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The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970

 One of our favourite books of 2018 has been The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970 by Martin Salisbury. This is a book for anyone who loves beautiful dust jackets. It traces the evolution of the book jacket from its functional origins as a plain protective covering. Salisbury celebrates the work of more than 50 artists […]

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Jamieson’s Heavenly Celestial Atlas from 1822

Alexander Jamieson was an 18th century schoolteacher who wrote textbooks on the side. His books included A Grammar of Universal Geography, A Grammar of Logic and Intellectual Philosophy and the Mechanics of Fluids for Practical Men, and you can be excused for giving these three a miss. But you cannot turn your back on Jamieson’s […]

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Historic unpublished book of Isle of Man paintings from 1887 goes on sale

An unpublished album containing original paintings of the Isle of Man in 1887 by a Suffolk schoolmaster with a passion for recording the past has been listed for sale on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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Original Pauline Baynes drawing for Prince Caspian sells for £5,000

I’ve lost count of the number of times I have read Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis, and this image of the Pevensie children and Trumpkin crawling through the woods under a rain of arrows is ingrained into my memory. I am not the only person with fond memories for this Chronicles of Narnia book – somebody […]

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Edward Nudelman and the art of selling beautifully illustrated books

Art makes the world go round, according to Edward Nudelman, owner of Nudelman Rare Books in Seattle. This discerning dealer, with more than 30 years bookselling experience, relishes beautiful illustrated books and has a particular passion for European art movements from the 19th and 20th century. In fact, a tour of his inventory is a […]

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Beautiful 1928 Parisian theatre poster sells for £1,146

This beautiful Parisian theatre poster from 1928 has just sold for $1,760 (about £1,146) on the AbeBooks marketplace. It promotes a French opera-ballet called The Golden Cockerel (Coq d’Or in French) by Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. The libretto derives from Pushkin’s poem, The Tale of the Golden Cockerel, which was based on a section of Washington Irving’s […]

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Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the […]

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3D Charles Dickens captured in Ivorex

Do you know what Ivorex is? Well, you are looking at an image of Charles Dickens in his study created from Ivorex, which was a wax-like material created by the B. Osborne Company who operated from 1899 to 1965.  These three-dimensional plaques are collectible and quite rare. This particular plaque is offered by Tiger Books […]

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3rd Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair

For the third time, antiquarian book enthusiasts from booksellers to avid experts to curious would-be collectors all came together under one roof at the Palazzo Mezzanotte in Milan, for the Milan International Antiquarian Book Fair. The fair took place Friday – Sunday, 27-29 March 2015. The event was put on by the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association […]

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The most expensive sales of 2014 – a double helping of David Bailey

Today, we have published our annual list of the most expensive sales of the year. The list for 2014 is remarkable for many reasons. A copy of Das Kapital sold for a staggering sum. There were appearances from legendary books like Dune, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hobbit, Ulysses, and A Farewell to Arms. A […]

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