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Alan Turing’s ‘Imitation Game’ paper on artificial intelligence sells for £1,250

An academic journal from 1950 containing a seminal essay on computer intelligence by British codebreaker Alan Turing has sold for £1,250 (approx $1,970) on AbeBooks.co.uk. Turing, who cracked the German secret code in World War II, is currently being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie, The Imitation Game. Turing wrote a paper titled ‘Computer […]

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How America looked to a mapmaker in 1746

This beautiful map of America is offered for sale by Peter Harrington for £1,500. It was printed in 1746 in Nuremberg and caught my eye because so much of North America is simply missing. The west coast is simply California – no Washington State or Oregon. And as for Canada – no British Columbia or […]

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Patrick Modiano Wins 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature

French novelist Patrick Modiano has won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature. Modiano, 69, is no stranger to accolades. His previous awards include the Austrian State Prize for European Literature in 2012, as well as a lifetime achievement award in 2010 from the Institut de France. Individual novels have also been recognised, including the highly […]

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A Gallery of September’s Stunning Sales

September’s most expensive sales list includes no fewer than four historically significant, multi-volume sets, including the complete works or Sir Winston Churchill in 38 volumes and Sir James George Frazer’s The Golden Bough in 13 volumes. Also on the list is a first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, signed by J.K. […]

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As You Wish: Cary Elwes’ New Book on The Princess Bride

Inconceivable! Can it be true? Fans of The Princess Bride (and how could one not be?) will surely be delighted to hear that Cary Elwes, the actor who played Westley/Farm Boy/The Dread Pirate Roberts in the 1987 film adaptation of the book has come out with a book of his own. Out next month, As […]

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Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook

What WHAAAAAAT! Yes yes y’all, the rumours are true – whether or not you can take the heat, it is definitely time to get in the kitchen, so you can create some culinary chaos with Rapper’s Delight: The Hip Hop Cookbook (96 pages, Dokument Press). Authors Joseph Innis (a foodie), Ralph Miller (a writer) and […]

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Hilary Mantel and “The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher”

Two-time Booker Award-Winner Hilary Mantel has everyone in quite an uproar. The bestselling author of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies has released a new short story, titled The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: August 6th, 1983. And as if the title wasn’t shocking enough, even more incredible is Mantel’s admission that the inspiration for […]

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First edition of legendary crime novel The Three Coffins sells for £1,300

A rare copy of The Three Coffins by John Dickson Carr has sold for £1,300 /$2,250 on AbeBooks. The 1935 Harper first edition had a restored dust jacket.  The Three Coffins is a Dr Fell mystery and at first glance appears to be a standard Dickson Carr crime novel. However, chapter 17 of the The Three […]

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A date for your diary – PBFA’s new Christmas Fair on December 6

There’s a new event on the UK’s book fair calendar. The PBFA (Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association) has added the Kensington Christmas Book Fair to its extensive list of fairs. The Kensington Christmas Book Fair takes places on 6 December at Kensington Town Hall in the heart of London, and AbeBooks.co.uk is a sponsor. The PBFA […]

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Signed first edition of John le Carré’s debut novel sells for £13,345

Famous fictional secret agents and spies abound, from 007  and Simon ‘The Saint’ Templar to Jason Bourne, but John le Carré’s wonderful creation George Smiley might just be the best of them all. Our most expensive sale last month was a signed first edition of Call for the Dead, the author’s debut novel from 1961. […]

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