I remember when I was all fired-up about magic-collecting, back in 1965 or so, and I received my first issue of Magicol, upon joining the Magic Collectors Association. (Note: I have not been a member for probably about thirty years now. I am not, at heart, much of a joiner, but in fact, I know a few other magic-collectors who are not all that excited about the MCA or Magicol.)
Anyway, some of that stuff was pure Greek to me. I think that first issue said something like, “Here is a list of catalogs that may have magic items in them. Is anyone in a position to check?”
And I was thinking, “What? Huh?” (They may have been things like Johnson Smith catalogs or something, which might have listed magic-tricks for sale, but I was thinking, are those museum catalogs, or what?)
I remember in one of Ed Heyl’s bookseller catalogs, at about the same time, I saw the term “ex-library” and had basically no clue as to what it meant. Maybe he should have said, “former library copy.”
I remember also that he had for sale a “partially unopened” copy of something for sale. What? I could not fathom that! Of course, many collectors probably don’t know that term (“unopened” — basically where you can’t read the book because the leaves have not been cut so as to allow that).
Of course, all that stuff seems like common sense now, but I guess it isn’t.
Part of it all has to do with nomenclature, and part of it just has to do with “collecting realities,” and “collector judgment or wisdom.” I used to see catalogs from different magic-book dealers, where each might list a copy of the same (old) book. And one might have it priced at $4 and the other at $2. And I wondered, “How on earth can that be?”
Of course, all this was in the mid-1960s, and I was new to book-collecting.
I wonder whether anyone thinks this blog is “too hard.”
Overall, I have felt that it is quite elementary.
But, again, some people may think it is “too hard.” If it is a person’s first exposure to book-collecting, I think that is possible!
January 22, 2013
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