About ABAA:

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America was founded in 1949 to promote interest in rare and antiquarian books and book collecting, and to foster collegial relations. We strive to maintain the highest standards in the trade. All members agree to abide by the ABAA's Code of Ethics. While our members sell, buy, and appraise books and printed matter, our staff can assist you with finding a bookseller and with other trade-related matters.

New Catalogs: April 2015

New Catalogs: April 2015

There are a great many new catalogs and electronic lists from ABAA members this month showcasing their latest acquisitions. This is the first place antiquarian booksellers list their wares, so make sure you read these catalogs carefully. You never know what treasures they may contain. Bromer Booksel... [ more ]

Collecting Abraham Lincoln


“The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read.”– Abraham Lincoln John Frederick Parker, who should have been guarding Lincoln's box at Ford's Theatre, had gone off to a nearby tavern with Lincoln's footman and coachman. In his job as a policeman, he had been reprimanded and disciplined before for drunkenness while on the job and for derelic... [ more ]

Early Social Media: Letters, Pamphlets & Newspapers


I've been reading a fascinating book about how humans have exchanged news and views through the centuries, and the changes printing made possible. In Writing on the Wall: Social Media The First 2,000 Years, Tom Standage, the digital editor of The Economist, traces the history of social media through the last 2000 years, highlighting how the last 150 years of broadcast media are in fact an anomaly in ... [ more ]

Upcoming Event

The 39th Annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair returns to the Hynes Convention Center from November 13-15, 2015. For more information visit bostonbookfair.com.

November 13th, 2015 - November 15th, 2015

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