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2014 York National Book Fair coming up on 19-20 September

More than 200 booksellers will be displaying rare books at the annual York National Book Fair on 19 and 20 September at York Racecourse. This is the event’s 40th year with exhibitors from Germany, Hong Kong and Canada, and from across the UK. Paper makers, calligraphers and bookbinders can also be found at the fair. […]

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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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Competition: 2014 York Antiquarian Book Seminar

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectable books? The first York Antiquarian Book Seminar is an educational event held over three days in York in September, 2014 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for […]

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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 dual life of actor & bookseller Neil Pearson

A good number of booksellers found on AbeBooks have dual careers. An office worker by day and bookseller by night. But Neil Pearson has perhaps the most interesting division of labour by being an actor and a bookseller. During the 1990s, he was a familiar face to Channel 4 viewers as Dave Charnley (editor/cynic/womaniser) in […]

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Customer buys a used song book online & discovers grandfather’s signature inside

Every now and again, something remarkable happens in the used book business. Georgie Boddington from Western Australia made an online purchase of a book (pictured above) through AbeBooks called the Songs of Two Savoyards, a collection of Gilbert and Sullivan songs, and had a remarkable surprise when closely inspecting the book. “In 2011, I ordered […]

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Bookseller loses 50,000 books in storm but vows to carry on

A Texas bookseller is attempting to rebuild his bookselling business after a devastating storm ripped through Lubbock, Texas last month. The storm and its high winds, which struck around midnight on June 5th, destroyed 90% of Bill Gallagher’s inventory for his bookselling business, Shamrock Books. “The books were assembled over a span of 35 years […]

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Atwood to Rowling: English PEN’s auction of 50 annotated first editions

Our friends at English PEN, an organisation devoted to literary freedom, are staging an exciting event later this month when 50 modern first editions are to be auctioned. However, these are no ordinary first editions. All the books have been annotated, usually at length and in great detail, by their authors specially for the ‘First […]

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The ultimate show & tell – a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible

Hats off to the London rare bookseller Peter Harrington, who celebrated World Book Day yesterday by visiting a local primary school… and taking a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible for show and tell. My daughter normally takes a stuffie or stone found on the beach, so a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible trumps those objects. […]

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