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How to Buy Rare Books by William Rees-Mogg, First Edition
Located in valatie, NY
How to Buy Rare Books, A Practical Guide to the Antiquarian Book Market by William Rees-Mogg. Oxford: Phaidon, 1985. First edition hardcover with dust jacket. 155 pp. A guide to coll...
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20th Century English Books

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Paper

Decoration Tradition et Renouveau by Claude Fregnac, Rare First Edition
Located in valatie, NY
Decoration Tradition et Renouveau by Claude Fregnac. Hachette, 1973. First edition hardcover with dust jacket. 288 pages. Illustrated throughout with mainly color photos and some b&w...
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Vintage 1970s French Books

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Paper

Decoration Tradition et Renouveau by Claude Fregnac, Rare First Edition
Located in valatie, NY
Decoration Tradition et Renouveau by Claude Fregnac. Hachette, 1973. First edition hardcover with dust jacket. 288 pages. Illustrated throughout with mainly color photos and some b&w...
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Vintage 1970s French Books

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Paper

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Rare Book-First Edition-Le Fete Marriage Le Dauphin
By Henri Cohen, Seymour de Ricci
Located in New Orleans, LA
Incredible Complete First Edition (1726-1746)of Two Books Bound Together with important Historical Engravings.They commemorate the two marriages of the Dauphin,son of Louis XV to Ma...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier French Louis XV Books

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Paper

Washington’s Letters to Congress, Rare First American Edition, Two Volumes, 1795
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
“Official Letters to the Honourable American Congress Written During the War Between the United Colonies and Great Britain”. Rare first edition of Washington’s letters to members ...
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Antique 1790s Books

Lighting from Concealed Sources by J.L. Stair, Rare First Edition
By J.L. Stair
Located in valatie, NY
Lighting from concealed sources. New York: National X-Ray Reflector Company, 1919. First edition hardcover. 246 pp. An early guide to the satisfying effects of indirect lighting by J...
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Vintage 1910s American Books

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Paper

Rare Disney's Mickey Mouse Annual #4 1933 First Edition Book U.K. Pressing
By Walt Disney Productions
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Mickey Mouse Annual #4 (London: Dean & Son, Ltd., 1933) This book was published at the end of 1933 for the 1934 year, produced with the consent of Walter E. Disney. Cricket cover tit...
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Vintage 1930s English Books

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Paper

Books, Sir William Jardine's "the Naturalist's Library" Rare First Edition
Located in New York, NY
Rare first edition. Leather bound. 40 volumes. Small octavos. Contemporarily bound in three-quarter tan calf leather with marbled boards and edges and raised bands with gilt detailin...
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Antique 1840s Scottish Books

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Leather, Paper

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Located in New York City, NY
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Located in New York City, NY
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My Life, Signed by Bill Clinton, First Edition, First Printing, 2004
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
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Christmas A Story, Signed by Eleanor Roosevelt, First Edition, 1940
Located in Colorado Springs, CO
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David Hicks On Living With Taste First Edition 1968 Book
Located in London, GB
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Gio Ponti, First Edition Book
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
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19th Century Italian Pozzolan Large Heraldic Coat of Arms, Wall Decoration
By Osvaldo Borsani
Located in Casale Monferrato, IT
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Antique 1880s Italian Architectural Models

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Located in Lisse, NL
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Located in Colorado Springs, CO
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First Edition Goodbye Picasso Book by David Douglas Duncan
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Located in GB
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Rare First Edition Magic Game of "Juego de Magia Borras", 1933
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
First edition of the well-known Spanish magic game 'Juego de Magia'. Manufactured by Borras Plana in 1933. In good original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and u...
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Vintage 1930s Spanish Mid-Century Modern Games

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Shooting Print, The Shot by Cecil Aldin
By Cecil Aldin
Located in Oxfordshire, GB
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"The Paris Apartment" Book by Claudia Strasser, First Edition
Located in valatie, NY
The Paris Apartment by Claudia Strasser. HarperCollins, 1997. Stated first edition hardcover with dust jacket. The Paris Apartment is a popular shop in New York's East Village. Tips ...
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Located in Paris, FR
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The House and Garden Book of Classic Rooms, First Edition
Located in valatie, NY
The House and Garden Book of Classic Rooms by Robert Harling, Leonie Highton, and John Bridges. Vendome Press, NY, 1990. First Edition hardcover with dust jacket. An illustrated book...
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Paper

First Editions Rare Books For Sale on 1stDibs

There is a range of first editions rare books for sale on 1stDibs. Frequently made of paper, animal skin and leather, all first editions rare books available were constructed with great care. First editions rare books have been produced for many years, with earlier versions available from the 18th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 20th Century. There are many kinds of first editions rare books to choose from, but at 1stDibs, Louis XV and Mid-Century Modern first editions rare books are of considerable interest. There have been many well-made first editions rare books over the years, but those made by Henri Cohen, J.L. Stair and James Thrall Soby are often thought to be among the most beautiful.

Finding the Right Books for You

Antique and vintage books add a sense of culture and style to any room. Displaying these types of books in your living room or reading nook can warm a space with a distinguished feel.

Several factors make antique books highly desirable. Original jackets, ornate binding, illustrations and quality of the print all contribute to making a vintage book special. Rare books are of great interest to collectors in the know and can command high prices at auction. In 2021, an important early artist book by Andy Warhol sold at auction for more than $106,000. Somewhere between all the commercial work he did as an ambitious young graphic designer in the early 1950s and his first real debut as a Pop artist a decade later, Warhol produced a trove of incredibly charming drawings. His illustrated self-published artist books from the 1950s are very rare.

Many collectors seek the first edition of certain books. Fewer copies of a book and higher demand make it a rare find. A book that contains the author’s signature also makes it much more prized than other examples of the same title.

Collectors and designers decorate rooms with vintage books for a cozy feeling in a home. Coffee-table books, such as those featuring photography and design, serve as conversation pieces or offer a relaxing moment when leafed through.

Interior designers look for vintage books when they want to add color or detail. For instance, leather-bound books can create a scholarly air while mid-century titles offer a modern edge. Vintage international books or first editions can provide a sense of history.

No matter the genre, there is a book for you. You can find rare, one-of-a-kind antique books on 1stDibs. Browse by authors, like celebrated architect and designer Frank Lloyd Wright and Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as by period, including mid-century modern, Art Deco and Victorian.

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