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Tavistock Books specializes in first editions, fine rare books & other related bibliographic material, with a special focus on Charles Dickens. New books arrive daily, please check with us should you not find the title you seek. Book searches are available for first editions in the subject areas you see represented here.

Customer satisfaction is guaranteed. The firm emphasizes fine condition throughout its stock. Collection development assistance, as well as book appraisals, are available services. The firm is always interested in purchasing books such as what will be found on this web site; whether it be individual volumes or an entire library. If Tavistock Books may be of assistance in any of these three areas, please contact the firm's owner, Vic Zoschak, or his assistant, Kate Mitas, for additional information, and/or to discuss your requirements. You may also join our mailing list.

Tavistock Books does not maintain set hours, however, if in town, we can generally found in residence, Tuesday through Saturday, with core hours of 10 am till 4 pm, though it is always best to call first, 510-814-0480, as we may be off buying books, or otherwise engaged elsewhere.  Visits outside these core hours may be arranged by appointment. 

Tavistock Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the Independent Online Booksellers Association.

Latest Catalogue

Find Another! A Look at Some Items Rare in the Antiquarian Book Trade

In these days of internet bookselling, with thousands of booksellers listing millions of books for sale, it is said to be successful in such a competitive environment, one must routinely offer 1. the cheapest copy, or, 2. the best copy, or, 3. the only copy. Here at Tavistock Books, we prefer, when able, to pursue the 3rd option as our primary business paradigm, for, by definition, the 3rd tenet encompasses the first two. Here then is our Summer list, which is comprised of 30 items, each of which is the only copy currently offered on the market.* Or, borrowing Peter Howard’s slightly more emphatic expression, “Find Another!”

Select Acquisitions

Some interesting new Dickens items have come our way in the recent past, and we've selected some of those, along with a few from stock, to this month populate our website's SELECT ACQUISITIONS list. 

Click on the link to the left to see 25 pictured items, including a number of titles from Peterson's CHEAP EDITION FOR THE MILLION, to a couple nice framed engravings suitable for hanging, to a Reynolds pastiche of Master Humphrey's Clock, to books from the Inimitable's library, to a Dickens signed copy of Menken's INFELCIA.

Prices range from $95 to $15,000. 

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