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New York Times savages Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil

In yesterdays New York Times Yann Martel’s new novel Beatrice and Virgil received a fairly savage thrashing at the hands of Michiko Kakutani. The first two sentences is about all it took… Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, “Life of Pi,” was a charming, eccentric fable — part philosophical meditation on God, part children’s adventure story about […]

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Bestselling signed books March 2010

AbeBooks top 10 bestselling signed books in March 2010 1. Solar by Ian McEwan 2. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova 3. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni 4. Infinities by John Banville 5. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane 6. Just Kids by Patti Smith 7. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill 8. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by […]

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Bestselling signed books of February 2010

AbeBooks top 10 signed books 1. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova 2. Horns by Joe Hill 3. The Women of Nell Gwynne’s by Kage Baker 4. The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis 5. Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre 6. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane 7. Just Kids by Patty Smith 8. The Man From […]

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Most expensive sales in February 2010

As always, our monthly most expensive list is anything but ordinary. February’s top sales were comprised of some eclectic and unpredictable items. It was a month for reference books, with our top sale being a Turkish atlas complete with hand-colored maps, and another prominent item being an 1806 Webster’s dictionary. Romance was represented as well […]

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AbeBooks Most Expensive Sales January 2010

It has seemed exceedingly busy here the past week or so and in all the bustle I forgot to update you on our January most expensive list. It’s quite interesting considering that following J.D Salinger’s death on 27 January, AbeBooks witnessed a surge in sales of The Catcher in the Rye and his writing in […]

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AbeBooks’ top 10 sales of December 2009

Our most expensive sales in December 2009: 1. A collection of “Archiv für die civilistische Praxis” 1818-2008 – $12,200 A collection of 208 issues of the German Law magazine Archiv für die civilistische Praxis (The Archive for the Civilians Practice) 2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – $8,132 All seven first edition volumes […]

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December 2009 Bestsellers on AbeBooks

AbeBooks.co.uk Top 10 Bestsellers 1. Masquerade by Kit Williams 2. Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross 3. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson 4. You Are Special by Max Lucado 5. Out of One Eye: The Art of Kit Williams by Kit Williams 6. First Lords Fury by Jim Butcher […]

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Most Collectible Books of the Decade

AbeBooks has compiled a list of the most collectible books published between 2000 and 2009. These hyper-modern books became collectible in a hurry. 1 The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling The original edition – there are only seven handmade copies. Our sister company, Amazon, purchased the only one available for £1,950,000 in […]

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Photographer Larry Sultan dies

Photographer Larry Sultan died on Sunday at the age of 63. He’s famous for Evidence, a watershed modern art photography book of pictures of industrial and government archives co-authored with Mike Mandel. Yesterday, we sold a $2,500 first edition of Evidence. The book’s cover doesn’t really say much about the stark images found inside.

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Most collectible books sold in November

Top 10 most expensive sales on all AbeBooks sites from November 2009 1. Works of Charles Dickens and a Signed Letter – $12,500 Complete set, 22 volumes, of Dickens works published by Chapman and Hall. The set included a note from Dickens on his Tavistock House note paper dated Nov. 10, 1859 – “To Peter […]

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