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 Books

Long 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.

The Man in the Moon and Other People by Rossiter W. Raymond
Star People by Katharine Fay Dewey
Half Hours with the Stars: A Plain and Easy Guide to the Knowledge of the Constellations by R.A. Proctor
From the Earth to the Moon  by Jules Verne
The First Men in the Moon by H.G. Wells

Beautiful Old Tree Books

Since 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 books for you to enjoy.

A Witness Tree by Robert Frost
Familiar Trees (3 Volumes) by G.S. Boulger
The Thread of Gold by Arthur Christopher Benson
Our Friendly Trees by Barbara Briggs
The Singing Tree by Kate Seredy

Old Flying Machine Books

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.

Around the world in Ten Days by Chelsea Curtis Fraser
Visibility Unlimited by Dick Grace
Mossyface: A Romance of the Air by W.E. Johns AKA William Earle
Jingleman Jack; Aviator by Marion L. McNeil
Flight by Irwin R. Franklyn

Beautiful Old Flower Books

You can find the collectable flower, horticulture or gardening book for you on AbeBooks. The examples showcased here possess unusually ornate, or strikingly beautiful covers.

A Japanese Blossom by Onoto Watanna
Sun-dials and Roses of Yesterday; Garden Delights Which are Here Displayed in Very Truth and are Moreover Regarded as Emblems by Alice Morse Earle
Flower Painting for Beginners: Vere Foster's Water-Colour Series by Ethel Nisbet
Roses and Rose Gardens by Walter P. Wright
A Dream of a Garden and Other Poems by Ellen Clare Pearson

Collectable Motorcar Books

Whether vintage manuals or books full of illustrations or photographs, there are some fantastic books featuring classic cars. From rumble seats to tail fins, we've found some of the most beautiful examples available on AbeBooks.

1951-1954 Packard Service Manual
Three Men in a Motor Car by Hugh Rochfort Maxsted
Motoring in and Out of New York
American Automobile Digest, 1924
Motors and Motoring by Professor Spooner

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.

Sweets From Fairy Land
Poor Cock Robin an Anonymous Toy Book
Bobbie Bubbles by E. Hugh Sherwood
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Mr. Mogo Mouse by Jane Ort

Beautiful Old Cookery Books

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.

A Handbook of Cookery  by Jessie Conrad
The Joy of Cooking, 3rd printing by Irma S. Rombauer
A Cookbook for Girls and Boys by Irma S. Rombauer
Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cookbook edited by Ruth Berolzheimer
Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book by Betty Crocker Kitchens

Collectable Butterfly Books

Butterflies and moths, silkworms and the whole Order Lepidoptera - these delicate, winged insects have always inspired artists with their grace and colorful patterns.

An Illustrated Natural History of Butterflies and Moths by Edward Newman
British Butterflies by W.S. Coleman
Joyaux ailés Atlas Colorié des plus Beaux Papillons - Collectif
The Moth by James M. Cain
Butterflies and Moths by Theodore Wood

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 famous for elegant, practical design, showcased here by these book covers.

Daughters of Nijo: a Romance of Japan by Onoto Watanna
The Ornamental Arts of Japan by George A. Audsley
Useful Notes and Itineraries for Travelling in Japan by The Welcome Society
Nippon Gangu Shuu: A Collection of Japanese Folk Toys and Playthings by Shinichi Takeda
In Lotus-Land Japan by Herbert G. Ponting

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.

Beautiful Old Bird Books

From owls to ornithology, beaks to bills, our feathered friends show up frequently on our most expensive lists. Whatever your passion, be it colored plates, ornithology, birdwatching, or just beautiful, bird-themed covers, we have one for you.

The Go-Away Bird by Muriel Spark
Humming Birds by Mary & Elizabeth Kirby
The Blue Bird: A Fairy Play by Maurice Maeterlinck
The Speaking Parrots by Karl Russ
All in the Sun by Christophine Goddard

30 Beautiful Old Books

The feature that made us take as much interest in the outside of a book as the inside. When illustrators, designers and artists put just as much work into the books as the authors themselves do, who are we not to celebrate their outer beauty?

Jonah by Robert Nathan
The Curse of Koshiu: A Chronicle of Old Japan by Lewis Wingfield
The Book of Bugs by Harvey Sutherland
Belle's Pink Boots by Joanna H. Mathews
Seas and Lands by sir Edwin Arnold

More Beautiful Old Books

With the success of our first Beautiful Book Boutique feature - countless people wrote in about the books they found prettiest, and to suggest others - we knew we were onto something, and should keep this going.

Around the World in a Bicycle, in Two Volumes, by Thomas Stevens
Little Gardens by Charles M. Skinner
Fruit Ranching in British Columbia by J.T. Bealby
The Romance of Zion Chapel by Richard Le Gallienne
Cambridge by M.A. R. Tuker



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