As we turn 9 this month, we'd like to thank those booksellers who have been with us since our humble beginnings in 1996. Specializing in everything from philosophy to film, these sellers, with their love and knowledge of the book business, have made Abebooks what it is today.
We asked our Heritage Booksellers to tell us about one special book
in their inventory.
Shop (Elwood, IN)
"We are featuring this book for its scarcity and fine condition, and also because it is Terhune's first novel written jointly with his author mother." £511.34
About The Story Shop: Our shop houses 200,000 used and rare books in all categories and of all ages, but we specialize in scholarly, scientific and unusual items.
Almark & Co (Thornhill, ON)
"While fine First Editions of this book are in the US£5,000-10,000 range, even re-bound copies have commanded prices as high as £4,000. When I found a nice copy of the First without dust-wrapper, I spent three years in vain searching, to no avail, but instead of simply housing the copy in a bland leather binding with ribbed spine, I remembered the Penguin paperback cover design of the 1970s with a cartoon-like Peter Max-style depiction of Alex. I found a copy, scanned it, and made it a line drawing, sent it to my binder who created a metal stamp and then gilt-embossed an extra-fine grain black leather binding which, is truly, one-of-a-kind, because whoever buys this copy, also gets the metal die, preventing anybody else from duplicating the copy." £734.24
About Almark & Co: "I believe that after 25 years in this business the only thing that separates the professionals from the ‘weekenders’ or ‘amateurs’ is going that extra step. Tired of poorly-described books from anonymous sellers? Then choose professionals who, like me, aren’t content to rest on their reputations…we improve on them!"
Tavistock Books (Alameda, CA)
"Today most Dickens' ALs' offered are comprised of but a line or two saying, in effect, 'Thanks, but I can't come to dinner.' This item a wonderful exception; it is long, personal, & compassionate, in which Dickens consoles his close friend Thomas Noon Talfourd, who was had recently been passed-by for the Solicitor Generalship. Dickens letters such as this, with a warmth & solicitious tone as here lovingly expressed, are infrequently offered these days. The item is handsomly framed with a engraving of Maclise's 'Nickleby' portrait of Dickens. Both the typical Charles Dickens signature, with flourish, and the initials C.D., are present." £5,231.44
About Tavistock Books: Tavistock Books, founded in 1989, is a firm that specializes in First Editions, Rare & Other Collectible Books with a Special Focus on Charles Dickens.
Parmer Books (San Diego, CA)
"We've chosen this book because of It's beauty and historical significance. Langsdorff (1773 - 1854) accompanied Krusenstern on the first Russian expedition around the world. At Kamschatka he parted company with the main expedition and visited the Russian parts of the N.W. coast. He further explored the Aleutians, and paid a lengthy visit to California; the major part of the second volume concerns his stay at San Francisco." £7,866.82
The Avocado Pit (Charlottesville, VA)
"A stunning example of early 20th century book design by a mainstream publisher. You can feel the letters on the page because it was printed on a letterpress. Large decorative Initials begin each chapter, and paragraphs indicated by use of a paragraph mark inside the text. In an equally stunning dust jacket in almost perfect condition, a rarity for a 1910 oversized book." £393.34
About The Avocado Pit: Established in 1986, selling online since 1992. General used books with an emphasis on hardcore nonfiction. Developer of BookTrakker, inventory management software for booksellers.
Bookworm's Nest (Narvon, PA)
"I consider this the most treasured book in my store because of the delightful artwork by one of my favorite children's book illustrator, Harrison Cady." £118.00
About Bookworm's Nest: We specialize in children's books and books on the Pennsylvania Dutch. Customer service is our top priority.
Brewer's Books (Menlo, GA)
"This is one of the scarcest titles of the Charles H. Kerr Co. which was first to publish Marx's Capital in the U.S. (and the only U.S.publisher of the complete 3-volume set for many years)." £78.67
About Brewer's Books: Specializing in Labor, anti-war, socialist, African-American, economic histories and movements. Also offering wide selection of general stock.
Charles McKee Books (New Westminster, BC)
"Bradbury wrote this story a week after his first daughter, Susan, was born, because he did not want her to have the same problem he had as a little boy with 'the night.'" £340.90
About Charles McKee Books: Started in Winter 1994 as The Original HouseDaddy Bookman. Specializing in Science Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Fishing, Cartoon, Humour with some general stocks.
Deer Park Books (Gaylordsville, CT)
"Containing twenty-six (26) letters of the alphabet plus text w/full page bright color illustrations featuring plantation characters.'" £1,048.91
About Deer Park Books: We operate an open shop but find that Abebooks is playing a major role lately in our business. Thanks ABE!
Elephant Books (Gilroy, CA)
"This book describes the development of photography. The photographers represented are artists who think - and dream - about the world in color." £3.70
About Elephant Books: Providing our customers with the best online buying experience available with our unmatched combination of quality, service and value.
Gravelly Run Antiquarians (Dorothy, NJ)
"The Baudius is actually our second rarest book. We chose it for this listing because it is an Elsevier and in very nice condition." £1,048.91
About Gravelly Run Antiquarians: We have been in business for sixteen years now. Three years ago we closed our shop and moved out into the country where we are open by appointment or by chance.
Ventura Pacific Ltd. Out of Print Books (Ventura, CA)
"This very rare and scarce edition is SIGNED by the Babe, BABE RUTH, America's most famous baseball player of all time." £2,622.27
About Ventura Pacific Ltd. Out of Print Books: Ventura Pacific Ltd. has been selling books online only since 1994! We stock nearly a million titles.
Hoffman Research Services (Rillton, PA)
Analyzes the policy statements of 174 major U. S. corporations. £33.83
About Hoffman Research Services: We hope against odds that the antiquarian book trade can survive on the internet. Thank you to our customers and all book lovers - you can still find us and many others here.
G.R. Goodman, Bookseller
New York Harry Abrams 1986. VG+/VG+. First edition. £119.58
About G.R. Goodman, Bookseller: Also known as St. Croix Antiquarian Booksellers, located in Stillwater, Minnesota--the first "Booktown in North America'"
The Fine Books Company (Rochester, MI)
"Of 4200 copies, this is 1/3000 originally bound in wraps which no doubt now exist in quantities far less than the original cloth bound edition of 1200." £3,353.36
About The Fine Books Company:
When asked if we specialize, the answer is YES! Since 1981, we have
specialized in SERVICE!
Books (Portland, OR)
"Our customers have a strong interest in the traditional stories of the supernatural. This early Arkham House title represents that core interest." £65.56
About Wrigley-Cross Books: Wrigley-Cross Books features Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery and Horror, but also carries a selection of quality general stock.
Iliad Bookshop (North Hollywood, CA)
"This important early Hemingway 1st edition is in a 2nd state jacket, very scarce with both book and jacket in very good condition." £2,517.38
About Iliad Bookshop: One of Southern California's largest used bookstores since 1986. Specializing in literature, film, theater, science fiction, horror, The Beats and counter culture; over 100,000 books in stock.
Xerxes Books (Glen Head, NY)
(Each signed in pencil by the artist, plus two books on Fingensten bookplates.) One look at the work of this artist-- which immediately calls to mind the work of Picasso and Chagall-- and you will be hooked on the work of this truly extraordinary, enigmatic and doomed artist. Fingesten ranks in the top tier of 20th century engravers. £8,653.50
Ray Boas, Bookseller (Walpole, NH)
"This is one of the more unique items that we currenly have in our inventory and would be an exceptional item for a collector of tools or a collector of Sloane's books." £1,966.71
About Ray Boas, Bookseller: Ray Boas, Bookseller, established in 1980, was one of the first professional full-time booksellers "on the internet," beginning in 1992.
Inno Dubelaar (Toronto, ON)
"A portfolio of 10 actual photographs documenting the 'Colloque de Tanger' was held in Geneva, Switzerland in September of 1975. The event was billed as a 'class reunion' of the godfathers of Beat, William Burroughs and Brion Gysin..." £3,933.41
About Inno Dubelaar: Canadian, US, UK First Editions, Native, Inuit Art & Archaeology, Art, Decorative Arts, Photography, Sports, Aviation, Military
Barnaby Rudge Booksellers (Laguna Beach, CA)
1st Edition. 8vo. 8,262,2pp. bound in contemporary full calf with early writing on the pastedowns. "Patronage" on A3v signatures D-F with small wormtracks affecting approximately 12 leaves. ownership inscription of Philip Weber 1745. £2,019.15
Books (Ashtabula, OH)
"Our rarest book in stock; a signed limited edition."£1,835.59
About Lofthouse Books: Our philosophy: Customer Service is our first priority! We appreciate our customers and do all we can to give them excellent service!
Vintage Books (Vancouver, WA)
"The joy of bookselling is linking books and readers. This first edition is a delight for us to offer, and will be a fine addition to a discerning collector's library." £2,622.27
Vintage Books: Since 1975, Vintage Books has offered a large and diverse selection of books, supported by our knowledgeable and dedicated staff.
Eileen Serxner Books (Bala Cynwyd, PA)
"A 1927 Boni Liveright bound in batik paper with vellum spine in very nice condition." £65.56
About Eileen Serxner Books: I will always be grateful to Rick for the hours he spent on the phone with us trying to get us on line with Abebooks. We owe him a lot! We have been selling books for 12 years and pride ourselves on offering the best qualtiy books for the best price.
Witherspoon Art & Book Store (Princeton, NJ)
"The latin text with Milman's Life in English. A beautiful book with text illustrations by Scharf and color border decorations by Owen Jones." £141.34
About Witherspoon Art & Book Store: The Witherspoon Book Store has been serving the academic community from the same Princeton location for more than 40 years.
Authors & Artists (Muskogee, OK)
"I've chosen this because it is a very scarce and beautiful set--one I think many collectors may not know exists--and because of its historical value." £2,360.05
About Authors & Artists: My philosophy about bookselling: The big three--good books, good descriptions, and good customer service.
Books (London, UK)
"Paine's contribution of politics is as valid now as it was in informing the American and French revolutions over 200 years ago." £1,200.00
About O'Donoghue Books: Specialising in philosophy and academic books.
Peninsula Books (Traverse City, MI)
"We are always interested in first hand accounts such as this--they give us a better understanding of the thoughts, ideas and dreams of those who helped shape the destiny of our country." £314.67
About Peninsula Books: We have been selling fine and rare books since 1975 and are especially fond of unusual Americana as well as as books relating the Great Lakes Region.
J. Hood Booksellers (Baldwin City, KS)
"We chose this book as representative of the level of scholarly books in our inventory." £183.56
About J. Hood Booksellers: We have over 50,000 scholarly titles available on the internet, gathered over the last 31 years of business.
Asia Bookroom (Canberra, Australia) sells books on Asia from antiquarian to just published. We issue regular specialised lists by email. If you are interested in Asia we are sure you will find a visit to us either online or in our open shop very rewarding.
Gutenberg Holdings (New Hampton, NY)
"While not our most expensive, or favorite, it is the first book published in the United States about the Kindergarten movement. Education is very important to all booksellers, so a book expanding education to our youngest folks seems appropriate." £1,180.02
About Gutenberg Holdings: Gutenberg Holdings warehouses contain over 800,000 books from rare 17th Century books to used current books, at fair prices.
William & Nina Matheson Books (Chevy Chase, MD)
"This is one of the most handsome, well designed books we've had the pleasure and privilege of handling." £1,573.36
About William & Nina Matheson Books: From the beginning we have been a purely internet and mail order-only shop. We aim to sell high quality, serious and scholarly, books at fair prices.