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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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Collecting vintage luggage labels

Luggage labels are long gone. However they used to be a small but eye-catching part of the so-called golden age of travel from approximately 1900 to the mid-1960s. We are primarily talking about hotel luggage labels as hotels, particularly the ‘Grand Hotels‘, led the development of these small labels. Hotel chains and many of the […]

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What is ephemera?

Ever wondered what the word ‘ephemera’ means? You may have heard it mentioned in used bookshops or in connection with something that seems old and paper-related. Well, our latest YouTube video provides the exact definition.

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‘Are we downhearted?’ Rare artwork from WWI POW magazine goes on sale

A rare collection of original artwork published in a prison camp magazine by British World War I POWs has been listed for sale on AbeBooks. Approximately, 5,000 Britons who were living in or visiting Germany at the outbreak of World War I in 1914 were interned in a detention camp located on a horse racing […]

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A Passion for Maps

We’ve been thinking a lot about maps lately. We recently featured a selection of vintage maps from around the world. We also got lost browsing through vintage road maps and travel guides from the first half of the 20th century.  These pieces of ephemera – an item created with a short-lived purpose in mind, are […]

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Rose City Book & Paper Fair – This Weekend!

AbeBooks is thrilled to be a sponsor at the Rose City Book & Paper Fair taking place this weekend (June 3-4, 2016) at the DoubleTree at Lloyd Center in Portland Oregon. This year marks the 10th anniversary of this book & ephemera fair. Presented by the Cascade Booksellers Association, the Rose City Book & Paper […]

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AbeBooks Sponsors the LA Art Book Fair

Guests at the LA Art Book Fair 2015 AbeBooks is pleased to be a sponsor at the LA Art Book Fair taking place this weekend (February 11-14) at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Presented by Printed Matter, the LA Art Book Fair features over 250 booksellers, international presses, artists and independent publishers. Visitors to the fair […]

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Beautiful Broadsides

One of the best parts of my job is being able to spend time looking at different listings on the AbeBooks’ website. Today I learned something new – a type of ephemera called broadsides. The definition of a broadside is a large piece of paper printed only on one side – similar to a poster. In […]

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AbeBooks top 10 most expensive sales from December 2008

This (past) month’s list of top sales is one of the most varied that we have seen in some time. Aside from the usual suspects (your Atlas Shrugged and Treasure Islands), we have books on Communism and Capitalism, a prophesier and a prophet (not to be confused with the aforementioned profit), the Dutch and the […]

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Journals – More Fun Than Plain Old Notebooks

Some friends of mine are moving out of the city today and before they left, I wanted to get them each a small gift.  When thinking about what to buy, I recalled a conversation I’d had with him about keeping a journal, not a daily diary but for a specific purpose and with her, we’d […]

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