Called, "One of the Most Important First Edition Bookshops in the United States," and worldwide in its sterling reputation, Mystery Pier is a proud member of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. The internationally renowned shop features and sells exclusively First Editions, First State copies of collectible literature. A true favorite for so many of the entertainment industry elite who visit so often and with great regularity, Mystery Pier regularly sells gifts for nominees and winners in all the major Awards shows: Oscars, Emmys, Tonys, Grammys -- and the loyal client list is truly notable: from Johnny Depp, Flea, Guillermo del Toro, Bono, Michael Caine and Barry Gibb to Angelina Jolie, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan, Tommy Lee Jones and so many others, books from here grace the shelves of Martin Scorcese, Oprah Winfrey, John Malkovich, Sean Penn, Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Sylvester Stallone, Nicole Kidman, Seth Macfarlane among many, many others.
Entrance to the shop is enchanting. Walking down the famed Sunset Strip, one turns through an unexpected entryway, proceeds down a few stone steps, heads through a slim, magical passageway right out of old Europe, and is met with blooming flowerbeds fronting a charming English cottage reminiscent of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Inside, mellowed by the soft, soothing sounds of gentle classical music, it's as visitor-friendly as it is atmospheric and cozy; three rooms a virtual treasure trove of books -- several thousand -- every single one a true First Edition -- immaculately organized, beautifully displayed.
This is Mystery Pier, the noted bookshop (which Michael Caine says, "is like the most wonderful museum, except you get to buy the exhibits," and Eric Idle says, "This shop is so incredible they ought to charge admission,") so regularly featured in the media -- raved about on the late night talk shows by MPB's loyal regulars; featured on TV all the way from from CBS Sunday Morning through Eye on L.A. and others; in the In Flight magazines of American, Delta and Alaska Airlines; in the Louis Vuitton Guide; in the major national entertainment magazines (from Best of the Best edition of Los Angeles Magazine to the cover story in an issue of Money magazine) and heading the list at Number One in The Ten Best Hidden Gems of L.A.
Owned and operated by the hospitable, knowledgable father-and-son team of Harvey Jason and his son Louis M. Jason, MPB is embraced not only for the warm friendliness and helpful expertise of its proprietors, but for its extraordinary selection of titles, with the strongest emphasis placed upon quality, scarcity and value.
One may browse here at leisure through First Editions (in great number signed and/or inscribed by their authors) from Winston S. Churchill & John F. Kennedy through Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck & Kerouac to Salinger, Ayn Rand, Chandler, Hammett & Ian Fleming; from Dickens, Joyce, Orwell & Woolf to Barrie, Milne, Dr Seuss & J.K. Rowling; from Hunter S. Thompson, Vonnegut, Bellow, Kesey & Burroughs to signed & unsigned Firsts of Agatha Christie, Conan Doyle & Rex Stout. Here at Mystery Pier one may pick up First Editions of an Oliver Twist signed by Dickens; a leather-bound tome by Queen Victoria meaningfully inscribed by her in 1862 to her closest friend; Einstein's Relativity inscribed and signed by him; a superb Ulysses signed by Joyce; a splendid May 1936 First of Gone With the Wind signed by Margaret Mitchell, Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh; a fresh First of Houdini's Unmasking of Robert Houdin inscribed by him in 1926. Even a rare Harper Lee-signed To Kill a Mockingbird in its wonderfully preserved First Issue dust jacket. And in the shop's showcases of Hollywoodiana, browse the shelves of Books Into Film to note the wide selection of books & shooting scripts signed by both the authors as well as the stars who headlined the film adaptations.
In addition to presenting a full range of American & British literary highspots, classics, and Modern Firsts, the gleaming wooden shelves stock a wonderful selection of Antiquarian, Children's classics, Cinema rarities, Mystery & Detective Fiction, Uniquities and the very best of True Crime.
Louis and Harvey look forward to your visit and, as is their practice, will extend themselves in every possible way to ensure you are pleased with your literary selection, and that you look forward to repeated pleasant visits and rewarding experiences here.