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“in Wonderland” – a library of book titles inspired by Lewis Carroll

A signed copy of P.G. Wodehouse’s Barmy in Wonderland has sold for $1,267 (around £750) on AbeBooks.com. The book is a first edition published in April 1952 and has been signed by the author to his bibliographer, David Jasen, “To David, from Plum, P. G. Wodehouse”.  The novel was published as Angel Cake in the […]

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Copy of first Playboy Magazine sells for $2,000

A copy of the first ever Playboy Magazine, published in December 1953, has sold for $2,000 on AbeBooks.com. Aside from being a landmark moment in popular culture, the magazine famously features Marilyn Monroe on the cover (clothed) and on the centerfold (naked) against a red velvet background. This issue is undated and cost 50 cents […]

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Remembering Farley Mowat

Farley Mowat, the Canadian author, died last Wednesday, at the age of 92. I had not heard of him before moving to Canada but now I feel sad that Canada has lost one of its great writers of modern times. I have read three of his books – Cry Wolf, read aloud as the book […]

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Another hidden gem for bibliophiles: Bryn Mawr Bookstore

The Bryn Mawr Bookstore in Cambridge received a glowing write-up in the Boston Globe over the Easter weekend. The problem with a secret is that once you tell it, it isn’t one anymore. The Bryn Mawr Book Store in Cambridge is under the radar, and I like it that way. It’s quiet, it’s small, it has a […]

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Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar 2014 contest

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in August, 2014 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for a chance […]

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the giant of Latin American literature, dies at 87

Gabriel García Márquez has died at the age of 87 in Mexico City. The Nobel Prize-winning author was one of the most influential Latin American authors of recent times. The writer had recently been hospitalized for a lung and urinary problems, but was released last week. His best known books are Chronicle of a Death Foretold, […]

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Beyond The Snow Leopard: Peter Matthiessen’s long legacy of fiction and non-fiction

Peter Matthiessen, one of America’s top writers in the past 60 years, died on Saturday at the age of 86. The Guardian carries an obituary. He had been suffering from Leukemia. Born in 1927, Matthiessen is remembered for co-founding The Paris Review literary magazine in the 1950s but he also enjoyed a long writing career […]

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Letter signed by Joseph Stalin sells for $4,500

A letter signed Russian dictator Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) has sold for $4,500 on AbeBooks. The “confidential” two-page typed letter dates from World War II, and is dated April 1943. It commands the creation of a ‘Major General’ position within the tank section of the Soviet military. Stalin has signed in red, “I, Stalin”  ”National Commissar […]

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A fishy rare book tale from the pope’s doctor

Last month’s most expensive sales on AbeBooks.com span five centuries of natural history, physics and philosophy, and fiction from John Steinbeck. There is also 20th century art and the ultimate book for North American tree-spotters. The oldest book to sell last month, published in 1554, was also our most expensive – Aquatilium animalium historiae, a […]

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Congratulations to our Hackathon contestants

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the second AbeBooks’ Hackathon, staged in conjunction with the University of Victoria’s computer science and software engineering programs this past weekend. This 24-hour coding challenge saw three teams of students deliver demonstrations of remarkable quality. The judges from AbeBooks were treated to a Chrome extension that tracked and […]

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