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America’s first printed book visits Amazon in Seattle

Yesterday I attended a reception for the Bay Psalm Book hosted by Amazon to celebrate Sotheby’s forthcoming auction of this historic book. Seattle was the latest stop on a tour of the United States that has delighted bibliophiles from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. The interesting juxtaposition of the first book printed in what became the […]

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A Beautiful Mystery – Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

Our latest video lets you have a glimpse inside the most exciting photographic discovery so far this century. The mystery part begins in 2007 when an amateur historian took a chance at an auction house and bought some negatives and film. The wonder part begins in 1926, with the birth of Vivian Maier, who only […]

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If The Smiths Sang About Charles Dickens…

In one of our Ask AbeBooks videos, we answered a letter from a woman seeking suggestions to keep her attention-span-challenged kid engaged when reading about school subjects. One of the suggestions that my colleague Richard made was for Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories series . Featuring titles such as The Vile Victorians, Ruthless Romans and Awful […]

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80 years since Nazi book burnings

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the Nazi book burnings.  On May 10, 1933 70,000 people gathered in central Berlin to burn tens of thousands of  books which were deemed to be un-German by the National Socialist regime.  These ranged from works of socialists, pacifists, Jewish writers or simply works that sympathized with another ideology.  An article […]

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Things Fall Apart Writer Chinua Achebe Dies at 82

Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist credited with helping to develop African literature, has died at 82. Achebe wrote novels, poetry and essays, and is most famous for his first novel Things Fall Apart, published in 1958. Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10 million copies and is one of the great novels of the […]

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August Sander: People of the 20th Century

Our latest AbeBooks Video Book Review explores the seven-volume work from German portrait photographer August Sander, called People of the 20th Century (or Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts). Sander, whose work spanned the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was one of the most influential and well-respected photographers of his time in Germany and beyond. The […]

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Bones Confirmed as King Richard III

Exciting and fascinating news from the BBC this morning – bones found beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England last August have been confirmed as those of King Richard III. Richard III was the King of England for a mere 26 months from 1483 until 1485. His defeat in battle and death in 1485 heralded […]

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The 25 Best Books about Abraham Lincoln

At least 15,000 books have been written about Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. If you wish to learn about the man who led the North during the American Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862 then you are not going to be restricted by choice. (AbeBooks alone has more […]

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Kelliegram Bindings

A treat for the fine booklover, or anyone who enjoys the excellent artistry of bookbinding: The Kelliegram Binding. Kelliegram bindings often involved intricate leather work, such as leather inlays or onlays to create an image, a scene, or a mosaic effect. It was common for the Kelliegram binders to choose an engraving from the body […]

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Anniversary of Lady Chatterley acquittal

On this day in 1960, the landmark obscenity case over Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence ended with the acquittal of Penguin Books. The publisher had been sued for publishing Lawrence’s novel, which details the steamy affair between the wife of a wealthy, paralysed landowner and his gamekeeper. All this seems a million miles away […]

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