Monday, October 24, 2016

Book Radio Saturdays!

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This Saturday, October 29, The Bookman meets The Paper Guy!

Giancarlo Agonito is a rare book, manuscript,  historic document, and ephemera dealer. He’s been doing business in the Syracuse, New York area since 1997.

“I am very passionate about rare books and historic letters/documents, and have discovered and sold a wide array of extremely interesting items, many of them with the major auction house of Addison & Sarova, Auctioneers, in Macon, Georgia. Many items have been discovered in "the field" and have yielded amazing results! In their November 5 auction, I have a number of very important and significant items going up.

“One of the coolest items is a triple ship's log book, highlighted by the HMS Phaeton, and Capt. Francis Stanfell, on a voyage in 1817 around Africa, as a slave-intercept ship, and also to bring supplies to the men guarding Napoleon during his exile on St. Helena's! Some fascinating log entries. There are also two other logs and a bound in ALS from Capt. Stanfell, all logs having been bound in cloth by a famous naval collector, and featuring his bookplate.

“Also up is an incredible and very significant 1750 French Naval Treaty/Contract, a vital original 8 page manuscript document with actual charted results from the contract. This contract came at an all-time low of the French Navy, and was the largest-ever order for ship masts and all supplies of war, and is a treasure trove of sought-after information.

“Other items include an ALS from Antonio Cocchi to Don Gori from 1735, Cocchi being a very important scientist and physician, and the two friends having stolen body parts from Galileo on his re-burial! No other Cocchi letter or signature has come to market in nearly two centuries. There will also be several other very historic and fascinating letters from historic figures in French history.”

Bucks on the Bookshelf can be heard at and, noon-2 p.m. EDT/14-16 p.m. GMT, with a repeat at 8-10 a.m, EDT/ 14-16 GMT.  Calls from listeners make Steven exceedingly happy! The number is 727.498.0459. Steven can also be reached by email at

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