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Books Tell You Why News: Introducing Your Rare Books Page

By Leah Dobrinska. Nov 8, 2017. 9:00 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting

As book collectors and rare book enthusiasts, we understand your need for clear content and simplified resources. In an effort to continue to provide you, our fabulous readership, with the best possible book buying, collecting, and reading experience, we thought we’d take some time to update you on the latest happenings here at Books Tell You Why.

Introducing Your New Rare Books Page

bierce_and_the_poe_hoax.jpgWondering about a specific book collecting term? Looking for help to verify an author’s signature? Curious about dust jackets? We’ve been able to provide insight into each of these inquiries in the past, but now, we have answers for you all in one place.

Check out the new and improved Rare Books page on our site. Take some time to click around, and let us know what you think. It is our goal for this page to help you as you grow your book collection.

If there are resources that we’re missing or that you’d like to see featured, drop us a line. We’re constantly improving and streamlining our process to best serve you.

New Books in our Inventory

Our inventory of books is ever growing and changing. Check out a complete list of rare books here. If you’re looking to do some holiday shopping, click here. And watch for our adult and children’s gift guides to be published in a few weeks. Here are a few new inventory highlights:

Some Poems by Robert Browning

Some_Poems_Browning_Eragny.jpgA nearly fine first edition/first printing, one of 226 total copies. Some Poems includes “Love among the Ruins”, “A Tocatta of Galuppi’s”, “By the Fireside”, among others.

Original green and pink floral paper boards. Corners rubbed with slight darkening to cover. Endpapers browned. The frontispiece, printed in color, was designed and engraved on wood by Lucien Pissarro. The initial letters, printed in red, were designed by Lucien Pissarro and engraved by Esther Pissarro.

Bierce and the Poe Hoax by Carroll D. Hall

Edgar Allen Poe collectors may be interested in this fascinating piece. In the 1890s, Herman Scheffauer wrote a poem, “The Sea of Serenity” in the style of Edgar Allan Poe. Ambrose Bierce, a notorious prankster, convinced Scheffauer to publish it in the guise of a long-lost Poe poem. This copy is number 133 of 250 published by the Book Club of California in 1934. Printed at the Windsor Press on lovely mould-made paper with watermarks. Navy cloth binding with paper label on spine and front panel. Illustrations and facsimiles. Introduction by Carey McWilliams.

The Tragedy of Richard the Third: With the Landing of Earle Richmong, and the Battel at Bosworth Field by William Shakespeare

tragedy_of_richard_the_third_shakespeare.jpgPublished by the Grabhorn Press in 1953, Shakespeare’s text is from the 1623 Folio with some updates and corrections, including the full spelling of characters' names. This is one of 180 copies, bound in full limp vellum with ties. The prospectus, featuring a red woodblock illustration, is included. The color woodblock illustrations were designed and produced by Mary Grabhorn. The handmade paper is from the Tuckenay Mill of Arthur Millbourn and Company. The type is an old French Lettre Batarde and cast at the Peignot Foundry. This volume is near fine.

For a complete list of our new arrivals, click here.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates from Books Tell You Why! Or, leave us a comment below. We love to hear from you.

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Leah Dobrinska
Writer, editor, and lover of a good sentence, a happy ending, and the smell of books, both old and new. Enjoys reading children's lit to her daughters, home-improvement magazines with her husband, and Shakespeare by herself.


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