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Update: this item has been recovered as of 1/22/21. Report of an alleged theft over the holidays, possibly linked to previously fraudulent activity from the Essex area of the UK. The item is a first British edition of Finnegans Wake in a restored dust-jacket. There is a name in pencil on the front free endpaper. The book was ordered and paid for with a credit card over the phone and the buyer claimed the book was a gift. The item was shipped to Dagenham, UK and delivered on Dec 8th. After delivery, the credit card owner disputed the charge via PayPal. We advise all members to be vigilant and please exercise caution if you receive orders associated with or from this area. If offered this item, please contact: Rachel Eley John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller Telephone: (415) 986-5826 [more Update/Recovered: Possible Fraudulent Activity: Essex, UK Area, Finnegans Wake]

In Memoriam: Bob Petrilla


Longtime ABAA member Robert “Bob” Petrilla of Roosevelt, NJ passed away at his home on September 1, 2020. Petrilla started in the book business in 1970 as he operated two open shops in Bucks County, PA. In 1981, he began selling books through the R & A Petrilla catalogues, and then online. Bob Petrilla first became a member of the ABAA in early 80's and reinstated his membership in 2014. Petrilla considered himself a generalist, saying of R & A Petrilla's catalogue, “We specialize in what we bought yesterday. We pursued several specialties in the past: Western Americana, African Americana, American Music, Women's Studies. When one could still scout such material on the shelves of bookshops, we built some nice collections, now in institutions.” In 1997, Petrilla was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, and was... [more In Memoriam: Bob Petrilla]

ABAA Mentorship Program


The ABAA Women's Initiative is proud to announce the launch of the ABAA Mentorship Program in an effort to further the ABAA's mission to promote ethical standards and professionalism in the antiquarian book trade, to encourage the collecting and preservation of rare and antiquarian books and related materials, and to facilitate collegial relations within the trade. Goals Further the mission of the ABAA Provide dealers early in their careers with the opportunity to advance their professional development Build a recruitment pipeline for the Association that enhances the number of qualified applicants Advance the diversity of new members Afford mentees the opportunity to build a relationship with an ABAA member Educate potential candidates about a career in the trade (for example, graduate students looking for a profession outside of academi... [more ABAA Mentorship Program]

Missing en route from Switzerland to New York: GRANDVILLE. – Cervantès Saavedra, Miguel de. L'ingénieux chevalier Don Quichotte de la Manche. Traduction nouvelle. Illustré par J.-J. Grandville. 2 parts in 2 vols. With 8 steel-engr. illus. and 24 wood-engr. illus. after Grandville and Karl Girardet, all on plates, the steel-engr. illus. with historiated frames by Adrien Féart. Enriched with 5 orig. ink sketches by Grandville. XXIII, 383 pp.; XII, 406 pp. 8vo. Publisherís boards, illus. in coloured and gilt relief showing Don Quichotte in the centre surrounded by chevalric insignia. Tours, Ad. Mame et Cie., 1848. First edition illustrated by Grandville in a marvellous Romantic publisher's binding and truffled with five orig. ink drawings by J. J. Grandville, mounted on plates and bound in in front of the belonging cuts. Unique thus! ... [more Missing: GRANDVILLE. – Cervantès’ L’ingénieux chevalier Don Quichotte de la Manche.]

Join us for some Virtual Book Fair fun! The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America will host a Virtual Book Fair Scavenger Hunt via Facebook on November 13th and 14th. Enter for your chance to win a $500 gift certificate! Browse through the thousands of items shown on the Boston Virtual Book Fair website in search of the best and most creative answers to all five items on the Scavenger Hunt List! To enter, head to the ABAA Facebook page, and post: Five answers including links to the items in the Book Fair Be sure to use the hashtag #bvbfhunt and tag the ABAA's Facebook Account @ABAARareBooks! SCAVENGER HUNT LIST 1. Find an item with a connection to something on television 2. Find a book description that passes the book equivalent of the Bechdel test (no mention of a man anywhere in the description) 3. Find a printed book issued i... [more Boston Virtual Book Fair Scavenger Hunt]

The following items shipped via UPS have been lost in transit in the United States from Soethby's (France) to Quebec, Canada: STARITSKY. 2 ouvrages, dont GUILLEVIC. De la prairie, 1970 et Pierre ALBERT-BIROT. Les Poèmes du dimanche, 1977. WOU-KI Zao - MALRAUX. La Tentation de l'Occident. 1962. In-4, en feuilles, 10 litho. en couleurs. 1/125 (n° 10). If you come across these items, please contact [more Missing in Transit to Canada: Staritsky & Wou-Ki]

A parcel sent by FedEx from the UK to a US customer in Chesapeake Beach in Maryland last week, has allegedly been stolen from the front porch on Tuesday March 23rd before they could retrieve the package. The loss has been reported to FedEx, and the customer has made a report to local police. The missing books are: Marie Stopes, Wise Parenthood, London, 1918. First edition in original grey paper backed boards, with printed paper label lettered in red on upper cover, some light cockling to the covers, but otherwise a very good copy. Theodor Van de Velde. Sex Efficiency through exercises. London, William Heinemann, 1933. Original blue publisher's cloth. Contains a series of 12 'cinematographic' films on 480 flicker cards. Distinguishing feature is that one of the supplement card dividers has a 6cm tear, and with old manuscript initials in up... [more Stolen Chesapeake Beach, MD: Marie Stopes and Theodor Van de Velde]

The following item has been reported stolen from Half Priced Books - Anderson Mill in Austin, TX. THE MAGUS or Celestial Intelligencer Being a Complete System of Occult Philosophy Description: First Edition. Very scarce 1801 First Edition of one of the primary sources of ceremonial magic. For a long time it was one of the most rare and sought-after grimoires of the 19th century. Lacks Frontis (Portrait of Barrett). All hand-colored plates depicting gargoyle-like portraits of demons conjured up in ritual magic ceremonies. One fold-out chart as well as numerous other charts and tables. . Published by London: Lackington, Allen & Co.,"Temple of the Muses," Finsbury Square Good Condition. In our Anderson Mill store.Dimensions: Item Format: Hardback Condition: Used - Good Format: Hardback Listing Date: 01/29/2020 Online Since: 2020-01-29 18:15 ... [more Stolen Austin, TX: THE MAGUS or Celestial Intelligencer Being a Complete System of Occult Philosophy]

Lost or stolen manuscript in Spanish ca. 1760, detailing autopsies on English cadavers (performed by a Spanish colonial doctor) from the wars in the Caribbean. This manuscript is uncollated, approximately 50-100 pps. The title page is calligraphic, and includes a coat-of-arms (of the doctor) decorated with gold leaf. Two of the decorated title page corners are lacking. One is present but separated, the other is lacking. The manuscript is bound in vellum. Place: Veracruz, Mexico. Author unknown. Last seen: Central New Hampshire If offered, please contact book dealer David Reis: [more Missing: Manuscript in Spanish ca. 1760 - Central NH]