Collecting and Creating

Oak Knoll Sign

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When Bob Fleck opened Oak Knoll Books in 1976, he turned his passion as a collector into a profession as a bookseller. Filling what he saw as a gap in the market, Fleck focused his inventory on books about books: the making of, the collecting of, and the publishing of books. His son, Robert Fleck, continues this collecting philosophy today, serving as Antiquarian Director of Oak Knoll Books. Inherent in the notion of books about books is the importance of books as objects, and not simply books as texts. Below, hear Robert Fleck discuss this idea.

Rob Fleck

Robert Fleck examining a book at Oak Knoll Books.

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Robert Fleck discusses the importance and excitement of books as objects.

Interview conducted by the author.

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Bob Fleck's Collecting.

Interview conducted by the author.

Robert Fleck's Collecting.

Interview conducted by the author.

Collecting and Creating