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Judging a book by its size: Sumo by Helmut Newton

AbeBooks.com has sold a copy of  Sumo, the aptly named photography book published in 1999, for $12,833 (£8,300). Helmut Newton’s famous book is MASSIVE. It weighs more than 77 pounds (35 kilos), is 19.7 inches x 27.6 inches in size and comes with its own folding metal stand. I love the idea of someone unwrapping this […]

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Recovered from a garage, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for Friday listed for sale

Stored in a garage for years, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for his 1982 science fiction novel, Friday, has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com by The Fine Books Company located in Rochester, Michigan. This manuscript was Heinlein’s last to be created on a typewriter before the author switched to a computer – a computer-generated […]

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K-pop Erupts over a Book-Inspired ‘Sexualized’ Pop Song

A controversy surrounding a song by one of South Korea’s biggest female K-pop stars, IU, has ignited interest in My Sweet Orange Tree – an autobiographical novel by Brazilian author José Mauro de Vasconcelos originally published in 1968. The novel describes the misadventures of a five-year-old protagonist called Zeze. IU’s song is also called Zeze […]

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Discover the book Keith Richards would take to a desert island

What book would you take to a desert island? Rolling Stones star Keith Richards selected Doctor Dogbody’s Leg by James Norman Hall when he appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs show last month. The book is an entertaining collection of short stories told by Dr. Dogbody, a crusty one-legged old sailor, in a […]

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Vincent Price’s cookbook back in print to celebrate 50th anniversary

Vincent and Mary Price’s famous cookbook – A Treasury of Great Recipes – has been reissued to celebrate its 50 anniversary with NPR doing an interesting piece on the book this morning. This recipe book had been one of the most sought-after out-of-print books in the world for many years. A Treasury of Great Recipes was […]

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A rare book of dried New Zealand ferns sells for $1,100

A very rare Victorian book containing dried New Zealand ferns has sold for $1,100 on the AbeBooks.com marketplace New Zealand Ferns by T. Cranwell, from Parnell in Auckland, was published around 1877 and contains 30 pages of carefully mounted ferns. The front and rear covers are made from Kauri wood and the spine is leather. […]

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Most unusual item for sale on AbeBooks is…. Edith Wharton’s baby rattle

It’s not difficult to find weird things for sale on the AbeBooks marketplace but Edith Wharton’s baby rattle takes some beating. In fact, I’d say it’s the most unusual item to be listed for sale on AbeBooks since Eugene O’Neill’s underpants in 2013. Priced at $16,500, this is no ordinary baby rattle. It’s made from […]

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Crime writer Judy Penz Sheluk discusses small town mysteries

One of my jobs is to inform journalists about AbeBooks, our books and our booksellers. But I like it when a journalist turns the tables and tells me about their book. Meet Judy Penz Sheluk. She’s a journalist who specializes in antiques and has covered stories about AbeBooks for years. Judy is also a crime […]

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Champion of oral history Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel Prize for Literature

Belarus journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Swedish academy praised her for: “polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Her recordings of oral histories documented the implosion of the Soviet Union from the point of view of the ordinary person. English translations of several […]

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Vintage Hollywood Photographs from AbeBooks

AbeBooks.com is famous for helping people find used, rare and out-of-print books, but our marketplace also offers thousands of photographs, including hundreds featuring Hollywood stars from Greta Garbo to Lee Marvin. Signed publicity images, candid on-set photographs and rare snaps from the very early days of cinema are offered for sale from our booksellers, some […]

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