A curated selection of rare and significant editions of classic children's and Young Adult literature—from enchanting fairy tales and iconic characters to compelling coming-of-age stories and timeless adventures. Highlights include a signed first edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, a first trade edition of A. A. Milne's Now We Are Six, a first American edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, and a first UK edition of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
The specific rare books listed here are constantly changing as we sell and acquire new material, so please check back often and contact us if you’re interested in a title you do not currently see on this page.
About This Collection
First editions, autograph manuscripts, signed volumes, and other rare books. Classic works of fiction, poetry, and drama, including British and American literature and Works by Women and African American authors.
Second Story Books, an ABAA/ILAB member, is Washington, DC’s oldest used and rare bookstore and is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. Internationally known for its fine selection of antiquarian and out-of-print titles and collections, Second Story Books also provides appraisals for institutions and individuals.