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


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.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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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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