Vintage & Collectible

I've always found the below introduction amusing and am loathe to get rid of it, but it doesn't really tell you our goal of this category. You'll notice most of these books are not in-stock. It's unlikely we'll ever have very many at a time, but we're building it with the intention of helping you find the information you need to collect these series and volumes. We plan to continue adding more titles, pictures, copyright dates, illustrators, ISBNs (if they exist), and more, to help you track down these awesome books from the past. If you like this section and want more, we'd like to commend the website Reshelving Alexandria and their Facebook community, as they are doing something very similar—and in some ways they are doing it better!

For some, book collecting is like African big game hunting—taking down the animal is pretty satisfying, but the real excitement is in tracking the beast, following it for hours or even days, picking up sign as it melts into the horizon until finally you get it in your sights. Eli is that kind of book collector. It's the thrill of the chase that drives him; once he completes a set or finds a particular volume it's a bit of a letdown.

That's not to say Eli doesn't love books (he owns a bookstore, after all). It's just that collecting them is something different altogether from owning or reading them, something almost primitive and instinctual, drawing on skills that lie dormant in most of us. The book collector's skills are the same that help a man on safari smell his prey in an old footprint or see a clump of fur caught in the bark of a palm tree or simply see the animal in the distance.

These aren't just any kind of books we're talking about collecting. Anyone can procure each volume of their favorite new fiction, or each year's New York Times bestsellers. They're everywhere, and they don't take much effort to find. The kind of books collectors go for (especially collectors like Eli) are hard or next to impossible to find, typically old, and just plain cool.

Exactly the kind of books we've put in this category, in fact. "Vintage & Collectible" isn't just some goofy title we came up with to generate interest; although most of these books are not technically "rare," and only occasionally expensive, they aren't at every streetcorner bookshop and they're typically titles appealing to a very specific readership (or ownership, if we're going to be entirely accurate). There's plenty here that the more average library compilers among us will find interesting.

As you scan the titles below, imagine you're in some mahogany-lined old bookstore in an old city and that a whispy-haired old man can tell you the history of each volume in his collection. Or just look for the book you're after, it might be there. Whatever you do, give these books a good home and help us perpetuate one of the most exciting and underappreciated sports in the world.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he's a husband and father who loves church, good food, and weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.
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622 Items found Print
1620, Year of the Pilgrims
by Genevieve Foster
from Charles Scribner's Sons
History Reference/Biography for 7th-10th grade
in New World Colonization (Location: G3C-HIS)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Jules Verne
from Grosset & Dunlap
Science Fiction for 5th-10th grade
in Science Fiction (Location: FIC-SCI)
Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House
Landmark #61
by Sterling North
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Abraham Lincoln in Peace and War
by Earl Schenck Miers
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo
World Landmark #3
by Richard Walsh
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Adventures in the Wilderness
by Rutherford Hayes Platt
from Troll Associates
for 6th-10th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
Dover Children's Thrift Classics
by Thornton W. Burgess
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Pinocchio
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Carlo Collodi
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 4th-8th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Illustrated Junior Library Series 3
by Mark Twain
from Grosset & Dunlap
Realistic Fiction for 6th-10th grade
in Adventure Stories (Location: FIC-ADV)
Adventures of Ulysses
World Landmark #40
by Gerald Gottlieb
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fables for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
Aesop's Fables
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Aesop
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 2nd-6th grade
Air War Against Hitler's Germany
by Stephen W. Sears
from American Heritage Publishing Co.
for 4th-8th grade
in American Heritage Junior Library (Location: VIN-AHJL)
Alaska Gold Rush
Landmark #92
by May McNeer
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Landmark #85
by Russel & Anna Crouse
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Alexander the Great
World Landmark #2
by John Gunther
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: VIN-LAN)
Alexander the Great
by Charles Mercer
from Harper & Row
for 4th-8th grade
in Horizon Caravel Books (Location: VIN-HOR)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 4
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
Fantasy for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 2
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Illustrated Junior Library Series 1
by Lewis Carroll
from Grosset & Dunlap
for 5th-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
All About Animals and Their Young
All About Books #25
by Ferdinand C. Lane
from Random House
for 4th-6th grade
in Zoology
All About Archaeology
All About Books #32
by Anne Terry White
from Random House
for 4th-6th grade
in Archaeology (Location: HIS-ARCH)
All About Aviation
All About Books
by Robert D. Loomis
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Aviation History (Location: G5B-HIS)
All About Biology
by Bernard Glemser
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Birds
All About Books #11
by Robert S. Lemmon
1955 Edition from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Birds (Location: H8B-SCI)
All About Cats
by Carl Burger
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Courts of Law
by Ruth Brindze
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Dinosaurs
All About Books #1
by Roy Chapman Andrews
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Dinosaurs & Fossils (Location: H8E-SCI)
All About Dogs
All About Books #42
by Carl Burger
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Electricity
All About Books #23
by Ira M. Freeman
from Random House
for 4th-6th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Elephants
by Carl Burger
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Engines and Power
by Sam & Beryl Epstein
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Famous Inventors and Their Inventions
All About Books #18
by Fletcher Pratt
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Inventions & Discoveries (Location: H)
All About Famous Scientific Expeditions
All About Books #24
by Raymond Holden
from Random House
for 4th-6th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Fire
by Raymond Holden
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Fish
by Carl Burger
from Random House
for 4th-6th grade
All About Great Medical Discoveries
All About Books #36
by David Dietz
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Great Rivers of the World
by Anne Terry White
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Heredity
by Judith Randal
in All About Books (Location: VIN-ALL)
All About Horses
All About Books #43
by Marguerite Henry
from Random House
for 3rd-6th grade
in Horses & Ponies (Location: H)
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