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.

Extreme Poetry Criticism

Extreme Poetry Criticism

Miegan Gordon of Asheville, NC's Captain's Bookshelf got a surprise last month when she opened the store. A copy of Billy Collins' poetry collection Nine Horses (a signed first edition, no less) was looking a little worse for wear. It was full of holes punched from front to back, and the author phot... [ more ]

Researching Waterloo


June 18 2015 marks the the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo. Bestselling historical novelist Bernard Cornwell has spent years researching the antagonists and walking the battlefield; the fruits of that labor is his first nonfiction book, Waterloo: The True Story of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles, which attempts to paint the full picture of the battle. We interviewed Cornwell abo... [ more ]

New Catalogs: May 2015


Little Sages Books has unleashed several microlists in recent weeks: 1.0: Monsters, Men and Memory Anarchy, Socialism, Poetry and Race Positive Voices Travel in Dreams and Waking Buddenbrooks, Inc. turn the spotlight on Knights, Cavaliers and Swashbucklers: A Dashing Selection of Chivalrous Books. Rulon-Miller Books issue a Short List of Recent Acquisitions. The Colophon Book Shop of New Hampshire pr... [ 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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