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Thanksgiving (Decorative Gourd Season)

It’s Thanksgiving south of the border, and while we Canadians filled up on turkey and gratitude last month, there are too few opportunities in life to celebrate. So, Happy Thanksgiving to our American customers and friends. Since we are firmly in the heart of decorative gourd season (my friends), enjoy this gorgeous Set of Four […]

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The Gonzo Sword – it’s Excalibur for Hunter S. Thompson fans

Behold, Hunter S Thompson fans – it’s the Gonzo Sword. It’s yours for $1,250. Nearly two-feet long and weighing almost 10 pounds, this beauty is the ultimate accessory for lovers of Gonzo journalism. The sword – hand cast in bronze – features two thumbs and peyote clenched in a fist. The sword’s image was first […]

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Rare Titles from Archibald Rutledge, First Poet Laureate of South Carolina

American poet Archibald “Archie” Rutledge (1883-1973) has enjoyed moments in the spotlight here on AbeBooks. South Carolina’s first poet laureate, Rutledge wrote extensively, with most of his books dedicated to his first love, poetry. He also wrote prodigiously about hunting, wildlife and the outdoors. Rutledge grew up in South Carolina on a plantation, where he […]

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Blood, violence and grit in real life Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls Wilder‘s books about life as a pioneer girl have been enjoyed by children and parents for decades for their wholesome and entertaining tales about farm boy crushes and making syrup in the snow. The books are autobiographical, but as the LA Times reports, Wilder’s series sheltered young readers from the grittiness of the pioneer girl’s real life. […]

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Copy of first Playboy Magazine sells for $2,000

A copy of the first ever Playboy Magazine, published in December 1953, has sold for $2,000 on AbeBooks.com. Aside from being a landmark moment in popular culture, the magazine famously features Marilyn Monroe on the cover (clothed) and on the centerfold (naked) against a red velvet background. This issue is undated and cost 50 cents […]

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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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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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America’s first printed book visits Amazon in Seattle

Yesterday I attended a reception for the Bay Psalm Book hosted by Amazon to celebrate Sotheby’s forthcoming auction of this historic book. Seattle was the latest stop on a tour of the United States that has delighted bibliophiles from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. The interesting juxtaposition of the first book printed in what became the […]

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Who will buy the Bay Psalm Book?

Perhaps we should rephrase this question? Who has $15 million to $30 million and wants to own this particular book? It’s a narrow field of potential bidders. This copy of the Bay Psalm Book, printed in 1640, will be auctioned by Sotheby’s on November 26. It is set to become the world’s most expensive printed […]

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Top 10 most expensive books ever sold

With lots of excitement surrounding the Bay Psalm Book that’s coming up for auction at Sotheby’s, this is a good time to step aside and consider the most expensive books that have ever been sold. By saying books, we are including documents and manuscripts, and not just objects published on a press. I would be […]

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