Winter/Spring 2015 Programs
Ken Gloss of Brattle Book Shop to Speak at February’s Meeting
Monday, February 2
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
Bring your antiquarian books for an appraisal!
Ken Gloss owns the Brattle Book Shop, one of the country’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookshops. It was established in 1825 not in Cambridge, but on the long-gone Brattle Street in Boston’s present Government Center. It’s now at 9 West Street in Downtown Crossing, and it’s open 9 – 5:30 Monday through Saturday; 617-542-0210.
Ken is a nationally-recognized authority on old books, and he’s often appeared on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow. He’ll be talking about the business and pleasure of old books and some of his exciting finds. He’ll examine and evaluate old books audience members bring to the program.
The Brattle Book Shop has three floors and a large open lot to the right of the shop are filled each day with a quarter of a million books from classics and hard-to-find titles to yesterday’s bestsellers.
Among the most sought-after categories are books about the presidents — Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Lincoln, and above all Kennedy. Other favorites are the numerous Boston and New England authors and poets such as Longfellow, Emerson, Frost and yes, Stephen King! King’s first edition books keep going up in value.
The Feb. 2 meeting is free and open to the public; donations are welcome.