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Welcome to Restaurant of the Mind Books.

Since 2008 Restaurant of the Mind Books has specialized 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 in Sag Harbor, New York we ship books both in the United States and internationally. 

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Featured Books

Some great Easton Press full leather-bound editions from the "Masterpieces of Science-Fiction Series"

A new collection of Military Air Combat memoirs just added to our stock

A very fine copy of this retrospective that covers Chagall's time in Jerusalem and his work on the windows of the synagogue at the Hebrew Medical Center in Jerusalem.  90 plates, 50 in color with one original lithograph of "The Tribe of Levi".

A fine copy of this early commentary of the Vietnam War and its effects on American democracy first published in 1967.

First edition in very fine condition of this early Coelho novel.  Author of the modern classic novel "The Alchemist".

A near fine first edition (Oxford University Press, 1956) of the Coulson translation of this classic Dostoyevsky tale.

A wonderful copy of this landmark photographic history of the New York Mets.  Iconic photographs by George Kalinsky.  Published in 1995 by Wiley.  Folio in very fine condition in un-clipped jacket. 

A near fine copy of this comprehensive history of Early Mughal Painting issued by Harvard University Press in 1987. 

2nd Edition Limited Edition of 1,500 copies.  Very fine copy of this retrospective of the work of Charleston artist John Carroll Doyle.  93 color plates and 60 photographs.


A beautifully illustrated copy of Wagner's classic opera with full-color illustrations by Ul de Rico.  1980 Thames & Hudson first edition.

Very fine first edition copy of this classic history of the siege of Stalingrad by Alexander Werth.  Published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1947.

A very fine copy of the first book in the acclaimed Inspector Brunetti mystery series by Donna Leon.  Very fine jacket.

Easton Press leather-bound edition with gilt gold inlay and gold-stained pages.  Classic account of the Confederate victory at Chancellorsville in 1863.

Signed first edition of this landmark history of the devastating 1938 hurricane.

Signed first edition of David Mitchell's landmark historical novel.  Very fine condition.  Author of Cloud Atlas.

First edition in very good condition of Pat Conroy's first major novel that put him on the literary map.  Not price-clipped.

A beautiful set of the two-volume Slipcase edition published by The National Gallery of Art in 2002.  Collected and organized by Georgia O'Keeffe.

A very fine signed copy of Donna Tartt's first novel.  First Edition/4th Printing with clear acetate dust jacket.  A scarce signed copy of this modern classic.  Author of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Goldfinch".

A very good copy of this scarce Civil War history of the Union Copperheads and their attempts to end the war early and make peace with the Confederacy.

A beautiful copy of this retrospective of the work of renowned architect Mott B. Schmidt and his work in the Georgian Classical style.

A very fine first edition of this Maysles retrospective signed and inscribed by Albert Maysles.


A complete 30-volume set of this comprehensive history of art and literature.  Published in 1904.  Limited edition set #155 of 1,000.  Very good condition.  Profusely illustrated.

A very good copy of this classic of children's literature.  First edition/3rd Printing with original un-clipped dust jacket.  1943 Reynal & Hitchcock first edition.

A very fine first edition of the modern quintessential history of the American Civil War by one of the subject's preeminent historians.

A near-fine copy of this scarce Marc Chagall title.  Has seven full-color lithographs and a fold-out of the Paris Opera ceiling & final study.  Has original acetate jacket.  A wonderful collection of Chagall's drawings, sketches & paintings for the Paris Opera ceiling.

A near fine copy of this scarce collection of paintings by the early 20th-century American landscape and miniature artist Charles Fraser.