Massive Bookstore Sells Hundreds Of Rare And Expensive Books


Welcome to The Last Bookstore, a sprawling shop in Los
Angeles where the written word is still alive. At 22,000 square feet,
it’s the largest bookstore in the entire state of California. You can get almost anything here, but they’re most famous
for their collection of rare and expensive books, and we’re here today to find out how much one of those pricey
page-turners will cost you. Katie Orphan: There are
a lot of factors that go into a book’s rarity, and there are a few different
ways that it happens. Obviously, titles that become significant. So, you’ve got things like
“The Sound and the Fury” or “The Grapes of Wrath,”
titles that are older but people value highly,
still talk about, still read. If you can find an intact first edition, first printing with a jacket,
that’s worth a lot of money because that book is
significant to someone. If a title itself, or
an author themselves, becomes precious to a reader, that can increase the value of a book because that reader is
willing to spend a lot to have an important artifact. Sydney Kramer: They carry
anything from contemporary titles to rare, out-of-print copies. This first edition of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises” costs $1,200. The cost is partially due
to an errata on page 181, where the word “stopped”
is spelled with three Ps. This is all so cool, I’m like, “Oh, my God, was that, like,
a first edition Jack Kerouac?” “Is that a first edition William S. Burroughs?”
Orphan: Yes. Orphan: Yes. Kramer: Oh, my God.
Orphan: Yes, to both. Kramer: The most expensive book sold at The Last Bookstore was a
signed, limited-edition copy of Jack Kerouac’s “Visions of Cody.” It cost $2,300. Customer: We’ve been
here a few times before, but it seems really cool,
it’s a really good atmosphere, especially for sitting down reading and finding thousands of new books. Kramer: Here’s a book about me. This is great, and all the people here are just so appreciative
of having the opportunity to really kind of look
through all these books. I mean, even if you go into
a standard bookstore now, they don’t have a selection like this. So, the question is: Are
rare books a good investment? Orphan: I think, in the same
way that an investment in art is a little bit risky, you
don’t know what artists are going to become major artists later on and whose work will increase
in value and whose work will just sort of stay at
the same level of value, I think books are similar. There are some books that are always going to have a lot of value
associated with them. You know, if we’re talking,
like, “First Folio” Shakespeare, first edition Charles Dickens,
first edition Jane Austen, those, I think, are
going to have a stable, if not increasing, value. Kramer: Collecting rare
and expensive books definitely isn’t for
everyone, but that’s not all they’re known for here
at The Last Bookstore. They have an entire section of $1 books, so you can really get
anything you’re looking for and discover something new. The staff is extremely helpful, and everyone here seems
really eager to share the love of reading with
anyone who walks in the door.

100 Replies to “Massive Bookstore Sells Hundreds Of Rare And Expensive Books”

  1. Well there are more expensive books around then in this store and I'm not talking about a Gutenberg Bible. Like Sotheby's sold a P.G.Wodehouse pocket book for almost 7.000 GBP. Also in Europe you will find rare bookshops which exceed the prices of this shop easily (not that I am able to afford these books, but I wanted to set things right. Not everything is bigger in the US not even the used book prices)

  2. I've been here a handful of times, it's great! They also have like a "vault" type room and a bunch of little artist shops and artwork upstairs. One potential downside is that they don't have AC (but plenty of fans) so keep that in mind before venturing inside during a heatwave! It's also a short walk away from Clifton's Cafeteria…yum.

  3. 1:23
    holds expensive, old book, that's already in worn condition
    doesn't wear cotton gloves

    A'ight, thanks for the cringe.

  4. I bet they don’t have a Copy of Harry Potter and philosophers stone with the name Joanne Rowling on it… or do they…

  5. Watch this bookstore burn, i wouldn't be surprised, it's happened before to a very big and famous library.

  6. I live in LA, and have been to this store many times. Love the selection and the people there are damned helpful as well.
    I used to live in Detroit, we had a place very similar to this, called the "John K. King Used and Rare Books" downtown.

  7. I think this place is nice to go to… but it’s full of a lot people and I don’t like to be around a lot of people…

  8. There's a lot of people who go but don't even read or buy anything. They go upstairs to take selfies for their social media ?? Fuckin weirdos

  9. Sydney literally is my favorite producer in Insider
    All the other content brought by someone else than Sydney
    usually are very commercial and predictable,
    yet things introduced by Sydney are pretty friendly to
    ppl looking for things that are not like instagram posts

  10. As someone who worked in a bookstore, I cringed every time she opened a new book and broke the spine. I bet money they didn’t buy those books that she casually damaged.

  11. It would be fun to appear every Fri, Sat and Sun night in that bookstore, with my bed, glasses and reading light. Ofcourse everyone is gone. I would read until I fall asleep. Wake up magically back in my home. Now that would be an adventure to write about ??.

  12. Yeah guys it's really fuckin' expensive

    Don't buy the normal "can-get-at-B&N" ones there unless you have a lot of money lol

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