Vintage Books

There’s nothing like the transporting power of a great book, which is why these vintage tomes—with their standout designs and storied histories—are all the more special. Shop first editions and beloved classics here.

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The Handmaid's Tale, First Edition
$225.00
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986. Hardcover, first edition, 311 pages. Original owner's name in ink on two early pages. Slight rumpling to spine beneath dust jacket.
 
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VINTAGEChristopher de Lotbinière's Rare Books
Norman Mailer's Marilyn, 1st Printing
$75.00
Marilyn: A Biography.by Norman Mailer. New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1973. 270 pages. First printing. This sumptuous, large-format volume of musings by Mailer is accompanied by a fabulous portfolio of images. Over 100 color and black & white photographs by some of the best, including Avedon, Arnold, Beaton, Lockwood and Woodfield. Every time you think you know her, another photo supplies a different image. Jacket has slight shelf wear, otherwise clean and sound.
 
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Schindler's List, First Printing
$55.00
Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1982. First Printing. Made famous by Spielberg's movie version, this is the devastating account of one man's obsessive mission to save the lives of Jewish prisoners facing extermination at Auschwitz. A masterly novel that does not fail to chill the spirit; the first printing has become very sought-after. Jacket has very slight fading to spine, otherwise very good.
 
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Dahl's Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar
$49.00
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl. New York: Knopf, 1977. First printing. Book is in good condition, with embossed cover and some binding reinforcement to front hinge. A collection of Dahl's occasional pieces with seven stories for grown ups and teenagers. Hardcover.
 
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Irwin Shaw's Tip on a Dead Jockey, 1st
$49.00
Tip On a Dead Jockey and Other Stories, by Irwin Shaw. New York: Random House, 1957. First printing. Ten short stories give a picture of the 1950s, both at home and abroad. Shaw was unusually interested in the effect European life-styles had, when they interacted with his typically hard-boiled American characters.
 
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A History of Ancient Israel
$45.00
The History of Ancient Israel, by Michael Grant. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1984. First printing. The epic saga of the birth of Jewish civilization from the earliest known times to the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in AD 70. The author applies the tools of archeology, literary detective work and modern dating methods to the sagas of the Old Testament and brings to life the birth of a nation. With maps and time-lines linked to the other ancient civilizations of the region.
 
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Bemelmans' Street Where The Heart Lies
$49.00
The Street Where the Heart Lies by Ludwig Bemelmans. New York: World Publishing, 1963. First printing. Includes drawings and charming dust jacket, with repaired tear to corner. Fiction stemming from Bemelmans's own life experiences in Paris. A love story, with an unusual cast of characters, set in the area where Bemelmans himself bought a house, only to lose it again, to his eternal regret.
 
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Charles Addams's Monster Rally, 1950
$65.00
Monster Rally by Charles Addams. NY: Simon and Schuster, 1950. Eighth printing, from same year as the first. Classic, early collection of the Addams Family and others. 91 pages. Slight wear to unclipped jacket.
 
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A History of Interior Decoration
$65.00
An Illustrated History of Interior Decoration by Mario Praz. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1987. Fourth printing. Praz's excellent study of the development of interior design, as shown by representations of grand interiors in paintings by artists up to the beginning of the twentieth century, 'from Pompeii to Art Nouveau'. At 394 pages, this is an excellent resource for designers.
 
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Kesey's Sometimes A Great Notion, 1st
$495.00
Sometimes A Great Notion, by Ken Kesey. New York: Viking, 1964. True first printing, with 'Krangler' and 2-line bio on jacket back flap. A seminal and highly-collectible copy of Kesey's second novel, his follow-up to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Kesey's sprawling saga, set in a Northwest lumber-mill town, defines the social unrest of the '60s. Slight damage to jacket, with mended fold tear to front and small edge loss to back. Book has a stamp '89' to first end page.
 
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Japanese Style
$55.00
Japanese Style by Suzanne Slesin, Stafford Cliff and Daniel Rosensztroch. New York: Potter, 1987. First printing. 800 stunning photographs barely do justice to the stunning complexity of the traditional designs that infuse every aspect of Japanese life. 288 pp. Unobtrusive previous owner note to first page.
 
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Lewis Carroll's Hunting of The Snark
$49.00
The Annotated Hunting of The Snark by Martin Gardner. CA: William Kaufmann, 1982. First revised edition. The original, large-format Annotated Snark, with additional essays by Charles Mitchell, Selwyn Goodacre and a facsimile of the original 1876 edition, with drawings by Henry Holiday.
 
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Kay Thompson's Eloise, Signed by Author
$745.00
Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. Uncorrected seventh printing, with red boards. Signed by Kay Thompson, with inscription. Book has first version of text. "Brooklyn Dodgers" instead of "New York Jets" on jacket. "My mother knows Lily Dache" became "Coco Chanel." "Here's what I like...Grass" became "Dandelions" and "I hate Peter Rabbit" removed, amongst several other original wordings, changed in later editions. Comes with fine, facsimile jacket.
 
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