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Arundel Books - Real Books For Real People Since 1984
New, used and rare books, and original editions of literature and graphic arts

We Are Now Open in Our New Location!

Arundel Books has moved a few blocks down the street to Seattle's historic Pioneer Square! Our new address is 214 1st Ave S. (between Washington and Main). For those of you with a sweet tooth, we are directly under the Grand Central Bakery in the Grand Central Arcade.

Hours: Our regular business hours are noon-5, Tuesday trhough Saturday, other times we are available by appointment. We hope you come visit!

Arundel Books

Welcome to the internet home of Arundel Books. Click here to learn more about us. We have a beautiful retail store in Seattle, and our affiliate has a beautiful new facility on Vashon Island.

We stock well over 100,000 titles, and it is easy to search our complete collection from all four locations online. Curious about how we handle our internet orders? Arundel Books was founded in 1984 to publish original editions of literature and graphic arts. We continue to publish work we believe in, and hope you take the opportunity to browse our publications.

A Beautiful Map of A Beautiful Map of Puget Sound!Map of Puget Sound

Signed copies of a stunning map of our region are now available. Entitled "Puget Sound: a Bird's Eye - View" by noted illustrator and cartographer Annie Brule of Brule Illustration & Design, this is one of the most attractive hand-drawn maps of this area.

This fine original color map is one of only 1000 copies printed, and is signed/autographed by the artist/cartographer. This is a warm, colorful cartographic tribute to Puget Sound, one of America's scenic gems. Eminently suitable for framing. About the artist/cartographer: Ms. Brule's maps and illustrations honor the hand-drawn mark where every image begins, and her designs follow the principle that design should put the viewer in closer contact with the subject, rather than mystifying or merely being clever. 12.5 x 24 inches (vertical).

Price: $15.00 -  
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Leather Bindings and Sets

Visitors to the beautiful new home of our Vashon Island Books affiliate are generally stunned by the fireplace wall of the Event Hall. The custom-made cases are shelved floor to ceiling with fine leather bindings and sets. Our Seattle store also has a nice selection.

Click here to see a selection from our current inventory of leather bound books and sets

Big News in the Arundel Books Family:

Our Vashon Island Book affiliate has purchased an incredible building on Vashon Island (a short ferry ride from West Seattle). We are truly thrilled about this, and about our plans to turn this new property into something truly unique and special. To get an idea of what we are working on, please visit our work-in-progress website,, where more information is being added almost every day.

In other news, after more than two decades, we have closed our Los Angeles store, and are in the process of moving the inventory and exhibit fixtures to the new building on Vashon (the entire store inventory remains available on this website).

New Publication from Arundel Press

We are pleased to announce the publication of a new book from Arundel Press. James B. Moore's Swan Dive is a poignant collection of poems from the perspective of a man of a certain age...
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"dont you kill him: // at a nightclub  / after midnight  / on New Year's Eve  / with a beautiful much younger woman  / we leave arm in arm, smiling  / a hooker at the next table  / calls our to my date  / “don't you kill him tonight, girl!”  / as we both laugh  / I notice my date's laughter  / is louder"
Handprinted letterpress. A hardcover edition is forthcoming. Softcover Price $45.00  Click to order

Rare Book Gallery

Here is a selection from our diverse stock of rare books.
An important collection of early letters from noted American author William Gaddis, to friend and fellow author & traveler William Haygood, all dated 1954 (the year before publication of his first novel, The Recognitions.
"Only recently I began to consider the possibility that youth is gone, and that I'd better damn soon figure out what I'm going to be when I grow up... I've had about enough of this pondering profound half-truths in cold empty rooms, and look forward to making some attempt at metempsychosis from this shade into a human being."

Click here to see a list of these great Gaddis items
Click Here To See More of Our Rare Book Selection and more about these great Gaddis letters!.

New Publication: Vanessa Rudloff and Rex Wilder: Beauty and the Books
Beauty and the Books, a portfolio of photographs by Vanessa Rudloff, with accompanying poems by Rex Wilder, is a true creative collaboration between author and artist. The oversized portfolio (17 x 11 inches) of seven signed photographs is accompanied by Wilder's poems in broadside format. The edition is limited to 30 numbered copies. The text was printed letterpress on an Asbern proof press at the Arundel Press studio. The portfolio cases, covered in Japanese silk, are by the Campbell-Logan Bindery in Minneapolis.  PRICE: $750.00 Click to order

As Rudloff says, "Beauty and the Books manifested itself from an errant suggestion to make reading sexy. What could be sexier than lazily reading a book in the nude?" The photographs were shot on location at Arundel Books' store in Seattle. Rex Wilder has been widely published in major English language magazines and reviews. An elegant formalist and leader of the New Romantics, Wilder has been praised for his classical appreciation of the fairer sex
. Photo copyright Rudloff 2009.

Lindsay Hill's "Sea of Hooks" from Arundel Press

Sea of Hooks, the new novel by Lindsay Hill, has brought one of our favorite all-time poets to the attention of the American public - it was recently named by Publisher's Weekly to their Top 10 List for 2013!

We're proud to say we issued the first part of it as a chapbook! Under the same title! Our Sea of Hooks is a poetry chapbook, and is a hand-printed limited edition is signed by author. Of 75 total copies issued, this is one of 55 copies bound in handmade paper (the other 22 have fish-hooks - yes, real fish-hooks - embedded in the cover).

The paper for the covers was was specially made for this edition. The text was hand-printed letterpress on an Asbern Press.Price: $125.00. Click to order

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