12 Gift Ideas: Rare & Collectible Books

In the market for something extra special this season? Did you know that we have a wide selection of rare, collectible, and hard-to-find books? If there’s a collector on your list–whether their passion is all things Prince, modern first editions, or world children’s literature–we have a unique gift for their collection.

Or, for those who have a collection that might be in need of DIY repair, we have excellent archival-quality home repair kits for paper and leather starting at $49.




  • Hur Gick Det Sen? (What Happened After?) by Tove Jansson
    Gebers, 1952
    Beloved Swedish author Tove Jansson (creator of the Moomins) wrote many delightful picture books. This copy is in the original Swedish. Quarter cloth with pictorial boards. Edges and corners rubbed. Bookplate, library stamp inside front; perforated stamp on last page. Some writing in pencil (call numbers) inside but all pages otherwise bright and intact.
  • Gorey Stories by Edward Gorey
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1984
    A catalogue of books and drawings exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts between 1984 and 1985. Signed by Gorey on the cover. A pamphlet on white paper with a laid-in notice: “Because of recent events, West Wing and The Loathsome Couple will not be exhibited. Water Flowers is on display instead.” The Loathsome Couple was inspired by the “Moors Murders” committed by Ian Brady and Myra Hindley; Mr. Gorey refused to send the art and offered Water Flowers as a replacement after an ongoing criminal case in Minneapolis garnered attention in the national press.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
    P. Dutton and Company, 1926
    A first American edition in impeccable condition, having undergone partial restoration by a conservator.
  • The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss
    The Vanguard Press, 1938
    A later printing signed by Seuss on the front pastedown endpaper: “With best wishes, Dr. Seuss.”
  • The Original Peter Rabbit Books (23 Beatrix Potter Nursery Classics) Boxed Set, by Beatrix Potter
    Frederick Warne, 1985
    23 Volume Set in illustrated cardboard box. The original 23 Peter Rabbit stories by Beatrix Potter. All 23 small hardcover books have dust jackets in very good condition.
  • Prince Presents: the Sacrifice of Victor, photographs by Terry Gydesen
    Paisley Park Enterprises, 1994
    A scarce book issued only through Prince’s label. Features black and white photographs by Minnesota photojournalist Terry Gydesen, taken during the 1993 New Power Generation tour through Europe. Signed and inscribed by Gydesen.
  • Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis
    Random House, 1947
    Signed, limited, numbered edition in slipcase. Stated first printing. 2 bookplates from previous owners, on both end papers. Slipcase rather worn, with chipping/rubbing overall. Book in very good condition, with a slight bump to one corner but overall minimal wear.
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
    William Morrow & Co, 2013
    A signed first edition of the bestselling novel by a fantasy master. A very special item for SFF fans, at a great price. Book and dustjacket in very good condition.
  • The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
    Knopf, 1985
    First edition, first printing. Signed and inscribed by Allende on the front free endpaper, with her drawing of a flower. Minimal wear overall; some slight rubbing to edges of boards and jacket.
  • Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    Little, Brown & Company, 1996
    First edition, second printing, with first state jacket (“Vollman” on the back panel rather than Vollmann). Signed and dated (3/96) by Wallace on the title page. Rubbing to board edges. Spine cocked and lower edge of text block lightly dust-soiled, both from the weight of the book. Jacket edges lightly rubbed.
  • A Half Century of Minneapolis by Horace B. Hudson
    Hudson Publishing Company, 1908
    1908, 569 pgs. Half bound leather, pebbled cloth boards, gilt title on front board and spine. A solid book, clean throughout. Some rubbing to corners of boards. A fascinating slice of local history!
  • Book Repair Kit
  • Page Repair Kit
  • Leather Book Care Kit ($49-59)

Rare book prices range from $50 to $2500.



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