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High School Yearbooks of the Rich and Famous

If you graduated from high school with someone who went on to become significant, then your high school yearbook could be valuable. Printed in small quantities, only a small fraction of student annuals reach the collectors market. Most people keep them for sentimental reasons and because they record family history. Yearbooks featuring famous people are […]

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The World’s Dullest Postcards

More than a million vintage postcards are listed for sale on AbeBooks showing everything from pre-revolution Cuba to Zaire. Spectacular buildings, stunning views, and amazing natural wonders are easy to find. But we were drawn to the picture postcards showing some of the dullest imagery imaginable. Empty rooms, administrative buildings, views of busy highways and […]

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20 Pioneering Novels that Paved the Way for Today’s LGBT Literature

Today’s LGBT genre is vibrant, accessible, accepted and intertwined with the likes of memoirs, young adult fiction and graphic novels. It was a long journey to reach this point. At first, homosexuality had to be hinted at and could never be explicit.  It was disguised in everything from vampire tales to philosophical fiction. Countless gay […]

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Interview with a Bookbinder

The latest episode of AbeBooks’ podcast series Behind the Bookshelves features an interview with Marysa de Veer of Otter Bookbinding. We met Marysa at the 2018 ABA Rare Book Fair in London, and she was kind enough to explain how she keeps this traditional skill alive and also describes the skills required to restore, preserve […]

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Stand firm & carry on: Churchill’s 1940 instruction leaflet on surviving the German invasion

April 1940. Britain’s darkest hour as the country braced for invasion by German forces. Prime Minister Winston Churchill took the extraordinary step of printing and distributing 14 million leaflets, titled Beating the Invader, featuring instructions on what to do when German troops reached British soil. The key messages were quintessential Churchill – “Stand firm” and […]

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Ina Kok wins Breslauer Prize for Bibliography with woodcuts masterpiece

Dutch scholar Ina Kok has won the 17th ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, sponsored by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers with the support of the B.H. Breslauer Foundation. Kok is the author of Woodcuts in Incunabula Printed in the Low Countries. ILAB’s Fabrizio Govi said: “The author has spent decades working on this book […]

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17 London bookshops for true bibliophiles

Take a video tour of some of London’s finest bookshops from Chelsea to Chiswick, from Bloomsbury to Charing Cross Road. We highlight high-end antiquarian specialists, sellers of general used books and community bookshops.

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In Pictures: the First American Divorcee to Marry a British Royal

Meghan Markle is not the first divorced American to marry into the Royal Family. In 1936, King Edward VIII revealed that he intended to marry an American socialite and divorcee, and this sensational news rocked Britain, taking the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis. Wallis Simpson was the Baltimore-born woman at the eye […]

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Sisters in antiquarian bookselling: meet Elisabeth and Sally Burdon

Meet Elisabeth (left) and Sally Burdon. A pair of sisters involved in the antiquarian bookselling community and yet operating businesses thousands of miles apart. Elisabeth runs Old Imprints in Portland, Oregon, and is one of the most interesting sellers of ephemera that we know. Sally runs Asia Bookroom in Canberra, Australia, a business that specializes […]

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Introducing Behind the Bookshelves: A Podcast from AbeBooks

Enjoy bookish podcasts? You’re in luck. AbeBooks has just launched a podcast series called Behind the Bookshelves. The idea of the podcast is to tell the stories behind books and the people who love them. The first five episodes cover the early days of Penguin, the AA’s Big Book, Literary Oxford, the puzzle-book Masquerade and […]

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