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Printer’s Error – absurd moments in book history

Rare book expert Rebecca Romney, who is one of half of the team behind Honey and Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, has co-authored a book that will bring a smile to anyone who enjoys the stories behind books, authors, publishers and all the other folks connected with the book trade. In Printer’s Error, Romney, and co-author […]

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A first edition of Heather Has Two Mommies is now a $3,000 book

  This week a copy of a 1989 children’s book was listed for sale on AbeBooks, the price was $3,000. That’s not particularly unusual. However, this copy was a first edition of a pioneering book that features a girl being brought up by same-sex parents. Heather Has Two Mommies was written by Leslea Newman and […]

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Better with Age: Treasures from the New York Antiquarian Book Fair

Today, we’re offering a guest post from Amazon editor Sarah Harrison Smith, who enjoyed the delights of the New York Antiquarian Book Fair at the weekend. This article was originally posted on the Amazon Book Review Blog.   The New York Antiquarian Book Fair is the most important book fair for rare books in the […]

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Moe’s Books – a Berkeley landmark since 1959

A few weeks ago, I visited Moe’s Books in Berkeley, California, on a quiet Sunday morning. It was 10am and the students were just starting to emerge and consider their brunch options. You get a feeling for Moe’s long and eventful history when you immediately spot this poster for sale just inside the entrance. What […]

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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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