Arecent trip to the 47th annual New York Antiquarian Book Fair with my bibliophile father showed me just how little things in the industry have changed over the years and how connected we are to the tavern owners, kitchen apprentices and royal chefs of the past.After examining a $1.3 million tome by Copernicus, letters from Abraham Lincoln and even high-priced first editions of Harry Potter, I found myself at the booth of Ben Kinmont, a California bookseller who specializes in antique books ...

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