Oasis Books Rare Book Rooms are where we shelve books in various genres that deserve special care and protection. They may be older printings from the Nineteenth and Eighteenth Centuries, which are usually, leather bindings.
These volumes, now as old as 300 years, require very careful handling to preserve what still remains of their binding structure, their leather covered boards and spine, and especially the paper which can be quite fragile at this age. These volumes embrace subjects as varied as early Humor, texts in Latin, German, French and other Languages, Travel Expeditions by Land and Sea over the Globe, Religious Material, early Scientific texts, Medical books as well as Histories of Countries and Empires, their Formations and their Demises. At Oasis Books, we keep these books, separated on shelves and provide lists on the shelves for the customer to view instead of handling the books themselves.
In addition, at Oasis Books, we utilize these Rare Book Rooms to house the higher priced volumes we stock in various fields. Here again, many of these volumes were printed in the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries, and hold their value through their scarcity as well as their common interest and demand and more specifically through their condition. As collectors search for books to improve, enlarge and expand their collections, books that have retained their condition are highly sough after. A small bumped corner, a torn tip of a spine, a slightly shaken binding from poor attention to proper care and shelving of a book resulting from mishandling of a person, perhaps unfamiliar with such procedures, can result in the casting out of an otherwise exemplary copy of a particular title into the lower ratings resulting from such miss-care, and thus the value of the books drops accordingly.
As a result, we, at Oasis Books have devoted 3 separate rooms to house these books, and while we protect them from the damaging effects of sunlight and abnormal temperature and humidity variances, as well as the miss-handling by those not familiar with such things, we make these books available to customers on a by appointment basis while the shop is open.
We maintain 3 Rare Book Rooms. Please visit each Rare Book Room here If you have an interest in viewing these books, please look at each room to see samples of their inventories and if in the shop, please inquire at the front desk for more information and to set up an appointment.