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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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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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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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The 16th century book that launched a thousand travel books

Travel writing has been around for about two thousand years with both the Romans and Greeks documenting their experiences of early exploration. However, the 16th century marked the real start of travel writing with advances in printing technology and numerous explorers – from Francis Drake to Martin Frobisher – traveling to the corners of the […]

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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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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 flavor thanks to more than a dozen pop-up book fairs organized by the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). Locations are still being added to the […]

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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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York Antiquarian Book Seminar Prize Draw

Are you thinking of becoming a rare bookseller? Or have you just started to sell collectable books? The second York Antiquarian Book Seminar is an educational event held over three days in York in September, 2015 for booksellers, librarians and collectors that offers expert discussion about rare books. This is your opportunity to enter for […]

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