Rare Book Sale at Pequot Library


Exceedingly scarce rare books, known as “Specials” are what set the 53rd Annual Pequot Library Book Sale apart from other less-robust book sales. They are one reason Pequot Library’s Summer Book Sale is called, “The Best Book Sale in New England.” From Friday, July 26 – Tuesday, July 30, 2013, the public will have an opportunity to see and purchase collector’s items and first editions. Admission is free and all Sale proceeds benefit Pequot Library located on 720 Pequot Ave. in Southport. For additional information visit www.pequotlibrary.org or call 203-259-0346 ext. 15.

Pequot’s offerings of “specials” is consistently the finest, in all the book sales. This year, 2 rare signed books, inscribed by Jean-Paul Sartre, plus numerous signed works of US presidents and sports celebrities, and a reprint of the Bay Psalms (among the most valuable books in the world), will be for sale.

Bay Psalms Book is an exceedingly scarce early reprint (1862) of the first book printed in North America (in 1640). There were only 50 copies printed for subscribers. 12 of these copies are currently within institutions leaving 38 possibly remaining in private hands. The original copies are considered to be among the most valuable books in the world.

Other specials offerings include a number of rare signed books by Maurice Sendak, John Knowles, former US Presidents, George Bush and Jimmy Carter, baseball star, Hank Aaron, and WWl flying ace and American Aviator, Eddie Rickenbacker.


Five (out of dozens) of signed books include: Jimmy Carter, The Virtues of Aging; Hank Aaron, I had a Hammer; Sandra Day O’Connor, Chico (an illustrated children’s book); Farah Pahlavi, An Enduring Love: My life with the Shah; and Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are. Two (of many) interesting first editions are by John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday; and Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes.

Two scarce books on poetry include: The Newark Anniversary Poems (1917). This was done nearly 100 years ago in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Newark (NJ). Apart from its local interest, this is notable for the inclusion of one poem by Ezra Pound. The Book of American Negro Poetry (1922), includes poems from many notable Black poets of the early 20th century.

Because of the long-time community support, Pequot’s sale, in its 53rd year, is the largest in the region with the most extensive selection books. Other valuable unsigned books for sale will include: a 1st printing/collector’s reprint edition (1966) of Tolkien’s, The Hobbit; a 1924 collection of 50 loose plates (Interieurs) featuring architectural drawings of interiors by seven French art deco designers/firms; 1892 edition of History of New Haven County — a very scarce first edition of this hefty (800+ pages) reference, plus numerous engravings/portraits with tissue paper. First editions including Planet of the Apes, and works by Dashiell Hammett, Robert Parker, John Steinbeck, along with many others are for sale.

Pequot Library’s 53rd Annual Summer Book Sale also has over 140,000 books, CD’s, DVD, records, videos.

Friday, July 26: 9am to 8pm, DOUBLE the marked price
Saturday, July 27: 9am to 5:30pm, Priced as marked
Sunday, July 28: 9am to 5:30pm, Priced as marked
Monday, July 29: 9am to 6pm, HALF the marked price
Tuesday, July 30: 9am to 2pm, $5 PER BAG DAY!

Cash, check, and all major credit cards accepted.

Please visit www.pequotlibrary.org to learn more about this open-to-the-public small, unique, community library. For area information visit www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com.

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