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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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ILAB seeks suggestions for 17th Breslauer Prize for Bibliography

ILAB  is seeking nominations for the 17th Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, which will be awarded in 2018.  Worth $10,000 to the winner, the prize acclaims the best scholarly book about books. Jon Gilbert, who is a bookseller with Adrian Harrington in Tunbridge Wells, won the last prize in 2014 for his book, Ian Fleming. The […]

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Raymond Carver’s short stories boosted by Birdman’s Oscars

Triple Oscar winner Birdman is sparking interest in Raymond Carver’s short stories. The movie chronicles an actor’s attempt to boost his flagging career with a stage adaptation of Carver’s short story collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, which was originally published in 1981. Birdman, which stars Michael Keaton, enacts parts of […]

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It’s Jenny from the book! J Lo inspires hunt for ‘first editions’ of Homer’s Iliad

The book world moves in mysterious ways.  Jennifer Lopez has sparked interest in ‘first editions’ of Homer’s The Iliad – the epic poem about the Trojan War written around the 8th century BC. Since Lopez’s latest movie,  The Boy Next Door, was released in the US on January 23, ‘The Iliad, first edition’ has been […]

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