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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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Rose City Book & Paper Fair – This Weekend!

AbeBooks is thrilled to be a sponsor at the Rose City Book & Paper Fair taking place this weekend (June 3-4, 2016) at the DoubleTree at Lloyd Center in Portland Oregon. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this book & ephemera fair. Presented by the Cascade Booksellers Association, the Rose City Book & Paper […]

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Save the Date – New York City Book & Ephemera Fair on April 9

New York City Book and Ephemera Fair On 9 April, booklovers will have the opportunity to see some of the finest rare books and ephemera at the New York City Book and Ephemera Fair, which this year is sponsored by AbeBooks.com.  More than 60 professional sellers will display a vast selection of antiquarian books, first […]

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AbeBooks Sponsors the LA Art Book Fair

Guests at the LA Art Book Fair 2015 AbeBooks is pleased to be a sponsor at the LA Art Book Fair taking place this weekend (February 11-14) at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Presented by Printed Matter, the LA Art Book Fair features over 250 booksellers, international presses, artists and independent publishers. Visitors to the fair […]

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He Was Right – Celebrating Einstein with Ephemera and Books

In honor of today’s scientific discovery, AbeBooks has gathered a selection of unique and fascinating pieces of ephemera and books related to Albert Einstein. So it looks like Albert Einstein knew what he was talking about. After years of searching, scientists have confirmed that they have indeed detected gravitational waves for the very first time. These […]

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Hedy Lamarr – Hollywood Actress & Inventor

Today marks the 101st birthday of Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood actress and inventor of a technology that is still used today. Lamarr got her start as an Austria actress in the 1920s under her real name of Hedy Kiesler. She married a wealthy Austrian munitions baron and at that time gave up her acting career. With […]

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Most unusual item for sale on AbeBooks is…. Edith Wharton’s baby rattle

It’s not difficult to find weird things for sale on the AbeBooks marketplace but Edith Wharton’s baby rattle takes some beating. In fact, I’d say it’s the most unusual item to be listed for sale on AbeBooks since Eugene O’Neill’s underpants in 2013. Priced at $16,500, this is no ordinary baby rattle. It’s made from […]

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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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14 Collectible Star Wars Books: May the Fourth Be With You

May the Fourth be with you! Let it never be said that we at AbeBooks shirk our nerdly duty or don’t contribute to the joyful geekery or the culture at large. Here are 14 delicious and collectible Star Wars books and collectible Star Wars memorabilia and ephemera, to ooh and ahh over, or possibly even […]

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