Sept/Oct 2018 edition
Issue #1 AutoMobilia Resource Magazine
Tom E. Warth
I have been dealing in car books since 1965 and loving it, but I do not feel I am an expert in all aspects of this field. I am sure most of you readers have a reasonable collection of car books, some that may have been published or sold by me in the days of Classic Motorbooks, or in more recent years under my T E Warth Esq Automotive Books handle. I have downsized my own business and now concentrate on just the rarest of titles.
My first observation is on the reasons for acquiring a motoring title. The reason most of my customers over the years have bought a book from me is because they wanted to learn, usually about a particular make or model and, less often about a particular race track, personality, technical matter, etc. Those folks do not start out as automobilia or book collectors, but they are car enthusiasts, and some of them do become book collectors. Maybe as they grow older the passion to be out and about in their motor cars wanes, and their compulsiveness turns to books.
Many fine books have been published about our hobby, though some more marginal than others. There continues to be a demand for good titles, now more often about a narrow and specific subject. For example: Jaguar XK120s rather than Jaguars in general
Owner of T.E. Warth, ESQ Automotive Books and founder of Books for Africa.