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George Washington and the “She Ass” letter

George Washington may have been the first president of the United States, a founding father and the military commander who led his country to freedom from British rule, but he also had to run a large estate on the banks of the Potomac River. Mount Vernon was a plantation house that had been owned by […]

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It’s 70 years since John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’ New Yorker article shocked the world

Seventy years ago, The New Yorker published a ground-breaking piece of journalism from John Hersey. The 30,000-word article – published in the 31 August 1946 issue – was called ‘Hiroshima’. It detailed the horrific effects of the American nuclear attack on this Japanese city on 6 August 1945, which helped to finally end World War […]

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Defying the hangman – rare ‘Carter the Great’ magic poster goes on sale

A rare magic poster promoting ‘Carter the Great’ has gone on sale on AbeBooks priced at £3,100 / approximately $4,541. Charles Joseph Carter (1874-1936) was an American stage magician nicknamed Carter the Great, who tried journalism and law before switching to magic where he became a household name and toured the world.  A fictionalized account […]

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Most unusual item for sale on AbeBooks is…. Edith Wharton’s baby rattle

It’s not difficult to find weird things for sale on the AbeBooks marketplace but Edith Wharton’s baby rattle takes some beating. In fact, I’d say it’s the most unusual item to be listed for sale on AbeBooks since Eugene O’Neill’s underpants in 2013. Priced at $16,500, this is no ordinary baby rattle. It’s made from […]

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Rare Book about Cigar Store Figures Sells for $1,550

An exceptionally rare book about cigar store figures has sold for $1,550 on the AbeBooks.com marketplace. Hunting Indians in a Taxi-Cab by Kate Sanborn has an eye-catching title and also contains valuable photographic evidence of a rather forgotten form of advertising. Published in 1911, this small book has just 74 pages and about 8 1/2 inches […]

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66 bookstores on Route 66 – the ultimate road trip for bibliophiles

Some years ago, a man called Larry Portzline introduced me to something called Bookstore Tourism – vacations planned around bookstore visits. His goal was to support independent bookstores by promoting them as travel destinations. A most worthy goal. Larry organized bookstore tourism trips where bibliophiles piled onto buses and visited bookstores in New York and […]

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14 Collectible Star Wars Books: May the Fourth Be With You

May the Fourth be with you! Let it never be said that we at AbeBooks shirk our nerdly duty or don’t contribute to the joyful geekery or the culture at large. Here are 14 delicious and collectible Star Wars books and collectible Star Wars memorabilia and ephemera, to ooh and ahh over, or possibly even […]

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Cover of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” Revealed

Lucky People Magazine had a very good day today – they get an exclusive first look at Harper Lee’s feverishly coveted and anticipated second novel, Go Set A Watchman. Despite recent flurries of controversy amid rumors of elder abuse, it appears the book is still set to be released for publication on July 14th, 2015. […]

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Go Set a Watchman, A New Book From…. Harper Lee!

Five years ago we put together a feature called “To Kill A Mockingbird and Other Literary One-Hit Wonders“. As it had been 50 years since the publication of her classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lee, in her 80s, seemed to want nothing more than for people to stop badgering her, we felt it […]

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Guantánamo Diary – Mohamedou Ould Slahi Writes From Captivity

Portions (heavily, repeatedly redacted portions) of the diary of a Guantánamo Bay prisoner have been released – even if the author hasn’t. Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been detained at the infamous facility since August, 2002 after turning himself in to the Mauritanian authorities for questioning months earlier. Slahi, who admits to past Al Qaeda ties, […]

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