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Browse Rare Books at the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair

AbeBooks is again proud to sponsor the 2013 Toronto International Antiquarian Book Fair, which begins on Friday, November 8th. Some examples of the kinds of treasures you might see are pictured below. A special treat on opening night, for both bibiophiles and film buffs, will be Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg’s introduction as the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of […]

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Rare spell books sell for $13,865 but beware of the curse

Just days before All Hallow’s Eve, two handwritten, spiral-bound books of spells have sold on AbeBooks.com for $13,865, but the buyer risks being cursed if they are not a believer in witchcraft.  The opening page of the first of the two grimoires (that’s a magical textbook) is inscribed with the haunting warning: “To those not […]

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Finalists announced for Victoria Book Prizes

Some news from our neck of the woods here in British Columbia. Five finalists have been selected for the 2013 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize.  The award goes to the best book published in the preceding year by a Greater Victoria author in the fiction, non-fiction, or poetry categories, though there aren’t any poets […]

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Hunt treasure at the 2013 Vancouver Book Fair: Sept 28-29

The 2013 Vancouver Book Fair is just around the corner.  This year’s event happens Saturday, September 28th and Sunday, September 29th at UBC Robson Square.  AbeBooks is once again a proud sponsor. Visitors will see rare and beautiful literary treasures including collectible books, ephemera, maps, prints, and manuscripts.  Items on display will be as old […]

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Signed Hemingway photo sells for $8,250

Look at Ernest Hemingway in this signed photograph that appears on our list of most expensive sales in August. The photo is inscribed “Norma – glad you finally came to Key West – ever, Ernest” and dated 1937. Sitting on a sailboat gunwale, Hemingway looks fit, tanned and totally at ease. This photo sold for$8,250 […]

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Bookshelves of the Rich and Famous

If money were no object, what would your book collection look like? Would you own an original Hobbit, a signed Einstein or the ultimate Joyce collection for six figures? I find myself dreaming about this from time to time. I love books so much, in so many different ways – the pleasure of reading (chiefly), […]

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Video spotlight shines on bookseller/poet Harry Nudel

This interesting video features AbeBooks bookseller Harry Nudel, but Harry is much more than just a book dealer as you will find out. This New York-based seller lists close to 10,000 books, including a number of very rare books at prices up to $250,000. He talks about his early life, 40 years as a book […]

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AbeBooks 10 most expensive sales – June 2013

Every month AbeBooks lists the ten most expensive books that have been purchased on the site, it’s a very interesting list that keeps a finger on the pulse of what collectors are adding to their libraries around the world.  I look forward to putting the list together each month because, not only does it give […]

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Top 10 bestselling signed books on AbeBooks from June 2013

Top 10 bestselling signed books on AbeBooks from June 2013 1. Son by Philipp Meyer 2. Transatlantic by Colum McCannhtt 3. American Assassin by Vince Flynn 4. The Last Man by Vince Flynn 5. The Guns At Last Light by Rick Atkinson 6. Extreme Measures by Vince Flynn 7. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled […]

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Texas bookseller vows to continue after storm destroys 50,000 books

A Texas bookseller is attempting to rebuild his bookselling business after a devastating storm ripped through Lubbock, Texas last month. The storm and its high winds, which struck around midnight on June 5th, destroyed 90% of Bill Gallagher’s inventory for his bookselling business, Shamrock Books. “The books were assembled over a span of 35 years […]

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