Rare Books

The remarkable English writer Jane Austen is one of the few women of the 19th century who dared to make a living using her pen.  Austen was well known for her  realism and vision, as well as her caustic social criticism about the morals of the era. She remains one of the most widely read writers of all time, and one […]

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Treasures illustrated by Tasha Tudor

by Liz on September 21, 2011

Gingham clad children frolicking in an abundant garden. A large family excitedly gathered around a blazing Advent wreath. A panting Corgi dog eagerly scampering after a flitting butterfly. Each of these delightful scenes has one very important thing in common: they are the creations of the late and much beloved author and illustrator Tasha Tudor. […]

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What makes a rare book rare?  For any commodity to be called rare, scarce, or hard to come by,  the fundamental economics law of supply and demand is the primary factor. The higher its demand vs its supply the rarer of a commodity it becomes and that should result in higher pricing. Different commodities become rare for different […]

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Below you can find a selective list of Book fairs  at which we believe there should be a number of rare books at reasonable, if not bargain, prices. So if you are in the area or can be in the area do not miss the opportunity. The list below is for the month of September […]

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Rare religious books have high value not only in a monetary sense, but in a sentimental way as well. Their sentimental value increases even more if they have come from the holy land, or perhaps the country of the family’s ancestors. In our rare religious books article, the value of several rare books that were sold over the past years were listed in […]

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If you are a rare book collector as well as a wine lover, and you happen to be in France during the third week of August, then it is simply a must that you visit an extremely interesting and  promising Antiquarian book market. At the large shaded square of Beaumes-de-Venise (84) of France, in a location that is melodiously lulled by […]

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On August 31st the 18th Beijing International Book Fair, BIBF, will be opening its gates. It is a 4 day event that will be held at the China International Exhibition Center and has been gaining in importance and attention over the recent years. In fact,  it is considered to be a major stepping stone for […]

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Recently Sotheby’s has auctioned a rare manuscript of an unfinished novel written by the well known and famous writer/novelist, Jane Austen. This rare manuscript was sold for the astronomical amount of 993.250 Sterling Pounds (1623K USD) to the Bodleian Oxford library and one can say that it stayed ‘’home’’ in the UK. Rare manuscripts have […]

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The University of Crete Library has a large number of rare books as well as a significant amount of archival material. These items were acquired after 1978 through donations from the personal libraries of a considerable number of Cretan – in the most cases – intellectuals, as well as through the purchase of a number […]

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