Real Books from Real Booksellers at a Real Bookstore.
It doesn't get any more real than a bunch of booksellers reading their hearts out to find the best books for their customers. A select number of these books make it to one our First Editions Clubs. Lemuria opened its doors in 1975, and we've been picking books for our original First Editions Club for twenty-five years and counting. Over the years the quality of our book selection and literary experience have been sustained not only because of the efforts of our booksellers but also because of the support from our First Editions Club members.
Get to Know Our Clubs
You can be in one, or two, or all three clubs.
That original club—now called the FIRST EDITIONS CLUB for FICTION READERS—is still going strong and serving just over 200 members. We especially look for collectible authors, debut novels, literary memoirs, and books that just blow us away. Occasionally, we select a nonfiction book for this club. This club receives one book every month. Occasionally, we select two books when merited.
A few years ago, we started a FIRST EDITIONS CLUB for YOUNG READERS. Each month a picture book and a middle grade book are selected. You can opt for both selections or choose the picture book or middle grade book. It's a great way to start a library for your child or grandchild that will last a lifetime or a treat for book collector's who are young at heart.
This year we are proud to announce a FIRST EDITIONS CLUB for NONFICTION READERS. Like our First Editions Club for Fiction, we look for collectible authors and debut books. We also look for stories that are compelling and eye-opening. Unlike the Fiction club, we may not choose a book every single month. Instead, we will likely choose 10-12 books a year.
How It Works
The Best Books in Hand We select the most pristine copies of the book for the club, and we want them to be delivered to you in the same pristine condition. We first protect the book's dust jacket with an archival mylar cover to help maintain its value. For those books that are shipped, we wrap the book in butcher paper, and pack it carefully in a box ‐ never in an envelope.
An Author Experience We want to meet the authors of our favorite books, and we want to give you the chance to meet them, too. You deserve a good book and a great literary experience.
Ship-out or Pick-up For all three of our clubs, the cost is just the list price of the book. Each month's book can be picked up in the store, or we can ship to you monthly. Shipping is $5 shipping plus $1 for each additional book. Once a month we send an email to all of our FEC members giving them first dibs on any notable signed first edition that we have in the store. So even if you live in another city or state, you can still have access to signed first editions.
Some of Our Favorite and Award-Winning First Editions Club Picks
You may notice that some of the featured selections below have increased prices. After everyone has received their First Editions Club selections, we may choose to sell the remaining books according to their collectible value. We base our pricing on the collectible book market and the quality and quantity of our holdings.
is a first edition?
term "first edition" refers to the first printing of the
earliest edition of a book. First printing copies are unique because
they are the first published record of a book. For collectors, the
first edition of a book is the most desired edition, especially if it
is signed. If a book wins an award or otherwise earns acclaim or
popularity and the book's first printing was relatively small, copies
of the first edition can become very valuable, and signed copies even
What if I don't like
the book that is selected?
problem. Call the store or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we
will happily exchange the book.
are the other perks of the First Editions Club?
a month we send an email to all of our FEC members giving them first
dibs on any notable signed first edition that we have in the store.
So even if you live in another city or state, you can still have
access to signed first editions. If you want to add a book to your
FEC shipment, the shipping cost is reduced to one additional dollar a
book. We also protect each dust jacket in an archival mylar cover to
help maintain its value.
can I get more information?
give us a call at 800/601 366-7619 or send us an email at email@example.com.