Book Collecting: The Last Refuge of the Illiterate
Place Published: Salt Lake City, UT
Publisher: Ken Sanders Rare Books
Date Published: 2005
Edition: First edition
Book Id: 6780
8pp. Octavo [22 cm.] Limited edition chapbook, hand-stitched binding, case bound in black cloth boards, with red paper labels pasted front and rear. Rear endsheet serves as the colophon, with the author's signature cover design by Edward Bateman. Book design and letterpress printing by Jason Davis at Verdant Press. One of 26 specially bound lettered copies signed by the author, in addition to the 100 copies in wrappers.
Bowden laments the state of modern book collecting. Originally conceived for and given as a talk at, the grand opening of Ken Sanders Rare Books in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah in August of 1996. Published on the occasion of Bowden's visit to Salt Lake City to publicize his 2005 book, Shadow in the City.