Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Bridgewater Public Library to Host Lecture: “Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books?” Tuesday October 8

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section will give a free and open talk Tuesday October 8 at 7:00 

P.M. entitled, “Is There Value in Your Old and Rare Books?” The talk will be held at the Bridgewater Public Library located at 15 South Street in Bridgewater in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room.

Gloss will bring to the lecture several examples of notable books, magazines and ephemera from the store's private collection, such as a 1912 World Series scorecard and examples of iconic LIFE Magazines. He also will show a sales brochure for the Titanic. "New England homes are treasure-troves for old and rare books that have increased in value over the years," says Gloss. Following the talk and question-and-answer session he shall give free verbal appraisals of all books and documents that attendees have brought with them or will do so anytime at his 9 West Street emporium in downtown Boston.

The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2013 is the
64th year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. Ken had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He became the sole proprietor upon his father's death several years ago. "I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business."

Among the many organizations in which Kenneth Gloss is a member is the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, the New England Antiquarian Booksellers of America, the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the Committee for the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair and the Boston Society. He also is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society as well as serving on the Board of Overseers of the USS Constitution Museum.

The Brattle Book Shop is proud to have been a contributor to the WGBH Annual Auction each year that the station has held this fund drive. He has been a guest appraiser on PBSAntiques Roadshow numerous times over the years and has been a popular guest on WBZ Radio as well as other radio, TV and cable stations numerous times. His bylined articles continue to appear in various antique journals and in print and online consumer publications. The Brattle Book Shop is also the recipient of several “Best of Boston” awards in the categories of Best Book Shop or Best Antiquarian Book Shop plus it has been included in a list as one of North America’s best bookstores.

Further information about this talk and more about book-collecting, appraisals and future free and open talks, please call the Brattle Book Shop at 1-800-447-9595 or visit their website, www.brattlebookshop.com.

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