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                                                                                        -  George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons


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Welcome to Restaurant of the Mind Books.

Founded in 2008, Restaurant of the Mind Books specializes in used, rare and collectible first editions of modern literature, biography, art, and photography books and deals in all subjects in-between. 

We have a large inventory of signed first editions as well. 

Based out of Sag Harbor, New York we ship books both in the United States and internationally. 

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Featured Books

Pristine copy of this quintessential study of Picasso and Braque as pioneers of Cubism.  Illustrated throughout.

A very good copy of this landmark 1933 biography of Sun Yat-Sen.  In original dust jacket.

A 1946 young-reader's biography of FDR published shortly after his death.  A scarce title with original dust jacket.

Early printing of this landmark speculative study of space exploration.  7th Printing (June 1952) with beautiful color paintings by Chesley Bonestell.

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A rare first edition/first printing of this modern fantasy classic.  Like new book with original jacket.  A scarce find.  Meets all first edition points.

A near-fine copy of this scarce 1937 Christmas classic.  One of a limited edition of 500 copies.

A nice collectible first edition of this classic biographical novel which has inspired two film adaptations.

1923 3rd Edition of this benchmark guide to cross-examination by Francis Wellman.  Very good condition with original jacket.

A near-fine copy of the 1961 Dalven translation of Cavafy's poetry with an introduction by W.H. Auden.

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First edition signed by Ricardo Legorreta.  Near fine copy that covers the later years of Legorreta & Legorreta Architects.


First UK edition of Brendan Behan's classic memoir.  Very good condition in near-fine jacket.

First edition/second printing of the first book in the Harry Potter series.  Meets all first edition points.  Very good/like new condition. 

A very fine copy of this comprehensive study on the history and methods of painting restoration.  Illustrated throughout.

Very fine copy of the biography of Leonard Lewis, trend-setting hairdresser to the stars.

A signed first edition/second printing of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner for history.

First edition of Edith Head's scarce memoir as a Hollywood costume designer.  Book and jacket in fine condition.

Memoir of H.P. Kraus, a giant of modern bookselling/collecting.  Signed by author.  Very good condition.

Classic history of American place names and their origins, published in 1945.  Recently re-issued in paperback by the the New York Review Books Classics.


Complete Set of Steven Runciman's landmark History of the Crusades published by Cambridge University Press between 1951 & 1954.  First Editions, later printings in original dust jackets in very good condition.

First edition in very fine condition of the landmark biography of Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most influential designers of the 20th-century.

A very nice copy of Civil War historian James M. McPherson's first book.  First edition/third printing 1968.  Author of "Battle Cry of Freedom".

A scarce first edition of Julian Barnes' second novel, published under his pseudonym of "Dan Kavanagh".  Signed by author as Dan Kavanagh.

First edition/second Printing of Koestler's landmark study of human development.  A rare find in fine condition. 

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One of a kind item.  William Steig Drawings signed and inscribed to fellow artist Burt Britton. 

The collected letters of an American master, edited by Betsy James Wyeth.

A scarce copy of this 1912 memoir with original dust jacket.  Illustrated throughout. 

Wonderful cultural history of Carnaby Street in London in the sixties by Tom Salter with iconic illustrations by Malcolm English.


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