“All discarded lovers should be given a second chance, but with somebody else.” — Mae West The celebrated Vaudevillian Mae West might have been talking about men she had known, but her advice is equally true for the books one has loved. The demands of shelf space, changing family needs, or a simple change in personal taste may all inspire us to part with books we once loved. Rare books are ... [more]

On Collecting Books

Collecting Alexander Hamilton

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton is a phenomenon, even by the standards of hit Broadway musicals; people who have no hope of getting their paws on a ticket until sometime next year are obsessively listen... [more]

Book Fairs

California Book Fair Celebrates 50 Years

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The 50th annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair will take place in Oakland, CA from February 10-12, 2017. Recognized as one of the world's largest and most prestigious exhibitions of an... [more]

Security

Fake Darwin Inscription

The Security Chair of ILAB recently issued the following alert: Recently several ILAB members have noticed a purported 'presentation copy' of the first edition of the 'Origin of Species', inscribed by... [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.