Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?

Look no further! Manchester by the Book is here for you. Here are a few hand-picked (and gorgeously photographed) selections!

Also, at the bottom of this post we've compiled list of a few of our rarer items. If you're seeking for a serious gift for a lover of literature, you've come to the right place.

If you see anything you're interested in or would like to request more information about a book, just email or call us!

Don't forget that Manchester By the Book will wrap your gift for FREE!

Here's how to reach us:
by way of the internet - manchesterbythebook@gmail.com
by way of the telephone - (978) 525-2929

Doctor Dolittle's Garden by Hugh Lofting
Sheep Puppet

For the lover of animals! The Dr. Dolittle series is a fun series and the old hardcover editions are very attractive gifts!

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
Horse Puppet
Give someone a childhood favorite! This beautiful copy of "Misty of Chicoteague" is a first edition.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

This is a really wonderful book that comes highly recommended by the entire staff of Manchester By the Book. Although we have a few editions, the one pictured is a facsimile of the First Edition. It comes with a lovely slip cover and, in my humble opinion, would be very aesthetically pleasing with a crimson bow.

Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
Give the gift of a local author! Manchester By the Book has many first editions and signed copies of the works of John Updike. This one, "Rabbit is Rich" is a first edition hardcover.

The Once and Future King by T.H. White
This copy of T.H. White's classic tale of King Arthur, "The Once and Future King" contains all four books ("The Sword in the Stone," "The Queen of Air and Darkness," "The Ill-Made Knight," and "The Candle in the Wind.") It is the perfect book for the lover of fantasy and myth.

Mitten Strings for God by Katrina Kenison
For mothers in a hurry! This brand new SIGNED copy of Katrina Kenison's "Mitten Strings for God" is the perfect gift for mothers, new or old.
Nancy Drew and the Clue in the Jewel Box by Carolyn Keene.
A great gift to remind someone of their childhood (or to give to a child!) We have many different copies of the Nancy Drew series. Pick your favorite edition!

Andre the Giant: a Legendary Life
This is a flawless gift for your most massive friend!

On Dreams by Freud
The Interpretation of Dreams
Dreams by Jung
For the psychological scholar or the interpreter of dreams!

Boston's Gold Coast by Joseph Garland
Old Homes of New England: Historic Houses in Clapboard, Shingle and Stone
The North Shore is the perfect place to live, why not celebrate it in a gift?

The Book of Tea by Kakuzo Okakura
$12.95 (new)
This is a classic book about Japanese Teaism and Tea culture. Okakura touches on philosophical traditions ranging from Taoism to Zen Buddhism. The Book of Tea is a celebration of tranquility and simplicity. Also, Okakura was friends with Isabella Stewart Gardener, which proves that he was (at the very least) cool.

Mr. Boston: Official Bartender's Guide
Do you need to send a polite but firm hint to your friend that serves Pabst Blue Ribbon at every dinner party? Then this is the perfect gift! Ring in the New Year with gallons of Nashville Eggnog instead of a cooler of watery brews! The whole party will thank you.

Mushroom Cookery by Helmut Ripperger
This is a First Edition cookbook printed in 1941. Serious mushroom cooks will be thrilled to find this gem in their stocking. The recipes range from Hungarian Mushroom Soup to Chinese Stuffed Mushrooms. There is a dish for every shroomy palate!

Organic Gardening by Maria Rodale
Organic Gardening by Geoff Hamilton

Is your neighbor's compost pile coming dangerously close to ruining your friendship? Then give the gift of Organic Gardening. This gift sends the message that you approve of his or her passion for GREEN, but you will only endure the rotting matter if they use it to grow something delightful.

Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Julia Child
$89.95 (new)

This beautiful box set is the perfect gift for your B.C.F. (B.C.F. stands for Best Chef Friend, for those of you that don't have one.) Mastering the Art of French Cooking would also appeal to your M.S.S.F.F. (Meryl Streep Super-Fan Friend), as it is the book that appears in the hit movie Julie and Julia.

Searching for Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead by Phil Lesh

This book would make a perfect gift for your favorite deadhead. Searching for Sound is also perfect for the musical anthropologist man or woman in your life who's focused field of study is "bands that like bears."

Death of a Lady's Man by Leonard Cohen
$45 (first edition)

This book is incredible and this edition is hard to find. Please buy this book for me. I love you and I'll always be there for you. (your friend, Laura)


Robert Penn Warren
New and Selected Poems : 1923-1985
First Edition and signed by Robert Penn Warren

Joyce Carol Oates
Signed by Joyce Carol Oates. Limited edition of 150 copies. We have #17!

also by Joyce Carol Oates
Invisible Woman : New and Selected Poems 1970-1982
Inscribed by Joyce Carol Oates to poet, essayist and editor Peter Davison.

Margaret Thatcher
Statecraft : Strategies for a Changing World
Signed by Margaret Thatcher. Also signed and dated by Thatcher on a 'Certificate of Authenticity,' that is laid in.

Edward Gorey
The Glorious Nosebleed : Fifth Alphabet
Signed by Edward Gorey.

also signed by Gorey
The Curious Sofa By Ogdred Weary

ALSO signed by Gorey
The Headless Bust : a Melancholy Meditation on the False Millennium
First Edition!

John Barth
The Literature of Exhaustion and the Literature of Replenishment
Signed by John Barth and a Limited Edition Presentation Copy

Anne Sexton
First Edition, First Printing and signed by Anne Sexton and the illustrator!

John Updike
The Afterlife and Other Stories
First Edition, First Printing and signed by John Updike.

Maxine Kumin
Up Country : Poems of New England - New and Selected
Signed by Maxine Kumin

Edward Albee
The Wounding : An Essay on Education
Signed by Edward Albee and a First Edition.

Willa Cather
Shadows on the Rock
Signed by Willa Cather and number 197 of 619 copies. First Edition.

Tennessee Williams
Small Craft Warnings (book, script, 3 sheets of cast photos, and postcard of Play Preview invitation)
Inscribed by Tennessee Williams. Inscription states, "To Mario, With Love, Tennessee." Inscription is believed to be for Mario deMaria, who was a producer of the play. 35 photographs.

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