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When Field & Stream Magazine Reviewed Lady Chatterley’s Lover

This week a 1928 privately printed first edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover sold for $3,500 on AbeBooks. No big deal but though slightly ironic as it is Banned Books Week.  This book’s past is well-documented in the long history of censorship – printed in Florence by Tipografia Giuntina at DH Lawrence’s expense. This particular copy […]

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Featured Collection – film ephemera (& that Ava Gardner mugshot) from Royal Books

The thing about cinema-related ephemera is that it is very broad. An immense variety of objects come under this umbrella, including posters, lobby cards, publicity photos, candid on-set photography, contracts, screenplays, letters, and concept art. Royal Books, run by Kevin Johnson, is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and specializes in 20th century literature with a strong […]

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Featured Collection: engravings of marine invertebrates from Charles Lewis Best Booksellers

It’s a long way from the English lanes and woods of Surrey to the sandy beaches of San Diego. But these are the sort of distances that collectible objects from the past tend to travel. Bookseller Charles Lewis Best offers a wonderful Collection of engravings of marine invertebrates which combines beautiful artwork with scientific study. […]

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Featured Collection: Eccentrics, Cranks & Difficult People from Lorne Bair Rare Books

A specialist collection of books written by, or about, eccentrics, cranks and difficult people firmly places us on the fringe of the literary world. Lorne Bair Rare Books has just such a gathering of unusual literature. “Each one of these books could be placed into another wider genre but they make for an interesting experience […]

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My favorite Collections – from literature on eccentrics to bus books & propaganda

I am drawn to books and ephemera that are either beautiful, intriguing from a historical perspective or downright quirky, perhaps even weird. My ideal book would combine all of these characteristics. My reading tastes range from travel, food and sporting memoirs to biographies and history. Right now I am reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight […]

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Introducing Collections: A new way of shopping for collectibles

We’re excited to announce that AbeBooks.com has launched a new method of shopping for collectibles – including art, ephemera and books – that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds. Collections is a new highly visual […]

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Why would a book on urban planning sell for $3,000?

Jane Jacobs published The Death and Life of Great American Cities in 1961. A signed first edition just sold for $3,000 on AbeBooks. The book is as relevant today as it was at the start of the 1960s. It is a damning assessment of America’s urban planning of the 1950s. Jacobs blamed planners for the […]

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George Washington and the “She Ass” letter

George Washington may have been the first president of the United States, a founding father and the military commander who led his country to freedom from British rule, but he also had to run a large estate on the banks of the Potomac River. Mount Vernon was a plantation house that had been owned by […]

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Jean Batten: The Greta Garbo of the Skies

Today’s Google doodle features Jean Batten. Well, who was she? Jean Batten  (1909-1982) was a pioneering female New Zealand aviator and one of the most famous Kiwis of the 20th century. She made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936 and was glamorous enough to be the subject of a musical […]

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Early edition of Alice in Wonderland sells for $36,000

A rare early copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has sold for $36,000/£27,500 on the AbeBooks marketplace. Only 22 copies of the true first edition are in existence after Lewis Carroll withdrew the entire print run of 2,000 copies. One such copy came up for auction earlier this summer and was expected to sell for […]

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