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Black Magic! Classic piece of Gothic horror sells for £1,200

A 1909 first edition of Black Magic by Marjorie Bowen – an influential piece of Gothic fiction – has sold for £1,200 on AbeBooks. Signed and inscribed, this book is very rare with just three other copies from 1909 listed for sale on our marketplace. Black Magic begins with the ominous line: “In the large […]

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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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Misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman sells for £988

A misprinted copy of Go Set a Watchman has sold for £988 on the AbeBooks marketplace. Earlier this month, it emerged that a number of the UK first editions were missing sections of text from pages toward the end of Harper Lee’s novel. The Guardian had reported: A number of the first 25,000 copies of Harper […]

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BBC radio show sparks interest in forgotten farming book from 1944

A long forgotten farming book published in 1944, that promotes small-scale agriculture, is in demand again after being featured on a BBC Radio 4 show at the weekend. The Farming Ladder by George Henderson was the basis for Sybil Ruscoe’s On the Farm, which is broadcast at 6.35am on Sunday mornings. The book outlines the […]

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Osama Bin Laden’s bookshelf

I’m confused as to why the US authorities would release a list of the books that appeared on the shelves of Osama Bin Laden’s Pakistan compound but the list is now being analysed around the world. Bin Laden read books about law, military strategy and, of course, books about the 9/11 attacks, including conspiracy theories. […]

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Inscribed first edition of The Little Prince goes on sale for £150,000

A remarkable early copy of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic children’s story featuring a drawing and a note of thanks to Dorothy Barclay, the reporter’s assistant who helped the author estimate the number of stars visible from Earth, has gone on sale for £150,000. Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince, published in 1943, while living on Long […]

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Next stop Munich’s pop-up rare book fair

My colleague Charlotte Lacroix visited the ILAB pop-up rare book fair in Munich earlier today. The event took place in Kaufmanns-Casino and I particularly adore the idea of books appearing in a place of gambling. Kaufmanns-Casino is a famous cocktail venue where Munich’s movers and shakers like to drink after work and it’s been that […]

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A photographic tour of the ILAB pop-up rare book fairs around the world

To celebrate UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day, ILAB booksellers have organised pop-up book fair around the world. Take a photographic tour of the events going on around the globe today. Visit the ILAB pop-up book fair blog for more details.

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All aboard for the PBFA’s Travel & Exploration Book Fair this Sunday

This Sunday sees one of the landmark events in the PBFA calendar – the Travel and Exploration Book Fair at the Royal Geographical Society in the heart of London. This book fair is all about epic journeys, historic travel and exploration, collectable atlases and maps, and voyages to the furthest corners of the world.  It runs […]

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ILAB’s Pop-up Rare Book Fairs set for World Book & Copyright Day on April 23

April 23 is UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day when literature and literacy is celebrated around the globe. This year, this special day will have a strong rare book flavour thanks to more than a dozen pop-up book fairs organised by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Locations are still being added to the […]

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