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Rare lithograph of America’s largest mass execution sells for $1,035

A rare color lithograph depicting the largest mass execution in the history of the United States has sold for $1,035 on the AbeBooks marketplace. Measuring 25 1/4 x 21 inches, ‘Execution of the Thirty-Eight Sioux Indians at Mankato, Minnesota December 26, 1862′ was sold by Nat DesMarais Rare Books from Portland. It was printed in […]

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Rare Book about Cigar Store Figures Sells for $1,550

An exceptionally rare book about cigar store figures has sold for $1,550 on the AbeBooks.com marketplace. Hunting Indians in a Taxi-Cab by Kate Sanborn has an eye-catching title and also contains valuable photographic evidence of a rather forgotten form of advertising. Published in 1911, this small book has just 74 pages and about 8 1/2 inches […]

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Misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman sells for $1,556

A misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman has sold for $1,556 (£988) on the AbeBooks marketplace. Earlier this month, it emerged that a number of the UK first editions were missing sections of text from pages toward the end of Harper Lee’s novel. The Guardian had reported: A number of the first 25,000 copies […]

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Step into Eureka Books – a literary goldmine in Northern California

The word ‘Eureka’ is derived from the Greek word for ‘I have found it’ and I almost shouted those very words after reaching Eureka Books, a wonderful bookshop nestled in a corner of Northern California. We’d driven south for five hours, give or take an hour or two, from the glorious sand dunes of Southern […]

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Swedish edition of Alice in Wonderland, signed by the real Alice, sells for $2,000

A Swedish translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alices Äventyr i Underlandet) – previously owned and signed by Alice P. Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice character – has sold for $2,000 on AbeBooks.com. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Published in 1921 by Holger Schildts, this […]

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66 bookstores on Route 66 – the ultimate road trip for bibliophiles

Some years ago, a man called Larry Portzline introduced me to something called Bookstore Tourism – vacations planned around bookstore visits. His goal was to support independent bookstores by promoting them as travel destinations. A most worthy goal. Larry organized bookstore tourism trips where bibliophiles piled onto buses and visited bookstores in New York and […]

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A signed first edition of The Essential John Nash sells for $1,250

A signed first edition of The Essential John Nash has sold for $1,250 following the tragic death of the Princeton University mathematician on Saturday in a car crash. Nash was awarded the Nobel prize in economics in 1994. The book most commonly associated with him is Sylvia Nasar’s celebrated biography A Beautiful Mind, which was […]

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The 16th century book that launched a thousand travel books

Travel writing has been around for about two thousand years with both the Romans and Greeks documenting their experiences of early exploration. However, the 16th century marked the real start of travel writing with advances in printing technology and numerous explorers – from Francis Drake to Martin Frobisher – traveling to the corners of the […]

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A shotgun/bookstore mystery! Who’d shoot a poetry book & then reshelve it?

It’s a bookstore mystery. Miegan and Chan Gordon, the AbeBooks’ sellers who run The Captain’s Bookshelf in Asheville, North Carolina, opened up their bookstore last month to find the poetry section had been tampered with and that a signed first edition of a Billy Collins’ poetry book had been blasted with a shotgun. The Asheville […]

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Huckleberry Finn and making the effort to read a classic book

There are some classic books that we know but have never read. Moby Dick is probably the most common example for 99% of the reading population. These titles have become so famous that you don’t need to read them. They’re referenced again and again in popular culture, and there are probably a couple of movies […]

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