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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 12, March 18, 2001, Article 14

HOW TO SPOT A BOOK COLLECTOR 

   Dick Johnson writes: 
     "Question:  Do you know how to tell a book collector? 
      Answer:  He has bookcases in his garage. 

   How many other numismatic book collectors are like me? 
   I have books in every room in the house (except the kitchen 
   and bathroom).  They overflow everywhere.  I even have 
   book cases on both sides of the garage.  It is like driving 
   into a library when I park my car." 

   [Editor's note:  You know, I just knew I was at the right 
    house when I pulled into John Bergman's driveway and 
    there were curtains on the garage door windows.   The 
    bulk of his library was in the former garage, and the cars 
    were parked in the driveway.] 

   Coincidentally, in response to last week's "Death of a 
   Bibliophile" item, George Kolbe writes: "This reminded me 
   of the first time I visited Jack Collins.  To gain entry to his 
   bedroom cum library one had to turn sideways and navigate 
   carefully between two six foot stacks of bound Coin Worlds 
   that Jack had recently purchased at a local library sale. 

   Once through the eye of the needle, one was surrounded by 
   lawyers bookcases filled to brimming; the bed was covered 
   with boxes full of the overflow.  Imagine having to move book 
   boxes every evening before retiring for the night.  The head of 
   the bed was fortunately away from the Coin Worlds,  but the 
   lawyers bookcases were probably close enough to cause 
   serious injury should an earthquake occur.  Perhaps Jack, as 
   Del Bland recently related, was intentionally close at hand to 
   protect his library from any peril - natural or manmade." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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