A collection of historically significant items pertaining to theater, drama, and film, including rare first editions, early printings, signed copies, and even drafts of famous works. Featured items include a lettered copy of the Henley edition of The Works of Shakespeare by William Shakespeare and edited by W. E. Henley; an early draft typescript of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams; and an early printing of the first book edition of The Philadelphia Story by Philip Barry inscribed by the cast, including Katharine Hepburn.
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.