Nathan Raab, The Hunt for History
A Glimpse into What It’s Like to Have a Job in this Field
In Nathan Raab’s The Hunt for History Raab shares some of his experiences as an rare document dealer.
Each day, people from all over the world contact Nathan Raab for help understanding what they have, what it might be worth, and how to sell it. The Raab Collection’s president, Nathan is a modern-day treasure hunter and one of the world’s most prominent dealers of historical artifacts. Most weeks, he travels the country, scours auctions, or fields phone calls and emails from people who think they may have found something of note in a grandparent’s attic. I
n The Hunt for History, Raab shares some fascinating stories about his professional exploits: spotting a letter from British officials that secured the Rosetta Stone; discovering a piece of the first electric cable laid by Edison; restoring a fragmented letter from Andrew Jackson that led to the infamous Trail of Tears; and locating copies of missing audio that had been recorded on Air Force One as the plane brought JFK’s body back to Washington and much more.
On a more personal note, if you want to know what it’s like to work at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop, you should read this book.
Raab, Nathan. The Hunt for History: On the Trail of the World’s Lost Treasures. 2020; New York, 251p. index, d.j. Signed on Bookplate