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Susanna Rowson, Early American Literature’s Forgotten Female Author

View this rare book at auction Once upon a time, a character named Charlotte Temple was wildly embraced […]

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Zelda Fitzgerald’s Gal-Pal Meets an 18th Century Dutch Atlas

“Though the Jazz Age continued it became less and less an affair of youth. The sequel was like […]

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Harry Houdini’s Massive Magic and Spiritualism Library Lives On Today

Houdini’s personal collection of rare antique books on magic, witchcraft, psychic phenomena and spiritualism still exists in the U.S. Library of Congress.

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Meet “Tamerlane”, the World’s Rarest Edgar Allan Poe Book

Just 50 copies of Poe’s “Tamerlane and Other Poems” were self-published by the author in 1827. Only 12 are known to exist today, one selling for over $600k.

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Why Prices on AbeBooks and Comparison Sites Don’t Show Real Value

One big stumbling block in buying and selling books in the age of the internet is the dependence […]

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Lost on Titanic: The Legendary Jeweled Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Somewhere, on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, lies one of the most desirable rare books in the […]

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Thomas Jefferson: America’s Most Extraordinary Antique Book Collector

“I cannot live without books.” – Thomas Jefferson Did you know that one of America’s most influential founding […]

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Turning £1 into £50: My childhood antique book discovery

I’ll never forget my first antique book discovery. I was nine years old. It was at a car […]

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Want to sell old books? It’s all about condition (almost)

As with all items in the world of antiques, the condition of an old or antique book greatly […]

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Top 5 Tips on How to Sell Old Books that Aren’t Collector’s Items

Guide: How to sell old books and make some quick cash So you’ve got a pile of old […]

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1898 German Pop-Up Children’s Fairy Tale Book

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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Hauntingly Beautiful Portrait of Actress Anna Held

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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Old Books Re-Imagined as New Artwork

An artist creates his works from the ruins of old, unwanted books like dictionaries, encyclopedias and textbooks, taking an exacto knife to the old pages and carving away.

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What is vellum binding on an antique book?

Vellum is essentially calfskin binding. The word is derived from the Latin “vitulinum” meaning “made from calf”, leading […]

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1719 “L’Antiquité Expliquée et Représentée en Figures” by De Montfaucon

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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1784 Revolutionary War Land Deed Document, Chingachmouche Indian Reservation

This Revolutionary War era land deed from Pennsylvania details a land purchase by a local Quaker family headed by a Philadelphia merchant, Benjamin Horner.  Dated 1784, the legal document discusses a tract of land located in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.

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“New Improvements of Planting and Gardening” by Richard Bradley (1724)

Penned by Richard Bradley FRS (1688 – 1732), a noted English botanist. After a 1714 trip to the Netherlands, Bradley became fascinated in horticulture, spending the following years writing and publishing important works on horticulture and related subjects such as natural history.

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Collecting 19th Century Antique Sulfide Marbles

Even though I specialize in selling antique books, I can’t help but love antiques in general. Recently I […]

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Discovering History in WWI Letters from a Soldier on the Western Front

I love uncovering antique ephemera. One of the most fascinating insights into history which really makes the past […]

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Large Gregorian Chant Manuscript Leaf on Vellum (c 1540)

Our Latest Antiquarian Find Traditionally (and likely erroneously) believed to be created by Pope St. Gregory the Great, […]

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Dos-a-Dos Book Appears Among Most-Watched Auctions

Our recent auction for the rare 1630 dos-a-dos antique Bible appeared among the most-watched listings at Collectors Weekly online […]

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“Know the Escapement” by Barkus Watchmakers, 1945 Horological Books

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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1630 Embroidered Dos-A-Dos Binding, Book of Psalms

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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How to Tell if An Antique Book is a First Edition

Identifying Antique Book Editions Determining the value of antique books often requires knowing whether the book is a […]

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When it comes to antique books, how old is “old”?

In the world of antique books, “old” means OLD. To the surprise of many antique book collectors who […]

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1599 “Trois Dialogues de l’Exercice de Savter” by Archange Tuccaro

Monumental works on dance, acrobatics and exercise. Arcangelo Tuccaro’s illustrated work on acrobatics is widely recognized as one of the first tier illustrated books of the Renaissance.

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c1890 Crest Album Owned & Signed by Illustrator Pauline Baynes

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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1869 “Designs for Goldsmiths, Jewellers” by Hans Holbein

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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1757 Voltaire Oeuvres Works, Full Leather Binding

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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1895 “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, Arthur Rackham’s Personal Copy

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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c1630 Catholic Manuscript by College of Cardinals

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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1846 The Young Man’s Book of Amusement 1st Edition

(1846) Extremely RARE Work on Magic, Fireworks, Tricks & Illusions

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1893 The Strand Magazine (Featuring Sherlock Holmes)

1st Edition, January – June, 1893. Halifax | Printed and Published by William Milner, Cheapside 1846.

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1607 Cardinal Jacques Davy DuPerron Signed Letter

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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1828 Endless Amusement – Magic, Fireworks, Experiments

Past Auction Highlight Each month, we’ll be featuring an interesting antique item which appeared in one of our […]

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