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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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Inscribed first edition of The Little Prince goes on sale for $237,000

A remarkable early copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story featuring a drawing and a note of thanks to Dorothy Barclay, the reporter’s assistant who helped the author estimate the number of stars visible from Earth, has gone on sale for $237,000 (£150,000). Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince, published in 1943, while living on […]

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Found this gem hidden amid the creased romance novels in a thrift store

I found this 1972 Penguin paperback edition of A Clockwork Orange in a thrift store at the weekend. I could see row after row of creased romance novels and then spotted some orange spines, so I reached in to see what the books were. This came out. At the counter, the volunteer – a lady […]

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One last word on World Book Day and the ILAB pop-up book fairs

Thanks to everyone in Munich, Tokyo and Portland, Oregon, who made AbeBooks’ staff feel very welcome at yesterday’s pop-up rare book fairs.  The ILAB pop-up book fair blog is filled with great pictures from the events. It was wonderful to see rare books put in front of so many people around the world. My personal […]

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Seven beautiful vintage photographs – from card cheats to a Zulu rickshaw driver

We have a new seller. Rarities etc, from Warwick, New York, specializes in rare photographs and prints.  Welcome aboard – take a look at these wonderful photographs from bygone ages. A humorous set-up shot of cheating card game players. More details. An image taken in 1977 of the QE2 passing the Twin Towers in New […]

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A Chance to Attend the 2015 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

Have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in July, 2015 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for a chance to win admission to attend the event, including instructional […]

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ILAB’s Pop-up Rare Book Fairs set for World Book & Copyright Day on April 23

April 23 is UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day when literature and literacy is celebrated around the globe. This year, this special day will have a strong rare book flavor thanks to more than a dozen pop-up book fairs organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Locations are still being added to the […]

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