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A Practical Introduction
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Collecting Antique Books: What do collectors look for?
 


Collecting Manuscripts:
A Practical Introduction

What motivates the manuscript collector?

What do collectors look for?

What determines value?

What are the best values?

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Collecting Manuscripts: A Practical Introduction

What do collectors look for?

The wise collector, like the wise investor, maintains a diverse portfolio. While a collector may have one major area of interest, i.e., American Presidents, he or she will also buy in other areas, including the Civil War, American Revolution, literary figures, science/technology, aviation, and medicine. Diversity has its practical applications: should items in one area become scarce or drop in value, other areas will shore up the collection. Choosing an area of interest is a personal decision. Many professionals collect within their vocation: lawyers are partial to American legal and political figures; engineers seek out major figures in science and technology like Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein; architects collect letters and drawings of Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, and Cass Gilbert. Collectors can also be motivated by regionalism. Californians are partial to Western Americana, Southerners prefer regional literary figures, and Texans cherish their own political figures.

 





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