Welcome to the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society

NOBS is an association of book collectors, dealers, librarians, and others interested in promoting the production, preservation, collection, and sale of fine and antiquarian books, and the preservation and protection of the heritage of the printed word. NOBS is a member of the Fellowship of American Bibliophilic Societies (FABS) and a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Upcoming NOBS Events:

Cleveland Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
Sunday, September 25th, 2016 • 10 AM – 5 PM

Shaker Heights Country Club
3300 Courtland Boulevard • Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122


The NOBS Sixth Annual Cleveland Book & Paper Show will be held at The Shaker Heights Country Club, 3300 Courtland Boulevard, Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 from 10 AM to 5 PM. See map below for location.

A wide variety of dealers in old, used, and rare books and paper collectibles will set up booths for the one-day Antiquarian Book and Paper Show. It’s like a paper museum where everything is for sale! And you don’t have to be a “collector” to take part. From books centuries old, bound in leather or vellum, to modern gems already out-of-print, the Cleveland Antiquarian Book and Paper Show offers a wide variety. Dealers may specialize in modern first editions of literature, military history, Ohioana, children’s and illustrated books, postcards and ephemera, or beautiful leather-bound sets. There’s a little something for everyone.

Guests of the NOBS Cleveland Antiquarian Book & Paper Show may also bring along up to three books of their own for a free evaluation a la Antiques Road Show.

General Admission is $6. Students, $4. Admission is FREE for NOBS members.


           NOBS Forum: Wednesday 21, 7:00 PM

                                    Book Collecting 101 

Larry Rakow, as the Vice President of NOBS, has presented Book Collecting 101 numerous times and recommends it for anyone who loves antiquarian, vintage, or new books and wants to learn or brush up on the ways to determine the best new books to purchase or old books to keep. After having served as a high school and middle school librarian and a library administrator for the Cuyahoga County Library, he started two reading-related companies (Kidstamps and Wonder-Shirts) before retiring full-time into the amazing world of old and rare children’s books (Wonderland Books). Session is free and open to the public.

Loganberry Books, 13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH. 216.795.9800 



Upcoming NEO Book Events


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Recent NOBS Events:


NOBS Forum: Wednesday, July 13th, 2:00 pm – The First Folio
at The Cleveland Public Library,
325 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114



Between 1622 and 1623, roughly 750 examples of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories & Tragedies, now commonly referred to as the First Folio, were printed. The Folger Shakespeare Library, which owns 82 of the remaining examples, has established the First Folio Fifty-state National Tour as part of their 2016 Wonder of Will Program, a celebration of 400 years of Shakespeare. The Cleveland Public Library will offer Ohioans a unique opportunity to view the book that gave us Shakespeare.

Join us for a special NOBS tour of the First Folio at the Cleveland Public Library, as given by their librarians. We will meet in the lobby of the downtown library at 2 PM. Please RSVP to Freddy at freddy@logan.com or 216.795.9800

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NOBS Forum: Wednesday, June 15th, 7:00 pm
The Many Faces of Beatrix Potter

There is a great deal more to Beatrix Potter than her “little books” about Peter Rabbit and his friends. She was an artist, storyteller, botanist, shepherd, and an independent woman in a time when women were expected to do little more than care for husband and family. Come hear Katherine Malmquist talk about her amazing life.

Ann Malmquist was a collector of all things Beatrix Potter, assisted until her death by her daughter Katherine. Their Beatrix Potter memorabilia and book collection were included in an extraordinary exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Katherine will bring a variety of examples and many insights on the life and pursuits of Beatrix Potter.

Wednesday, June 15th – 7:00 PM at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH. 216.795.9800

NOBS Forum: Wednesday, May 18th, 7:00 pm – Collecting Fine Printing

Join “unintentional” fine press book collector Jerry Manning of Akron and Bob Baris, book designer and letterpress printer (under the name Press on Scroll Road, Cleveland Heights) for a fascinating discussion on collecting examples of fine printing.

Jerry Manning has been collecting for 30-40 years and most appreciates fine printing with an eye for how the type sparkles on well-crafted paper. Jerry is a NOBS member and works at The Bookseller in Akron, Ohio.

Bob Baris of Press on Scroll Road prints from handset type in an iron hand-press. His work is collected widely by institutions and private collectors.

Wednesday, May 18th – 7:00 PM at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH. 216.795.9800

NIBD Passport 2016

National Independent Bookstore Day – April 30th, 2016

The Bookseller, Inc., along with eight other area independent bookstores listed below, is proud to participate in National Independent Bookstore Day on April 30th, 2016. Pick up a passport, and visit each bookstore listed for a stamp, as well as great deals, treats, sales, and more. Collect all nine stamps and be eligible to win great prizes. The Bookseller, Inc. will be offering a store-wide 15% off sale as well as refreshments all day long. Support your local bookstores!

Participating Bookstores:
Appletree Books (Cleveland Heights)
The Bookseller, Inc. (Akron)
Bookshop in Lakewood (Lakewood)
Fireside Bookshop (Chagrin Falls)
Guide to Kulchur (Cleveland)
The Learned Owl (Hudson)
Loganberry Books (Shaker Heights)
Mac’s Backs (Cleveland Heights)
String Bindery (Shaker Heights)

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NOBS Forum: Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00 pm – Cursive Writing

Is the teaching of cursive handwriting a dying art? Join us at Loganberry Books for a special forum with lively discussion on the future of handwriting. The forum features four experts in the field: Garth Proctor, former hand lettering artist at American Greetings ™, Fatiha and Mark Hopkins, pre-K teachers at Allemas Kids campus in Solon, OH., and Anne Trubek, founder and publisher of Belt Magazine, former professor at Oberlin University, and author of the forthcoming book, The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting.

Wednesday, April 20th – 7:00 PM at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights, OH. 216.795.9800

NOBS Forum: Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00 pm

The N.O.B.S. Forum for March 2016 will be a presentation by local artisan bookbinder and NOBS board member Ellen Strong on Margaret Neilson Armstrong (1867-1944), one of America’s most renowned book cover designers. While she is best known for her prolific work in the Art Nouveau style, with over 270 known covers and book bindings, she also wrote (and illustrated), among other things, the first comprehensive guide to wildflowers of the American west.

Ms. Strong will share examples from her collection of Armstrong bindings. As a bookbinder and owner of Strong Bindery she has collected Margaret Armstrong covers since the 1980s.

Wednesday, March 16 – 7:00 PM at Loganberry Books
13015 Larchmere Blvd., Shaker Heights. 216.795.9800

The 34th Annual NOBS Akron Antiquarian Book & Paper Fair will be held on Friday, March 25th and Saturday, March 26th, 2016 at the John S. Knight Center, 77 East Mill Street, Akron, Ohio.

The general themes for this year’s show are William Shakespeare and Miniature Books.

There will be two speakers again this year, one on Friday evening and one on Saturday morning. Miniature Book Society Traveling Exhibit curator Todd Sommerfeld will be speaking at 6 PM on Friday, with a talk entitled “The Many Faces of Miniature Books”, and Cleveland Artisan Bookbinder Fran Kovac will be speaking at 11 AM on Saturday with a program entitled “Contemporary Treasure Bindings.”

The Fair will be Friday 3:00 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

General admission: $5.00,  Students: $3.00,  NOBS Members: FREE.

As we did last year, attendees who present a 2016 Discover Downtown Akron Passport, purchased either at First Night or afterward, will receive one free admission at the door. The passport can be purchased for $10 here, and there are plenty of free events remaining.

Approximately 40 dealers will be on site, offering selections that are:  “Old and Rare, Readable and Collectible, First Editions, Children’s Books, Americana, Maps, Prints,
Illustrated Books, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Cookbooks, Civil War, Aviation,
Art, Literature, Travel and More!”

For more information, call 330-865-5831. You can read the dealer cover letter and download a contract at this link. If you have any questions regarding the contract, please contact Roy Preece at rkpreece@sssnet.com

Click here for more information!

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