Philosophy Under Glass (At the New York Antiquarian Book Fair) (2014)

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The guys look good behind glass at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. Walter Benjamin might have told you, they now enjoy a particular “exhibition value.” Athena Rare Books specializes in first edition, history of philosophy. William Schaberg graciously permitted me to take these shots. I like a lot how he combined the portraits and photographic portraits with the historical artifacts. I think it’s an interesting how these now expensive first editions way frame philosophical discourse, allowing us to consider its first historical-material condition as a form of book culture and its emergent market value. I love book trade.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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2 Responses to Philosophy Under Glass (At the New York Antiquarian Book Fair) (2014)

  1. efmooney says:

    I’ve seen a lot of mug shots of famous philosophers, but these portraits are outstanding — your guy has hunted down the best, and should make them available as a set!

    • zjb says:

      the “freshness” and “presence” of the photographic image (even of old portraits) looks great next to the “old” books

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