Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Sale Proceeds Fund a Feast of Flowers



The flower beds surrounding George Mason Library are in full bloom! These black-eyed susans, coneflowers and daylilies not only beautify the  library borders but also provide important food sources for local pollinators, butterflies, and birds.

The  GM Friends fund these beds with book sale proceeds, and dedicated volunteers keep the beds healthy and lush. If you have some gardening experience and would like to contribute a little time to tending the beds, too, please contact Mandy Neet, Volunteer Coordinator, at Amanda.neet@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-813-6606.
Coneflowers are a favorite food source for bumblebees.
Later, watch for goldfinches, who will perch on the spent flowers to eat the seeds.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Last day of Spring 2015 Book Sale - Sunday April 26

Come in to the George Mason Regional Library for the last day of our Spring 2015 Book Sale!  The sale will be open from noon to 5 pm Sunday, April 26.  (Library services will start at 1 pm as usual.)


All remaining books, CDs, DVDs, recorded books and other items will be half-price!


We take cash, checks, and credit cards.


And we really hope to see you at the sale!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Featured Items -- Updates

The following items were recently added to the Adult Display Case:

The Hunt for Red October, 1st Printing    $300
Tom Clancy                                              
Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD
     More information about this special item

Trials per Pais: Or, The Law of England  Concerning Juries…   $50
Giles Duncombe
Printed by H. Woodfall and W. Strahan, 1766

Antiques: Authentic Reproductions   $25
H.C. Valentine & Co.              
Owner’s date: 1930

Also, this item is in the Children's Display Case:

Lucia, Lucia        $20
Adriana Trigiani, Audiobook, 5 CDs

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Featured in the Adult Display Case

Left lobby display case
Rare books, art books, and other collectibles are on display in the glass case to the left of the George Mason Regional Library lobby. Additionally, several television series on DVDs were recently added to this case.

These items will be available for sale beginning at 3 pm on Thursday, April 23.

Below is a list of titles and prices. We reserve the right to correct any mistakes in the prices or descriptions published here. Books may be removed or added without updating the list.



Max Beckmann, The Self-Portraits   $25
Peter Selz
Gagosian Gallery, Rizzoli 1992

The Tribal Art of Middle India $50
Verrier Elwin
Oxford University Press 1951

Songs My Mother
Never Taught Me
Songs My Mother Never Taught Me $20
John J. “Jack” Niles, et. al.
The Macaulay Company 1929



Fly Leaves, Songs My Mother Never Taught Me


























Cinerary Urn Installation $25
William Morris
Chrysler Museum of Art 2003

Twarze/Faces    $35
Stasys Eidrigevicius
86 Press 1992

Antioch Mosaics $60
Editor,  Fatih Cimok
A Turizm Yayinlari, 1st Printing 1995

Valentin Serov $25
Aurora Art Publishers 1987

La casa de las mil ventanas, Clausell $35
Editor, Fernando Fernandez
Telefonos de Mexico 1995

Chinese Buddhist Art $15
Patricia Eichenbaum Karetzky
Oxford University Press 2002

Paper-cut of Chinese Traditional Opera $25
Editor, Lin Ximing, Bilingual
Shanghai Educational Publishing House 1998

Traditional Textiles of Cambodia $40
Gillian Green
River Books 2003

Arthur M. Sackler $30
Editor, Michael Patrick Hearn
AMS Foundation for the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities 2012

Charting Louisiana
Charting Louisiana $50
Editor, Alfred E. Lemmon, et. al.
Historic New Orleans Collection 2003

Mares, El mar como tema en la $30
literature y la plastic venezolana
Grupo Union 1990

A Pictorial Journey on the Old Mekong $150
Louis Delaporte & Francis Garnier
White Lotus Press 2006

Architecture of Thailand   $35
Nithi Sthapitanonda & Brian Mertens
Asia Books 2005


At the Edge: A Portuguese Futurist $25
Amadeo Souza Cardoso
Corcoran Gallery of Art 1999

The Paintings of Huang Chun-Pi $40
National Museum of History, Republic Of China

Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin $30
Yury Rusakov
Aurora Art Publishers 1986

Photography, A Cultural History $20
Mary Warner Marien
Laurence King Publishing 2002
Beautiful volumes by American master illustrator G. W. Edward

London $20
George Wharton Edwards
The Penn Publishing Company 1922

Paris $20
George Wharton Edwards
The Penn Publishing Company 1924

Treasures of State $40
Curator’s Edition, Copy #186
Signed by Curator, Clement E. Conger
Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1991

The Patriarchal Basilica in Venice, San Marco  $125
2 Volumes
  Vol. 1: The Mosaics, The History, The Lighting
  Vol. 2: The Mosaics, The Inscriptions, The Pala D’Oro
Editor in Chief, Roberto Caravaggi
Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri 1990

African and Middle Eastern Collections   $40
An Illustrated Guide, 3 Volumes
Library of Congress 2001

Paul Day: Battle of Britain Terracottas and Other Work $15
Curated by Anne McPherson
Gardiner Museum 2006

Freedom of Clay and Brush through Seven Centuries in Northern China: Tz’u-chou Type Wares, 960-1600 A.D. $30
Yutaka Mino
Indiana University Press 1980

Grayson Perry $40
Jacky Klein
Thames & Hudson 2009

The World of Cui Ru-Zhuo $35
Institute for Advanced Studies in Chinese Art 1984

Catalogue of the Exhibition of Ch’ing Dynasty Of Costume Accessories $30
National Palace Museum, 2nd Printing 1990

Myanmar Architecture, Cities of Gold $35
Ma Thanegi
Times Editions 2005

The Thai House, History and Evolution $40
Ruethai Chaichongrak, et. al.
River Books 2002

Treasures of the National Museum, Jakarta
Treasures of the National Museum, Jakarta $125
Editor, Suwati Kartiwa
Buku Antar Bangsa 1997

Polish Artists on the World Scene $75
Elzbieta Dzikowska
Rosikon Press 2001

The “Things of Greater Importance” $35
Clayton Rudolph
University of Pennsylvania Press 1990

Fine Clothes to the Jew $60
Langston Hughes
Knopf 1927

Beyond Representation, Chinese Painting and Calligraphy 8th-14th Century  $65
Wen C. Fong
MMA/Yale University Press 1992

Original Watercolor Paintings by $40
John James Audubon for The Birds of America,
2 vol., Original Edition, American Heritage Publishing Co., Inc. 1966

The Dong with a Luminous Nose; title page with Edward Gorey's signature.
The Dong with the Luminous Nose $35
Edward Lear, Drawings by Edward Gorey
Signed by Edward Gory
Young Scott Books 1969

Barroco de la Nueva Granada: $45
Colonial Art from Colombia and Ecuador
Americas Society 1992

Shadows of a Hand, The Drawings of Victor Hugo  $45
Florian Rodari, et. al.
Drawing Center, New York 1998

Wojciech Kossak $25
Kazimierz Olszanski
Zakland Narodowy Imienia Ossolinskich 1976


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Notable Children’s Books at the Spring 2015 Book Sale

The unusual or collectible children's books available or the Spring 2015 book sale are now on display at George Mason Library in the display case on the right side of the lobby as you enter. They will go on sale at 3 pm on Thursday, April 23. 

Below is a list of titles and prices. We reserve the right to correct any mistakes in the prices or descriptions published here. Books may be removed or added without updating the list.

All will become available when the sale opens on April 23 at 3 pm. 




Early Learning Picture Puzzles
Early Learning Picture Puzzles     $15
Published by Spicebox
Boxed set of puzzles featuring ABCs, opposites, numbers

The Ted and Nina Storybook      $10
Marguerite de Angeli, Doubleday, 1965

The Glass Harmonica      $10
Barbara Byfield, MacMillan, 1967
1st printing

Struwwelpeter   $5
Dr Heinrich Hoffman, Routledge & Kegan Paul
No date

The Private World of Tasha Tudor            $10
Tudor and Richard Brown, Little, Brown; 1992
1st edition

Beauty and the Beast     $25
Disney DVD, 2002
2 Discs Platinum Edition

A Little Princess $10
Frances H. Burnett, Lippincott, 1963
Illus by Tasha Tudor

Best-Loved Dog Stories
Best-Loved Dog Stories  $10
Albert Terhune, Grosset & Dunlap, 1937

Mother Goose in Prose  $8
L. Frank Baum, Bounty Books
Illus by Maxfield Parish

Mega Beasts      $15
Sabuda & Reinhart, Candlewick Press, 2007
1st edition pop-up book

Gods and Heroes             $10
Sabuda & Reinhart, Candlewick Press
1st edition

In Fairyland        $10
Richard Doyle, Viking Press, 1979

Here We Are Three Years Old      $5
The Dionne “Quins,” Whitman, 1937

History Decoded              $10
Brad Meltzer, Workman
1st Printing

Tarzan classics by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan of the Apes/Return of Tarzan   $15
Edgar Rice Burroughs, BMOC, 1995
2 novels in 1 volume

Tarzan of the Apes $5
Edgar Rice Burroughs, Avenel 1988

Four volumes in one

Katie County Mouse Goes to London      $10
Fleetway, 1962

Cautionary Tales for Children      $10
Hilaire Belloc, Harcourt, 2002
Illus by Edward Gorey     
1st Edition

Butt’ry Shelf Almanac    $10
Mary Mason Campbell, Crowell, 1970
Illus by Tasha Tudor

Three adventures of Edith, the Lonely Doll.
The Lonely Doll $10
Dare Wright, Doubleday, 1950

Edith and Big Bad Bill      $10
Dare Wright, Random House, 1968

Edith and Mr. Bear          $10
Dare Wright, Random House, 1964






Giorgio’s Village                              $10
Tomie de Paola  Putnam, 1982
Pop-up book

The Night Before Christmas         $10
Clement Moore Metropolitan Museum, 1998
Illus by Arthur Rackham

Mommy? by M. Sendak
Mommy?            $15
Sendak and Reinhart, Scholastic, 2006
1st edition pop-up book

Mommy? First edition in beautiful condition.




First Printing, The Hunt for Red October


We are thrilled to offer this fine, first printing of The Hunt for Red October. Our copy of this coveted Clancy classic has all the identification marks noted in this article from First Edition Points, including:
  • Copyright page: First Edition or First Printing is not stated, and there is no number line
  • 18 lines of text on the copyright page
  • The dust jacket has no price, and has 6 review blurbs on the back. The reviewers are (in order) Jack Higgins, Joseph Wambaugh, Clive Cussler, Edward L. Beach, John Moore, and Stansfield Turner
This book becomes available when the sale opens at 3pm on Thursday 4/23.

Copyright page: No first edition or first printing statement; no printer's number line; 18 lines of text.
Back cover: Six reviewers' blurbs.
No price on inner dust jacket flap.
This featured item is in the Adult Display Case to your left as you enter the front doors of the library.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Correct Opening Time for the Book Sale

If you happened to be reading today's Fairfax Living section of the Washington Post and spotted our announcement in the Community Calendar, please note that the opening time on Thursday is incorrect. Doors will not open until 3 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you soon!