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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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NYC’s new police chief salutes George J. Zaffo’s long forgotten ‘Your Police’ book

In other news, New York City announced its latest police chief, William J. Bratton, yesterday. What’s that got to do with us or books at all? Well, Mr Bratton, who is already a very known policeman for his pioneering strategies on crime reduction, took a faded yellow children’s book from 1956 into the press conference. Your […]

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The ultimate philanthropist: David Rubenstein spends $14.2m on Bay Psalm Book

As predicted by almost everyone, this small book of psalms from 1640, known as the Bay Psalm Book, has become the world’s most expensive printed book after being auctioned by Sotheby’s last night in New York for $14.2 million. The Bay Psalm Book is the first known book to be printed in what became the […]

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AbeBooks sponsors BC’s Red Cedar Book Awards

With the goal of encouraging more young people to read, AbeBooks.com is sponsoring the 2013-2014 Red Cedar Book Awards – a unique book prize where the winners are selected by British Columbia’s young avid readers. Every year, thousands of children between grades 4 and 7 from across the province are invited to read books from […]

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Seattle’s Twice Sold Tales, Used Books and a Cat on Your Head

Last week, we were in Seattle and stopped by Twice Sold Tales, a used bookstore and AbeBooks bookseller. Twice Sold Tales is located just a short walk from the Elliott Bay Bookstore, which still gets the majority of Seattle’s press when it comes to independent booksellers. Twice Sold Tales is a classic used bookstore serving […]

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