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Rare Books Highlight Westport Library’s Annual Summer Book Sale

A Catholic German Bible published in 1610 is one of many special items people will find on sale during the Westport Library's annual Summer Book Sale.
A Catholic German Bible published in 1610 is one of many special items people will find on sale during the Westport Library's annual Summer Book Sale. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
With a $525 price tag, a twice signed copy of “Andy Warhol's Exposures" will be for sale during the Westport Library's Summer Book Sale this weekend.
With a $525 price tag, a twice signed copy of “Andy Warhol's Exposures" will be for sale during the Westport Library's Summer Book Sale this weekend. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Thousands of books sit underneath a giant tent on Jesup Green in advance of the Westport Library's annual Summer Book Sale, which opens Saturday.
Thousands of books sit underneath a giant tent on Jesup Green in advance of the Westport Library's annual Summer Book Sale, which opens Saturday. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Book collectors can buy this first edition of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl for $70 during the Westport Library's 21st Annual Summer Book Sale this weekend.
Book collectors can buy this first edition of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl for $70 during the Westport Library's 21st Annual Summer Book Sale this weekend. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
A first edition of “Beyond the White House” by President Jimmy Carter, autographed to actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, will be on sale during the Westport Library's giant summer book sale this weekend.
A first edition of “Beyond the White House” by President Jimmy Carter, autographed to actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, will be on sale during the Westport Library's giant summer book sale this weekend. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. — A Catholic German Bible published in 1610, a book signed not once —  but twice — by artist Andy Warhol, and a first edition signed by President Jimmy Carter to actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman are some of the many rare and special items available for purchase this weekend at the Westport Library’s 21st Annual Summer Book Sale.

The sale starts at 9 a.m.Saturday and continues through Tuesday. With up to 100,000 items available, buyers will not be disappointed, said Dick Lowenstein, one of the sale’s organizers.

“It’s all about variety and quality,” Lowenstein said. “There’s something for everyone — from serious collectors to children. And I think we have some good quality items.”

Perhaps this year’s rarest item is the Catholic German Bible, in its original pigskin binding. The book was printed in Cologne in 1610 by Johann Quentel and features fine woodcut illustrations throughout. On sale for $525, the book came from the estate of actress Eva Le Gallienne, Lowenstein said.

Another item sure to get much attention is “Andy Warhol's Exposures,” which is signed in two different locations by the artist himself. Printed in 1979, this book also has a $525 price tag.

Not all the special items have several hundred dollar price tags. A first edition of “Beyond the White House” by Jimmy Carter will be on sale for $40. The book is signed “Best wishes to Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman – Jimmy Carter.”

Other special items on sale include a first edition of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” by Roald Dahl; a first edition of “Music on my Mind: The Memoirs of an American Pianist” by Willie Smith; and “Catch-22: A Dramatization” by Joseph Heller, which also came from the estate of Eva Le Gallienne and features a front cover inscription that reads, “For your consideration. J.H.”

These and the rest of the special items will be inside the library’s McManus Room. Too see a full list of special items for sale, click here.

Out on Jesup Green, roughly 80,000 books in more than 50 categories will be on sale under the main tent. Categories range from art to zoology. Children’s books and items will be in a separate tent.

Besides books, the sale includes CDs DVDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks and a collection of vinyl records.

“Vinyl is hot right now,” Lowenstein said. “We've got a lot of jazz, classic rock and folk records, and those are just the highlights.”

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday. On Monday, all regular items will be half-price (featured specials may not be available at half price.) On Tuesday, all remaining items will be free, with donations accepted.

For more information about the sale, visit the Westport Library website.

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