The Antiquarian Bookseller’s Catalog

atkins-bookshelf-booksAn antiquarian bookseller’s catalog is a bibliophile’s dream of a museum between two covers. Open any catalog, and you will find literary treasures — valuable first editions, rare inscribed copies, manuscripts, letters, screenplays, and author portraits — from some of the most famous authors in the world.

Ken Lopez has been an antiquarian bookseller since the early 1970s. Formerly the president of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Lopez focuses on first editions, literature of the 1960s, the Vietnam War, nature writing, and Native American literature. He is the quintessential bibliophile — as passionate about discovering rare books as he is about preserving literary history. Bibliophiles salivate as they browse through his comprehensive catalogs, filled with fascinating and valuable literary treasures. Here are some highlights from his most recent catalog, Modern Literature No. 166 (April 2016):

Ray Bradbury: Match to Flame: The Fictional Path to Fahrenheit 451 and The Dragon Who Ate His Tail ($500)

R. Crumb: Original portrait of Charles Bukowski ($15,000)

James Dickey: Two typewritten letters ($200)

William Faulkner: First edition of The Town, signed and inscribed by the author ($12,500)

John Fowles: Screenplay of The Magus ($4,500)

McSweeney’s: Books, magazines, journals, photographs, and artifacts from 1999-2003 ($30,000)

Pablo Neruda: Cancion de Gesta (Song of Protest) first edition ($2,500)

Thomas Pynchon: Inherent Vice advance reading copy ($2,500)

Jane Smiley: A Thousand Acres inscribed by the author ($275)

Tom Stoppard: Revised first draft of Billy Bathgate based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel ($650)

John Kennedy Toole: First edition of A Confederacy of Dunces signed by the author ($10,000)

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