Ken Gloss speaks on the value of old and rare books

LUDLOW, Vt. – Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston, will give a free and open talk Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Fletcher Memorial Library, 88 Main Street, Ludlow, Vt. Gloss will discuss the value of old and rare books.

Ken Gloss will speak about old, rare books at the Fletcher Memorial Library. Photo provided.

Ken Gloss, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Gloss will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the “hunt,” as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have brought with them or will do so at his shop in Boston. For more information, go to

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