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Mad Men Mania has me poo-pooing all things with a build date later than the day I was born. Throw that “New” iPad away! Burn your laptops! Disown any children who don’t know the name Kurt Vonnegut! Okay, maybe we won’t go so far. Give me a few days and I’ll be back to drooling over the latest and greatest. But for now I’m ravenous for vintage and way up there on my list is the look, feel, and smell of a classic, first-edition book. Sure, people love their Kindles, but to crack open a decades-old book, feel the paper and printing reflective of the care put into its construction, that’ll never be replaced.

All this has me spending hours at abebooks.com. Their listings cover sellers from around the world who have some of the most beautiful and rare books ever made. They got the new stuff too so I can pick up that copy of “The Help” while at the same time browsing a first-edition 1866 copy of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Their Weird Book Room took me on a truly bizarre literary journey. They even have dozens of videos on their YouTube channel with reviews, features, and field trips to some of the greatest book stores in the world, I’m making my way through’em as fast as I can!

1866 first edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

First edition of "I, Robot" by Isaac Asimov

First edition of "The Talented Mr. Ripley" by Patricia Highsmith

First edition of "Jack Pumpkinhead of Oz" by Ruth Plumly Thompson

First edition of "Sparkling Cyanide" by Agatha Christie

Beautiful first edition of "Hansel and Gretel and Other Stories" by The Brothers Grimm

First edition of "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

First edition of "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess

From the Weird Book Room, "Bodybuilders in Tutus" by Philipp Lomboy

First edition of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Truman Capote

First edition of "Watership Down" by Richard Adams

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This entry was posted on March 16, 2012 by in Daily Reviews, Unique Mix and tagged , , , , , , , , , .

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