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Les plus beaux contes a Rudyard Kipling, illustrations by Kees van Dongen

I happened across this 1920 French edition of a Rudyard Kipling book of stories – Les plus beaux contes – which translates to “The Most Beautiful Tales” or similar. It could perhaps be Just So Stories. Either way, this edition is illustrated with 24 engravings by Dutch painter Kees van Dongen. I loved the ones […]

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Edward Gorey’s Illustrations for “The War of the Worlds”

It will be no surprise to regular readers of our blog that I am a big fan of Edward Gorey – I have written many a blog post about him, including the Edward Gorey Google doodle, The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer, and 11 Book Covers by Edward Gorey. You may notice […]

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E Nesbit: Queen of Children’s Literature

Edith (E.) Nesbit was the queen of children’s literature in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her best-known work is The Railway Children (1906), a story of three children trying to prove the innocence of their father, who is falsely imprisoned for espionage. Nesbit’s writing went beyond children’s books to adult novels, political writing, […]

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20th Century Hand-Illuminated Book

Today’s gorgeous and unusual find is this hand-illuminated book. Not much appears to be known about it, but it’s just stunning (An illuminated manuscript is any manuscript whose text is accompanied by decoration. It originally referred only to silver or gilt adornments, but came to be acceptable terminology for any manuscript with drawings, paintings or […]

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Author self-portraits

This morning I found this blog post which has collected a series of 20 author self-portraits. They range from comically bad (which is about my skill level) to absolutely amazing. I believe my personal favorite is this Bukowski piece, which to me just looks like a Saturday morning comic from the paper…   On the […]

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Louis Wain and His Cats

Louis Wain was a British artist in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, best known for his whimsical and chaotic drawings of cats. If you’ve come across any of Wain’s art, you know it’s memorable. The cats and kittens are depicted with large, wide eyes, often with crazy, spiky fur, and with psychedelic patterns […]

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The Saturday Books

The Saturday Book was an annual miscellany that featured art, literature and comment on British life during World War II and the decades that followed until 1975. The series was initially edited by Leonard Russell with John Hadfield taking over the reins in 1952. Each edition of The Saturday Book provides a wonderful glimpse into […]

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How to Take a Great Author Photo

My colleague Richard and I had a bit of fun on the blog a while ago talking about author photos. I wrote a post talking about how difficult it must be to come up with an appealing, natural author photo that isn’t cliched (ask Mary Roach for tips, if you like), and Richard weighed in […]

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August Sander: People of the 20th Century

Our latest AbeBooks Video Book Review explores the seven-volume work from German portrait photographer August Sander, called People of the 20th Century (or Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts). Sander, whose work spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was one of the most influential and well-respected photographers of his time in Germany and beyond. The […]

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The Seaweed Collector

While looking for good fodder for our wacky, fun and ever-growing Weird Book Room, I will often come across a book with a title or premise that seems weird at first, but then after a bit of delving, makes perfect sense. And in some cases, like today’s, the book turns out to be fascinating and […]

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