Abebooks.com September 2007
The Avid Collector

Dear Book Lover,

Is a picture worth a thousand words? Whether or not the adage is true, there have been many thousands of words written about pictures over the centuries, and countless exceptional artworks have appeared in books. In this issue of the Avid Collector, Fine Books & Collections magazine focuses on the sublime pairing of books and art.

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Collectible Art Books

William Blake's Water-Colour Designs for the Poems of Thomas Gray

From Giorgio Vasari to Cindy Sherman, the history of art has been recorded in - and influenced by - many stunning and unique books. We've picked out 10 volumes we think are particularly wonderful.

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Have Your Books Valued

Treasures in Your Attic?

Want to know how much your most prized book is worth? Find out from The Book Guys' Allan Stypeck.

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Collecting Architecture

Modern Architecture

Our buildings define our environment and reflect our history. Fine Books & Collections presents a brief but, as always, authoritative overview of rare and beautiful books related to architecture.

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Art in the Book

Collector Profile

Michael Fagan Fine Art and Rare Books
Satanu by Josef Váchal
The scope of territory available for collecting art books is seemingly infinite, both in breadth and depth. Michael Fagan's inventory has a breathtaking focus on Eastern European art from 1900-1950. Read Our Interview with Michael Fagan

Ask the Expert

Our Expert Booksellers answer your questions on rare and collectible books. View the Q&A

This Issue's Questions

1. For many years, I have collected books of botanical illustrations, signed and numbered botanical prints, and books about botanical illustration. How do I get an estimate of the value of these books?—Lois

2. I have a book called Practical Cookery by Mrs Nourse, which was published in 1813. It is a family heirloom that has been passed down through six generations of my family. I would like to find out a little bit more information if possible.—Trevor

3. Hi, I have a first edition, first printing, signed copy of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. How can I find out whether or not this is JK Rowling's true signature?—Fiona

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Collector Profile

Hockney's Alphabet For September, the pick of the month is a first edition of Hockney's Alphabet, an ABC fundraising book with each letter defined by a well-known author. This deluxe edition is one of 300, with a vellum spine and signed by Hockney and most of the participating writers. Read More.

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