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Africa's Most Photographed House Is in Danger

Roadtrippers | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
Roadtrippers

Designed by Alan Donovan, the beautiful building overlooks Nairobi National Park, and is described by Architectural Digest as "an architecture rising from the serene Kenyan plain like an outcropping of earth, a vision of usefulness..." However, this priceless piece of cultural history is now under threat.

Good Weird Hunting

Angela Tung | Posted 04.08.2014 | Books
Angela Tung

Until I was about 9, I didn't really like to read. I preferred picture books and my illustrated children's encyclopedia over "real" books.

Most Expensive Books Of 2012

Posted 12.20.2012 | Books

Yesterday, AbeBooks released its list of the most expensive books they've sold this year. They range greatly in topic. Some are serious religious ...

Boston Church Votes To Sell Book Published In 1640

AP | By JAY LINDSAY | Posted 02.02.2013 | Books

BOSTON (AP) — Congregants of one of the nation's oldest churches have voted to auction off a 372-year-old hymn book that's expect to fetch $10 milli...

Historic Church May Sell First Book Published In North America For Millions

Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 12.01.2012 | Religion

A Massachusetts church is considering selling its first edition copy of the first book published in North America, but the debate over the rare book's...

Literary Treasures: The American Antiquarian Society at 200

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 12.19.2012 | Books
Nancy Rubin Stuart

At a moment when cultural trend-watchers are predicting the imminent demise of the traditional book in lieu of digitization, the American Antiquarian Society is honoring the strength of print as it celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Another Masterpiece Found At A Flea Market

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts

The United States has had its fair share of thrift store success stories as of late, what with a Renoir turning up at a flea market and a 20th century...

The 11 Most Popular Out-Of-Print Books

Posted 08.23.2012 | Books

BookFinder.com has released an annual report ranking the most popular out-of-print books of the year. An out-of-print book is exactly what it soun...

Celebrity Collector: Dr. Joe Vitale

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.13.2012 | Books
Reyne Haines

The author and star of The Secret, had been actually keeping a secret. While making movies, videos, and writing books on all the things he firmly believes in, not once did he mention his interest in collecting rare books.

Rare Spider-Man Comic Surfaces At LaGrange Shop

AP | Posted 02.07.2012 | Chicago

LAGRANGE, Ill. — A rare Spider-Man comic book worth about $12,000 has surfaced at a suburban Chicago store. The Chicago Sun-Times reports ( ) t...

8 Ridiculously Expensive Books

Madeleine Crum | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books

The priciest books in the world - we're talking those in the Hampton's summer home range - are usually valued for their antiquity and connection to a ...

The Most Provocative, Revolutionary, Dangerous and Radical Book Ever Written

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 10.21.2011 | Media
Stephen J. Gertz

Q1: What book, born of the political upheavals in mid-nineteenth century Europe,  spearheaded radical Leftist Anarchism in the United States...

What Makes A Book Rare?

nytimes.com | SAM ROBERTS | Posted 08.23.2011 | Books

Before he became the first name of a bank, J. P. Morgan was a Wall Street mogul who, a century ago, bequeathed his collection of 14,000 or so rare boo...

The Butterfly Art Of Vladimir Nabokov: A Love Story

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 08.12.2011 | Arts
Stephen J. Gertz

Nabokov disliked ineffective, syrupy sentiment. Consider his butterfly drawings to Vera as mash-notes without the slop.

500-Year-Old Nuremberg Chronicle, Discovered In Utah Attic, For Sale

AP | By BRIAN SKOLOFF | Posted 08.08.2011 | Denver

SALT LAKE CITY -- A partial copy of a 500-year-old book considered one of the earliest and most lavishly illustrated works of the 15th century is now ...

You Will Be Devoured by Seven Horrible Demons

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 07.31.2011 | Media
Stephen J. Gertz

One day, God, dressed as a poor man seeking alms, knocks on the door. Teresa, not the most pleasant of servants at any time under any circumstance, is having a bad hair day and refuses His entreaty. We've all had experiences like that.

The Surrealistic Book Paintings of Alireza Darvish

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.29.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

Both playful and serious, light and dark, pensive and provocative, Alireza Darvish's paintings draw us into the world of books and readers within the subconscious in the surreal world.

S.J. Perelman, Humorist, Cardiology a Specialty

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

So, you wake up at 12:20 AM in a sweat, dizzy, pressure in your chest. You've been here before, twenty-one years ago, when you were thirty-eight: you ...

The Most Amazing Woman You've Never Heard Of

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

Rose Marie Pinon was not the first woman to circumnavigate the globe but she was the sole one to have written about it, creating the only great voyage narrative told from a woman's point of view.

Cashing In on an Author's Death (18th Century Edition)

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

When a famous author dies, an industry of postmortem exploitation begins. All, of course, with the very best of intentions.

Ellis Gene Smith Dead: Tibetan Book Collector Dies At 74

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

NEW YORK — Ellis Gene Smith, the son of a Mormon family from Ogden, Utah, who is believed to have compiled the largest collection of Tibetan boo...

I Slept in Lee Harvey Oswald's Coffin

Stephen J. Gertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Stephen J. Gertz

The possibility was irresistible. The request graciously accepted, I prepared for bedtime; I took out a book to read, a rare book.

Are Comic Book Investments Recession Proof?

Wall Street Journal | KATHERINE BINDLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"When the recession hit, the market took off," said Stephen Fishler, chief executive officer of ComicConnect, the online marketplace that will offer t...

To Read and Browse in LA

Hellin Kay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hellin Kay

Sadly the art of book selling is slowly on the decline.

77-Year-Old Brutally Beaten For Comic Collection, Dies

AP | CHRIS CAROLA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

ALBANY, N.Y. — An unassuming 77-year-old bachelor who had hoped to sell a valuable comic book collection and leave the money to his family was r...