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Discover how Brazil looked in 1840 thanks to this historic print

A beautiful piece of panoramic artwork displaying an historic view of Salvador in Brazil’s Bahia state has sold for $8,000 on AbeBooks. This revealing print, created around 1840, shows how the city looked in the middle of the 19th century. Today, Salvador has a population of well over two million people and skyscrapers dominate its […]

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Rhinoceros by Albrecht Dürer – Armour-plated Awesomeness

What’s amazing about this woodcut, apart of the artistic brilliance and the $300,000 price-tag, is that Dürer had never seen a rhinoceros when he created this image in 1515. The German artist relied upon a written description in a letter and a brief sketch provided by an unknown person. Armour was clearly on his mind. […]

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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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Edward Nudelman and the art of selling beautifully illustrated books

Art makes the world go round, according to Edward Nudelman, owner of Nudelman Rare Books in Seattle. This discerning dealer, with more than 30 years bookselling experience, relishes beautiful illustrated books and has a particular passion for European art movements from the 19th and 20th century. In fact, a tour of his inventory is a […]

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Judging a book by its size: Sumo by Helmut Newton

AbeBooks.com has sold a copy of  Sumo, the aptly named photography book published in 1999, for $12,833 (£8,300). Helmut Newton’s famous book is MASSIVE. It weighs more than 77 pounds (35 kilos), is 19.7 inches x 27.6 inches in size and comes with its own folding metal stand. I love the idea of someone unwrapping this […]

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The Design of Edward Bawden

Today is a good day as I have recently discovered the wonderful work of Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989).  Bawden was an English illustrator, painter and graphic designer who was best known for his book covers, illustrations, posters and prints. He was formally trained as an artist and attended Cambridge School of Art and received a scholarship […]

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Vintage Hollywood Photographs from AbeBooks

AbeBooks.com is famous for helping people find used, rare and out-of-print books, but our marketplace also offers thousands of photographs, including hundreds featuring Hollywood stars from Greta Garbo to Lee Marvin. Signed publicity images, candid on-set photographs and rare snaps from the very early days of cinema are offered for sale from our booksellers, some […]

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Rare lithograph of America’s largest mass execution sells for $1,035

A rare color lithograph depicting the largest mass execution in the history of the United States has sold for $1,035 on the AbeBooks marketplace. Measuring 25 1/4 x 21 inches, ‘Execution of the Thirty-Eight Sioux Indians at Mankato, Minnesota December 26, 1862’ was sold by Nat DesMarais Rare Books from Portland. It was printed in […]

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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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Seven beautiful vintage photographs – from card cheats to a Zulu rickshaw driver

We have a new seller. Rarities etc, from Warwick, New York, specializes in rare photographs and prints.  Welcome aboard – take a look at these wonderful photographs from bygone ages. A humorous set-up shot of cheating card game players. More details. An image taken in 1977 of the QE2 passing the Twin Towers in New […]

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