Portland, OR was recently voted the best city in America for bookstores. The rare-books section at Powell’s—the largest bookshop in the U.S.—is worth the pilgrimage for these extraordinary selections.

De Bello Judaico
Flavius Josephus, $12,500
Bound in parchment and decorated by hand, the oldest book at Powell’s dates to 1480—30 years after Gutenberg invented the printing press.

Stephen King, $2,500
A flawless first edition of King’s 1974 debut novel, inscribed and signed by the author some five years later.

Sailing Alone Around the World
Captain Joshua Slocum, $2,000
Inside the 114-year-old book: two handwritten letters from Captain Slocum, the first man to sail solo around the globe, to naval historian Albert Gleaves.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom
T. E. lawrence, $5,000
A special 1935 pre-publication printing of the true story behind Lawrence of Arabia, it includes a facsimile page of the original manuscript and four exclusive colorplates.

The Longest Day
Cornelius Ryan, $2,000
One of only 100 first editions of this military masterpiece, with an inscription from the author to none other than Eleanor Roosevelt.

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