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The Art of the Market Hardcover – Oct 1 1999

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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (Oct. 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556709382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556709388
  • Product Dimensions: 27.3 x 2.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,537,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Library Journal

Americans love to collect things, especially things of historical value. Within the past 25 years, collectors have focused on stock certificates, the official term for which is scripophily. This book explains scripophily's popularity in terms of art work and historical significance. The authors, who are both business writers, have compiled a lavishly illustrated work filled with colorful, arcane specimens dating from early Colonial times to the present day. The history of Wall Street has been filled with numerous boom or bust periods, and it is fascinating to see stock certificates--many with the actual signatures of tycoons such as John D. Rockefeller Sr., Cornelius Vanderbilt, or J.P. Morgan--as snapshots representing these time periods. Sadly, as we approach the end of the century, stock certificates are being phased out in favor of electronic bookkeeping. The authors successfully remind us that "business art" need not be an oxymoron. Recommended for public libraries.
-Richard S. Drezen, Washington Post News Research Ctr., Washington, DC
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Award-winning journalist Bob Tamarkin has been an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for the Chicago Daily News, a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and Senior Editor and Midwest Bureau Chief for Forbes. He has written several books on the financial world, including and The Merc.

Les Krantz has served as editor and publisher of numerous critically acclaimed art books, most notably the American Art Series, which includes the California Art Review, the Chicago Art Review, and The New York Art Review.


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