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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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3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair

For the third time, antiquarian book enthusiasts from booksellers to avid experts to curious would-be collectors all came together under one roof at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan, for the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair took place Friday – Sunday, March 27th-29th 2015. The event was put on by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association […]

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Ashura Cho^ – Demon SketchBook

Today’s amazing book find: From the bookseller: Entitled (roughly) “Demon Sketchbook”. The Asuras of the title are the warrior gods of Indian religion, condemned to constant strife. The book is a deeply bitter and ironic look at the politics and social scene of the World War I era, not only in Japan itself, but around […]

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The Most Expensive Book Ever Sold On AbeBooks

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at AbeBooks. We’ve been in operation since 1996, and in that nearly two-decade history, the two most expensive sales ever placed on the web site both hovered around the $65,000 mark – one was a 1937 first edition copy of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and one was a 1644 […]

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2014’s most expensive sales on AbeBooks – Hemingway, Joyce, Rowling, Tolkien, Twain & many more

Lewis Carroll, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Harper Lee, Salman Rushdie, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, William Wordsworth, and Voltaire – they are all on this year’s list of the most expensive sales on AbeBooks.com. Art features prominently, with books illustrated by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse. Two copies […]

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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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Andreas Vesalius’ beautiful Fabrica: a pioneering book of anatomy

In 1543, Belgian physician Andreas Vesalius published one of the most influential books in medical history. De humani corporis fabrica translates from Latin as On the Fabric of the Human Body and it has stood the test of time. Not bad considering Vesalius was just 28 at the time. Affectionately known as The Fabrica, the […]

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The Book of Were-Wolves by Sabine Baring-Gould

Just in time for Halloween tomorrow, check out this marvelous, collectible book we recently sold. It’s an 1865 first edition of The Book of Were-Wolves, by Sabine Baring-Gould. Its full title is actually The Book of Were-Wolves: Being An Account of a Terrible Superstition. The copy we sold, which went for £750 (approx. $1200 USD) […]

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