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2015: Uncommonly Good Books Sold This Year

We’re closing the books on 2015! We’ve seen another successful year of bookselling and look forward to what the next one may bring.

The trends in book collecting this year have been interesting to watch.

The classics of literature, both old and new, continue to be sought after. Lolita was a popular book this year, as 2015 marked its 60th anniversary of publication. Other modern first editions by well known authors like ##author:Ernest...


2016: Uncommonly Good Books Sold This Year

2016 has been a doozy of a year, hasn't it?

The trends in book collecting this year have been interesting to watch. The past few years have shown dystopian literature to be very popular, especially YA (young adult) series. This year, those purchases are down while non-fiction books on history, politics, and socio-economics are booming. In a fun overlap of popular culture and American history, books by and about Alexander Hamilton have been overwhelmingly sought after.

A...


Aleister Crowley

Aleister Crowley was a well-known and highly controversial figure in the first half of the 20th Century. A writer, occultist, magician, and mountaineer, Crowley impacted a diverse collection of sub-cultures and interests.

Crowley had many passions, and writing was certainly one of them. Among his most historically significant works were his large collection of Libri, documents relating to the practices and philosophies of Crowley's religion, Thelema. Additionally, Crowley also authored many full-length books on the religion...


Biblio Mysteries

Mystery fiction has many subgenres: hard-boiled, cozy, police procedural, etc. One particular subgenre of interest to lovers of books is that of the bibliomystery. As the name suggests, bibliomysteries are mysteries which deal in some significant way with books and the world associated with books. A bibliomystery may deal with the theft of a rare book, the murder of a bookdealer, or underhanded dealings inside a publishing firm. The key is that the connection to...


Bob Dylan - Nobel Prize Winner

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature winner was announced today in Sweden. The surprise winner is 75 year old American musician Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Bob Dylan is not the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, which is given for a lifetime of writing rather than for a single work. American novelist Toni Morrison was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature...


2014: Uncommonly Good Books Sold This Year

2014 has been an amazing year for Biblio.com, our booksellers, and our happy collectors, all!

The collectible book trends that we've seen this year include a sharp increase in sales of Modern First Editions. There's been quite a few purchases of signed editions from Ernest Hemingway, Ian Fleming, John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler, John Updike, and Douglas Adams. Books by current authors like Stephen King, Cormac McCarthy, JK Rowling, and George R. R. Martin books have been...


Civil Rights Movement

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's and '70's was an explosive time in American history, and it inspired explosive literature. Several genres of writing came together to form an undeniable literary movement that many argue was sparked by the Harlem Renaissance decades earlier.

Of course, some of the most famous and influential writers of the Civil Rights Movement include Martin Luther King, Jr. and Langston Hughes. Their works, such as Where Do We Go From...


Classic Supernatural Fiction

Classic supernatural fiction is distinct from contemporary horror because it is more literate and often relies upon poetic subtlety rather than unpleasant gratuity to create atmosphere. This is one reason why it is highly collectible by connoisseurs of obscure literature.

Most collectors are aware of such seminal if no-longer-read gothic classics such as Melmoth the Wanderer (1820), Frankenstein (1818) and The Castle Of Otranto (1765). However, the most important writers of supernatural fiction...


Collectible Christmas Cards

Although there are many various religious and cultural traditions that give cause for celebration during the winter holiday season, there is a common thread among them of reaching out to loved ones to extend warm greetings and affection. Christmas cards are ephemeral, often being tossed into the trash after New Year's Day, except for that special one here or there that gets tucked into the family Bible or slipped into a scrapbook for memory's sake.

The...


Harlem Renaissance

One of the most influential cultural revolutions in American history, the Harlem Renaissance transformed the landscape for African American art, particularly African American literature. Although the Harlem Renaissance began in the 1920's and 1930's, it has been credited with fueling the Civil Rights Movement of the 60's and 70's.

Although the Harlem Renaissance is named for the famous borough in New York City, the art and literature developed all across the United States, from Philadephia to...


Books on NYC

As a country girl who was born and raised in the South, I've always had a love affair with New York.

The architecture, music, art, people, glamour, drama and yes, even the gritty parts of the city are fascinating to me. It's a city of myths and legends.

Gangs. The mafia. Wall Street. Central Park. Tiffany's. Beats and punks. Jazz. Museums. The subway.

This gallery contains some of the best fiction and nonfiction portraying one of the...


PT Barnum

If you love clowns or hate them, you probably have this man to thank: Phineas Taylor Barnum, otherwise know as P.T. Barnum. Barnum was the brains behind the most well-known circus in the world, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, but he was much more than just the ringleader. A shrewd businessman and daring entrepreneur, Barnum brought hoaxes and sideshow curiosities out into the mainstream through bold marketing techniques and other unique business strategies.

But...


The Beat Generation

Born out of the horror and discontent of World War Two, the Beat Generation was a community of writers, poets, and authors that became highly influential in American society. Among the most best-known Beat writers were Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsburg, but there were many others as well.

William S. Burroughs, author of the highly controversial work Naked Lunch, was a particularly interesting and, quite frankly, morbid, member of the Beat Generation. Burroughs accidently killed his...


Walt Disney

Almost every child in America is at least a little familiar with the work of Walt Disney. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to the Lion King to Splash Mountain at Disney World, Walt Disney had an undeniable impact on Western culture. Disney's work has certainly evolved since Steamboat Willie opened at the Colon...


1939 New York World's Fair

It is difficult to overestimate the impact of the 1939 World's Fair. The concept was born in the middle of the Great Depression, and it was truly a mark of sincere perseverance and hope that the Fair actually came to fruition and was such a massive success. Millions of people from all over the world travelled to Queens, New York to bear witness to the dreams and aspirations of the global community, and almost $160...




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