The Colophon Society -- Signed First Editions at Rakestraw Books

In the world of book collecting, few items are as desirable as signed first editions of great books. Over the past decade Rakestraw Books has gradually become one the Bay Area's premier venues for author readings and signings. Our customers have had the chance to buy signed books by writers such as Michael Chabon, Philip Pullman, Richard Russo, Kiran Desai, and Jonathan Harr. Many of these books have become highly sought after collectibles. A signed first edition of Richard Russo's Empire Falls purchased during his visit to the bookshop in May 2001, cost $25.95. Today, after being awarded the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, a signed first edition of Empire Falls retails for up to $300.

Of course not every signed first edition increases in value so dramatically, but signed first editions can be a great addition to a booklover's library. We are delighted to announce that we have created a Signed First Editions Club. Each month, registered members will receive a signed first edition of a great book — mostly fiction, some by established favorites, others by great new writers — and all you will pay is list price. Note: If you live out of the area, a shipping charge will apply. And after twelve months in the program, registered members will receive a 13th signed first edition free of charge.

2012 Selections

 January Jack Holmes and His Friend by Edmund White July To be determined.
 February The Lost Saints of Tennessee by Amy Franklin-Willis August To be determined.
 March The Darlings by Cristina Alger September To be determined.
 April To be determined. October To be determined.
 May To be determined. November To be determined.
 June To be determined. December

 To be determined.


To review the 2011 selections, click here.