Abel Berland Rare Book Library Sale
Portions of the auction of 18 rare books were shown, including a world auction record set for a work by William Shakespeare. Also sold… read more
Portions of the auction of 18 rare books were shown, including a world auction record set for a work by William Shakespeare. Also sold were James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, William Blake’s Songs of Innocence, Rene Descartes' Discours, Thomas Hobbes' Leviathan, and others.
Video clips were shown of an October 3 speech by Mr. Basbanes about the Abel Berland library. Mr. Basbanes and Mr. Wahlgren were interviewed about these 18 items, interspersed with scenes from the auction of each one. Many of the auction participants were interviewed about the items and prices.
Over the course of 40 years Abel Berland, a Chicago real estate consultant, had collected a library of rare editions of 500 of the most well-known works of English literature and other areas. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Simon Finch Book Dealer
- Peter Harrington Owner Peter Harrington Books
- Seth Kaller Director Kaller's American Gallery
- Stephen Massey Consultant
- Robert Pirie Book Collector
- Francis Wahlgren Head New York
- Louis Weinstein Co-Founder Heritage Bookstore and More
- John Wolfson Curator Globe Theater (London)->Rare Books
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