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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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3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair

For the third time, antiquarian book enthusiasts from booksellers to avid experts to curious would-be collectors all came together under one roof at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan, for the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair took place Friday – Sunday, 27-29 March 2015. The event was put on by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association […]

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Leipziger Antiquariatsmesse in 2015

The Leipzig Antiquarian Book Fair is an international exhibit and trade fair showcasing books, maps, autographs, and other book-related and ephemeral treasure. This year’s event took place from Thursday, 12th March to Sunday, 15th March, and some AbeBooks staff was lucky enough to attend. Here are some photos from the fair:

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Imagine owning a copy of Alice in Wonderland signed by the original Alice

What’s the ultimate book for fans of Alice in Wonderland? It might be one of the Limited Editions Club editions from 1932 that were signed by Alice Hargreaves, the original Alice who inspired Lewis Carroll to write his fantastic story. AbeBooks sold such a copy for £2,500/$4,000 earlier this week. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is 150 […]

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AbeBooks Explains Why Shakespeare’s First Folio is so Important

Our latest video explains why William Shakespeare’s First Folio is so significant. It’s full title is Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies and it was published in 1623. The First Folio is arguably the most important book in the English language.

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Rare photo album commemorating The 39 Steps movie sells for £8,250

AbeBooks.co.uk has sold a rare presentation photograph album commemorating the 1935 movie version of John Buchan’s classic thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps. The book – containing more than 200 photographs – sold for £8,250 (approx. $12,500). Probably one of only a handful produced by Lime Grove Studios as a gift to key people involved in the […]

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The most expensive sales of 2014 – a double helping of David Bailey

Today, we have published our annual list of the most expensive sales of the year. The list for 2014 is remarkable for many reasons. A copy of Das Kapital sold for a staggering sum. There were appearances from legendary books like Dune, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, Ulysses, and A Farewell to Arms. A […]

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Alan Turing’s ‘Imitation Game’ paper on artificial intelligence sells for £1,250

An academic journal from 1950 containing a seminal essay on computer intelligence by British codebreaker Alan Turing has sold for £1,250 (approx $1,970) on AbeBooks.co.uk. Turing, who cracked the German secret code in World War II, is currently being played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie, The Imitation Game. Turing wrote a paper titled ‘Computer […]

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Rarities and Readables from William Shakespeare

Considered the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare’s works are among the world’s most widely read, most intensely studied, and most passionately collected. From 17th-century first editions of the Second Folio to beautifully bound and illustrated 20th-century limited editions, we’ve hand-picked a selection that has something for everyone. And remember – neither a […]

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A Gallery of September’s Stunning Sales

September’s most expensive sales list includes no fewer than four historically significant, multi-volume sets, including the complete works or Sir Winston Churchill in 38 volumes and Sir James George Frazer’s The Golden Bough in 13 volumes. Also on the list is a first edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, signed by J.K. […]

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