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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - November 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Big George! J0j Virgil Rartch Investing in Rare Books Not for Rank Amateurs “Turnabout is NO I fair plav!" For Better Health Physician May Be Able To Help Acne Problem By Dr. S.L. Vndflman “What can I do about my terrible complexion?” a troubled teen-ager writes. “Would it do any good to see my doctor?” A doctor might be able to help this young person and others like him who are troubled by acne. If acne persists despite good cleaning and proper use of lotions and creams, it may be something a physician should take charge of. A doctor may prescribe a preparation to apply to the skin to reduce oiliness and produce mild peeling. He also may open the inflamed lesions and remove some of the blackheads. He ll most certainly warn against picking, scratching, popping and squeezing the blackheads and lesions. This only makes things worse The doctor may also recommend ultraviolent light treatment or Xray therapy. Vitamins, antibiotics and hormones may also be given C«mm«n Acne is a common skin condition that afflicts most people during the teen years and can make adolescence a particularly difficult time. Parents used to tell their children not to worry', that they’d “outgrow” acne. We now know that can be a serious mistake. Treatment can improve appearance and minimize the problem of permanent scars. Acne includes blackheads, whiteheads, pimples and sometimes small boils. It appears most often on the face Dr. Andelman but also shows up on the back, chest, shoulders and neck Even though treatment includes washing frequently with mild soap and warm water, acne is not a disease of dirt. It begins under the skin. not on top of it. Nat Dietary Contrary to what most people think, acne is not primarily a dietary disease either. Some patients find that certain foods, particularly chocolate and fats, make their acne worse, but following the strictest diet won t clear the skin by itself. lotions and creams available at the drugstore may help somewhat, but be careful to read the directions on the label and follow them carefully. If the skin becomes irritated. stop using the lotion Medicated preparations are available to cover the blemishes but non-oily cosmetics are usually safer. Remove all cosmetics at bedUme. * # * Dr. Vadelmaa welcomes letters outlining problems be may discuss ii fatire col ■mis. He regrets, however, he cannot personally answer mall. Write to him in care of The Gazette. By Sylvia Porter NEW YORK — Item: Last year, a two-volume set of original drawings for LaFon-taine’s “Fables” (1729-34) by J. B. Oudry, was auctioned in Paris for $488,000. This same work sold in 1945 for $26,000. Item: Last year, rare-book dealer Mans Kraus sold an illustrated 13th Century German psalter for $500,000 In london, a Persian illuminated manuscript, dating from 1590. brought $192,000. Item: A “first edition” of Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales” would cost about $300,000 (if you could find one), at least 30 times what it would have cost in the late 1950s And a single page cf the Gutenberg Bible now sells for $3,500 or more, with pages of exceptional interest — e.g., containing the bird’s Prayer — going for as much as $10,000 It’s improbable that you have considered rare books and manuscripts an area in which to invest — and Kraus warns that “an amateur would be a fool to try to make money in rare books.” Nevertheless, the fact is that in dramatic contrast to the bear market in sucks and in other familiar investment spheres in recent years. Kraus reports “top material, costing $11,9#$ and up. still is rising in value by 19 to 29 percent a year,” Let s say, therefore, that you are determined to learn enough to get out of the rank amateur class, that you have a special liking for rare books, manuscripts, etc., and that you want to commit a reasonable proportion of your nestegg to this area Here. from Kraus, are possibilities for you. the little investor: Scientific and medical papers describing important discoveries and inventions. As one example of what has been MARMADUKE happening here, just in the last 15 years, copies of Copernicus' “De Revolutionibus” ( 1543) have soared from $1,200 to $40,000 Similar anginal papers an such breakthroughs as Sylvia Porter One reason for these high valla's is that perfect copies of any children’s books are rare. More recently, here are some of my own choices for children’s books which could bec ome classics: The Dr Seuss books, the Hobbit books, “Peter Rabbit”, and “Stuart Little”, books written and/or illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Carnic baaks. But make sure they’re in perfect condition and have that “aura of eternity.” You have to have a feel for quality. Early (i^*9*9) baaks printed in the West — Nevada, California, Oregon — such as accounts of kidnapings by Indians, even postal directories and railroad timetables. Very early trade catalogs — such as Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward catalogs. Old school beaks and primers Even telephone baaks and almanacs — if they are “first editions.” You must beware the traps. Even a nunor economic recession is likely to swamp the market with “weakly held,’’, less expensive works and force down prices (at least temporarily) of precisely the works a rank amateur would own Really fine treasures rarely come on the market, and when they do. they tend to be snapped up by big institutional and individual collectors. You must learn the fine points. But if you shop carefully, follow the rules and keep what you buy in perfect condition, your chances are excellent of substantial gain over the long penicillin, polio vaccine, the transistor, tranquilizers, atomic fission, jet propulsion, the synthesis of DNA, birth control innovations, etc. A $3 investment in a well-chosen scientific article can turn into a $50 or $100 value in less than a decade. Your key rule: Keep the entire issue of the journal in which the article appears — but keep it in perfect condition. First editions of modern young authors and playwrights who show great literary promise Since 1950, well-selected examples of modern literature have more than quintupled in value. One edition of James Joyce’s "Ulysses", illustrated by Matisse. now sells for $1,200. A first edition of Nabokov’s Lolita" recently sold for $100. If you try collecting first editions, though, handle them with care’ If the pages are uncut. don’t cut them — or even open and read them. Don't remove the dust jacket. Just wrap them in plastic and carefully put them away. Children’s books with “a certain eternity.” In the early 1970s, a first edition of “Pinocchio” (Carlo Lotenzim, 1880) was selling for $500 to $800 Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland’’ was at the $10,000-$20.000 level By Anderson & teeming /l*^9 "Did you say something to hurt his feelings?" 'N Gift Ideas for His Casual Hours.. Washable Cardigan Classic styling ,.. very practical! Another year of the 68 thermostat means the cardigan is a more ideal gift than ever before. This one is made from warm 100% Orlon acrylic and is completely washable and dryable. Choice of yellow , blue, camel, green or navy Sizes medium thru XL. A gift that will make his winter warmer and his golf game this spring more fashionable. $19 to $25 ARMSTRONG MEN'S SPORTSWEAR THIRD FLOOR Exciting, New Sport Shirts with a soft silky feel He’ll savor the colorful new look and soft feel of these 100% polyester or 100% Amel triacetate sport shirts. The colors are alive, the patterns sharp and neat. Machine washable and dryable. Pick his out tomorrow. *14 to *20 HOLIDAY CREDIT PLAIN ENDS SATURDAYI Saturday will be your final opportunity to take advantage of our Holiday Credit Plan. Remember, purchases made thru Saturday, November 30 require no money down and ifs INTEREST FREE when paid according to the plan. PAV Vs in January '75 Mi in February '75 Vs in March '75 The Christmas season is an exciting time at Armstrong’s and you’ll want to bring the whole family down to catch the glow and spirit. The charming decorations on every floor, the animated comer window with its reminder of Christmas past and of course, a visit with Santa will make the children’s trip complete. You’ll find our selections at Armstrong’s outstanding with gift ideas for every member of the family. Remember, we gift wrap FREE . .. plus we have available many deluxe wraps at a modest fee. We invite you to visit Armstrong’s tomorrow or any time during the holiday season. % »
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