How To Collect Books – J. H. Slater (1905) (1st ed.)


How To Collect Books – J. H. Slater (1905) (1st ed.)


A beginner’s guide to book collecting that is still of relevance today, by the editor of Book Prices Current. With illustrated plates.

Title: How To Collect Books

Author: J. Herbert Slater

Publisher: George Bell and Sons, 1905. First edition.

Condition: Hardcover, ex-library book with minimal library markings – one stamp to copyright page and a small call number to spine. Front hinge cracked by binding sound. Slight foxing. With numerous illustrations. Deckle edges. 205pp. 8.5″ by 5.5″.

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About the book:


  1. Preface
  2. Hints to Beginners
  3. Some Practical Details
  4. Manuscripts
  5. Paper and Paper Marks
  6. The Title-Page and the Colophon
  7. Incunabula and the Early Printers
  8. Illustrated Books
  9. Some Celebrated Presses
  10. On Bookbinding
  11. Great Collections
  12. Auction Sales and Catalogues
  13. Early Editions and Strange books

About the author:

J. Herbert Slater was an important figure in the world of book collecting. He was the editor of “Book Prices Current”, a definitive guide to the value of the books in the early 20th century. He also authored Early Editions, The Romance of Book-Collecting, Engravings and Their Value, and other useful guides for bibliophiles, librarians and book collectors.