Chapter 649 Tavistock Books Annual Reference Book Workshop

I try to make readers of this blog aware of educational opportunities for bibliophiles. Here, courtesy of the Best Antiquarian Bookseller Mentor in the World, my very own mentor Mr. Z, is a workshop on using reference books and bibliographies to research books you plan to catalogue and sell. If you can get yourself to the Tavistock Books shop on Saturday, August 20, you’re in for a day of learning bibliographic information you can actually use, fun with other booksellers, and a lovely lunch. From Tavistock Books:

Ever ask yourself to whom, or what, those booksellers refer with such citations as

Wing…  Sabin…  Ahouse…  Gimbel…  Eckel…  American Imprints…  Adams….  FPAA…  Bolton….  TRANSMISSIPPI WEST…DNB…  DSB… DAB…. NUC… NCBEL… STC…  the Term Catalogues…Greg…  Howes…  Cowan…  PMM…  Wagner-Camp…  Rocq… Cagle…Bitting…  Heffelfinger… Farah…  Walters…. Osborne…Rosenbach….  Welch…  Osborne…  Halkett & Laing… Goldstone &Payne…  Hanneman…  Bleiler….  Cox…  &c, &c, &c.

If so, then perhaps the following will be of interest-

The 8th, not-quite-annual “Reference Book” workshop hosted by Tavistock Books will be held on Saturday August 20th, 2011.  The workshop will be held at my shop in Alameda CA, 10 – 4 PDT [or so].

The workshop’s primary audience is newbie booksellers, with its purpose to provide a “hands-on” introduction the basic reference books needed to explore the research side of book valuation as detailed in the methodology presented here.

The day will examine 4 main subject areas [though digressions are welcome]:

1.  Literature, including Modern First Editions.
2.  Americana, with an emphasis on California & the West.
3.  Childrens Books.
4.  Early printed books, with a focus on books printed in English.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a book or two that has “been on a back shelf awaiting cataloguing”, which the class can use as a research example.

For an idea of what the day will hold, here’s a recap of the first seminar held way back in December 2001.

Due to the physical dimensions of the shop itself, the number of attendees is limited to 7.


There is NO FEE to attend this workshop.  However, this being said, for the last couple workshops, I’ve had at least 2 very late cancellations, with one last year a no-notice no-show.  This year I’m instituting a new registration procedure in an effort to ensure those that say they’ll participate do in fact show up, so please note the following to sign-up:

Send an email to that you’re willing & able attend with the subject line “2011 Reference Book Workshop”. Please do not change the Subject line as I have my email app set up to filter on that phrase. Look for an email response from me saying ‘you have a slot’ On receipt of the above email from me, you have 7 business days to send me a $50 check as deposit, post-dated to August 20th 2011, with the check payable to the ABAA BENEVOLENT FUND.  If said deposit not rec’d within the 7 days, your slot goes to the next person in the queue.

Your check will be held & returned to you August 20th, on your arrival at the shop. If you cancel after 8/4/11, or don’t show, then you’ve just donated the $50 to the ABAA BENEVOLENT FUND, for which I’m sure the ABAA will
thank you, and do so with a letter acknowledging your generosity.

Lunch on the 20th will be hosted by Tavistock Books at the ever friendly & popular Katsu Sushi Restaurant across the street.

Queries? Workshop reservation?  Send an email to

Kind 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)

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