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Historic unpublished book of Isle of Man paintings from 1887 goes on sale

An unpublished album containing original paintings of the Isle of Man in 1887 by a Suffolk schoolmaster with a passion for recording the past has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.co.uk. Hamlet Watling (1818-1908) devoted his spare time to either writing about history, or sketching and painting ancient sites and monuments. The album is titled ‘The […]

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Bookseller profile – John Atkinson

John Atkinson’s bookselling business, which was launched in 2007, is located in Ripon in North Yorkshire. We were thrilled to meet John at the recent London International Antiquarian Book Fair and he has given us an insight into his work as a seller of some beautiful modern first editions. A member of the ABA and […]

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Selling academic books the Skoob way

Most of London’s students, academics and intellectuals find their way to Skoob Books eventually. Skoob (that’s books backwards in case you were wondering) specializes in academic literature and offers thousands of used copies of titles that are simply not available elsewhere. This underground bunker of bookishness is piled high with books about philosophy, psychology, modern […]

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Visit the 2017 London International Antiquarian Book Fair

Save the date for the 2017 London International Antiquarian Book Fair, one of the world’s leading rare book shows. The event takes place at the Olympia exhibition centre on Thursday 1 June (1pm to 8pm), Friday 2 (11am to 7pm) and Saturday 3 (11am to 4pm). Visiting Olympia is a fantastic way to view and […]

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Before he was ‘Glam’, archive showing 18-year-old Marc Bolan goes on sale

A collection of letters, photos and poetry from 18-year-old Marc Bolan, showing the early days of his music career, has been listed for sale on AbeBooks. Bolan became one of the biggest names in 1970s Glam Rock but this archive provides an insight into his life as he prepared to release his debut single, The […]

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Walk through Umberto Eco’s private library

Be warned. Umberto had a mighty big library. Let him lead the way.

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Did these toy building blocks inspire young Einstein’s imagination?

Albert Einstein’s much-loved childhood building blocks have been listed for sale on AbeBooks.co.uk. Housed in two wooden boxes, the set features approximately 160 pieces with some chipped from use. Did these humble toy building blocks nurture the imagination of the boy who would become the world’s greatest physicist? It’s inspiring to think that these simple […]

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Eight Pancake Books That Go Way Beyond Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes are delicious enough to deserve our attention way beyond Shrove Tuesday (February 28) and the start of Lent. The editors at AbeBooks.co.uk have selected eight pancake cookery books offering recipes that span the world, from California to Russia and Scandinavia, and show numerous forms of this humble but versatile dish. The original reason for […]

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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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