Spring Sale and Silent Auction

Not all of our customers are aware that we have a wide selection of rare books at our store on 112th (including a first printing of The Great Gatsby, with the infamous typo “sick in tired” on page 206). After our Edward Said Library Sale and Auction, we thought, how can we do more to show off the one-of-a-kind books that we have in our store? Being in this neighborhood, in such close contact with the Columbia Faculty and the literary residents of the Upper West Side, we are always coming into the possession of the libraries of retired Professors, deeply read locals, and even our own customers. From first editions of classic novels to complete sets of German philosophy to out of print Derrida titles, our shelves are full of such books you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the city.

In order to show off more fully the special titles we’ve accumulated over the years, we’ve decided to put on another silent auction, this time to coincide with our May 20% Off Sale this weekend (Friday, May 15th-Sunday, May 17th). Bidding will commence immediately, with all titles originally listed at $5.00, and bidding will close at 7pm on Sunday May 17th. Please read below to see the titles that we’ve included in the auction. If you would like to place a bid, you can do so online here. You are also welcome to join us in our store, and we will show you how to create an account and place a bid.

First printing of Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1970)

First printing of the first US edition of Hopscotch by Julio Cortazar (Pantheon, 1966)

First US edition of 1984 by George Orwell (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1949)

Signed copy of Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme (Putnam, 1981)

First edition, fourth printing of Far Tortuga by Peter Mathiessen (Random House, 1975)

Signed copy of the first printing of Selected Essays of William Carlos Williams (Random House, 1954)

First US edition of The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt