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Welcome to Alexander Rare Books

Literary Firsts & Poetry

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I am a full-time bookseller specializing in literary firsts, especially poetry, important fiction, fine printing and publishing ephemera; with a particular interest in signed/inscribed books, association copies, books by and about Vladimir Nabokov, and advanced and uncorrected proof copies.

All domestic orders are shipped free of charge. Overseas shipped at approximate cost. You can usually reach me by phone during the day, from 8 to 8 ET. I enjoy talking directly with my customers, and am happy to answer questions by phone or email. Although I do not have an open shop, customers are very welcome by appointment.

I accept most credit cards, PayPal, money orders or checks. The checkout on this website is through PayPal. Institutions are billed according to need.

I am always buying interesting books, individually and as a collection, in my field of interest.

Want lists in my field are welcomed. If you would like to be on my mailing list (both paper—quarterly, and/or electronic—somewhat more often) please email me at

Featured Items

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Lowell, Robert
Price: US $3500.00
Cummington Press, Cummington

Book Condition: Very good
Edition: First Edition

8vo. Original blue paper boards with red stamping, in unprinted thin white paper dust jacket with a tissue jacket. One of 224 copies (of 250 total) pr... Details

The Quack Dentist

The Quack Dentist
Stallings, A. E.
Price: US $35.00
Tower Poetry, Christ Church, Oxford

Book Condition: Fine
Edition: First Edition

Sewn printed wrappers; 8vo. [8 pp.] Number 5 in a series of pamphlets of poems commissioned each to respond to a painting from the Picture Gallery of ... Details