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.
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)
Glasgow: John Smith & Son 1864. Quarto. Green pebbled cloth with decorative blind borders to boards & spine; gilt stamp to front board & title to spine. xxxi 496pp. Bookplate of Glasgow Historical Society to front pastedown endpaper; some light foxing... (read more)
New York: The Ronald Press Company, (1957). Octavo, 16 x 23.5 cm, 518pp. 1st edition. Original red cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Cloth worn and lightly soiled with some spot stains to the front board. Spine cocked; name in ink on the front paste-down... (read more)
London: The Temple Press, 1939 Complete with 12 tipped in colored plates by Arthur Rackham. Blue cloth over boards, lacking the dust jacket. Illustrated throughout the text with black & white line drawings. Binding discolored, mottled, stained, worn at... (read more)
Salem: Frank C Baker, 1894. Contemporary half calf, pebbled cloth over boards. Morocco title labels to spine. 8vo., xii, (1) 718pp. Binding very worn, joint split 4" at front board, 1" at tail of back board. Corners bumped. Front hinge broken at pp. 16... (read more)
Defining designers of the 20th and 21st centuries and their most remarkable works From Azzedine Alaïa, Cristóbal Balenciaga, and Coco Chanel, to Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood, a century's worth of... (read more)
The prince of decadence. Looking at Klimt in a whole new light: a groundbreaking monograph The countless events being held to celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth make a clear statement to the enduring appreciation for the work... (read more)
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