Ken Gloss Speaks on the Value of Old and Rare Books

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Ken Gloss Speaks on the Value of Old and Rare Books

Did you ever wonder how much that old book you inherited from your great Aunt was worth? Or were curious about the value of the yard sale first edition you found? Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston and frequent guest book appraiser on PBS’ AntiquesRoadshow, will share some insights during a presentation on the Value of Old and Rare Booksat the Concord Museum’s Rasmussen Education Center on Wednesday, February 27 from 7:00 pm. to 8:30 pm.

Ken will talk about some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt”, as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when you are starting a collection.

The Brattle Street Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores and goes back to circa 1825. Ken, who worked in the store since childhood, chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He explained, “I found that books were in my blood and that I would never really be happy if I abandoned the business.” Ken succeeded his late father George Gloss, a well-known figure in Boston and national antiquarian circles. Among the many organizations in which Ken Gloss is a member is the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, and the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and Boston Society. He is also a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society and serves on the Board of Overseers of the USS Constitution Museum.

Following the presentation there will be a Q &A. Ken will also give free verbal appraisals on abooks guests bring with them. This event is free but registration is required. www.concordmuseum.orgor call 978-369-9763 x 216.

Ken Gloss (left) appraising a rare book at the Brattle Book Shop.


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