Tuesday, May 16, 2017

GMF Receives Recognition for Book Donations

Our beautiful award from the DC
CFSA for supporting literacy.
In addition to the semi-annual book sales and year-around Amazon sales, George Mason Friends also shares a portion of the book donations we receive with the library and other local organizations.

In March, one of those organizations, the DC Child and Family Services Agency, expressed their appreciation to us and the Friends of the Tyson-Pimmit Regional Library for contributing hundreds of books to inspire reading among the children the agency serves.

We, in turn, extend our appreciation to all our donors, who generously provide so many good-quality books and media, allowing us to support important literacy efforts in the region. Thank you!

Friday, May 5, 2017


It takes many hands and many, many hours of hard work to pull off a book sale like ours -- but you pitched in cheerfully and helped us raise enough to help fund the Fairfax summer reading program, library programs, and more.

And just importantly, thanks to your hard work, book lovers of all sizes and interests found something to smile about! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Today: Half Off Everything at the Sale!

Our Spring 2017 book sale is wrapping up today, but we still have plenty of terrific bargains waiting for you.

To make sure as much as possible ends up in good homes, all items are half-price on Sunday!

The book sale (but not library services) will open at noon and closes promptly at 5 pm.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Important Book Sale Information

The cookbook section, beautifully
arranged and ready for you!
Welcome! The doors will open on Thursday, April 27 at 3pm sharp. We hope you'll have a wonderful time while you're here!

Here is some important sale information:


  • Park only in marked parking spaces. Seriously.
  • If you park along neighboring streets, you will get a ticket. Spare yourself the grief, and use the nearby shopping centers for overflow parking.


  • We accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards.

Check Out Time

  • The book sale must close each day promptly at the library's announced closing time. 
  • Please be in line to pay for  purchases at least 15 minutes before closing.


Return Policies

  • All sales are final and as is.
  • Be sure to check all cases before purchase. When we placed the items on the sale table, all CDs and DVDs were in their containers.
  • We haven't viewed the DVDs, nor listened to the recorded books or CDs.

 Bins and boxes and piles
  • No large bins or wheeled bins of any size are allowed in the sale area.
  • You may carry one copier paper box or banker's box with you in the sales area.
  • You may leave boxes, marked with your name and drop off time, in a designated holding area while you continue to shop.
  • At busy times, we may limit the time and quantity of boxes you may leave in the holding area.


  • No strollers or solid-frame backpack child carriers are permitted in the sales area.
  • Wheel chairs are always welcome.


Finding Things

  • Volunteers and maps are available to help you find what you're interested in.
  • We do not restock during the sale. Everything is out on the tables, with overflow boxes stored on the floor below.

Monday, April 24, 2017

We Need Volunteers!

Earn community service hours for school, or
or just pitch in to support a great cause.
Our volunteers are awesome. There's no other word for it. They tackle the huge mountain of work that is the GMF sale, and make it flat out fun. Just look at those smiles.
You can be awesome, too! Volunteer slots are still available, especially for Sunday. Contact us at georgemasonfriends@gmail.com.

Volunteers share a laugh while setting out some of
the 80,000 books for the sale.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring Sale Preview: Fine Art and Photography Books

Fine art and photography books now on display
in the George Mason Library lobby.
Beautiful books on art and photography are on display in the George Mason Library.

Below is is a list of titles and prices. We reserve the right to correct any mistakes in the prices or descriptions published here. Books may be removed or added without updating the list.


The Graphic Work of M.C. Escher, Introduced and Explained by the Artist. Taschen, 2008.  $50

Joan Miro: Campo de Estrellas, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 1993.  $25

Paul Outerbridge, A Singular Aesthetic: Photographs & drawings, 1921-1941 : a catalogue raisonne. Elaine Dines, Ed. Laguna Beach Museum of Art, 1981.  $20

Kokoschka Paintings. Richard Calvocoressi. Ediciones Poligrafa, S.A., 1992.  $25

Lee Krasner. Robert Hobbs. Harry N. Abrams. 1999.  $20

Ambrogio Lorenzetti:
The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena
Ambrogio Lorenzetti: The Palazzo Pubblico, Siena (Great Fresco Cycles of the Renaissance). Randolph Starn. George Braziller, 1994.  $30

The Art of Jean Hugo, Richard J. Wattenmaker. Art Gallery of Ontario, 1973.  $20

Kugach, Kugach, Kugach: Three Generations of Russian Artists. American Universiy, 2009. $25

A. Paul Weber 1930-1978. Handzeichnungen & Lithographen. Rheinland-Lerlag GmgH, 1978.  $30

Diego Rivera: the Detroit
Industry Murals
Diego Rivera: the Detroit Industry Murals. Linda Bank Downs. W.W. Norton & Company, 1999.  $20

Picasso, The Classical Period. John Richardson. C&M Arts, 2003.  $25

Hokusai, The Collector’s Portfolio: Ten Reproduction Antique Prints. Aurum Press, 1990.  $25

Giunti Dossier Art
No. 43: Klee (Federica Pirani).  $10
No. 64: Schiele (Eva di Stefano).  $10
No. 70: Toulous-Lautrec (Giorgio Cortenova).  $10
No. 106: Mucha (Patrizia Runfola).  $10


Women as Portrayed in Orientalist Painting
, Lucia Tongiorgi Tomasi & Tony Willis, Oak Spring Garden Library, 2009.  $100

Women as Portrayed in
Orientalist Painting
Masterpieces of Indian Painting Formerly in the Nasli M. Heeramaneck Collections. Alice N. Heeramaneck, 983. $30

Jade in Ancient Costa Rica, Julie Jones, Editor. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1998.  

Nicaraguan Antiquities; Facsimile Edition of 1886 original. Carl Bovallius. Editorial y Litografia San Jose, 1970.  $20

Al-Andalus, The Art of Islamic Spain. Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Editor. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992.  $35

The Orientalists, Painter-Travellers 1828-1908. Lynne Thornton. ACR Edition, 1983.  $30

British Etchers 1850-1940. Kenneth M. Guichard. Robin Garton, 1981.  $40

Places and Cultures

Legado Sagrado: Edward Curtis and the
Indians of North America

Legado Sagrado: Edward S. Curtis y Los Indios de Norteamerica
Edward S. Curtis. Verve Editions, 2005.  $25

Timur and the Princely Vision, Persian Art and Culture in the 15th Century. Lentz and Lowry. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1989.  $30

Waterworks. A Photographic Journey through New York’s Hidden Water System
. Stanley Greenberg. Princeton Architectural Press, 2003.  $25

Lahore, The City Within. Samina Quraeshi. Concept Media, 1988. 1st Printing. $30

Shogun’s Shrine, The Magnificent Nikko Toshogu: Human and Animal Carvings/Paintings. Graphic-Sha Publishing Company, 1994.  $20

Remembrance of Patria, Dutch Arts and Culture in Colonial America 1609-1776. Blackburn and Piwonka. Albany Institute of History and Art. $25

100 Chinese Emperors. Wu Luxing; Lu Yanguang, Illustrator. Asiapac Books 1996.  $25    


Islands of Silence: The
Photography of
Donata Wenders

Optical Fundamentals of Underwater Photography. Gomer T. McNeil. Mitchell Camera Corporation, 1972.  $30

Samantha. David Pilosof. H. Lonay & D. Pilosof, 1977. 1st Printing.  $25

A Photographer’s Legacy. I. Willard Counts, Jr. Metropolitan Printing Co., Bloomington, IN, 1979.  $20

Islands of Silence, The Photography of Donata Wenders. Prestel.  $25    

Derry: the Troubled Years. Eamon Melaugh. Guildhall Press, 2005.  $30

Art Criticism

Abstract Expressionism, Other Politics. Ann Eden Gibson. Yale University Press, 1997.  $35

The Body of Christ in the Art of Europe and New Spain 1150-1800. James Clifton. Prestel, 1997.  $35

Art and Embodiment, from Aesthetics to Self-consciousness. Paul Crowther. Clarendon Press, 1993.  $25

Modernity & Nostalgia, Art and Politics in France Between the Wars. Romy Golan. Yale University Press, 1995.  $45

Saturn’s Fable, La Favola di Saturno: Analysis of a Restoration and Artistic Research on a Painting by Daniel Seiter. Gangemi Editore, 2005.  $20

Fundamentals of
Chinese Floral Painting, 4 vol. 


The Fundamentals of Chinese Floral Painting, Johnson Su-Sing Chow. Ho Kung-shang, 1997
No. 1: Book of the Plum.  $25
No. 2: Book of the Orchid.  $25
No. 3: Book of the Bamboo.  $25
No. 4: Book of the Chrysanthemum.  $25

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Notable Antique and Collectible Books Now on Display

Tales of a Grandfather,
by Sir Walter Scott.
Select antique and collectible books are now on display in the left glass case in the George Mason Regional Library lobby. Highlights include a first American edition of Brave New World, and splendid copy of London Types with woodcuts by renowned Victorian printmaker William Nicholson. These items will go on sale starting at 3 pm on April 27.

Below is a list of titles and prices. We reserve the right to correct any mistakes in the prices or descriptions published here. Books may be removed or added without updating the list.

Tales of a Grandfather, 3 Volumes. Sir Walter Scott. Adam & Charles Black, 1888.  $50

Fine woodcuts in London Types.
London Types: Quatorzains by William Ernest Henley, woodcuts by William Nicholson.R.H. Russell, 1898.  $300

Siberia and the Exile System, 2 volumes. George Kennan, The Century Company, 1891.  $35

The Black Arrow. Robert Louis Stevenson. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1888.  $35

Page, Squire, and Knight: A Romance of the Days of Chivalry. W.H. Davenport Adams, Editor Estes and Lauriat, 1883.  $20

Brave NewWorld,
First American Edition.
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, Doubleday, Doran & Company, 1932. 1st American Edition.  $75

The Tragedy of King Lear. William Shakespeare. Roycroft Shop, 1904.  $30

William Cobbett, A Biography, 2 Volumes. Edward Smith. Sampson Low & Company, 1878.  $50

Battles for the Union, Willard Glazier. Dustin, Gilman & Co., 1875.  $20

Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Abner Doubleday. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1886.  $75

Civil War titles
The Capture, Prison Pen and the Escape. Willard W. Glazier. J. Munsell,.  $50

A Bird’s Eye View of our Civil War. Theodore Ayrault Dodge. James R. Osgood and Company, 1883.  $50