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Proud member of theioba International Online Booksellers Association. and the Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce

Find us at premier online sales venues including: RARE BOOK HUB, ABE BOOKS, BIBLIO, ALIBRIS, and AMAZON.

Visit the shop

You can find us at our shop located at 548 Kentucky Street in historic downtown Gridley, California, USA.

Our hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and every other Saturday from 12:30-6:00 PM. Other days by appointment or by chance.

Home is nearby and we can open at your convenience. Call (530) 354-4440 or write to: info@uncommon-works.com

Hours are updated daily on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/UncommonWorks.

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Classic and rare 16th Century works

spinePindar, Sappho, et al. Carminum poetarum nouem, lyricae poese[ō]s principu[m], fragmenta : Alcaei, Anacreontis, Sapphus, Bacchylidis, Stesichori, Simonidis, Ibyci, Alcmanis, Pindari, nonnulla etiam aliorum : cum Latina interpretatione, partim solata oratione, partim carmine. [Geneva]: Henri Estienne, 1560.
[Greek Lyric Poets, translated into Latin]. Henri, Stephanus, Fuggeri, 1560. Parallel translation in Greek & Latin.
$950

Early 20th century works

Friar Diego De Landa; Wm. Gates, trans. Yucatan Before and After the Conquest. Baltimore: The Maya Society, 1937. Second Edition. $300
A good+ second edition [HAND D83], with solid, sturdy binding and cover. Original blue cloth boards with gilt stamping and Maya Society crest in gilt. The blue cloth is showing heavy spotting on the spine and front cover, and the top front corner is bumped. Pages toned, top edge darkened. Former owner’s bookplate. From the private library of Larry Southwick. Laid in with a staplebound pamphlet for “Publications in the Field of Archaeology, Anthropology, etc. issued by the Carnegie Institute of Washington… May 1937.” Heavily illustrated, includes maps and related documents. 142 pp. Large octavo, 6 x 10 inches tall.
An important primary source, scarce in this edition “Modern scholars regard Landa with a mixture of frustration and admiration. At the same time he wrote his comprehensive work on Mayan culture, his orders to destroy all icons and hieroglyphics obliterated the Mayan language …helping to undermine and destroy the civilization he so vividly described. Yet his book, which was not printed until 1864, provided a phonetic alphabet that made it possible to decipher about one-third of the Mayan hieroglyphs, and many of the remainder have since been deciphered.” – Britannica

Not your ordinary bookstore

Uncommon Works specializes in rare, odd, unique, and handmade books. You’ll find books from 1560 forward in the shop, mostly first editions and first or early printings. We specialize in the Spanish Conquest of the Americas, Native America, Latin America and Mexico. You’ll also find first editions of classic and current authors for sale.

We sometimes offer maps, Victoriana, prints, and exhibition posters as they find their way into the shop — but our passion is books and binding.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for information about your books or art pieces.


Handmade journals by graphic artist and binder Elaine Chu are featured in the shop.

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Our Artist’s Gallery features original art including The Book as Art. Painted works by cutting edge and traditional artists, as well as glass art works by Bryon Sutherland, Robert Eickholt, and Black Sheep Glass are available for purchase.

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We provide services and referrals for book mending, repair, restoration, and binding.

flatopboxWe offer archival storage solutions for your books, photos, or family historical print items.

New Services: Now offering book and eBook design services, including graphics work, copyediting, and publishing.

Need forms or brochures done quickly? Call us for a quote!

Web services also available.


Now buying books and accepting consignments

Have a single volume, an estate, a collection, or a complete library of books, magazines, journals and letters, manuscripts, maps, or Victoriana? We are currently accepting select consignments and buying print materials and Victoriana.

Call 530-354-4440 to discuss or stop by the shop during open hours.


Sometimes it’s about giving back

Though we are a commercial enterprise, Uncommon Works supports local and international nonprofits and literacy organizations.

A limited number of our handmade notebooks, journals and sketchbooks are given to local non-profit organizations each year to sell or auction as part of their fundraisers.

Books we encounter that are not first editions, unique, odd or rare are donated to the local public library or sent to Better World Books to re-sell. Better World Books proceeds got to build libraries and promote literacy in the Americas. You’ll find a donation box inside the store if you’d like to help by dropping your unwanted books off anytime we are open.

We have shelves of books and online auction sales where 100% of the sale goes to the Shalom Free Clinic in Chico, California. The Shalom Free Clinic provides walk-in healthcare services at no cost to individuals and families in our region who could not otherwise afford healthcare services.

If your library or non-profit organization would like to participate in our giving back program, contact Morgan at
530-354-4440 or write to: info@uncommon-works.com.

We do not provide donation letters for third-party organizations, or tax receipts. Please contact the organization directly for those.

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