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June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Ghosts Along the Mississippi is unlike any photography book. It is a prime example of 'Louisiana Gothic' and ghostly in so many ways.
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By Richard Davies
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
This influential photography book, first published in France in 1958, appears highly relevant today with the United States divided in so many ways. However, the odds are that these honest, and often sad images, have always been relevant.
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June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
For this particular list of the best epic books, we considered books of all genres. We didn't fuss too much over the physical length of the book or the time span, but we did seriously consider the weight of the story itself.
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June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Our world history is vast, and these 30 books are only the tip of the iceberg. This list of the best history books includes bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winners and editor's picks from distinguished historians and biographers.
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By Richard Davies June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Let's start with the definition. An ex-library book is a book that once belonged to a public library or institution and has been 'discarded' after being deemed no longer useful. These books often gravitate into the hands of used booksellers and end up for sale on online marketplaces such as AbeBooks.
By Michael Peck June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Throughout its history, chess has been a metaphor for nearly everything. Indian mystics believed the game represented the four elements, while medieval scholars used chess as a tutorial to explain free will. Since the sixth century, kings and caliphs have turned to chess for strategic influence, artists for inspiration, and scientists to comprehend memory and cognition.
By Richard Davies June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Ghosts Along the Mississippi is unlike any photography book. It is a prime example of 'Louisiana Gothic' and ghostly in so many ways.
By Richard Davies June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Despite everything that fans of technology will tell you, the 'Google' has existed since 1913 when an English banker wrote and illustrated this beautiful but surreal children's book of verse about colorful creatures in a fantastical land.
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Besides being a legendary author, Mark Twain was a great traveler, a globetrotter when globetrotting was not easy. Join us in celebrating his life, his wisdom, his literature and his willingness to discover what was around the next corner.
By Richard Davies June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
In terms of sheer numbers, collectible softcovers are vastly outnumbered by collectible hardcovers. However, many paperbacks - books with soft, not rigid, paper-based covers - sell for high prices.
By Richard Davies June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
It could be argued American art came of age in 1939 when Simon and Schuster published a book called A Treasury of American Prints. The book offered 100 etchings and lithographs from America's greatest living artists, and had been edited by Thomas Craven, a highly opinionated art critic.
By Richard Davies June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Imagine writing a 50,000-word novel without using the letter 'e'. That might seem a rather pointless challenge but you can read just such a book - Gadsby by Ernest Vincent Wright, a self-published story from 1939.
By Richard Davies June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
The Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book is not just the most influential self help book ever published. It's one of the 20th century's most significant books and early copies are treasured by numerous collectors.
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was an American illustrator and writer, chiefly remembered for his illustrated books. Once you've seen a bit of Gorey's work, it becomes instantly recognizable.
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Do you have an old or antiquarian book and would like to know its value? You might think it's a rare and valuable book but don't know where to find its value? Use this page on AbeBooks.com to find prices of similar copies.
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
Sandra Hindman is a leading expert on Medieval and Renaissance manuscript illumination. Professor Emerita of Art History at Northwestern University and owner of Les Enluminures, Sandra is author, co-author, or editor of more than 10 books, as well as numerous articles on history, illuminated manuscripts and medieval rings. AbeBooks posed a number of basic questions about medieval manuscripts and Sandra was kind enough to answer them.
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
The AbeBooks’ Book Collecting Guide offers a basic introduction to book collecting, but this topic is very broad and you can never have enough knowledge. If you have read through our pages, and browsed all the books on this subject you can find, you should consider attending a book collecting seminar or course. Here is a list of several different classes offered around the world.
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
There are a variety of places where you can purchase books for your collection, and a number of things that you should always be cognisant when buying a rare book.
June 03, 2021 05:02 PM
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