Many of you do not know that I have been collecting antique occult books for years. I have a really good relationship with one particular bookseller that specializes in oddities and occult manuscripts. Over the years, I have bought a lot of fascinating books from him. Below is an email I just got from him and my response. It immediately made me think that this would be a good example of how getting free stuff out of one point contact would work.
Go ahead and send the scrapbooks. If I can't use them, I know people who will like them.
I look forward to seeing the details of the collection from South America. Sounds like fascinating stuff.
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On 11/6/2008 7:28 PM John [Censored] wrote:
Am traveling tomorrow to look at a huge collection that travelled over the tip of South America during the silver boom in the 1850's-most of this stuff came from a religious school, and to make things even better the previous owners added some occult material in the 1940's. Will send you the details to see if there is anything you could use.
In the meantime I have obtained portions of two large scrapbooks-containing all sorts of bits and items, most likely kept by a child around the turn of the last century. These are in rough shape, lots of pages missing, binding nearly gone, mostly just the page leaves with material pasted to it. I remember I had sent you that large scrapbook years ago-if you would like these two they are yours-no charge. I hate to throw them away because some of the stuff in them is cool, but would have a hard time finding a buyer for this sort of thing, especially in the rough condition I would not feel right selling them to you-so if you want them let me know and I can send them off to you for free. If you get them and decide you don't want them you can give them away. Let me know if you are interested.
Hope your having a great week,