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Browse & Buy: Fine art refers to objects created for aesthetic or intellectual appeal. Fine art includes a spacious array of human creativity, including painting, photography, and sculpture. Art books, therefore, can be luxurious coffee table volumes of reproduced ancient masters, vivid photographs of lands…

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Book arts encompass not only the fine art of binding and designing the cover of the book, but other aspects of its creative development, such as letter press printing and paper making. The development of book arts paralleled the evolution of books, with the earliest tomes being hand-crafted works that may have been the masterpiece of a lifetime. For example, European monasteries in the Middle Ages are renowned for their dedication to the creation of original book art. Bible texts were painstakingly written by hand and then illuminated with images or decorative lettering. Thirteenth-century copies of the Koran contain careful lettering as well as dazzling symmetrical geographic designs.

Vintage book art can be easily found on the internet, but creating your own can increase your understanding and enjoyment of the various book arts. Journaling is a great way to record your ideas and artistic endeavors. Gwen Diehn takes the reader through a creative journey in the book arts in The Complete Decorated Journal: A Compendium of Journaling Techniques. Decorated papers get a thorough examination in P. J. M. Marks’s An Anthology of Decorated Papers: A Sourcebook for Designers. David Hughes’s First Steps in Letterpress offers a very brief overview of how to get started with this ancient craft. Delving into bookbinding? Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms can provide a foundation for further imaginative adventures.

Those interested in the history of the book arts can find many gems, such as Otto Pächt’s Book Illumination in the Middle Ages (Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History), which examines the art of illuminating texts. Bibliophiles (or merely the curious) can buy book art directly from artists or create their own pieces. With the wealth of fascinating reads about paper making, lettering, illustration, design, and binding, a collector’s shelves (and craft table) need never be empty.

Drawings & Sketches AbeBooks

Drawings and sketches are part of some of the earliest creative human endeavors: archaeologists have found Spanish cave wall art that dates back almost 40,000 years. Original drawings are valuable for the same reasons any type of art has worth. Who created the piece, why it was done, scarcity, and subject matter all impact the value of fine art. While most of us will enjoy the early drawings like those in French and Spanish caves only through photos or brief visits, there is a world of eclectic drawings and sketches to tempt the taste of every collector.

Fine art collections can be built around any concept or theme or they can revolve around an artist (or group of artists). Collectors who want to buy drawings centered around a certain idea may find it beneficial to research artists who focus on concepts attached to that idea. For example, artists who create images of modern objects in cities might have drawings and sketches that include themes about progress or technology in daily life. Enthusiasts can also peruse the many books about art to begin their search for specific artists.

Diving into the fine art of creating your own drawings and sketches? There are numerous practical guides that can help. Learn from great contemporary artists with The Best of Sketching and Drawing (T. Sullivan), a tour de force of images created in charcoal, pencil, and ink. Liron Yanconsky’s How to Sketch: A Beginner’s Guide to Sketching Techniques, Including Step By Step Exercises, Tips, and Tricks is a 300-page guide dedicated to helping you grow as an artist.

To shop drawings, one of the best places to start is here at AbeBooks. Our sellers highlight the works of many artists. Whether you create your own works or pursue those created by others, drawings and sketches can provide real enjoyment, both for you and those who you share your artwork with.

Etchings AbeBooks

Etchings as a fine art form may have had their origins in the medieval process of armor-making. Scholars believe that etching likely began in Germany, with a number of Renaissance artists trying their hands at creating these works of art. The original etchings created by these artists were subject to the same process used to etch armor. First, a copper surface was covered with a substance (a ground) that is impervious to the etching acid. Then, a tool was used to scratch out an image. The copper sheet was dipped into an acid that dissolved the uncovered parts of the surface to create the image. The image was then coated with ink and pressed onto paper. Modern techniques are similar to this, but different types of materials may be used to create a finished print.

While the vintage etchings of some artists are incredibly rare, enthusiasts can easily find their work in collections such as The Complete Etchings of Rembrandt (edited by G. D. Schwartz) or Landscape Etchings by the Dutch Masters of the Seventeenth Century (I. M. De Groot). Enthusiasts who would like to buy etchings may be surprised at the variety available. For example, collectors can still find Picasso prints for sale. When searching for etchings, collectors should ask about what techniques were used to create the image, the size of the edition (how many prints there are in that collection), and the background of the artist.

Learning how to make etchings can provide a stronger appreciation for their beauty and value. Etching: Modern Methods of Intaglio Printmaking by Julian Trevelyan offers insights into modern approaches to this art. A. Smith’s Etching: A Guide to Traditional Techniques takes the reader on a historical tour of the etching process.

Etchings are a unique art form that serve to highlight the skill of the artist. Developing a collection and studying the history of this art can provide many hours of pleasure.

Movie Posters AbeBooks

Movie posters are special. They combine art and film. Movie fans and art lovers alike buy this highly-prized artwork to adorn their walls. Among the seller collections here at AbeBooks, you’re bound to find a poster that calls to you. Whether you’re looking for a mint-condition original movie poster from Hitchcock’s 1960 classic Psycho, or a signed vintage New York Film Festival poster, our sellers have you covered.

Are you a fan of vintage horror flicks? Or do you simply love the bold shapes and colors of poster art from this era? Buy movie posters from classics such as Creature From the Black Lagoon, Terror from the Year 5,000, or Boris Karloff’s VooDoo Island and preserve and display them in appropriate frames around your home.

Our sellers offer movie posters from every genre and in multiple languages. You’ll find movie artwork from westerns, mysteries, thrillers, romance, fantasy, horror, science fiction, and more. Choose from original, linen-backed, pristine, and professionally restored items to put together the perfect collection.

You can purchase movie posters in a variety of sizes, from 14 x 36 inch inserts and 27 x 41 inch one sheets to 246 x 108 inch 24 sheets. If the poster artist, rather than the movie it depicts, is of greater importance to you, our sellers offer original works from some of the most collectible movie poster artists, including Lawrence Noble, Robert McGinnis, Reynold Brown, and Al Hirschfield.

Along with a vast selection of movie posters, you can find plenty of other collectible movie ephemera on our platform, ranging from lobby cards, promotional books, press kits, novelizations, and behind-the-scenes and studio history books. With so many vintage movie posters for sale, our sellers’ collections are bound to have many that fit your home and tastes. Buy your poster, have it professionally framed to preserve its condition, and give it pride of place in your living area.

Original Art AbeBooks

Original art reveals the inner workings of the creator’s heart: it is the expression of the soul. Whether expressed in fine art mediums such as painting or sculpting, or in purely visual art mediums, original art conveys a message.

One of the most important aspects of any fine art work is the motivation behind the creation. Many classical painters created works based on Biblical stories or principles to show their passion (or the devotion of their patrons). Renaissance works often focused on a broad range of themes, such as religious devotion, ideas from mythology, and concepts from everyday life. Contemporary artists are no different, with artists like Bansky who call attention to social issues or Genevieve Gaignard whose photographs explore identity. The true value of any piece of art, however, lies in the eye of the collector.

Art lovers who wish to purchase original art will find it helpful to explore the topic, and sellers on AbeBooks have much on offer to help inform and direct avid original art collectors. Books can provide a strong foundation for building an expansive collection. The Intrepid Art Collector: The Beginner’s Guide to Finding, Buying, and Appreciating Art on a Budget by Lisa Hunter includes interviews from experts and checklists for how to start buying art. Looking to shop contemporary art? Collecting Art for Love, Money and More by Ethan Wagner and Thea Westreich Wagner offers an insider’s look at how to approach your collection. Doug Woodham’s Art Collecting Today: Market Insights for Everyone Passionate about Art has insights for both beginners and veteran collectors.

Collectors who buy original art are important preservationists of our shared cultural heritage. Whether they are collecting vintage original art or contemporary pieces, they are part of a greater movement to care for and understand our past, present, and future.

Paintings AbeBooks

The art of painting has been an important part of humanity from the beginning of time. From cave walls to modern street murals, paintings remain a strong thread in the tapestry of humankind. Art is a universal form of expression, and paintings can help bring cultures together by communicating different ideals and perceptions.

Painting dates back to the Stone Age, when people used cave walls as their canvases and natural pigments and basic tools. In the past and present, paintings are influenced by religion, nature, technology, and events. The ancient Egyptians painted pictures and hieroglyphs on walls and stones with a focus on portraying the afterlife. Much of the fine art we see from Ancient Greece was created on vases. Roman murals depicting everyday life were discovered on the walls of the ruined cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The Byzantine era gave way to artists utilizing gold in their frescoes and other images. Thirteenth-century painter Giotto made a breakthrough in the art world by using egg tempera, a binding agent of fresh egg yolks, in his work. From the Sistine Chapel to a Picasso masterpiece, the world of painting has been, and always will be, expansive and varied.

Shop paintings from our sellers’ vast collections, including many original paintings signed by the artists. Bold oil paintings or subtle watercolors show your personality and style whether you’re adding to a niche set or enhancing your living room. Admire the composition of a painting of a brilliant flower or a voracious bird of prey. A landscape of a favorite holiday destination brings back happy memories and a still life showing an unusual compilation of objects adds a quirky look to your patio.

New and vintage paintings alike are available in the vast AbeBooks seller selections. Search rare and unique pieces to intrigue any artist or fine art lover. Buy paintings to expand your fine art collection or decorate your home tastefully and elegantly.

Posters AbeBooks

A popular form of ephemera, or marketing memorabilia, posters represent socio-political moments, showcase evocative imagery, and commemorate events and artistic productions. They are favored by admirers of certain styles or subject matter, as well as by serious art collectors. Framed or unframed, they make an expressive statement wherever they are hung.

In the late 19th century, chromolithography suddenly created an amazing opportunity to produce large, attention-grabbing notices. The ability to now add color to images pressed upon limestone paved the way for several distinctive movements and turned these pictures into works of treasured art. The Moulin Rouge and Le Chat Noir posters of the late 1800s, known as the Belle Epoque period, perfectly captured Parisian flair, a flirty atmosphere of dancing, cafes, nightlife, and fun. Art Noveau built upon free-flowing themes, with vintage posters full of sharp lines and bold tones. Later on, World War I and II influenced composition details; the Dada period utilized photo montages to represent opinions and feelings of dissent, while Art Deco saw more precise line configurations, landscapes, buildings, and figures.

Jumping forward to the 1960s, swirls of color and funky graphics dominated psychedelic-themed art by Victor Moscoso and Wes Wilson. Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Peter Max then brought about classic pop art designs. As we moved into the late 20th century, original posters ranged from simplistic illustrations to replications of photos and paintings to ornate portraits, with print texture and appearance varying between matte, gloss, blacklight, and velvet.

Whether they’re limited edition single sheets or often-replicated copies, there’s something that resonates with everyone. While searching through the catalogues to buy posters at AbeBooks, you’ll see prints of old-time characters such as Mickey Mouse, Snoopy, and Garfield, and the iconic statements of Rosie the Riveter. Find pin-ups of dashing movie stars, anti-war sentiments, scenic cities and countrysides, and multitudes of other new and gently used imagery.

Prints AbeBooks

There are numerous ways to create prints and endless ways to enjoy them. For example, prints created by woodcut offer the viewer a textured image that showcases the artist’s skill against the grain of the wood; this is one of the oldest techniques of this art form. Linocut prints are developed from scratching designs into linoleum, which produce clean images on the page. Etching involves using acid to burn an image into a metal plate, resulting in a beautiful, fluid imprint.

Vintage prints may be the inspiration for starting a collection or spark the artist’s own creative fires. Masters such as Rembrandt applied their skill to produce crisp, clean works of art. Collections of individual artists, such as found in Elise Lawrence’s Vintage Prints that reproduces the work of Adolphe Millot, can provide insights into the artist’s unique skill. Original prints by contemporary artists make welcome additions to collections. They can highlight the marriage and evolution of modern and ancient techniques. For example, artist Ruth Issett uses both printing and sewing in her work, combining 2D and 3D techniques.

Popular images often incorporate nature motifs. Floral prints, for example, combine the beauty of nature with the eye of the artist. Contemporary botanical pictures can be created using historical techniques, but often, photographic or digitally enhanced approaches are used. However, modern artists, such as Bobbi Angell, who was awarded the 2006 Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society of London and ASBA Award for Excellence in the Service of Science, still incorporate older styles (like copper etching) into their repertoires.

Enthusiasts in the market to buy prints find an almost endless supply of the unique and appealing. Collectors can shop prints from AbeBooks sellers and also find books devoted to the work of specific artists, which often provide background notes about each image.


Comic Books AbeBooks

While many look to the early adventures of Superman, Batman, and the like to be the first comic books, the art form actually dates back to the mid-1800s, when the first comics were published in America and abroad. In the 1920s, the first collection of comic strips published, The Funnies, began appearing as a newspaper supplement; it featured many different characters, including some that are still in print today, like Popeye, Tintin, and Buck Rogers. These collectible comic books are wonderful pieces for fans of these iconic characters.

The Golden Age of comics started in the 1930s, with the introduction of characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America. As the world became immersed in World War II in the 1940s, these heroes stood as role models and champions of American ideals. The strips of the 1920s also continued, and were published as actual individual books, rather than just as supplements to the newspapers. Fans of these vintage comic books will find a nice selection from our sellers, featuring original comic strips as well as early issues from their favorite superheroes.

As comics moved from the Silver Age in the 1960s to the Bronze Age in the 1970s, Marvel introduced heroes like Spider-Man and the Hulk, as well as The X-Men and the popular anti-hero Wolverine. The Iron Age of comics in the 1980s saw comics reach new levels of creativity and popularity, as more people began to buy comic books. Modern comics have an ever-increasing variety of stories and new publishers, such as Image Comics, home to blockbuster, The Walking Dead.

Comic books are now a major part of popular culture, sought after by fans and collectors who want to purchase these books to follow the ongoing stories and to collect favorite and rare issues.

Comics AbeBooks

While many look to the early adventures of Superman, Batman, and the like to be the first comic books, the art form actually dates back to the mid-1800s, when the first comics were published in America and abroad. In the 1920s, the first collection of comic strips published, The Funnies, began appearing as a newspaper supplement; it featured many different characters, including some that are still in print today, like Popeye, Tintin, and Buck Rogers. These collectible comic books are wonderful pieces for fans of these iconic characters.

The Golden Age of comics started in the 1930s, with the introduction of characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America. As the world became immersed in World War II in the 1940s, these heroes stood as role models and champions of American ideals. The strips of the 1920s also continued, and were published as actual individual books, rather than just as supplements to the newspapers. Fans of these vintage comic books will find a nice selection from our sellers, featuring original comic strips as well as early issues from their favorite superheroes.

As comics moved from the Silver Age in the 1960s to the Bronze Age in the 1970s, Marvel introduced heroes like Spider-Man and the Hulk, as well as The X-Men and the popular anti-hero Wolverine. The Iron Age of comics in the 1980s saw comics reach new levels of creativity and popularity, as more people began to buy comic books. Modern comics have an ever-increasing variety of stories and new publishers, such as Image Comics, home to blockbuster, The Walking Dead.

Comic books are now a major part of popular culture, sought after by fans and collectors who want to purchase these books to follow the ongoing stories and to collect favorite and rare issues.

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Cartoons AbeBooks

If you think cartoons are just for kids, think again. They are an art form that never ceases to make us smile or laugh. Classic versions and comics are fun for kids, and even more fun for those who are kids at heart. Buy cartoons in every genre and style imaginable with custom-curated collections from AbeBooks’ sellers.

The craft of these illustrations started with famous Italian artists like Leonardo Da Vinci, who drew caricatures in the early 1700s. In the Golden Age, many people used them heavily in political satire. In the early 1800s, illustrated magazines gained popularity. They featured political cartoons and even illustrations of celebrities and professionals in fashion magazines like Vanity Fair. As to cartoon strips, W.K. Haselden was the Brit who popularized them in newspapers. His work made way for children’s comic strips and numerous more aimed at adults. By the mid to late 1900s, cartoon and comic strip artists created complex narratives that led to today’s collections.

The realm of cartoons and comics is vast, with titles for both children and adults. Explore the world of Asterix comic books or discover classic Disney original cartoons. Visit the wacky world of Whos with Dr. Seuss or read poetry along with Shel Silverstein’s illustrations. Go Over the Hedge with Michael Fry and find some furry friends. Exercise your funny bone with Ziggy or find collections from the New Yorker. Enjoy vintage Zits or modern Simpsons, both of which are sure to invoke laughs. Revisit your childhood or find some new original cartoons to admire.

Whether you’re searching for vintage cartoons or modern comics, AbeBooks’ expansive selection has something for everyone, young and old. A good cartoon can make you laugh under any circumstance, so embrace your inner child and shop cartoons and comic books at AbeBooks.

DC, Marvel & Dark Horse

Known worldwide, the biggest names in comic books and graphic novels are DC and Marvel Comics, featuring many well-known superheroes. A relative newcomer to the scene, Dark Horse Comics is home to many books based on popular movies, video games, and television shows. Fans looking for collectible comic books will find a vast array of titles from our sellers, including rare first editions and signed copies.

In 1934, National Allied Publications and Detective Comics, Inc. merged to create the company that would become DC Comics. DC would go on to launch Action Comics featuring Superman and introduce the Justice League of America, which included Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, and Green Lantern. The most sought-after vintage DC comic books are those that feature the first appearances of these iconic characters. Other collectible DC comics such as Hellblazer, Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, and Alan Moore’s Watchmen veer into darker territory, but are just as loved by fans.

Marvel Comics was founded in 1939 as Timely Comics, featuring the adventures of Captain America, among others. In the 1960s, the company took the name Marvel Comics and launched superhero series like The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Daredevil, and the mutant X-Men. Again, the most collectible Marvel comic books feature the first appearances of these characters, especially those created by writer and editor Stan Lee.

After launching in 1986 as an offshoot of an Oregon comic book shop, Dark Horse Comics carved out a niche by creating graphic books that served as sequels to existing media, including movies like Star Wars, cult favorite TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and video games like Tomb Raider. The company also specializes in manga books, forming partnerships with many Japanese artists. At AbeBooks, you can shop DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse titles, whether you’re looking to catch up on popular story arcs or add a rare variant cover to your collection.


Graphic Novels

A work written in graphic form and published as a complete book is considered a graphic novel, as is a collection of comic books or serialized cartoons republished as a single trade volume that generally covers a complete story arc within the larger comic series. Either way, these stories contain artwork that tells a story in an unconventional way, bringing the words to life on the page with vibrant colors and illustrations in a way that traditional books cannot.

While some people consider graphic novels and comic books to be nothing but superheroes and super villains, they, in fact, cover a range of stories, from historical and political topics to fantasy and science fiction to non-fiction and literature. Authors of traditional books often turn to graphic novels to put a new spin on an existing work or to explore a new medium.

Whether you’re looking for original graphic novels like Will Eisner’s acclaimed A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories or a series of comic issues collected into a book like Alan Moore’s apocalyptic Watchmen or Art Spiegelman’s hugely popular Maus, our sellers have collectible graphic novels that prove that comics aren’t just for kids. Now recognized as a legitimate form of literature, graphic novels have stepped from the back shelves of comic book stores to mainstream bookstores and online retailers, where you can shop graphic novels dating back to the golden age of comics.

On AbeBooks, you can search our seller listings and buy graphic novels from well-known artists and authors, ranging from foreign works like Japanese manga books to collections of stories from the early days of superheroes, such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, to contemporary works like Robert Kirkman’s blockbuster The Walking Dead. Look for special signed copies, rare first printings, and out of print treasures from the past 100 years.

Graphic Novel Books

A work written in graphic form and published as a complete book is considered a graphic novel, as is a collection of comic books or serialized cartoons republished as a single trade volume that generally covers a complete story arc within the larger comic series. Either way, these stories contain artwork that tells a story in an unconventional way, bringing the words to life on the page with vibrant colors and illustrations in a way that traditional books cannot.

While some people consider graphic novels and comic books to be nothing but superheroes and super villains, they, in fact, cover a range of stories, from historical and political topics to fantasy and science fiction to non-fiction and literature. Authors of traditional books often turn to graphic novels to put a new spin on an existing work or to explore a new medium.

Whether you’re looking for original graphic novels like Will Eisner’s acclaimed A Contract With God and Other Tenement Stories or a series of comic issues collected into a book like Alan Moore’s apocalyptic Watchmen or Art Spiegelman’s hugely popular Maus, our sellers have collectible graphic novels that prove that comics aren’t just for kids. Now recognized as a legitimate form of literature, graphic novels have stepped from the back shelves of comic book stores to mainstream bookstores and online retailers, where you can shop graphic novels dating back to the golden age of comics.

On AbeBooks, you can search our seller listings and buy graphic novels from well-known artists and authors, ranging from foreign works like Japanese manga books to collections of stories from the early days of superheroes, such as Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman, to contemporary works like Robert Kirkman’s blockbuster The Walking Dead. Look for special signed copies, rare first printings, and out of print treasures from the past 100 years.

Manga

Manga, meaning ‘whimsical pictures,’ or more simply, comics, is a distinctive comic book form created and popularized in Japan through stories like Dragon Ball, Naruto, One Piece, and classics like Tetsuwan Atomu (Astro Boy). There is some disagreement about when manga began in Japan, with some scholars citing examples of scroll drawings all the way back in the 11th century and others pointing to the introduction of the word manga itself in the late 1700s. Vintage manga books from the post-World War II era start to look more like the Japanese comic style we associate with manga today, including the exaggerated facial expressions and wide eyes that give the characters a distinct look.

Manga caters to both male and female readers, with stories of adventure, fantasy, romance, and technology that appeal to a wide variety of fans. The two chief genres – shonen comics for boys and shojo comics for girls – feature main characters that each gender can relate to, and they’re subdivided by age into categories for young through to adult readers. Manga is also known for including stories focusing on relationships and sexuality, more so than its American counterparts. There is less focus on the superhero-type characters seen in comics from publishers like DC and Marvel; instead, manga story lines often include spiritual or philosophical messages.

Our sellers offer a variety of collectible manga from collected issues and graphic novels to rare first editions and out-of-print books. Here, you can buy manga from any of the genres to expand your collection or introduce yourself to new series from these Japanese comic books. Now that manga has become more popular outside of Japan and recognized as a rich art form around the world, there are many more titles available to choose from as you shop manga from the last several decades.


Paper Collectibles

Ephemera is a term that draws collectors’ attention, and it refers to promotional material that signified noteworthy events, ideas, and productions. Ephemera offers an interesting glimpse into history, as it represents what shaped, influenced, or even unsettled society at those moments.

From the Greek and Latin term for ‘short-lived’ or ‘only for the day,’ ephemera encompasses memorabilia that was supposed to be exactly that – handouts simply alerting people to important news or items. Ironically, many people greatly appreciated these pieces, despite the original intention of throwaway posters, flyers, and pamphlets. Often distributed for free, many were at first religious in nature, especially during the 16th century, as different leaders vied for attention. Satires then became a common theme, interwoven with serious discourses about political figures and societal concerns. Seemingly everyone had an opinion on something, as seen in vintage ephemera, which include musings and philosophies from Thomas Paine and George Bernard Shaw to costume manufacturing companies and housewives.

Interestingly, collectible ephemera also represent the evolution of printing and marketing. Early 17th-century broadsheets were a response to the British newspaper taxes calculated according to the number of pages. Publishers created leaflets that doubled as mini reports, which later stood out more to audiences with the advent of chromolithography, color printing by stones during the 1870s to the 1930s. As radio became more prominent and a source of competition, though, newspapers returned to including everything in one format. Artists, writers, and orators thus continued to circulate their thoughts and creations.

The subject matters that generated such souvenirs are quite diverse. There are broadsides, such as an 1893 original photograph of the Boone & Crockett clubhouse to a 1966 contemplation simply title Finding out something in a cafe. A fascinating selection of material has been preserved, from the 1941 pamphlet, Studies in Mysteries, by Eric C. Lewis, to the 1895 advertisement, Wedding Secrets, by Pabst Brewing Company. Shop and buy ephemera at AbeBooks, where you’ll find guides, pictures, treatises, and more interesting and collectible items.

Broadsides

One of the earliest forms of printed literature intended for public consumption, broadsides were initially printed to advertise events, share information, or entertain. They showed depictions of famous battles, promoted local businesses, gave politicians a forum for their views, and announced appearances by visiting dignitaries, lecturers, and performers. People also used these sheets to circulate things like poetry and ballads. Now, these collectible broadsides are a valuable resource for recalling those written pieces that are otherwise lost to history. People see them as works of art and important historical documents that offer glimpses into the news and events of the past.

In the most literal terms, broadsides or broadsheets are large pieces of paper printed on one side like posters or flyers, meant as public announcements. They began appearing in the 15th century and lasted until the advent of the newspaper, when printing technology began to improve. Most of the earliest examples featured typeface, while some later versions included illustrations, ranging from decorative borders to full maps. Many displayed images printed from engravings. Because broadsides were intended to advertise specific events or share information, most people discarded them once they served their purpose, making older examples even more rare and desirable.

Later broadsides were less about sharing information or advertising and more about featuring written pieces, especially poetry. In the 20th century, people sometimes handed out or hung up poetry broadsides to promote the work of poets. Many times, these sheets featured illustration, making them true works of art. Here, you can buy broadsides to study and display, whether they are historic pieces preserved for centuries, vintage advertisements, or more modern sheets that celebrate popular writers. Our sellers’ collections include everything from early Americana song sheets and 16th-century maps to Beat poetry, often signed by the authors or artists and ready for framing.

Ephemera

Ephemera is a term that draws collectors’ attention, and it refers to promotional material that signified noteworthy events, ideas, and productions. Ephemera offers an interesting glimpse into history, as it represents what shaped, influenced, or even unsettled society at those moments.

From the Greek and Latin term for ‘short-lived’ or ‘only for the day,’ ephemera encompasses memorabilia that was supposed to be exactly that – handouts simply alerting people to important news or items. Ironically, many people greatly appreciated these pieces, despite the original intention of throwaway posters, flyers, and pamphlets. Often distributed for free, many were at first religious in nature, especially during the 16th century, as different leaders vied for attention. Satires then became a common theme, interwoven with serious discourses about political figures and societal concerns. Seemingly everyone had an opinion on something, as seen in vintage ephemera, which include musings and philosophies from Thomas Paine and George Bernard Shaw to costume manufacturing companies and housewives.

Interestingly, collectible ephemera also represent the evolution of printing and marketing. Early 17th-century broadsheets were a response to the British newspaper taxes calculated according to the number of pages. Publishers created leaflets that doubled as mini reports, which later stood out more to audiences with the advent of chromolithography, color printing by stones during the 1870s to the 1930s. As radio became more prominent and a source of competition, though, newspapers returned to including everything in one format. Artists, writers, and orators thus continued to circulate their thoughts and creations.

The subject matters that generated such souvenirs are quite diverse. There are broadsides, such as an 1893 original photograph of the Boone & Crockett clubhouse to a 1966 contemplation simply title Finding out something in a cafe. A fascinating selection of material has been preserved, from the 1941 pamphlet, Studies in Mysteries, by Eric C. Lewis, to the 1895 advertisement, Wedding Secrets, by Pabst Brewing Company. Shop and buy ephemera at AbeBooks, where you’ll find guides, pictures, treatises, and more interesting and collectible items.

Manuscripts

Simply speaking, a manuscript is either a handwritten text or an early, unpublished copy of a book or other work – generally, anything that hasn’t been printed or mechanically reproduced in any way. Early manuscripts date back centuries and include everything from scrolls hand drawn on rice paper to original historical documents to religious texts. Before the invention of the printing press made printed materials more readily available around the world, all books and texts were written and duplicated by hand. Although some of these works have survived through careful preservation, many of them have been lost to time, making many of the remaining original manuscripts valuable and sought after by collectors.

Some of the most famous handwritten manuscripts that remain today include the Herculaneum Papyri, the only extensive collection of texts that have survived from the classical world. These scrolls were buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and are still being examined and translated by scholars today. The Dead Sea Scrolls discovered in Israel have great historical value and offer a look into the world during the time of Jesus. Leonardo di Vinci wrote the Codex Leicester in the early 16th century, which includes many of his drawings and diagrams. While these important documents are found only in museums and private collections, there are many collectible manuscripts available to scholars and others who want to read and display these antique works.

You can buy manuscripts from our sellers here, including original botanical and pharmaceutical texts and illustrated scrolls. Handwritten manuscript copies of books and stories from published authors are also extremely collectible, offering a look into first drafts of famous works and additional unpublished writings. You can also find speeches, letters, and notes handwritten by political figures, former presidents, and writers; these personal writings can give you a glimpse into the minds of those who composed them.

Pamphlets

Pamphlets are very collectible, depending on age, scarcity, condition, and subject matter. A pamphlet is defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica (which uses UNESCO’s official definition) as a printed work more than 5 pages but having fewer than 48 – the perfect size to carry in your pocket or slip into a handbag.

Pamphlets evolved with the rise of the printing press and an increasingly educated, literate society. In the early 1500s in Europe, pamphlets were an important part of spreading ideas about religion and politics. Some famous names who penned tracts included protestant reformer Martin Luther, French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal, and, of course, Voltaire.

Europeans were not the only people to enjoy writing and reading these type of leaflets. For example, American writer Thomas Paine became famous for his 1776 pamphlet Common Sense, which helped put forward ideas about American independence. Pamphlets were designed for broad distribution, so their impact could have far-reaching effects. The Federalist Papers were based on widely distributed opinion sheets penned by founding fathers like Alexander Hamilton.

This broad distribution was a two-edged sword for publishers: ideas could be spread very quickly among the regular people, but not all of these ideas had the best interests of others at heart. Unlike most books, not all pamphlets trumpet the name of the author – and for good reason. At various times in history, certain ideas were outlawed and even the printing of pamphlets was restricted. For example, in the 1640s, illegal pamphleteering in Britain was a criminal offense punishable by jail time.

Vintage pamphlets from the last century and before are unique additions to any collector’s library. Compared to the thousands of booklets that were printed over the years, few have survived the test of time due to their flimsy construction, adding to their rarity, mystique, and collectibility. Buy pamphlets from AbeBooks sellers to start a set of ephemera to give you hours of enjoyment and gets you a little bit closer to history.

Postcards

Before social media and photo sharing applications allowed instant sharing and communication, postcards were a popular way for individuals to keep in touch with each other through pictures and short messages. Shortly after their development, they become sought-after and collectible items. Today, ‘deltiology,’ or collecting postcards, is a widespread hobby. Some people enjoy the sense of nostalgia and treasured memories evoked by the pictures and stories. Others collect old versions for the historical insights these glimpses into the past may provide. Moreover, some simply enjoy the aesthetic value of a collection of rare cards.

Most modern and vintage postcards feature images of monuments, historic buildings, cityscapes, and other notable sights, alongside messages written by the senders. They developed into the familiar, divided back examples over several decades. Originally, during the Pioneer Era, the American Postal Service started issuing postal cards in 1873. At the turn of the 20th century, private companies were allowed to start printing and selling their own versions, but with the required label, ‘Private Mailing Card.’ Additionally, as the backs of the cards were solely for addresses, both the images and messages graced the fronts. Looking for either feature offers a reliable way to date vintage and antique selections. Soon thereafter, in 1907, began what we know as the Golden Age of postcards, due to their significant increase in popularity. At this time, divided back examples, which constitute the largest selection of collectible postcards, were developed. Individuals could write both their messages and addresses on the backs of the cards, and the featured images would cover the front portions. After various iterations, the modern-day postcards came to be.

Buy postcards from our vast selection that feature old city views or rare cards that showcase bygone periods. Start a new collection with current day images. Purchase postcards by theme, region, or era to complete a collection, or simply find one or more to frame as works of art.


First Edition Books

Browse collectible first editions of rare books, famous masterpieces, or personal favorites for your collection or for a great gift.

First Editions

Nothing beats having a first edition of a book you love. It’s the pure, original form of the book, featuring the earliest layout, design, and cover art, and it’s sometimes replete with typos. This is exactly what people saw and read when the book first appeared to the world. In a book collecting context, the term ‘First Edition’ is reserved for the first printing of the first edition of a book, although later printings are often in great demand.

A first edition can be identified in different ways depending on the publisher. Some publishers indicate the first edition status on the copyright page with the words ‘First Edition’ or ‘Stated First.’ Another method used by publishers is the number line. This is a series of numbers on the copyright page. For each new printing or edition, a number is removed. So if the number ‘1’ is included in the number line, that indicates a first printing or edition. Some sellers do not know for sure if they are in possession of a true first edition, and will indicate this by describing the book as a ‘believed first.’

Some collectible first editions include James Joyce’s Ulysses, which had a first print run of only 1,000 copies, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyles’ The Hound of the Baskervilles, published in 1902. On the back jacket of the first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby the name Jay Gatsby appears with the ‘j’ in lower case, making the book even more desirable to collectors. Some first editions are extremely rare. Beatrix Potter, the author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, printed 250 copies of the book at her own expense before it went into wider printing.

Buy first editions for your own pleasure, for your collection, or as an amazing gift for friends or family. Enjoy the books as they were envisaged in the eyes of the authors.

Literary First Editions

Literary first editions, whether they’re popular fiction from authors such as Frederick Forsythe or Ken Follett or classics from Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope, bring unique pages of history to your bookshelves. Searching for first editions of books is an exciting pastime because you never know what you may find.

First editions are the volumes from the first print run or impression of a book that are printed with the same type setting that was used on initial publication for commercial distribution. Collectible literary first editions can be difficult to identify. Sometimes a book is printed and released almost simultaneously in different countries, and you may wonder which is the ‘true first.’ Booksellers usually designate the country of origin of the author as the first country of publication, making volumes printed there the true first editions. Another term you may come across when you’re browsing collectible literary first editions is ‘first thus.’ Publishers usually initially print block-buster authors in hard cover and then the paperback or illustrated editions may follow. The first printing runs of these formats are known as first thus editions.

Generally, literary first editions are valuable when they’re in good condition, have an original dust jacket, and are rare or in demand. Appreciating value isn’t the only reason to buy literary first editions, though. As a reader, you know that as you immerse yourself in a book, you make emotional connections with the characters. A first edition deepens the connection between you and the author. Writers are frequently intimately involved with first print runs of books, deciding on text format, illustrations, and dust covers, as well as the exact phrasing of passages of text. With subsequent printings, the publishers often make these choices.

You may be interested in first edition books for their financial value, because they’re written by your favorite authors, or for the simple reason that the genre or subject matter fascinates you. Buy literary first editions and expand your collection of books.

Modern First Editions

Explore contemporary literature with a selection of modern first edition books. Immerse yourself in the classics such as J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Return of the King, C.S. Lewis’ The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Agatha Christie’s Ordeal by Innocence. Search by genre and choose from other popular authors like John Steinbeck, George Bernard Shaw, or H.G. Wells, who had works nominated or received Nobel Literature Prize awards. These influential people have inspired generations of other authors, artists, and playwrights to create engaging tales that also bring to light social issues. Choose signed first editions to add value and authenticity to your collections.

Find collectible modern first edition books on a variety of topics to complete your collections or begin new ones. Reminisce with childhood favorites, such as the iconic Peter and Wendy by J. M. Barrie, Uncle Dynamite, a humorous novel by P. G. Wodehouse, and the precocious story of The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. Sleuth your way through the mystery genre with twisted tales from a selection of popular authors, or search suspense novels such as Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell or The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico.

Many of these modern first edition books became so popular that Hollywood adopted them as scripts for the movie scene. Works from authors such as Dan Brown, Suzanne Collins, and Stephenie Meyer set audiences ablaze with their thought-provoking and relevant stories. The Twilight saga captured young hearts around the world with its unique spin on young adult fiction and romance, while The Da Vinci Code caused others to question what they know and search for the truth surrounding ancient mysteries. These are a few examples of how and why literature has the power to influence and shape cultures and thoughts.

Shop modern first edition books to find the perfect match for you and your favorite reading spot. Read more from your beloved authors and artists, or indulge your curiosity for new tales and topics while expanding your collections.

Proofs & ARCs

Before a book’s publication, the author or publisher sometimes sends out advance reader copies, or ARCs, which are early copies of a book created before it has gone through final revisions. Proofs and ARCs are often given away to early reviewers or to commercial buyers considering carrying a title in their stores. While the book may still have editing to go through, the story is usually complete, so an advance reader copy can give the reader a good idea of what the final book will look like.

Because a book is still being finalized when an ARC is created, the final published version sometimes includes differences in the text as well as the cover art. Collectible proofs and ARCs are often sought after by fans of an author so they can own every edition of a favorite book. Because these uncorrected proofs, also called galleys, are sent to a select group of booksellers, reviewers, and bloggers, the number of copies in existence is relatively small, making advance reader copies a rare prize for book collectors.

At AbeBooks, you can buy proofs and ARCs from every genre, some of them signed by the authors. These galleys and manuscripts generally feature a note on the cover stating they are advance copies and not final versions of the book, making them easily identifiable. While they may not appeal to regular readers who would prefer to read the final book, collectors enjoy seeing these different editions that are not available in any store. Our sellers offer both fiction and nonfiction titles in ARC form, from many well-known authors. Some may be just a novelty to collect, but if a book has gone on to be a best seller, like a Stephen King title, or has become a modern classic, from authors such as J.M. Coetzee and Khaled Hosseini, the ARC may be a worthy addition to your collection.


Discover Vintage Magazines, Periodicals

As with classic books of literature, vintage magazines hold a special place for collectors. From the potpourri of contents in Reader’s Digest to the striking pin-ups of Bettie Page, the publications reflect the ever-changing ideas and opinions about everything that entertains and educates. Although many journals have gone digital or ceased entirely, these prints are a lovely preservation of times past.

Critical essays, now known as op-eds, generally involving political and social norms of the day, dominated the original vintage magazines in the mid-1600s. Edifying Monthly Discussions, Journal des Scavans, Philosophical Transactions, Giornale de’ letterati, and Weekly Memorials for the Ingenious represented thoughts across the continents, and they gave the public a slightly lengthier alternative to short leaflets and broadsides. Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine created scholarly digests for the colonies in the early 1700s, as Europe then tailored publications for their own audiences, with titles such as Ladies Mercury, Female Tatler, and The Gentleman’s Magazine.

During the late 19th century, when periodicals cost an average of 10 cents per issue, entertainment, home styling, and social commentary became additional features. Popular works included the Saturday Evening Post, Home Chat, The Strand Magazine, Cosmopolitan, and McClure’s Magazine. Publishers also added advertisements and artwork to these old magazines, to boost sales and interest. By the early 1900s, well-known titles such as National Geographic, Time, Harper’s Bazar (now Harper’s Bazaar), and Sports Illustrated had captivated attention and garnered devoted audiences.

There’s intrinsic value in looking through the publications that defined particular eras. You see capsules of what was considered ideal, controversial, or groundbreaking, along with what incurred glowing and scathing reviews. You’ll find a range of options when looking to buy vintage magazines from sellers at AbeBooks, including copies enclosed in plastic sleeves, first edition supplements, and gently used rarities. Check out the breakthrough discoveries in Scientific American, pulp fiction in Smash Detective, elegant actresses gracing the covers of Movie Stars’ Parade, and many more literary gems.

Periodicals

Step into a time gone by with periodicals and find the generation or era you want to learn about. These old magazines are excellent windows into the past. Buy periodicals and explore magazine and journal articles across the ages. Follow the evolution of theories in different fields of study to see how we got to where we are today.

These timed publications release at set intervals, often weekly, monthly, or annually. From the beginning, periodicals encompassed not only magazines but also journal articles and scholarly publications. The advent of bulk printing brought with it newspapers, which are some of the earliest forms of periodical literature. But these publication types have been around since the 17th century when Edifying Monthly Discussion, arguably one of the first magazines published, came out. As the publishing process became easier and faster, there was more thirst for knowledge, so magazines and newspapers soon became dominant cultural references for the masses. It is, for this reason, we can delve into vintage periodicals and see what the defining thoughts and ethos of those ages were.

Dive into vintage periodicals that show you what women had at their fingertips in the 1840s with Peterson’s Magazine, which focused on fashion of the time and domestic subjects, such as sewing and embroidery. View how American culture and national conversation has evolved through An American Album: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Harper’s Magazine. Some consider this periodical one of the oldest running general interest magazines in America. For a more recent view of U.S. history, take a gander at the Saturday Evening Post, a publication almost 300 years old, that also offers its readers a little fiction and humor. Add old magazines and other vintage periodicals to your collection that may give you clues about how your ancestors spent their days, or dive into current-day discussions.


Maps & Atlases

Step on the shoulders of giants as you explore the known universe with contemporary and vintage atlases. Geographical charts have been in use since the 16th century when Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius published the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, one of the first book of maps. Since then they have been used by people on journeys and those who would rather see the world from the safety of their own couches. Some special-edition atlases, such as Uranometria by Johann Bayer, display wonderfully ornate carved or engraved maps of what the heavens looked like in the 1600s. In modern times, a present-day atlas is an economical and interesting way of exploring the celestial bodies and the Earth.

Atlases can be defined as a collection of maps that are published in book form. These specialized volumes were popular with travelers for navigation and cartographic purposes. With the advent of global positioning systems and maps on smartphones and tablets, print atlases are used less for navigation and more for planning trips, leisure reading, and research. Vintage atlases are collector’s pieces that not only show us the world as it was but also showcase the care and artistry of publishing methods of bygone eras. They are a glimpse into the past in more ways than one.

Fictional kingdoms are also displayed in atlases. Peruse The Atlas of Middle-Earth for a walk-through of Tolkien’s mystical world for an unexpected adventure in the comfort of your own home. Fiction writers often use atlases and maps to inject more realism into their work. This lets their readers see and explore the peoples, kingdoms, and galaxies for a totally immersive experience.

Browse AbeBooks for contemporary atlases for use at school and college. This is a cost-effective solution for getting textbooks for geography and related courses. And, if you’re studying world history as a formal subject or as an interesting hobby, buy atlases from the 20th century to see how the countries of the world have changed.

Cartography

The art of map-making is centuries old, and it’s still an active skill used today. Cartography combines the fields of science, art, technology, and literature to create beautiful and accurate maps. And the practice also encompasses the study and improvement of map making. Cartography literature can include maps, the science behind them, or even behind-the-scenes looks at navigation and map making.

The earliest map on record is dated around 6100 to 6300 B.C., and it was found in Anatolia. Ancient Greece had many map makers who undertook groundbreaking cartography. Greek cartographers were interested in the size and shape of the world, as well as the science it took to find that information. The ancient Romans used maps for military and political gain. They focused mainly on mapping within their empire.

In the 1500s, Gerardus Mercator first tried to display a round earth more accurately on a flat surface with his Mercator Map. Although his map was less accurate than some, it gained fame because it improved sea navigation dramatically. Although ancient maps may not be helpful for accuracy today, they are nonetheless important for the study and appreciation of cartography. Modern cartography utilizes computers and technology to provide the highest accuracy for modern maps. However, nothing can compare to the beauty of antique and vintage maps. Their vibrant colors and interesting graphics make them ideal for framing and hanging.

Whether your collecting niche is vintage cartography or modern navigation books, you’re sure to view the world in a new way. Discover broadsheet and folding maps of Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas as you navigate through our sellers’ expansive collections. Sail the seven seas with first editions and rare vintage cartography finds on ship navigation. When you buy cartography literature from AbeBooks sellers, you’ll find maps, ephemera, and research journals. What are you waiting for? Get out there and explore.

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Maps

Maps are an important part of human progress and development. They tell us about locations and help us navigate our way to our destinations. Early versions tended to be largely pictorial representations of local areas. Every culture had its own way of designing their own, as some of the earliest ones come from ancient Babylon, Greece, and China. In the Middle Ages in Europe, many monks in monasteries created them by hand. The advent of the Renaissance did more than change the way many people thought. It also resulted in the rise of publishing houses and improved educational opportunities. Now, publishing houses could reproduce maps on printing presses and distribute them widely. Explorers helped to shape these graphical resources, as well. Modern versions, of course, are now developed using advanced satellite technology.

Since many previous manufacturers tended to create them with materials that don’t easily stand the test of time, antique maps are rare treasures. Many kinds of vintage maps are collectible because they show us a snapshot of the human understanding of geography at the time. Most also included beautiful illustrations. However, these collectible maps actually go beyond showing geography. They also highlight the political or religious beliefs of the maker.

Collectors who buy maps for their library may want to scoop up some insights into their past. Cartographies of Time by Rosenberg and Grafton is a historical survey of classic selections. Mark Monmonier’s How to Lie with Maps shines a light into the machinations behind cartography. One modern compendium that blends art and maps is An Atlas of Radical Cartography, which makes no bones about the fact that the maps within explore social and political issues. To purchase maps is to begin a lifelong study of our changing understanding of the world. Few graphical sources can help us understand the past, and our ancestors, like a well-drawn map.

Travel Guides

Variations of travel guides have been around since antiquity. As humankind roamed the earth, travelers would take note of places they had been and pass on the information to those who followed in their footsteps. Today, travel guides are a great tool for times when you’re off the beaten path and wandering without a Wi-Fi connection. These guidebooks contain information about the best places to eat, areas of cultural significance, ways to get around, and tips on where the locals go to have fun. For many travelers, nothing beats pocket guides for discovering more about a country. There’s something powerful about being able to fold the pages and make your own notes that isn’t offered through online searches and restaurant apps.

For many, vintage travel guides are works of art. A guide from a different era will tell you what was important during that time period. Many travel guides contain beautiful illustrations, elaborate maps, and vibrant pictures of the people and places from the relevant country. Some guides have become an important part of history. For example, The Green Book was a series of travel guides that helped African Americans find safe refuge while traveling during the Jim Crow era. Many collectors consider handbooks like these as rare artifacts of bygone years.

Beyond broader, general information about a country, many compendiums are made to appeal to a particular subgroup or interest. For those who love the outdoors, there are books that specifically focus on natural wonders. For sports fans, you can find travel guides that explore the history of the city through its most famous teams. There are special volumes for artists, scientists, and students. At AbeBooks, you can buy travel guides to take with you on your next adventure, whether that means going halfway across the world or visiting the neighboring state. Our sellers’ collections include everything from guides for children to narrative guides to classic vintage travel guides that might contain a few notes made by a previous explorer.


Vintage Photography

The first known photographs were created in the 1820s using technology called a camera obscura. These early images were the beginning of a rich art form that allows us to relive historical events, visit far off places, and get glimpses into everyday life through the ages. Vintage photographs can give us insight into days gone by, through fashion, family portraits, and cityscapes. You can purchase photographs from any era and through those images, discover the customs and people of that time period.

Antique daguerreotype photos were the first type available to everyone and they were relatively easy to produce. Subjects had to sit still for several minutes while the image was exposed on a metal plate with a photo-ready surface, resulting in many early portraits featuring posed and still images. Some of the most famous daguerreotype shots are Matthew Brady’s Civil War images, depicting the real faces of the bloody conflict. As the technology of photography improved, snapshots became less formal and more candid, showing people in motion, going about their daily activities, and sometimes unaware they were the subject of a photo. These more natural pictures give us an even better idea of real life during years past.

Vintage photographs are popular with collectors both as art and as history. From military photographs and images of famous people to simple photos of life on college campuses, vacation spots, and in cities, these collectible photographs celebrate the lives of our forebears. You can acquire photographs from our sellers to frame for your own home as art or just to add to your collection.

Browse AbeBooks seller listings to buy photographs from well-known photographers. Photojournalists offer a window into other parts of the world and different cultures through their lenses. Many of the photographs in the collections are signed by the photographer, just like any other work of art.


Rare & Antiquarian Books

Explore thousands of old and rare books, including illuminated manuscripts, fine press editions, illustrated books, incunabula, limited editions and miniature books.

Bibliophiles are collectors of the written word, and for many, antiquarian books are their passion. These books, as the name suggests, are old and sometimes rare editions. They cover myriad topics and may be illustrated, but the common thread is that they were written and published many years ago. Some collectors only add extremely rare antiquarian books to their libraries, while others choose volumes because they cover subjects that interest them or for the pure joy of handling tomes that are antique and have passed through many hands.

Vintage antiquarian books may be nonfiction or novels, and their original markets included both genders as well as children. Gardening books from the late 1800s and early 1900s include gems about wild flowers, roses, and rock gardens, with volumes describing plants in America, Europe, Japan, and other faraway places. Kids’ antiquarian volumes, such as early copies of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland or The Boy’s Own Annual, which was last published at the start of World War II, are collector pieces for those who follow the development of children’s literature. Topics covered in antiquarian books may be as basic as manners and etiquette of the times, military history, or obscure topics by unknown authors.

When you’re deciding to buy antiquarian books, it’s a good idea to do a little research first to find out what to look for; the term ‘antiquarian books’ is a fluid and not easily defined phrase. In fact, when the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America convened their first meeting in 1949, they were unable to fully define the phrase. Book Finds: How to Find, Buy and Sell Used and Rare Books by Ian C. Ellis shows how to find rare books and avoid beginner mistakes, while The Care of Fine Books from Jane Greenfield describes in very practical terms how to preserve and protect the antiquarian books in your collection.

Fine Bindings

The fine bindings on books protect the contents from handling and harm, preserving their contents and beauty. The bindings also serve as part of the book’s history and character, revealing unique insights about the tome’s provenance. Fine bindings also point to the status and wealth of the original owners.

The earliest bound books can be traced to 1st century codices, which were the brainchild of the Romans; they borrowed their ideas from the outgrowth of a library war in the 3rd century B.C. between the bibliophiles at Pergamon and Alexandria. Early Christians quickly adopted the format for their own works, and scholars believe that the spread of Christianity in the later centuries encouraged its adoption in other parts of Europe. Collectors interested in bookbinding may wish to read The British Library Guide to Bookbinding: History and Techniques by Philippa Marks. In this comprehensive work, Marks unravels the history of bookbinding and elaborates on various styles of the craft.

However, fine binding books can be found in many cultures and time periods. For example, Japanese bookbinding has a long history, with its origins set in the 8th century A.D. One of the earliest styles, orihon (folding books), provided the foundation for the development of hand-sewn books, retchoso. Collectible fine bindings require some awareness of the history and construction of books. Kojiro Ikegami’s Japanese Bookbinding: Instructions From A Master Craftsman reveals the traditional Japanese secrets of fine binding. Henry Petroski’s The Book on the Bookshelf leads the reader on a bibliocentric adventure like no other; by tracing the origins of bookbinding, Petroski reveals in lavish detail how we moved from parchment scrolls to the beautifully bound vertical volumes on our shelves today. Bibliophiles who buy fine bindings will find that their durability and beauty define a collection. Fine bindings are a treasure to hold and a marvel to study.

Fine Press Editions

Fine press editions are the jewels of the publishing world: exceptional written works are combined with artistic binding, lettering, and images in limited editions for bibliophiles to enjoy. Whether these specimens are printed in offset or letterpress or enhanced with woodcuts or illustrations, enthusiasts will find that publishers of fine press editions pay close attention to even the smallest of details.

The fine press movement can be traced back to 1891 in England. William Morris, an intellectual, was inspired to create books that included all the artistry of a craftsman, from handmade paper and his own unique typeface to, of course, his own labor. Morris eventually printed a number of collectible fine press editions by literary greats like Shelly, Keats, and Swinburne. Morris’ Kelmscott Press nudged other publishers to make the leap into creating beautiful, limited edition tomes. These works were meant to be enjoyed as works of art that accentuated and magnified the text. Modern fine press editions are now created all over the world, with many publishers based in the UK and the USA.

There are numerous resources that provide entrée into the world of fine press editions. Martin Hutner and Jerry Kelly wrote A Century for the Century: Fine Printed Books from 1900 to 1999 (Revised Expanded Edition), which provides a start to understanding some of these works. Beauty and the Book: Fine Editions and Cultural Distinction in America presents Megan L. Benton’s understanding of what fine press editions reveal about culture. The Well-Made Book: Lectures by Daniel Berkeley Updike (edited by William S. Peterson) unveils the soul of one of America’s most distinguished book designers; Updike was the owner of the Merrymount Press in Boston and influenced by William Morris.

Bibliophiles who buy fine press editions to expand their collections will find a treasure trove of quality works. From rare works printed in the late 1890s to contemporary volumes, there is something for every aesthetic desire.

Illuminated Books & Manuscripts

There’s something special about holding illuminated books and manuscripts in your hands. The ornate pages take you back to a time when everything was handcrafted. You’ll find a multitude of these collections at AbeBooks, ranging from gently used to exquisitely preserved. They’re unique and engaging peeks into key ideas and moments across centuries.

The art of illuminated texts dates back to the year 400, with a sharp increase in popularity during the Middle Ages. The term originally referred to embossing pages with gold leaf, since that material had religious connotations or indicated wealth. Monasteries often created many of the original manuscripts, but then as time went on, private illustrators adopted the craft. Eventually, gold became so commonplace that other materials and colors were used on the parchment, and imagery extended to a wide range of secular topics. Today, ‘illuminated’ describes a vast variety of documents, so you can likely find books that show many facets of life through the ages.

Whatever your interest in collectible manuscripts, it’s easy to find that special gift for someone or something for yourself. Most of these books contain high-quality reproductions of the original illuminated art and enlarge on the extremely interesting stories behind the images. Take a look at the amazing scenes depicted in The Book of Kells: An Illustrated Introduction to the Manuscript in Trinity College Dublin or Treasures of a Lost Art: Italian Manuscript Painting of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Perhaps you’re an admirer of early 19th century France, as seen in A Tour Through Paris or the late 1890s whimsy in The Yellow Fairy Book.

When looking to buy manuscripts, you can search through miniature, standard, or oversized books, in multiple languages or translations.They’re interesting insights into the humor and imaginings of the times, and as to what inspired artists and writers. Serious collectors interested in original illuminated books and manuscripts will find outstanding tomes at AbeBooks that showcase bound vellum pages of botanical, fauna, and architectural themes.

Illustrated Books

Looking for rare illustrated books? Our vast selection of vintage illustration books spanning multiple genres is sure to satisfy any book lover. Whether you’re a connoisseur of art or an avid book collector, you’ll appreciate the unique books offered by our sellers. AbeBooks strives to host a slew of rare and interesting collectible illustrated books for you to peruse.

With intricately marbled book covers, large-scale illustrations, or full-color and black-and-white images, our books range from rare editions to those that bring back personal memories for buyers. Stroll down the yellow brick road with a first edition copy of The Wizard of Oz or toast the season with A Christmas Carol. Looking to fall down a rabbit hole with Lewis Carroll? We’ve got you covered so you can adventure with illustrations of Alice. With titles in English, French, Spanish, German, and more, you can travel around the world through foreign language vintage illustration books. From science fiction to almanacs, our collection of vintage books is expansive.

Dive into the quirky Victorian world of Edward Gregory, a renowned American author and illustrator, who sometimes told stories completely through his illustrations. Or say Goodnight Moon while shopping our illustrated children’s literature section, which has everything from dragons to rabbits, all in beautifully illustrated worlds. Because modern books often have a dearth of illustrations, it’s fascinating to browse through seller collections of pre-1900 literature. You may even find volumes illustrated by George Cruikshank or Phiz; both worked with Charles Dickens. First editions and copies signed by authors abound among our collection of high-quality vintage illustrated books.

Buy illustrated books to complete your overflowing collection or start a new shelf of vintage books with stunning illustrations in your home. We have novels, biblical stories, children’s story books, poetry, and more on our illustrated books collection shelf – go ahead and see what wonders you can find.

Incunabula

Enhance your collection with amazing historical incunabula from the earliest days of European printing. Incunabula is a Latin word used for books, pamphlets, and other materials that were produced using movable-type printing technology in Europe prior to 1501. The movable-type printing press was introduced to Europe by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century and started a transformative printing revolution.

The subject matter of incunabula is predominantly religious, humanist, and legal. Around 30,000 original incunabula editions are known to exist. Incunabula can be found from all over Western Europe, but the greatest number come from Italy, Germany, and France.

These rare collectible incunabula possess great historical value because of their unique historical qualities. They are full of striking, unique typefaces, illuminations, and intricate designs that make them a pleasure to gaze upon as well as read. One of the special qualities of incunabula is the continuation of features of medieval hand-written manuscripts. For example, many incunabula feature a column-style layout where the text is featured in the center and enclosed by a commentary. Commentary also took the form of marginalia, which are small notes inserted in the margins. Incunabula also showcase rubrication, which was the practice of leaving the first letter of a chapter blank when printing so it could afterwards be hand-drawn in elaborate style by a professional.

One of the first incunabula books is the Gutenberg Bible, which was the first major work to be mass-printed. Another, the Nuremberg Chronicle, or the Liber Chronicarum, is a Bible-based history of the world that is replete with illustrations; this was printed in 1493, and of the 2,500 copies printed, 700 are estimated to have survived. When you shop incunabula, you may also find the works of Roman classicists, such as Cicero, that were printed on the Italian presses in the original Latin. Explore listings from AbeBooks sellers to add exceptional items to your collection.

Limited Editions

Limited editions are published for serious book lovers. When a title becomes meaningful to fans, the publishers offer a limited edition that can be displayed prominently in your collection. AbeBooks has a wide range of collectible limited editions that add a touch of interest to any bookshelf or library. Whether you’re looking for a special condition copy of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer or one of only 300 copies of a limited issue of A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh, browse our vast selection to see what you can find.

Limited editions are made to stand out in different ways. The publishers may have the volumes signed by the author or collaborate with a well-known artist to design the cover based on a personal interpretation of the book. Some include extra features that only come in the collectible limited editions, such as unique illustrations, notes from the author, or special binding materials like leather, Japanese silk, or even metal accents. Discerning fans of the written word enjoy collecting books that have been published in a certain unique format or in restricted numbers.

Are you a fan of classic novels or works of Shakespeare? Or perhaps you’re a history buff who wants to commemorate the history of your country or the biography of your favorite president. Buy limited editions of well-known tomes such as The Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum or a rare publication of Speaking My Mind by Ronald Reagan. These types of books often have fascinating dust jackets that add to their appeal and significance.

Our sellers offer collectible limited editions from the entire spectrum of literature. You’ll find children’s books, autobiographies, graphic novels, fantasy, mysteries, and more. If you love photography, our sellers have a variety of special impression photo books. You can choose rare editions that have been signed, numbered, or are one of the last left anywhere in the world. Shop limited editions and display them proudly on your bookshelves.

Miniature Books

Explore vast worlds, stories, and resources at your fingertips with collections of miniature books. At three inches in length and width, vintage mini books are a compact and portable literary form that fits neatly in your pocket or purse. Take them anywhere with you.

Many believe the history of miniature books actually began as clay tablets in Babylonia. After paper replaced clay, and Johannes Gutenberg brought the printing press onto the scene, his assistant, Peter Schoffer, published the first traditional mini book in 1468, titled Diurnale Mogantinum. Later, it became popular to publish Bible texts in this small format, known as thumb Bibles. These vintage mini books were the perfect size for children during Sunday school lessons. Many of the tiny books that followed were kids’ books that varied from verse books to selections with many illustrations.

By the 18th or 19th century, the trend was to keep these little texts on your person, as they were easy to conceal from others, and subject matters ranged from poetry and religious readings to political commentary. As printing technology and the book-making process advanced, so did the covers and bindings, and they became more sophisticated with gold trims and other complex detailing.

Grab your favorites in the tiny format and rediscover classic stories, such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Jack and the Beanstalk, as well as other titles from treasured authors like William Shakespeare and Mark Twain. Savor a little bit of political history with The Inaugural Address of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Achille J. St. Onge published this first issue mini book, along with publishing several other small format texts, including editions from other former presidents, such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Thumb Bibles, political commentary, and children’s tales are only the beginning. Delve into the worlds of mystery, adventure, fantasy, and romance, and watch your collection grow across all genres.

Buy miniature books to complete your collection with the unique editions you’ve been looking for, or browse for exciting new authors you’ve yet to discover from centuries. Immerse yourself in the classics and enjoy exploring the literary world in the palm of your hands.

Book Sets & Collections

Book sets and collections can open the door to new directions in collecting. These types of books, which can be found in trilogies, box sets, or decorative series, provide the immediate satisfaction of obtaining a significant portion of written material all at once. The allure of an ‘instant collection’ cannot be denied: it saves a significant amount of time to have all the authors, works, or themes you would like in one carefully curated set. In addition, book sets and collections tend to include thematic covers and designs, which immediately distinguishes them from individual tomes. Some book collections are sold by avid collectors who have enjoyed them and would like to pass them on, and others may come to market through dealers and estate sales.

Those seeking to buy book sets and collections from AbeBooks sellers find a wide assortment at their fingertips. Rare vintage book sets and collections are particularly valuable parts of a personal library, but they usually require special handling. Time and wear eventually take their toll on printed matter, so when purchasing vintage sets, the collector also needs to address issues of preservation and display. Some collectors find that special display cases or additional shelves make sense for their personal library in order to fully enjoy their new additions. They should also proactively care for antique tomes.

All collections must start with knowledge. Ian C. Ellis’s Book Finds: How to Find, Buy, and Sell Used and Rare Books can help beginners and more advanced collectors of book sets and collections locate and identify rare volumes. Jane Greenfield has advice to help preserve those multi-volume sets, which she delivers in The Care of Fine Books. Book sets and collections can instantly provide a wealth of reading material to enhance your personal library. The satisfaction of rapidly building a collection can only be surpassed by reading and sharing it.


Signed Books

Books collectors are hunters of rare prey, and original signed limited edition books are always in their sights. Signed limited editions are printed in restricted quantities by the publisher, and then passed through the author’s hands for a personal touch with the addition of a signature or inscription. Obviously, since only a specific number of books are printed, signed limited editions can be quite valuable – if you can find them.

There are some good reasons for printing limited editions of books. The most obvious is that it creates scarcity. Since only a certain number of copies are released to the public, the book itself becomes instantly more attractive than another text printed without amount limits. Restricting the number of books also protects the publisher from financial loss if the book fails to sell well. This is especially true in the modern publishing environment, where a growing number of authors are competing for a shrinking number of readers.

Original limited editions can be difficult to come by. Antique or vintage texts were often handwritten or had a very limited print run. For example, the Codex Leicester, handwritten by Leonardo da Vinci and purchased by the Earl of Leicester in the early 1700s, is the only one of its kind (Bill Gates bought it for more than \$30 million in 1994). Da Vinci aside, there are certainly a good number of signed limited editions available to the average collector. For example, a first New American Library edition of sci-fi king, Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a popular collectible item, or for those who prefer a softer touch, signed copies from modern romance storyteller, Nora Roberts, abound. Edward Arlington Robinson’s first edition of Tristram had an early run of only 350 copies; this signed limited edition was actually numbered. Buy signed limited editions for a unique way of building a personalized collection of entrancing stories with exciting provenance.

Association Copies

Association copies are books that are signed by the author, or another well-known person, to someone of significance (either in the author’s life or a celebrity). These tomes are rare and collectible treats since they bring to life some part of a well-known person’s character and background. Books, of course, tell their own stories, but an association copy extends the meaning of that tale into the realm of reality.

Jane Austen inscribed a book of William Cowper’s poems for her niece, Fanny Knight. Cowper’s work, which included works about everyday life, had a tremendous impact on Austen, and she quotes him in her novels. J. R. R. Tolkien inscribed a number of his books for close friends and relatives. His handwritten dedication of a first impression copy of The Hobbit – ‘to Aunt Jane from J.R.R.T. with love October 6th 1937’ – highlighted his great affection for his mother’s sister; his mother died in 1904 when he was only 12, long before he would make his mark on the writing world.

Collectible association copies may take some exploration to uncover, but no one needs to adventure into this area alone. John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors provides entree into the world of collecting, providing straightforward information on topics such as auctions, Harleian Style, and e-books. Other People’s Books: Association Copies and the Stories They Tell by Tanselle and Kugeler covers unique tomes from the 1400s to the 1980s; the book contains 52 stories behind association copies in rich detail. John Winterich’s A Primer of Book Collecting is an enduring classic originally published in the 1920s but available in updated editions.

Collectors can purchase association copies to round out their collections or simply spice up their shelves with some rare treasures. Whatever the reason, association books can provide years of enjoyment and are ideal for sharing with other bibliophiles.

General Signed Books

Books collectors are hunters of rare prey, and original signed limited edition books are always in their sights. Signed limited editions are printed in restricted quantities by the publisher, and then passed through the author’s hands for a personal touch with the addition of a signature or inscription. Obviously, since only a specific number of books are printed, signed limited editions can be quite valuable – if you can find them.

There are some good reasons for printing limited editions of books. The most obvious is that it creates scarcity. Since only a certain number of copies are released to the public, the book itself becomes instantly more attractive than another text printed without amount limits. Restricting the number of books also protects the publisher from financial loss if the book fails to sell well. This is especially true in the modern publishing environment, where a growing number of authors are competing for a shrinking number of readers.

Original limited editions can be difficult to come by. Antique or vintage texts were often handwritten or had a very limited print run. For example, the Codex Leicester, handwritten by Leonardo da Vinci and purchased by the Earl of Leicester in the early 1700s, is the only one of its kind (Bill Gates bought it for more than \$30 million in 1994). Da Vinci aside, there are certainly a good number of signed limited editions available to the average collector. For example, a first New American Library edition of sci-fi king, Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a popular collectible item, or for those who prefer a softer touch, signed copies from modern romance storyteller, Nora Roberts, abound. Edward Arlington Robinson’s first edition of Tristram had an early run of only 350 copies; this signed limited edition was actually numbered. Buy signed limited editions for a unique way of building a personalized collection of entrancing stories with exciting provenance.

Inscribed Books

Inscribed books go beyond providing a simple signature from the author: they also contain a brief, usually more personal note to the owner of the volume. Some inscriptions are simply designed to convey the author’s feeling toward the owner of the book. Inscriptions can be simple, such as ‘Hope you enjoy this book’ with the author’s signature. T. S. Eliot’s patroness, Lady Rothermere, who sponsored his The Criterion, received a terse tribute to her generosity: ‘For Viscountess Rothermere with the homage of the author.’ However, inscribed books can also contain cryptic or highly detailed messages to the owner of the work.

Collectible inscribed books can be an interesting part of any personal library because they bring a new depth to the work. When an author includes a brief note to the book’s owner, it can reveal more about his or her character. Inscribed books also take on a novel dimension when they are signed by famous or relatively well-known people. The scarcity of inscriptions from a particular writer adds to the rarity value of the books, too. For example, Winston Churchill is known to have signed or inscribed many books, while Thomas Pynchon was less quick with his pen.

Getting insights into inscribed books means starting with the fundamentals of collecting. John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors provides a good starting point. Collected Books: The Guide to Values by Allen and Patricia Ahearn includes an expose on the most collected books as well as some pointers on prices. For a fun take on early collecting, Charles P. Everitt’s The Adventures of a Treasure Hunter: A Rare Bookman in Search of American History provides the perceptions of an avid book collector. Enthusiasts who shop inscribed books can find a broad assortment of unique editions offered by AbeBooks sellers. These volumes can add a richness and depth to your collection.

Signed Limited Editions

Books collectors are hunters of rare prey, and original signed limited edition books are always in their sights. Signed limited editions are printed in restricted quantities by the publisher, and then passed through the author’s hands for a personal touch with the addition of a signature or inscription. Obviously, since only a specific number of books are printed, signed limited editions can be quite valuable – if you can find them.

There are some good reasons for printing limited editions of books. The most obvious is that it creates scarcity. Since only a certain number of copies are released to the public, the book itself becomes instantly more attractive than another text printed without amount limits. Restricting the number of books also protects the publisher from financial loss if the book fails to sell well. This is especially true in the modern publishing environment, where a growing number of authors are competing for a shrinking number of readers.

Original limited editions can be difficult to come by. Antique or vintage texts were often handwritten or had a very limited print run. For example, the Codex Leicester, handwritten by Leonardo da Vinci and purchased by the Earl of Leicester in the early 1700s, is the only one of its kind (Bill Gates bought it for more than \$30 million in 1994). Da Vinci aside, there are certainly a good number of signed limited editions available to the average collector. For example, a first New American Library edition of sci-fi king, Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is a popular collectible item, or for those who prefer a softer touch, signed copies from modern romance storyteller, Nora Roberts, abound. Edward Arlington Robinson’s first edition of Tristram had an early run of only 350 copies; this signed limited edition was actually numbered. Buy signed limited editions for a unique way of building a personalized collection of entrancing stories with exciting provenance.

Signed Fiction

For a fan of a specific author, a signed fiction book can be an amazing addition to a collection. Depending on how often an author offers up his or her signature, a signed edition of a favorite title can be a nice keepsake or an in-demand collectible. Highly collectible books often become more sought after when they include an author signature, especially if the author prefers not to sign books frequently or is no longer living. While it may be difficult to obtain an author’s autograph in person, our sellers offer a variety oforiginal signed fiction books, many of them first editions. Books signed close to the date of publication or signed first editions are generally rarer and thus more desirable.

There are several different kinds of signed books that you may come across in our sellers’ listings. A signed book is exactly how it is described – the author signed their name in the book, usually on the title page. Signatures in the actual book are more highly sought after than signatures on a bookplate or page that is inserted into a book after the author signs it. Collectors prefer to own a book that the author actually held and signed, rather than one bound as a signed edition.

An inscribed book is one that contains a note from the author as well as a signature, often addressed to the person to whom the book was originally given. Some collectors prefer inscribed books, as they are personalized from the author and sometimes include a funny or interesting note. However, others would rather avoid these personalized copies when they buy signed fiction books, since inscribed books reference a person unknown to the current buyer. Whatever kind of signed editions you prefer, our sellers have a wide variety for you to choose from.

Signed Non-Fiction

Signed non-fiction books are often special because of the nature of the authors – if you have a memoir or autobiography signed by the author, it may be a book signed by a famous athlete, politician, or even former president. Because of this, the demand for original signed non-fiction books can vary wildly from title to title depending on who the author is, how famous they are, whether or not they are still living, and how many of their books they have signed.

For many of the books found in AbeBooks seller collections, the title page may be signed by the author, either after the book was purchased or on a bookplate that is signed separately and then inserted into the book to create a signed copy to be sold in stores. This latter practice is known as a tip-in, and modern publishers tend to use this method as it avoids the costs of providing authors with a number of books for signing. Books that were actually held and signed by the author are generally considered rarer than those where the signed page is inserted, especially when the author is a well-known public figure who has not undertaken a lot of live book signings or launch events. Dated signatures or those in first editions make the books even more sought after.

Signed non-fiction books may also contain the signatures of illustrators or photographers. Coffee table books and photobooks are often produced in small print runs, and when they’re also signed by the artist or photographer, they become highly collectible. Part of the fun of owning a signed book is feeling a connection to the person who created it, and a personal signature does just that. Whatever topic you are looking for and whatever style of signature you’re interested in, you can find a quality selection from our sellers.


Vintage Sheet Music

Vintage sheet music hearkens back to a bygone era, with some of the oldest sheets dating back to the early 1800s. The earliest sheets were used when entertaining soldiers during the Civil War, while popular stage production music sheets became big sellers after the 1890s. Vintage sheet music books feature beautiful covers, stylish fonts, and depictions of the musical artists who performed the original versions of the songs. Vintage sheet music art is often used by interior decorators as wallpaper or standalone framed pieces to give rooms the ambiance of long-gone days. Many collectors consider the art and music important pieces of history that tell the story of a time before recorded music.

In its time, vintage sheet music was extremely popular, particularly with songs that were all the rage. In the 1910s, songs such as Let Me Call You Sweetheart and Down By the Old Mill Stream sold between five and six million copies each. Professional musicians collected vintage sheet music books in the same way enthusiasts of different eras treasure records or CDs. Their rooms were filled with stacks of papers, and amateur musicians made extra money selling their sheets to local merchants. Though the paper may be fragile, vintage sheet music books were sold in such high volumes that buyers can still find the most popular songs today.

Although avid collectors tend to focus on sheet music produced before record players became mainstream, there are many other genres that hold collectible merit. Books of vibrant music came out in the 1940s, featuring stars like Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. Sheet music from the biggest pop stars like The Beatles and Michael Jackson are still significant in the eyes of collectors. Vintage sheet music art is collected by those interested in military memorabilia, Broadway shows, and even sports, with baseball heroes depicted on song sheets sold at the ballpark. Buy vintage sheet music to play or display, whether they are classic songs of the roaring 20s or holiday music to sing along with your family.

Fiction AbeBooks

  • Crime Fiction & Mysteries
  • Children’s Fiction & Young Adult
  • Horror Books
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Literature
  • Romance Books

Crime Fiction & Mysteries

AbeBooks’ collections of crime fiction and mystery novels, a seedy underworld of thrillers and murder mysteries where detectives, sleuths and private eyes are on the case. Here you’ll find hard-boiled and suspenseful crime fiction, as well as mystery novels from some of literature’s best detective writers, such as Agatha Christie.

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Agatha Christie

Step into the mysterious and intriguing world of Agatha Christie novels, with these collections curated by sellers from across the globe. Join the dandy Hercule Poirot or the seemingly sweet and befuddled Miss Marple as they set off on another sleuthing adventure. Can you solve the whodunit before these iconic detectives?

Born in 1890, Agatha Christie was home-schooled and painfully shy, but her brilliantly curious mind and insatiable imagination gave her a passion for fiction. Although she wasn’t averse to the odd strangulation or bludgeoning, her preferred method of dispatching her fictional victims was poison, possibly due to her work in a dispensary during the second world war.

Choose from rare first editions of titles such as One, Two, Buckle My Shoe or Poirot Investigates, complete with original dust jacket, with price unclipped, to leather rebinds and reprints and later editions of Christie favorites, like Crooked House or And Then There Were None. Immerse yourself in the fictional worlds of Agatha Christie mysteries and get to know her tenacious, intuitive, intelligent sleuths as they solve murders and mysterious occurrences. Agatha Christie, whilst best known for her crime fiction, was far from one-dimensional. Aside from collectible murder mysteries from, arguably, the creator of the modern detective novel, some collections feature much sought-after Agatha Christie plays and short stories. Among our sellers’ collections, you’ll find her non-fiction works, including her autobiography, An Autobiography, in which she fails to mention her mysterious 10-day disappearance, and her poetry collections, Poems and The Road of Dreams. Her children’s book, Star Over Bethlehem, is much loved by Agatha Christie collectors for its charm and originality. Then, of course, are her vintage romance novels, written under the pen name Mary Westmacott.

Purchase Agatha Christie books featuring Hercule Poirot or Miss Marple novels to complete your collection, or be adventurous and try one of Christie’s stories featuring other detectives, like Harley Quin and Mr. Satterthwaite, Tommy and Tuppence, or Colonel Race.

Detective Fiction

There were fictional detectives before Sherlock holmes, but the super sleuth of Baker Street still stands as the most famous. These detective fiction books and their cases have influenced over 100 years of sleuthing, leading to a rich tradition of cat and mouse cases between crime solvers and crooks. Our sellers have these fiction books in all categories of this genre, from Sherlock Holmes to hard boiled detective novels and modern-day crime stories. Settle in, open a book, and start hunting for clues to solve the crime.

General Crime

AbeBooks’ collections of crime fiction and mystery novels, a seedy underworld of thrillers and murder mysteries where detectives, sleuths and private eyes are on the case. Here you’ll find hard-boiled and suspenseful crime fiction, as well as mystery novels from some of fiction’s best detective writers, such as Agatha Christie.

Hard-Boiled

Since the early 20th century, hard-boiled books have carved a definitive place in literary history. Stories depict stark situations and blunt behavior, and they don’t always end on a happy note. It’s a distinctive genre that grabs reader attention with tough-talking narration, graphic details, and whirlwinds of characters who may or may not be involved in crimes.

Pulp detective fiction was a sharp contrast to Edgar Allan Poe’s eerie atmospheres, Agatha Christie’s elegant settings, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s intricate mysteries. There was a darker tone to plots, and they contained more explicit violence and adult situations, raw dialogue, and protagonist actions that walked the fine lines between right and wrong. Of the several publications that paved the way for hard-boiled detective books, The Black Mask: An Illustrated Magazine of Detective Mystery, Adventure, Romance, &; Spiritualism (1920-1951) and Dime Detective (1931-1953), still stand out as coveted collector items. Many authors got their start in these magazines, including Raymond Chandler, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, and Dashiell Hammett writing as Peter Collinson.

It’s easy to see how Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer, Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, Walter Mosley’s Easy Rawlins, and Sara Paretsky’s V.I. Warshawski have earned big-screen or television adaptations. Their personality flaws make them relatable, and the crimes they investigate often occur in a setting that’s more real-world than perhaps an exotic destination. Relationships are another appealing feature in vintage hard-boiled books, ranging from elusive women and unrequited crushes to petty exes and loyal partners. Plots are more about straightforward action rather than flowery language, where much of the timeline is seen right through the sleuth’s eyes.

Whether you’re looking to buy hard-boiled books in brand new condition or don’t mind gently used copies, there are plenty of seller options at AbeBooks. Search for classics including Dennis Lehane’s A Drink Before the War, James Ellroy’s The Big Nowhere, and James Crumley’s The Last Good Kiss. Build up a collection with editions by Michael Connelly, Joe R. Lansdale, Ken Bruen, and other terrific writers.

Mysteries

Mystery books are perfect for when you want to get your adrenaline running or your brain ticking. Spanning diverse settings, scenarios, and styles, there is always something to be figured out, and you’ll be dying to find out what really happened. Whether it’s grisly murder mystery books, lighthearted romantic whodunits, whimsical children’s mysteries, or countryside detective tales, this genre appeals to many. These stories of trust and deceit, love and loss, clever investigators, and amazing revelations may make your heart thump with suspense, while others make you split your sides over the characters’ goofy antics.

The earliest modern mystery books were authored in the 19th century by writers that included Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, and Wilkie Collins. One of the first detective mysteries was Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue. Near the turn of the century came Sir Arthur Conan Doyle with his famous protagonist, Sherlock Holmes.

The genre became very popular in the 1920s, particularly books in the cozy mystery format; these vintage mystery books are much in demand today. These stories have a relaxed style that features a small community, an amateur protagonist, and only the mildest descriptions of violence and sex. Agatha Christie became the most famous author of the cozy mystery style, with the lovable pair of sleuths Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple. In the following decades, the mystery genre expanded and became incredibly diverse in contrast to its more formulaic early days. The world witnessed the emergence of gritty urban thrillers, methodical police novels, international whodunits, and historical, fantasy, and science fiction mysteries of all kinds.

Search AbeBooks’ seller listings for the latest hits to read or timeless classics for your library. These tales of dark disappearances, perplexing puzzles, shocking twists, and page-turning suspense are part of a vast and ever-growing genre. Buy mystery books for a truly exciting read.

Suspense

Combining elements of mystery, adventure, and danger, suspense books tap into psychological and subconscious tensions. Transparent clues and red herrings fill a variety of settings, including historical, romantic, legal, medical, and simple everyday situations. This genre puts you right into the action, so you follow the crime or feel the protagonist’s unease.

Whether or not the stories end in cliffhangers or tidy answers, are stand-alone or inspire sequels or cross-overs, mystery suspense books contain several compelling ingredients. The investigators often display relatable emotions, wrestling with their own anxieties or conflicts as they try to solve a case. Sue Grafton’s spunky private investigator, Kinsey Millhone, the lead in her Alphabet series, contends with divorce, dating, and family issues. Ruth Rendell’s Chief Inspector Reginald Wexford tries to balance the different relationships he has with each of his daughters.

In addition to his influence on horror, Edgar Allan Poe also shaped the suspense genre with stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart and The Black Cat. Paranoia, guilt, and madness abounds, common traits in Scott Turow’s and John Grisham’s legal thrillers. Right alongside Poe’s royal status within collectible suspense books is the Queen of Crime, Agatha Christie. Her legendary catalogue includes Appointment with Death, At Bertram’s Hotel, and By the Pricking of My Thumbs, which show off the Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and power couple Tommy and Tuppence characters, respectively. Themes set by these classics resonate in the prolific writings of James Patterson, Nora Roberts, Dean Koontz, Michael Crichton, David Baldacci, and Mary Higgins Clark.

Given the richly detailed descriptions, many narratives are adapted into alternative media. When deciding to buy suspense books, you may recognize having seen movies of Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a Train and The Talented Mr. Ripley (part of her Ripliad series), and the cinema and TV telling of Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lector. Check AbeBooks for the original novels, along with other hardcovers and paperbacks that showcase memorable characters.


Children’s Fiction & Young Adult

AbeBooks’ collections of children’s fiction and young adult books, where you will find some great books for kids and teens, including classic bedtime stories and popular YA fiction. Here AbeBooks sellers have compiled some great books for you to browse, including board books, illustrated and picture books, and children’s and YA series.

Board Books

Board books are an excellent way to introduce children to the magical world of reading. They foster interaction between primary caregivers and kids, develop the vocabulary of toddlers, and expand kids’ knowledge of the world around them.

Board books have an interesting history. Many believe that during the 1200s to the 1500s, children learned the alphabet with wooden tablets. Another precursor to board books as we know them today was hornbooks. These were wood covered with a thin layer of animal horn, which made them durable and stain-resistant. By the mid-1800s, printing technology had advanced and publishers began printing books specifically for children.

Cloth or rag books became popular, and they were inextricably bound up in the development of classic board books. Published and marketed by Dean & Son publishing house from 1902, rag books were for young children who wear their food and eat their clothes. However, World War II put an end to the publication of cloth books due to the shortage of fabric, and then board books came into their own.

These 100-percent paperboard books have covers and pages that consist of at least two layers of the hard material. Most have lamination or coating to give them extra strength and durability that stand up to the rough handling of infants and toddlers. Children adore books that not only contain text and illustrations, but that also feature fun reading material cut into shapes relevant to the topics. Shape books and those with die-cut holes in the pages often come in the board format, as do volumes that offer tactile stimulation with imitation fur or feathers.

Books constructed of board are also in demand by collectors. For example, Babar books from the de Brunhoff family published in the original French, or delightful rare editions from cat portrait illustrator Lesley Anne Ivory depicting the seasons of the year are fabulous collectible board books. Browse our sellers and buy board books for your children or for your unique collection.

Children’s Illustrated Books

For many of us, some of our earliest memories are of stories. We remember our favorite tales, characters, and children’s illustrated books, read by our parents and teachers. The words and pictures of these books came together to teach and entertain us, and in many cases, were the beginning of a lifelong love of reading. Whether you’re looking for a rare first edition of a collectible children’s illustrated book or just trying to track down a childhood favorite, our sellers have a wide variety of children’s books from the past century and beyond.

Many consider the book Orbis Sensualium Pictus (The World of Things Obvious to the Senses Drawn in Pictures) to be the first example of a children’s illustrated book. Published in 1658, the book featured illustrations of everyday life paired with Latin words to create a book that was an early precursor to the modern works of illustrators like Richard Scarry. Colorful books of illustrated nursery rhymes from the 1800s and early 1900s are beautiful reminders of the verses we all learned as children, from Old Mother Hubbard to Little Bo Peep. This time period is also considered the golden age of illustrated children’s books, with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and others bringing stories to life.

Our sellers offer vintage children’s books filled with illustrations that are reminiscent of artwork of the time, perfect for displaying as well as reading. In addition, children’s illustrated books of poetry bring each poem to life again for little ears. Here, you can find works like The Wizard of Oz and the books of Dr. Seuss alongside newer favorites such as The Polar Express and Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are to create a library of literary wonders for little readers. Buy children’s illustrated books to collect or to share with a young one ready to discover new worlds through these colorful works.

Children’s Picture Books

Discover classic and new bedtime stories with AbeBooks’ collections of children’s picture books. Here AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of picture books for kids of all ages. You’ll find illustrated fairy tales and classic stories from renowned authors, such as Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak and Eric Carle.

Children’s Series

Once children find a favorite series of stories and characters, they want to read all of the adventures in that collection of children’s series books. Little ones adore classics like Curious George, Arthur, Winnie the Pooh, and Beatrix Potter books, which also help them learn to read. As they get older, kids fall in love with everything from Beverly Cleary’s Ramona series to the magical adventures of Harry Potter. As they read each book in the series, they get to know the characters better until they are like old friends.

Up until the 19th century, children’s books were for learning only, teaching young ones to read using Bible passages, simple primers, and excerpts from books intended for adults, like Robinson Crusoe. However, starting in the late 1800s, following the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the perception of children’s books began to change as educators saw the importance of encouraging young readers to enjoy literature, including series like Anne of Green Gables and The Chronicles of Narnia.

Our sellers have a variety of these favorite collectible children’s series books from the last 100 years, including The Hardy Boys, which launched in 1927, followed by Nancy Drew in 1930. Both series feature teens solving mysteries and have remained popular and in print through to the present day. These books allow young readers to try to solve the crimes themselves by reading the clues, while at the same time they identify with issues facing the teenage protagonists. More recent children’s book series, like Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Hunger Games series, and the American Girl books are engaging a whole new generation of readers and inspiring their imaginations.

You can buy children’s series books here from both vintage and modern collections, including rare first editions and out of print titles. Revisit a favorite series from your own childhood or share some children’s series books with another little reader.

Enid Blyton

Generations of children have enjoyed Enid Blyton books. And as those kids grew up, they introduced their offspring to the many books written by this author. However, some editions, particularly those original Enid Blyton books printed in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, are sought after by serious book collectors.

Enid Blyton achieved real commercial success as an author in the late 1930s with two series: one about a magic chair and the other about an enchanted tree. The first books in these series are, respectively, Adventures of the Wishing Chair (1937) and The Enchanted Wood (1939). Many regard these vintage Enid Blyton books as precursors to the popular kids’ fantasy books written today by a myriad of authors.

Some of the most well-liked Enid Blyton books are her mystery books. The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, and the Adventure Series all tell exciting tales of three different groups of children and their pets who discover and bring to justice gangs of thieves, kidnappers, and gun runners. If your children want to start each series from the beginning, check out AbeBooks’ sellers for Five on a Treasure Island (21 books in the series), The Secret Seven (book 1 of 15 volumes), and The Island of Adventure (book 1 of 8).

This prolific writer wrote over 700 books for children aged 2 to 14 years old during her writing career. Her fertile imagination combined with a quick writing speed meant she could produce around 10,000 publishable words per day. However, as societal views changed during the decades after her books’ initially releases, publishers made subtle changes to the text to fall in line with current ideas. This, of course, makes the original Enid Blyton books very desirable in collectors’ eyes. Buy Enid Blyton books from sellers on AbeBooks whether you want to spark your child’s imagination or add to your collection of vintage Enid Blyton books.

Fairy Tales

The worlds created within fairy tale books are mystical and complicated, drawing you in by using elaborate plots and characters. A fairy tale is a type of folktale or fable, but they are very different when examined. Fairy tale books have elaborate details that make them enticing to readers, whereas folktales and fables are often very simplistic in comparison.

These beloved stories have been told for generations and were recounted long before they were written down, thereby making it impossible to trace them back to their beginnings. You’ll find tales of this nature from every culture. Within these different cultures, fairy tales often display very similar plots, characters, and motifs. Fairy tale themes are usually based on universal experiences or hopes, explaining their pervasiveness.

The Brothers Grimm were the first to attempt to preserve oral fairy tales, and their work was published in German in 1812; this first edition was later altered to be more socially acceptable. They influenced many other authors, including Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen. His work was vastly different, as he sometimes drew on old tales but often wrote his own fairy tales, such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. These collectible fairy tale books are ideal for forming the basis of a new collection.

Modern fairy tale authors put their own spin on the classic form, often having specific motives. For example, Oscar Wilde introduced homoerotic ethos in the vintage fairy tale book, The Happy Prince and Other Stories. The stories in this book, which was aimed at adults rather than children, have a common theme, which revolves around love, sacrifice, and kindness. Another notable contemporary author is Gail Carson Levine. In her novel Ella Enchanted, Levine revised the Cinderella story to portray a more pro-feminist explanation for Cinderella’s obedience. Find yourself within the pages of exciting fairy tale books as you dive into magical worlds and go on your own quest. Buy fairy tale books from AbeBooks sellers for your children to explore or for you to add to your niche library.

General Children’s Books

AbeBooks’ collections of children’s fiction and young adult books, where you will find some great books for kids and teens, including classic bedtime stories and popular YA fiction. Here AbeBooks sellers have compiled some great books for you to browse, including board books, illustrated and picture books, and children’s and YA series.

Pop-up & Movable Books

Pop-up books are commonly known as three-dimensional, or 3D, books. They’re also called movable books or even mechanical books. Pop-up and movable books are popular with children and serious collectors alike. Many people believe them to be a fairly recent innovation in book printing, but they have been around since the 13th century. The books are created with paper engineering, which is the cutting, gluing and folding of paper to create books with pull-tabs, pop-ups, flaps, and other innovative moving parts.

Although they are primarily aimed at children these days, pop-up and movable books were originally for adult consumption. The purpose of many of the first books of this type was education. The turn-up style of pop-up books was used for medical textbooks where students could delve into human anatomy and see how body parts fit together. One of the most famous of these volumes is the 1543 De Humani Corporis Fabrica Librorum Epitome by Andreas Vesalius, which was filled with facts and beautiful illustrations. The redirection of these books to a young audience occurred during the 18th century when there was a move to find more ways to appeal to younger audiences; the books were ideal as they provided a more tactile and visually stimulating element to reading.

Collectible pop-up and movable books on AbeBooks seller listings cover a range of topics, with many focused on entertainment. A number of pop-up books based on Star Wars and other movies are in demand, as are those linked to cartoon characters or well-known fairy stories. The books feature different styles of mechanical and movable book printing. You can read the text and then flip the paper up to see a beautiful illustration below. Some books have a complicated construction, and they may include such things as a 3D scale model of a ship or a famous building. Buy pop-up and movable books to intrigue children or to add to your 3D book library.

Young Adult Books

Looking for YA and teen fiction? You’ve come to the right place. On this page AbeBooks sellers from around the world have compiled some excellent books for teen and young adult readers. You’ll find classic series like Nancy Drew as well as modern YA fiction like Twilight and the Hunger Games.


Horror Books

If you’re looking for great horror stories to read, you’ll enjoy browsing AbeBooks’ collections of horror books. Here you’ll find lots of gothic literature and scary books filled with the macabre and supernatural, including ghosts, vampires and werewolves. Authors in the selection include Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker and Stephen King.

Arkham House & Lovecraft

When H.P. Lovecraft passed away, his friends Arthur Derleth and Donald Wandrei made him famous with the creation of Arkham House, a publishing organization specializing in bizarre fiction. Arkham House Lovecraft Books have kept alive the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft while giving a voice to the horror genre. Arkham House published its first H.P. Lovecraft book in 1939, The Outsider and Others, which contained 37 creepy short stories, novellas, and essays written by the author. The company is known for the high quality of its printing and binding, making collectible Arkham House Lovecraft Books a valuable resource for true fans of horror. Collectors view their distinct covers and illustrations as works of art and the perfect homage to the unique writing of Lovecraft.

H.P. Lovecraft is one of the most influential authors in the horror genre despite living a life of relative obscurity. He squandered his inheritance and died poor, having only published his stories in pulp magazines. In fact, without the perseverance of Derleth and Wandrei’s vision, Lovecraft may have never been discovered at all. Arkham House Lovecraft Books live on through its devoted fanbase, a group that reads the works of new authors while still always looking to add the stories of Cthulhu to their collections. Over the last 60 years, Arkham House has published over 200 unique, collectible books that bring life (or death) to the libraries of fantasy and horror fans around the world.

Arkham House is still producing new books, though many of their editions have fallen out of print. Our sellers’ collections include rare editions, signed novels, and special print runs. Here, you can buy Arkham House Lovecraft Books to read or display, whether you’re a collector of Lovecraft or enjoy the writing of the many other horror authors who have passed through the walls of Arkham House. Open the beautifully crafted bindings of Arkham House Lovecraft Books and settle in for a story of the macabre. We suggest not reading them too late at night.

General Horror Books

Ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and monsters – these are the stories of the things that go bump in the night. The general horror books found here feature nightmares of all shapes and sizes to give you the shivers, from classic scary tales by authors like Bram Stoker, Edgar Allen Poe, and Richard Matheson to modern mind-benders from Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Anne Rice. Many of the horror fiction books here are signed first editions that are as collectible as they are compelling.

We can trace the origins of horror all the way back to the beginning of storytelling, with myths and legends stemming from fear of the dead and the unknown. The panic of witchcraft spiked during the Inquisition and lasted for centuries. Stories like Dante’s Inferno and John Milton’s Paradise Lost fed this genre, eventually giving way to ghost stories like Shakespeare’s haunting Hamlet and then tales of science gone awry like Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Being afraid of the unknown has evolved over the ensuing centuries, but modern horror authors still draw on these fears for their own works. Fans of Stephen King often consider him the master of modern horror, and you can find his works well-represented here. Visit the enigmatic world in Mark Z. Danielewski’s unsettling debut novel, House of Leaves. Uncover the mysteries of Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, or revisit the creepy antagonist Hannibal Lector in The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. Many of these horror fiction books have been the basis for movies or television shows, but nothing can beat the page-turning chills of reading the original source material.

If you’re looking for more vintage general horror books, you can stock up on paperback books and collections of horror stories from decades past. These selections are sometimes spooky, sometimes campy, but always worth a read. Contemporary or classic, buy general horror books and enjoy them on a dark and stormy night.

Ghost Stories

Ghost story books about the supernatural have been popular for hundreds of years, told around campfires and passed down from generation to generation. These tales of haunted houses, ghostly encounters, demonic possession, and more are spine-tingling reminders that there may be more to the world than you can see. From classic ghost story books like Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House to true accounts of sightings of the supernatural, our sellers offer books that make you believe in the spirit realm.

Explore haunted houses from around the world with collectible ghost story books from the last 100 years. Ghost hunters and paranormal investigators share their experiences and anthologies collect legends and accounts of ghosts, monsters, demons, and other chilling encounters. Discover stories happening everywhere from historical castles and Civil War battlefields to luxury hotels — you may find yourself sleeping with the lights on.

Looking for something not so scary? We also have tamer tales for younger readers, including campfire ghost stories, the classic series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps. Exploring urban legends, ghost tales, and spooky mysteries, these books can give a scare without the nightmares. For older kids, R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series or the books of Christopher Pike offer plenty of chills.

In addition to stories of true hauntings, there are a lot of fictional stories, including tales from Clive Barker, Stephen King, and the original king of horror, H.P. Lovecraft. Of course, one of the world’s most classic ghost stories, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, remains a favorite. Whether you’re looking for spooky tales to tell on a camping trip, a book of haunted sightings to give you shivers, or a fictional story of things that go bump in the night, you can buy ghost story books here that are sure to scare.

Vampires & Werewolves

There’s tremendous appeal and passion in vampire and werewolf books, with musings of immortality, power, and primeval instincts captivating readers. These works stand out within the horror genre, and vampires and werewolves are notable protagonists within the worlds of paranormal romance, fantasy, and science fiction.

Vampire origins are noted as early as the Greek myths, The Scriptures of Delphi, with the tale of Ambrogio, cursed by Apollo and Artemis. Sensitivity to sunlight and silver, eternal life, and blood use figure prominently, and are the details that have defined many stories. Fear of the dying and the dead inspired the 17th-century Eastern European strigoi legends, which eventually influenced writers in other countries. Early works include the poems Der Vampyr (1748) by Heinrich August Ossenfelder and The Vampyr (1810) by John Stagg. Shortly after, came the seminal The Vampyr (1819) by Dr. John Polidori, Carmilla (1871) by J. Sheridan Le Fanu, and of course, Bram Stoker’s 1897 monumental classic, Dracula.

When you’re browsing collectible vampire and werewolf books, there are a couple of distinguished sources that trace shapeshifter history. Ovid’s Metamorphoses features King Lycaon’s transformation into a wolf after he offended Zeus by serving him human flesh. The 12th-century writings of Snorri Sturluson drew upon the Viking ulfhednar warriors who wore wolf pelts and heads during battles. The Lai of Bisclavret, also 12th century, is Marie de France’s narrative poem about a man hiding his lycanthropy from his wife. The 1589 pamphlet, The Werewolf of Bedburg, warns against a creature committing vicious murders. Rooted in the true crimes of Peter Stubbe (or Stumpp), it formed the basis for common themes in werewolf books.

Today, there are almost endless variations of the mythologies and adventures of these creatures. When you’re ready to buy vampire and werewolf books, search seller listings at AbeBooks for Gary Brandner’s The Howling series or Angela Carter’s The Bloody Countess, which includes her spin on Red Riding Hood, The Company of Wolves.


Fantasy & Science Fiction

AbeBooks’ collections of fantasy and science fiction books, curated by sellers from all over the world. Here you will find hundreds of engrossing fantasy books about magical and imaginary worlds and epic science fiction books covering space, technology and the future. Have fun exploring!

Fantasy Books

Getting lost in the magical world of fantasy books can be a sweet escape from reality. Our boundless imaginations are put to work as we form vivid mind-pictures of fictional realms, enchanting characters, and special powers. The intertwining elements of realism draw us naturally into understanding worlds that are completely different from our own. It’s like we’ve really been to and experienced the beautiful complexities of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, L. Frank Baum’s Oz, J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, and C. S. Lewis’ Narnia.

Let the selection of modern and vintage fantasy books from AbeBooks sellers take you on fanciful journeys. Aside from modern fantasy from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, you’ll also find folklore, epic poetry, classical mythology, fairy tales, and other ancient and traditional forms of fantastical stories. Fantasy books for children not only give life to a child’s curiosity and imagination but are also rich with moral lessons. Fantasy for young adults, such as sagas by J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, and Stephenie Meyer have significantly influenced popular culture with their bestseller novels that let readers explore different themes from magic and adventure to romance and dark elements.

We’ve all had a fair share of unforgettable tales that were part of our childhoods, but the vast forms of fantasy stories don’t just cater to children and kids at heart. Explore great empires in contemporary adult fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson, and Patrick Rothfuss to keep your fantastic flame burning. Celebrate the legacy of classic, sought-after titles by selecting rare, collectible first-edition fantasy books that you can treasure for life. The power of fantasy stories by extraordinarily imaginative authors never ceases to amaze readers of any age, and book lovers owe a big debt to fantasy writers for taking us into new worlds and letting us see our own world with fresh perspectives. Buy fantasy books and enter into the realms of creativity at its best.

Science Fiction Books

The lure of science fiction books goes beyond their intriguing ‘what-if’ worlds and events: each story explores an aspect (or sometimes many aspects) of humanity. This is part of the reason why vintage science fiction books are still in demand by readers year after year.

While narratives going back to the early centuries A.D. contained elements of science fiction, it’s generally agreed that one of the earliest science fiction books, in the format that we know today, was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818). Shelley’s story goes beyond the science of creating another living creature from non-living tissue, and it explores enduring themes such as belonging and justice. Other classic science fiction books include H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine, which reveals issues of class, and Frank Herbert’s Dune, a tale that calls attention to the balance of nature. Jules Verne, in his 1870 story, predicted the development of the submarine in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Collectible science fiction books, like those by the grandmaster Isaac Asimov, also speak to us about the nature of our rapidly evolving advancements. His novelette Bicentennial Man and collected short stories in I, Robot delve into the world of artificial intelligence. Another great in the genre of science fiction is Arthur C. Clarke, who was a scientist as well as a writer; his Rendezvous with Rama was an award winner.

For those who are looking for a slight departure from pure SF, science fiction fantasy books incorporate the ideas of fantastic magical realms with those of scientific advances. Collectors who enjoy science fiction fantasy books should cast their eyes upon Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series, which combines aspects of alien worlds with a people who have magical mind-bending powers. Buy science fiction books to begin a collection or add them to your already established trove.


Literature

AbeBooks’ literature collections, curated by AbeBooks sellers from around the world. Here you will find great classic literature and modern literary fiction, featuring influential novels, short stories and essays from best-selling authors throughout history. The selection here includes standard paperbacks and hard covers, as well as collectible and special editions of classic literature.

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Adventure Fiction

Popular adventure fiction books typically include a gripping main character and an incredible quest. Adventure fiction books enchant readers with the excitement of new lands, peoples, and escapades. Plots are always fast-paced, the main protagonist meets and overcomes obstacles, and settings change quickly and often.

Collectors who want to buy adventure fiction books should begin with classic tales of excitement, such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Stevenson’s tale is chock-full of dangerous pirates, a buried treasure, and acts of heroism. For collectors who want to keep sailing the seas of adventure, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick deserves a place on the shelf; captain Ahab’s fanatical desire to exact revenge on the white whale that took his leg is full of the stark imagery of man vs. the sea.

Other collectible adventure fiction books include Baroness Orczy’s historical fiction story, The Scarlet Pimpernel, which is an action-packed foray into the French Revolution where Sir Percy Blakeney leads desperate rescues in a race against time. No collection is complete without Alexandre Dumas’s The Three Musketeers. Set in 1600s France, the adventurer d’Artagnan sets out to join the Musketeers and becomes fast companions with three of the most swashbuckling soldiers in the king’s employ. Adventure fiction books encompass more than just your average hero, though. For a unique take on adventure, readers can race along with non-human protagonists. Jack London’s The Call of the Wild is set against the harsh Canadian Yukon, where the sled dog Buck must fight to find his true place in the world.

In the market for something fresh? Adventure lovers may want to scoop up Clive Cussler’s Treasure of Khan, which shadows Dirk Pitt on his quest to uncover the treasure of Genghis Khan. An author who has won praise from Tom Clancy is Jack Higgins, whose Night of the Fox is a fast-paced WWII adventure that can tempt any fan. Adventure fans will find that their libraries never lack for exciting reads when they buy adventure fiction books.

American Fiction

The story of the USA is in its literature. American fiction books and novels are a rich tapestry of thoughts about the experience of living in America, from the earliest colonial days of the country to contemporary, postmodern times. Although its roots are in the tradition of English literature, the category of American fiction books has taken on its own distinct character, focusing on themes around capitalism and patriotism, finding hope in tragedy, and presenting personal interpretations of the American dream.

In a broader sense, American fiction books cover a wide range of genres that reflect the times in which they were written. The first truly unique fiction to come out of the new nation may have started with the works of Edgar Allen Poe and Washington Irving in the early 1800s. Irving popularized words such as Gotham (New York City) and knickerbocker (a fictional character in the satirical The History of New York). Great vintage American fiction books came out of the abolitionist era, with Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which at the time was an important anti-slavery text. After the Civil War, American novels came to the forefront, with books such as The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Moby Dick by Herman Melville.

Perhaps no author was more distinctly American than Mark Twain, whose novels are still read around the world and translated into hundreds of languages. The era after the end of World War I brought us works of disillusionment and sacrifice by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Later American fiction books dealt with the nation going through the Great Depression and featured the works of John Steinbeck and Henry Miller. World War II influenced the work of Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, and John Updike.

Buy American fiction books that cover every period in history, whether its works from centuries ago or novels written within the last decade. Our sellers’ collections include rare editions, books signed by the author, or illustrated, unique tomes that are perfect for displaying in your home.

Award-Winning Books

Looking for best-selling books by award-winning authors? You’re in the right place. All of the books in these collections have won literary awards and prizes, such as the Nobel, Booker, Nebula, Hugo, Newbery, Pulitzer and Caldecott awards. Add to your literature collection, or discover your next great read.

British Literature

AbeBooks’ collections of British literature, expertly curated by sellers all around the world. Here you will find classic and modern works of fiction by incredible British authors such as Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Graham Greene, George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh. Great selection for scholars and students of British literature.

Classic Literature

AbeBooks’ collections of classic books, expertly curated by sellers from all over the world. Here you will find hundreds of newly printed and vintage books that can be read again and again, from classic authors such as Anthony Trollope, the Brontes, Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway and many more.

General Literature

Our general literature books section offers a vast array of books that will satisfy the taste of any enthusiastic reader. Here, you’ll find works of fiction that have won awards, created childhood memories, or provided you with the best stories from different areas of the world. AbeBooks has a wide range of collectible general literature books that may be difficult to find elsewhere. Whether you’re looking for a translation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez or a critical view of a classic book, our general literature sellers have it for you.

Many different kinds of books fall under general literature. There are influential novels but also short stories by your favorite authors. Books for children are plentiful, but so also are serious critical analyses of best-selling authors throughout history. Choose from standard paperbacks you can take with you to the park to rare editions of collectible general literature books with hardcovers and original dust jackets to enhance your bookshelf collection.

Our sellers offer general literature books from every corner of the globe. These exceptional finds include those from Scottish, German, French, Greek, and Australian authors, among others. There are even books written in languages such as Sanskrit and Chinese. Novels are not the only genre of general literature books; our selections include poetry, foreign articles, and illustrated literature.

Collectible general literature books also contain unique finds and special editions. For example, if you’re a big Harry Potter fan, you can find first editions and even copies signed by J.K. Rowling herself. There are books in this section that are the last of their kind. Buy general literature books from your favorite authors and you’ll get something you can cherish forever. From every continent, in any language, we have books to enhance any literary collection.

Historical Fiction

Historical fiction books are part of an eclectic genre that includes everything from romance to action stories. The tales are unique because the authors include realistic backdrops to the stories, so readers can feel fully immersed in the past as they follow the protagonists through their adventures.

Historical fiction books can be powerful critiques of social or political issues, and readers can use them to highlight the enduring aspects of human nature. Historical fiction has a long history, with the first known recorded stories appearing in ancient Greece, for example, The Illiad. The Tale of Genji, written by a Japanese court lady and penned in around 1000 A.D, is classic Japanese literature. Historical fiction books gained prominence in Europe the 1800s, perhaps as a result of the conflicting social forces resulting from the Enlightenment, or The Age of Reason. This influence was felt across the ocean, too, as American authors such as James Fenimore Cooper began to explore stories with historical sceneries.

Collectors of vintage historical fiction books may enjoy the romance and action in Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, whose title character finds that his fresh return from the Crusades is anything but peaceful. Those with an interest in the history of the Far East may wish to read Pearl S. Buck’s Pulitzer-prize winning book, The Good Earth, a heart-breaking journey through the life of a peasant Chinese family before World War I. Umberto Eco’s masterpiece, The Name of the Rose, follows the clever Brother William through a Franciscan abbey to uncover heresy, murder, and the stunning secrets of a book-laden labyrinth. Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth is a gripping drama that revolves around the construction of a medieval English cathedral. Buy historical fiction books to build your own library of memorable tales. These enduring stories highlight the richness of history and the many facets of what makes us human.

Short Stories

Short stories that can be read in a single sitting are an excellent way to enjoy fiction on a busy schedule. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of short stories and short story anthologies from some incredible prose writers. You’ll find classic stories from Rudyard Kipling, Roald Dahl, John Cheever and more.

Westerns

Experience the American Old West with these collections of Western fiction. On this page you will find numerous Western books about cowboys, outlaws, frontier settlers and other iconic characters from both famous and lesser-known Western authors such as Zane Grey and Larry McMurty.


Romance Books

AbeBooks’ collections of romance novels and stories. On this page AbeBooks sellers from all around the world have compiled thousands of literary love stories from both leading and lesser-known romance authors. You’ll find great selections from the major romance publishers, such as Harlequin, and romances genres, such as historical, paranormal and regency romance.

General Romance

AbeBooks’ collections of romance novels and stories. On this page AbeBooks sellers from all around the world have compiled thousands of literary love stories from both leading and lesser-known romance authors. You’ll find great selections from the major romance publishers, such as Harlequin, and romances genres, such as historical, paranormal and regency romance.

Harlequin Romance

Harlequin Romance books were first published in 1949 under Harlequin Books Limited in Canada. By the 1950s, they were reprinting old titles from the British Mills and Boons books, which were very popular at the time. Vintage Harlequin Romance books published in the 80s and 90s are easily identifiable by their covers because they typically feature a muscular man clutching a woman close to him. One of their most-utilized models was Fabio, then the quintessential sex symbol, and he became synonymous with the brand and was featured on many of the covers.

The novels in the Romance imprint usually follow a standard plotline, which is girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love, boy and girl split up due to some obstacle. However, the story concludes with an implied committed relationship between them, usually in the form of a marriage proposal. Oftentimes these plots would include nearly erotic scenes, but classic Harlequin Romance books always drew a line between romantic love and erotica. Since then Harlequin have developed a number of other imprints, including Blaze, Desire, Intrigue, Presents, and Nocturne, which delve further into sensual relationships and paranormal romance.

Typically Harlequin Romance books are quick, easy reads that can be devoured in a day. In the past, they were seen as a stepping stone for novice romance writers to hone their craft. Writers such as Janet Daily, Eleanor Hibbert, and Lilian Warren wrote for Harlequin early in their careers; Hibbert wrote as Eleanor Burford, Jean Plaidy, Phillippa Carr, and Victoria Holt, while Warren used the pseudonyms Rosalind Brett, Kathryn Blair, and Celine Coway when writing for the Harlequin Romance imprint.

The one hero, one heroine, and committed relationship formula of Harlequin Romance books are engrossing every time you read one of these feel-good love stories. Buy Harlequin Romance books and experience the joy of paging through a beautiful love story as you escape from the hurly-burly of real life.

Historical Romance

Looking for historical romance novels? You’ve found the right collections. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled thousands of love stories set in historical eras. You’ll find classics from authors such as Alexandre Dumas and Walter Scott, as well as modern paperbacks from numerous writers of historical romance.

Paranormal Romance

As lovely as the works of Anne Rice and Stephanie Meyer are, paranormal romance books extend far beyond vampires and witches of New Orleans and teenage entanglements involving vampires and shapeshifters. Inklings of what would define this genre actually began in 1764 with Horatio (Horace) Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto and then in 1789 with Ann Radcliff’s The Mysteries of Udolpho. Both books dealt with enduring romantic love despite dark, scary events and dangers, and they bore key subtitles: Walpole’s was ‘Gothic’ and Radcliff’s was ‘Romance’, two descriptors that ultimately became telltale elements of an exciting category of literature.

Mystery, enchantment, conflict, and relationships with witches, werewolves, vampires, and ghosts draw you into dalliances that are the perfect vicarious escape. Vintage paranormal romance books include standout classics such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee and Ulalume poems. Any description in this genre of romance books can become filled with nuances, where you pay extra attention to the way the wind brings whispers, the eyes that read each other’s souls, and the chains of events that become more than mere coincidences. Chief protagonists may be the elusive dashing gent, rugged bad boy, or captivating woman. Throw in family histories full of skeletons (literally and figuratively), secrets, curses, and love that endures lifetimes, and blend it with hints of science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, and urban fantasy. Here too, you’ll find the setting is often key, from grand plantations, castles, and Victorian homes, to city digs or remote farms.

When you’re ready to buy paranormal romance books, take a look at the extensive selections available at AbeBooks. Discover the prolific series that explore the couplings of Lynsay Sands’ Argeneau vampires, such as Love Bites and Tall, Dark, & Hungry, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake adventures in tomes that include Circus of the Damned and The Killing Dance, and Gabriella Poole’s The Darker Academy. New and gently worn options of heart-pumping, adrenaline-racing paranormal liaisons await.

Regency Romance

Regency romance novels are a type of historical romance novel that are set during the British Regency period, between 1811 and 1820. On this page you will find hundreds of regency romance novels, including classics by Georgette Heyer, the pioneer of the genre, and other famous and lesser-known writers. Class and manners always count.

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  • Social Sciences
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Arts & Photography Books

AbeBooks’ collections of art books, expertly curated by sellers around the world. Here you can discover a lovely coffee table book of interesting photographs and paintings, a how-to art book to perfect your own technique, or plenty of books on all subjects related to visual arts, including art history, graphic design and architecture.

Architecture

Hoping to learn about architecture? You’re in the right place. Our sellers have compiled numerous architecture books discussing both historic and modern architecture design, available for you to browse right here. You’ll find books about building styles, planning and design, as well as books about history’s greatest architects, including Frank Lloyd Wright and Christopher Wren.

Art Books

Explore a variety of art books covering great artists, movements and key periods in the history of art, as well as portraits, landscapes and other art pictures from all around the world. The selection on this page is suitable for everyone: seasoned collectors, life-long art lovers, novice students and anyone curious about visual and fine arts.

Art History

AbeBooks’ collections of art history books. Here you can explore a variety of works describing movements in painting, sculpture, architecture and other art forms on the art history timeline. Suitable for art experts as well as visual arts students and anyone curious about classic art.

Exhibition Catalogs

Exhibition catalogs are printed lists that accompany events held at art galleries and art museums. The exhibition, museum and artist catalogs featured on this page have been expertly curated by sellers around the world. Inventory is updated regularly, so check back often. Hint: If you’re looking for a specific exhibition catalog, you may want to use our advanced search tools, located at the top of the page.

Graphic Design

Graphic design is the art of arranging elements to create a message and includes everything from typography to logos. Pick up a graphic design book to learn its history as an art form and a marketing tool, and discover how this profession fits into the art world. Sometimes referred to as visual communication, graphic design is art that must communicate a specific message to people, often as part of marketing or advertising efforts.

While the term graphic design was coined less than a century ago, these artists have existed for hundreds of years, adding visual elements to things like posters and books, and more recently, to digital media such as email and websites. Illustrated manuscripts and hieroglyphics from ancient China, Greece, and Egypt feature early examples of the art form, with typography and images paired together to convey important information. This practice continued with manuscript designs in the Middle Ages and into early book printing. As print advertising began to take off in the 1900s, graphic design became more the art form we know today, as professionals worked more on ads and magazine layouts. You can find out more about its background through the 20th century in our vintage graphic design books.

Today, graphic designers rely on programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to do much of their work, allowing them to easily move elements around and try out different images and fonts. If you are considering this as a career, learn the basics of these programs and the skills that go with them with our selection of essential graphic design books. Pairing these tutorials with books on typography, commercial design, visual communication, and marketing can help give you a good basis for the art of graphic design. As an aspiring artist, buy graphic design books that teach you the history of design and the skills needed to pursue your career.

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Painting

Need some painting ideas? You’ll enjoy these collections of books about painting. Here you can explore various painting styles across cultures and historic periods, specific painting types and mediums, and works by the greatest painters in the history of art. Plus, there’s plenty of how-to books to help you perfect your own painting techniques. Browse around and be inspired.

Photography Books

Transcending eras, photography books perfectly encapsulate certain themes or moments. They express the spontaneous and the posed, the raw reality and the power of editing. Evoking a spectrum of emotions, these journals represent technology, sociology, and who and what defines the times.

Beginning in the 5th century, philosophers and inventors worked on creating a camera obscura, a device that could reproduce a pinhole image. Various incarnations developed, and by the 17th century, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce had developed a film process that did not fade as quickly as previous methods. Working with Louis Daguerre, they then produced daguerreotypes, images resulting from copper plates. Succeeding process methods, such as emulsion plates, ambrotypes, tintypes, and dry gelatine plates, each became quicker and cheaper than the other, which increased the demand for this new kind of artistry. It’s stunning to look through vintage photography books and see just how far the Kodak productions from the late 1800s compare to mid-20th-century instant Polaroids.

The old saying ‘a picture’s worth a thousand words’ is evident throughout endless collectible photography books that show the world in multifaceted ways. Ansel Adams magnifies beauty and wonder in landscape shots, while Lucien Hervé emphasizes the fine details within French architecture. Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, and Helmut Newton present different takes on glamour and celebrity status. There’s much we can enjoy in Dorothea Lange’s stark depictions of the farmlands, Man Ray’s sophisticated avant-garde impressions, and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s slices of street life. Furthermore, it’s hard not to react to photography non-fiction books that showcase Anne Geddes’ imaginative baby portraits, Andy Rouse’s wildlife close-ups, and Richard Avedon’s juxtaposed portraits of people from all walks of life.

Whether you’re looking to buy photography books that explore landmarks such as Central Park: A Photographic Excursion, or cultural preservation like Eric Klemm: Silent Warriors: Portraits of North American Indians, there’s an extensive list of topics at AbeBooks. Check out the historical and contemporary volumes and add these to your art book collection.

Sculpture

Hoping to learn about sculpture art? You’re in the right place. The collections on this page include lots of books about sculpture and sculptors. You’ll find information about sculpting mediums and techniques, statues and busts, and the world’s greatest historic and contemporary sculpture artists. The selection here is suitable for students as well as experts.


Biographies

Are you looking for autobiography, memoir and biography books? You’ll appreciate browsing these collections. Here you can find biographies and autobiographies detailing the personal lives of literary figures, politicians, movie stars and military leaders, as well as fascinating memoirs written by everyday people.

Biographies & Autobiographies

Are you looking for biographies and autobiographies? You’re in the right place. These collections feature thousands of books containing biographical and autobiographical accounts of fascinating figures in history, politics, sport, entertainment and literature. Browse around – you’re sure to learn something new.

Memoirs

Are you looking for a great memoir to read? You’re in the right place. In these collections you’ll find lots of books featuring all sorts of personal stories. From famous memoirs by well-known authors to lesser-known works written by everyday people, these books will give you a personal, close-up glimpse into historical events both significant and humble.


Business & Economics

Learning about business administration and economics? You’re in the right place. These collections contain hundreds of books related to business management, marketing, accounting and personal finance. Whether you are looking for an economics textbook, developing your business administration know-how, or needing tips on investing your personal finances, you’ll find a great variety of helpful business and economics books to suit your needs.

Accounting

These collections contain hundreds of accounting books describing the key principles of basic accounting and bookkeeping, from budgeting to auditing to filing taxes. Whether you’re looking for school textbooks, developing your professional skills, or learning how to manage your personal finances, you’ll find a helpful selection of accounting principles here.

Business

Are you thinking about starting a business, or do you want to learn about business administration? These collections will help. Here you will find hundreds of books detailing different industries and trades, as well as helpful guides from CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, offering business ideas and tips on how to succeed in the workplace.

Management

Leadership skills are crucial to succeeding in business. These collections hundreds of books containing principles of management and leadership, including employee recruitment, workplace motivation and office organization. You’ll learn everything you need to develop your management skills and run major corporations as well as small businesses.

Marketing

Marketing is the act of promoting or selling a product or service to the public. Our sellers’ selections of marketing books help you stay on top of marketing information, such as trends or customer research. Use the tips in these books to help build a successful marketing strategy that will get your products in front of more people. Whether you are a small business owner, an advertising agency, or part of a large corporation, promoting your company to potential customers should be one of your top priorities.

Marketing has changed drastically over the last century, as technology has altered the ways that marketers are able to talk with potential customers. In the early days of advertising, marketers relied on printed posters, magazines, and newspaper ads to catch the eye of customers. With the advent of the radio and later television, commercials began to reach people through the airwaves. Now, marketers are able to use sophisticated techniques to target very specific audiences through email, social media, and online advertising.

Marketing strategy books walk you through all of these marketing tactics, as well as things like public relations, search engine optimization, and content marketing. Pricing strategy, advertising channels, and product selection should all be part of your overall marketing plan, and at AbeBooks, you can buy marketing books that help you to decide how to craft that strategy for maximum efficiency and profitability. Learn how to find your target market, profile your customers, decide on the most effective strategies, and plan out a marketing schedule that will keep your business growing throughout the year.

If you’re interested to read how marketing has changed over the decades, check out the vintage marketing books that our sellers have to offer. Some of these are first editions signed by the authors, making them as collectible as they are informative.

Personal Finance

If you need money management and personal finance tips, you’ll want to browse through these collections. This page contains hundreds of books to help you navigate investments, the stock market, pensions, savings accounts and more, so you can save money while optimizing your lifestyle.

Real Estate

Welcome to Real Estate 101. These collections feature hundreds of books that detail real estate basics, such as planning, selling and buying properties. Whether you are a first-time or experienced real estate investor, you’ll find lots of helpful information on how to buy and sell with confidence and make a profit on your investments.


Cookbooks, Food & Drink

AbeBooks’ collections of cookbooks, drink recipes and general books about food and drink. Here you’ll find a spectacular selection of food writing, nutrition tips, wine tasting guides and more. Read about the food industry, or find your new favorite recipe book. You’ll be entertaining guests with fine cuisine and eating better yourself before you know it. Warning: Browsing these collections might make you hungry.

Cookbooks

As long as there have been cooks, there have been recipes, and the best of these collections find their way into cookbooks for chefs around the world to share. Cookbooks themselves date back before the ancient Greeks, through the Chinese dynasties and medieval Europe. American colonists put their own twist on the European recipes they were used to, substituting unavailable ingredients for those found in the new world – the first American cookbook was published in the late 1700s. As cookbooks became more popular and widely available due to improvements in printing technology in the 1800s, they opened up a whole different world for home chefs, introducing things like French cuisine into households. In 1896, Fannie Farmer published The Boston Cooking School Cookbook, the first one to include standardized measurements in the recipe’s instructions.

These books range from everyday recipes like cookies, meatloaf, and lasagna to very specialized topics such as sausage making or ways to prepare avocados – whatever your taste, you can most likely find something savory to make. Our collectible cookbooks from the past decades include many regional cooking instructions, such as foods from New Orleans, Thailand, Scotland, Savannah, and everywhere in between. These types of recipe books can be a great way to sample favorite meals from around the world and bring a taste of another country into your own kitchen. Specializing in types of cuisine, specific foods, dietary needs, and more, these collections of recipes offer up everything you need to create delicious meals, baked goods, and desserts.

Many of the cookbooks offered by our sellers are first editions and some are even signed by the authors and celebrity chefs who created them. You can buy cookbooks from such famous names as Julia Child, Jacques Pepin, Emeril Lagasse, and more. Impress your guests with a fabulous feast designed by a famous and gourmet chef or purchase vintage cookbooks for your collection to peruse or display.

Diet Books

Experts have found that the key to a successful diet is healthy and balanced nutrition. The diet and nutrition books in these collections offer tips to help you establish healthy eating, weight loss and fitness habits. Plus, find nutrition tips and recipes for allergies and special diets, such as gluten-free and vegetarian.

Food Writing

Food is deeply ingrained into human culture, so it isn’t surprising that numerous books and memoirs have been written about cooking, dining and the food industry. These collections offer hundreds of food writing books detailing diet trends, restaurant culture and food production, plus food memoirs relaying personal experiences.

General Food & Drink

AbeBooks’ collections of books about food and beverages. On this page you’ll find thousands of cookbooks filled with delicious recipes, including drink recipes, from all around the world, as well as food writing books covering all sorts of food topics, such as diet, nutrition and healthy eating.

Wine & Drinks

Humans have been enjoying fermented beverages for over 9,000 years, and making wine is something of an art form. Pick up wine and drinks books to learn more about wine making, drinking, and pairing, or even how to mix the perfect cocktail. From guides and lists to recipes and histories, our sellers have a variety of books on wine and spirits, many of them collectible first editions and vintage wine and drinks books with classic recipes. You’ll be the hit of your next party with your knowledge of the perfect drink for any occasion.

The wine and drinks books offered by AbeBooks sellers explore some of the most popular wine regions throughout the world, from Bordeaux and Burgundy in France to Napa Valley in California to South Africa, Australia, and Italy. Discover what types of wine each region is famous for and where to sample the best reds, whites, and sparkling varieties. Wine guides walk you through all the terms you need to know, helping you identify types of grapes, wine varietals, and more. Almost as important as choosing the right wine is pairing the correct food with your favorite glass, and our sellers can also help you match red meat to a bold red or a sweet white with a cheese platter.

If you prefer a mixed drink to a glass of wine, you can also find guides to spirits in these collections, including a selection of vintage cocktail books that help you mix a killer cocktail from the 50s or 60s, like a Sidecar or a Tom Collins, or even a Victorian classic mixed drink like a Gin Sling. Mixology is as much an art as a science, so buy wine and drinks books from our sellers that will help make you a master mixologist or top-notch bartender and sommelier.


Crafts, Hobbies & Home

AbeBooks’ collections of hobby, home and craft books. Here you will find thousands of books related to home maintenance and decoration, gardening and landscaping, pet care and health, collectibles and antiques, and crafts for adults and kids alike. Look around – there’s a huge variety of books here.

Antiques & Collectibles

Antique and collectible books can open your eyes to a whole new way of viewing the products of human creativity. Entering an antique or collectible store can be dazzling, and sorting through the vast array of beautiful things can be challenging without help. Antiques used to be defined as classical or pre-classical man-made objects, but nowadays, they are simply viewed as created things from the past. Collectibles could be antiques, but can also be more modern pieces (such as Lladro figurines) that typically revolve around a physical element of a piece celadon, for example) or a concept (for instance, dolls).

The quest for antiques and collectibles was typically the domain of the wealthy and government-funded entities (like museums), but now many people can access the beautiful, unusual, and rare. Both modern and vintage antique and collectible books help make this possible. Interested in antiquing, but not sure where to start? Antiquing Secrets: Fastest Way To Discover Antique History & Learn How To Collect Antiques Like A Seasoned Veteran by Bowe Packer can help with those first steps. Seasoned collectors may wish to bring along the latest Miller’s Antiques Handbook Price Guide. This guide was developed by antiques expert Judith Miller to encompass the broadest range of objects possible.

Collectors who buy antique and collectible books will find that the range of material is as varied as people. Those who enjoy art might scoop up Doug Woodham’s Art Collecting Today: Market Insights for Everyone Passionate about Art. Curious about the history of collectors? Erin Thompson’s Possession: The Curious History of Private Collectors from Antiquity to the Present provides an in-depth look at the history and complex psychology of collecting.

Collectors who expand their libraries of antique and collectible books have a distinct advantage: they have the wisdom of scholars at their fingertips, increasing the chance that their next find will be amazing. Browse AbeBooks seller listings to find your collecting niche.

Gardening

Calling all home gardening enthusiasts! These collections include hundreds of gardening, landscaping and horticulture books in both contemporary and vintage editions. Learn about growing trees, flowers and vegetables, or create a beautiful outdoor area using advanced backyard landscaping techniques. You’ll be a pro in no time.

General Crafts

Love arts and crafts? You’ll enjoy browsing these collections of craft books. Here you will find plenty of knitting and crochet books, as well as DIY guides for scrapbooking, painting, papercraft, floral decor, woodcraft and much more. There are crafts for teenagers, kids and adults, so everyone can enjoy their favorite hobbies.

Home

Home enthusiasts: create and maintain a beautiful living space with DIY home projects. These collections feature hundreds of books related to homemaking, including home renovation, improvement, remodeling, repair, design and decoration. You’ll find helpful info for every room in the house, from kitchens to bathrooms to bedrooms and living rooms.

Needlework

Tap into your creative side with our collections of needlework literature and patterns. Stitch to your heart’s content with items chosen from embroidery-related vintage needlework books. Sellers offer needlework books for every needlepoint crafter and embroidery artist. Amateurs and experts alike are sure to find the perfect needlework book to satisfy their crafty craving. Beyond needlework books, our sellers have various craft and needlepoint literature available for you, including quilting patterns, retro fashion magazines, and exciting craft ideas.

Embroidery is a beautiful and significant art form with an interesting history. The earliest known example of embroidery is from 3000 B.C., with numerous other examples throughout history found all over the world. Embroidery can tell a story and bring people together, so needlework books can help you tell your own cross-stitch or needlework story. From China to Egypt to your home, needlework is truly a universal art form.

During war times, knitting and other needlework was seen as an act of patriotism. Women, children, and men unable to fight spent their days supporting troops by creating warm socks, sweaters, gloves, and other clothing. There were even patterns and pattern books created solely for war-related clothing items. Who knew a stocking could help positively impact a combatant’s life? But this needlework did exactly that. Shop our sellers’ needlework book collections to learn more about wartime fashions and patterns.

Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or Halloween: needlework books have got you covered with patterns and inspiration for year-round creations. Buy needlework books from our sellers to step up your crafting game or create a stellar project. Featuring a slew of rare and retro finds, our vintage needlework books might be just what you’re looking for to complete your literary collection of stitching volumes. Whatever your craft, AbeBooks’ needlework collection shelf will leave you oh sew satisfied.

Pets

Pet books are essential resources for anyone who has a beloved animal companion. The readings often combine history, health care, and anecdotes about the creatures who steal our hearts. Whether you’re already well familiar with a certain animal or new to a breed or species, the essays are helpful and handy reference materials.

It was only a matter of time for ancient cultures to start writing about the animals they frequently depicted in early artwork. Herodotus wrote about the Egyptians’ reverence for cats and how sacred the burial rituals were when they passed on. Tales of the goddess Ishtar’s companion dogs get a mention in The Epic of Gilgamesh, and their place at her husband Dumuzid’s side is relayed in the Descent of Innana. In 3rd-century Chinese lyrical poetry, you can find descriptions of people keeping pet birds. These stories were, in essence, the foundation for vintage pet books that frequently espoused the wonders and joys that animals bring people.

In addition to guides for every dog and cat breed, including mixed, you can buy pet books that detail care for hedgehogs, turtles, fish, and even snakes and ferrets, along with all kinds of smaller creatures. There is also a variety of health books for pet parents to understand general, dental, and holistic options and practices. For kids who may find many handbooks too technical, there’s a delightful subcategory of stories written for younger audiences. Pinkerton, Behave!, Orlando (the Marmalade Cat) Keeps a Dog, and the Clifford the Big Red Dog series relate information in an engaging and colorful way.

Training and behavior essays are also among the pet care books available at AbeBooks. Search for titles by ‘dog whisperer’ Cesar Millan, as well as editions by various veterinary practitioners and universities. Find farm animals included in the inventory too, which means you can gain beneficial information by reading such books as Keeping Ducks, Geese, and Turkeys or The Complete Book of Horse Care. Take a look at our selections and buy pet books to learn more about your special critter friend.


History Books

AbeBooks’ collections of history non-fiction books, where AbeBooks sellers have compiled thousands of history and military books covering the well-known and obscure political, social and military topics of world history. Expand your knowledge of the world, or find inexpensive history textbooks for school.

American History

Want to learn about American history? These collections are for you. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of American history books related to the Revolution, Civil War, African American heritage topics and other key portions of the American history timeline, as well as books about important figures, such as US presidents and activists.

Ancient History

Ancient history books do more than provide facts about the past: they also highlight how people thought during specific periods of time. Originally, history was recorded on stone, and the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians recorded events on tablets and in temples. As the written medium evolved, larger, more portable written works were developed.

One of the earliest ancient history books on record was created by Herodotus of Halicarnassus (484 BC-425 BC); The Histories examines a broad panorama of ancient conflicts, mighty heroes, and cultural insights, although some of the stories were based on legends. Many ancient history books were written with a purpose beyond simple education. For example, one of the most famous of ancient historians, Josephus (37 AD-100 AD), not only produced a broad overview of the history of the Jewish people to the time of the Romans, but also provided insights into their unique culture in light of the Roman rule.

Collectors who want to buy ancient history books will find a wide variety of texts at their fingertips at AbeBooks. For example, collectible ancient history books about Egypt include special editions of Egyptologist and writer Amelia B. Edwards’s 1877 work, A Thousand Miles up the Nile. William Whiston’s translation of Josephus’s work (The War of the Jews or Wars) from 1841 would make a fine addition to any collection.

If English history is your interest, Cambridge professor Robert Tombs’s The English and Their History provides a whirlwind tour of one of the oldest nations in the world. Famous figures in history are always fascinating, and the award-winning Napoleon the Great by Andrew Roberts is a comprehensive look at one of the most defining figures in French history. Those with an eye toward the East should snap up gems such as Karl Friday’s The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado; Friday, a well-known expert on ancient Japan, captivates with his crisp language and obvious enthusiasm for Japan. Shop collectible ancient history books to enrich your understanding of our world.

European History

Looking for European history books? You’re in the right place. These collections contain thousands of books relaying the history of European civilizations. You’ll find topics on every key period and movement in European history, such as the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the French Revolution, European imperialism and both world wars.

General History

AbeBooks’ collections of history non-fiction books, where AbeBooks sellers have compiled thousands of history and military books covering the well-known and obscure political, social and military topics of world history. Expand your knowledge of the world, or find inexpensive history textbooks for school.

Medieval History

Describing a monumental stepping stone in civilization, medieval history books take readers back to the fascinating time period from the end of the 5th century until the Renaissance began in the 1300s. Despite it also being known as the Dark Ages, the era was actually full of noteworthy details that influenced future endeavors. These records are wonderful additions for any bookshelf full of retrospective volumes of how the world was long ago.

Many aspects of the Middle Ages have been deciphered from ancient ruins and the remnants of early writings, with authors commonly referencing the Greek and Roman scholars before them. Illustrated manuscripts, vintage medieval history books often embellished with gold leaf, also reveal insightful information about ideas through the religious and philosophical musings recorded in them. Within are rules of etiquette, lyrical poetry, and Sumptuary Laws, which assigned certain clothing and other habits to people according to a class system.

Stately knights and ladies dressed in corsets dined on dishes prepared with imported cooking oils and exotic spices. It was the birth of Gothic architecture, advancements with the camera obscura pinhole camera, and the invention of several time-telling devices. Filippo Brunelleschi developed the creative concept of linear perspective, Giotto di Bondone was a pioneer of naturalism in art, and Hildegard of Bingen composed notable music. On the other hand, the Middle Ages was also defined by feudalism, high childbirth and infant mortality rates, the Great Famine, the Black Death, the deadly Crusades, and the Hundred Years War.

There are plenty of titles to choose from that chronicle everything from how women should behave, bloodletting and medicinal treatments, and interpretations of the King Arthur legends. You can also examine political strategies in The Taming of the Dragon: Edward I & the Conquest of Wales by W.B. Bartlett or intriguing timelines in Frances and Joseph Gies’ Cathedral, Forge, & Waterwheel: Technology & Invention in the Middle Ages. Check AbeBooks when you’re looking to buy medieval history books that recount the parts of the Middle Ages you’re most interested in.

Military History

Military history books provide insights into how the conflicts of the past have shaped our world and convey important lessons about war. These volumes range from first-person accounts, such as diaries and journals, to complete overviews of weapons and warfare.

Military history books have always had a powerful impact on readers that goes beyond sharing tactics and strategies: they also highlight political conflict and the unique personalities that engage in war. Napoleon: A Life by historian Paul Johnson examines the unique ambition that drove Napoleon to become a conqueror. For rare insights into Russian history, collectors can scoop up Edvard Radzinsky’s Stalin, which Radzinsky created after being granted access to the Soviet Union’s secret archives.

First-person accounts provide unique insights into the mind of a soldier. Those with an interest in the ancient history of the East will find that Korean military innovator Yi Sun-shin’s The War Diary of Admiral Yi Sun-shin an interesting walk through his approach to the naval warfare of the 1500s. Julius Caesar’s Civil War is his personal account of his war against Pompey in the 1st century B.C. Modern military history books include the hard-hitting action of SEAL Team Six: Memoirs of an Elite Navy SEAL Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin. Platoon Leader: A Memoir of Command in Combat by James R. McDonoughan is a no-holds-barred examination of the author’s tour in Vietnam.

Vintage military history books offer a timeless look at strategies, personalities, and failures. Sweeping overviews of entire regimes include Edward Gibbon’s enduring classic The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, penned in the 1700s, and The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by L. Shirer. Buy military history books to add to your collection and enjoy them for years to come.

Political History

Interested in political history? These collections are for you. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of books on the history of governments and politics for you to browse. You’ll find information on political movements and ideologies, as well as major events and influential leaders in political history.

Social History

If you want to learn about social and cultural history, this is the place for you. On this page, AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of books related to the experiences of people across time and cultures, including topics like labor, family life, gender, education and urban living. Whether you are a social history expert or a cultural history student, you will find lots of interesting information in these collections.

World History

This is the page for all things related to world history. AbeBooks sellers have compiled world history textbooks, history biographies and other works of historical non-fiction detailing global events, civilizations and leaders that have changed life as we know it by shaping cultures, governments and time periods.


Reference Books

AbeBooks’ collections of reference guides, where you can find all sorts of resources to expand your knowledge base. You’ll find bibliographies, dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, genealogies, historical records, grammar books and popular style guides, such as for APA citation. These collections are great for students, professionals or anyone who wants a handy reference guide to keep on their bookshelf.

Bibliographies

Need some research direction for an academic thesis or professional project? Explore our bibliography collections, where you can find organized lists, systematic descriptions and reference guides on all sorts of topics, such as architecture, literature, animals and even wines of the world. Browse around – you’ll find plenty of diverse topics here.

Dictionaries

Need a dictionary? You’ve come to the right place. These collections of handbooks and dictionaries for sale have been curated by AbeBooks sellers from around the world. You’ll find English dictionaries and foreign language dictionaries and handbooks on a multitude of topics, in all sizes and from a variety of publishers.

Directories

AbeBooks’ collections of directories and quick reference guides, curated by sellers from all over the world. Here you will find ordered lists on a variety of topics, such as people, trades and locations, as well as classic telephone directories from modern and past days.

Encyclopedias

Looking for an encyclopedia? You’re in the right place. The encyclopedia collections here have been curated by AbeBooks sellers from around the world. Catch a glimpse into the past with old encyclopedias, or find an encyclopedia set to round out your library. You’ll find a wealth of information on all topics, from various publishers, such as Brittanica.

Genealogy

Most of us know where our parents and grandparents hailed from, but many family histories beyond that have been lost to time. Our selection of genealogy books can help you research your family name and discover more about the areas your ancestors called home. It can be daunting to start a family tree and to figure out where to find reliable information. Buy genealogy books from our sellers that help you on your journey, giving you tips on where to search for birth and death records, how to trace the movements of your relatives around the world, and what to search for to connect the dots.

Genealogy research has become popular over the past few decades as more people are interested in tracing their roots back to their countries of origin. Some may be hoping to track down a famous ancestor, while others are just interested in finding out what nations their kinfolks called home before migrating elsewhere. Sometimes, it is possible to trace families back hundreds of years, uncovering fascinating stories about unusual jobs and exciting tales of adventures around the world. Trace your relatives back a few generations and you may discover that you are part of a Scottish clan, descended from a war hero, or even have a tie to British royalty.

You can find vintage genealogy books that are first editions signed by the authors, and they offer an in-depth look at local histories and events that may add color to your family research. Once you discover that an ancestor has a tie to a certain place, an important event, or a military battle, it can be interesting to read more about that time or place, learning the context around your family’s participation. These genealogy non-fiction books can guide you in your research and then help you discover the importance of what you uncover.

General Reference

AbeBooks’ collections of reference guides, where you can find all sorts of resources to expand your knowledge base. You’ll find bibliographies, dictionaries, thesauruses, encyclopedias, genealogies, historical records, grammar books and popular style guides, such as for APA citation. These collections are great for students, professionals or anyone who wants a handy reference guide to keep on their bookshelf.

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Grammar

Grammar is a system of language, or the rules that govern that language. These rules can be confusing, so our selection of grammar books will help you navigate the tricky sea of syntax, including punctuation, sentence structure, and spelling. Whether you’re following AP Style, the Chicago Manual of Style, or another style guide for your writing, it’s important to both understand and follow the rules correctly to keep your writing consistent and clear. Here, you can buy grammar books that will help you follow whichever style you choose and give you the basics grammar as a whole.

Unless you’re working in the academic world or on research papers, you most likely follow the Associated Press style guide or the Chicago Manual of Style. AP Style is most often used by journalists for newspaper writing, but may also be used for magazines and blogs. CMS is the preferred style for both fiction and nonfiction books. In the academic world, Modern Language Association Style is the usual style guide to follow. Each guide has its own rules for things like abbreviations, punctuation preferences, and capitalization. If you are tasked with following a specific style for grammar rules, it’s helpful to reference a style guide that includes all of the rules.

For basic grammar rules, one of the most popular grammar book to use is The Elements of Style. Written by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White, this volume has been a favorite of writers of all genres for decades. Referencing a book like this is useful for everyone from professional writers to students working on essays. You can also pick up vintage grammar books from AbeBooks’ sellers for a look back at the ways that grammar rules have changed throughout the years. Making sure your grammar is perfect is the best way to ensure that your writing is clear and readers enjoy it.

Yearbooks

For over two hundred years, photos, stories, and signatures of college and high school students around the world have been compiled into yearbooks. Looking back on decades’ worth of vintage yearbooks, you can trace the evolution of a school and its student body, take a glimpse into fashions and trends of years gone by, and even find a family member’s picture. Yearbooks are a great tool for historians or genealogists who are looking for information on an ancestor or famous figure, offering photographs as well as information on school activities and graduation years. Whether you’re trying to track down a specific year’s volume or are just looking for local history, our sellers have a great selection of yearbooks to choose from.

While students kept scrapbooks of their school time all the way back to the 1600s, the first official yearbook was published at Yale University in 1806. As photography became more popular and more accessible, more colleges followed suit and the first high school yearbooks were published in the 1840s. In the 1860s and 1870s, photographer George Warren began using a single photo negative to produce multiple images and encouraged students to trade their photos with each other. These photos were then bound into books, creating what is now known as Warren yearbooks. As printing technology continued to improve, making it easier to churn out multiple copies of yearbooks more quickly, the medium really began to take off, and by the 1930s, yearbook companies were sending representatives to schools to help students buy yearbooks as keepsakes for the school year.

Here, you can purchase yearbooks from colleges, high schools, and middle schools, with many of them still in excellent condition. The yearbooks offered by AbeBooks sellers date all the way back to the early 1900s, offering a wonderful way to research student life over the past century.

Bible

Scholars and believers alike study the Bible, finding ways to interpret passages and verses to inspire and enlighten lives. The Bible books found here will aid you in your quest to understand and experience the Bible in the way that works best for you. Choose the translation that is easiest for you to read and pair it with a Bible commentary, study, or devotional that will help your understanding grow. From vintage Bibles to contemporary studies to children’s Bible stories, our sellers have everything you need to explore the words of the Bible.

There are many translations of the Bible available, ranging from strict literal translations like the King James Version to more easily read versions that focus on the meanings of passages, like the New International Version or the English Standard Version. Our sellers offer all translations in a variety of styles, from compact to leather bound and even rare edition Bibles from the 15th century. Whether you’re looking for a Bible to read or an original Bible book to display, we have editions to choose from. You can also buy Bibles for children, including illustrated Bibles and storybooks that introduce little ones to the stories of Old and New Testament people and events.

Enhance your reading experience with Bible books like commentaries and studies that delve deeper into the source material. Bible commentaries are generally written by scholars and theologians, and they offer explanations and interpretations that pair with the original Biblical text for greater understanding. Bible studies often help you apply the lessons of the Bible to your own life, either through individual reading or as part of a Bible study group. Contemporary Christian authors offer readings that explore the Bible’s meaning in our lives and relationships as well as devotionals that will inspire you every day.

Buddhism

Learning about Buddhism, or hoping to develop your own Buddhist practices? You’ve come to the right place. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of Buddhist texts and general books about Buddhism for you to browse. You’ll find the teachings of Buddha, as well as texts on the Theravada and Mahayana branches of Buddhism.

Hinduism

Collectors turning their eyes towards Hinduism books will find a broad array for their libraries. Hinduism is one of the oldest surviving belief systems in the world. While it is largely practiced in South Asia, particularly India, adherents to its beliefs can be found all over the world. Hinduism has shaped the worldview of over 900 million people, and its influence was first felt on Western cultures in the 1800s.

Hinduism is largely based on the Vedic texts, which have been dated to around 1400 to 1500 B.C.; the Vedas consist of four ancient religious texts written in Sanskrit. They are believed to be the revelations of wise men and include commentaries, explanations of sacrifices and ceremonies, and insights into the human condition. Other Hinduism books include the Upanishadas, Mahabharata, and Ramayana. The Hindu religion recognizes many different gods, but elevates one god, Brahma, above them. Hindus believe in reincarnation and karma, which relates to human behavior and the consequences that come from actions. Yoga has its roots in Hindu beliefs.

One of the fundamental texts of the belief system, and a classic vintage Hinduism book, is The Mahabharata (translated by Kamala Subramaniam), which contains rich, detailed stories that reveal deep insights. The Holy Geeta with commentary by Swami Chinmayananda examines the important ‘Divine Song of the Lord’, a key dialogue about the application of Hindu principles to life. Hinduism books about yoga that interest those who enjoy the activity include Jeane Vareen’s Yoga and the Hindu Tradition. For those curious about the vivid reality of Hindu practices, Hinduism books like Steven Huyler’s Meeting God: Elements of Hindu Devotion will find plenty of photos and explanations of practitioners in India. A broad overview of the history and development of the religion can be found in An Introduction to Hinduism by Gavin D. Flood.

Those with an interest in world religions should buy Hinduism books to create a truly well-rounded collection. A fascinating new world awaits the curious in the pages of Hinduism books.

Islam

Islamic books can open the reader’s mind to the richness of the religion and Islam’s unique impact on cultures. While the seminal Islamic book is the Koran, or Qur’an, there are numerous texts that seek to elucidate aspects of Islam and create meaning in various contexts. Islam is an ancient way of life, and it’s regarded as one of the three great monotheistic religions of the world. The start of Islam was in 610 C.E. after the first revelations were made to the prophet Muhammad.

The Sunnah is certainly required reading for any inquiring mind, as it encompasses the words and deeds of Muhammad, as well as the Hadith, a traditional collection of the sayings and events in the life of Muhammad. Modern Islamic books that provide insights into the application of Islamic beliefs include Abdus-Salaam bin Abdillaah As-Sulaymaan’s Raising Children in Light of the Qur’aan Sunnah and G. Willow Wilson’s personal journey of faith in The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam.

For those interested in historical writings, the poetry of the Persian scholar Rumi (1207-1273) is collected and translated in Coleman Barks’s The Soul of Rumi. The history of Islam is extensive, and so any collection of Islamic books should include several volumes that provide a variety of viewpoints. For example, Karen Armstrong’s Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time offers a scholarly approach to the founder of Islam, while The Venture of Islam by Marchall G. S. Hodgson is a multivolume series that examines the history of the world before and after Islam’s birth.

Collectible Islamic books include A.J. Arberry’s Sufism: An Account of the Mystics of Islam, which provides an in-depth look at this mystic Islamic belief system and practice. Buy Islamic books to explore this belief system and learn about the myriad interpretations of Islam throughout the world.

Judaism

Judaism books encompass the full range of material in this rich Abrahamic faith, from core beliefs to daily practices and history. Those who practice Judaism follow the tenets of the Torah, which explains Jewish beliefs as well as the history of the ancient Israelites. The Tanakh includes the Torah (The Pentateuch, or 5 Books of Moses) and the writings and words of the prophets. The 5 Books of Moses are believed to have been written by Moses himself before 1270 B.C., and many believe the other books were completed by around 400 B.C. Archaeology reveals fragments of verses from the Torah dated to around 2,000 years ago, showing the strong continuity of the text from ancient to modern times. The Jewish people developed a strong literary culture that reflects both their unique belief system and view of the world.

Judaism books like the Tanakh are available in a range of translations with much useful commentary. For those who wish to examine the insights of Jewish scholars, The Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Berakhot is essential reading. Vintage Judaism books include The Mishneh Torah by the 12th-century scholar Moses Maimonides.

Judaism sparks many rich and diverse approaches to life. For those interested in Reform Judaism books (Reform Judaism blends innovation and traditional beliefs), readers may want to check out Mark Washofsky’s Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice. Collectors with an eye on the esoteric may want to examine Daniel Matt’s Essential Kabbalah, which includes historical context and insights to assist with the understanding of the text.

Collectors who wish to buy Judaism books have a rich, diversified library of options. They aid in the understanding of this ancient belief system and provide a foundation of cultural appreciation for modern practitioners of Judaism. Add Judaism books to your collection to enhance your understanding of this ancient faith.

Occult and Paranormal

Occult and paranormal books may be enjoying popularity in the modern world, but the ideas they contain are not new. Many scholars have put pen to page to elucidate the mysteries of the unknown. Most societies of the world have occult or paranormal books and ideas that have entered into their cultural lexicon. A paranormal phenomenon is an event that is unexplainable by known scientific facts, while the occult usually refers to the practice of interpreting and foretelling the future with, among other media, astrology, palmistry, and Tarot card reading.

One of the earliest occult and paranormal books was written by King James VI of Scotland in 1597. James’s forays into the occult began when he viewed some witch trials and came to believe that witches had actually cast spells against him. Daemonologie was the result of his extensive investigations into witchcraft and the unknown. Vintage occult and paranormal books include The Magus, which was written by Francis Barett in 1801; this influential book contained a very broad range of occult practices that encompassed the use of herbs and symbols, ideas about the fall of man, and the conjuring of spirits. Get chills with a modern paranormal text such as The Demonologist by Gerald Brittle, which chronicles the careers of real-life exorcists Ed and Loraine Warren.

Books describing the history of the occult and paranormal events are must-haves for any collection centered around those topics. Professor Owen Davies’ Grimoires: A History of Magic Books explores the background and allure of magical books throughout the ages. Kurt Selegmann traces the origins of magic far into the mists of time to the Mesopotamians in his History of Magic and the Occult. Buy occult and paranormal books to round out your collection or gain insights into how ancient beliefs have been incorporated into modern life.

Religion and Spirituality

AbeBooks’ collections of religion and spirituality books, which showcase scriptures, spiritual meditation guides and theological texts from all the major world religions and spiritual movements, including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, the Occult and Wicca. Develop your spirituality with self-help tools, or broaden your worldview by reading the scriptures of a religion you’re unfamiliar with.

Wicca

Wicca is a recognized religion that many have practiced throughout the world for centuries, but it is often misunderstood. Pick up some of our sellers’ Wicca books and discover the history and practices of this belief system, as well as its relationship to witchcraft. While Wicca comes in many different forms around the globe, there are some central beliefs that all practicing Wiccans adhere to, including a love of and respect for all of nature. The Wicca non-fiction books found here can help you to separate the true beliefs of the religion from the images often portrayed in popular culture.

Considered a form of religious witchcraft, Wicca is a pagan belief system that worships a dual divinity, both God and Goddess, representing the masculine and feminine aspects of nature. Practitioners celebrate changing of the seasons throughout the year, including the winter and summer solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes. These individuals also believe in using magic and spells to help people solve problems and heal from illnesses. They celebrate their rituals and practice spells individually or in organized groups known as covens. Here, you can buy Wicca books that explain the rites and rituals of this religion.

If you are considering becoming a Wiccan or just want to learn more about the beliefs that shape it, you can find more information on everything from the early roots of Wicca in ancient Ireland, Scotland, and Wales to the Book of Shadows, a spell book compiled in the early 20th century by Gerald Brosseau Gardner. Our sellers offer both modern and vintage Wicca books, tracing the evolution of the belief system over the last century and beyond. Grab several books discussing the subject and separate truths from myths by exploring the craft, the gods, and the holy days recognized by those who are part of the Wiccan community.


Science Books

AbeBooks’ collections of science nonfiction books and textbooks. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled thousands of items related to the natural, social and applied sciences. You’ll find books on agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, ecology, environmental studies, mathematics, technology and more.

Agriculture

Learning about agriculture? You’re in the right place. AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of agriculture and farming books for you to browse right here. You’ll find information on organic gardening, livestock and animal husbandry, crops, soil science and more. Great for agriculture students and professionals alike.

Astronomy

Astronomy books reveal the treasures of the cosmos, laying bare what may be hidden to the naked eye. Man has always looked up at the heavens, using the celestial bodies as a navigation tool and stellar events to provide meaning. Collectors who have an interest in nonfiction astronomy books have a broader array than ever offered before. Tools, like the Hubble space telescope, have increased our understanding of the universe, and a new generation of science writers, such as Carl Sagan, can translate difficult concepts into easy-to-understand language.

Those searching for vintage astronomy books should stock their shelves with classics like Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems by Galileo Galilei — written in 1632, but available in a very readable form from the University of California Press. Galileo kicked-started trouble with his approach to explaining Copernicus’ sun-centered solar system (scientists have been in trouble for new ideas ever since). The Exact Sciences in Antiquity by Otto Neugebauer, published in 1969, highlights the sophistication in both math and astronomy exhibited by ancient cultures.

Buy astronomy books to help yourself gain a powerful understanding of our universe. For example, astronomy books like Carl Sagan’s Cosmos is a tour de force of the history and evolution of both the universe and our ideas about it. No collection is complete without a quirky look at misconceptions, and Phillip C. Plait highlights some of these in his book Bad Astronomy; Plait guides the reader through the moon walk ‘hoax’, the swirl in your toilet bowl, and the twinkle of stars. Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time reveals his insights on the origins and boundaries of the universe. Other astronomy books that deserve a look are those by theoretical physicists: Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein’s Outrageous Legacy by Kip Thorpe and Hyperspace: A Scientific Odyssey Through Parallel Universes, Time Warps, and the 10th Dimension from Michio Kaku.

Biology

Love biology? You’ll enjoy these collections. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of books related to both specialized and general biology. You’ll find plenty of information on how living organisms evolve, grow and function, as well as some great biology textbooks for students.

Chemistry

Chemistry books help explain the world around us, from the interactions between baking soda and vinegar in the kitchen to the chemical reactions that take place deep inside the leaves of plants. Those who study chemistry, whether for school and college courses, or as an interesting hobby, know that this topic is often called central science because it has links to the natural sciences of geography, biology, and physics. Collectible chemistry books are sought-after because many older texts are incredibly rare and other books demonstrate how the topic and the scientific method have changed throughout the years.

Robert Boyle (1627-1691) is credited with writing one of the first chemistry books, The Sceptical Chymist. It was followed by the work of Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794), whose chemistry book Elements of Chemistry broke new ground and defined the Law of the Conservation of Mass. Other vintage chemistry books include Linus Pauling’s The Nature of the Chemical Bond, published in 1939; Pauling was a pioneer in the field, and his explanations of chemical bonding help the reader understand a sometimes difficult topic.

If you want to buy chemistry books, you should begin with classics to get a deeper understanding of the topic. Chemical Publications, Their Nature and Use by M. G. Mellon has been such an influential work that it has gone through five editions since its initial publication in 1924. For collectors looking for a modern understanding of the subject, nonfiction chemistry books include James Keeler’s Why Chemical Reactions Happen, which takes the reader on a brisk tour of important ideas in chemistry, such as entropy and quantum mechanics, to explain the fundamentals of reactions. Peter Atkins’s What is Chemistry? presents chemistry concepts in context by relating them to modern life.

Niche chemistry books like Sam Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements marry interesting stories from the past with the dynamic principles of science. National Book Award finalist Radioactive: Marie Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss approaches the subject of radioactivity through its beginnings in a human relationship. Although much has changed, including the discovery of new elements and new Laws, it’s interesting to see how much of the content in these early texts remains relevant today.

Earth Sciences

Learning about earth science? These collections are for you. On this page, AbeBooks sellers have compiled some great earth science textbooks and study materials for you to explore. You’ll find books on geography, geology and geophysics, as well as lots of inspiration for earth science projects.

Environment & Ecology

Are you passionate about the environment? These collections are for you. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of books related to environmental studies and principles of ecology for you to browse. You’ll find books covering climate change, weather, natural disasters and environmentalism.

General Sciences

AbeBooks’ collections of science nonfiction books and textbooks. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled thousands of items related to the natural, social and applied sciences. You’ll find books on agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, ecology, environmental studies mathematics, technology and more.

Mathematics

Studying mathematics? You’re in the right place. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of mathematic books covering fields such as applied and pure mathematics, statistics and analysis. You’ll find great math books for kids, as well as in-depth studies for math scholars and experts.

Technology

Technology books are an essential part of any library because of their practical applications and ability to enhance our understanding of the modern world. Technology refers to the use of scientific knowledge, from nanoparticles in cancer research to network security. Since technology evolves quickly, the need to stay on top of fast-moving trends is not only essential in the modern workplace, but also to the inquisitive mind.

The rise of the ‘maker culture’, with its strong emphasis on DIY projects and innovative approaches to using technology, has also influenced technology books. Savvy readers can scoop up essential reading, such as data scientist Cathy O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, which explains how many programs use algorithms with a bias that can impact our daily lives. For those with an eye for more in-depth approaches to a subject, books that focus on the nuts and bolts of a topic provide the foundation for innovation. The Dummies series are popular guides for those just learning to using technologies and offer easy-to-understand language (and humor).

Collectible technology books can add interest to your collection. For example, Essential Retro: The Vintage Technology Guide by James Grahame takes readers on a tour of all those almost forgotten devices from yesterday. While there is always an interest in the most cutting-edge non-fiction technology books, many classics enjoy a solid readership because their insights stand the test of time. Readers who pick up The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton, and Matthew Sands (1963) find that physics is not only fun, but it affects everything in our lives.

Buy technology books to increase your understanding of the mechanics of the modern world. From new insights about the inner workings of laptop computers to how dark matter can change your understanding of the universe, technology books are your gateway to a fuller, richer view of the world.


Self Help Books

AbeBooks’ collections of self help books, where you will find thousands of inspirational books to help you improve your well-being, health, relationships, spiritual life and career. Explore books about parenting, marriage, dream interpretation, hypnotherapy, the New Age movement and more.

Dreams

Everybody dreams, and many people wonder if their dreams have hidden meanings. Use dream books to help you interpret your dreams and discover the symbolism that may shed light onto situations found in your waking life. Some scientists believe that dreams are a tool of our subconscious, trying to convey messages that we are unable to process while awake. However, there is very little consensus on how dreams work and what their meanings really are. Buy dream books from AbeBooks sellers and attempt to decode your sleeping mind.

Sigmund Freud believed in dream symbolism, although he thought the symbols were specific to the dreamer, and therefore could not be universally interpreted. His theory posits that dreams offer wish fulfillment, showing us outcomes that give us what we are hoping for in the form of a solution to a problem or a resolution to a situation that is vexing us while we’re awake. Freud also believed that there was much latent content in dreams, things that we do not notice in the dream or do not remember upon waking. Carl Jung, on the other hand, believed that dreams exist to reveal things to us, forming a bridge between our conscious and unconscious minds to help us interpret thoughts that our waking minds are unable to process. A variety of dream interpretation books adhere to both theories, allowing you to study your own dreams however you wish.

Although we all dream, we do not remember most of our dreams once we wake up. Certain books in these collections offer tips for remembering more of your dreams, helping you to build a dream journal or other system for recording your dreams for further analysis. From modern studies to vintage dream books, our sellers have the tools you need to find the meaning behind your dreams.

Hypnosis

Hypnosis books typically focus on techniques that allow readers to better calm themselves and find focus. Hypnosis sometimes has a rather shady reputation. However, this is largely because unscrupulous people (such as the charlatan Count de Cagliostro, who in the mid-1700s, swindled gullible Parisians) have attempted to use it on others to obtain an illicit benefit. There are, however, self-hypnosis books that may provide useful, scientifically-backed information that can help with pain and stress.

Can self-hypnosis really help? Modern scientists are investigating that question. For example, a 1994 study in the journal Pain found that study participants who engaged in scientific self-hypnosis techniques experienced reduced headache pain. A more recent study in the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis found that women who suffered from breast cancer were able to decrease the amount of stress they experienced after performing self-hypnosis. However, be sure to consult a doctor before using any hypnotherapy techniques to treat symptoms.

Some hypnosis books can provide collectors with a strong understanding of the various self-hypnosis techniques, what the latest research is about hypnosis, and how self-hypnosis can be applied to everyday life. Dave Elman’s Hypnotherapy is considered a seminal work in the area of hypnosis. Elman was actually an American layman who began to explore hypnosis as a way to relieve pain. He became well-known as a hypnosis educator in the 1940s through to the 1960s and taught physicians his approach to hypnotism. This hypnosis book has been cited by numerous researchers who relied on its methods to support their own work. Another collectible hypnosis book is Hypnosis and Suggestion in Psychotherapy by Hippolyte Bernheim. This French physician was considered a pioneer in his field and is known to have influenced Sigmund Freud’s theories on the human mind. Buy hypnosis books to round out a science collection or a more focused self-help trove.

New Age

Commonly espousing individual journeys towards spirituality and self-fulfillment, New Age books present readers with a wide range of subjects and suggestions. They’re an eclectic mix of philosophies, theories, self-help guidance, and practices designed to increase your consciousness, and possibly provide insight into life’s mysteries.

Terms such as occult, esoteric, and transcendental are associated with New Age, since seemingly a little bit of everything falls within this category. You’ll find Nostradamus’ predictions alongside Edgar Cayce’s psychic musings, and Carlos Castaneda’s shamanic experiences next to Aleister Crowley’s treatises on the Order of the Golden Dawn and Ordo Templi Orientis. From the afterlife communications encouraged by spiritualism, to discovering divine wisdom through Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s Theosophical Society, many collectible New Age books focus on alternative ways towards enlightenment and knowledge. There’s G.I. Gurdjieff’s Fourth Way approach to life, Whitley Strieber’s accounts of time travel and otherworldly beings in Communion and ensuing sequels, and pagan teachings by Gavin and Yvonne Frost, Raymond Buckland, Laurie Cabot, and Silver RavenWolf.

A significant part of metaphysical guides involves activities to decompress, relax, and gain a better understanding of energy and well-being. Past-life regressions, runes, tarot cards, dowsing, astrology, and the I Ching are popular subjects, in addition to different types of yoga and meditations. Homeopathy and holistic medicine explore reiki, acupuncture, reflexology, herbal teas, and the use of crystals and healing stones. Enthusiasts and collectors of these books, as well as the curious, can peruse thoughts on astral projections and journals about developing clairvoyant, clairaudient, clairsentient, and other psychic abilities.

For an extensive resource of where to buy New Age books, check out seller collections on AbeBooks that feature publications for sale as varied as the mystical subject. Look for contemplative reflections in the same vein of Paulo Coelho’s The Pilgrimage: A Contemporary Quest for Ancient Wisdom and James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy. Between Sitting Buddha: Zen Meditation for Everyone and Betty J. Eadie’s Embraced by the Light, there are explorations for everyone.

Social Sciences

AbeBooks’ collections of social science books, where AbeBooks sellers have compiled thousands of resources on social theory. You will find a great selection of sociology, political science, humanities and psychology books. Great for students, professionals and anyone wanting to expand their knowledge of social theory.

Sociology

Whether you’re a student looking for a sociology textbook, a sociology expert wanting to broaden your research, or just interested in gaining a general introduction to sociology, these collections are for you. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of books related to social behavior, as well as the origins, development and organization of human society.


Travel Books

AbeBooks’ collections of travel books, where AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of resources to help you travel worldwide, or learn about different places from wherever you may be. You’ll find visitor guides, exploration stories and plenty of great travel writing about Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North and South America.

Adventure Travel

While some people prefer to relax on their vacations, others are looking for something a little bit different. Pick up an adventure travel book and plan a trip that you’ll remember forever. Step outside your comfort zone and find a destination that will challenge you physically and mentally while allowing you to explore a new culture. Whether you’re hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu or attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, you need to make sure that you have all the information you need to make your thrilling trip safe and organized with the right equipment and itinerary.

Travel benefits both mind and body, allowing you to experience something new that broadens your horizons and changes your perspectives. Adventure travel has the added benefit of often requiring you to learn a new skill or prepare in different ways as you study how to traverse a new culture and country safely. With our collections of adventure travel books, you can follow in the footsteps of famous explorers like Sir Edmund Hillary or learn how to find adventurous cuisine with the help of author and chef Anthony Bourdain. Once you’ve conquered your trip, you’ll come home ready to tackle anything that everyday life may throw at you.

Find a trip that speaks to you or check out a memoir for inspiration. Our vintage adventure travel books feature stories from those who have already seen the world and can help you discover a destination you may not have considered. You can find a challenge that you’re ready to meet and also get advice on how to prepare for your trip. Whether you’re looking for the next stop in a long line of adventures or planning your first excursion abroad, these books by experienced travelers are a great resource. Whatever your inspiration, here you can buy adventure travel books that will make your next expedition a success.

Africa

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Asia

Asia travel books are the key to unlocking the secrets of the East, from the mountains of Azerbaijan to the shrines of Japan. Traveling Asia is a wonderful way to understand other cultures. One of the most important parts of visiting Asian countries is to prepare by reading Asia travel books. While the Lonely Planet guides are some of the most well-known travel guides available, there are other books that can offer new insights and helpful hints about life in Asian countries. For example, Love Mumbai (4th edition) by Fiona Caulfield brings depth and richness to the understanding of India’s largest city.

Can’t break away to travel Asia yet? Asia travel books are also wonderful for the armchair tourist. For insights into modern life in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, look no further than the Wallpaper Guide to Ho Chi Minh City. Korea, A Walk Through the Land of Miracles by Simon Winchester. It weaves a poignant tale of the author’s travels through the Hermit Kingdom in the 1980s.

While modern guides provide quick insights into your upcoming stay, vintage Asia travel books give you a unique glimpse of the past, as they are a combination of period pieces and travel guides. Numerous vintage Asia travel books focus on an individual’s personal experience and understanding of the place. One such vintage travel book is Beside the Bamboo by John MacGowan. This account, published in 1914 for the London Missionary Society, details MacGowan’s unique experience traveling to and living in China as a missionary. Karl Baedeker’s Palestine and Syria, penned in 1912, includes visits to many notable sites such as Nazareth, Tiberias, and Sidon, which he covers in rich detail.

Whether you are planning to visit Asia or would just like to expand your knowledge, buy Asia travel books to add to your collection and understanding of the mysteries of the East.

Europe

Want to travel to Europe? These collections are for you. On this page AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of great resources related to major European hotels and landmarks, including tips for backpacking Europe. You’ll find all the information you need to have an amazing, safe and memorable trip.

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Exploration

Explore the farthest reaches of the Earth from wherever you are with AbeBooks’ collections of exploration and discovery books. Here AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of books by and about famous explorers, including stories of remote countries, sea travel and polar and arctic treks.

General Travel

If you enjoy roaming the world, even if it’s in your own armchair, you’re sure to be fascinated by general travel books. Some early examples of travel literature included various travel journals about Greece, Wales, and China that were written during the first and second centuries. Famous geographers Strabo and Pausanias gave us an insight into ancient first and second century Greek people and places. The travel memoir as we know it today was established hundreds of years later through James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson in 1785. Buy general travel books covering a huge variety of countries, events, and activities by browsing our seller listings.

From Homer’s Odyssey to recent travel memoirs, our general travel books section is varied and vast. Learn about famous explorers like Christopher Columbus with a historical or informational travel book. Or read through Marco Polo’s late 13th century writings, which were truly significant to the travel writing genre as they told tales about the East, and China in particular, that readers found incredibly interesting. During the 17th century, writers Jean-Baptiste Tavernier and Jean Chardin wrote their travel observations on Persia and were praised by Goethe for their literary talents. Among respected English-language authors, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Alexander W. Kinglake all offer views on travel worldwide, including Dublin, Sardinia, and Asia, respectively. Honoré de Balzac’s descriptions of Paris might inspire you to book a flight to that beautiful city.

Our sellers offer special editions, signed copies, collector’s items, and rare finds. Looking for vintage general travel books with detailed maps? Our general travel books section has plenty of volumes that include comprehensive maps. Go far afield or simply learn about your own backyard through exploring our adventurous travel book selections. Set your passion for travel ablaze and explore everything the world has to offer from your armchair or marvel at how the world has changed over the years.

North America

Thinking about travelling to North America? These collections are for you. Here AbeBooks sellers have compiled hundreds of books to help you travel America, Canada and Mexico. From travel books covering states, provinces and national parks to guides about waterways, Route 66 and the best cities in North America, you’ll have everything you need to have a safe and memorable trip.

Travel Guides

Variations of travel guides have been around since antiquity. As humankind roamed the earth, travelers would take note of places they had been and pass on the information to those who followed in their footsteps. Today, travel guides are a great tool for times when you’re off the beaten path and wandering without a Wi-Fi connection. These guidebooks contain information about the best places to eat, areas of cultural significance, ways to get around, and tips on where the locals go to have fun. For many travelers, nothing beats pocket guides for discovering more about a country. There’s something powerful about being able to fold the pages and make your own notes that isn’t offered through online searches and restaurant apps.

For many, vintage travel guides are works of art. A guide from a different era will tell you what was important during that time period. Many travel guides contain beautiful illustrations, elaborate maps, and vibrant pictures of the people and places from the relevant country. Some guides have become an important part of history. For example, The Green Book was a series of travel guides that helped African Americans find safe refuge while traveling during the Jim Crow era. Many collectors consider handbooks like these as rare artifacts of bygone years.

Beyond broader, general information about a country, many compendiums are made to appeal to a particular subgroup or interest. For those who love the outdoors, there are books that specifically focus on natural wonders. For sports fans, you can find travel guides that explore the history of the city through its most famous teams. There are special volumes for artists, scientists, and students. At AbeBooks, you can buy travel guides to take with you on your next adventure, whether that means going halfway across the world or visiting the neighboring state. Our sellers’ collections include everything from guides for children to narrative guides to classic vintage travel guides that might contain a few notes made by a previous explorer.

Travel Writing

There’s a special appeal with travel writing books that transcends snapshots captured on social media. The narratives weave anecdotes, observations, and raw emotions together into stories that carry away readers. They reflect fascinating accounts of journeys through the ages, and of how our world is constantly evolving.

From the earliest of times, writers and explorers across the continents have kept journals of their travels. Herodotus’ Mediterranean details in 440 B.C.E. and Pausanias’ impressions of Greece in 150 A.D. were indicative of people somewhat familiar with the lands. This then changed in the 12th through 17th centuries, to a common theme of people traveling to foreign territories. Notable vintage travel writing books range from Petrarch’s 1336 Mont Ventoux adventures and Jean Chardin’s 1673-1677 wanderings in Persia, to Charles Darwin’s 1831 Voyage of the Beagle, which became a rich foundation of notes for his future Origin of Species.

‘Armchair’ writing in the 19th and early 20th centuries countered first-hand experiences. These were stories created from bits and pieces of actual travelogues, but by writers who never left home. However, that period also saw a rise in authentic works by female writers who went abroad to find purpose beyond what they felt were Victorian-era restrictions. Mary Kingsley’s 1897 Travels in West Africa and Freya Stark’s 1934 log of the Middle East, The Valley of the Assassins, are among the influential entries of that time.

Then and now, these essays cover more than just landscapes; they reveal personal insights into political climates, trade customs, and other facets that define a region. Whether it’s anthologies like Her Fork in the Road: Women Celebrate Food and Travel by Lisa Bach or the singular A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson, take a look at AbeBooks’ extensive inventory. When you’re ready to buy travel writing books, find mint condition and lovingly dog-eared hardcovers and paperbacks to enhance your collection.

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