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Rare Books with Ken Gloss

April 20, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Photo of Ken Gloss, antiquarian bookseller and appraiser

Learn about rare and antique books with Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of Boston’s Brattle Book Shop. Ken, a rare book specialist and appraiser who is frequently seen on TV, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop, where he is a second-generation owner. Ken will discuss growing up in the book business, show some of his favorite finds while enjoying “the thrill of the hunt,” and explain how he appraises books and manuscripts. He will share fascinating anecdotes about private and institutional collecting as well as guidelines for building and maintaining a significant collection. Bring your family heirlooms, as there will be time for Ken to look at a few antiques during this event!

In case you missed the event, you may watch the recorded program here.

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The Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2023 is the 74th year of Gloss family ownership. Ken succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. He 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 in 1985. "I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business."

Ken is a member are 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.

Community Partner: Westport Book Sales

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April 20, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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