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“Disneyana” – Walt Disney Collectibles and Souvenirs

  You may not know the term “Disneyana” yet, but you probably know somebody obsessed with it. Maybe they feverishly collect Disneyland souvenirs like collectible Disney mugs, or vintage Disney park guides, maps and tickets. Or perhaps they have a tattoo of Tinkerbell, and an apartment full of vintage Tinkerbell Disney memorabilia to match. They’d […]

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Collectible Memorabilia from Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba

  Rarely has there been a more controversial and polarizing political figure than Fidel Castro. On Thursday, November 24th, my mother-in-law arrived to stay with my family for two weeks. She is a Cuban woman who was born and raised in Cuba, and lived there until the early sixties, when a series of terrifying incidents relating […]

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When Field & Stream Magazine Reviewed Lady Chatterley’s Lover

This week a 1928 privately printed first edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover sold for $3,500 on AbeBooks. No big deal but though slightly ironic as it is Banned Books Week.  This book’s past is well-documented in the long history of censorship – printed in Florence by Tipografia Giuntina at DH Lawrence’s expense. This particular copy […]

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Featured Collection: engravings of marine invertebrates from Charles Lewis Best Booksellers

It’s a long way from the English lanes and woods of Surrey to the sandy beaches of San Diego. But these are the sort of distances that collectible objects from the past tend to travel. Bookseller Charles Lewis Best offers a wonderful Collection of engravings of marine invertebrates which combines beautiful artwork with scientific study. […]

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Featured Collection: Eccentrics, Cranks & Difficult People from Lorne Bair Rare Books

A specialist collection of books written by, or about, eccentrics, cranks and difficult people firmly places us on the fringe of the literary world. Lorne Bair Rare Books has just such a gathering of unusual literature. “Each one of these books could be placed into another wider genre but they make for an interesting experience […]

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My favorite Collections – from literature on eccentrics to bus books & propaganda

I am drawn to books and ephemera that are either beautiful, intriguing from a historical perspective or downright quirky, perhaps even weird. My ideal book would combine all of these characteristics. My reading tastes range from travel, food and sporting memoirs to biographies and history. Right now I am reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight […]

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Introducing Collections: A new way of shopping for collectibles

We’re excited to announce that AbeBooks.com has launched a new method of shopping for collectibles – including art, ephemera and books – that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds. Collections is a new highly visual […]

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A Passion for Maps

We’ve been thinking a lot about maps lately. We recently featured a selection of vintage maps from around the world. We also got lost browsing through vintage road maps and travel guides from the first half of the 20th century.  These pieces of ephemera – an item created with a short-lived purpose in mind, are […]

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The 55th Chicago Book & Paper Fair

AbeBooks is pleased to sponsor the Chicago Book & Paper Fair taking place this weekend. Celebrating its 55th year, the fair features booksellers from the Midwest and the US. Sellers will display a fine selection of antiquarian, rare and collectible first editions and books in a variety of fields including: Americana, art & photography, literature, […]

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Judging Vinyl Albums by Their Cover

AbeBooks isn’t just for books – we also have a wide selection of vinyl records spanning many different genres – jazz, rock, folk, blues, the list goes on. People who collect vinyl are serious about finding the next great album to add to their collection. Record junkies claim that there’s no better way to listen to music […]

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