Category: Music Books

May 12, 2020

Arsons, forgeries & poker: how Johnny Jenkins blazed a trail through antiquarian bookselling

His death shocked the world of antiquarian bookselling. Jenkins had turned antiquarian bookselling on its head in 1975 when he purchased a huge selection of Americana from Eberstadt & Sons for $2 million. His books were displayed at rare book fairs around the world, and he sold books and ephemera to some of Texas’ richest and most powerful people. Although short in height, Jenkins was […]

May 3, 2020

Italy in Bocca – how rare cookbooks with cardboard covers inspired a food film

Italy in Bocca – how rare cookbooks with cardboard covers inspired a food film We came to realize the ingredients should be the best ingredients.” AbeBooks: So the lockdown started and you spent your time editing the film? We are now talking to various people to develop it into a bigger project.” AbeBooks: Should the In Bocca cookbooks be republished? The day after we released […]

April 14, 2020

Barack Obama’s summer 2019 reading list

Barack Obama’s summer 2019 reading list Still great today. A collection of nine stories that looks at humanity’s place in the universe Exhalation by Ted Chiang is a collection of short stories that will make you think, grapple with big questions, and feel more human. Haruki Murakami’s Men Without Women examines what happens to characters without important women in their lives; it’ll move you and […]

April 14, 2020

Collecting Film Scripts

Learn more about film scripts. Kevin Johnson reveals why film scripts are so desirable, how studios and production teams have created and used scripts over the years, the vita role of the script supervisor, the most expensive script he has ever sold, and why availability and prices vary, from The Wizard of Oz to Night of the Living Dead. Film scripts are humble documents but […]

April 14, 2020

Frank Capra’s copy of Parnassus on Wheels

There is a mistake somewhere! It was a 1917 first edition in a dust jacket. Parnassus on Wheels concerns a traveling bookseller Christopher Morley’s inscription to Frank Capra “This is Frank Capra’s copy of this little book and I am grieved when I think how much he paid for it! It cost him 160 times as much as if he had bought it in September […]

April 14, 2020

Signed with a leaf

We may yet overcome – Pete Seeger. The leaf or the message? What’s better? I hope your sons learn, though, that there is joy in struggle – and Who knows? See the letter Fame is foolish and fleeting, and so will the human race go down the tube if we can’t find a way to stop nuclear war, toxic chemicals, and other foolish things. Signed […]

April 14, 2020

Meet the Movable Book Society

In the latest AbeBooks podcast, we are joined by Shawn Sheehy from the Movable Book Society. The society is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for artists, booksellers, collectors, curators, and others to share enthusiasm about pop-up and movable books. The positive feedback convinced Anne that there was enough interest from collectors to found a society about Movable Books. There are nearly 450 members […]

April 14, 2020

Podcast interview: Doris Moskowitz from Moe’s Books

Podcast interview: Doris Moskowitz from Moe’s Books Moe’s Books has a long legacy and holds a special place within the bookselling community on the West Coast. The red and white awning is a landmark on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley Moe Moskowitz founded the bookshop and his presence can still be felt The top floor at Moe’s Books features a rare book room Moe’s Books boasts […]

April 14, 2020

Collecting books on rockets & spaceflight

NASA engineer Michael Ciancone collects books on rockets and spaceflight Michael Ciancone’s day job is working as a NASA engineer. It’s called Foreword to Spaceflight: An Illustrated Bibliography of pre-1958 Publications on Rocketry and Space Travel, and a selection of pictures from the book can be seen below. Michael’s bibliography is based upon his extensive collection The cover artwork for early books on rockets and […]

April 14, 2020

Oak tobacco box carved from Brontës’ church sells for $1,500

The parsonage is now a museum maintained by the Brontë Society. Parts of the interior oak from furniture and rafters were turned into commemorative urns, vases, salt boxes, candlesticks, picture frames, tobacco boxes, and spittoons for literary  souvenir hunters. Numerous souvenir objects were created from the church’s rafters and furniture This tobacco box was carved from wood salvaged from the Haworth church in Yorkshire An […]

April 14, 2020

25 Out-of-Print Books That Were Used Bestsellers in 2019

25 Out-of-Print Books That Were Used Bestsellers in 2019 Not published in English since the 1990s. Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How it Changed America by John M. First published in 1991 and last reprinted in 2008. These people launched the industrial revolution. The first person to successfully raise newborn elephants, Daphne Sheldrick has saved countless African animals from certain death. […]

April 14, 2020

Women in Work: Lisa Unger Baskin’s Collection

In our podcast interview, Lisa describes how she put the collection together, why she decided to place the collection with Duke, and how humble objects can shed light on the role of women in work and society.  The Grolier is society for bibliophiles founded in 1884. Visitors will see items from a collection that took 45 years to build. A cabinet card sold by Sojourner […]

January 14, 2019

Rare Books LA – the new face on the book fair scene

Rare Books LA – the new face on the book fair scene However, there is an online promotional code for AbeBooks customers which entitles you to a 50% discount on tickets to the fair. organisers of Rare Books LA And yes, we do mean heavy metal books, which is a particular passion for Brad. We are working closely with the International Fine Print Dealers Association […]

January 9, 2019

Scott Baker Wallace, avid collector of Agatha Christie

Scott Baker Wallace, avid collector of Agatha Christie We all think we know something about Agatha Christie, who remains the world’s most famous writer of detective fiction. Enjoy the interview. Christie wrote 66 novels, 14 short stories and the world’s longest running stage play. In our latest podcast, Scott describes his adventures in collecting and the places he’s visited along the way. However, you’ll find […]

November 1, 2018

Podcast interview with Rebecca Baumann

Podcast interview with Rebecca Baumann We think you’ll enjoy the interview, which takes us from the vaults of Indiana University to HP Lovecraft’s New York and the modern-day book fairs of London. Death of a Sadist by RR Ryan – the tale of a young man who admires art so much he loses his soul over it.  Some of the books mentioned by Rebecca […]

October 31, 2018

Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley sells for £56,000

During the trial, Laurence Byrne famously asked whether the novel was “a book that you would… wish your wife or your servants to read.” As everyone knows, Penguin, the book’s publisher, was found not guilty. Judge Laurence Byrne brought the copy of DH Lawrence’s novel into the courtroom each day. A copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, used by the judge who presided over the famous […]

October 26, 2018

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 It traces the evolution of the book jacket from its functional origins as a plain protective covering. Salisbury celebrates the work of more than 50 artists from Rockwell Kent to Edward Gorey and NC Wyeth, and covers several styles including Art Deco from the 1920s and 1930s. Find copies This is a book for anyone who loves beautiful dust jackets. […]

October 22, 2018

Lisa Grimm: an interview with a ghostlore collector

Lisa Grimm: an interview with a ghostlore collector Montague Rhodes James (1862-1936) was a scholar at Cambridge University. They were designed to be read aloud to a group for entertainment. Lisa, who lives in Seattle, is a trained librarian but no longer works in libraries. Aside from books, her other passions are craft beer and travel, and her website offers more on these subjects. He […]

October 16, 2018

Anna Burns wins 2018 Man Booker Prize with Milkman

The novel is narrated by an 18-year-old girl – never named and known as Middle Sister – who is being harassed by an older paramilitary figure. Her first novel was called No Bones and that is also an account of growing up in Belfast. She wins £50,000 for Milkman, a novel set in the Troubles in Northern Ireland about a young woman being sexually harassed. […]