Personal Papers, Correspondence, and AB/ Bookman’s Weekly Business Records.



Solomon M. Malkin; Jacob L. Chernofsky


Personal Papers, Correspondence, and AB/ Bookman’s Weekly Business Records.


ca. 1930-1970; 1974-1999


From its founding in 1948 until its demise in 1999, AB/Bookman’s Weekly was, as Nicholas Basbanes has noted, “the leading trade publication in the antiquarian world” of books. The magazine began as a column in Bowker's Publishers Weekly called “Antiquarian Bookseller”; in 1948, under the editorship of Sol M. Malkin, it spun off as a separate publication, and in 1953 Malkin purchased the magazine from Bowker, changing the name in 1967 to AB/Bookman’s Weekly; in 1972 Malkin sold the magazine to Jacob L. Chernofsky.

For more than four decades, until its demise in late 1999, the magazine was essential reading not only for used and rare booksellers, but also for book collectors and rare book librarians, as well as those interested in the history of books and printing.


The Club’s collection of correspondence, audio tapes, and photographs documenting the long and influential run of AB/Bookman’s Weekly are the result of successive gifts by Sol Malkin’s widow and Grolier Club member Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin, and Jacob L. Chernofsky’s widow, Ellen Chernofsky.