The Long Island Book Collectors (LIBC) was founded in 1966 by a group of avid, prominent book collectors to “foster and encourage” the study of literature, history, bibliography, and the art of bookmaking and illustration.
Since then, the group has evolved into a welcoming community of collectors, both young and old, who are bound by a common love of the written word, a deep respect for the book as an instrument of progress, learning, and pleasure, and the book as an object of desire in itself.
Collecting areas vary widely: Travel & Explorations (including Darwin), American History, American Civil War, and Children’s Books, New York City, Judaica, Holocaust, Art Books, Erotica, Ballet Russe, Cartoonists, Film, 19th Century Automobiles, First Editions, WWI, WWII, Islamic Art, Koran, Pulp Fiction, Americana, Women’s Craft Magazines, and Works of Individual Authors are all represented.
Some of us are book dealers, as well as collectors of works by favored illustrators, or fine bindings.
Hosted by LIU Provost Dr. Paul Forestell, LIBC has been meeting since January 2009, in the Hunt Room at Winnick House; part of the Tudor style former estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Post.
Our meetings focus on topics related to book collecting:
- The changing field of book collecting
- Where to purchase books and how
- Valuing and cataloging our books
- Book publishing
- Presentations by members
- Presentations by guest speakers
- Showing and sharing our new and/or very special acquisitions
In November, a yearly Luncheon that features a guest lecturer is held.Our mid-year party is a joint celebration with LIABDA (Long Island Antiquarian Book Dealers Association) members where we are once again treated to a talk by an expert on a topic that is stimulating to both groups.
Meetings are held every 2nd Sunday of each month. Check our website for meeting dates.