Presentation by Rare Book Specialist Ken Gloss, Tuesday, February 8, 2022 

Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, gave a virtual presentation via Zoom on Tuesday, February 8, 6:30 pm, for the Lawrence History Center, Lawrence, MA. Ken discussed the value of old and rare books. Ken, a rare book specialist and appraiser who is frequently seen on national TV, talked in part about the history of his historic bookshop (, which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner. 

Ken discussed growing up in the book business, show some of his favorite finds while enjoying “the thrill of the hunt,” and explain how he appraises books and manuscripts. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share about private and institutional collecting as well as guidelines for building and maintaining a significant collection. 

There was a Q&A session before the conclusion of his talk. Following the talk and question-and-answer session, Ken will gave free verbal appraisals of books participants have on hand or will do so at his shop in Boston at a later scheduled date.