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Women in Work: Lisa Unger Baskin’s Collection

Collector, bookseller and activist Lisa Unger Baskin amassed a vast collection of books, printed material and other objects dedicated to showing women in work over the centuries. It features more than 11,000 rare books, and thousands of manuscripts, journals, ephemera, and artifacts, including Virginia Woolf’s writing desk. In 2015, Lisa placed her collection with Duke […]

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Podcast interview: Doris Moskowitz from Moe’s Books

Doris Moskowitz is the owner of Moe’s Books in Berkeley, California. With four floors of books, Moe’s has been a bookselling institution since the 1960s when Berkeley was at the heart of America’s free speech movement and the anti-Vietnam War demonstrations. We discuss her father, Moe, who founded the store, her mom, Barbara, cigars, hippies, […]

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Meet the Movable Book Society

The Movable Book Society was established in 1993 after a librarian from Rutgers University called Ann R. Montanaro published a book called Pop-up and Movable Books: A Bibliography. The positive feedback convinced Anne that there was enough interest from collectors to found a society about Movable Books. The society is a non-profit organization that provides […]

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Frank Capra’s copy of Parnassus on Wheels

Frank Capra’s copy of Parnassus on Wheels sold for $4,000 last week via AbeBooks. It was a 1917 first edition in a dust jacket. The front endpaper has a signed autograph inscription by the author, Christopher Morley, to Capra, who directed movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It’s a Wonderful Life […]

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Collecting Film Scripts

Kevin Johnson – owner of Royal Books in Baltimore, an open bookstore that specializes in rare books and paper relating to 20th century literature and pop culture – has written a book called The Celluloid Paper Trail: Identification and Description of Twentieth Century Film Scripts, which was recently published by Oak Knoll Books. Cinema is […]

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Sophia Bogle unveils the secrets of book restoration

Sophia Bogle is a book restorer who has taken a new direction in her career. She has just written a book called Book Restoration Unveiled, which is part of her desire to make book restoration accessible to everyone. Sophia has more than 25 years of hands-on experience restoring books, but was prompted to begin sharing […]

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Long live used books

Our latest video is a short celebration of used books, which are at the heart of the AbeBooks world. If you love vintage Penguin paperbacks, discovering a long forgotten out-of-print gem, or just receiving amazing value for money when book-buying, then this video is for you.

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Pedal power posters: vintage bicycle advertising

The Tour de France remains one of the world’s most significant and most grueling sporting events. The world’s most famous bicycle race was first staged in 1903 and its long history mirrors the development of the bicycle as a method of transport for leisure and work. Advertising posters for bikes have been around for even […]

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Marilyn Monroe’s personal library: an epic reading list

Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader. Books were a huge part of her life. In 1999, Christie’s staged an auction of her belongings, including her books. The list of the books from her shelves, published by the Booktryst blog several years ago, reveals the actress had an epic personal library, stretching across numerous genres. There […]

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The history of Southern Italian food: Nicole Kilburn interview

This is Nicole Kilburn, who is an anthropologist at Camosun College in Victoria, BC – just a few kilometers from the AbeBooks office. Nicole is the author of a book called The Future has an Ancient Heart: Southern Italian Food Traditions in a Modern World. We interviewed Nicole for the latest AbeBooks podcast, discussing a […]

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