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CHARLES AGVENT has been buying and selling rare books, manuscripts, and autographs in a variety of fields since 1987.  We have books from the 15th to the 21st century and feature a stock strong in Signed Books & Autographs, Literary First Editions, Presidential material, African-American Literature & History, and Fine Press & Illustrated Books.  In addition, we carry the largest inventory of Limited Edition Club books and ephemera in the world.  We are members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers and adhere to their high ethical standards.

Please search or browse our inventory of approximately 6000 items.  Use the links to the left to browse our many specific categories and to see descriptions of new arrivals. If you can't find what you want, let us know and we'll be happy to search our extensive private inventory for you.

You can also click on the Catalogs link to see our pdf catalogs, including our latest catalog:

SUMMER MISCELLANY 2014: 127 Select Items

Our new catalog--SUMMER MISCELLANY 2014--contains 127 select items, all new arrivals, in a variety of fields. Highlights include the scarce First Issue of Shakespeare's POEMS [1709] in a beautiful Cosway binding; Thoreau's WORKS with a leaf of manuscript mentioning Walden Pond; one of 25 special copies of the Gregynog Aesop; Louise Bryant's acting copy of Eugene O'Neill's first book along with several John Reed association copies; a long run of signed and limited Raymond Carver titles; the first book of music by a Native American; a lengthy unpublished manuscript about Alaskan gold by poet Joaquin Miller; several ornithological works including Audubon's BIRDS OF AMERICA, Brisson's ORNITHOLOGIE, Lewin's BIRDS OF GREAT BRITAIN, and others; some scarce modern poetry and signed presidential books; signed copies of Emerson's POEMS, Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING; and much more.


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