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Diving Into Vintage Swimming Books

We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than splashing through vintage books dedicated to the art of swimming and diving. Although the techniques may be dated, we can’t help but fall in love with these covers depicting swimmers, divers and swimming techniques from yesteryear. Several of the featured books were […]

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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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The Design of Edward Bawden

Today is a good day as I have recently discovered the wonderful work of Edward Bawden (1903 – 1989).  Bawden was an English illustrator, painter and graphic designer who was best known for his book covers, illustrations, posters and prints. He was formally trained as an artist and attended Cambridge School of Art and received a scholarship […]

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Beautiful Book Covers

Who doesn’t love a good book? We certainly do. But a good book with an beautiful cover certainly takes the cake. Here’s a small selection of nine beautiful book covers found this week on AbeBooks. 1. Cherry-Blossoms: Japanese Haiku Series Three. Translations of Poems by Basho, Buson, Issa, Shiki and Others 2. Discovering Aberration by S.C. […]

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Beautiful Book Covers

Sometimes it’s ok to judge a book by its cover. I would be happy to have every one of these new and vintage books on my shelf. Which one is your favorite? 1. To See Every Bird on Earth by Dan Koeppel 2. Spiders by W.S. Bristowe 3. The Mayor’s Tongue by Nathaniel Rich 4. […]

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The New Naturalist Series

Today’s gorgeous find on the site is this 14-volume set of leatherbound volumes from the New Naturalist Series, offered by UK bookseller Halewood and Sons, ABA, ILAB. Signed by the author, this set begs to be in the spot of honor on a favorite bookshelf. nd talk about your beautiful books. A fascinating collection of […]

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The Coolest Books I’ve Ever Seen – Jan and Jarmila Sobota

Here at AbeBooks we are no strangers to beautiful books, nor the notion of a book as art. For those as fond of beauty on the outside as the inside, we’ve created features about inlaid leather bindings, fore-edge paintings, gilt-decorated covers, master bookbinders, Cosway bindings and more. The most unusual and striking so far, however, […]

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Classic Children’s Books Re-imagined by Artist Anna Bond

Even if you don’t know the name Anna Bond, you might recognize her trademark hand-painted flowers. Her company, Rifle Paper Co., has been making stationary, art prints and even wallpaper in her signature style since 2009, but her colorful flowers and painted gold letters had not adorned a book cover until her recent collaboration with Puffin […]

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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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