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11 Book Covers by Edward Gorey

It’s no secret that we’re bonkers for Edward Gorey around here. He wrote and illustrated so many fancifully fiendish and whimsically weird books, each with a style uniquely Gorey that were a pleasure for fans to behold. But he also designed and illustrated book covers for other people, many of which were just gorgeous, and […]

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Dr. Seuss as Don Draper?

The Libraries at UC San Diego have a great archive up from when Dr. Seuss was in advertising, including many pieces I’d never seen before. The introduction: Before Theodore Seuss Geisel found fame as a children’s book author, the primary outlet for his creative efforts was magazines. His first steady job after he left Oxford […]

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Fabre’s Book of Insects, 1935, Art by Edward Detmold

This is one of the color plates from my most recent gift to myself – a surprisingly affordable 1935 edition of Fabre’s Book of Insects. I bought it for the 12 color plates – I find bugs so interesting – but the writing is so engaging and passionate that I’m finding it’s a great read, […]

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Roald Dahl, a Wondercrump Puffin Person

I’ve spoken before about my love of Roald Dahl and his writing. I came across this fantastic find on the site – a promotional poster of The BFG (everyone’s favorite Big Friendly Giant – but you knew that, of course) holding a photograph of Roald Dahl himself. It is signed “To Phillip Love Roald Dahl” […]

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Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” – Done Differently

Ken Sanders, a longtime seller on AbeBooks, is now offering a rare and highly unusual edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories. Les Aventures d’Alice au pays des Merveilles at De l’autre cote du mirroir et de ce qu’Alice y trouva (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There) […]

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I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail

Have you ever heard of a trick poem? What about this one, from the 17th century, called I Saw A Peacock With a Fiery Tail? Depending on the way the poem is read, with what line breaks, it takes on two very different meanings for the reader. This edition, breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning, central Indian […]

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Carnegie and Greenaway: A Double Win for “A Monster Calls”

It’s the first time ever that the same book has been awarded both the Carnegie Medal (for excellence in writing for children) and the Kate Greenaway Medal (for excellence in illustration for children). Each prize is conferred upon the winner by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) and consists of a gold […]

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Sylvia Plath, Novelist, Poet, Artist

Last November and December The Mayor Gallery in London featured an exhibition of 44 drawings between – all by Sylvia Plath. The exhibition was successful and well-received, but many viewers did comment on the detachment of the images – given Plath’s struggles in life and tragic ending, one might expect an emotional intensity in the […]

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Top 10 Art Books – the Best Books of Art

For you budding artists, art majors, people interested in painting books or biographies of artists, or just collectors looking for something new and interesting – Michael Bracewell of The Guardian made a list of his top 10 indispensable visual art books. 1. The Painted Word by Tom Wolfe As contrary as it is hilarious, Wolfe’s […]

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A Wild Price for Sendak’s Classic: May’s Most Expensive Sales

May was an outstanding month for rare and expensive book sales on AbeBooks. As we all know, beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak passed away at age 83 on June 8th, so it was no surprise when sales for his more collectible books – first editions, signed copies, and the like – began rolling in. The […]

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