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AbeBooks’ most expensive sales in January, February & March 2018

From Friedrich Nietzsche to Keith Haring, here is a list of  AbeBooks’ most expensive sales in January, February & March. See the top 15 sales.

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Anne of Avonlea first edition sells for $17,500

It seems Anne of Green Gables is alive and well in today’s era of empowered women after a first edition copy of Anne of Avonlea sold for $17,500 (USD) via AbeBooks.  This is L.M. Montgomery‘s second novel about the red-headed girl from Prince Edward Island in Canada. It was published in 1909 by L. C. Page […]

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The Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize returns

The second annual Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize is now looking for submissions. Created by Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, New York, the prize is open to women book collectors in the United States aged 30 or younger. Founded in 2011, Honey & Wax Booksellers is an antiquarian book firm run by Heather […]

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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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Romance Novels of the Jazz Age and Depression Eras

In 2017, Honey and Wax Booksellers launched an innovative book collecting prize open to women collectors in the United States, aged 30 or younger. “We take a particular interest in the evolving role of women in the rare book trade, on both the buying and selling sides. The great American book collector Mary Hyde Eccles, […]

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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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Memories of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 88 yesterday, on January 15th, 2017, were he not publicly assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Today,  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed annually on the third Monday in January, close to MLK’s birthday. Now 49 years after his murder, longer dead than […]

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Collecting Nostalgia: Vintage Christmas Memorabilia

With its time-honored traditions, sacred recipes passed down through generations and emphasis on family and friends, few areas of life lend themselves so well to nostalgia as Christmas. Of the families who celebrate Christmas, everyone does it a little bit differently. My husband’s family are Cuban, and celebrate “Noche Buena” on December 24th, opening all […]

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Today’s Weird: The Jewish-Japanese Sex & Cook Book and How to Raise Wolves

  Here at AbeBooks, we’re no strangers to weirdness. Not only are we a little bit odd ourselves, but we have been combing the literary world for bizarre books to add to the Weird Book Room for years. So maybe I should not have been surprised, this morning, to learn of a book called The Jewish-Japanese Sex […]

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Collectible Memorabilia from Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba

  Rarely has there been a more controversial and polarizing political figure than Fidel Castro. On Thursday, November 24th, my mother-in-law arrived to stay with my family for two weeks. She is a Cuban woman who was born and raised in Cuba, and lived there until the early sixties, when a series of terrifying incidents relating […]

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