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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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Rare copy of first Beano annual sells for £3,000

A very rare copy of the first Beano annual has sold for £3,000 on AbeBooks.co.uk. Published for the 1939 Christmas market, The Beano Book was published by DC Thomson and is somewhat of a landmark in children’s publishing. This particular copy is unrestored with no pages missing or scribbles or colouring.  Very few copies are […]

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10 facts you didn’t know about Beatrix Potter

We still sell piles of her books more than 70 years after her death. Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) does not seem to be going out of fashion. Did you know her most iconic character, Peter Rabbit, was named after a real-life beloved pet rabbit? The Tale of Peter Rabbit was Potter’s first and most famous story. […]

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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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Holocaust book repeats the word ‘Jew’ six million times

It’s a book that contains just a single word, repeated six million times across 1,250 pages. Gefen Publishing, a Jerusalem-based published, has produced And Every Single One Was Someone and it’s a book that was worthy of the front page of the New York Times at the weekend. That one word is ‘Jew’ and this […]

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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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£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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Smaug takes to the skies on a jumbo jet

Air New Zealand has put Smaug on the side of one of its planes. I believe it’s still a non-smoking flight. Imagine if this trend continues? Superman on a United jet, Winnie the Pooh on a British Airways plane.

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