August 21, 2006
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—William Miglore, a 2006 graduate of Amherst College, won second place for his Ray Bradbury collection in the first annual Collegiate Book-Collecting Championship, which honors winners from the three dozen colleges and universities that hold student book-collecting contests. He will receive $1,000; a trip to New York for the awards ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Grolier Club; a scholarship to the Rare Books School at the University of Virginia; and a $500 donation in his name to the Amherst College library. The Friends of the Amherst College Library presented the Frederick S. Lane ’36 Prize for Excellence in Book Collecting to Miglore in 2004 for his collection of association copies and in 2005 for his Truman Capote collection. In 2006 Miglore received the Lane Prize for an unprecedented third time for the Bradbury collection. “It’s hard for me to imagine what it was like before the Internet,” commented Miglore, who started collecting online at age 14 in 1996.
Daniel McKee of Cornell University took first place in the national Collegiate Book-Collecting Championship for his collection, “Educational Books from Japan’s Meiji Period (1868–1912),” and David Rando of Cornell won third place for his “Finnegans Wake Reference Books.”
A panel of judges, including a librarian, a bookseller and a collector, reviewed 44 collections from winners of campus competitions. The used and rare book marketplace Biblio.com, the San Francisco auction house PBA Galleries, the Los Angeles antiquarian booksellers Heritage Book Shop and the New York-based Grolier Club, the country’s most prestigious book-collecting society sponsor the contest. Next year, the competition will be open to students whose institutions don’t have their own contests. For more information, please visit the contest website.