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Celebrating Valeria Bell’s Legacy
Bell’s will be closed for the week of January 23rd to January 29th in remembrance of Valeria Bell. There will be an informal gathering in Val’s honor at Bell’s Books, 536 Emerson Street, Palo Alto, on Sunday afternoon, January 29th, … Continue reading
Valeria Dale Bell
January 19th, 1927 – November 5th, 2022 Our beloved Val dedicated half a century of her life to Bell’s Books. She worked in all capacities side by side with her husband, Herbert Bell, for decades,and continued on with all the children … Continue reading
Five Reasons to Give Books as Gifts
We queried our staff, and here are their reasons to give books as gifts… Kris: Books can be opened at any time; they require no electricity, only light. Tärna: A person can only use so much bath soap. Faith: Is … Continue reading
A Fantastic Philosopher’s Book Collection Comes to Bell’s
Initially known in the area of analytical philosophy, Richard Rorty eventually embraced a very sophisticated form of pragmatism which emphasized language and culture as guiding principles to philosophical thought. After teaching philosophy at Princeton University and the University of Virginia, … Continue reading
Books on Film Window
For the past month we have featured highlights from our collection of books on film in our window. In addition, we have been showing select short films from the original special effects pioneer Georges Méliès on a small screen as … Continue reading
A Very Rare Nikola Tesla Inscription
In the original owner of Bell’s Books’ glass cabinet were some very special book treasures: among them a complete set of Shakespeare from 1752, an early 17th Century legal/historical text in Latin from Spain, a complete doubly-illustrated set signed by … Continue reading
Who Was Richard Bachman?
Richard Bachman (1977-1985) was the pen name for Stephen King, in an experiment he carried on for years to see if he could be a successful writer under a different name. Roadwork is the third (published in 1981) in a … Continue reading
Our Bell’s Logo Bags Have Returned!
Our brilliantly colorful Bell’s logo bags are back in stock! Made from a medley of patterned fabrics, using remnants from clothing manufacture in India, they come in three styles: large cotton shopper, sturdy canvas book bag, or small organza gift … Continue reading
The Lord of the Rings Emerges from Our Archives!
Fresh from our long-term holdings, we have several new condition editions of Tolkien’s monumental work The Lord of the Rings. These include the 4th and 5th impressions of the one-volume De Luxe edition from George Allen and Unwin (one in … Continue reading
Thanks to recent acquisitions from retiring Stanford professors, our Western Philosophy section has grown by at least six shelves! We now have the largest collection of material by and about John Locke west of the Mississippi (outside of academic libraries), … Continue reading