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Les Dîners de Gala by Salvador Dalí

Giving new meaning to the term “celebrity chef,” artist Salvador Dalí released a fantastic cookbook in 1973, dedicated to his wife. The work, Les Dîners de Gala is an opulent,…


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Stories About Books2.17.15

The Story Behind A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

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Las Vegas bookseller Christy Shannon explores the creation of this famous dystopian novel. Click here for more information.


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Stories About Books2.4.15

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Doublures

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Does the specialized vocabulary of rare book descriptions read like a secret language to you? In this series we will unveil the meanings behind a few of the more unusual and interesting…


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Collecting rare books and autographs of American Presidents

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If you love American history, you may find a particular joy in collecting rare books related to the nation’s presidents. For many, the presidency holds an exceptional fascination as a…


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Stories About Books1.20.15

The Society of Cincinnati

Certificate of Membership for the Society of Cincinnati, signed by George Washington (BRB 103275)

In 1783, hard on the heels of the American Revolution, a group of Continental Army and Navy officers founded the Society of Cincinnati. 

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The Story Behind The Elements of Geometrie by Euclid

Las Vegas bookseller James Russell discusses the monumental influence of Euclid’s magnum opus.

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Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 20th Century

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The previous post featured classic children’s books from the 19th century by Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Carlo Collodi, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Now…


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Giving and Collecting Rare Children’s Books: 19th Century

First editions of The Jungle Books (BRB #101753)

Children’s books are one of the most popular subjects for giving and collecting rare books. Who can resist the charms of the memorable stories and characters from the classic works…


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Stories About Books12.5.14

Giving and Collecting Rare Books by 20th-Century Leaders

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Rare books and autographs of important 20th century political, military, and civil rights leaders are a perennial favorite for collecting and gifts. This post will guide you through a selection…


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Stories About Books11.29.14

Giving and Collecting Rare Books on Economics

“…he is in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand….”

Many of our clients purchase rare books on economics and finance as holiday gifts or for their own collections. If you aren’t sure where to start or are looking for…


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Stories About Books11.18.14

The Story Behind Frankenstein; Or the Modern Prometheus

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A stormy evening closes in on a villa not far from Lake Geneva. The group of friends gathered there read ghost stories to pass the time. Inspired by these tales…