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Barry R. Levin
Science Fiction & Fantasy

720 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90401

Store Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.; Friday 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Closed Saturday; Sunday 12:00 NOON to 4:00 P.M.

Telephone: 310-458-6111
Email: BRL at RARESF dot COM

EST. 1973

  • Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films
  • American Booksellers Association
  • Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America
  • Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists
  • Bibliographical Society (American & British)
  • Book Publicists of Southern California
  • British Fantasy Society
  • Burroughs Bibliophiles
  • The Heinlein Society
  • Horror Writers Association
  • Independent Online Booksellers Association
  • International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts
  • International Autograph Collectors Club & Dealers Alliance
  • International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
  • Los Angeles Sub-ERBs
  • The Manuscript Society
  • New England Science Fiction Association
  • North American Jules Verne Association
  • Patent of Nobility (Count) Bestowed by the Sovereign Principality of Sealand
  • Private Libraries Association
  • COO - Science Fiction Fantasy Films, Inc.
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
  • The Science Fiction Museum in Seattle
  • Science Fiction Research Association
  • Southern California Booksellers Association
  • Southern California Manuscript Society
  • Universal Autograph Collectors Club Registered Dealer
  • (Marquis) Who's Who in America
  • (Marquis) Who's Who in the World

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    Barry R. Levin's Santa Monica Bookstore

    Barry R. Levin's Santa Monica Bookstore Barry R. Levin Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature
    was founded January 1, 1973. We are one of the world's leading dealers in rare and first editions of science fiction, fantasy, and horror with a strong emphasis on autographs, manuscripts, literary correspondence, and original art. A small portion of our inventory can be seen on our website at www.raresf.com, a larger portion at our store at 720 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica CA 90401-2602. (Regrettably our warehouse is not open to the public.)
    Barry R. Levin's Santa Monica Bookstore Our store is beautifully laid out for the sale of rare books and original art. The front room, used as the main sales floor, has a very high ceiling, oak bookcases with glass doors, mirrored display cases, a double-door safe, oak paneling, and a large brass chandelier. All the floors are covered with wine-colored wall-to-wall carpet.
    Barry R. Levin's Santa Monica Bookstore The guest lounge is behind the sales floor, a small comfortable room, with leather and oak furniture, a small refrigerator stocked with champagne, and two safes. Original art covers the walls. Above the lounge is the mezzanine, reached by a staircase lined with original art and autographs. The store's office is on the mezzanine, a very light airy room with two large windows and comfortable furniture. As you might imagine, this very handsome store has become a favorite place to visit for the local literati—a place where serious collectors can meet and talk books to their hearts' content while being surrounded by rare and first editions, manuscripts, and original art. The next time you are in the Los Angeles area, please come visit; after all, this store was created just for you!

    This website contains only a very small sample of our inventory. Please feel free to contact us with your wants.

    Barry R. Levin

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    Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus

    London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley. 1831 FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION, revised, corrected, and with a new introduction by the author. Two volumes. In the introduction, Mary Shelley relates for the first time the circumstances and origin of the tale. Also, in this edition, Dr. Frankenstein's creation is depicted for the first time — We see the Doctor fleeing in terror from his awakening monster. Bound with THE GHOST-SEER! by Schiller and EDGAR HUNTLEY, OR, THE SLEEP WALKER by Charles Brockden Brown. This is the rarest issue of this edition, as it is bound both with THE GHOST-SEER and EDGAR HUNTLEY, rarely found thus. Contemporary half-calf and marbled boards, spines lettered and numbered in gilt with strapwork tooling and three gilt ornaments each. Marbled boards and their edges rubbed, endpapers foxed, engraved title in volume one shows offsetting from frontispiece, some signatures a little jumped in volume one, some minor soiling to a few leaves. CONSIDERED A SUPERIOR COPY OF THIS EDITION.  $12,500.00

    Last updated 05.27.2016