Sets behind the sales counter

If you’ve visited the Iliad since we re-modeled (during the lockdown), you may have noticed the beautiful wall of sets that now stands behind our sales counter. Before we moved that counter, the wall behind it held old leatherbound volumes, but now we’ve refined it to feature dozens of lovely sets.

Sets offer their own unique pleasures: they can an easy way for readers to obtain a complete collection of works by a favorite author; collectors prize them because they’re often limited, housed in specialty bindings, and even signed; and decorators buy them because they’re an attractive way to fill shelves.

Sets can consist of anywhere from two volumes to dozens, they may or may not come in slipcases, they can be from any period or subject, and priced from a few dollars per volume to thousands for a signed set by a major author (like Mark Twain).

Listed below are a few of our many sets (click any photo or title to purchase):

The History of Rome by B. G. Niebuhr (six volumes). Includes three volumes on The History of Rome and three volumes on Lectures on the History of Rome (third edition from 1852); bindings have been repaired along spines, corners bumped, hinges cracking, previous owner’s inscription on first blank of Volume I, 1″ stain on front board of Lectures Vol. I. $300

The Letters of Charles Dickens (The Pilgrim Edition) (12 volume set), edited by Madeline House and Graham Storey, published by Oxford University Press in 1965, good condition; DJs have light sunning, rubbing, and edge wear; light wear and soiling to bindings, corners slightly bumped, about half the volumes have pencil notes (mainly on rear endpapers and last few pages). $1,000

Les Confessions de J. J. Rousseau, published by Belin, Caille, Gregoire, Volland in 1793, in good condition; In French; quarterbound in green morocco; boards are heavily rubbed and worn, corners bumped and rounded, store label on front pastedown of all volumes, previous owner’s name on title page of Volumes 2 and 3, foxing throughout. $75

The History of America by Page Smith (16 volumes), published by Easton Press in 1997. Very good condition with just minor wear to volumes. $500

Myths and Legends complete set

Myths and Legends (9 volume set) by Lewis Spence et al., published by David D. Nickerson & Company (date unknown), very good condition; set is numbered 338/1,000; each volume includes a color frontispiece and additional black and white plates; all volumes lightly sunned on spine, minor soiling to binding and some pages, light edge wear to bindings, previous owner’s plate on front pastedowns, pages yellowing slightly. $175

Oeuvres De Moliere (9 volume set), published by Michel De L’Ormeraie in 1734, in very good condition; all volumes bound in light brown morocco with gilt impressions, ribbed spines, all edges gilt, ribbon markers, and marbled endpapers; light sunning and staining to several volumes, previous owner’s plate on front pastedown of all volumes. $750

Atlas Shrugged (2 volumes) by Ayn Rand. Published by Easton Press in 2000. Both volumes in fine condition. $150