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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 serialized in 1918 by The Little Review, the publication of Ulysses was halted in 1920 due to obscenity accusations by The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. It wasn't until 1922, on Joyce's 40th birthday, that the book was published in full form by Sylvia Beach, ex-pat American owner of the famed Shakespeare & Co. bookstore in Paris. There are now numerous versions of the text, each straying farther from the now-lost original manuscript. Complete with Joycean mistakes and irregularities, this Parisian edition is often considered to be the purest, free from the tinkering of well-intentioned motives (and otherwise) of scholars, editors, printers, and publishers. This is the 8th printing, and the first with the type entirely reset.
1st Wrappered EditionBuy Now
The women photographed here show the variety of ways gender roles were being changed and played with during the 1960s and 70s in New York as well as Garry Winogrand's attraction to and appreciation for those women. This is a simultaneously issued 1st wrappered edition.
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.
Kara Walker gained artistic notoriety through her larger than life paper silhouettes, surreal and violent depictions of the antebellum American south. Walker's work blends fantasy, stereotype, and harsh reality, forcing the viewer to imagine details and narrative into the blank space of the silhouette. In Freedom: A Fable, Walker translates her vision into book form: the moving narrative of a recently emancipated woman is paired with pop-up tableaux of the strange transition from slavery to freedom. Sponsored by the Peter Norton Family Christmas Art Project, this stunning example of Walker’s work was published in 1997 in a limited edition of 4,000.
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 of Author's First BookBuy Now
Widely recognized in the literary community for his linguistic virtuosity, William H. Gass's aversion to the conventions of plot has often deterred the broader readership his talent deserves. As his first novel, Omensetter's Luck is also Gass's most straightforward, though it is woven with the same themes of evil and bitter redemption that pervade his later work. Set in the town of Gilean in 1890s rural America, the story unfolds through the internal monologues of various townsfolk as they try to unravel the identity of a stranger who appears in their midst, and the sinister implications of presence there.
Meet Strand’s Rare Book Experts
Jane J. - Rare Manager
Tony W. - Rare Manager
Vasilis T. - 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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