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If you are trying to build your ideal collection, let our staff scour The Strand’s 18 miles of new, used, and rare inventory to put together a selection of great books specifically assembled for you.

Whether you’re looking for just a few volumes or a few hundred, our trained library designers can put together any kind of collection. If we don’t have exactly what we are looking for in stock, we can either special order it or send you notice when it does become available.

To get started, tell us what kind of books you want to collect, which writers you love, or what your favorite reading subjects are and we’ll put together a quote for you right away!

Here are some inspirational collections that we have put together for customers in the past…

Contact Our Designer

Jenny McKibben
Phone: 212.660.6646


Classics Collections

Books start at $7.50 each

By far our most popular request, putting together collections of treasured classics is no problem for us. We can assemble collections of timeless classics by Dickens and Twain or new, modern classics by Mailer and Rushdie.

Award Winners

Books start at $7.50 each

From Booker Prize winners to Pulitzer Prize winners, we’ve assembled numerous collections of illustrious titles that are guaranteed good-reads! These championed books will be the stars of your collection.

First Editions & Signed Copies

Books start at $15.00 each

If you are looking to get some collector’s editions to add to your library, we have an extensive selection of modern first editions, out of print art books and signed copies of books.

Vintage Books

Books start at $5.00 each

For those who love the smell of old books, we can customize an assortment of oldies but goodies for you to read and enjoy.

Fine Bindings

Books start at $35.00 each

Everyone can appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these fine volumes. A combination of looks and substance make these books covetable collector’s items. We can put together any kind of leather collection from our extensive Rare Books inventory.


Books start at $35.00 each

An antique leather binding style dating back to ancient Rome, vellum bindings are beautiful and unique for their off-white color and ability to last for centuries. These special bindings are generally scarce and are covetable collector’s items. Most books are in French and other foreign languages.

French Wrappers

Books range from $5.00–$25.00 each

Strand carries many books in foreign languages, but few have the quaint charm of these vintage paperbacks from France.