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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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Women in antiquarian bookselling: interview with Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers

To celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March and that March is Women’s History Month, we asked Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, New York, about the current situation for women in antiquarian bookselling. Heather and Rebecca are experienced booksellers, who have both worked for Bauman Rare Books in […]

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A souper valuable pop art dress from Campbell’s Soup

It’s a piece of clothing. It’s advertising. It’s pop art. It’s ephemera. It’s the Souper Dress. Created by Campbell’s Soup, this is a dress specifically designed to help sell cans of soup by riding on the coattails of Andy Warhol’s iconic image from 1962. It’s a disposable, screen-printed dress made of 20% cotton and 80% […]

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There are maps for everything, including Cholera epidemics

There are maps of many things besides countries, cities and transit networks. This is a 1893 Russian map depicting the spread of Cholera – the faint red arrows show the spread of the disease northwards from Persia. This epidemic claimed more than 250,000 lives. It entered Russia, travelled across the Caspian Sea, through the Caucuses […]

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The Forgotten Cookbooks of Sophia Loren

Decades before we had endure the endless stream of celebrity cookbooks from major and minor stars, Italian film actress Sophia Loren was in the business of writing recipe books. Loren’s food books definitely count as celebrity cookbooks – after all, she was one of the world’s most famous people in the 1950s and 1960s – […]

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No sausage! Scarce 1878 cookbook with first recipe for jambalaya goes on sale

A scarce first edition of an 1878 cookbook containing the first recorded recipe for jambalaya has been listed for sale on AbeBooks. The Gulf City Cook Book was compiled by the “ladies of the St. Francis Street Methodist Episcopal Church South” from Mobile, Alabama. This historic church still exists although the current building was built in […]

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Scarce ‘Photographs of Mexico’ book sells for $15,000

A scarce photography book by Paul Strand, whose modernist images helped turn photography into an art form, has sold for $15,000 on AbeBooks.com. Photographs of Mexico was published in 1940 and features stark black and white hand-pulled photogravure images. Strictly speaking, it’s a portfolio of 20 loose leaf images. Strand, an American born in New […]

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Germany’s Parthenon of Banned Books

 In Kassel, Germany, at the place where the Nazis once burned books by Jewish and Marxist writers, Argentinian artist Marta Minujín built a huge tribute to free speech called the Parthenon of Books. It featured more than 100,000 books donated by the public.

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John Lithgow’s Broadway show sparks hunt for obscure 1939 short story collection

New York theater-goers are scrambling to find copies of a long forgotten 1939 book of 100 short stories featured prominently in John Lithgow’s one-man Broadway show, Stories by Heart. Lithgow’s show is based around Tellers of Tales, a collection of stories selected by English author Somerset Maugham.  The actor’s father, Arthur Lithgow (also an actor […]

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Reading the hours – the medieval experience of the bible

This blog post first appeared on the Medieval Text Manuscripts blog where the team at Les Enluminures delve into the world of medieval manuscripts by Christopher de Hamel This post takes a closer look at what’s in a Book of Hours, which is arguably the most important text of the late Middle Ages.  This is why.  […]

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