Throughout its history, NOBS has published a number of keepsake publications for members. A chronological listing of NOBS publications, along with ordering information, is included below.
A quarterly newsletter has been published by NOBS since 1984. The NOBS Newsletter (ISSN 1524-119X) contains feature articles on special collections, book collectors, and book dealers in Ohio, book reviews, reports from the NOBS secretary and president, a regular “Good Reading” article, occasional pieces on the homes of Ohio authors, and a variety of articles on topics of interest to the membership. A comprehensive index of the Newsletter is now available (see publications list below). Check out a summary of the contents of our current issue.
Keepsakes and Other Publications For Sale
All copies are in new or nearly new condition and measure roughly 5 by 8 inches unless otherwise noted. Some are in limited supply and are offered on a first come, first served basis. You may order multiple copies if you wish.
Postage is included in the prices listed below. Small booklets will be mailed first class. Larger items will be sent media mail (1-2 weeks delivery). Make check payable to NOBS, Inc. Payment must be included with your order.
Mail your order and check to NOBS Publications, c/o Dean H. Keller, 5887 Roc Marie Avenue, Kent, OH 44240. Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing and delivery.
• Ernest J. Wessen and Jim Scott: A Correspondence by Ernest J. Wessen and Jim Scott. Edited by Dean Keller. Introduction by Frank Klein. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1987. 26pp + v. Stapled booklet. Limited to 200 copies.
Letters dating back from the 1940s between an Akron book scout and a noted dealer. No longer available.
• On the Road with Holmes: Memoranda of a Trip to New York, Worcester and Boston, February 7-14, 1928 by Thomas J. Holmes. Edited and with a preface by Robert A. Tibbetts. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1989. 16pp + ix. Stapled booklet. Limited to 300 copies.
A journal/diary by bookbinder and bibliographer Holmes who was on a trip to research and evaluate the books for William Gwinn Mather. No longer available.
• The Making of a Collector: Laukhuff’s of Cleveland by Philip Kaplan. Introduction by Kermit J. Pike. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1990. 9pp. + viii. Stapled booklet. Limited to 350 copies.
A personal memoir of how one of Cleveland’s landmark bookstores made the author into a collector. Reprinted from “ICarbS” (Southern Illinois University) magazine. No longer available.
• Who and Why Was Samuel Johnson by Charles W. Chesnutt. Edited and with an introduction by Robert A. Tibbetts. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1991. 20pp. + iv. Stapled booklet. Limited to 400 copies.
A paper presented by Chesnutt to the Rowfant Club in 1911, published here for the first time. $6.00
• Good Reading by Charles M. Oliver. Illustrated by Wendy S. Duke. Introduction by Paul M. Duke. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1992. 64pp. Perfect bound 8.5 X 11 paperback with dust jacket. Limited to 400 copies.
Twelve of Tod Oliver’s popular “Good Reading” columns from early issues of the Newsletter. Wendy Duke provided a full-page illustration for each column. No longer available.
• …And I Like Verbs by Margot Y. Jackson. Edited by Paul M. Duke. Introduction by David Lewellen. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1993. 24pp. Stapled booklet. This is the second printing of about 200 copies.
Selections from Margo’s Beacon Journal columns and snippets from letters to friends and relatives. $6.00
• NOBS: The First Ten Years. Compiled and edited by Paul M. Duke. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1994. 200pp. Hardback (8.5 X 11) bound in red cloth, no dust jacket issued. Limited to 400 copies.
A special NOBS keepsake edition of the NOBS Newsletter with selections from the first ten years plus additional history, comments, etc. No longer available.
• The Rose/Book Binding by Margorie Weaver/G. Warlock Vance. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1995. 24pp. Stapled booklet. Limited to 450 copies.
The first and second place winners in the Second NOBS Writing Competition. Both are short stories, the first a mystery, the second an occult/thriller. Both have bookish tie-ins. $6.00
• Laukhuff’s Book Store of Cleveland: An Epilogue by Gladys Haddad. Akron, OH: NOBS, 1997. 45pp. Stapled booklet. Limited to 450 copies.
Selections from letters between Hermine Laukhuff and Philip Kaplan on the closing and dispersal of the book store. $6.00
• Army Life of John Morgan of Fredericksburg, Wayne County, Ohio as Told by Himself. Edited and with a preface by Robert M. Bricker. Forward by Frank Klein. Akron, OH: The Bookseller, 2001. 16pp + xi. Stapled booklet. Limited to 500 copies.
A virtually unknown Civil War reminiscence by a northern Ohio volunteer. Signed by the editor. No longer available.
• An Index to the NOBS Newsletter, Volume I, Number I, Winter 1984 – Volume XIX, Number 4, Fall 2002. Compiled by Dean H. Keller. Akron, OH: Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, 2003. pp. Stapled booklet.
A combined author/title/subject index to the NOBS Newsletter covering 18 years of the newsletter’s publishing history. $6.00
• North Coast Incunabula: A Checklist of XVth Century Books Held by Institutional Libraries in Greater Cleveland, Ohio. Compiled by Russell Duino. Akron, OH: Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, 2003. $6.00
• Bob Hayman: This Business of Books: A Long-time Ohio Bookseller Talks about the Book Business. Interviewed by Ron Antonucci. Edited by Roy Preece. Akron, OH: Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, 2003. $6.00
• Frank Klein: This Business of Books: A Long-time Ohio Bookseller Talks about the Book Business. Interviewed by Alice Matej. Edited by Roy Preece. Akron, OH: Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, 2004. 30pp. Stapled booklet.
Frank Klein, proprietor of The Bookseller, Inc., discusses his long history in the book business and book collecting. $6.00
• BOOKS WANTED Presenting a List of the Types of Books For Which We Present the Best Outlet in the Country….[Ernest J. Wessen] Midland Book Company…. A Reprint Edited by Dean H. Keller, Akron, OH: Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, 2006. 22 pp. Stapled booklet.
The 1945-1946 “Season” of Books Wanted, created by the Midland Rare Book Company. It describes books, pamphlets, maps, and ephemera of interest to the company. $6.00
• Gordon Huber. This Business of Books: A Long-Time Ohio Book Collector Talks About the Book Business. Interviewed by James J. Best. Akron, OH: Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society, 2010. 30pp. Stapled booklet. $6.00