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We scoured our vast selection of vintage books for the most beautiful dust jackets, and soon discovered that selecting just 30 was a nearly impossible task. This selection ranges from 1917 to 1969, and really is just a drop in the bucket. From abstract design to detailed illustrations, enjoy these gorgeous vintage dust jackets.
Our book collecting guide covers basic elements of book collecting, from what to collect, to caring for your book collection.
AbeBooks is proud to work closely with a number of bookseller associations around the world who are dedicated to upholding high professional bookselling standards.
AbeBooks offers an immense collection of first edition books for sale, including some of the most famous books ever published. Find a first edition of your favorite book to add to your own collection or as a gift for a bibliophile in your life.
An autographed book from your favourite author can turn an item of personal value into a cherished keepsake of financial worth. Whether one of hundreds or one of a kind, a signed book is a wonderful addition to any book collection.
Our book lists are second to none and are designed to inspire your next read or collectable purchase. Browse our feature archives and you will discover unique content that will both entertain and inform.

Rare and collectable books

03 June, 2021
Shakespeare's works are among the world's most read, most studied, and most collected. Early editions are also some of the most valuable.
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By Richard Davies
24 August, 2021
The first edition of Salem's Lot, published in 1975, with its original dust jacket is the holy grail for collectors of Stephen King books.
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15 June, 2021
Humble children's books from years past can be immensely valuable, but only if they are the right edition in the right condition.
03 June, 2021
One of the fastest growing areas of rare books is vintage cocktail books. However, this interest is not confined to the used book trade.
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