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Rare & Antiquarian Books

Explore unique, collectible and unusual items from the finest booksellers in the world.

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Children's Books

The first loves of the book collecting world. From Beatrix Potter to Der Struwwelpeter.
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Antiquarian Books

Here within are found books rare and ancient, starting with the earliest printed works encompassing incunabula, 15th century and 16th century volumes.
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Business, Finance and the Law

These collections will delight the collector and the financier alike, ranging the gamut of legal treatises to the history of economic thought.

Cooking, Gardening and Domestic Arts

Domestic pursuits and the books that enable them including guides to plant propogation, theories on brewing and collections of recipies.
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The fleeting captured for posterity, tucked in boxes and hidden in drawers through the ages, including pamphlets and playbills, broadsides and political buttons.
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Everything Else

That which defies categorization elsewhere, their significance not to be diminished by this lump inclusion, offering diversities from reference to entire collections.
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Histories by region, by epoch and by war. Lost civilizations and ethnic regions, from ancient archaeology to personal recollections.
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Sublime works of fiction, poetry and quality diversions including wonders for readers and collectors of all ages from childhood classics to Latin tomes.
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Religion, Philosophy and Metaphysics

Theology and theory coexisting compatibly in this page, from the sacred works of many lands to the existential essays of great thinkers.
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Science, Technology and Transportation

Molecules and machines, computers and chemicals, birds, bridges, stars and cars. The foundation of our knowledge of the physical world through experimentation, observation and calculation.
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Signed Books, Documents and Manuscripts

Autographs, endorsements and dedications in pencil and ink. Presidents and novelists, movie stars and heads of state have graced these pages with their hands.
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Social Sciences, Biography and Genealogy

How we are who we are and how we became through tracing family lineage and studies ethnographic and sociologic.
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Sports, Games and Recreation

Games of sport, chance and other diversions. Sports of bat and ball, rod and lure, of ice axe or prestidigitation.
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The Arts

Beauty expressed on canvas, paper, stage. Thespians, musicians, minstrels, painters and architects. Original works, prints and monographs. Instruction and example.
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The Art of the Book

Opulent illustrations and elaborate bindings in velum and gilt. From the exquisite example of traditional techniques in binding to the book transformed by visionary artists.
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Travel and Exploration

Adventure and expeditions. The first ascents of Everest, touring the Italian countryside, cartography and atlases.

Records, Tapes and Wax Cylinders

The most transient and exquisite forms of recording history. Since long before the introduction of digital recording, these are the echoes of song and word through time.
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Animals and Animalia

From the deepest jungle barn yard and cozy corner; animals domestic and wild. Pets, livestock and wild creatures.

What are rare books?

When we talk about rare books, we speak of books that have a limited supply. There's no one single determinant for scarcity. Some books are unique works, like original manuscripts or association copies. Others are considered scarce because the number of interested collectors exceeds the number of copies available on the market. These collections are hand-selected by Biblio's booksellers to represent the best and most interesting of their books from among the millions of titles available on Biblio. We invite you to explore the categories, and learn more about collecting books.

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Signed books

We have a terrific selection of autographed copies of all kinds of titles - millions, in fact - all waiting to be discovered. Be sure to check our our signed books section, where you'll find search tools and indispensable information on collecting signed books.

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First editions

Sometimes unraveling the mysteries of first editions can prove confusing, not to mention trying to find collectible copies that suite your needs. Be sure to visit our page on first editions for more information and resources.