Collectible Books

Looking to buy or donate collectible/rare books?

The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries used book stores encourage you to buy and donate books that may have a collectible value.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.  Our collectibles pricing system ensures that The Friends of the Costa Mesa Libraries obtains maximum value for these donations and that collectors can easily find titles they are seeking.  

Our collectible books are showcased at the Mesa Verde Bookstore, which is located behind the Mesa Verde Library at the intersection of Baker Street and Mesa Verde Drive East. Our policy is simple "cash and carry" - come to the store, pay for the item and take it home.  We accept cash and checks only. The store hours are 1:00 to 4:00pm Tuesday through Sunday.  We are closed Mondays and holidays.

If you live at a distance, we suggest you call during business hours to see if the item is still available. The store phone is 714-438-0517.  Interested collectors may reserve up to three items by phone. These reservations will be held through Sunday, but will lapse on Monday.

Below is our current list of items for sale.  Please check back often as we are always adding new books and items!

Ray Bradbury Stories by Ray Bradbury


Hardcover with dust jacket, 2003 1st Edition. $10.00


American Fisherman by Albert Cook Church (Rare)


American Fisherman by Albert Cook Church, text by James B. Connolly.  1st Edition, RARE.  Condition very good.  Hardcover, dustjacket shows some edge wear, protected with plastic.  First printing in decorated dark blue cloth covered boards with gilt text and decorations on the spine and front board.  Modest fading to the upper edge of the spine and the front board.  Binding tight. 192 pages containing line drawings, and 260 black and white photos by Church.  Published by W. W. Norton & Co., New York, 1940.  $35.00


"...this book presents a most important phase of New England shipping and completes a missing link of great historic value."


Selections from the Discourses of Epicetus, with the Enchiridion

Translated from the Greek, edited by Benjamin E. Smith.  Tooled leather cover and spine, gilt edges, hardcover. Very good condition for its age, corner and edge wear, binding strong. 245 pages. Copyright 1900.  Published in 1908 by The Century Co.  A rare and special find!  $25

Song of Myself by Walt Whitman


A collection of poems.  Suede cover, paper appears to be handmade, wear appropriate for age.  "Done in print by the Roycrofters at the shop which is in East Aurora, New York, A.D. 1904.  $20.00


"I, Walt Whitman, now thirty-seven years old, in perfect health, hoping to cease not til death, I will make the poems of materials, for I think they are to be the most spiritual poems, & I will make the poems of my body and my mortality."

The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Coopeer


Very good condition, title printed in gilt on cover and spine, minimal cover wear, binding is tight, no marks or damage inside.  462 pages.  Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1953.  Pictures by N.C. Wyeth!  $35.00


"Emerging into an opening that appeared to have been formed partly by the ravages of the wind, and partly by those of fire..."

Utah: A Celebration of the Landscape by Tom Hill


Signed by the author.  Breathtaking photography of the diverse Utah landscape by Tom Hill.  Like new condition, softcover. Text by Brooke Williams.  Forward by Terry Tempest Williams.  Published by Westcliffe Publishers, Inglewood CO, 1995.  $10.00

Chasing Napoleon by Tony Scherman


Chasing Napoleon, Forensic Photographs.  Includes Tony Scherman in conversation with Sandford Kwinter and Bruce Mau. Like new condition.  Dustcover shows wear with slight tears and worn at corners.  Published by Cameron & Hollis, Scotland, 1999.  $15.00


This book is dedicated to Hubert Robert and Max Jacob.  Both artists, both betrayed by artists, the first in 1793 by a signature, the other in 1944 by the absence of a signature.

Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels (1941)


Richard Halliburton's Complete Book of Marvels.  Hardcover, no dustjacket. Condition: Acceptable. Green cloth hardcover with red cloth spine, faded with some spotting.  Binding tight, no markings on pages.  Some foxing.  316 pages.  Published by The Bobbs Merrill company, copyright 1941.  Recent sales on Ebay $45 - $80 for comparable condition.  $40

The Old Spanish Missions of California (1913)


The Old Spanish Missions by Paul Elder. Hardcover.  A historical and descriptive sketch by Paul Elder - Illustrated chiefly from photography by western artists.  Half bound in buckram/burlap and paper boards.  Condition : Good.  Burlap torn at spine extremities.  Some spotting on front cover and marring on back cover.  Excellent interior condition.  Wonderfully illustrated with 51 mounted photographic images, 89 pages. First Edition in large format. Published 1913 by Paul Elder. An exceptional find.  $20  

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