“For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them.”  John Milton, Areopagitica The great English poet and polemicist John Milton was born on December 9, 1608. His work was informed by the turbu... [more]

On Collecting Books

Buying Rare Books as Gifts

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ABAA member John Schulman of Caliban Book Shop has some advice for anyone considering buying antiquarian or rare books as gifts, and explains how to use the ABAA's website and how to work with ABAA de... [more]

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Still Missing: James Joyce Ulysses

On December 1, 1997, I sent an e-mail to many booksellers in New England and the eastern United States, alerting them that a copy of the first edition of James Joyce's Ulysses had been stolen from my ... [more]

Bookseller News

Do Booksellers Ever Retire?

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Several years ago my teenaged son and I were lunching with the late Burton Weiss at a popular Berkeley bistro, Le Rendezvous. Burton was a tall, thin mordant guy, prone to squawking when he got worked... [more]

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About ABAA

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) is a trade association of rare booksellers that was formed 60 years ago. We have 450 members who specialize in books in all fields, as well as maps, prints, documents and autographs. 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.