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: George Philip & Son Ltd. 1927. Folio. Half black cloth with blue cloth boards gilt title and ship illustration to front board; top edge gilt. Bumped corners and rubbed edges; fraying to head and foot of spine and along joints; 4 crack in front... (read more)
[Milan]: Giorgio Nada Editore,  4to., trade paperback in self wraps. 115pp. Text in English. Color illustrations throughout. Light creasing to front joint. Near Fine condition. DG/kb... (read more)
Los Angeles: Westernlore Publishers, 1971. 8vo, 20 x 13 cm. 148 pp. First edition. Publisher's brown imitation leather; spine stamped in gilt. In a dustjacket with 7.95 price present. Illustrations in black & white throughout. Dustjacket soiled... (read more)
(Berkeley, CA: Circle Editions/George Leite, 1947). 15.5 x 22.5 cm, unpaginated. Pamphlet with yellow paper wrappers printed in blue and red; stapled binding. Signed by Jean Varda on the title page. Wrappers lightly rubbed and worn. Very Good condition... (read more)
New York: S W Benedict, 1851. Original brown cloth stamped in gilt & blind. With all maps plans and portraits as called for. Text in Spanish. Corners bumped, boards a bit worn & rubbed. Stamp of former owner in blue ink 3 times in prelims. Some foxing... (read more)
London: J. & R. Tonson, 1767 Complete in 8 volumes. 12mo., 7 x 4" Full contemporary calf. Frontis to each volume. Wear to bindings, spine labels. Volume 2 with loss to lower spine, damage to 20pp. at fore edge, not affecting text. Lacking the morocco... (read more)
London: Chapman and Hall, 1849-1857. Nine volumes. 8vo., bound in contemporary half calf, marbled paper over boards. With 116 hand colored plates of flowers. Lacking the volume for 1848 (volume 1). Boards rubbed, lacking spine labels on the volumes for... (read more)
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