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Big Brother sells rare books – first edition of 1984 goes for $3,000

Two first editions of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four have sold this week on AbeBooks as surveillance by our governments continues to be the No.1 news story around the world. A first edition, first printing in a green dust jacket sold for $3,000 (about £1,913) and a first edition, first printing in the red dust jacket sold […]

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Strong demand for collectable Margaret Thatcher books

The announcement of Margaret Thatcher’s death at the age of 87 has sparked a flurry of sales. Yesterday, AbeBooks sold 21 books associated with the former prime minister priced £100 or more. Collectors interested in her writing will veer towards her signed books, which are plentiful at the moment. The former Conservative leader signed a […]

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Giggle Water – a rare cocktail recipe book from 1928

Earlier this month, AbeBooks sold a remarkable cocktail book – Giggle Water Including Eleven Famous Cocktails of The Most Exclusive Club in New York by Charles D Warnock for £1,200. It’s an ultra-rare self-published cocktail recipe book from 1928. The cocktails described are the The Bronx, The Astor, The Bacardi, The Clover, The Dry Martini, The […]

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117 years apart: Oscar Wilde & Katie Price

There has been a strange meeting (in my mind anyway) in the world of books, involving Oscar Wilde and Katie Price. Last month’s list of the most expensive sales on AbeBooks was led by a signed copy of The Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. Around the same time as we were compiling that list, the […]

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Signed first edition of Where the Wild Things Are sells for £16,200

May’s most expensive sales on AbeBooks included a signed first edition of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak for £16,200 ($25,000). Sendak’s death in May sparked a great deal of interest in his books, both rare and ordinary. The price is a record for any Sendak book on AbeBooks and is certainly one […]

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