Introducing Behind the Bookshelves: A Podcast from AbeBooks

Introducing Behind the Bookshelves: A Podcast from AbeBooks

You’re in luck. “A good example is Allen Lane who founded Penguin and shook up the worlds of reading and publishing by introducing affordable paperbacks. Born in England and now a resident of Canada, Richard will bring a personal touch to the podcasts so expect a broad mixture of weird books, unusual stories, and memorable […]

10 Trailblazing Environmental Books for Earth Day

10 Trailblazing Environmental Books for Earth Day

10 Trailblazing Environmental Books for Earth Day She strongly opposed both tourism and poaching. It was a personal diary and never intended for publication. Writing on the environment and nature has a long legacy. Impact: No-one has advocated more for the preservation of wilderness in the United States than Muir. The book positions the Everglades […]

Anne of Avonlea first edition sells for $17,500

Anne of Avonlea first edition sells for $17,500

Anne of Avonlea first edition sells for $17,500 First edition copies on AbeBooks vary in pricing from $10,000 to $36,000 depending on condition – none of them have a dust jacket. C. Anne of Avonlea details the heroine’s experiences from the age of 16 to 18 when she teaches at Avonlea school. The book (pictured […]

The Evolution of Peter Rabbit

The Evolution of Peter Rabbit

The Evolution of Peter Rabbit Our video traces Peter’s history from being privately printed in 1901 to this year’s movie adaptation. Peter Rabbit is still sneaking into Mr McGregor’s garden to steal vegetables.

The Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize returns

The Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize returns

Created by Honey & Wax Booksellers in Brooklyn, New York, the prize is open to women book collectors in the United States aged 30 or younger. That’s what this prize is designed to achieve,” said Heather O’Donnell, founder of Honey & Wax. The 2018 Honey & Wax Book Collecting Prize is now open The second […]

Introducing the Gormenghast Automata

Introducing the Gormenghast Automata

Learn more This is the ‘Gormenghast Automata’ – the ultimate one of a kind accessory for fans of Mervyn Peake, the British novelist who created the Gormenghast trilogy of gothic fantasy novels. Custom built by an anonymous Gormenghast-loving English craftsman from wood and metal, this brand new automated mechanical device depicts Peake’s ominous castle and […]

Women in antiquarian bookselling: interview with Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers

Women in antiquarian bookselling: interview with Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers

Women in antiquarian bookselling: interview with Heather O’Donnell and Rebecca Romney of Honey & Wax Booksellers In 2017, they launched a book collecting contest specifically for women book collectors in the United States aged 30 or younger. Perhaps the biggest change, over the past few years, has been a greater awareness from male booksellers of […]

A souper valuable pop art dress from Campbell’s Soup

A souper valuable pop art dress from Campbell’s Soup

A souper valuable pop art dress from Campbell’s Soup There are three of them listed for sale on AbeBooks.com at $4,000, $4,965 and $5,175 respectively. Created by Campbell’s Soup, this is a dress specifically designed to help sell cans of soup by riding on the coattails of Andy Warhol’s iconic image from 1962. It’s the […]

There are maps for everything, including Cholera epidemics

There are maps for everything, including Cholera epidemics

This epidemic claimed more than 250,000 lives. Petersburg and Warsaw. An epidemiological map depicting the spread of the 1892 Cholera Epidemic across Russia There are maps of many things besides countries, cities and transit networks. Learn more. Poverty and poor hygiene made it easy for this infectious disease to move across such a vast country. […]

The Forgotten Cookbooks of Sophia Loren

The Forgotten Cookbooks of Sophia Loren

Sophia wears early 1970s high fashion (flares, head scarves, big, flowing dresses) while introducing Aubergine Mayonnaise Crostini and her favorite variation of meatballs. It’s a large format book that includes photos of her life as well as recipes such as Neapolitan lamb stew, a sweet-savory rice dish made with turkey, chestnuts, and dried fruit, and […]

Scarce ‘Photographs of Mexico’ book sells for $15,000

Scarce ‘Photographs of Mexico’ book sells for $15,000

Scarce ‘Photographs of Mexico’ book sells for $15,000 Only 250 copies were printed The images feature landscapes, buildings and people, and can be classified as important examples of social realism – an art movement where ordinary people and their humble surroundings are displayed.   In the introduction to Photographs of Mexico, Strand thanks the technicians […]

Germany’s Parthenon of Banned Books

Germany’s Parthenon of Banned Books

 In Kassel, Germany, at the place where the Nazis once burned books by Jewish and Marxist writers, Argentinian artist Marta Minujín built a huge tribute to free speech called the Parthenon of Books. It featured more than 100,000 books donated by the public. Germany’s Parthenon of Banned Books

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 […]