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Buzz building for Bay Psalm Book auction

Buzz is building for the November sale of an ultra-rare Bay Psalm Book. The book, predicted to become the world’s most expensive printed book when it is auctioned by Sotheby’s, has been touring the United States. It’s interesting to see regional media giving considerable space to the subject of rare books.  David Redden, Worldwide Chairman […]

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The rock star of rare books goes on tour

The book that could become the world’s most expensive book is going on tour. Rather like a rock star except the gigs are in libraries rather than stadiums. However, the Bay Psalm Book actually does have celebrity status within the rare book world and Sotheby’s will auction a very rare copy on November 26. In […]

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Andy Warhol’s Index: The 1967 Pop-up Book for Hipsters

American pop artist Andy Warhol‘s glory days were the 1960s. Warhol was firmly ensconced in the New York art scene and had a decade of exhibitions and acclaim under his belt. Art-wise, he had already worked his way from shoe advertisements and silkscreened record album covers up to what he became best-known for: the iconic, […]

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Books a documentary of Larry McMurtry’s 2012 auction

In the summer of 2012 Larry McMurtry auctioned off about 300,000 volumes from the warehouses of his bookshop Booked Up.  It was the rare book event of the summer and two film makers were there to catch the action.  They have put together a short trailer to promote the film they hope to make if […]

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Bookshelves of the Rich and Famous

If money were no object, what would your book collection look like? Would you own an original Hobbit, a signed Einstein or the ultimate Joyce collection for six figures? I find myself dreaming about this from time to time. I love books so much, in so many different ways – the pleasure of reading (chiefly), […]

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The value of annotated manuscripts

Yesterday Britain’s University of Reading bought an annotated manuscript copy of Samuel Beckett’s Murphy for 962,500 pounds ($1.4 million) at a Sotheby’s auction. As the Associated Press reports the manuscript spreads over six exercise books and contains notes, doodles, sketches and heavy reworking of the text. The manuscript provides amazing insight into Beckett’s creative process, […]

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AbeBooks 10 most expensive sales – June 2013

Every month AbeBooks lists the ten most expensive books that have been purchased on the site, it’s a very interesting list that keeps a finger on the pulse of what collectors are adding to their libraries around the world.  I look forward to putting the list together each month because, not only does it give […]

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Antiquarian Medical Books: Bloodletting and Beyond

We’ve just done a feature on collectible medical books, and it was fascinating to find all of the old techniques and beliefs about medicine and the human body in the books from decades and centuries ago. While medicine has been practiced in various forms for thousands of years, the constant evolution of its tools and […]

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The Cat (in the Hat) Came Back, the very next….decades?

I love a feel-good story out there in the book world, and this one is sure to give you the warm fuzzies. It takes place here on Vancouver Island, where you’ll find AbeBooks headquarters nestled just a hop, skip and jump away from downtown. Fans may know that Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, […]

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The Most Expensive Book Sales in May

Our most expensive book sales in May tell a fascinating story. The British Empire still stretched around the world during the Edwardian era. The British traveled and imposed their colonial ways, but a few were also taking photographs. John Claude White was part of a military expedition to Tibet in 1904 and his pioneering photographs […]

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