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What does scaramouche mean?

Ever wondered what Freddie Mercury and Queen were singing about in Bohemian Rhapsody when you hear ‘Scaramouche, Scaramouche. Will you do the fandango?’ I thought exactly that when I saw AbeBooks had recently sold a 1921 first edition of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini for $3,000/£2,250. What does Scaramouche mean? Or rather, who was Scaramouche? Scaramouche […]

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Edward Nudelman and the art of selling beautifully illustrated books

Art makes the world go round, according to Edward Nudelman, owner of Nudelman Rare Books in Seattle. This discerning dealer, with more than 30 years bookselling experience, relishes beautiful illustrated books and has a particular passion for European art movements from the 19th and 20th century. In fact, a tour of his inventory is a […]

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Illicit notebook detailing Newgate Prison’s executions sells for £5,000

A handwritten notebook – belonging to the chaplain of London’s Newgate Prison, which details numerous executions of notable 19th century criminals – has sold for £5,000 ($7,341) via the AbeBooks.co.uk marketplace for used and rare books. ‘Convicts Executed Since the Year 1812 at Newgate’ was the Reverend Horace Salusbury Cotton’s personal and illicit record of the […]

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Raptis Rare Books – selling the finest books in rural Vermont

Deep in the southern Vermont countryside, you will find an ornate Italianate villa simply packed with sumptuous books worthy of any collector’s bookshelf. Welcome to Raptis Rare Books and the world of husband-and-wife bookselling team Matthew and Adrienne Raptis. Matthew and Adrienne specialize in fine first editions, signed and inscribed books, and books that are […]

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Bookseller of the Week: Churchill Book Collector

To celebrate the anniversary of Winston Churchill’s birth on 30 November 1874, Marc Kuritz of Churchill Book Collector was kind enough to answer our questions about his bookselling business. Churchill Book Collector – a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of America – is located in San Diego, California, and is run by Marc and […]

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PBFA’s Kensington Christmas Book Fair returns on December 12

The PBFA’s Kensington Christmas Book Fair returns on Saturday December 12. The event was launched last year and proved to be a big hit with book collectors. Once again, AbeBooks.co.uk is a sponsor. Kensington Town Hall is again playing host to around 70 booksellers, including several from overseas. On display will be a vast range of […]

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Signed copy of Career of Evil sells for £1,500

It didn’t take long for Robert Galbraith’s latest book to become collectable. Over the weekend, AbeBooks.co.uk sold a signed copy of Career of Evil for £1,500 (that’s $1,385 in Yankee dollars) to show that interest in J.K. Rowling’s crime writing alter ego remains as strong as ever. Career of Evil is the third Cormoran Strike novel […]

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Date for your calendar – Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair, 6-7 November

The annual Chelsea Antiquarian Book Fair is coming up soon. This year’s event is set for Friday November 6 (2pm to 7pm) and Saturday November 7 (11am to 5pm) at the Chelsea Old Town Hall on the King’s Road in London. Tickets are available on the door at £10 each or £15 for two. However, […]

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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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