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Save the Date – New York City Book & Ephemera Fair on April 9

New York City Book and Ephemera Fair On 9 April, booklovers will have the opportunity to see some of the finest rare books and ephemera at the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, which this year is sponsored by AbeBooks.com.  More than 60 professional sellers will display a vast selection of antiquarian books, first […]

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ILAB’s 2016 Chicago pop-up fair to grace Glessner House

More news from ILAB on the association’s plans for UNESCO’s World Book & Copyright Day on April 23. Twelve Chicago booksellers will hold a pop-up book fair at Glessner House, the historic building designed for the family of industrialist John Jacob Glessner by architect Henry Hobson Richardson. All members of the Midwest Chapter of the […]

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Save the Date – Florida Antiquarian Book Fair March 11-13

35th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair The 35th Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is just around the corner, are you planning on going? Hosted by the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the fair will take place at the The Coliseum in beautiful downtown St. Petersburg, Florida from March 11-13. From antique maps to prints, photographs, rare books, ephemera and more, […]

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Save the Date – Sydney Rare Book Fair November 5th – 7th

The Sydney Rare Book Fair is just around the corner. This year’s event will take place from Thursday November 5th to Saturday November 7th at the heritage Customs House at Circular Quay. Visitors to the fair will see a wonderful selection of books, manuscripts, maps, prints, photographs and ephemera. This year, Cali Andersen (Andersen’s Bindery, […]

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A Tour of Tokyo’s Bookstores

Leave it to the Japanese to find an elegant, efficient and practical approach to everything – even shopping for books. Book-loving visitors to Tokyo who seek out Jimbocho, an entire district dedicated to used books and publishing, will find themselves in a beautiful, bookish heaven. Jimbocho, named for a 17th-century Samurai, was razed by fire […]

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Insider Recap of the 2015 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

Today we have a guest post from Zoe Abrams, winner of one of the ABAA-sponsored scholarships to this year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. Zoe was kind enough to recount her experiences at the seminar. Reproduced below: ***** On the first day of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS), Terry Belanger stood solemnly in front of our […]

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The 16th century book that launched a thousand travel books

Travel writing has been around for about two thousand years with both the Romans and Greeks documenting their experiences of early exploration. However, the 16th century marked the real start of travel writing with advances in printing technology and numerous explorers – from Francis Drake to Martin Frobisher – traveling to the corners of the […]

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31 Matted Japanese & Indonesian Costume Prints

Today’s amazing book find: Not a book at all, this collection of 31 matted Japanese & Indonesian costume prints is just gorgeous. The 31 prints come from Emile Gallois’ 1920 French book Costumes Japonais et Indonésiens and were manually printed and matted in pochoir by M. Henri Hus in Paris in 1930. See five here:

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Gorgeous and Divergent Editions of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

In the early 19th-century, two German brothers named Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm put together a collection of Germanic folktales, to preserve and share. In 1812 they released them as a book – Grimm’s Fairy Tales, originally actually titled Children’s and Household Tales (Kinder- und Hausmärchen). Dark, often harsh and scary, these were a far cry […]

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14th-Century Medieval Manuscript Receipt for Rent Payment

Sometimes we like to highlight a specific amazing item we stumble across for sale on the AbeBooks web sites. We have such a wide, deep, varied array of inventory that its easy to miss gems. Like this, for example. Offered by Alembic Rare Books, with a publication date of 1353, this gorgeous piece of historical […]

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