Rare books

A reader reports:

The Chelsea Barnes & Noble is now selling rare books and first editions. They currently have three padlocked display cases near the art section. Books for sale include autographed copies of The Satanic Verses, For Whom The Bell Tolls, The Remains of The Day, Valley of the Dolls, and Faulkner’s The Town, among others. They also have first editions of Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and Giovanni’s Room, Vidal’s Myra Breckenridge, Isherwood’s A Meeting By The River along with A Little Boy in Search of God by Isaac Bashevis Singer ($150.00) and Senagambian Sizzles: Negro Stories by E.V. White. I’m suprised they have this last book displayed prominently considering the minstrel/coon
caricatures on the cover.

Anyway, they are apparently only doing this at the Chelsea location according to the woman at the information desk who was unaware of any plans to expand the concept to other branches.

Plenty of independent booksellers in the area also offer rare books for sale. One of them, The Strand, offers first editions both in the store and online.

A first edition of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities is available from the Strand for $135. A signed first edition of Grace Paley’s Enormous Changes at the Last Minute costs $25.


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