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Alice meets Salvador… with surrealist style

Like so many of us, Salvador Dali would have enjoyed visiting Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. In 1969, the Spanish artist, famous for surreal melting clocks, illustrated Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Only 2,500 copies were produced and one of them sold for five figures last month. Our first list of 2014 also includes a collection of rare […]

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Dario Ustino – Venice’s master of bookbinding

When it comes to the treasured art of bookbinding, Dario Ustino is a true master. One of the more interesting booksellers listing books for sale on AbeBooks is Charta located in Venice, Italy. Charta is the business operated by Ustino and Jeanne Biagi. The couple moved to Venice in 1975 and opened their ‘art binding’ […]

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The top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013

What do Ray Bradbury, Madeleine L’Engle, Arthur Hailey, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Salvador Dali and Dick Cheney’s wife have in common? They all appear on the annual BookFinder.com list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books. As usual, the list is topped by Madonna and her famous spiral-bound Sex photo-book, which is still […]

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£150,000 will buy you this beautiful Hebrew prayer book

If you have a spare £150,000 and a fascination with printing history, then you might like this beautiful miniature illuminated Hebrew prayer book, published in 1745 in Mainz, Germany. Recently listed on AbeBooks by Les Enluminures from Chicago, this is a stunning item. It contains 13 miniatures and is bound in maroon morocco leather. The illustrations include […]

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Ten vintage books you should give as gifts

We’ve picked 10 books that would make great gifts based on the cover alone. 1. For the Shopper: Black Friday. 2. For the Psychologist: Drugs and the Mind. 3. For the Cook: Eggs, Beans and Crumpets. 4. For the Dreamer: The Flight from the Enchanter. 5. For the Animal Lover:  Jack of the Circus. 6. […]

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Mantel to Hugo: 50 essential historical fiction novels

Our latest feature is 50 essential historical fiction novels. This genre has never been bigger. Hilary Mantel has twice won the Booker with historical novels based in Tudor times and Eleanor Catton’s acclaimed novel, The Luminaries, which is set amid in the New Zealand gold rush, has won just about everything in 2013. This feature […]

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Ten Signed Books to Give This Christmas

1. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton 28-year-old Catton has the world at her feet after winning the 2013 Man Booker Prize. Prices from £38. 2. The Ocean at The End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman One of the year’s bestsellers. A vivid story of memory, magic and survival. Vintage Gaiman. Prices from £35. 3. […]

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The world’s most expensive shopping bag… by Andy Warhol

Behold, the world’s most expensive shopping bag. Being offered by Peter Harrington, this Andy Warhol creation costs £3,750 and was created for an exhibition in Boston in 1966.   I love the idea of someone buying it and then their housekeeper (because someone wealthy enough to afford it would have servants) picking it up without looking […]

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Purple & yellow: the signed limited edition of And the Mountains Echoed

Fans of Khaled Hosseini should take note of this signed and numbered limited edition of And the Mountains Echoed issued by Bloomsbury. There are just a thousand copies – all with a purple slipcase – in beautiful purple and yellow boards. The lowest current price is £45 with free postage.

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Ten vintage Christmas books to open on Christmas morning

It’s that time of year again. Christmas books abound, but what about books from the past? Consider giving a book that cannot be found on the high street or in a supermarket, and has nothing to do with a reality TV show. This selection of vintage Christmas books stretches from 1928 to 1984, includes a […]

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