Half Price Books stores across the country get the opportunity to handle—nestled among the diet books and serial romances—oddities and treasures, sometimes extremely rare items, first editions and autographed collectibles. This specially-curated collection of rarest of rare finds is just a small portion of the treasures on the shelves at Half Price Books. Take a peek at these rare finds and come back to visit this page each month as we spotlight more new (and old) rare finds from the nooks and crannies of our bookstores.

American Literary Classics

Among the most tried and true segments of our inventory are the reading-list classics—great works by authors in the American canon, including Faulkner, Hemingway, Morrison, and Steinbeck.

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Dickens First Editions

These fine editions were scouted from bookshops across the UK, and Half Price Books is proud to offer them to you right here.

Check out these First Edition Dickens

Rare & Mysterious

The Mystery section is always one of the most popular areas in our stores. Whether it’s private eyes, tough guys, or lady spies, some mystery fans just can’t get enough suspenseful tales of crime.

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Featured Rare Find

The Descent of Man,
and Selection in Relation to Sex

by Charles Darwin

London, John Murray, 1871.

This is the UK first edition, first issue, of the Darwin classic, in the scarce original publisher’s green cloth binding. The Descent of Man contains, on page two of the first volume, the first appearance of the word “evolution” in any of Darwin’s works. The first edition was published in two volumes, despite the fact that Darwin saw the book’s two parts as one continuous work.

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