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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

antiquarian

\an-tuh-KWAIR-ee-uhn\ , noun;
1.
One who collects, studies, or deals in objects or relics from the past.
adjective:
1.
Of or pertaining to antiquarians or objects or relics from the past.
2.
Dealing in or concerned with old or rare books.
Quotes:
From the depositions filed with the Loyalist Claims Commission after the Revolution, from a handful of letters gathered by an antiquarian at the beginning of the twentieth century, and from scattered court papers in scattered archives, it is possible to piece together some of the family's history.
-- Linda K. Kerber, No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies
Except to antiquarians and preservationists, silent cinema has little presence on the cultural radar screen, its landmark films unrented on video, its iconic images spotted only as fodder for video collage on MTV.
-- Thomas Doherty, Pre-Code Hollywood
Indeed, the evident attention to detail and studied historicism bore the impress of Truefitt's years with the antiquarian Cottingham.
-- Francis R. Kowsky, Country, Park & City
A friend of mine, the manager of an antiquarian bookshop in Leningrad in the 1960s, told me that he remembered well the twice-monthly visits of a matronly lady from the censorship bureau, who spent hours rifling through the thousands of books on his shelves, checking them against her latest copy of the Summary List (which was always being updated).
-- David King, The Commissar Vanishes
Origin:
Antiquarian is from Latin antiquarius, "pertaining to antiquity," from antiquus, "ancient."
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