What makes a book valuable? The author, subject, date, binding, distinctive illustrations, provenance, rarity, edition, printing, usefulness – or any combination of these – are all factors in determining the value of a volume. Still, above all, the book and its dust jacket must be complete and in good condition.
From modern first editions to tales of discovery, the scope for the book collector is enormous. Whatever your interest or depth of pocket, there are sure to be books that fit.
Bookends differ in style and functionality, but their most important role is to keep books in the vertical position as firmly as possible. They are in everyday use in libraries, bookstores, and many homes.
The humble bookmark is an invaluable asset to the avid reader. Bookmarks have been the reader's friend for as long as there have been books. It is a convenient and safe way to remind the reader where to start reading next when he or she continues to read after a break. Bookmarks also saved valuable books from becoming “dog-eared” where the reader bends over the corner of the page as a reminder of where to start again.
Harold Curwen and his partner Oliver Simon ensured that the name of Curwen Press stood for quality, whether the job was a letterhead, trade label or Julius Meier Graefe's two-volume work on Van Gogh.