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Beautiful Broadsides

One of the best parts of my job is being able to spend time looking at different listings on the AbeBooks’ website. Today I learned something new – a type of ephemera called broadsides. The definition of a broadside is a large piece of paper printed only on one side – similar to a poster. In […]

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Cameron’s Used Books & Magazines is a treasure trove of nostalgia

At first glance, Cameron’s Used Books & Magazine doesn’t seem all that different from any other used bookstore. Row upon row of well-loved paperbacks and hardcovers fill towering shelves and spill onto the floor, and customers quietly scan spines for their next great read. So when owner Jeffery Frase invited me to browse beyond the […]

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Books of the Beat Generation, from Rob Warren Books

Rob Warren is no stranger to nostalgia. The Bronx-born bibliophile traded in it for years as the owner of Skyline Books. Skyline was a New York City bookshop that made its home on W. 18th Street in Manhattan for two decades, until its closure in 2010. Its proprietor’s background was as book-soaked as one could […]

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Insider Recap of the 2015 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

Today we have a guest post from Zoe Abrams, winner of one of the ABAA-sponsored scholarships to this year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. Zoe was kind enough to recount her experiences at the seminar. Reproduced below: ***** On the first day of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS), Terry Belanger stood solemnly in front of our […]

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Swedish edition of Alice in Wonderland, signed by the real Alice, sells for $2,000

A Swedish translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Alices Äventyr i Underlandet) – previously owned and signed by Alice P. Hargreaves, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice character – has sold for $2,000 on AbeBooks.com. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Published in 1921 by Holger Schildts, this […]

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The 16th century book that launched a thousand travel books

Travel writing has been around for about two thousand years with both the Romans and Greeks documenting their experiences of early exploration. However, the 16th century marked the real start of travel writing with advances in printing technology and numerous explorers – from Francis Drake to Martin Frobisher – traveling to the corners of the […]

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ILAB’s Pop-up Rare Book Fairs set for World Book & Copyright Day on April 23

April 23 is UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day when literature and literacy is celebrated around the globe. This year, this special day will have a strong rare book flavor thanks to more than a dozen pop-up book fairs organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Locations are still being added to the […]

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3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair

For the third time, antiquarian book enthusiasts from booksellers to avid experts to curious would-be collectors all came together under one roof at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan, for the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair took place Friday – Sunday, March 27th-29th 2015. The event was put on by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association […]

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It’s Jenny from the book! J Lo inspires hunt for ‘first editions’ of Homer’s Iliad

The book world moves in mysterious ways.  Jennifer Lopez has sparked interest in ‘first editions’ of Homer’s The Iliad – the epic poem about the Trojan War written around the 8th century BC. Since Lopez’s latest movie,  The Boy Next Door, was released in the US on January 23, ‘The Iliad, first edition’ has been […]

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The Most Expensive Book Ever Sold On AbeBooks

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at AbeBooks. We’ve been in operation since 1996, and in that nearly two-decade history, the two most expensive sales ever placed on the web site both hovered around the $65,000 mark – one was a 1937 first edition copy of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, and one was a 1644 […]

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