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.
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)
Boston: D. Lothrop Company, (1886). Duodecimo, 12.5 x 18 cm, 421pp. First edition, rebound in modern green cloth binding, spine stamped in gilt. Boards lightly edgeworn; spine cocked; bookplate to the front paste-down; name in ink on the flyleaf; a few... (read more)
Written in political exile during the Second World War and first published in 1945, Karl Popper's The Open Society and Its Enemies is one of the most influential books of the twentieth century. Hailed by Bertrand Russell as a 'vigorous and profound... (read more)
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1860. Complete in 6 volumes.
Quarto. Publisher's green cloth, decorated in blind with a gilt motif to front boards, repeated in blind on rear boards. All with the half-title and extra-engraved title pages.
In... (read more)
Washington: United States Government Printing Office, 1929 8vo., viii, 164pp. Full green cloth ruled in blind, gilt to spine. With drawings, photos, & one large folding plan. Spine faded, binding lightly soiled. Corners bumped. Ownership inscription... (read more)
Berlin & Leipzig: H A Koechly 1827. 5th edition. 8vo. four volumes in two. Later marbled paper over boards leather title labels on spines. Text in French. Extremities rubbed. Lacking half-titles. Prelims lightly foxed. Good condition. Madame La Comtesse... (read more)
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