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.


Hickory Stick Book Shop

When the weather outside is frightful, indoor browsing is delightful in the inviting independent bookstores that are still alive and well in Connecticut’s Fairfield County and Litchfield Hills.

Personal and comfortable shops like these are an endangered species in the wake of giant stores and on-line shopping, yet these very special spots continue to survive and thrive, providing the kind of experience book lovers crave. Browsers will find a warm welcome, staffs that know books and owners who are often around to chat and recommend. Best sellers are on view, but so are treasures selected by knowledgeable owners, titles that might have escaped notice in a superstore. While they are old-fashioned in many ways, these stores do keep up with the times and offer a full array of e-books.

A bookstore tour makes for a wonderful afternoon, plus a stack of reading pleasure to take home. Along with books, visitors will be discovering charming towns with other unique shops. Bring the kids along—they will make discoveries, too.

Litchfield Hills

The Hickory Stick Book Shop in Washington Depot is exactly the kind of shop book lovers appreciate. A community fixture for over 60 years, the store has owners and staff with over 100 years (collectively) in the book business. They are ready to help answer questions, find a particular title or suggest something unexpected. Like many of these independent bookstores, the Hickory Stick promotes “indie next” choices culled from many independent booksellers, aimed at adults as well as children and reading groups.

In historic quarters on a street lined with intriguing shops, Kent’s House of Books features quality literature and a vault filled with children’s books. Befitting a town on the Appalachian Trail, they carry a good stock of maps; trail guides and books on the out-of-doors. Bank Street Book Nook in New Milford is another small gem; full of finds and with a train set to keep kids happy while parents shop.

Fairfield County

Barrett Bookstore

The Barnett Book Store has had many reincarnations since it opened for business in Stamford in 1939. The attractive present location in the Noroton Heights section of Darien stocks all manner of interesting books, fiction and non-fiction, and excellent children’s books, as well. Books on the Common in Ridgefield is another survivor. A fixture since 1984 in various locations, the store was reborn in 2009 in a 100-year old building right on the town’s charming Main Street, maintaining the atmosphere and interesting stock that has kept customers loyal since the start. Elm Street Books in New Canaan is another example of the kind of store avid readers crave, small, personal and packed with treasures. The store features many readings and autograph sessions with authors.

One of the most unusual stores is Diane’s Books in Greenwich. When Diane Garrett opened 1990, some said she was crazy, given the negative trends and competition. But Garrett proved them wrong with her concept, a “family bookstore ” where she knows her customers and serves them from childhood to adulthood. All ages enjoy the informal atmosphere of the store where stacks of books are piled on shelves, tables and the floor and notes and signatures from authors cover the walls.

Old and rare

Johnnycake Books

Western Connecticut also has treasure troves for those who love the finds hiding among stacks of used books, and collectors will find prizes among the region’s rare book dealers. At the Tattered Pages Book Shop in Monroe in Fairfield County, two big floors are chock-a-block with used books, some 30,000 of them. A 1783 schoolhouse in Litchfield County is home to Lavender Path Antiques and Books in Harwinton, another large dealer with a stock of 20,000 used and out-of-print titles. Litchfield Hills offerings for collectors includes Barbara Farnsworth Booksellers in West Cornwall that offers more than 45,000 books with large selections in a wide variety of categories and Salisbury’s Johnnycake Books that sells rare and collectible titles in appropriately vintage quarters a nineteenth century cottage.

Lavender Path Antiques and Books

For more information on area shops and free color guides to nearby attractions, lodging and dining in the Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County, contact the Western Connecticut Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, www.visitwesternct.com.


Bank Street Book Nook, 50 Bank Street, New Milford, 860-354-3865, www.bankstbooknook.com

Barbara Farnsworth Bookseller, 407 Route 128, West Cornwall, 860-672-6571, www.farnsworthbooks.com

Barrett Bookstore, 314 Heights Road, Darien, 203-655-2712, www.barrettbookstore.com

Books on the Common, 404 Main Street, Ridgefield, 203-431-9100, www.booksonthecommon.com

Diane’s Books, 8 Grigg Street, #A, Greenwich, 203-869-1515, www.dianesbooks.com

Elm Street Books, 35 Elm Street, New Canaan, 203-966-4545, www.elmstreetbooks.com

Hickory Stick Bookshop, 2 Greenhill Road, Washington Depot, 860-868-0525, www.hickorystickbookshop.com

House of Books, 10 North Main Street, Kent, 860-927-4104, www.hobooks.com

Johnnycake Books, 12 Academy Street, Salisbury, 860-435-6677, www.johnnycakebooks.com

Lavender Path Antiques and Books, 50 South Street, Harwinton, 860-689-8081,www.lavenderpathantiques.com

Tattered Pages Book Shop, 150 Main Street, Monroe, 203-261-6755, www.tatteredpagesbookshop.com.

For more information on area shops and free color guides to nearby attractions, lodging and dining in the Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County, contact the Western Connecticut Visitors Bureau, PO Box 968, Litchfield, CT 06759, (860) 567-4506, http://www.visitwesternct.com.