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Thanksgiving (Decorative Gourd Season)

It’s Thanksgiving south of the border, and while we Canadians filled up on turkey and gratitude last month, there are too few opportunities in life to celebrate. So, Happy Thanksgiving to our American customers and friends. Since we are firmly in the heart of decorative gourd season (my friends), enjoy this gorgeous Set of Four […]

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Andreas Vesalius’ beautiful Fabrica: a pioneering book of anatomy

In 1543, Belgian physician Andreas Vesalius published one of the most influential books in medical history. De humani corporis fabrica translates from Latin as On the Fabric of the Human Body and it has stood the test of time. Not bad considering Vesalius was just 28 at the time. Affectionately known as The Fabrica, the […]

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Le Crapouillot – France’s 80-Year Political Satire Magazine

  While foraging about the internet’s forest floor to learn all I could about our latest Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Patrick Modiano, I discovered Le Crapouillot. The first discovery was that Modiano had contributed to an issue of a magazine about drugs. The actual title of the issue was: “LSD une bombe atomique dans […]

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Antiquarian Treasures: 1776 Illuminated Genealogy Manuscript from Spain

We really do come across the most marvelous and unique books and ephemera here on AbeBooks. Today’s wonderful find of an amazing book is this beautifully bound 1776 legal manuscript, from Spain.   It is hand-lettered by don Ramon Zazo of Ortega, the scribe, historian and official herald and genealogist for the Spanish crown during […]

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The Headless Horseman: A Strange Tale of Texas by Mayne Reid

The lunch table in the AbeBooks staff room is certainly never dull. Different combinations of staffers from various departments congregate to eat their lunches, and the conversation can run the gamut from heated political discussion, to pop culture, to local events and more. The only topic off-limits is work, though that rule is bent whenever […]

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Banned Books Week 2014

It’s Banned Books Week again. If you’re not familiar, Banned Books Week is an annual week-long series of events that celebrate our freedom to read, and call attention to how often that freedom is threatened and quashed. This year the promotions run September 21st – 27th. The American Library Association is the brains behind the […]

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My used bookstore find – a vintage Penguin edition of The Gun by CS Forester

During my family’s recent road-trip vacation, I picked up this beautiful vintage Penguin paperback of The Gun by CS Forester in a little used bookstore in Cranbrook, British Columbia. It’s a 1959 edition and looks as if it has not been read as the spine is not creased. Not bad for $2 used book. I […]

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25 Years On: Rare Photographs of Tiananmen Square Protests Go on Sale

Twenty five years after the Tiananmen Square massacre, a remarkable collection of photographs documenting the events surrounding the government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com. Sixty-five photographs from the student-led protests in Beijing are for sale from Upper Valley Books & Paper in Ascutney, Vermont, for $6,500. The collection includes 12 […]

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Letter signed by Joseph Stalin sells for $4,500

A letter signed Russian dictator Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) has sold for $4,500 on AbeBooks. The “confidential” two-page typed letter dates from World War II, and is dated April 1943. It commands the creation of a ‘Major General’ position within the tank section of the Soviet military. Stalin has signed in red, “I, Stalin”  “National Commissar […]

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Rare copy of Twelve Years a Slave sells for $3,500

A rare second printing of Twelve Years a Slave — Narrative of Solomon Northup has sold for $3,500 on AbeBooks. The full title of this book is Twelve Years a Slave — Narrative of Solomon Northup. A Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, From a Common Plantation Near […]

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