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For Auction: Shaw’s Shovel, Bradbury’s Poem About Same

This is the second bit of good bloggery we’ve had as a result of George Bernard Shaw objects. Longtime Reading Copy readers may remember that we once had George Bernard Shaw’s typewriter for sale on the site. This time around, the item of interest is George Bernard Shaw’s garden spade, with which he apparently planted […]

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Paws for thought: bronze Scottie dog bookends sell for $6,000

A pair of bronze Scottie dog bookends sculpted by famed animal artist Marguerite Kirmse (1885-1954) have sold for $6,000 on AbeBooks. They are the most expensive bookends to ever sell on AbeBooks and were the 10th most expensive item to sell on the marketplace in July. The Scottie pictured to the right is signed by Kirmse. […]

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Monochromatic book covers

A monochromatic color scheme is black, white and all the variations of a single color. The most famous monochromatic book cover is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four but the first edition dust jackets of Tropic of Cancer and Midnight’s Children are not far behind. You’d think using just one color would limit the creativity of book […]

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25 Years On: Rare Photographs of Tiananmen Square Protests Go on Sale

Twenty five years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, a remarkable collection of photographs documenting the events surrounding the government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com. Sixty-five photographs from the student-led protests in Beijing are for sale from Upper Valley Books & Paper in Ascutney, Vermont, for $6,500. The collection includes 12 […]

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Bettie Page and the pin-up photography of Bunny Yeager

Bunny Yeager – the pin-up model turned pin-up photographer – died earlier this week at the age of 85. Yeager is particularly famous for her work with Bettie Page, whose career she helped to launch. When she was 17 her family moved to Florida and she began working as a model. In 1953 she began […]

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Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible in Victoria, B.C.

Anyone in the Victoria area on February 26th will enjoy a rare opportunity to view two volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible at the University of Victoria. In 1998, the Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota commissioned the first handwritten illuminated Bible since the advent of the printing press. […]

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Art Deco ephemera collection on display at Book Club of California

The Book Club of California is hosting a fascinating exhibition for fans of Art Deco, which opens on January 27 and runs until April 28. ‘Design for Modernity:  Art Deco Ephemera from the Collection of Bruce Shyer’ displays art deco motifs printed on programs, menus, travel brochures, matchbox and luggage labels, catalogs, playing cards, business […]

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NYC’s new police chief salutes George J. Zaffo’s long forgotten ‘Your Police’ book

In other news, New York City announced its latest police chief, William J. Bratton, yesterday. What’s that got to do with us or books at all? Well, Mr Bratton, who is already a very known policeman for his pioneering strategies on crime reduction, took a faded yellow children’s book from 1956 into the press conference. Your […]

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Literary pumpkins carved by AbeBooks

The AbeBooks’ marketing has celebrated Halloween with a pumpkin carving session where carvers had to create literary pumpkins. The one lesson that we learned is that artistic pumpkin carving is actually very challenging. We have a new appreciation for the people who create detailed masterpieces out of a common, rather bland-tasting, squash. Behold, literary pumpkins […]

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Studying the art of Lolita

We love books about books. Lolita – The Story of a Cover Girl: Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design is a book about a book’s artwork. The question behind the book is what should Lolita look like? The question that has challenged cover designers since 1955 when Lolita appeared in a plain green wrapper. […]

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