ANNIVERSARY SALE & November 2014 newsletter


I officially no longer believe that 13 is an unlucky because this year has been good for us both in terms of buying & selling.  Thank you for continuing to support us (or, at least, using us to support your addiction.)

Almost every day we are asked if we are going to move into a larger building, albeit usually jokingly. We thought about it this summer, but it didn’t fly…doesn’t mean it won’t ever happen, but for now we ask for your continued patience with the overcrowded shelves and scattered stacks.

However, maybe we won’t need to find a bigger store because. . . we’re going to sell a zillion books at our ANNIVERSARY SALE!  Here is the official announcement:


Mark your calendar now!


1. Several tiny vest-pocket booklets 100-120 years old out of England:

A. Two on Robert Burns: The Syllabus (membership roster & schedule) of the “S.B.”, leather stamped in gilt; and a 6-page Preamble & Rules of the Parkhead Burns Club, dated 1882.  The pair, $20.

B. Summerfield Football Club, Season 1900-1. Stiff linen-backed folding membership card, listing the Office Bearers opposite the membership card. Child’s pencil scribbling, rear cover has engraving of three kids playing football (soccer.) $5.00

C. A bookie’s rules & secret codes. Handed out by Mr. William Taylor of Garnethill, Glasgow. Burgundy leather, 16 pp. Undated but circa 1880s-90s. Not a bookie, but a Commission Agent, this is probably the same commission agent named William Taylor who was declared bankrupt in 1866, and again in 1873 (by then he was known to be operating out of London, Manchester, and Derby; a debt of thirteen thousand pounds against assets of seven hundred.) At any rate, a decade later he’s passing out these cute little booklets which inform his clients of his conditions (which allow for–but specify some risks of–using a nom de plume when placing bets or paying for them); as well as a tipped-in page “CODE FOR TELEGRAPHING INVESTMENTS”, so if you want to bet–oops, I mean “invest”–a pound, you telegraph “cherry”; four pounds is “pine”, and so forth.  $45

D. EAST DUMBARTONSHIRE BICYCLE CLUB membership card, roster, rules. This is for the founding year of the club, 1891.  The earliest British bicycle clubs were founded in the 1870s, so this is not at the break of dawn, but still early in the morning as far as bicycle ephemera goes.  Leather with gilt stamped lettering, and single folded leaf.  The rules for the uniform for the club: “That the Club Uniform consist of Cricket cap of blue serge, with Club badge in front; blue serge military jacket, knee breeches, and blue hose.”  $35.

Wasn’t that fun?


3. THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO. Alexandre Dumas. Little, Brown, 1902.  A four volume set, burgundy cloth boards with heavily gilt (vines/floral) front board & spine, top edge gilt, edges uncut. Black & white plate illustrations with tissue guards (frontispieces + 1 plate per volume) by Edmund Garrett; clear type & good paper. Overall, a nice production.  Some wear to spine ends, vol. 2 has rubbing to front cover, but nothing drastic.  $125

4. DAVID’S TOOL KIT: A CITIZENS’ GUIDE TO TAKING OUT BIG BROTHER’S HEAVY WEAPONS. Ragnar Benson. Loompanics, 1996. Great cover art of tank about to shoot a woman & her children (who are all backed up against a brick wall)–EXCEPT there’s a guy on top of the tank about to throw a Molotov cocktail through the hatch!  Exciting!  All sorts of information in here that would be good for a novelist if nothing else.  $12.


A. IN BRIGHTEST AFRICA. Carl Akeley, 1923. Hunting elephants, gorillas, lions. “Akeley’s work on the gorilla is the latest and perhaps his best portrayal of animal life in Africa as it really is. He defends the reputation of this animal, which has been misrepresented in narrative and fiction as a ferocious biped that attacks man at every opportunity, abducts native women as in the sculptures of Fremiet, a monster with all the vices of man and none of the virtues. For this untruthful picture Akeley substitutes a real gorilla, chiefly a quadruped in locomotion, not seeking combat with man, ferocious only when his family rights are invaded, benign rather than malignant in countenance. Thus he explodes the age-long gorilla myth and we learn for the first time the place in nature of this great anthropoid and come to believe that it should be conserved and protected rather than eliminated.” Among the photographic plates are two gorillas shot by the hunting expedition.  $15

B. “J.T., Jr.” THE BIOGRAPHY OF AN AFRICAN MONKEY. Delia Akeley, 1928. There are, of course, many wonderful “memoirs” of wild animals kept as pets, but this is an early one which is both humorous and touching.  And a little different, because the cute little monkey also goes with the Akeleys on their hunting excursions, complete with a photo of “J.T. on the back of the colossal elephant that charged her.” Some wear to covers, first edition, $25

C. CONGO EDEN. Mary Akeley, 1950.  Carl Akeley’s second wife, Mary, is also concerned with conservation, but 30 years have passed since Akeley’s first expeditions, times have changed, and the focus is now on hunting with cameras rather than guns. $7.50

6. MY CAMERA ON POINT LOBOS. Edward Weston. The Da Capo reprint of 1968, VG hardcover in good jacket.  An excellent reprint of the 1950 original, which is now one of the classics of photography.  $75


I don’t care how fancy our phones get, nothing beats a fridge magnet!  Get your 2015 calendar at either store!

Our anniversary sales are always our best way to say “THANK YOU” to everyone who has supported us.  We work very hard every day for you to have an interesting store that’s worthwhile visiting, but nothing quite says thanks like the sale, so please take advantage of it!

Scott Givens
Browsers’ Bookstore