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Beautiful 1928 Parisian theatre poster sells for £1,146

This beautiful Parisian theatre poster from 1928 has just sold for $1,760 (about £1,146) on the AbeBooks marketplace. It promotes a French opera-ballet called The Golden Cockerel (Coq d’Or in French) by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The libretto derives from Pushkin’s poem, The Tale of the Golden Cockerel, which was based on a section of Washington Irving’s […]

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Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the […]

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3D Charles Dickens captured in Ivorex

Do you know what Ivorex is? Well, you are looking at an image of Charles Dickens in his study created from Ivorex, which was a wax-like material created by the B. Osborne Company who operated from 1899 to 1965.  These three-dimensional plaques are collectible and quite rare. This particular plaque is offered by Tiger Books […]

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3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair

For the third time, antiquarian book enthusiasts from booksellers to avid experts to curious would-be collectors all came together under one roof at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan, for the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair took place Friday – Sunday, 27-29 March 2015. The event was put on by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association […]

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The most expensive sales of 2014 – a double helping of David Bailey

Today, we have published our annual list of the most expensive sales of the year. The list for 2014 is remarkable for many reasons. A copy of Das Kapital sold for a staggering sum. There were appearances from legendary books like Dune, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, Ulysses, and A Farewell to Arms. A […]

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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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The art of paper marbling… in video

Endpapers of fine books are often decorated with marbling. The patterns can be extremely eye-catching but sometimes the reader may skip the marbling in order to get to the content. You might enjoy this marbling video from a Turkish artist. This article from Fine Books magazine is also useful. There is, of course, a book […]

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One bad cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and five good ones

Penguin’s latest cover for that enduring children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is about as popular as a rattlesnake in a lucky dip. My sources tell me Roald Dahl is turning in his grave. The cover of the new Penguin Modern Classics edition is targeted at adults. No Charlie, no Mr Wonka – just […]

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The art of Ed Emsh: legendary science fiction illustrator

Our latest video salutes the work of Edmund Emshwiller, better known as Ed Emsh or just Emsh, who was a prolific illustrator in the 1950s and 1960s. He contributed to countless sci-fi magazines including Amazing Science Fiction Stories, Astounding Science Fiction and most notably The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction . His work also […]

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Art Nouveau posters always in style for collectors

Nothing special about posters, right? Well, consider Les Maîtres de L’Affiche – a French art magazine that reproduced the finest Art Nouveau posters being created at the end of the 19th century. A five-volume set of this magazine, featuring 256 posters from 97 artists, leads our list of expensive sales in March. The artists included […]

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