Collect What You Love
Meet The Strand’s Rare Book Experts
Our rare books experts are a walking encyclopedia of all things rare and collectible. For recommendations on gifts, help finding the perfect addition to your collection, or a look through what’s new and interesting in the Rare Book Room, they have you covered.
You can visit The Strand’s Rare Book Room on the third floor, Monday - Saturday 9:30am to 6:15pm and Sunday from 11:00am - 6:15pm.
Featured Rare Books
Limited Signed EditionBuy Now
After a series of transcendental hallucinations in early 1974, novelist Philip K. Dick set to writing an account of his new religious vision in The Exegesis, an ever-expanding tract replete with drawings, extended quotations, mystical musings, and new re-readings of his novels. Whittled down from a whopping 8,000 pages of original notes, In Pursuit of Valis collects the most insightful (and comprehensible) passages, offering an extended tour of one of the strangest and most visionary minds of the 20th century. This is the Deluxe Limited Edition, one of 26 copies with Dick’s clipped signature pasted to the limitation page.
First American EditionBuy Now
A feat of non-linear narrative, space-time shifts, and dirty language, Naked Lunch follows the surreal escapades of Burroughs's alter-ego William Lee as he travels from America to Mexico, Tangier, and the dreamlike Interzone in search of his next drug fix. Published in 1959 by Grove Press (following the Olympia Press edition in Paris the smae year), the novel was banned America in what would turn out to be the last significant obscenity trial against a work of literature. This is the first American edition of Burroughs's most notorious and influential novel.
First Trade EditionBuy Now
A star-studded portfolio collected from his time shooting in Paris for Harper's Bazaar, Made in France reproduces Avedon’s original work sheets in facsimile—complete with scorings, grease-pencil marginalia and typed notes from the editor—to show the photographer’s work in “the context of production.” This is the first trade edition, including twenty-seven black and white reproductions from original Harper's Bazaar fashion photo layouts 1955-59.
First EditionBuy Now
In Autobiography, Sol Lewitt documents his New York studio in a series of black & white images arranged in his signature grid format. The various objects and textures—the crumbling floor boards, ceiling corners, electrical outlets, furniture, photographs, plants, shoes, kitchen appliances, bookcases and their contents—are each offered as equal parts of a whole, the minutiae that comprise the cumulative experience of his life. Published in 1980, this is the first edition of an acclaimed modern artist book, and a surprisingly intimate portrait of the artist from the inside looking out.
First Edition With Signed LetterBuy Now
As We Remember Joe is a collection of essays edited by John F. Kennedy in honor of his elder brother, who had recently died in action in World War II. This first edition—one of just 360 copies—is accompanied by a typed letter from JFK (signed as Jack) in 1957, when he was already a Senator on the political path that had originally been envisioned for his brother. These two pieces of presidential history offer glimpses into the early career of one of the 20th century's most iconic figures.
First EditionBuy Now
Considered one of Sherlock Holmes's finest outings, The Hound of the Baskervilles also marked the first appearance of the brilliant detective in almost a decade. Desperate to move on to other projects, Doyle had ostensibly killed Holmes off in the 1893 story ”The Final Problem”. However, this masterwork of tangled motives and chilling premonitions proved such a success that, in the end, Doyle would continue to revisit the character throughout the rest of his life. This is an exceptionally bright and clean first edition of one of Doyle's best-loved works.
Inscribed by ChagallBuy Now
Heralded by Picasso as the greatest colorist since Matisse, Marc Chagall particularly excelled in the medium of stained glass, which afforded zenithal light for his dazzling palette. This book provides a survey on his celebrated international career in stained glass design. Lavishly illustrated, it is made even more special by the personalized inscription to Herman Krawitz, former manager of the Metropolitan Opera, with whom Chagall worked closely on the theatre's commission of two murals that remain its centerpiece to this day.
Custom-Bound First Edition, InscribedBuy Now
This is the first edition of the seventh (and final) entry in the original Curious George series, which finds the irrepressible ape on his way to the hospital after swallowing a puzzle piece. Inscribed by the Reys with a small drawing of George, this copy has been beautifully custom bound in full morocco with an elaborate in-laid illustration of George flying out of his wheelchair into the arms of shocked hospital staff. A truly special piece of classic children’s literature.
First EditionBuy Now
Far from the raging Second World War, an idyllic New Hampshire boarding school provides the backdrop for this study of fleeting innocence between two young men. Published at the close of a decade that began with J.D. Salinger's notorious “Catcher in the Rye”, Knowles's quieter, more enigmatic 1959 debut soon joined the former in the canon of high school classics.
Rare Book SubjectsOpen AllClose All
- Fiction & Literature
- Science & Non-Fiction
- Social Sciences & Religion
- Travel & Exploration
- Art & Photography
- Performing Arts
- Children & Illustrated