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Re: Definition of "Rare Book" produced currently .

A book printed in 500 copies in the sixteenth century would not likely
be considered "rare" (in the rare-book community) unless, by some chance,
most of the 500 copies are known to have been destroyed.  "Rare on the
market" is another thing;  if 322 copies of the 500 originally printed
of the sixteenth century book are known to be in libraries, then one
might appropriately say that the book is rare on the market.  Many rare
book librarians -- and writers on the subject of rare books -- balk at
the idea of calling the Gutenberg Bible rare;  of the 200 or so copies
thought to have been printed, forty-some are known to exist;  if I'm not
mistaken, all of these are currently in libraries -- but a copy which
had been in a library was sold in the late 1980's, when the library was
sold (The Doheny Library in Camarillo, CA, a library owned by the catholic
archdiocese of LA), and not a few others have been sold in the past fifty
years.  I'd be very careful of using the word "rare" for anything modern
printed in fewer than, say, fifty copies.  I'm not sure *why* you'd even
want to use the word, except possibly as advertising hype (no offense
intended, but this is a listserv for artisans and scholars)

Dave Klappholz
(whose experience is mostly in the rare book world rather than in the
book arts world)

>Hello Fellow List Members,
>Please allow me to introduce myself and ask you to help me with a
>My name is Shalom Goldberg, and after having published various limited
>edition portfolios of etchings and engravings consisting of the works of
>others, (as an individual),  I have recently established The Diamanti
>Collection to publish and distribute limited edition illustrated books,
>portfolios, artists books and prints as well as an array of items for
>collectors of books and imporatnt museum quality prints.
>Altough I believe that have a good understanding of the terms, I would
>very much like to hear your opinions on the subject of rare as in a
>contemporary project.
>The question is: What in your opinion qualifies under the term rare if
>the "book project" was done today?  Would an edition of say 500 signed
>and numbered copies be considered rare?  Would 1,000 be rare?  Your help
>is most appreciated.
>Also if there are any artists with interesting projects out there I
>would very much like to hear about them and you may if you like contact
>me off list about your individual project.
>Also:  Attention Florida based book binders:  Please contact me at the
>e-mail address below if you might be interested in working together.
>The Diamanti Collection......  address: 9557 Islamorada Terrace
>                                                        Boca Raton, FL  33496
>                                                        voice:561.883.5023
>                                                        fax: 561.883.5024
>                                                        e-mail:
>Thank you for your attention and help.

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