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Vinegar valentine cards – vintage insults for 14 February

More than 150 years ago, Victorian ‘greeting card trolls’ were using the fledgling postal system to insult people with so-called ‘Vinegar Valentine’ cards. These anonymous cards, illustrated with caricatures and snarky poetry, were a major phenomenon as the ability to communicate regardless of distance became more accessible. It appears vinegar valentines originated in the United […]

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Bookseller Q&A: Meet Lucius Books

In the run-up to the 2017 London International Antiquarian Book Fair, which is proudly supported by AbeBooks.co.uk, we are celebrating the rare bookselling community. We begin by profiling Lucius Books from York, a seller with AbeBooks since 2000. Lucius Books began trading in 1993, when James Hallgate started to buy and sell crime fiction first editions in Northeast  England. Embracing […]

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Introducing Collections: A new way of shopping for collectables

We’re excited to announce that AbeBooks.co.uk has launched a new method of shopping for collectables – including art, ephemera and books – that combines the expertise of sellers around the world with the ability to discover hundreds of diverse, eclectic and often surprising items in a matter of seconds. Collections is a new highly visual […]

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Rare comic featuring Superman’s debut sells for £730,000

A 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1 sold for £730,000 (that’s $956,000) yesterday.  Written by Jerry Siegel and illustrated by Joe Shuster, the 13-page story describes Superman coming to Earth, rescuing an innocent woman from the electric chair, stopping an episode of wife-beating and going out on a date with Lois Lane. The famous […]

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Bookseller Q&A: Underground Books

Underground Books is a charming antiquarian, rare, and used bookshop just off of historic Adamson Square in downtown Carrollton, Georgia that aims to be a bibliophile’s destination and a browser’s paradise. With a fascinating and unusual collection of beautiful, uncommon, and thought provoking books, Underground Books is sure to leave the serious book lover dizzy […]

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Celebrate UNESCO’s 2016 World Book & Copyright Day with ILAB’s Pop-up Book Fairs

April 23 is going to be another special day for booklovers. UNESCO’s 2016 World Book & Copyright Day will feature book-related events on a worldwide scale with ILAB’s contribution being a series of pop-up book fairs displaying rare and collectable books from the four corners of the Earth. ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) is […]

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Bookseller Q&A: Brian P. Martin Antiquarian Books

We recently caught up with Brian Martin, prolific author and owner of Brian P. Martin Antiquarian Books in Surrey. From his most coveted book to the strangest thing he’s found between two pages, Brian tells us all about the world of rare book selling. AbeBooks: How did you become a bookseller? Brian Martin: I became […]

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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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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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Books of the Beat Generation, from Rob Warren Books

Rob Warren is no stranger to nostalgia. The Bronx-born bibliophile traded in it for years as the owner of Skyline Books. Skyline was a New York City bookshop that made its home on W. 18th Street in Manhattan for two decades, until its closure in 2010. Its proprietor’s background was as book-soaked as one could […]

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