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‘Are we downhearted?’ Rare artwork from WWI POW magazine goes on sale

A rare collection of original artwork published in a prison camp magazine by British World War I POWs has been listed for sale on AbeBooks. Approximately, 5,000 Britons who were living in or visiting Germany at the outbreak of World War I in 1914 were interned in a detention camp located on a horse racing […]

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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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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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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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AbeBooks top 10 most expensive sales from December 2008

This (past) month’s list of top sales is one of the most varied that we have seen in some time. Aside from the usual suspects (your Atlas Shrugged and Treasure Islands), we have books on Communism and Capitalism, a prophesier and a prophet (not to be confused with the aforementioned profit), the Dutch and the […]

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Journals – More Fun Than Plain Old Notebooks

Some friends of mine are moving out of the city today and before they left, I wanted to get them each a small gift.  When thinking about what to buy, I recalled a conversation I’d had with him about keeping a journal, not a daily diary but for a specific purpose and with her, we’d […]

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Winnie-the-Pooh and the Auction Record

I love Winnie-the-Pooh. Who wouldn’t love the “tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff”? Apparently somebody loves him a whole lot! An auction record was set at Sotheby’s yesterday when a collection of E.H. Shepard‘s original drawings for A.A. Milne‘s Winnie-the-Pooh books sold for approximately £1.3 million ($2 million USD), well above the estimated sale […]

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Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar – Day 5

Guest Blogger – Rick Ring Winner of the AbeBooks Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar Scolarship The morning session was given by the ephemera dealers Margolis & Moss, who have dealt in all sorts of “non-book” printed and manuscript material for over 30 years. Bookseller lore is the mythology of the book trade, and like all mythologies, […]

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Collectible postcards

Upon their inception in the 19th century postcards were simply meant to be a cheap, fast way for people to exchange short messages. However as the decades rolled onward this invention of convenience was transformed into medium of social commentary and an essential aspect of vacationing. From the hills of Hollywood to the beaches in […]

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