Rare Books, Stories About Books

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“Who is John Galt?” With this question, Ayn Rand began her final novel, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most controversial, influential, and bestselling books of the 20th century. It’s a… Read more

The Secret Language of Rare Books

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Cosway-Style Bindings

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… Read More

Stories About Books

5 Great Books to See in Las Vegas

That Plato should be the first of all the ancient philosophers to be translated and broadcast by the printing press was inevitable. –PMM   Printed in the midst of the… Read More

Books the Founders Read

Books the Founders Read: Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England

“In America the law is king,” Thomas Paine declared in Common Sense. The Founding Fathers’ most important and widely-owned law book was William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England. John… Read More

Videos

A Photographic Atlas of Selected Regions of the Milky Way by Edward Emerson Barnard

Watch this short film featuring Rebecca Romney discussing the groundbreaking photography involved in the creation of this inspiring work.         Read More

The Secret Language of Rare Books

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Fore-Edge Paintings

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… Read More

Books the Founders Read, Stories About Books

Books the Founders Read: Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government

In this new series, I’ll highlight books that the Founding Fathers read, owned, wrote about, and were influenced by— works that were important in the creation of the United States… Read More

Videos

The Story of Howl by Allen Ginsberg

In this short film Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark recounts the daring and controversy behind the 1956 publication of Howl by Allen Ginsberg, and the start of the Beat movement…. Read More

Rare Books, Stories About Books

The Radical Roots of Gulliver’s Travels

Swift has sailed into his rest; Savage indignation there Cannot lacerate his breast. Imitate him if you dare, World-besotted traveller; he Served human liberty. –W.B. Yeats, The Winding Stair Read More

The Secret Language of Rare Books

The Secret Language of Rare Books: Morocco

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… Read More

Rare Books, Stories About Books

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,… Read More