The Beautiful Book Boutique
Welcome to the Beautiful Book Boutique. AbeBooks has many millions of books, many of which are rare books, collectable books, antiquarian books or unique books. They range in subject from collectable cookbooks and antique bibles to out-of-print pattern books and more. And every day, thousands of books sell and thousands more are added from booksellers all over the world.
Here we've collected some of our most eye-catching features on beautiful old books for your enjoyment. Feast your eyes on these beauties.
Collectable Space BooksLong before Neil Armstrong took that famous step, writers were captivated by the sun, the moon, the stars, the skies and beyond. Blast off into space with our selection of exquisite books featuring celestial bodies.
Beautiful Old Tree BooksSince someone first turned tree into paper countless centuries ago, people have written their stories on that paper, and trees and books have long been inextricably intertwined. We've found 25 gorgeous, tree-themed collectable old books for you to enjoy.
Old Flying Machine BooksFor the aviation aficionado, we have an impressive variety of beautiful old flight books, from novels about daredevil pilots to tales of heroism and more. And take comfort - the subject matter is sky-high, but the prices aren't - many are very affordable.
Beautiful Old Flower BooksYou can find the collectable flower, horticulture or gardening book for you on AbeBooks. The examples showcased here possess unusually ornate, or strikingly beautiful covers. Here are 25 examples of gorgeous, flower-themed books of yesterday.
Collectable Motorcar BooksWhether vintage manuals or books full of lush illustrations or photographs, there are some fantastic collectable books featuring classic cars. From rumble seats to tail fins, we've found some of the most beautiful examples available on AbeBooks.
Collectable Children's Books
With bright patterns, gorgeous cover design and often fantastic illustration, these are books meant to excite the eyes as well as the mind. From the 20th century and earlier, enjoy these beautiful, collectable children's books.
Beautiful Old Cookbooks
Things have clearly changed for cookbooks in the last hundred years. Food and ingredients have evolved, health priorities are different. But some things never change - people love to cook, share recipes and eat - and everyone loves beautiful books.
Collectable Butterfly Books
Butterflies and moths, silkworms and the whole Order Lepidoptera - these delicate, winged insects have always inspired artists with their grace and colourful patterns, and book design is the perfect place to showcase their loveliness.
Beautiful Japanese Books
In design and motif, we think of Japan's cherry blossoms, Mount Fuji, fans, lanterns, the rising sun, chrysanthemums, geishas and more.
The Japanese are world-famous for elegant, practical design, showcased nowhere as beautifully as these Japanese-themed book covers.
Beautiful Old Sports Books
This time around our feature is on beautiful old sports books. Boxing, wrestling, cricket, fishing, baseball books and more, each of these volumes is a treat to look at, as well as to read, every bit as informative as gorgeous - a sports memorabilia collector's dream.
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Beautiful Old Bird Books
From owls to ornithology, beaks to bills, our feathered friends show up on our most expensive lists with some frequency. Whatever your passion, be it coloured plates, ornithology, birdwatching, or just books with beautiful, bird-themed covers, we have one for you.
30 Beautiful Old Books
The feature that started it all, that made us take as much interest in the outside of a book as the inside. When illustrators and book jacket designers and artists put just as much thought and work into the books as the authors themselves do, who are we not to celebrate their outer beauty?
More Beautiful Old Books
With the success of our first Beautiful Book Boutique feature - most of the selected items sold, and countless people wrote in about the books they found prettiest, and to suggest others - we knew we were onto something, and should keep this feature going.