The Rarest Books Currently in the Shop

Over the years, I have sold many odd and interesting titles. First editions, signed copies, rare misprints, and books that should have disintegrated with age. Some examples include:

  • NSA Technical Journals from the 60s, containing articles like "Extraterrestrial Communication"
  • A "TOP SECRET" manual on Arctic warfare from the 40s
  • First editions by George Eliot, Ernest Hemingway, JD Salinger, Aleister Crowley, Doulgas Adams, William Faulkner, Isaac Asimov, Adolf Hitler, Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Dr. Seuss, Stephen King, and many more
  • A counterfeit 3rd edition "Leaves of Grass"
  • Leather copies of Shakespeare's plays from the early 1700s

While it is definitely hard to part with these books, that's the nature of being a book seller. I trade ownership for the ability to buy (and then resell) more books than I could ever fit in my house. I track each and every title down individually so that they can be sent on to new, loving owners.

I have pulled a selection of titles out of the shop to show you a sample of what current, rare copies make me especially proud. If nothing shows up when you click the links, that meas they have already been sold.

Without further ado:

"A Popular History of The United States"

Published in 1876 in four large, gilt volumes, this historical text was edited by William Cullen Bryant. While unarguably best known for his poetry, Bryant was also the long-time editor of the New York Evening Post. In his later years, after giving up his poetry, he edited several books including this set.

Each volume measures just shy of 10.5 inches tall, 7 inches deep, and 2.5 inches thick. All told, they take up about 10 inches on the shelf and look rather striking. Check the set out here.

 

"The Poetical Works Of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" (Signed)

This copy of Longfellow's poetry was printed in 1874 by James R. Osgood in Boston and includes an autograph card signed by the author, dated the same year. It also has gilt cover accents, similar to the set above. Click through to the listing if you'd like to see the full Table of Contents to find your favorite poem.

 

"Le Paradis Perdu"

This French copy of John Milton's masterpiece, "Paradise Lost", was published in 1740, at The Hague, in Netherlands. It also includes "Paradis Reconquis" (Paradise Regained) and is bound in the original leather. Centuries after it was first published, "Paradise Lost" continues to be one of the most collectible titles. 18th century copies do not pop up frequently, making this particular copy extra-collectible.

 

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