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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published on December 19 in 1843. Its illustrations helped craft the festive holiday that is celebrated today. Discover illustrated editions of this classic story.
Our book collecting guide covers basic elements of book collecting, from what to collect, to caring for your book collection.
AbeBooks offers an immense collection of first edition books for sale, including some of the most famous books ever published. Find a first edition of your favorite book to add to your own collection or as a gift for a bibliophile in your life.
An autographed book from your favorite author can turn an item of personal value into a cherished keepsake of financial worth. Whether one of hundreds or one of a kind, a signed book is a wonderful addition to any book collection.
Our book lists are second to none and are designed to inspire your next read or collectible purchase. Browse our feature archives and you will discover unique content that will both entertain and inform.
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Rare and collectible books

June 03, 2021
Shakespeare's works are among the world's most read, most studied, and most collected. Early editions are also some of the most valuable.
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By Richard Davies
July 29, 2021
The first edition of Salem's Lot, published in 1975, with its original dust jacket is the holy grail for collectors of Stephen King books.
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June 15, 2021
Humble children's books from years past can be immensely valuable, but only if they are the right edition in the right condition.
June 03, 2021
One of the fastest growing areas of rare books is vintage cocktail books. However, this interest is not confined to the used book trade.
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Discover the most expensive items to ever sell on AbeBooks since we began 25 years ago. A remarkable illustrated book about birds, a famous children’s fantasy from 1937 and an artistic version of Mickey Mouse all appear on our list.
You won't find a better selection of rare and antiquarian booksellers anywhere. Look through our directory to find a bookseller specializing in an area that interests you most.