First Editions

The Hound of the Baskervilles First Printing

The Hound of the Baskervilles First Printing

  The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous books. It is probably the most famous of all his Sherlock Holmes novels. Most of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books consisted of short stories. Only four were novels. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third Holmes novel. The book was first […]

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For Whom the Bell Tolls First Printing

For Whom the Bell Tolls First Printing

One of Ernest Hemingway’s true masterpieces, For Whom the Bell Tolls is a novel based on Hemingway’s reporting of the Spanish Civil War. This is a true first edition/first printing. First Issue with letter “A” on copyright page. Very Good Plus in Near Fine dust jacket. Beige cloth with black lettering and Hemingway’s signature stamped […]

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Of Mice and Men First Printing

Of Mice and Men First Printing

Of Mice and Men is probably John Steinbeck’s most famous book. This is the true first edition/first printing with the publisher’s errors on page 9 and page 88. An incredibly beautiful copy of this great book. First Edition. First Issue with “pendula” on page 9, line 21, and a dot between the “8’s” on page […]

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History

Mighty Stonewall by Frank E. Vandiver

Mighty Stonewall by Frank E. Vandiver

  Mighty Stonewall by Frank Vandiver is the classic biography of Confederate General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson.  The outlines of Stonewall’s life are well known to every American.  He entered West Point last in his class and through sheer force of will and determination graduated 17th out of 59.  His classmates said that if they had […]

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Kermit Roosevelt’s The Long Trail

Kermit Roosevelt’s The Long Trail

Kermit Roosevelt was the second son of president Theodore Roosevelt.  Kermit fought in both World Wars, graduated from Harvard, and accompanied his famous father on his hunting and exploring trips, including his African and Brazilian expeditions.  Kermit later explored Central Asia with his older brother, Ted.  Kermit was a talented writer and he published accounts […]

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LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and THE DESERT QUEEN

LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and THE DESERT QUEEN

The Irish actor Peter O’Toole died in December. His movie role as the Welshman T.E. Lawrence reignited the legend of Lawrence of Arabia in the 1960’s. Lawrence first became a household name in 1920 when the American journalist and documentary film maker Lowell Thomas presented a popular multimedia lecture in London of Lawrence’s leadership of […]

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Fine Bindings

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose Bierce

Certain authors get lost in the course of time. In spite of their great talent and the immense power of their writing, some authors are simply forgotten by today’s general public. Some of them still have devoted collectors and some don’t. Ambrose Bierce still has his fans and collectors willing to pony up real cash […]

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Joseph Conrad

Joseph Conrad

The Franklin Library produced a very high quality set of full leather books in the 1970s and 1980s called The Collected Stories of the World’s Greatest Writers. These books weren’t just beautifully bound, they also contained great literature. Perhaps my favorite is below: Heart of Darkness and Other Tales by Joseph Conrad. Bound in full […]

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The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The French Lieutenant’s Woman

The Franklin Library is out of business now, but forty years ago they produced leather books of wonderful quality. Perhaps the best series they ever made was their Signed Limited Edition Series. Sometimes referred to as the Sixty Series because there were 60 books in it. Every book was signed by the author. Since the […]

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Periodicals

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes

Julian Barnes is an English author of 11 novels.  He’s also published 9 other books of mostly short stories and essays.  Barnes won the Man Booker Prize for his 2011 novel, The Sense of an Ending.  Prior to his win, Barnes had three other novels shortlisted for the prize.  Fluent in French, Barnes has been something of […]

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The Little Review

The Little Review

American Literature experienced an explosion of talent and creativity in the late 1800s and the first half of the 1900s.  The era has been given many labels – The Second Flowering, The Lost Generation, Literary Modernism, to name a few.  America produced great poets and novelists who would win the biggest literary awards in the […]

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Gary Larson

Gary Larson

Gary Larson is one of my all-time favorite cartoonists.  He is most famous for The Far Side.  The 23 books of The Far Side sold more than 45 million copies worldwide.  Although he retired from The Far Side in 1995, Larson illustrated the cover of The New Yorker’s cartoon issue of November 17, 2003 in typical The Far Side style.  We happen to […]

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Antiquarian

History of the Church from the time of Jesus Christ to the Present Day 1699

History of the Church from the time of Jesus Christ to the Present Day 1699

A two volume (four part) history of the Catholic Church written by a Protestant. In French. The author, Jacques Basnage, was a Protestant Pastor in Paris who fled France for Holland after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes took away the rights of Protestants in France in 1685. This book was published in Rotterdam […]

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The Spectator 1793

The Spectator 1793

The Spectator was a daily publication founded in 1711 in London by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele. Each issue was about 2,500 words long and referred to as a number. The paper ran from 1711-1712 for a total of 555 numbers. It was revived in 1714 without Steele for numbers 556-635. Historians estimate that The […]

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The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans 1856

The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans 1856

This is a four volume set of heavy leather bound books printed in 1856. The set includes 142 steel engravings of famous and distinguished Americans from the beginning of the US until the sets’ publication date in 1856. The steel engravings are clear and bright even after more than 150 years. A lot of ink […]

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Shows

Austin Book, Paper, & Photo Show

This Saturday and Sunday, January 11 & 12, is the Austin Book, Paper, & Photo Show. It is sponsored by the Texas Booksellers Association (of which Good Books is a member). Check out the website for the show. Nearly 60 dealers will be exhibiting at the show. I didn’t attend last year, but from what […]

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Grapevine Book Fair 10/12 & 10/13

Our first book fair of the season will be in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13. There will be book dealers from around the country displaying uncommon and rare books. Most attending dealers specialize in Modern Literature, Mysteries, Texana, or Antiquarian books. The show is at the Grapevine Convention […]

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The Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle wrote a great story on us for their print edition.  They followed it up with a second story for their local web edition.  Click here and here to read the stories.

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