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Title:
A bookman's guide to the Indians of the Americas : a compilation of over 10,000 catalogue entries with prices and annotations, both bibliographical and descriptive
Author:
Hand, Richard A., 1941-
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Publication Information:
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xiv, 750 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780810821828
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Book

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A compilation of 10,357 catalogue entries with prices and annotations. Bibliographical and descriptive. The book is based upon 200 catalogs issued by 21 dealers listing 6,651 separate titles. Duplicates reflect variant prices and editions. Entries are listed alphabetically by author and include gene


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American Book Prices Current (ABPC) is the standard reference work for prices of books offered by book dealers. Unfortunately, it is not particularly strong in books on Indians of the Americas. Hand's book, compiled from approximately 200 catalogs issued by 21 book dealers, offers a specialized alternative to ABPC. As a bibliography, Hand's compilation is excellent: the entries provide full bibliographical information and cite references from the 51 bibliographies listed at the front of the volume; a subject index is also provided. The prices reflect what the dealers actually listed in their catalogs, which is an accurate method of describing prices of the past and the present, but future prices are problematical (which is why ABPC is an annual). The half-life of a price list such as this (i.e., the point at which at least half the prices are hopelessly out of date) is probably no more than three to five years. After that, it can be used as a price guide only with extreme caution, although its value as a bibliography will continue. The field would certainly benefit if Hand could revise this frequently, but that is a great deal to ask. Recommended for libraries actively collecting in this area or serving a large number of patrons who do. -B. R. Johnson, formerly American Museum of Natural History