Rare Titles

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The books listed below are scarce (and mostly expensive) but you can also see weird finds, incoming trades and lots of other store photos daily HERE (our Instagram account)

For featured books in our slightly-less-rare sections. CHECK HERE.


Instruction for Field Artillery (p 1862)

This book was printed for use by soldiers in the Civil War, and this copy was owned and used by John Nevin Brown of Sewickley, PA. He was promoted to Lieutenant of  Independent Battery H (also known as “Nevin’s Battery”) during the war. $300.

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CM Yonge’s Pictorial History of the World’s Great Nations

Printed in 1882, this leather-bound three-volume set is in lovely condition. All-gilt edges are in good condition and bindings are strong. Because of the weight of this set, priority mail is not an available shipping option. $80 for the set.




The Light of the World by Sir Edwin Arnold

Printed in 1891 with a half-leather binding in lovely condition. Marbled covers and page edges. Ref#101661, $40.

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Gullliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

By no means an early printing, but still old enough and attractive enough to be a curiosity. Printed in 1880, embossed cloth-over-boards. Ref#101662, $30.

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The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tom Smollett

Originally published in 1748, this copy was printed in 1816 and is in stunning shape for its age. In two volumes, with un-cut page edges. Protected in removable plastic cover guards. Ref# 101663, $140.

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Missale Romanium 

At first glance this may look like a Bible, but it’s actually the Roman Missal, the book containing the complete liturgical texts for the Roman Catholic Mass. The book was bound in 1923 in full leather with brass corners and locks. There is a lot to say about this beauty, but we’ll let the pictures do the work…

Priced at $120.


The spine and front cover


rear cover


Close-up of center front cover.

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Three photos showing the leather page tabs, gilt page edges and brass locks (in perfect working order) Also visible is the stamped gilt embellishment on the inside of  the covers.



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Rhetoricorum M. Tulli Ciceronis Opera Praecipua Cum Adnotationibus – the major works of Cicero

The major works of Cicero, printed in 1761 and bound in 1781. We think that the stamped name (Polleng) on the spine was probably the original owner of the book and paid to have this custom binding (complete with intricate embossing) completed. Book text is in Latin.

Priced at $240 including free domestic or international shipping and package insurance. Reference #73905.

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Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser, First Edition

When Sister Carrie was released in 1900 it was issued with the plain red cover because the publisher was afraid to hint at the story inside. In fact, the story was considered so controversial that only 1008 copies were printed and only 456 sold. The rest never left their warehouse (although a few were sent out as review copies). For the full story behind what is now considered an American classic, visit Wikipedia.

This book (the most valuable in our collection right now) is priced at $3,000. Free international or domestic shipping and package insurance included. Reference stock #82380.


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1847 edition of Benjamin Disraeli’s Tancred, Volume One

Priced at $50. Domestic shipping $4, International shipping also available. Reference stock #95250.


IMG_1983 Bound in London, 1847, in full leather with gilt embellishments and raised bands along the spine.


Marbled endpapers


Inner edge of boards is beautifully embossed


Marbled page edges and gilt-embossed board edges.




Webster’s New International Dictionary p. 1912

This oversized leather-bound dictionary can be stored on a shelf, but it’s large enough to occupy a pedestal stand or small table of its own in your library. SOLD!


Printed in 1912. Bound in full leather.


Photo of the spine with raised bands


Marbled page edges


Marbled end paper



Photographed with a paperback to give a sense of the enormous size of this dictionary!






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