Steve Sargent of Analecta Books on Limited Edition Books

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I recently had a conversation with Steve Sargent, proprietor of Analecta Books, where he specializes in selling signed first edition and limited edition books. Analecta also sells “bespoke” remarqued books, where he commissions the artist to embellish the book with a drawing – something very unusual in the bookselling world. Tell us a little about […]

Where to Sign a Book

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Over the past month, I’ve received emails from two newly-published authors who have upcoming book signing events. They both wanted to know, “Where should I sign the book?” By far the most common place to sign a book is on the title page. Occasionally the half-title is signed, and some authors do sign on the […]

Should you write a gift inscription in a first edition or collectible book?

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Books make thoughtful, personal gifts. Often, the giver would like to write a short note to the recipient inside the book; this is called a gift inscription. It’s worth noting that such inscriptions most often will lower any collectible value of the book. (There are exceptions; gift inscriptions by the author or someone else connected […]