Author Archives: Zoe Abrams

Happy holidays!

Just like that, it’s December, and time for this year’s holiday book list. That’s not to say I haven’t been busy the rest of the year. As hoped, my family and I visited Paris again for a couple weeks this … Continue reading

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RBMS

Tomorrow morning I’ll be on my way to Iowa City for my first RBMS conference! I look forward to seeing old friends, meeting new friends, and catching up on all things rare-book-and-manuscript related. To all the attendees who may be … Continue reading

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NYC Book & Ephemera Fair 2017

It was about 1 am when I finally went to sleep Wednesday night, March 8 (more accurately, Thursday morning, March 9) after finishing my last few book descriptions, packing everything just so in plastic bins and boxes, and Tetris-ing everything into our … Continue reading

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Bonne année!

Very belated Happy New Year! 2017 will be busy. I’m getting ready now for my first book fair… New York City Book and Ephemera Fair Friday, March 10, 8 am – 7 pm Wallace Hall Church of St. Ignatius Loyola 980 … Continue reading

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New chez nous

Back-to-school season brings back memories of rentrée in Paris, and writing a similarly-timed blog post there last year. Now I’m writing from Philadelphia, PA, new home of Zoe Abrams Rare Books! We moved back from Paris about a month ago and I just … Continue reading

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Dernière minute

Yesterday we finally visited Giverny. It’s one of those places that’s been on our must-see list from the start, but we never found time until now, as time is running short. We booked our tickets home for mid-August. It was a typical day … Continue reading

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Friends in the Field

Just got a nice shout-out from my friend Dylan Rogers, classicist extraordinaire, on his blog https://dylankrogers.net. He writes, “I started the month in Paris. This was my first visit to this majestic city, and I explored it with an old … Continue reading

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Petit déjeuner

Early morning in Paris. Rainwater on little round tables sparkling in the sun at an outdoor cafe; an aproned young woman arranging bouquets of baguettes at the corner boulangerie; a crescendo of buzzing scooters and banging trash trucks (finally the latest strike is over). In August … Continue reading

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Upgrading

Well, you may have noticed the new social media icons on the ZARB sidebar. After resisting the internet for several months, this old-fashioned lady finally upgraded to an iPhone. Meaning you will now be inundated with photos of Paris and fantastic finds posted … Continue reading

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Lesson No. 1: Trust Your Instincts

When my parents bought our house, they were the second couple to see it. The first couple went home that night to mull over the work that needed to be done, the long-term costs, the imperfections. When they came back … Continue reading

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C’est ZARB!

A French friend told me that the acronym for Zoe Abrams Rare Books – “ZARB” – is verlan (slang formed by reversing syllables, e.g., l’envers) for “bizarre.” Fitting! The past six months have been a whirlwind of auctions, flea markets, brocantes, book fairs, … Continue reading

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Vous êtes ici

Bonjour tout le monde! We’ve had unbelievably good weather (if a bit chilly) since arriving in Paris two weeks ago, but today is rainy, so I’m trading my sneakers for slippers and catching up on the computer. The social media … Continue reading

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Firsts

Soon I’ll be in Paris, blogging about books and adventures abroad. For my first post, however, here’s a review I wrote in New York City, shortly after returning from the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar in Colorado Springs… On the first day … Continue reading

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