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The Value of Scarcity – Shopping at a Rare Book Showcase

Customers perusing Cliff Graubart's collection, including a first edition Walker Percy on the right.
Customers perusing Cliff Graubart's collection, including a first edition Walker Percy on the right.
Credit Dan Raby / WABE

On August 14, A Cappella Books hosted a rare books showcase—bringing together three rare and antiquarian book sellers to put some of their collections on display. The event listing on A Cappella’s web site stated that the guest dealers would have “items priced from 25 dollars to 25 thousand dollars.” WABE’s Myke Johns dropped in on the showcase to get a look at not only these incredibly valuable items, but at who spends thousands of dollars on a book.

  This story originally aired August 15, 2014