure and Expanded Course Descriptions are
available at our Web site:


Readers of this newsgroup may find the course described below to be of
particular interest:

35 BOOK COLLECTING. This course is intended for serious but isolated
book collectors who would like to learn more about the current American
rare book scene: about the interlocking professional and social worlds
of antiquarian book collecting, the rare book trade, and research
librarianship. It is aimed at persons who collect energetically but who
currently are not active members of bibliophilic social clubs and who do
not participate to any great extent in library friends' organizations.
The course will have at least something of a proselytizing bent (the
instructors admit to being members of various social and scholarly
bibliophilic and bibliographical organizations, as well as a good many
library friends' groups; and they are well acquainted with a fair number
of book dealers).

Among the questions the course will address: Why do we collect? How can
I most effectively use the services provided by dealers, auction houses
and other agents? How do I know that a price is right,' and what should
I do if it isn't? How can I best use bibliographies and other lists in
my collecting? What kind of records should I keep? What can I do to
preserve books on my own? When professional conservation is required,
how do I find it? What should I do about insurance? What are the
benefits of professional and bibliophilic organizations and cooperation
with libraries and scholars? How should I dispose of my books? What are
the tax and collecting implications of sale, gift, and bequest? How can
I establish my own program for learning more about books and collecting?

In their personal statement, applicants should describe their book
collections and their most active current collecting interests, and
state what they would particularly like to see the course cover.
Instructors: William P. Barlow, Jr & Terry Belanger.

WILLIAM P. BARLOW, JR is a partner in the Oakland, CA, accounting firm
of Barlow & Hughan. He has advised many individuals and institutions on
bibliographical tax matters both in a professional capacity and as an
officer of library friends' groups.

TERRY BELANGER founded RBS in 1983 at Columbia University. Since 1992,
he has been University Professor and Honorary Curator of Special
Collections at the University of ***ia. Last year the Book Arts
Press, which he founded in 1972, celebrated its 25th anniversary. For
further information, see

Book Arts Press                          ph: 804/924-8851
114 Alderman Library                     fax: 804/924-8824

C***tesville, VA  22903