Books of Lasting Value
Books was started in 1981. The business is conducted by
Martin Janal and Eve Hochwald. One of us (MJ) has a Ph.D.
in Earth Sciences, and the other (EH) a Ph.D. in Anthropology.
Together we bring to the business an appreciation of the
book as aesthetic object, cultural artifact, and information
tool. Long practice in our professional fields has impressed
on us the necessity for bibliographical accuracy and thorough
research into the historical context of the individual book.
We have been in business long enough to have developed a
sense of two qualities that make for a good book - unusualness
and lasting value. Our stock is wide-ranging, with concentrations
in a number of areas both quirky and traditional - literature,
art, photography, music, children's books, foreign languages
- especially German, in which we have good holdings of German
press books and fine printing, China, India, and Japan;
and Judaica. We are building study collections in the culture
of early science, Anglo-Indian literature, and New York
City in fiction.
small proportion of our stock is listed on ABE (www.abebooks.com/home/aplatz).
MJ is responsible for the contents of this
occasional writings, go to Rants and
Reflections. For more about collections, go to NFSATTs