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Wednesday, March 30,2011

Paging book lovers

Antiquarian Book & Paper Show has something for you

by Fiona Guo

 

If you need a first edition of James Joyce’s "Ulysses" to complete your library, you’ll find it at Sunday’s Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show.

The price tag: $12,000.


The seller is Robert Brooks, from Kenosha, Wis., who has attended more than 30 of the semi-annual shows.


But shoppers will also find a variety of items, ranging from posters to postcards, and from historical documents to vintage automobile brochures. Sports memorabilia, autographs and military items are in the mix as well.


Book dealers are coming from all over Michigan, as well as from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. But that’s not all: Book binder Jon Buller, manager of the custom binding division of Thomson-Shore Inc., said he’s looking forward to showcasing his work as well.


“It’s the only place where I can come face to face with hundreds of potential new clients," Buller said. "What we do is repair old books and make fancy new ones.


“I bring books that I have bound and some of them have very fancy leather bindings with semiprecious stones or silverwork in them. Some historical books will show the collectors and people who might want to have their books rebound how we treat historical books."



Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show


9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, April 3 Lansing Center 333 E. Michigan Ave. Lansing $4.50 adults; children under 13 are free www.curiousbooks.com/ shows.html

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