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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.
First American EditionBuy Now
Codex Seraphinianus is Italian artist Luigi Serafini's encyclopedia of an invented world, written in its native language. With brightly playful illustrations, the book explores the biology and anthropology of its alien world, many of whose creatures and machines parody our own. Serafini explained that the indecipherable writing is intended to make us feel the sense of wonder and discovery of children delving into books they cannot yet fully understand. Originally published in two volumes by Franco Maria Ricci in 1981, this is the first American edition, published two years later in a single volume.
First EditionBuy Now
William Eggleston's Guide was one of the first publications to bring color photography as an art form into the public eye. This first edition copy is signed and additionally inscribed by the legendary photographer.
Inscribed by FisherBuy Now
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin’s 1825 treatise on the pleasures of the table is essential reading for anyone keen on good food. The Physiology of Taste offers ruminations not only on cooking and eating, but on sensory enjoyment and discernment throughout life. Brimming with all the wit and gaiety of the original, this sparkling translation from renowned food writer M.F.K.Fisher received rave reviews on first appearance and is now considered the definitive translation. This is a later printing, inscribed by Fisher on the front fly-leaf.
First Edition, SignedBuy Now
Drawing classical inspiration from Xenophon’s Anabasis, Sol Yurick’s tale of New York in the bad old days follows the exploits of street gang The Coney Island Dominators as they try to make their way home from Harlem in the middle of the night--with every other gang in the city out to get them. The basis for the cult classic film of the same name, this is a signed first edition of Yurick’s first and best-loved novel.
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.
This 4-volume box set collects Hedi Slimane's photographic work throughout the 2000s--before, during, and after his tenures at Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior--illustrating the youth and music cultures that influenced him and the subcultures that he turn influenced and shaped.
First Edition, InscribedBuy Now
In 1967, more than sixty acres of buildings of lower Manhattan were demolished in the name of urban renewal, many of which had been in continuous commercial use since before the Civil War. Danny Lyon’s photographs stand as a compelling record of one of New York’s oldest and most historic neighborhoods at the brink of extinction, and the precarious lives of its remaining residents. Nearly half a century after publication, The Destruction of Lower Manhattan remains an intimate and poignant portrait of erasure. This is a first edition, inscribed by the photographer.
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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