A rare first edition of one of the most definitive novels of the 20th century, George Orwell’s 1984. Run, don’t walk, to this listing, and take it home.
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Etiquette from 1883: Behold a treasure beyond words. A treasure of useful and entertaining knowledge from our ancestors regarding speech manners, toasts, courtship, penmanship, lady and gentleman etiquette and more. The book listing states:
Etiquette guides published during the late 1800s guided the Victorian population in how to conduct themselves in all social and private situations. They lived in a romantic era where chivalry and gentility were prized and honored. Many good manners are universal, and many rules of etiquette that were once based on a moral principle may continue to exist today. Many of the rules of Victorian times seem completely ridiculous in the 21st century. There were strict codes on all modes of behavior from how to walk down the street to how to eat fruit “ever so elegantly”, how to sit properly or ride in a carriage, what a man’s role was versus a woman’s role in courtship and marriage, the appropriate arrangement of the items on a dinner table and the order of the food service. This Victorian Etiquette book is full of interesting descriptions and illustrations of days gone by Forms of Invitations
Director, screenwriter, actress, author and artist Miranda July has quite the brilliant mind. Her debut collection of short stories delves into the possibility that a moment can change everything. Currently, eBay has a signed copy of this adorable book on hand. Read more here.
The perfect gift for a tea lover. The Romance of Tea, published in 1934, is an intriguing look into the history of tea, tea production and distribution, as well as the countries that raise tea. To view more photos inside the book, visit the eBay listing with more info.
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Henry Miller, one of America’s greatest writers created a series of 3 books called The Rosy Crucifixion trilogy. The 3 volumes were named Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus. As a gift, Henry Miller signed and inscribed these books (seen above) to his long-time friend, barber, and avid collector, Pierre Sicari. These exact books were sold on eBay in February to a lucky bidder who now owns the legacy. Just an extra reason to keep scoping eBay for lost treasures.
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Did you know that Barnes & Noble sell directly on eBay? Here’s Questlove’s punch-drunk memoir called Mo Meta Blues. The music legend tells his own story while tackling some of the lates, the greats, the fakes, the philosophers, the heavyweights, and the true originals of the music world. Read more on the books listing page.
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Are you a Design Junkie? eBay has got your fix. Better than an antique store, dive into the endless options starting with the collection entitled By Design by curator LeDecouvreur.
Maurice Sendak, the mind behind Where the Wild Things Are, spent a better part of the 60’s illustrating children’s books. Here’s a rare first edition illustrated by the artist himself entitled Lullabies and Night Songs written by Alec Wilder. It’s a perfect gift for a new parent beginning a sharp collection.
Produced exclusively for Assouline by Chanel, this triple book set is a rare, out-of-print piece of Chanel history. Founder Gabrielle Chanel aka “Coco Chanel”, invented a style synonymous with modernity and chic. The story is told in 3 volumes: Chanel Fashion, Chanel Fine Jewelry, and Chanel Perfume. Although this particular bid ended, keep your eyes open for this quilted classic to return to eBay.