Rare Books for the Adventurous Reader

shutterstock_115313584 copy Whether you’re a hunter, investor, handyman or grill-master, there’s a book with your name on it. What’s more, the world of rare books provides inspiring, collectible options that are as valuable as they are a tangible way to remind you of all the great sports and hobbies out there. Here are some ideas to get you started!


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For the adventurous hunter: Death in the Long Grass by Peter H. Capstick. Give the gift of adventure with a book about African safaris and lion country. This 1978 book about big-game hunting is sure to delight any outdoorsman.

For the car lover: Cars of the Fabulous 50s by James M. Flammang. Filled with more than 1,600 photos and a year-by-year overview of the 1950s, this book celebrates the decade of the automobile — and would be a great find for any classic car lover.

For the theologically minded: A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis. If you can find a first-edition copy of this C.S. Lewis classic, you’ll notice Lewis’s penname, N. W. Clerk, as the listed author. Hardcover copies in good condition can go for hundreds of dollars.

For the zombie lover: Walking Dead Compendium by Robert Kirkman. Anyone who loves a good zombie story will love The Walking Dead, an eight-volume series that was a New York Times bestseller. Bonus: These books are what the Emmy Award-winning AMC series are based on, so fans of that show are sure to enjoy.

For the big kid: The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson. Any long-time fan of the classic and beloved cartoon Calvin and Hobbes would enjoy this box set. Included is the entire body of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons in three hardcover, four-color volumes.

For the political type: If you are the kind of person who listens to talk radio and is fascinated by government, get a signed copy of Glenn Beck’s latest book, Control, or perhaps an autographed copy of Jimmy Carter’s Sources of Strength, depending on your political persuasion.

For the guy who likes a good novel: The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Give yourself a chance to get lost in a good story by picking up a classic like The Count of Monte Cristo.

For the soldier: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Whether you’re interested in war stories or are a veteran yourself, you would probably enjoy any of Ernest Hemingway’s war novels, including For Whom the Bell Tolls.

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