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The 10-volume (here bound in 12) complete first edition set of the OED

History, Literature

The Story Behind the Creation of the Oxford English Dictionary

Once or twice during my academic years I was accused of reading the dictionary. Although untrue, I’ll admit I have skimmed a page or two upon occasion; I do readily… Read More

First editions of the First, Second and Third Series of the Poems of Emily Dickinson in the original pictorial cloth.

19th Century, Literature

Saved From the Flames: The First Series of the Poems of Emily Dickinson

In 1886, an elderly and reclusive spinster died in a small New England town, leaving instructions to her younger sister to burn all her surviving correspondences. The town was Amherst, and… Read More

page from Shakespeare's Othello

Literature, Videos

Othello by William Shakespeare

Watch this short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark on why Othello is her favorite play by William Shakespeare. Read More

churchill world war set

History, Literature, Videos

The Story Behind The Second World War by Winston Churchill

Watch a short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Greg Hicks and the story behind The Second World War by Winston Churchill. Read More

Limited first edition of Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick

19th Century, Literature, Videos

The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Watch a short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark with the story behind Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Read More

1791 first edition, first issue of James Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson. London: Printed by H. Baldwin for C. Dilly.


“I’ll be your Boswell”: Words Coined From Literary Classics

When you call someone a “scrooge,” most people understand you to mean someone who is miserly, uncharitable, selfish, and just generally unfriendly.  Most people also know that “scrooge” stems from… Read More

virginia woolf's Room of One's Own

Literature, Moderns, Videos

Favorite Authors: Virginia Woolf

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Mary Olsson tells you why she loves the work of Virginia Woolf. Read More

A farewell to arms with dust jacket

Literature, Moderns, Videos

The Story Behind A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Christy Shannon tells you the story behind Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. Read More

Bluebeard as illustrated by Gustave Doré

Literature, Moderns

I Seek Another Place: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s “Bluebeard”

The French folktale of a murderous nobleman called Bluebeard had been around for the better part of two centuries by the time Charles Perrault published his version in Histoires ou… Read More

Disckens A Christmas Carol title page

19th Century, Literature

The Story Behind A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

…how he wept over it, and laughed and wept again…how he walked thinking of it fifteen and twenty miles about the black streets of London, and many a night after… Read More