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Old Books: Trash or Treasure?

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Saturday, August 02, 2014, 10:00am


Learn what makes one old book a valuable collector’s item and another practically worthless.

During this one-hour presentation Larry B. Massie, Michigan historian, author and advanced book collector (currently 35,000 volumes in his private collection) will unravel some of the mysteries of book collecting.

Massie will discuss the relative age of books, how to tell if a book is a first edition, association values, illustrations, fine bindings, significant imprints, dust jackets, and other book collecting lore.

This is a fun and fast-paced presentation. Larry will bring from his private library a display of representative books that will appeal to anyone who cannot resist picking up a beautiful old volume, or perhaps is wondering if any of the books in their attic might be worth something.

A researcher, historian, writer, old book appraiser, museum consultant and dynamic storyteller, Larry Massie travels both Michigan Peninsulas to share his enthusiasm of Michigan’s heritage. He has authored 20 popular Michigan history books; the most recent is the Allure of Michigan’s Past.

Following the discussion Larry will be happy to evaluate books, pamphlets and other printed material brought in by audience members. Because of time constraints, audience members will be limited to 2 materials for evaluation.

Registration is required