Articles by: Carrie Bailey

Originally published in 1912. This pre-Spanish Flu classic is a great place to start.

22 Pandemic Books to Read Before the H7N9 Virus Kills Us All

If you’ve been following the outbreak of the H7N9 bird flu with morbid fascination, you know the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Chinese government don’t want people to panic…yet. But if you spend as many hours translating microblogs from Mandarin as some amateur epidemiologists do, you’d be concerned the[Read More…]

by April 22, 2013 Miscellaneous
Less is More when it comes to repairing rare books.

When to Repair and When to Preserve a Book

by Carrie Bailey You can get all the materials and all the instructions you need to repair a book online. Some experts will recommend cleaning the book with a swab and dishwashing detergent. Others are bit on the fence about acid-free tape, because it’s just a book after all. It’ll[Read More…]

by April 15, 2013 Book Collecting
Graham Greene - English Author

The End of the Treasure Hunt?

“If I hadn’t been a novelist I would have been a rare book dealer. You’re always on a treasure hunt.” – Graham Greene Rare book dealers must lament the passing of an era. That is their job. There was a time, before the internet, when the mostly likely place to[Read More…]

by April 8, 2013 Book Collecting
William Blake's prophet work is often compared to the biblical story of Genesis.

William Blake’s Masterpiece Inadvertently Burnt in Cult Ritual

by Carrie Bailey In Corvallis, Oregon on the 24th of March 2013, a cult organized by Nathan Dunham ritually burned a copy of The First Book of Urizen by William Blake. The work was prophetic in nature and the copy had been in the possession of Dunham’s father, Dr. Uri[Read More…]

Jack Kerouac Allegedly Sitting Next to Famed Typewriter (off screen)

What EBooks Mean to Book Collectors

 by Carrie Bailey The short answer, in my opinion, is nothing, but I want explore how I may be proven wrong. Imagine you lived in 1938 and heard Orson Wells’s radio broadcast of H. G. Well’s War of the Worlds. It’s a great moment in history if you aren’t familiar[Read More…]

by March 18, 2013 Book Collecting
Tik Tok of Oz (1914) by Frank L. Baum. The second "robot" to appear in popular literature.

14 Inventions NOT Available at Aunt Em’s House

  By Carrie Bailey Context changes things. In 1907, the concept of a clockwork man was innovative, a device before its time. In fact, Frank L. Baum created his character Tik Tok before the word “robot” was first used to describe “a machine resembling a human being and able to[Read More…]

by March 11, 2013 Book Reviews, News & Opinions
Book Collecting on a Budget

Book Collecting on a Budget

by Carrie Bailey Old smelly musty historically significant books are my passion. The problem is that I can’t always afford the ones I want. The value of rare books is driven by the desire of people to own them. Don’t misunderstand – I have great aspirations as a book collector.[Read More…]

by March 4, 2013 Book Collecting
Parts of a Book

The Anatomy of a Book

by Carrie Bailey At some point early in our lives, most people are told to be careful not to damage a book’s spine or to “Look at that cover!” It is at that precise moment, these young readers are introduced, by their a teacher, librarian, or bookseller, to the idea[Read More…]