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Opening March 4: First Major International Exhibition of Sally Mann's Work of the South

Washington, DC—For more than 40 years, Sally Mann (b. 1951) has made experimental, elegiac,... read more

The Eric Carle Museum Presents "Paddington Comes to America"

Amherst, MA—Sixty years ago, the story of a bear from Darkest Peru found a... read more

New, Expanded Paperback Edition of "Rare Books Uncovered" to be Published

Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry... read more

Exhibit Exploring Franciscan Imagery Opens at the National Gallery of Art on Feb. 25

Washington, DC—One of the most innovative Italian books of the early baroque period, the... read more

Quinn's Honors Black History Month with Feb. 22 Auction of African American Art and Memorabilia

Falls Church, VA - On Thursday, Feb. 22, Quinn’s Auction Galleries will pay tribute... read more

Early Printed Books on Chess, Astronomy, Medicine & More at Swann March 8

New York—Swann Galleries will offer an auction of Early Printed, Medical, Scientific & Travel... read more

African American History Highlighted in Skinner Auction

Boston, MA—Skinner, Inc. Significant and wide-ranging participation by museums interested in adding to their... read more

Daniel Crouch Rare Books Move Heaven and Earth at TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Daniel Crouch Rare Books will exhibit at the 31st edition of TEFAF Maastricht, with... read more

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Feature

All We Are Saying…
The Fine Books Top Twenty

Our report on the top book and manuscript auction sales in 2008 finds collectors willing to pay just about anything for religion and rock music. By P. Scott Brown & Ian McKay

Featured Columns

Sold@Auction

A Jungle Out There

Fine Books’ imperial columnist Ian McKay finds a 19th-century panorama of British troops on the march through Bengal—that unfurls to 20 feet long.

Departments

Digest

Desperate Times

Are we déjà vuing the 1930s all over again? Two views of the stimulus package that launched FDR’s New Deal.

Bad Love

The Utah forger who sold a fake journal by Mormon apostle William McLellin is in jail, but now McLellin’s real journal has surfaced. And who found it? The man who bought the fake.

Running with Scissors

A Seattle-area museum lets 12 contemporary artists go crazy with books.

Dear Reader

Love in a Cold Climate

Where some see hard times for the book business, Susan Benne, executive director of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), sees opportunity.

Quotes & Comments

Blogrolling

From the Fine Books blog

Calendar

Find book fairs and auctions in your area or around the world.

BOOK ARTS

At Home in the Natural World

Richard Goodman talks to Abigail Rorer, whose Lone Oak Press drew honors at last month’s CODEX festival in Berkeley. An illustrator, printer and master woodblock engraver, Rorer richly deserves her high reputation among book artists.

THE FINE BOOKS INTERVIEW

Portable Pages downloadBedside Manor

A New Jersey neurologist’s collection of American magazines proves that whatever happens to the embattled print industry, America’s favorite bedside reading material is still worth piling up.

FINE MAPS

All the Presidents’ Desk

Barack Obama took custody of a 19th-century desk that sailed to the Arctic and back. Columnist Derek Hayes tells the story.