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The news is: tons of incoming books! Three big collections: H.G. Wells, auto racing, and just today we’re starting to price a bunch of books about lumber & railroads.
Also: mark your calendar for June 15-16 for the Rose City Book & Paper Fair. I’m already stockpiling books! http://www.cascadebooksellers.com/rose-city-used-book-fair/
(a semi-random sampling)
H.G., G.K., and C.S.
Eight boxes of books that include healthy sections of some of our favorite “initialed” authors, H.G. Wells, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis. I think there were two full boxes of Wells, maybe three. Although this collection didn’t have high-dollar first editions (darn!), there are lots and lots of titles that we don’t normally see. Some titles have two or three copies from various publishers.
Currently, these are mostly in the Corvallis store, and, I’m afraid a good portion of them are just in stacks in the New Arrivals section. Some have been shelved, though, so scan the Old Fiction, Biography, Christian Classics, Politics, History, and Science Fiction sections, too. Some are still unpacked & unpriced, and some are getting mylar sleeves on the jackets, so they’ll continue to trickle in over the next couple of weeks.
I’m told that the person who had these might also have some interesting books from the initialed author who is clearly missing from the above batch–J.R.R. So…stay tuned!
Auto Racing Collection
This was another seven or eight boxes. Lots & lots of good books about, by, and/or signed by famous racecar drivers. Below are a couple that are a little different.
NINE LIVES PLUS: RECORD-BREAKING ON LAND, SEA, AND IN THE AIR
Mrs. Victor Bruce, 1977.
From the flap:
“In 1974, Mrs. Bruce was roaring round Thruxton racetrack at up to 110 mph. She was then 78…
At the age of 15-3/4, she was the first girl to appear before a court on a charge of speeding (at 67 mph, on her elder brother’s motor-cycle.) At an early age she had determined to enter the world of competitve driving and, entering an AC in the 1927 Monte Carlo Rally, she won the Coupe de Dames.”
Well illustrated, I especially like the aviation photos. Very good first edition in dust jacket. $18
BOULEVARDS ALL THE WAY–MAYBE!
by James Montgomery Flagg, 1925.
Today, James Montgomery Flagg is remembered as one of the premier illustrators of the early twentieth century. However, he also wrote a few books, including this account of a cross-country trip in an automobile. These early automotive years are an interesting era: there is still the lingering sense of exploration from the old trail days, combined with a sense of excitement of new technology, yet there exists that sense of modern luxury and convenience, especially because early car drivers were usually fairly well-to-do. New York to California & back. Darkened spine, else VG, first edition, $50
THE CAR AND THE LADY
by Grace S. Mason & Percy F. Megargel, 1908.
One fun section that was part of this purchase was a group of about 15-20 “automotive novels.” Not exactly science fiction, but they do incorporate cutting-edge technology and use it as some kind of device. This particular title is “a tale of love and business rivalry,” but is more interesting because Megargel was a long-distance motor driver, and participated in the first transcontinental race. Very Good condition, $50. (Most of the other auto-fiction books are in the $6-$15 range.)
HARRY POTTER & THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE (KOREAN)
by J.K. Rowling
Moonhak Soochup Publishing, 1999
We’ve had Greek, Latin, French, Japanese, German, Welsh, and maybe a couple of other translations but I think this is the first Koren edition we’ve had. Two volume set, $10
SONGS OF THE CATTLE TRAIL AND COW CAMP
by John A. Lomax
Lomax is famous for his collecting of American ballads & folk-songs. He co-founded the Texas Folklore Society in 1909 and found his way into academics. Fired along with six other University of Texas professors in 1917, he started doing a little research into songs. (His termination was recinded a couple of years later, but he declined the offer to work at the university again.) Originally published in 1919, this is the third edition, 1928. Very good copy. $12
EVERYTHING AND MORE: A COMPACT HISTORY OF INFINITY.
By David Foster Wallace.
W.W. Norton, 2003.
A fitting piece of nonfiction by the author of the novel Infinite Jest. First edition, very good in jacket. $25
ROUGHING IT ON THE LITTLE DESCHUTES RIVER 1934-1944: A HISTORY OF A SAWMILL CAMP AND ITS PEOPLE.
by Edward Gray.
Signed limited edition, $15
Part of a large collection of book on lumber & railroad history. Eighteen boxes from Washington. I’m going to be trying to photograph a lot of the boxes as we empty them and posting them on our Flickr account. This will be a quick way for you to scan a a good portion of the titles to see if there’s anything you want to look at. These will be going to both stores, but we’re starting in Corvallis today! Keep checking this link for new photos.
“POTLACH ILLUSTRATED”, POTLACH LUMBER COMPANY, MANUFACTURERS OF FINE LUMBER
Potlatch Lumber Co., 1908
Several of the railroad & lumber books are staple- or string-bound and so won’t show up in the pictures on the above link. Although many of those are priced at $1 – $5, there are also some more expensive ones hidden in there. Of course, many of these are gems regardless, since they are frequently about a small locality and have one small print run, making them hard to find. This one, which is almost entirely 6″ x 8″ photos of logging and the logging camp, is $75.
I KNOW HOW TO COOK
By Ginette Mathiot
The best-selling cookbook in France for three generations! Basically, this seems to be the French Joy of Cooking, but with a more fun cover. Very nice copy in jacket. $15
This newsletter is late, and we’re deep in boxes of books about trains & trees, so off it goes. Enjoy the weekend,