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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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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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Introducing the Gormenghast Automata

This is the ‘Gormenghast Automata’ – the ultimate one of a kind accessory for fans of Mervyn Peake, the British novelist who created the Gormenghast trilogy of gothic fantasy novels. Custom built by an anonymous Gormenghast-loving English craftsman from wood and metal, this brand new automated mechanical device depicts Peake’s ominous castle and some of […]

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How the West was regulated – a Dodge City license for prostitution in 1876

This remarkable document sold via AbeBooks.com yesterday – a license for prostitution issued by the authorities in Dodge City, Kansas, on 10 March 1876. The girl, named as Laura Belle, paid $2.50 every three months and had to post the license in her room above the saloon where she conducted her business. Take a closer […]

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Booklovers descend on Olympia for London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Almost every book that ever made a mark on the world appears to be here at the London International Antiquarian Book Fair in the Olympia exhibition centre. It’s rather like the world’s largest lesson in book history. A Paradise Lost here, numerous James Bond first editions there, a liberal sprinkling of Evelyn Waughs across the […]

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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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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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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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“Disneyana” – Walt Disney Collectibles and Souvenirs

  You may not know the term “Disneyana” yet, but you probably know somebody obsessed with it. Maybe they feverishly collect Disneyland souvenirs like collectible Disney mugs, or vintage Disney park guides, maps and tickets. Or perhaps they have a tattoo of Tinkerbell, and an apartment full of vintage Tinkerbell Disney memorabilia to match. They’d […]

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