Reading the hours – the medieval experience of the bible

Reading the hours – the medieval experience of the bible

Reading the hours – the medieval experience of the bible Probably 85% of the text is extracted directly from the Bible. Any Christian man was encouraged to imagine suffering the torments of Christ himself, but a woman too was taught to imagine watching the Crucifixion. It would be an invaluable publication for the study of […]

First David Bowie book club pick becomes a used bestseller

First David Bowie book club pick becomes a used bestseller

Find copies of Hawksmoor The list stretches from Homer to modern bestselling authors like Michael Chabon and Junot Diaz. Two stories run in parallel but in different eras – one character is building churches in 18th century London while a modern 1980s detective is investigating murders committed in the same churches. He has written biographies […]

When Book Covers Came of Age

When Book Covers Came of Age

Among those doing so in the UK were Edward Bawden, John Piper, Barnett Freedman and Edward Ardizzone, while in the USA, jackets designed by N. Occasionally, transparent glassine coverings were supplied, which allowed a view of a pictorial binding. The jacket itself became an increasingly common phenomenon as leather bindings were gradually superseded by cloth-covered […]

Vietnam War documentary turns Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried into AbeBooks’ bestselling book of 2017

Vietnam War documentary turns Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried into AbeBooks’ bestselling book of 2017

Vietnam War documentary turns Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried into AbeBooks’ bestselling book of 2017 The Things They Carried is a collection of connected short stories about a platoon of American soldiers. O’Brien includes himself as a protagonist and some of the narrative is semi-autobiographical. The series, directed by Burns and Lynn Novick, cost […]

8 unscrupulous ways that cigarettes were promoted in vintage adverts

8 unscrupulous ways that cigarettes were promoted in vintage adverts

8 unscrupulous ways that cigarettes were promoted in vintage adverts This vintage Chesterfields ad from 1947 shows tennis player Bobby Riggs, football star Sid Luckman, golfer Lloyd Mangrum, baseball slugger Ted Williams, basketball star Nat Holman and swimmer Adolph Keifer – the crème de la crème of American sports. We could have lived with Father […]

175-year-old fig leaf just sold for $660. Find out why.

175-year-old fig leaf just sold for $660. Find out why.

175-year-old fig leaf just sold for $660. Find out why. The painting shows a riverside scene that probably depicts the 18 Arhats, who were the original followers of Buddha. Gouache is a type of watercolor. This might be the world’s most fragile piece of art – a gouache painting on a Chinese fig leaf from […]

When your 67-year-old mom places a personal ad asking for action

When your 67-year-old mom places a personal ad asking for action

When your 67-year-old mom places a personal ad asking for action Jane Juska’s bestselling memoir Jane’s adventures in her search for sex in her sixties became a memoir and a play. The divorcée, an English teacher with one son, simply decided she’d been celibate long enough. Juska also wrote a follow-up called Unaccompanied Women, which […]

Don’t Miss the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair, Nov 3-5, 2017

Don’t Miss the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair, Nov 3-5, 2017

Don’t Miss the Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair, Nov 3-5, 2017 The Toronto Antiquarian Book Fair is held this week at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Whether you are an experienced or novice book collector, a librarian or an archivist, a scholar or an academic, or are simply interested in books and the book arts in […]

Come Visit the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair: Oct. 14-15, 2017

Come Visit the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair: Oct. 14-15, 2017

With inventory available at all price ranges, you are sure to find something interesting and unusual to take home. Tickets are only $5 and can be used for both Saturday and Sunday entries. The Pacific Northwest’s premier book event is back! Hours: Saturday, October 14th, 10am-6pm Sunday, October 15th, 11am-4pm The Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair […]

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

Kazuo Ishiguro wins the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

Musician Bob Dylan was the controversial winner in 2016. His latest book, The Buried Giant, was published in 2015 and is a fantasy story set in Arthurian Britain. Published in 2005, Never Let Me Go tells the story a group of students at a boarding school living in a dystopian future. Born in Japan in […]

Don’t miss the Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph & Paper Show

Don’t miss the Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph & Paper Show

Books from the 2013 Vancouver Book Fair The Vancouver Rare Book, Photograph & Paper Show is coming up this weekend.          The dealers include   Aquila Books from Calgary, Bjarne Tokerud and Dale Cournoyer from Victoria, Bison Books and Greenfield Books from Winnipeg, Thompson Rare Books from Hornby Island, and Hourglass Books from Vancouver. Heritage […]

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma spark interest in Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma spark interest in Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma spark interest in Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson The ‘Isaac’ referenced in the title is Isaac Cline, chief observer of the Weather Bureau in Galvaston. Larson’s sources included Isaac Cline’s 1945 memoir, Storms, Floods and Sunshine, the Weather Bureau archives, and Galvaston’s Rosenberg Library. Galvaston’s highest point in 1900 was just […]

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Oil baron’s ‘on demand’ erotica collection sells for $9,500

Oil baron’s ‘on demand’ erotica collection sells for $9,500

Oil baron’s ‘on demand’ erotica collection sells for $9,500 One of 75 numbered copies printed on Japan paper. Jones & O.B. 4   The Complete Work of Rembrandt by Wilhelm Bode – $7,680 Eight volumes. Johnson was a pillar of the community in Ardmore. An Oklahoma oil baron’s personal collection of literary erotica has sold […]