Rare, Special and Old Books


These are some of the older or rarer books that we have.  These are not for sale.  Let me know if you’d like me to look up something for you.



A Midsummer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare

Leather-look boxed hardcover

Illustrated by Charles Vess

Published by Donning, August 1988; 1st printing

Limited Edition signed and numbered 58/1000


Purchased in London, UK.  This is a beautiful book, to handle, to read and to view.  This was my first purchase of a Vess-illustrated book.  I found it purely by chance in a comic shop, high on a dusty shelf at the back of the store.

In 1999, Bud Plant was offering to pay $50 to purchase it.

In 2002, I saw an unsigned copy for sale on Amazon.com at $75.

in 2004, I saw a 1st edition softcover selling for over $110.

20120925, on eBay, #240/1000 on sales for $200.


A Reverence for Wood

Eric Sloane


Published by Funk & Wagnalls, 1965; 1st printing


20120925 a signed 6th printing book is selling for $100 on biblio.com

20120925 1st printing selling for $50 on abebooks.com


Aesop’s Fables with proverbs and applications


Illustrated by ?

Published by Bliss, Sands & Co, 1847


The Amazing Spiderman:  Spirits of the Earth

Charles Vess

Hardcover w/dust jacket

Illustrated by Charles Vess

Published by Marvel Comics, 1990; 1st printing


The Complete Works of Robert Burns

Robert Burns

Hardcover, 6 volumes

Published by Gebbie & Co., Philadelphia

Copyright 1886, by Gebbie & Co.

Edited by James Hunter.

“Wood Notes Wild”, Self-interpreting, Illustrated with 60 etchings


These very old books are from my parents’ house. They are in fair to good condition.


By “Self-interpreting”, they mean that there is some translation of the words from Scottish to English, shown in the margins.


The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri

Hardcover w/dust jacket

Translated by Lawrence Grant White

Illustrated by Gustave Dore

Published by Pantheon, 1948; 1st printing


This is a nice old book; dimensions are 8 ½ x 11.

8/2004 – This edition is selling for $25 on the internet.

20120925 selling for $35 on eBay


Dutton’s Holiday Annual


Edited by C. T. L’Estrange

Published by E. P. Dutton, 1893


This was my Grandfather’s book, given to me by my parents.


Eric Sloane’s Americana

Eric Sloane

Boxed set of three hardcovers

-        American Barns and Covered Bridges, 1954

-        Our Vanishing Landscape, 1955

-        American Yesterday, 1956

Published by Funk & Wagnalls, 1956; 1st printing


I bought this at a yard sale in Brewster, NY, for I think $5.

8/2004, 1956 HC of American Yesterday selling for $10 on internet.

20120925 this boxed set selling for $295 at abebooks.com; only $45 at amazon.com


Fabre’s Book of Insects


Hardcover (no slipcase)

Illustrated by E. J. Detmold

Published by Tudor, New York, 1935

New Edition (first printing)

Copyright 1921.


This was my grandfather’s book, given to me by my father December, 2007.

In the back is a stamp from Ridge Bookshop, Glens Falls (NY).

It’s in fair condition.  Internet prices (1/2008) range from $45 to $400.


Gaelic-English Dictionary



4th edition

Published by Northern Chronicle, 1922


The Giant Nursery Book


Illustrated by Tony Palazzo

Published by Garden City Books, 1957; 1st printing


I read this often growing up.  After many years, I pulled it out to read stories to my children.  I immediately recognized nearly every picture in the book.


History of New Paltz and Its Old Families

Ralph LeFevre


1st Edition

Published by Fort Orange Press, 1903


This is great, but note the 2nd edition includes a 200-odd page appendix with much additional information on Ulster County families.  I bought the book on e-bay.  The pages have separated from the binding, but they’re all together.  And I bought it for reading, not looks.

1/5/2004 – a very good condition 1st edition went for $150 on e-bay.


The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkien

Leathered, boxed hardcover

Published by Haughton Mifflin; 1993?


The Life of Christ Visualized

Set of Three comic books; Books one, two and three in the ‘Bible Visualized” series

Published by The Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, OH, 1942, 1943

Numbers 1051, 1052 and 1053


These were my mothers’.  She has signed them on the top “Anita Zneimer

8/2004:  Book One is selling for $6.50-$14.25 on the internet; the three book set sells for $25.00.  At biblio.com.


Mother Goose Rhymes

Edited by Watty Piper


Illustrated by Margot Austin

Published by The Platt & Munk Co., 1940


8/2004 – a similar printing of this book was selling for $25 on the internet.


Picture Book of Mother Goose

Berta and Elmer Hader


Published by Coward-McCann, 1930, 1944; 5th printing



Neil Gaimen


Illustrated by Charles Vess

Published by Vertigo/DC Comics, c1998; 1st printing


Tales from the Shawangunk Mountains

Marc B. Fried


Published by Adirondack Mountain Club, Inc., Glens Falls, NY, c 1981

Printed by W.F. Humphrey Press, Inc., Geneva, NY; 1st printing


Signed by Marc Fried July 28, 1982. 


The Works of Charles Dickens, Illustrated

Charles Dickens

Hardcover, 3 volumes

Published by P. F. Collier, New York, 1879.

The Collier’s Unabridged Edition. With 40 illustrations for each volume.


These very old books are from my parents’ house. They are in fair condition.


The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

Edward R. Tufte

Hardcover w/dust jacket

Published by Graphics Press, 1983; 7th printing, December, 1986


This is an impressive book on how to present data in graphical form.  It includes a great graphic of Napoleon’s army disintegrating in Russia (p. 41).  I got a print of this graphic, and now my dad has it hanging in his living room.



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