London: Hodder & Stoughton, (1982)

Absolutely stunning As New true (U.K.) First Edition, First Printing in its equally pristine but price-clipped dust jacket of Thomas Keneally’s Booker Prize-winnning international best-seller (with its original title) about the German Catholic industrialist who saved the lives of over twelve hundred Jews during the holocaust.

Among literally countless other national and international honors and awards, the superb Steven Spielberg-directed film adaptation received a staggering seven well-deserved Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director (Spielberg), Best Adapted Screenplay (Steven Zaillian), Best Cinematography (the great Janusz Kaminski), Best Editing (Michael Kahn), Best Art Direction (Allan Starski & Ewa Braun), and Best Original Score (John Williams).

Today, rarely, if ever, seen in such immaculate condition, this landmark title is made exceptionally memorable and incomparably valuable as a prime example of investment literature as it is prominently signed on the title page by Steven Spielberg.

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Busy, busy, busy here at the shop — both with in-house sales as well as shipping all over the place —  Emmy gifts to those lucky (and talented) recipients and too, to new customers as well as our regulars.  Predominant among our very latest sales have included First Editions of Churchill –signed as well as unsigned — (there seems to be a sudden and enthusiastic demand for him ), some Hemingway, Nabokov, Camus and even (how’s this for variety?) Dr. Seuss.  It’s all good!



Once again apologizing for lack of entries on the site, it hasn’t stopped us from replenishing our stock and bringing in all nature of extremely collectible First Editions to line the shelves.  Louis has been away, enjoying winter in Australia & New Zealand, so Harvey’s been manning the shop alone and, as ever, loving every moment of being in this literary treasure house.

Just brought in a number of highly collectible Churchill First Editions:  The now scarce six-volume The World Crisis (1911-1918).  Often called Churchill’s masterpiece (which is really saying something since Churchill authored no less than 58 books), this set is INSCRIBED & SIGNED by the great man himself.

Also now here, more Churchill First Editions including his 1930 My Early Life; The Second World War in six volumes; Painting as a Pastime, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples; Arms and the Covenant; a lovely signed set of The War Speeches; as well as others, both signed and unsigned.

At the other end of the literary spectrum, we’ve brought into the shop a number of Dr Seuss Firsts, signed and unsigned; Agatha Christie Firsts, also signed as well as unsigned, and a number of Roald Dahl Firsts.

All these — plus, of course, all the hundreds of other collectible First Editions by scores of the world’s most esteemed and highly collectible authors.  So do come in, browse, buy if you can, and if not, just enjoy the literary delights that are here all around you.

Belated Update May 20, 2017

Once again our only excuse for not updating our blog is two-fold:  brisk, time-consuming, ongoing business (for which Harvey and I remain perpetually grateful) and travel — this time to Japan and Vietnam — but now we’re back, filled with energy (as well as many dozens of rare and highly collectible First Editions)  and rarin’ to go.  

Mystery Pier is featured in a terrific article by Lesley M.M. Blume in tomorrow’s (May 21, ’17) Sunday New York TIMES in their T Magazine.  It’s a really nice piece and we’re very appreciative.  The shop is also listed in the Louis Vuitton Guidebook and was featured in Barney’s Window in Manhattan.  And……we just found out from some visiting customers who came in resultant from reading about the shop in the website of bestselling author Michael Connelly.

It’s all good………….


Long Overdue Update

Hello — Thanks for coming here, and our apologies for taking so long to provide any kind of updates.  The only excuse — but one we’re certainly grateful for  – is that business has been active, ongoing, but of necessity time-consuming.  The Oscar season, and the Awards season in general, has been kind to us as ever — and its an encouraging sociological fact that studios, agents, managers and the talent themselves are giving as gifts collectible and meaningful literature rather than cases of Crystal or Dom Perignon champagne.  

We bring new highly collectible offerings into the shop from our storage facility on a regular basis, and please remember that EVERY SINGLE BOOK in the shop – EVERY ONE — is a true First Edition, First Printing.  We’ve just brought in some more terrific signed Hemingway…… signed Hunter Thompson…. signed Nabokov — even signed Dr. Seuss and Roald Dahl — and the true First Edition of Eva Peron’s autobiography SIGNED BY EVITA HERSELF, EVA PERON.

Plus — as we invariably do during and after the Awards season — we have original shooting scripts signed by the Oscar-winning talent.  LA LA LAND is here, signed by writer/director Damien Chazelle, composer Justin Hurwitz, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling & J.K. Simmons; we’ve got FENCES signed by Denzel Washington and Viola Davis; also MISS SLOANE signed by Jessica Chastain….. and many many others.

Please do come and visit.  It’s a constant  joy for us to share the pleasures on the shelves and in the showcases here and, as we always offer, private appointments at any times that are convenient for you.

We look forward to your visits and thank you for your constant support of Mystery Pier Books.

Virgin-Atlantic Underground LA: Exploring the city’s hidden haunts 4-4-16

Underground LA: Exploring the city’s hidden haunts
by EllaBuchan 
The glitz, gloss and glamour of Hollywood is all very well, but to find the real Los Angeles you have to scratch beneath the surface, open unmarked doors and wander down unassuming alleyways. From hidden boozers to secret rooftop gardens and a network of tunnels used during Prohibition, here’s how to see underground LA.


Underground LA | Mystery Pier Books


The cottage exterior of Mystery Pier Books © Mystery Pier Books
Mystery Pier Books.

Duck down a stone staircase off Sunset Strip and wind down a dimly lit passage to reach this charming cottage framed by blooms. This literary treasure trove is famed for its range of first editions and antiquarian books, counting Johnny Depp, Daniel Craig and Martin Scorcese among its customers.


Nov. 22nd, Eye On LA.

Here’s the link for Eye On LA which stared Mystery Pier Books.


Louis Vuitton Recommends

The new Louis Vuitton City Guide of recommended elite ‘Must Sees’ is now out — and once again Mystery Pier Books has been selected for inclusion. Here’s their article:
“On paper, Mystery Pier Boioks is right next door to the Book Soup shop. When you get there, the reality is quite different, as it’s deliberately hidden from the street. You reach it down a narrow passage that leads to a garden with a tiny cottage at the bottom, surrounded by flowerbeds. Fireplace, houseplants, old furniture: it feels like the home of an elderly relative. Louis and Harvey Jason are far from being ancient, however. Passionate collectors, they have filled their wooden bookshelves and glass-fronted cases with hundreds of first editions and original editions of books adapted for the cinema, along with signed copies that are priceless for an aficionado, such as “The Talented Mr. Ripley” by Patricia Highsmith signed by the late Anthony Minghella, “In Cold Blood” by Truman Capote signed by the author, and “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” signed by the author Hunter S. Thompson and by Johnny Depp. The Jasons also have a large number of original scripts annotated, including “Being John Malkovich” by Charlie Kaufman signed by Malkovich himself. No point mentioning that you’ll spot more (incognito) stars here than at the Oscars.”