Attention Collectors: June’s Featured Finds

Half Price Books is a wonderful source for both new and used, rare and collectible, first editions and out-of-print titles, odd and unusal things. Since we buy and sell anything ever printed or recorded, our stores become a treasure trove of autographed books and other valueable items, alongside old yearbooks and other little pieces of history. Here’s a round-up of a few recently discovered items.

Signed Political Collection
Fascinated with Politicos? Our San Marcos HPB has obtained an excellent collection of signed political books including books signed by Presidents. Authors include: Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Edward Kennedy, Caroline Kennedy, and more.

For more information or to purchase one of these books, call 512-805-7503 or stop by the San Marcos Place HPB location in San Marcos, TX.

Buddy Holly Vintage Vinyl
Oh, Boy! It’s so easy…to find Buddy Holly collectible LPs. Just stop by our Richardson HPB where we have acquired a fabulous vinyl collection dating from 1957 to 1967. Maybe Baby you’ll Rave On these Everyday.

For more information, stop by our Campbell Village HPB in Richardson, TX or call 972-234-4286.


Collectible Photography Books
Our Richardson HPB has acquired an incredible collection of hardback photography books. Photographers include: Ansel Adams, Horst P. Horst, Andy Warhol, Kiki Smith, Helmut Newton, Richard Avedon, and more. Most are in excellent condition. Prices vary.

For more information, stop by our Campbell Village HPB in Richardson, TX or call 972-234-4286.

Deutsche Gedenkhalle, c. 1905
Art lovers, history buffs, and book collectors will appreciate this book of German history. Our Kansas City HPB has acquired this ornate folio published in 1905 in German. Includes a colorful lithograph frontispiece of Kaiser Wilhelm II along with 2 other plates created in the Art Nouveau or Jugendstil style. 100 additional historical photogravures. Condition is “war ravaged” as this scorched folio was salvaged during WWII. Binding is intact.

For more information, stop by our HPB store in Kansas City, MO or call 816-931-5377.

Safari Diary – Africa, 1961
Our Ridgmar HPB has acquired an unusual self-published pictorial diary. Published in 1961 by Mrs. F. Kirk (Bess) Johnson, featuring safari photos of actor, Jimmy Stewart and his wife, Gloria, along with the author and her husband, Fort Worth oil man, F. Kirk Johnson. Leather bound in simulated leopard skin. Good condition.

For more information, stop by our Ridgmar HPB in Fort Worth, TX or call 817-732-4111.

What have you spotted at HPB lately? Tweet us a pic using the #foundHPB hashtag.

Interested in any of these gems? Call the HPB at which they’re located, and the Bibliomaniacs on duty will ship it straight to you (did you know that we can now search our inventory nation-wide and ship books, movies, music & more straight to you? We’re pretty excited about it!)

— Susan

Behind the Scenes with Art Curator & HPB Alum

One of our employees from the early days of Half Price Books, Charles Dee Mitchell, just had his house featured in The Dallas Morning News.

In 1972 the Fort Worth native, a theater (writing and directing) graduate of SMU, returned to Dallas from a stint in New York City and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to apply for a job at a start-up called Half Price Books. Some years and many gold-plated stock options later, he decided to retire early to pursue his longtime sideline as an art curator and writer. Making his love of art central to his life required stretching out in new directions, including selling the warrenlike Hollywood Heights Tudor he had long called home.

Art curator, collector and retired Half Price Books employee, Charles Dee Mitchell, in his office.

Check out the full article and some pics of his fabulous, art-filled home!

Photo Source: Ben Torres

From The Buy Guy: Rare, Signed “Lord of the Rings” Boxed Set

Hi, Everyone! This is the Buy Guy, Steve Leach, reporting from the Buy Counter. Today I have exciting news! Kerry West, Store Manager of the Mentor, Ohio location, had something very rare and exciting cross her Buy Counter recently.

“We recently acquired a three-volume ‘Lord of the Rings’ in slipcase, each signed by J.R.R. Tolkien. We bought it from a woman who inherited it from her grandfather.  It is a second American edition; all three books are signed, and the first volume has an inscription.  The condition is not great, but the appearance of signed Tolkien items is so rare that the item’s value is great.” 

  This inscription (above right)reads, “Allen, 4000 m (miles) is a long way to travel for my dubious company.” J.R.R. Tolkien. It is dated December 15, 1966.

A few different factors were evaluated when determining the value of this Lord of the Rings boxed set. Very few American editions were signed. According to a website that specializes in Tolkien, another boxed set sold for $9,000 with only the first volume signed. The description noted that Tolkien very rarely wrote anything other than his name. Other signed copies of any individual books (not as a boxed set) start at $7,500. Because this boxed set includes signatures on all three books plus a personalized inscription on the first volume, Kerry and Steve are estimating the value at $25,000-30,000.

Contact Kerry at if you are interested!

Happy Buying & Selling!

— Steve


(Note: Thanks to our Sales Inventory Manager Kim Freeman for providing these pictures!)