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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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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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When Field & Stream Magazine Reviewed Lady Chatterley’s Lover

This week a 1928 privately printed first edition of Lady Chatterley’s Lover sold for $3,500 on AbeBooks. No big deal but though slightly ironic as it is Banned Books Week.  This book’s past is well-documented in the long history of censorship – printed in Florence by Tipografia Giuntina at DH Lawrence’s expense. This particular copy […]

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Featured Collection: engravings of marine invertebrates from Charles Lewis Best Booksellers

It’s a long way from the English lanes and woods of Surrey to the sandy beaches of San Diego. But these are the sort of distances that collectible objects from the past tend to travel. Bookseller Charles Lewis Best offers a wonderful Collection of engravings of marine invertebrates which combines beautiful artwork with scientific study. […]

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