Those interested in learning more about book collecting should consult the following:
Book Collecting, edited by Jean Peters. A gathering of essays by notable authorities on every aspect of the subject. G. Thomas Tanselle's characteristically thorough (and spirited) contribution "The Literature of Book Collecting" will lead the enthusiast to virtually every important study.
Book Collecting: Some New Paths, edited by Jean Peters. Even more stimulating than the above introductory guide, this collection suggests collecting non-firsts, books published since 1960, movie scripts, publisher's imprints, and much else.
Taste and Technique in Book Collecting, by John Carter. Still the major exposition of its subject, even though the focus is British rare books. The author is the man who, with Graham Pollard, once rocked the rare book establishment by exposing its leading collector, Thomas J. Wise, as a forger.
The ABC of Book Collecting, by John Carter. Confused about differentiating edition, printing, impression and state? This is the book for you, written with an equal blend of authority and wit.
The Anatomy of Bibliomania, by Holbrook Jackson. A vast florilegium devoted to everything anyone has ever said about books or collecting. Includes a famous chapter on books bound in human skin.
And finally three memoirs of the book trade:
The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter, by Charles Everitt. An old time book scout, specializing in Americana, talks about his finds. Just sit back a spell and listen.
Dukedom Large Enough, by David Randall. Randall ran the Scribners bookshop's rare book department, helped build Indiana's Lilly Library (whose librarian he became), and was a first-rate raconteur, with many stories about writers of the '20s, '30s, and '40s.
Rosenbach, by John Fleming and Edwin Wolf. The biography of A.S.W. Rosenbach, perhaps the greatest bookseller of all time, the Duveen of dealers.