Book Collector, Appraiser Spoke at Belmont

Allan J. Stypeck, co-host of the former NPR program “The Book Guys,” presented a talk on book collecting at Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stypeck, a senior member of the American Society of Appraisers and noted antiquarian bookseller and appraiser, offered appraisals on books, manuscripts, maps, ephemera, photographs and recorded materials for museum visitors. Stypeck also is owner of Second Story Books, the landmark Washington, D.C. rare bookstore.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio houses books from Gari and Corinne's private collection.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio houses books from Gari and Corinne’s private collection.

The program is included in the cost of admission to the museum. Reservations are required at (540) 654-1843.

Artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne were both book connoisseurs. Despite his studio schedule demands, Gari Melchers devoted his morning hours to the newspaper, made time for a novel or history book and enjoyed studying the pages of art books. Corinne Melchers loved the classics, contemporary novels, biographies and books related to her interests in painting, horticulture and American cultural history.

Gari Melchers Home and Studio is a 28-acre estate and former residence of the artist Gari Melchers and his wife Corinne. The property, which is operated by UMW, is both a Virginia Historic Landmark and a National Historic Landmark. Located at 224 Washington St. in Falmouth, Va., a quarter mile west of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 17, it is open daily with an admission charge. The museum also serves as the official Stafford County Visitor Center. For directions and other information, call (540) 654-1015 or visit the museum’s website.