Welcome to the home of Citation Books, where whimsy meets history. We glory in the ephemera of the past, including prints, photographs, and, yes, even books.

We are constantly finding beauty in unexpected places: weird pamphlets, brilliant images, quirky broadsides, unusual bindings. We are pleased to be able to share them with you here.


Featured items

Arabian Nights

A lovely set in a very limited issue (the "Sultana Edition" of 1923, #64 of 100) of Mardrus' THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE.

Ours with delectable provenance, signed by author, bookseller, publisher, and film producer Whitman Bennett.


EList: Dining

In the course of a lifetime, the  average person spends a little more than six years cooking and eating.

Follow the link below and you can spend just a few moments perusing an illustrated list of twenty-five items, mostly ephemeral, that relate to the practice, art, and mechanics of dining.

Bon appetit!


Melville, Complete


The first collected edition of MELVILLE'S WORKS, limited to 750 copies (this the penultimate, #749).

A handsome set of an important collection, including several first appearances of notable works. (Not least among them – just saying – "Billy Budd.")