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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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Hedy Lamarr – Hollywood Actress & Inventor

Today marks the 101st birthday of Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress and inventor of a technology that is still used today. Lamarr got her start as an Austria actress in the 1920s under her real name of Hedy Kiesler. She married a wealthy Austrian munitions baron and at that time gave up her acting career. With […]

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Shock, Horror, Terror! Halloween Book Features at AbeBooks

Over the years, we’ve put together some truly spine tingling features all related to horror, vampires, devilish books, tales from the vault – you get the picture. Revisit some of our scariest features – if you dare! A Brief History of Vampires in Literature The first instances of vampire tales originally appeared in eastern European […]

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AbeBooks Literary Link Lineup

1. The World’s Most Beautiful Library 2. JK Rowling, I mean Robert Galbraith has a new book out 3. Erica Jong talks about sex and the over-60s 4. Middle-Earth Map Annotated By J.R.R. Tolkien Himself Found In Old Book 5. Calvin and Hobbs creator taught lessons that still resonate 6. The Secret Medical History of Cocktails […]

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The Design of Edward Bawden

Today is a good day as I have recently discovered the wonderful work of Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989).  Bawden was an English illustrator, painter and graphic designer who was best known for his book covers, illustrations, posters and prints. He was formally trained as an artist and attended Cambridge School of Art and received a scholarship […]

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AbeBooks Literary Link Lineup

1. Marlon James – this year’s Man Booker winner, says that Toni Morrison is his hero 2. Hotel Cocktail Books 3. 3 Crime Novels about Kidnapping 4. Margaret Atwood talks about her new book and Canadian politics 5. Library books returned after 52 years 6. The Wall Street Journal lists books every geek should read this fall […]

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AbeBooks Visits the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

The 2015 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair took place October 10-11 in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center, steps away from the Space Needle and AbeBooks was there! Close to 100 book dealers exhibited their wares and bought and sold unique books and ephemera. Despite, or perhaps because of, torrential rain on Saturday, the fair was […]

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Save the Date – Sydney Rare Book Fair November 5th – 7th

The Sydney Rare Book Fair is just around the corner. This year’s event will take place from Thursday November 5th to Saturday November 7th at the heritage Customs House at Circular Quay. Visitors to the fair will see a wonderful selection of books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs and ephemera. This year, Cali Andersen (Andersen’s Bindery, […]

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AbeBooks Literary Link Lineup

1. Penguin Books celebrates its 80th anniversary 2. 13 Creepy Bits of Bookish Trivia from Book Riot 3. Ladybird publishers updates its famous kids books for modern adults 4. The supremacy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. 5. A disaster manual is proving to be very popular with people in Tokyo. 6.  Loss, Politics and the Stars: […]

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Beautiful Book Covers

Who doesn’t love a good book? We certainly do. But a good book with an beautiful cover certainly takes the cake. Here’s a small selection of nine beautiful book covers found this week on AbeBooks. 1. Cherry-Blossoms: Japanese Haiku Series Three. Translations of Poems by Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki and Others 2. Discovering Aberration by S.C. […]

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