The original Powell's Books was born in a former used car dealership and to this day the store maintains a no-nonsense, industrial feel. One place, though, has been reserved for comfort and elegance. Dark wood shelving, decorative lighting, antique tables, and our most valuable — and beautiful — books, all make the Rare Book Room one of the most pleasant destinations in the store.
Kuala Lumpur: Oxford University Press, 1965. 2 volumes in slipcase. Reprint of the 1817 edition. Full blue cloth. 4to., xlviii. 479; viii, 288, (4), cclx pp. Complete with folding maps, plans, tables, & 10 color plates. Boards lightly worn. Front hinge... (read more)
Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974. 2 volumes, 14 x 21 cm. Bound in grey cloth, spines stamped in gilt. Bindings lightly rubbed with mild wear to the extremities, including a few light bumps to the edges; pages age-toned; a light stain to the fore-edge of the... (read more)
London: G. G. and J. Robinson 1795. 8vo. 4 volumes. Contemporary blue boards with white paper backs and paper labels to the spines. Covers soiled and worn; chipping to the head and foot of vol 1 and to 2 at the foot of vol 4; rear board of vol 2 with the... (read more)
New York E P Dutton & Co 1899 1st US edition 2 volumes 1/2 blue morocco marbled paper over boards. 7 folding maps 6 with color (1 map with 1 tear). Bookplates on front paste downs teg some wear to edges leather spine has faded to green gilt title and... (read more)
London: Printed for the Editor and Sold by Longman & Co. 1840. 8vo.; xxxi, 619pp. Later full calf ruled in gilt. Inner gilt dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. With frontis of Humphry Repton and 253 figures in the text, 178 in color. Rebacked... (read more)
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