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Talking wine with Natalie MacLean

We’re talking wine in the latest AbeBooks podcast. Award-winning wine critic Natalie MacLean joins us to discuss the wonderful world of wine, from the most famous vineyards to wine in literature, $15 wines versus $30 wines, tasting in the digital age, pairings with food, and much more. Natalie (pictured) is the author of two books […]

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Talking Dust Jackets: An Interview with Martin Salisbury

The author of The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 reveals why he loves artwork from this era. A former illustrator, Martin Salisbury is a professor of illustration at the Cambridge School of Art in the Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. He is the author of a book called The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970, which showcases […]

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Rare Books LA – the new face on the book fair scene

A new book fair is about to make its debut. Rare Books Los Angeles occurs on February 1 and 2 at the Pasadena Convention Center. It is organized by Brad and Jen Johnson, the husband and wife bookselling team behind Johnson Rare Books & Archives. They also run a bricks and mortar bookshop in Covina […]

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Scott Baker Wallace, avid collector of Agatha Christie

Meet Scott Baker Wallace from Victoria in Australia. Scott is a devoted collector of Agatha Christie books and also other objects associated with her detective stories. In our latest podcast, Scott describes his adventures in collecting and the places he’s visited along the way. Christie wrote 66 novels, 14 short stories and the world’s longest […]

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Book review bingo

Found on Twitter. He has a point. I made a book review bingo card. Critics are hailing it as ‘a remarkable achievement’. pic.twitter.com/n9Td7jgTNR — Paraic O’Donnell (@paraicodonnell) August 25, 2018

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A podcast on things found in used books

The latest AbeBooks podcast looks at the odd and unusual things left behind in used books that have been discovered by our booksellers over the years. 

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Could the children’s books in your attic fetch a price at New York’s Antiquarian Book Fair?

Sarah Smith from the Amazon Books team visited the New York Antiquarian Book Fair last week. Here’s her report, which first appeared on the Amazon Book Blog. “The New York Antiquarian book fair is pretty much the premiere book fair in the world. It’s the planet around which the satellite of my business revolves,” said […]

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Women in antiquarian bookselling: interview with Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March and that March is Women’s History Month, we asked Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, New York, about the current situation for women in antiquarian bookselling. Heather and Rebecca are experienced booksellers, who have both worked for Bauman Rare Books in […]

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A souper valuable pop art dress from Campbell’s Soup

It’s a piece of clothing. It’s advertising. It’s pop art. It’s ephemera. It’s the Souper Dress. Created by Campbell’s Soup, this is a dress specifically designed to help sell cans of soup by riding on the coattails of Andy Warhol’s iconic image from 1962. It’s a disposable, screen-printed dress made of 20% cotton and 80% […]

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There are maps for everything, including Cholera epidemics

There are maps of many things besides countries, cities and transit networks. This is a 1893 Russian map depicting the spread of Cholera – the faint red arrows show the spread of the disease northwards from Persia. This epidemic claimed more than 250,000 lives. It entered Russia, travelled across the Caspian Sea, through the Caucuses […]

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