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Rare copy of Twelve Years a Slave sells for $3,500

A rare second printing of Twelve Years a Slave — Narrative of Solomon Northup has sold for $3,500 on AbeBooks. The full title of this book is Twelve Years a Slave — Narrative of Solomon Northup. A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, From a Common Plantation Near […]

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Remembering John Banville’s 1970 debut

Our recent feature about debut novels includes Nightspawn by John Banville. Now Banville is an interesting case as Nightspawn is actually his second book. He made his publishing debut with Long Lankin in 1970.  Long Lankin is a collection of short stories and is sadly rather forgotten these days. It contains nine stories of everyday […]

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Art Deco ephemera collection on display at Book Club of California

The Book Club of California is hosting a fascinating exhibition for fans of Art Deco, which opens on January 27 and runs until April 28. ‘Design for Modernity:  Art Deco Ephemera from the Collection of Bruce Shyer’ displays art deco motifs printed on programs, menus, travel brochures, matchbox and luggage labels, catalogs, playing cards, business […]

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The 75 Greatest Living Female Authors

Late last year we asked you, our loyal customers and keen bibliophiles, to name the greatest living female author. We knew J.K. Rowling would lead the votes after the final count, which she did by a country mile, but it was intriguing to see who would be next. In short, it was Canada who ran […]

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The dictator who collected rare books

Earlier this week the New York Times reported on the book collection that belonged to Chile’s infamous former dictator General Augusto Pinochet, who was responsible for thousands of deaths and disappearances, and widespread torture. Pinochet used public money to build a vast personal library of Latin America’s literature during his years of rule. The library […]

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The top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013

What do Ray Bradbury, Madeleine L’Engle, Arthur Hailey, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Salvador Dali and Dick Cheney’s wife have in common? They all appear on the annual BookFinder.com list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in North America. As usual, the list is topped by Madonna and her famous spiral-bound Sex photo-book, […]

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Life in the Old Goat yet – a bookseller profile

A newspaper in Waterloo, Ontario, has profiled Michael Loubert, one of our booksellers and the owner of the wonderfully named Old Goat Books. Michael opened Old Goat Books in March 2001 and has sold with AbeBooks since October 2002. The shop offers over 24 000 books and more than 16,000 are online with our marketplace. […]

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Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria villa faces demolition

Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria villa, the inspiration for the author’s Alexandria Quartet, is at risk of demolition. The building is now owned by a businessman who has plans to build an apartment block, according to The Guardian. Villa Ambron was one of the fulcrums of Alexandria’s cultural life. Built and owned by architect Aldo Ambron – one […]

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Natural science to curses and a hotel: AbeBooks’ most expensive sales of 2013

As another year of rare bookselling comes to an end, we can offer our most expensive sales of 2013. A German natural science book from 1774, Der Naturforscher, sold for $60,321, to head the list and become AbeBooks’ third most expensive sale ever in our history. Also on the list are four rare bibles, Shakespeare’s […]

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Signed copy of Long Walk to Freedom sells for $7,000

A signed Easton Press edition of Nelson Mandela’s autobiography has sold for $7,000 on AbeBooks.com. This deluxe edition was published in 2000 and is bound in green leather with an embossed spine. Another signed Easton Press edition of the title also sold for $6,475 over the weekend as South Africa mourned the loss of the […]

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