Newsletter for April 2018

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Spring Cleaning
It’s that time of year when people start to think about clearing out stuff they haven’t wanted to deal with during the winter. This is an active time for us to be buying large collections, so don’t be surprised by stacks of boxes magically appearing!

It’s possible we will have one big purchase to make in a month or so. If that happens, we will have our own spring cleaning & that means–sidewalk sale. Stay tuned for the next newsletter if we do it!

NEW ARRIVALS

THE GUTENBERG BIBLE
Brussel & Brussel, 1968

If you’re like me, you can’t afford the real thing… However, this facsimile edition, published in the 1960s is a great substitute. Two volume Old Testament and one volume New Testament, all in the original slipcase. Big books, folio size, with quality paper and clear reproductions of the original text. Slipcase is good only, but the books themselves are very nice with some discoloration to spines. $250

THE WARRIORS
by Anna Robertson Brown.Lindsay
Thomas Y. Crowell, 1903

We’re starting to pack for the 2018 Rose City Book & Paper Fair which is coming in June. (Please see cascadebooksellers.com for more information.) One type of book we like to bring are vintage books that can be judged by their covers! In this case, a beautiful Art Nouveau sword by the Decorative Designers. Quite lovely, excellent condition, you have the chance to scoop this before the fair for only $15

DANCE OF COURT & THEATRE: THE FRENCH NOBLE STYLE, 1690-1725
by Wendy Hilton
Princeton Book Co., 1981

Very detailed book showing all the right moves . . . for the early 18th century. Over 350 pages of text, music, dance steps, and illustrations from period material. Hardcover in jacket, very nice condition, $20

ARSENE LUPIN VERSUS HERLOCK SHOLMES
by Maurice LeBlanc
Donohue, circa 1920

Early Sherlock Holmes pastiche. Arsene Lupin was a gentleman thief, like Cary Grant in “To Catch a Thief” (or I guess these days it should be George Clooney in “Ocean’s 11”) who also solves crimes. His first crime solved was one that Holmes couldn’t figure out. Doyle was not happy with the copyright infringement, so the character’s name was changed to Herlock Sholmes. $25

VINTAGE PULP PAPERBACKS
Both stores have had an infusion of new inventory in our “old paperbacks” section. We’ve expanded that section in the Albany store so that we can get all those books off the floor! Most $1 – $4

CECILIA BEAUX : TWO BOOKS.
A road trip to Auburn, Washington yielded a small (about 6 boxes) but interesting art book collection, including two books on Cecilia Beaux. The one pictured is $22, and we also have one published by the High Museum of Art & University of California for $42.

A few women artists were part of this collection including Rosa Bonheur ($15), a few about Kaethe Kollwitz (most $10-$20), a few by Malvina Hoffman including one signed book ($45), and one on Lucy Kemp-Welch ($50), who is most famous today for illustrating Black Beauty.

IN THE WAKE OF THE SEA-SERPENTS.
By Bernard Heuvelmans.
Hill & Wang, 1969.

We usually see this author’s book “On the Track of Unknown Animals” which includes good bigfoot information. This book, however, specifically tracks sea serpent sightings, from antiquity to modern times. The author comes up with 587 such accounts! Illustrated, very good clean copy in jacket. $25

ROYAL MERCURY TYPEWRITER
Believe it or not, we’ve sold a fair number of typewriters over the years. The past five years we’ve seen a swelling of interest in typewriters among people who are in their teens or twenties. My theory is that most people born in the 1990s or 2000s didn’t grow up with a typewriter, and so the machines seem to be ancient technology. Plus–typewriter poetry is a big thing, and you need a typewriter to do it! Works great, will need an inkier ribbon pretty soon. $45

THE VIRGINIAN – FINE BINDING
by Owen Wister
Illustrated by William Moyers
Heritage Press, 1951

Published in 1902, this is generally considered to be the first western novel. This is the Heritage Press edition, which has been specially bound by the Bayntun of Bath, one of the premier binderies in the world. This custom binding is for Horace O. Wetmore, who was part of a prominent Chicago family. Full green leather with five raised bands, marbled endpapers, a beautiful production a little faded at spine. $125

BLACK HOUSE

by Stephen King & Peter Straub
Illustrated by Rick Berry

Donald M. Grant Publishers, 2001.

Limited edition of 1520 copies. Full black leather in matching traycase, signed by both authors & the illustrator. Fine copy, appears unread, with one small bump to the case. $375
Now that I’ve gotten to the end of the newsletter, I’m kind of thinking I should have a sidewalk sale next month no matter what. The Albany basement is pretty darn full, and I think we could make better use of some space down there. So….stay tuned!

Until then, enjoy the reading & browsing,

Scott Givens
Browsers’ Bookstore
Corvallis & Albany, Oregon
www.browsersbookstore.com

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