The Books behind Bird Box and Bandersnatch

All holiday break long, my social media streams have been full of Bird Box and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch references, from quips and social hot-takes to cartoons, shocked reviews and horror fans delighting in the new stories. For those of you not in the know, Netflix recently released “Bird Box,” a thrill ride that has already been viewed millions of times. Based on the novel Bird Box by John Malerman, the psychological horror follows a mother and her children who must … Continued


Rare Birds: An American Family

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Signed copy listed on Biblio by Warwick Books

Yesterday’s Google Doodle of the day was about a famous bird watcher named Phoebe Snetsinger.

Phoebe was born on June 9, 1931 and passed away on November 23, 1999. During her 68 years on Earth, she managed to spot 8,393 separate bird species, a record that still hasn’t been beaten!

As people noticed and appreciated the Google Doodle, we noticed traffic to a particular listing of a book, Rare Birds: An American Family.

This book is not *just* about Phoebe Snetsinger, although her story is featured strongly. Penned by Dan Bessie, Phoebe’s cousin, the narrative tells of the whole family and their interesting tales.

From the publisher: “…the author details the numerous and often extraordinary achievements of his family. His uncle Leo Burnett headed one of the world’s largest advertising agencies, his father’s cousin helped found the Athenaeum Press, and another uncle, Harry Burnett, founded a Los Angeles theatre.”

Learn more about this particular signed copy of “Rare Birds: An American Family” listed on Biblio by Warwick Books.

Click here to view ALL copies of this book on Biblio, including reading copies and collectible copies alike.

 

Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Trending on Biblio: The Egyptian Book of the Dead

Trending on Biblio: The Egyptian Book of the Dead
The Egyptian Book of the Dead – listed by “The Book Collector” shop.

 

Recently, folks have been flocking to Biblio to see this copy of “The Egyptian Book of the Dead” offered for sale. I wonder what inspired this sudden enthusiasm for Egyptology?

The Egyptian Book of the Dead. The Most Ancient and the Most Important of the Extant Religious Texts of Ancient Egypt, with various chapters on its history, symbolism, etc, etc. Together with a translation, revised as to certain details of M Paul Pierret by Charles H S Davis

Charles Davis translated and edited the French edition of Pierret’s Le Livre Des Morts Des Anciens Égyptiens and updated it with additional research.

The Book of the Dead offers and excellent section titled: the Mythology and Religion of Primitive Peoples; The Egyptian Pantheon, with illustrations of some of the important deities; The Mythology of Ancient Egyptians.

‘The Book of the Dead‘ is the common name for the ancient Egyptian funerary text known as ‘The Book of Coming ‘[or ‘Going‘]’ Forth By Day‘. The book of the dead was a description of the ancient Egyptian conception of the afterlife and a collection of hymns, spells, and instructions to allow the deceased to pass through obstacles in the afterlife.

You can browse other Egyptology books on Biblio.

Learn more about this specific copy of The Egyptian Book of the Dead, it’s provenance, and condition…

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Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Trending on Biblio: Blueprints from Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water”

 An incredible find, the original 12 blueprints for the most important architectural marvel in history - Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Original 12 blueprints – Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

University Archives lists all sorts of wild ephemera and collectibles, but this one is really getting the attention of the internet lately:

 

The original 12 blueprints for the most important architectural marvel in history – Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright

 

According to their listing “These blueprints, to our knowledge, are the only ones known in private hands.”

 

Learn more about this incredible, unique item and its price and provenance.

Browse ALL Frank Lloyd Wright related books and ephemera on Biblio.

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Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Trending on Biblio: The Poky Little Puppy

The Poky Little Puppy Golden Book
The 1944 stated 7th edition, listed by Appledore Books, ABAA

 

“Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world.”

 

The Poky Little Puppy (A Little Golden Book) is a classic, and in fact, some serious fodder for nostalgia for almost everyone in the United States who was born after World War II.  For a snarky perspective on this type of children’s book, check out this Slate article, “Why So Poky?”

The Little Golden Book series was first published in 1942 by Simon & Schuster, and The Poky Little Puppy was one of the first 12 books they printed.  This series was created to be the most affordable and durable children’s books available, and it was a winning concept: three editions totaling 1.5 million books sold out within five months of publication.

The Poky Little Puppy was written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren.

The specific listing that has been popular today is for a hardcover copy from 1944 with an uncommon dustjacket, and is listed by Appledore Books, ABAA.

Read more about this specific listing here, including details on its condition, provenence, and history.

 

 

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Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


Trending on Biblio: The First Bible printed in America

The Aitken Bible, The Bible of the Revolution - the first Bible printed in America - trending on Biblio.com #rarebooks
The Bible of the Revolution

The Aitken Bible, The Bible of the Revolution - an early American printed Bible trending on Biblio.com #rarebooks
Interior page with provenance of previous owners.

The Aitken Bible was the first Bible printed in America.

The first complete Bible in the newly formed nation was printed in Philadelphia in 1782 by Robert Aiken, although there had been copies of the Bible printed when the land was still considered British colonies, as well as copies printed in German.

THE HOLY BIBLE, CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS: NEWLY TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES; AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED

Printed and sold by Robert Aitken, this Bible was created in response to a shortage of the Holy Book on American soil due to the embargo on goods from England during the American Revolution.  The Continental Congress itself endorsed the creation of this Bible, leading to this often being called “The Bible of the Revolution.

This specific edition that everyone has been looking at so far today is listed on Biblio by William Reese Company – Americana.

Read more about this specific listing here, including details on its condition, provenence, and history.

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Amber is the current marketing coordinator at Biblio. A lifelong love of the written word brought her to Biblio and she happily spends her days talking about books and delving into the wide world of antiquarian books.

You can also find her in the garden or writing about brewing and plant adventures at Pixie’s Pocket.


What Does Don Draper Read?

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Don Draper reading “The Inferno” by Dante

You don’t have to smoke Lucky Strikes, drink copious amounts of scotch, or cheat on your loved one to live like the characters in Mad Men. Along with their more self-destructive tendencies, characters like Don, Peggy, and Pete also like to read their favorite books, some of which had just been published in the 1960’s.
To find a complete list of all of the fantastic books that have been featured on Mad Men, check out the New York Public Library, which updates their list after each episode airs.  Below, find a few of my favorite examples from the series, with links so that you can check out the available copies on Biblio.  To stay as consistent as possible, each of the listings are for first editions, or at least copies that were printed before the 1970’s.
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What's on your shelf?

A bookshelf image from Flickr user on MyBookshelves

There is a new project in the works for the Guardian, the UK online news source.  Their book blog has created a group on the image-sharing site, Flickr, where they encourage their readers to send in snapshots of their bookshelves.

From their website:

“Are you pedantic when it comes to arranging your books? Do you place them on your shelf in order of height, colour, or age, in the order you buy them, or do you have a more complicated system? Do you place novels side by side only if you think the characters in them would get along in real life? Whatever your reasons for your ordering scheme, we want to know. Upload photos of your bookshelf to this group, and tell us why you chose the books, what they mean to you, and the idiosyncrasies of your cataloging system.”

Visit the group here:  http://www.flickr.com/groups/mybookshelves/


The hottest rare books on the internet

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As of the time of this writing, Arader Books just posted this beautiful Elliot plate. Get it and other rare finds while they're still available!

(No, not that kind of “hot”: if you’re looking for information on stolen books, be sure to check out ABAA’s stolen and missing books blog.)

Meanwhile, if you’re like most serious book collectors, another thing that’s critical to building your book collection is to get the first look and first jump on the best rare books as they come on the market – particularly if you’re in a highly competitive niche like rare childrens’ books.  Many book collectors will use wants or saved searches for very specific items, but sometimes the truly rare find is the one you didn’t realize you were even looking for!

To that end, we’ve put together an ever-updating list of newly arrived rare books that are just now hitting the market.  Make sure to bookmark it or subscribe to it, but either way, check back often to make sure that rare or antiquarian find doesn’t slip through your fingers!