AbeBooks offers a huge selection of rare, collectible, and vintage books for sale from booksellers. You will find antiquarian books, out-of-print books, first editions, signed and inscribed copies, incunabula, limited editions, photography books, leather-bound books, and old books from the past. There are also illustrated books, small and fine press books, artist's books, and fine bindings. From books of high value to antique books of interest, we have something for every collection.
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Cosway bindings are beautiful rare books with miniature paintings inset into fine leather bindings. They are named after miniaturist portrait painter Richard Cosway. London bookselling firm Sotheran's invented the concept with Miss C.B. Currie providing the art. To learn more, we interviewed antiquarian bookseller David Brass.
Books have always struggled to convey the beauty of Sistine Chapel. Until now. A five-year collaboration between the Vatican and two publishers resulted in this luxury three-volume art book. This limited edition offers 1:1 scale photography of the art by Michelangelo.
AbeBooks is proud to work closely with a number of antiquarian bookseller associations around the world who are dedicated to upholding high professional standards. Learn more about these organizations and search for rare books from their members.
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Our book collecting guide covers the basic elements of book collecting, from what to collect, to caring for your collection. We explain rare book terminology, and provide a guide to book sizes, formats, and bindings, and also offer useful information relating to old books.
AbeBooks support and promote book fairs and rare book events around the world. This calendar offers dates and details for important antiquarian and rare book fairs, and also events dedicated to paper collectibles and vintage ephemera.