The Rare Books of Brass

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Ever wondered how much rare books cost nowadays? Consider this: the oldest printed book is the Gutenberg Bible printed in the year 1455. To get a scale how much it’s worth today, if you had just one page of that book, it could be worth anywhere from $75,000 to $100,000. That’s according to David Brass, owner of David Brass Rare Books.In David Brass Rare Books, you can find all sorts of rare books from American English continental literature, children’s books, fine bindings, color plate books, private press books, and many more. Each has been examined, dated and priced by Brass himself with the help of Steve Gertz, an expert researcher who’s also the executive director of the book store.Brass was born (or in his words, “published”) into a family of book lovers. Brass’ great grandfather, Emmanuel Joseph, started the business in 1876 in Holywell Street, Strand. In 1901, Joseph moved the business to Charing Cross Road in London, a location famous for bookshelves in the old country.Interestingly, 84 Charing Cross Road, a best-selling novel, which was turned into a movie, then into a Broadway play is all about Brass’ family. The movie starred none other than Sir Anthony Hopkins, and you can tell how historically relevant Brass’ family is when it comes to books.Brass joined up with the sons of Emmanuel Joseph, Jack and Sam to continue on with the book business.But before becoming a bibliophile, Brass was your typical teenager. He wanted to be a rock and roll musician until he turned 21 when his family knocked some sense into him and encouraged him to go into the family business.At first he hated it. Hated it “until my grandfather once sent me off to Paris. I went to Paris the first time and I went to this bookshop where I have a look around and I found this book and I thought ‘that’s really a great, great copy of this book’ and it was quite expensive. I think it was like 500 pounds,” says Brass.Though his grandfather thought he was crazy for buying such an expensive book, they were able to sell it for £850, a profit of £350, and that was the “turning point for me,” says Brass.It wasn’t about the profit or the money though, Brass says what netted him was the thrill of the chase. “That’s what enlightened me and that’s what started my thrill of the chase and that’s what it’s been ever since,” says Brass.David Brass Rare Books store is located in Calabasa in the San Fernando Valley. Opened eight years ago, Brass tells us the reason why he opened his book store in Calabasas is simply because “We live here. We live in Calabasas.”Brass continues, “We moved to the states in ’93 from London and I was the vice president of Harris’ Book Shop in Los Angeles and I was there until ’94 and then we started up on our own here. I didn’t want to commute anymore. I didn’t want to drive down the Beverly Hills every day.”And Brass isn’t just well-known in the Calabasas area either, he’s a world-renowned figure in the world of books.He says, “I was the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association in Great Britain and I am a member of ILEB which is the International League of Entrepreneur Booksellers. We’ve attended shows and conferences all over the world. I go to Japan every year, I’ve been there 34 times, a lot of business with the Japanese, a lot of business in Europe. We’ve been to Australia, we’ve been to South Africa, buying books, selling books, our customers are worldwide.”When it comes to hunting for the books, Brass tells us, “I generally go for the authors that I know. I have a very wide knowledge of the great books in most fields and that’s what you need to be a bookseller. You need great knowledge to be able to recognize things and you need taste and flare to fix something up and say, ‘I’ve never seen this before but it looks interesting.’”But despite the worldwide fame of Brass and hiss rare books, you won’t find his store easily and saunter in unannounced.Brass explains, “I don’t want to have an open bookshop. Our business is really entirely done on the telephone and our online presence and the catalogs that we put out. Very few people unfortunately come and see us and say, “We got to see more, but we want to see collectors.” You couldn’t have an open bookshop with this type of material, you just couldn’t do it.”Old books usually come in volumes instead of one single book, and the reason for this, Brass says, is because there was no television, no radio, at the time. He says, “reading was the main form of entertainment and if they made it too thick of book, people couldn’t fit it in their pockets. So they made them three books as you could take one with you, put it in your pocket.”Of course, books with an author’s autograph tends to be more valuable. But other than the author, even the recipient can add value to a books. Brass explains, “When you get a presentation, the recipient counts as well, so for instance, we recently had a copy of a first edition of Charles Dickens which is inscribed by Dickens to Hans Andersen and that’s great. And then we found out the story about and this was an amazing thing, it was one of twelve books that Dickens inscribed to Hans Andersen in London in 1840’s.”This suggests that if you ever have a chance to get a book signed, do so if you can. “Because you never know,” says Brass. “For instance, the real first edition of the Harry Potter book, the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, that’s now $20,000 to $30,000 book.”The other man behind David Brass Rare Books is Steve Gertz, executive director and a skilled researcher in his own right.Gertz tells us his role with the book store, “Aside from selling books, when we buy books, it’s up to me to figure out just exactly what the book is, research its history, find out as much as I can about that particular copy because sometimes the copy will have a book plate, the book may have belong to somebody famous or there could be an inscription that belong to somebody famous, and that famous person may have known the author which makes it even more interesting.”Unlike Brass who had to be pushed into the family business, Gertz says, “I have been a book lover since I was a child. I had no social life as a kid, my parents had to push me into boys scout and all that kind of stuff. My idea of a good time was to sit in my room and read.”For budding book collectors, Gertz tells us what it is that makes a good book to collect. “Basically the collectors like to have a book in its earliest possible published appearance. So you not only want the first edition but the first printing and sometimes the first printing will have different issues. So ideally, you want the first edition, first printing, first issue, collectors love it when the book is signed by the author. They love it when it’s belong to somebody who is associated with the author or someone that didn’t know the author at all but is someone of note in and out themselves.”Gertz adds, “They also want to know for instance the provenance of the book, where it came from, the chain. Some books we’ve had that passed through our hands have been around for 300 years so it’s always interesting to know who the owners have been over the last few hundred years.”With regards to his job, Gertz loves it, he says. “It’s fascinating. If every book tells a story, every book has a story. So it’s up to me to tell the story of the book.”For book lovers and collectors who would like to see what David Brass has in store for them, you don’t need to travel to Calabasas.On August 10-11 Bustamante Shows will be having an Antiquarian Book, Print, Photo and Paper Fair at the Pasadena Center. David Brass Rare Books will be one of the dealers participating, so mark your calendars.To get in touch with David Brass Rare Books, you can call (818) 222-4103 or visit for more information.To find out more about the Bustamante Shows Antiquarian Book Fair at the Pasadena Center, visit Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Cover Story The Rare Books of Brass When it comes to rare books, few know it better than David Brass, owner of David Brass Rare Books. By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Friday, July 5, 2013 | 2:35 pm Subscribe Make a comment Top of the News center_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff 23 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community Newslast_img read more

Gender in Agriculture

first_imgAround the world, female farmers produce 20 to 30 percent less than their male counterparts, and experts believe that overcoming that gender gap will be key to feeding the world’s growing population.  Students and faculty at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will turn their attention to strategies to combat agriculture’s gender gap at the 2018 CAES International Agriculture Lecture and Awards program from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 2 at the Georgia Museum of Art. Helga Recke, a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s College for Agriculture and Life Sciences’s AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education) program, will give the keynote address.The lecture and reception are open to the public.Recke has spent her career on the forefront of global agricultural development, studying the ways that gender impacts agricultural development and working to support education and professional development for female agricultural scientists across the developing world.Recke’s lecture, “Efforts to Narrow the Gender Gap in Agriculture: One Woman’s Journey,” will discuss the ways that traditional and transitional gender roles impact agricultural development and how her own understanding of gender dynamics has evolved over the years.“Helga has spent most of her career working to empower female farmers and agricultural scientists to become more self sufficient, produce more and build a more food-secure future for their families and communities,” said Amrit Bart, director for the CAES Office of Global Programs. “The wisdom she’s accumulated during those years is vital for our students and faculty who want to work in agricultural development or want to understand the dynamics of global food security.”Some of the gender gap in farm production can be explained by women’s lack of access to credit and education, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.Helping women access the credit they need to invest in technology and fertilizers to help close the gender gap in agricultural production could help feed an additional 130 million people worldwide.Recke joined the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Gender and Diversity Program in 2004, working to secure funding and implement fellowship programs to fast-track the careers of African women agricultural scientists. Recke also co-founded African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), which acts as a career development program for top African women scientists. She served most recently as its science coordinator and senior advisor.Recke’s talk at UGA will address the ways gender impacts agricultural economies around the world. She will share some of her own experiences and stories of successful collaborative efforts to close the gender gap.The talk is intended to challenge faculty and students to think about gender’s role in agriculture, how it applies to them and how we need to move forward to build gender-responsive agricultural policies.Each year, the CAES Office of Global Programs hosts the International Agriculture Day Lecture and Awards to encourage those engaged in international scholarship, research and outreach to build networks and recognize the college’s most globally minded students.It’s also a chance to celebrate students who are graduating with International Agriculture Certificates. All students and faculty who are interested in international agriculture and international development are welcome to attend.For more information about AWARD, visit For more information about the CAES Office of Global Programs or the International Agriculture Day Lecture and Awards, visit read more

Late goals hand Chile winning start in Confederations Cup

first_img(REUTERS)-Alexis Sanchez came on as second half substitute to inspire Chile to a 2-0 victory over Cameroon in their opening Confederations Cup outing on Sunday but he had to share the spotlight with the video assistant referee.Sanchez provided the cross for Arturo Vidal to head home their 81st minute opener and inspired the second goal as well. He beat the offside trap but failed to score. Eduardo Vargas was on hand to put the ball into the net in the dying seconds.The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) also made an impact as Chile were denied a legitimate looking goal on the stroke of halftime and technology was used again at the end of the match to overturn a linesman’s offside call.Vargas had the ball in the net as the match moved into stoppage time at the end of the first half, deftly lifting it over the onrushing Cameron goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa after being expertly fed by a defence-splitting pass from Vidal.Slovenian referee Damir Skomina initially awarded it but then, more than minute later, he suddenly reversed the decision on the advice of the VAR, Clement Turpin of France.Vargas looked to be millimetres ahead of the last man in a tight call that was hotly contested by the angry Chileans as they headed down the tunnel for the interval.But Vargas was on the right side of technology for Chile’s second as Sanchez sprung the offside trap from just inside the Cameroon half to round the goalkeeper only to have his own effort blocked. Vargas followed up the rebound only to see the linesman’s flag shoot up.But a quick check with the VAR found both Chilean players had been onside and the decision was reversed to confirm a two-goal winning marginThere was no dispute about Vidal’s goal as he rose above two defenders to power home the ball as Sanchez, who had been ruled out of the starting line-up through injury but came in early in the second half, provided the perfect assist.The African champions came closest when captain Benjamin Moukandjo hit narrowly wide with a shot from the edge of the penalty area midway through the second half.last_img read more

World champion ‘had health issue’ before first Andy Ruiz fight

first_img(BBC) – UNIFIED world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua said a health issue left him “tired” and “drained” in the build-up to his June defeat by Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua, 30, reclaimed his world titles in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, dominating the Mexican over 12 rounds.Conspiracy theories had circulated after his initial defeat, one of the biggest shocks in heavyweight history.“I had some issue with my health which I was going through for a long time,” Joshua told the 5 Live Boxing podcast.The Briton added: “I didn’t know what was wrong with me. I felt so tired and drained and thought it must be down to training.“In the changing room before the fight I got a bucket of ice and was putting my head in it thinking ‘why do I feel so tired?’“The responsibilities of being world champion are difficult. All that stuff, feeling so tired, dealing with obligations.“Now I have energy, I haven’t missed a session.”He added: “After my check-ups it showed what the problem was and this is what you have to get sorted.“Even in this camp I had an operation done but as I’d started training in June I had no issues.”Joshua refused to say what the operation was but it is understood the procedure he had was linked to the issue diagnosed after his defeat by Ruiz.Joshua had hinted previously that he had something to reveal about what went on before his first career defeat and, after initial hesitation, provided at least some insight to the 5 Live Boxing podcast.Theories aired in the interim had ranged form him having shown the effects of being concussed in sparring to having a seizure before the bout at Madison Square Garden.He now says he feels “back” and “focused”.The two-time world heavyweight champion also said he learned a valuable lesson not to accept opponents at short notice – Ruiz was drafted in six weeks before their fight after American Jarrell Miller failed three drug tests.Joshua, who will return to the UK in the early hours of Monday morning with the IBF, WBA and WBO belts, was on the front of Sunday’s Saudi newspapers, alongside Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, who attended his fight.Despite widespread criticism of staging the bout in a country criticised for its human rights record, Joshua said he would “100%” be happy to return to the kingdom on holiday or to perform.Joshua is now expected to face either the WBO’s mandatory challenger – currently Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk – or the man in the same position with the IBF, Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.He said he was no longer interested in calling out WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a historic bout with all four world heavyweight titles on the line.Chasing a contest with compatriot Tyson Fury was also dismissed as Joshua said he hoped to focus on one “hurdle” at a time.“Looking so far ahead it can be a blurry vision looking that far out,” Joshua told BBC Sport.“Sooner or later I will be looking directly at the undisputed championship of the world.“If the opportunity presents itself I will fight Wilder and Fury. Wilder has a fight with Fury in February. Once that is out of the way they can start mentioning my name.“I can’t keep on fighting all the champions, the best in the division and then other people who say they want to step up don’t step up.“All challengers are welcome to take on this current unified champion.”Joshua said to defend his belts “on home soil would be big news” after promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he had been in discussions over a fight at Tottenham’s new 60,000-capacity stadium, most likely against Pulev.“It would be mega,” Joshua added. “Looking at how many people came out here shows there is still a big interest in the heavyweight division, especially now we are taking the belts back.“Sometimes it would be better against a Brit, but if not I follow the mandatories and defend them that way.”last_img read more