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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.)
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.
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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!
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POLIDORI, JOHN WILLIAM.
Tring: Gubblecote Press, 1974. Hard Cover. Very Near Fine (our Top = Fine)/Not Issued in Dust Jacket. First edition of this LEAF BOOK, WHICH IS NUMBERED AND LIMITED TO ONLY 19 COPIES. The limitation page states: "This is an original leaf from the 1819 American edition of THE VAMPYRE, A TALE by John William Polidori, erroneously attributed to Lord Byron on its title page, published by M. Thomas and printed by J. Maxwell, Philadelphia. This is one of two editions published in America in 1819, the same year as the first edition published in England. It is not known which of the two American imprints has the honor of being the first American edition. Only one complete copy of this edition is now known to exist. / This book contains leaf p. 37, one of only 19 surviving leaves from a copy of [the edition published by M. Thomas] discovered in 1975." Since there were only 19 leaves remaining to this copy, the leaf-book edition was thus limited to only 19 copies. Rubbing to white on very tips of book otherwise fine (not issued in dust jacket). Fine is our highest grade. Unread.
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