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Rare Books and Royal Collectors: Memoirs of an Antiquarian Bookseller
Rare Books and Royal Collectors Memoirs of an Antiquarian Bookseller Author:Maurice L. Ettinghausen Dr. Ettinghausen's memoirs are more than the story of an exciting and very long life; they are part detective story, part adventure, and all true. For his career and his passion were rare books, and he tells of the extraordinary finds he made, the great auctions and purchases, the rivalries and triumphs of great collectors, and the pleasures of ... more »knowing and loving books.« less
The adventures, twists, and turns of finding old books, manuscripts, maps, and related odd items... and moving them to the libraries, museums, and collections where they would be preserved and protected: That was Ettinghausen's international life and work for about 60 years, beginning just after 1900. Being multilingual and trained in classics and history, he helped to re/discover much that had been lost or hidden for generations, or even centuries. His sources and clients included royalty, the wealthy, the savants, and a few undefinables. I was especially interested in his involvement with the Huntingdon Library and the Codex Sinaiticus.