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Featured Rare Books
First Appearance of The Tell-Tale HeartBuy Now
The relentless beating of a heart from beneath the wooden floorboards… An evil eye illuminated by a narrow stream of light… In January, 1843, the unwitting readership of the American magazine The Pioneer became the first victims of one of Edgar Allen Poe's most chilling tales. Over a century and a half later, The Tell-Tale Heart remains an iconic work of America's most ghoulish wordsmith—here in its scarce original form.
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.
First American EditionBuy Now
The eternally bemused, ever-peckish Pooh has muddled his way into the hearts of generations of readers since his first appearance in 1924 (as 'Teddy Bear' in a poem from When We Were Very Young). This first collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories from A.A. Milne includes Pooh's memorable encounters with bees, a heffalump (almost), and an unaccomodatingly small door. This is the first American edition, with classic illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard.
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
Though never formally trained in photography, Karl Blossfeldt took thousands of detailed pictures of plants, using homemade cameras to magnify the abstract patterns found in stems and leaves. Originally intended to teach his students about design elements found in nature, a selection of the photographs were published in 1928 as Urformen der Kunst, with the backing of avant-garde art collector Karl Nierendorf. The scientific arrangements highlighted the structurally simple yet aesthetically complex beauty of his subjects, and the work (published in English as Art Forms in Nature) became one of the most popular and influential photography books of the 20th century.
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
Combining the knowledge and experience of two country gentlemen in the golden age of English country estates, The Art of Horsemanship is a guide to both the art and science of keeping and riding horses, ranging from the planning of stables to the training of young mounts. Published in 1806, this first edition is handsomely bound in half morocco leather and illustrated with sixteen plates.
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.
Meet Strand’s Rare Book Experts
Jane J. - Rare Manager
Tony W. - Rare Manager
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.
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