Jay Dobson Speaks to The National Society of Arts & Letters on Rare Books
On the October 21, at the Belleair Country Club, Jay Dobson spoke to members and guests on Rare Books and Special Collections. He first identified what constitutes a rare book stating that dust jackets in perfect condition and the age of the book are important factors. He gave historic dates that reflect the possible age of the book. Also in the rare book category are books with first illustrations of unknown artists who later were to become famous.
He gave descriptions of and points to check concerning fine binding, first edition, and limited edition when assessing books for rarity. Size and type of press (wood or metal) determined age, kind of paper (woven or lain), and popularity of the author and the subject matter must be looked at carefully as well as authenticating a signature of a signed book help authenticate a rare book status.
Computers, he said, are the tool today for establishing authenticity, price and availability of Rare Books worldwide. After a Q&A session Dobson appraised books brought in. President Sue Bowles thanked Dobson presenting him with a plaque.
The National Society of Arts & Letters sponsors a competition this year in the category of Literature, specifically the Short Story Writing with local and national monetary awards. Competitors must be between ages 18-33, show proof of U.S. citizenship and be available to attend the local Awards Luncheon and National Awards Convention.
To download application and further information contact Leslie Freedman at either 727- 712-8810 or NSALshortstories@aol.com
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