Newsletter for March 2017


Alas, this newsletter is late & short, partly due to my annual self-destruction of eyesight (also known as accounting) in preparation for taxes. To make up for a short newsletter, let’s start with a coupon:

COUPON: March Movies-Must-Move Madness

It seems like every spring we have too many DVDs. So…this month, here’s a 50% discount on DVDs–you can get movies for $3.00 and TV seasons for $5.00. This special pricing is for newsletter subscribers only, so you’ll need the secret password–“Hitchcock.” (But if you forget, just say something about the newsletter coupon, and that’ll work!)


1. 25 + 25 boxes of vampires & werewolves: Two loads of Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy direct from Portland. All books in fantastic condition. The vast majority are paperbacks, with some hardcovers & trade paperbacks mixed in. An exciting purchase because the previous owner collected complete runs of all the big authors, as well as tons of authors that either we’d never had before or don’t get frequently. Both stores are pricing & shelving as fast as we can, so start your browsing!

2. THE ADVENTURES OF GERARD. Arthur Conan Doyle, first American edition, 1903. The giltwork is shiny in person.  More info on our Etsy listing:  $12







3. THE BOOK OF EXECUTION: AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF METHODS OF JUDICIAL EXECUTION. As well as RACK, ROPE AND RED-HOT PINCERS: A HISTORY OF TORTURE AND ITS INSTRUMENTS. Both by Geoffrey Abbott. Read these, and you can be the most interesting person at the next cocktail party you go to! $4.50 and $3.50, respectively.

4. GROWING VEGETABLES SOUTH OF AUSTRALIA. Steve Solomon. What the heck? I didn’t know he moved to Tasmania! Apparently he figured the title of “Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades” worked well enough, he’d try the same formula for his new locale. $10

5. LECTURES ON COMPARATIVE ANATOMY, PHYSIOLOGY, ZOOLOGY, AND THE NATURAL HISTORY OF MAN. William Lawrence. London, 1848. With folding plates of skulls of various human races (but two are missing.) Lawrence believes slavery is a moral wrong, but still claims that Negroes have a provable “inferiority of faculties.” Binding repaired, but the pages are clean and the plates are nice. (In the picture, from left to right: Negro, Jewess, Burat.) $50


6. APHORISMS OF YOUTH, WITH OBSERVATIONS AND REFLECTIONS, RELIGIOUS, MORAL, CRITICAL, AND CHARACTERISTIC, SOME ORIGINAL, BUT CHIEFLY SELECTED, DURING AND EXTENDED COURSE OF READING, FROM THE MOST DISTINGUISHED ENGLISH, FRENCH, AND ITALIAN WRITERS. INTERSPERSED WITH SEVERAL PIECES OF ORIGINAL POETRY. London: Lackington, Allen, and Co., 1801. We had this rebound, and I can’t imagine why. This is quite possibly the worst book I own. So, that long title tells you that this book is directed at youth, and the frontispiece shows a picture of a mother reading to her tweenager and younger sibling. Got it? Now here’s a sample of what you should read to these kids:

“A song is a small gem, whose value consists in exquisite polish and delicate workmanship, more than in the instrinsic worth of materials: facility of expression and smoothness of versification are principally required.”

Yeah, Jannett’s eyes were glazing over when I read that to her, so I can’t imagine a 6-year-old. However, moral instruction is still good to have, and here’s a great one I think I’ll paint on the walls of my daughters’ room:

“That women were not designed for the exertion of intense thought, may easily be seen, from the effect it has on their countenances and features: the contracted brow, prolated visage, motionless eyebrow, and fixed attitude, though they give force and dignity to the strong lines of male countenances, give the most unpleasing expression to soft features.”

Hahahahaha, how times change! Anyway, not sure about the content of this one, but there are no copies for sale online so it must be somewhat scarce. $45

——–> Get ready for the Rose City Book & Paper Fair!  Well, you may not need to get ready for it yet, since it’s not until June, but we always start stockpiling a few things as they come in. Here are a few samples:

7. VIRGIL FINLAY: AN ASTROLOGY SKETCH BOOK. Donald M. Grant, 1975. Virgil Finlay is revered today as one of science fiction’s greatest illustrators. However, during his lifetime the sales of sci-fi magazines declined and he had to scrounge around for other work. He wound up providing artwork to horoscope books and serials, and he felt that these illustrations were his best work. An uncommon Finlay title. $20








8. WEST-RUNNING BROOK. Robert Frost. Limited edition of 1000 signed by Frost & illustrator. Printed by D.B. Updike at the Merrymount Press–this is a fine press edition which is entirely different than the first trade edition. This is a particular interesting copy because it is #984 of the edition: the last twenty of the edition were not for sale, but would have gone to people involved in the production or VIPs to whom the book was sent gratis. Unfortunately, there’s no indication of who originally owned this book. Near fine with very bright pages. $500



9. WILDERNESS AT THE EDGE. Intro by Wallace Stegner. This is a limited edition hardcover of 500, signed by both Wallace Stegner and Utah Senator Wayne Owens. $150

10. Quick, what’s a 1970s PNW novel with cover blurbs by both Ken Kesey and Gary Snyder? Why….THE HONEY DWARF, of course! Yeah, I’ve never heard of it either. But author Gene Detro also wrote “Patchen: The Last Interview” which I think I might have seen before. Trade paperback, first and probably only edition, inscribed by author to “Doug.” The previous owner has used his Sharpie sufficiently to cover up his full name, and it just drives me crazy…. Doug, Doug, who could that be? Detro is still alive and on Facebook, maybe you can befriend him and ask how well he remembers 1975.  $10


That’s enough for now, so happy St Patrick’s Day, and enjoy the browsing!

Scott Givens