Friends of the Library

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Collector’s Corner

Looking for that rare book?  Take a look at some items available for sale from our Friend’s Collectors Corner here.  Or scroll down to take a look at our list.


What are the Friends of EPPL?

The Friends support special library services including family programs,  toys and games for the Children’s room,  annual book sales and the very popular Museum Passes.

Annual dues are just $5 per person.  Please consider joining!

 The Friends sponsor the museum passes through our annual book sale and Friends membership dues. They are an invaluable support to your community library

Any East Providence patron can check out various passes at Weaver Library or through the Event Keeper Calendar

To join, please mail your check made out to “Friends of the Library” East Providence Public Library
Attn: Friends of EPPL

41 Grove Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

Thank You!


Collectors’ Corner

You will find here books that have been selected by Friends as special or collectible from among those donated. As with our seasonal sales and ongoing book sale, all proceeds benefit the East Providence Public Library.

To make arrangements to see or purchase a book or to request photos, send an email to


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. New York: Duffield & Co., 1908. Illustrated by Millicent Sowerby. Mauve cloth boards with white lettering. 11 color plate illustrations and inset on front cover. Price: $60


Confessions of An English Opium Eater. Thomas De Quincey. London: Walter Scott, 1886. Green  boards, gilt lettering. Camelot Classics. Price: $10


Great American Short Stories. London: Octopus Books Ltd., 1985. Longmeadow Press. Bonded red leather boards with gold decorations and gilded leaf edges. An anthology of American writers including Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Twain, Hemmingway and Steinbeck. Price: $10


Lace: History and Fashion. Anne Krattz. New York: Rizzoli, 1989. DJ. Detailed reference for those with interest in textiles and fashion. 180 illustrations; 92 color. Price: $20


Lord of the Rings. J.R.R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965. DJ. 2nd ed. Revised. 3 vol. set in slipcase. Foil illustration and gilt lettering on spine. Each vol. includes fold-out map. Price: $50


Memoirs of RI Officers Who Were Engaged in the Service of Their Country During the Great Rebellion of the South. John Russell Bartlett (Secretary of State of RI). Providence: Sidney S. Rider & Brothers, 1867. 34 portraits. Inscription by author, “Professor William Gammell with the compliments of his friend John Russell Bartlett Providence January 11th, 1867.” Tan boards, red spine. Price: $30


Oxford History of the Biblical World. Michael Coogan, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1998. DJ. History, art, architecture, language, literature and relgion of Judaism and Christianity. 643 pg. Price: $10


Physicians’ Desk Reference 2014. Full, updated information on more than 1,000 prescription drugs. Price: $15


Smoky. Will James. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, Oct. 1929. Illustrations by author. Six color plates plus inset on cover and pictorial end papers. Illustrated Classics Edition. Black cloth boards with gold lettering. Owner’s name in pencil on inside front cover. 263 pg. Price: $25


The Early Records of the Town of Providence, Vol. 1 (Being the First Book of the Town of Providence Otherwise Called the Long Old Book with Parchment Cover). Horatio Rogers, George Moulton Carpenter, Edward Field, Record Commissioners. Providence: Snow & Farnham City Printers, 1892. Inscription on inside front cover. Maroon cloth boards with title label to spine. Tear on spine. Else good. Price: $15


The Gilded Age: A Tale of To-Day. Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, 1874.  Hartford City, Indiana: American Publishing Co. Only novel Twain wrote with a collaborator. Dark brown embossed cloth, gilt title and decoration on cover.  No writing or marks. Slight water mark on appendix pages. Price: $60


The Hidden Harbor Mystery. Franklin W. Dixon. USA: Grosset & Dunlap, 1935. 14th book in Hardy Boys series. The boys get shipwrecked while on an errand for their father. Light brown boards with dark brown lettering, orange patterned endpapers. Name written on front endpaper. Price: $10


The Legend of Electric Boat: Serving the Silent Service. Jeffrey L. Rodengen. USA: Write Stuff Syndicate, 1994. The origins and evolution of the world’s foremost designer and builder of nuclear submarines. In original shrink wrap, torn in spots. Price: $15


The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll. George Warren Holly and Patricia Romanowski. New York: Rolling Stone Press, Fireside ed., 2005. DJ. The authoritative volume on the world’s music makers. Price: $15


The Standard Dictionary of Facts. Henry Ruoff, ed. New York: Frontier Press, 1916. Vintage comprehensive volume of information from early 20th century. Raised design on cover; gold lettering on spine. 908 pages. $10


This is Our Work: The Legacy of Sir William Osler. Ontario, Canada: 5 Span Books, 1994. DJ. Black and white photos capture the daily lives of those in the medical profession. Price: $10


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