From the Glass Case… # 1 – American Geographical Society Special Publications

From the Glass Case, Post #1 marks the beginning of a series of posts that highlight some of the treasures we have in the Glass Case at Bedlam Book Café. The books in the Glass Case represent the rarer, odder, more collectible, and/or more valuable books that have come into our possession. Unfortunately, being sequestered away behind glass, […]

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Found in Books… # 2

Today’s images offer variety. Of course, one thing we find in books in abundance is bookmarks from bookstores. We’ve found countless Borders bookmarks, and a healthy collection of bookmarks from familiar Massachusetts bookshops, three of which we present today from venerable shops in Cambridge (one of which, Words Worth, is no longer there). Sometimes you […]

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Found in Books… # 1

Books become the final resting place for many paper scraps. Bookstore bookmarks, lists, scrawled notes, articles torn from newspapers and magazines, doodles, postcards, letters, adverts. They sometimes give clues to the book’s passage (a receipt, perhaps, or the bookstore’s bookmark) or shed a little light on the life of the owner – a Paw Sox […]

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The Provenance of Books…

I often wonder about the books we acquire for Bedlam. For any given volume, which bookstore sold it first? Who bought it, owned it, and why? Where has it been since being tucked into a backpack and walked out the door of (fill in the blank) bookshop back in, say 2006, or 1991, or 1975? […]

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