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"The Federalist" and Other Firsts at Heritage's Rare Books Auction in NYC

Dallas, Texas - A rare copy of The Federalist: A Collection of Essays, Written... read more

Time-Capsule Collection from the Virginia House Museum Comes to Freeman's

Philadelphia - Declared by the National Register of Historic Places to be “a noteworthy... read more

Waverly's Feb. 28 Auction Spotlights Presidential Material & First Editions

Falls Church, Virginia - A letter written by Abraham Lincoln in the early days... read more

Boston Athenaeum Announces Expansion

Boston—The Boston Athenæum, a distinguished and vibrant independent library and cultural institution, announces its... read more

NY International Antiquarian Book Fair Returns to Park Avenue Armory March 7-10

New York—The beloved New York International Antiquarian Book Fair (NYIABF) produced by Sanford L.... read more

Littmann Collection of German Expressionism & Avant-Garde at Swann March 5

New York-Swann Galleries’ March 5 auction boasts property from the Ismar Littmann Family Collection,... read more

"Lacock Abbey: Birthplace of Photography on Paper" Opens March 2

New York - Photography on paper was born in 1839 in England at Lacock... read more

The Morgan Announces the Restoration of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library

New York-The Morgan Library & Museum announced today the exterior restoration of J. Pierpont... 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.