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Treasures Abound at the 2014 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair

The 2014 Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair is just around the corner, on Saturday, October 11, and Sunday, October 12. The fair will take place at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, on the north side of Seattle Center, home of the Space Needle and site of the 1962 World’s Fair. Get directions. Tickets are just $5.00 […]

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Copy of Das Kapital sells for $40k just as Dow Jones hits record high

On Thursday,  the day that the Dow Jones index closed at an all-time high of 17,068 points, AbeBooks.com sold a first edition of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital for $40,000. Published in 1867 by Otto Meissner with German text, this copy of Das Kapital was the only one published in Marx’s lifetime (he died in 1883). […]

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Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar 2014 contest

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectible books? The Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar is a week-long educational event held in Colorado Springs in August, 2014 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for a chance […]

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A fishy rare book tale from the pope’s doctor

Last month’s most expensive sales on AbeBooks.com span five centuries of natural history, physics and philosophy, and fiction from John Steinbeck. There is also 20th century art and the ultimate book for North American tree-spotters. The oldest book to sell last month, published in 1554, was also our most expensive – Aquatilium animalium historiae, a […]

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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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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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World’s Oldest Jewish Prayer Book Snapped Up by Collector

What is believed by some scholars to be the oldest known Jewish prayer book was recently acquired by the Green Collection, a private collection of biblical texts and artifacts assembled by Steve Green, president of arts and crafts retail chain Hobby Lobby. The 50-page text, carbon dated to the 9th century, is in its original […]

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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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