A British Invasion at Half Price Books

More than 600 books from across the waters will be available to see and purchase on September 9th.

Half Price Books has always been a melting pot of books and music. We still adhere to our founders’ motto: “We buy everything printed or recorded.” We take mass-market paperbacks along with fine antiquarian volumes; all formats of music and movies; games, both board and video; and now electronic devices related to books and music. Our 120+ stores buy all day every day and see and sell a little of everything. But still…

We’ve long pondered a little further outreach, specifically to England, for books. We were finally able to set something up with English bookseller Charlie Unsworth, with whom we’ve had a working relationship for decades: he worked out an arrangement with our book buyer James Crates to scout England for treasures seldom seen over this way; he gets them to us, and we offer them to our customers. Brilliant!

Books1The presentation of Mr. Unsworth’s initial batch of finds will take place at our Flagship store in Dallas on September 9 at 4 p.m., and we’re pretty excited about that. And don’t worry if you aren’t in the Dallas area: The books that we’ll make available in the store will all be available online at HPB.com. They range from a rare work called Heaven Upon Earth, printed in 1609 (while William Shakespeare was still upon earth) to a selection of Beatles paperbacks and magazines.

The antiquarian selections include theology, history and literature, as well as some curious topics, like painter George Catlin’s work on the health hazards of being slack-jawed, Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life (1873) and the 1886 Book of the Pig. We’ll also feature a work by Tacitus printed in 1685 and one by Samuel Butler printed in 1772. Oh, yes—and we also have a first edition, first issue, of Charles Darwin’s The Descent of Man.

The collection includes numerous volumes of young adult adventure tales, all with colorful pictorial front covers and spines, and an assortment that came from the library of Lady Pamela Egremont of Petworth House, a 17th-century Grade 1-listed country house in West Sussex. And there’s more: magazines featuring British Royalty, Jazz Book Club editions and jazz-related British firsts and volumes from Foyle’s Book Club.

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They’re in beautiful bindings, and many have fine illustrations. A few highlights to check out:

Omar Khayyam, illustrated by Mera K. Sett
A limited edition of 250 copies, privately printed (1914) because some of Sett’s gorgeous illustrations were considered too shocking for conventional publication.omarkallam_01

Shut Your Mouth and Save Your Life, by George Catlin
Catlin, noted painter of Native Americans in the Old West also had strong opinions about health. He published this theory of the health hazards of being slack-jawed in 1873.shutyourmouth_01

Heaven Upon Earth, by Joseph Hall
This copy, printed in 1609, was recently rebound in brown calf, with black title labels to spine, gilt.heavenonearth_01

The Descent of Man, by Charles Darwin
The first edition, first issue, of this important work.descentofman_01

The Scribleriad: an Heroic Poem by Richard Owen Cambridge
First Edition, 1751. Cambridge’s satirical poem’s “references to aerial combat, submarines, and electricity have caught the attention of a few modern readers.”
scribleriad_01

A Treatise of the Pope’s Supremacy by Isaac Barrow
Printed in 1680, this is the first posthumously published work of mathematician and theologian Isaac Barrow (1630-1677), who published little in his lifetime.Treatise 1.jpg

The collection includes a work by Tacitus printed in 1685; 100-to-200-year-old books on Tudor architecture, exploration and pig breeding; and numerous volumes of young adult adventure tales, all with colorful pictorial front covers and spines. There’s also an assortment that came from the library of Lady Pamela Egremont of Petworth House, a 17th-century Grade 1-listed country house in West Sussex. And there’s more: magazines featuring British Royalty, Jazz Book Club editions and jazz-related British firsts and volumes from Foyle’s Book Club.

To purchase these books, as well as collectible highlights acquired at our stores around the country, on our Rare Finds page. Want to know more about the collection? Contact the Buy Guy

 


Steve is the”Buy Guy” at Half Price Books Corporate.

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