THE BOOKSELLERS is a lively, behind-the-scenes look at the New York rare book world and the fascinating people who inhabit it.
Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the kinds of books they handle. They also play an essential role in preserving history. The film features interviews with some of the most important dealers in the business, as well as prominent collectors, auctioneers, librarians and writers.
Both a loving celebration of book culture and a serious exploration of the future of the book, the film also examines technology’s impact on the trade, the importance of books as physical objects, the decline of used and rare bookstores, collecting obsessions, the increasing number of women in the industry, and the relentless hunt for the next great find. And perhaps best of all, THE BOOKSELLERS offers a rare glimpse of many unique and remarkable objects, including the most expensive book ever sold, Da Vinci’s The Codex Leicester; handwritten Borges manuscripts; original Sendak sketches; books bound in human flesh; essential early hip-hop documents; and accounts of polar expeditions published with samples of real wooly mammoth fur; and many more.