Chapter 50 Reference Book Workshop

UPDATE 11/2/07: The workshop is now full. I told you it would fill up fast. There’s always next year!

Have you ever wondered how to find out which books are the best references in your specialty? Have you ever wondered what reference books are considered standard among antiquarian booksellers? Want to know how to read and understand the abbreviations that appear in some bibliographies?

Tavistock Books of Alameda (a short drive from San Francisco) announces its almost-annual Reference Book Workshop, hosted by owner Vic Zoschak, an experienced bookseller with a large reference collection. I attended last year and came away with a long list of good resources in many subject areas and met other booksellers as well. And, you can shop Tavistock Books’ excellent stock if you have time. All in all a very worthwhile day. And, best for us beginners, there’s no fee to attend!



Before the workshop fills up (and it fills up fast).

Information follows:

“Ever wonder what is meant when a book description refers to Adams, BAL, Kurutz, NCBEL, Pilling or perhaps, Wing? If so, then perhaps the following will be of interest:

Tavistock Books will host the fifth, not-quite-annual, Reference Book
Workshop on Saturday, January 19th 2008, and is intended for those
[relatively] new to bookselling, and/or book collecting. The one-day
workshop will be held in my shop in Alameda CA, 10 – 4 (or

Lunch provided by Tavistock Books at the ever friendly Katsu Sushi
Restuarant across the street.

The day will primarily look at the research side of the book
valuation & pricing methodology I present here:

IOBA Article

A description of the very first workshop held in December 2001 can be
found here:

IOBA Article #2

There is no fee to attend this workshop, however, due to limited shop
space, attendance is limited to 7 individuals. Reservations may be
had by return email.

Regards, Vic Zoschak

Tavistock Books
First Editions, Rare & Other Collectible Books
With a Special Focus on Charles Dickens
1503 Webster St.
Alameda, CA 94501
510-814-0480 510-814-0486 (Fax)
Click here for Tavistock Books Website

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