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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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Buzz building for Bay Psalm Book auction

Buzz is building for the November sale of an ultra-rare Bay Psalm Book. The book, predicted to become the world’s most expensive printed book when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s, has been touring the United States. It’s interesting to see regional media giving considerable space to the subject of rare books.  David Redden, Worldwide Chairman […]

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The rock star of rare books goes on tour

The book that could become the world’s most expensive book is going on tour. Rather like a rock star except the gigs are in libraries rather than stadiums. However, the Bay Psalm Book actually does have celebrity status within the rare book world and Sotheby’s will auction a very rare copy on November 26. In […]

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Five New JD Salinger Novels Will Be Released

There’s a new book about J.D. Salinger on the way – Salinger: The Private War of J.D. Salinger by David Shields and Shane Salerno is due out September 3rd. The co-authors of the new Salinger biography spent eight years completing exhaustive research, conducting countless interviews with countless people, and compiling and organizing as much information […]

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Andy Warhol’s Index: The 1967 Pop-up Book for Hipsters

American pop artist Andy Warhol‘s glory days were the 1960s. Warhol was firmly ensconced in the New York art scene and had a decade of exhibitions and acclaim under his belt. Art-wise, he had already worked his way from shoe advertisements and silkscreened record album covers up to what he became best-known for: the iconic, […]

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