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: Published by the Author 1920. First edition. Black cloth stamped in yellow. 18 x 26cm. Black & white portrait as frontis illustrated with many black & white photos; 93pp. Ends of spine fraying, corners rubbed, small hole worn through cloth on... (read more)
4th edition London 1699
rebound in speckled calf
Thomas Gage was sent to Spain in 1612 to study under the Jesuits, who hoped he would join the order. Later, as a Dominican, he was smuggled onto a ship headed for the Phillipines in an... (read more)
Copenhagen: Martinus Institute 1967. White cloth boards in printed tan dust jacket. 250pp. + 5 table of contents at rear. Black & white illustrations. Translated from Esperanto by Edvard Ockey. OCLC 163600. sjh... (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)
London: Nattali & Maurice 1969. Quarto 215x285mm. 19pp + plates. Limited edition one of 150 copies unnumbered. Original japon vellum spine lettered in gilt red paper over boards. In a price-clipped dust jacket. Numerous plates including a single direct... (read more)
Behind Beatlemania These photos convey a really happy period for them and for me. It all comes down to music, they were without a doubt the greatest band of the 20th century, and that’s why these photographs are so important. – Harry... (read more)
New York: The Bradford Company, 1904 Inscribed by Edward S Farrow on the front free endpaper, dated 1906. Tall 8vo., blue cloth over boards. Illustrated throughout with black & white engravings, photos. Binding extremely worn, rubbed, very soiled. Hinges... (read more)
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