The rare book business has its own special coterie and it is for them that this book is particularly designed. From his first job, at seventeen, Mr. Everitt has devoted his life to old books and for the last fifty years has immersed himself in what is both his vocation and avocation, with Americana his special passion. He has traveled, running down odd clues, he has been involved in unique transactions, escapades, mysteries of a sort. Chapters on book collections, both private and for resale, on archives, on the operations of a rare book trade, on the building of a publishing house on the lower Fourth Avenue mecca of the book dealer- these vary the central and personal theme of the book. Chatty, leisurely -- as such a book should be. Not a how to go out and do likewise-though those in the know will find plenty of sound guidance in these pages.