Thew New Antiquarian is the blog of the Antiqurian Booksellers' Association of America

One thing that distinguishes the book collector from the casual reader is a preference for owning first editions. What is a First Edition? A first edition is the format a book took when it was first made available for sale. The ABAA glossary of book terms states: First Edition: “All of the copies printed from the first setting of type; can include multiple printings if all are from the same setting... [ more about Identifying First Editions]

Our members list new acquisitions and recently cataloged items almost every day of the year. Below, you'll find a few highlights from these recent additions... Anarchy Comics. No. 1 (1978) through No. 4 (1987) (all published) Berkeley, California: Last Gasp, 1978-1987. Issue no. 1 a third-edition reprint from 1988. 25.5 x 17.5 cm. Original colorful illustrated side-stapled wrappers. Issues unpaginate... [ more about Weekly Highlights]

In early 2022, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America's Diversity Initiative Committee announced a new paid summer internship program, co-sponsored by AbeBooks, intended to provide an alternative route to success in the antiquarian-book business, as part of its larger mission to promoted diversity, equality and inclusion in the rare-book business. Military veteran Alba Melgar-C'De Baca, ... [ more about ABAA Diversity Internship]