Newsletter for May 2016


Mark your calendar now for June 3 & 4 for the Rose City Book & Paper Fair held at the Doubletree in Portland (by the Lloyd Center).

We will have these Philip K Dick books:

And this very nice Edgar Allan Poe set:

And this totally amazing Lord of the Rings set:

And this fine binding:

And keep checking Facebook, I’m trying to post one photo a week of something we’re bringing.

The book fair is great fun and is a good way to spend an hour or two of a trip to Portland. It’s our 10th anniversary, and this year we’ve gotten our first corporate sponsor, and a front page article on a major book-related publication. Things are looking good for the Rose City book fair!



Although I’ve spent most of my time prepping for the fair, here’s a few things that may or may not make it up to the fair.

THREE CASES OF FOLIO SOCIETY BOOKS. This is a collection we’ll be working on for a month or two, at least. Prices range from the $10-$15 variety to a few that are quite expensive. The Albany store has a little case by the fireplace that’s just FS publications, and others will be scattered in both stores. The books will all be catalogued, believe it or not, and so will appear in our listings online:

MUHAMMAD ALI: HIS LIFE AND TIMES. Thomas Hauser. Easton Press limited edition signed by the author and by “The Greatest” Muhammad Ali himself. $700.

PULPS. Two sizeable purchases of vintage mass market paperbacks from the 1940s through 1960s. Most wound up in Corvallis, a few in Albany. Most are $1.00 – $3.00, a few are higher. I love that cover art!

SIGNED LETTER FROM SIR JOHN FRANKLIN, POLAR EXPLORER. AUGUST 26, 1836. Franklin is most famous for his doomed polar exploration, on which his ships were icebound, the crew left but took their lead-poisoned food with them, and all perished. Franklin was also a mucky-muck in the Royal Society and for several years was Governor of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). This letter was written just days before his departure for Tasmania. It is addressed to Mr Edge, who apparently is going to try to gain membership into the Royal Society. Franklin mentions several people Edge should use as references.
The letter is a bit of a mystery–I contacted the Royal Society when I got it and asked them just who this Mr Edge was. According to their records, no one named Edge was ever a member, nor could she find any reference to Edge in all the Franklin stuff they have in their archives. If you can figure it out, let me know!
Very good condition, some fading to signature from its exposure in a frame. $800

UNCLE TOM’S CABIN. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Houghton Mifflin, 1885. Good condition only, but a neat old copy of the American classic. $15

Incoming mixed collection of Native American stuff, old and newer, six or seven boxes, here are a few on the older side:

KLALLAM ETHNOGRAPHY. Erna Gunther. Univ. Washington Press, 1927. $25
MYTHOLOGY OF SOUTHERN PUGET SOUND. Arthur C. Ballard. Univ. Washington Press, 1929. $358. BEADS AND BEADWORK OF THE AMERICAN INDIANS. William C. Orchard. Museum of the American Indian, 1929. With color and b/w plates. $27.50
NEHALEM TILLAMOOK TALES. Elizabeth Derr Jacobs & Melville Jacobs. University of Oregon, 1959. $15

TREES & WOODLAND IN THE BRITISH LANDSCAPE: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF BRITAIN’S TREES, WOODS, AND HEDGEROWS. Oliver Rackham, 1990. Interesting mix of science & history. Trade paperback, $11.00

tunisian poetryTUNISIAN POETRY. Published by Corvallis’ own Poetry International, which has been publishing poetry in translation for years. This is their 2015 publication, inspired by the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011. $12







DVDs: Criterion Collection

Because many people are reluctant to spend $6 for a DVD, we keep the more valuable ones in storage for selling online.

However, it strikes me that a few of you might be interested in the Criterion Collection series, which are definitive editions of important films. We just bought a sizeable collection. These generally sell for $10-20 though some are considerably more. Most are still in original shrinkwrap. Titles in no order are:

The Tin Drum, Peeping Tom, Trouble in Paradise, Pygmalion, The Third Man, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse, Straw Dogs, The Ruling Class, The Rules of the Game, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rififi, Richard III (Laurence Olivier’s), Young Mr. Lincoln, Written on the Wind, Walkabout, The Wages of Fear, Unfaithfully Yours, Tunes of Glory, Umberto D., Early Summer, Late Spring, Stories of Floating Weeds, Scenes From a Marriage, Brazil, Joan of Arc, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Smiles Of A Summer Night, Army of Shadows, Short Cuts, Gimme Shelter, Nights of Cabiria, I Know Where I’m Going!, Hamlet (Laurence Olivier’s), Amarcord, 8-1/2, Juliet Of The Spirits, Contempt, Fanny and Alexander, Tokyo Story, La Strada, The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie, Diary of a Chambermaid, The Devil & Daniel Webster, Closely Watched Trains, Children of Paradise, The Magic Flute (Ingmar Bergman’s), The Battle of Algiers, Rashomon, Kagemusha, Yojimbo, Ikiru, M. Hulot’s Holiday, The Hidden Fortress, Seven Samurai, The King of Kings, The Most Dangerous Game, The Last Emperor, Jules and Jim, The Importance of Being Earnest, Oliver Twist, Lord of the Flies, Life of Brian, Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Le Million, Summertime, Ran, Kwaidan, The Last Temptation of Christ, Great Expectations (David Lean’s), L’Avventura, and M.

These will not appear on the shelf, so if you are interested in any, let me know.

An easy way to look at movies we have listed online is by visiting our store (but note that as of this newsletter, I haven’t listed these Criterion Collection titles.) This link will take you to the movies we have on that site:


That’s all for this month. I hope to see some of you at the book fair!

Scott Givens