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Monochromatic book covers

A monochromatic color scheme is black, white and all the variations of a single color. The most famous monochromatic book cover is George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four but the first edition dust jackets of Tropic of Cancer and Midnight’s Children are not far behind. You’d think using just one color would limit the creativity of book […]

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Pelican Books: The Flock Flies Again

Created by Penguin Books, the Pelican Books imprint began in May of 1937, just two years after Penguin was founded.  Like Penguin, Pelican Books was born to fill a hole – in this case, affordable educational texts. The first title to boast the Pelican logo was The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism & Fascism by George Bernard Shaw. It […]

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Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible in Victoria, B.C.

Anyone in the Victoria area on February 26th will enjoy a rare opportunity to view two volumes of the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible at the University of Victoria. In 1998, the Benedictine Monks of Saint John’s Abbey in Minnesota commissioned the first handwritten illuminated Bible since the advent of the printing press. […]

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Art Deco ephemera collection on display at Book Club of California

The Book Club of California is hosting a fascinating exhibition for fans of Art Deco, which opens on January 27 and runs until April 28. ‘Design for Modernity:  Art Deco Ephemera from the Collection of Bruce Shyer’ displays art deco motifs printed on programs, menus, travel brochures, matchbox and luggage labels, catalogs, playing cards, business […]

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Literary pumpkins carved by AbeBooks

The AbeBooks’ marketing has celebrated Halloween with a pumpkin carving session where carvers had to create literary pumpkins. The one lesson that we learned is that artistic pumpkin carving is actually very challenging. We have a new appreciation for the people who create detailed masterpieces out of a common, rather bland-tasting, squash. Behold, literary pumpkins […]

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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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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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The Color Coding of Vintage Penguins

Our latest video is brought to you by the letter P: Penguin, Puffin, Ptarmigan, Peacock and Pelican – apparently not even all of the “P-birds” in the Penguin pantheon. It also sheds some light on the different colored covers on the vintage Penguin paperbacks you no doubt come across in bookstores. Orange, cerise, dark blue, […]

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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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The Intelligent Reader’s Guide to Vintage Pelicans

In the publishing world, pelicans are related to penguins. Famous for affordable paperbacks, Penguin launched a non-fiction imprint called Pelican and published thousands of titles between 1937 and 1984. The first Pelican was George Bernard Shaw’s The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Socialism, Capitalism, Sovietism & Fascism, and today you will find these books in used […]

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