Newsletter for November 2017

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Browsers' Bookstore Newsletter for November 2017

 

STORE NEWS

Holiday shopping gets to be crazy. If you would like to order new books, please get your orders in sooner rather than later. As always, orders for most new books are 10% cover price if under $20 and 20% off cover price if over $20.

In one of my most ill-timed decisions, we are getting new shelving built in our overstock sci-fi room…which means a bunch of books messing up the side room of the Albany store right at the busiest time of year… However, it should be done in a few days, and then we’ll be neater than before! In theory.

 

NEW ARRIVALS

SATURDAY WITH MY CAMERA

S.C. Johnson.
London: Grant Richards, 1914.

Vintage photography book filled with narrative, instructions, photographic plates, and diagrams. Plus–I just love this binding! Very good condition, $30 [SOLD]

ORIENT-EXPRESS: THE WORLD’S MOST CELEBRATED TRAIN.

by Shirley Sherwood.

Coffee-table book, a good historical adjunct to the book & movie. I’m glad to see Agatha Christie go through a revival right now: we’ve been selling lots of her books the past few months. Seems like the new Murder on the Orient Express movie has reminded people how enjoyable her books are! Very good in jacket, $6 [SOLD]

THE NAPOLEON GALLERY, OR, ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE EMPEROR OF FRANCE.

London: Henry G Bohn, 1846.

Sneak preview of a big project for Browsers’, which is a separate Rare Book Room. We currently have cases, shelves, boxes, cabinets, and other hidey-holes where we stash various cool, collectible, rare and/or antiquarian books, and it’s time to put a bunch of them together. It will take a few months to prepare the space (duct tape holding the ceiling together doesn’t really give off the vibe we want for this area), BUT–I’m hoping that by next fall it will be open to the public.

Here’s a book that’s going there. Not a new arrival, but it has been stuck out of sight on shelf “F-1D” for a while. Not online, not visible to customers…that makes it tough to sell, don’t you think? The life of Napoleon, illustrated with 88 plate engravings, in a fine binding by Brentano’s. $400

TREE BY TOLKIEN

by Colin Wilson
Signed limited edition

A surprisingly early critical work on Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings. As popular as LOTR was in the US, it did not garner much critical attention until much later.

Colin Wilson uses Tolkien’s own writings to judge the ultimate success of LOTR. He also takes on Edmund Wilson’s panning of the work. Although Colin doesn’t view the books as masterpieces, he is able to appreciate the literary & cultural value that they have.

Oddly enough, when Wilson is discussing the literary climate of Tolkien’s early life, he talks quite a bit about one of my favorite authors, who is now largely forgotten–Jeffery Farnol. (I always recommend “The Broad Highway”–the rest are pretty much the same, but who cares?, it’s a good story! Hahaha) So…if this doesn’t sell in the newsletter it might just go to my house: but I would put it with my Farnol books intead of Tolkien! $75

STORYTELLER WITHOUT WORDS: THE WOOD ENGRAVINGS OF LYND WARD

Abrams, 1974. Signed.

Lynd Ward is often credited with producing the first graphic novel (God’s Man, 1929). This claim opens up a whole can of worms we don’t need to go into, but the fact remains that he was a brilliant woodcut artist who had a long and successful career as an illustrator. Uncommon signed, $250

HAMMER OF THE GODS: THE LED ZEPPELIN SAGA.

Stephen Davis’ classic. We sell lots of the paperbacks, but don’t often see the original hardcovers come in. $10

TARZAN ON THE PLANET OF THE APES.

Why in the world did it take so long for this to be made? Graphic novel, first edition. $10

INSIDE THE PERSONAL COMPUTER: A POP-UP GUIDE.

Abbeville Press, 1984.

Ancient technology!

* 5-1/4 floppy disk comes out of the pop-up console
* The term “mouse” is in quotation marks (it’s a new invention)
* “Hard disks can store between 5 and 50 megabytes of information.”
* Dot matrix & daisy wheel printers available!

All pop-ups in very good condition, this is a fun bit of retro to go along with your new iPhone X. $10

PRINCIPLES OF WOOL COMBING.

Howard Priestman.
London: G. Bell and Sons, 1921
Second edition, revised & enlarged

As soon as I showed this technical book to Jannett, she immediately started telling me all about the process of turning wool into yarn. She knows way too much–all I know is that this fold-out diagram is cool. $35

LETTERS OF A BARITONE

by Francis Walker

New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1895

A series of letters from the author who studied music in Italy in the 1880s. Great history, theory, and delight in music. $15
More pictures of this cool binding on our Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/BrowsersBookstore/listing/556615482/beautiful-antique-book-letters-of-a?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1510790050348

Have a great Thanksgiving! We’ll be open on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday…but just business as usual around here, despite all the promotional names, hahahaha!

Scott Givens