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Did these toy building blocks inspire young Einstein’s imagination?

Albert Einstein’s much-loved childhood building blocks have been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com. Housed in two wooden boxes, the set features approximately 160 pieces with some chipped from use. Did these humble toy building blocks nurture the imagination of the boy who would become the world’s greatest physicist? It’s inspiring to think that these simple […]

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Eight Pancake Books Worth Stacking on Your Shelf

The editors at AbeBooks.com have selected eight pancake cookbooks offering recipes that span the world, from California to Russia and Scandinavia, and show numerous forms of this humble but versatile dish. Pancakes are closely associated with Shrove Tuesday so Christians could use the last of their rich foods (eggs, milk, sugar, and lard) before starting […]

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“Room for Millions of Immigrants” – railroad pamphlet from 1883 shows how American life has changed

A scarce 1883 pamphlet promoting California as a destination for immigrants has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com. It show how immigrants were once courted in the US. “California, the Cornucopia of the World” was written by I.N. Hoag for the Southern Pacific Railroad, and was distributed to immigrants who had already reached the East […]

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Bookseller Q&A: Inga’s Original Choices

Our latest bookseller Q&A features Inga Eubanks, who runs Inga’s Original Choices in Piggott, Arkansas. Inga combines custom framing with bookselling, which gives her a special insight into art, photography and books. Inga has sold with AbeBooks since 2000 and takes a great deal of pride in providing a high level of customer service. AbeBooks: […]

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Vinegar valentines – the worst card to receive on February 14

More than 150 years ago, Victorian ‘greeting card trolls’ were using the fledgling postal system to insult people with so-called ‘Vinegar Valentine’ cards. These anonymous cards, illustrated with caricatures and snarky poetry, were a major phenomenon as the ability to communicate regardless of distance became more accessible. It appears vinegar valentines originated in the United […]

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Imagine a sequel to 1984? We did & so did Gyorgy Dalos

What would have happened if George Orwell had written a sequel to Nineteen Eighty-Four? A few years ago, we asked our designers to imagine that exact scenario and this is what they came up with. Not bad, and the Ministry of Truth thinks “it’s doubleplus good.” Published in 1949, Nineteen Eighty-Four was Orwell’s last book. […]

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Trump’s pipeline orders sparks interest in Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – the book that launched the modern environmental movement – was the most searched for book on AbeBooks.com yesterday with 1984 by George Orwell a close second. Silent Spring was published in 1962 and addressed the indiscriminate use of pesticides at the time. The last edition was published in 2003. […]

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What is ephemera?

Ever wondered what the word ‘ephemera’ means? You may have heard it mentioned in used bookshops or in connection with something that seems old and paper-related. Well, our latest YouTube video provides the exact definition.

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Backgammon’s back. Surge in demand for backgammon books

Is backgammon undergoing a revival? It appears many people will receive backgammon sets this Christmas along with books about learning to play the board game. Sales of backgammon guidebooks have been steadily increasing on the AbeBooks marketplace since the start of October. And then over the weekend, a long out-of-print book, Vanity Fair’s Backgammon to […]

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Fans swoop for Leonard Cohen books, but which one to buy?

Fans of Leonard Cohen have been converging on AbeBooks.com since the news of his death, searching for books from the Canadian singer-songwriter’s original career as a poet and an author. It appears many fans are unsure which book to buy as the most popular search term on AbeBooks since Cohen’s death has been simply “Leonard […]

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