COLLECTING THINGS by Paul Villiard

COLLECTING THINGS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Little more than a random collection of collectibles. Villiard devotes a couple of paragraphs and, perhaps a photo or two, to each entry in his catalog--from obvious items such as stamps, coins, cigar bands and buttons to bookplates, advertising leaflets, sugar wrappers, barbed wire, advertising leaflets and thimbles. There's even an amusing anecdote about how the author tricked a friend into thinking paper bag labels were worth collecting, only to find the hobby flourishing a few years later. And in case you miss the point, he adds an appended list of other popular collector's objects, including cocktail stirrers, birds' eggs (no longer considered cricket though it doesn't say so here) and surgical instruments. $5.95 is a lot for a listing that doesn't even make many of these artifacts sound worthwhile or interesting; only inveterate collectors of hobby books need bother.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1975
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Doubleday