Newsletter for June 2016

Congratulations to all students & graduates! Hope you all have a great summer (or HAGS, as my kids have informed me.) Also–happy Father’s Day to all dads!

The Rose City Book & Paper Fair was fun, and it was good to see some of you up there. The factoid I figured out on the way home is: one person out of every 13.5 who walked in to the building bought something from us. (Yes, I’m setting myself up for jokes about half-people, I know.) Anyway, that’s pretty good considering the number of dealers who were there.



1.  TAPESTRY IN THE BAROQUE. Also: TAPESTRY IN THE RENAISSANCE. Two huge coffee table books from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, covering their exhibition in 2007-8. Each almost 600 pages. $15 ea.

2. PETER PAN IN KENSINGTON GARDENS. J.M. Barrie. Illustrated by Arthur Rackham. First American edition. Here’s the chronology: Peter Pan first appeared in Barrie’s novel The Little White Bird in 1902. Two years later, the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up was produced, which was the work that permanently lodged Peter Pan into our cultural imagination. Finally, in 1906, the (slightly revised) text out of The Little White Bird which dealt with Peter Pan was put into its own book, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. This is one of the most desirable of books illustrated by Arthur Rackham, and our copy includes the scarcely-seen dust jacket. Near fine in good DJ, $1250

3. Three nice editions of Mark Twain: HUCKLEBERRY FINN, TOM SAWYER, and LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI. Published by the Folio Society, housed in slipcases, fine condition, two still in shrink wrap. $20 each.

4. A COURSE IN FOOTOLOGY. Dr. William Scholl. 1934. Small hardcover. Although “footology” never quite made it into the common lexicon, “Dr. Scholl’s” certainly has. $10

putnam's oregon country5. IN THE OREGON COUNTRY. George Palmer Putnam. 1915. First edition of this great book on Oregon, with a beautiful decorative cover. $30









6. LIFE AT PUGET SOUND WITH SKETCHES OF TRAVEL IN WASHINGTON TERRITORY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, OREGON, AND CALIFORNIA, 1865-1881. Caroline C. Leighton, 1884. Withdrawn from the Pasadena College Library, with some markings & wear. Still a good reading copy of an early book by a woman pioneer & traveler. $50

lovecraft cthulhu7. CRYPT OF CTHULHU #57 & 62. Fanzines devoted to H.P. Lovecraft from the 1980s. Contributions by Lin Carter, Robert Lowndes, Will Murray (who wrote some novels in the Doc Savage & The Destroyer series), etc. I love the subtitle: “A Pulp Thriller and Theological Journal.” $10 each







family in beaker8. ALCOHOL EDUCATION IN OREGON PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Revised edition, 1963. The last decade has seen a huge local renewal of interest in home brewing and wine-making (at least partly due to the excellent service our neighbors Corvallis Brewing have provided for many years), so I thought it would be fun to see what educators thought about alcohol 50 years ago. Includes experiments (including a drawing of giving a rat an injection of 190 proof alcohol), some history, politics, etc. (Plus I just love this cover, ha ha!) $5.


9. UNCLE TOM’S CABIN. Harriet Beecher Stowe. Houghton Mifflin, 1885. A vintage copy of this American classic. Good condition only, some wear to covers, toned pages, Christmas inscription from 1885, etc. Gives it character! $15



Call me at the store if you’re interested.



Okay, I know I push Facebook all the time–that remains a good way to keep in touch with random stuff that happens at Browsers.

However, with the encouragement of my daughter (who is almost 15, I can’t believe it!), Browsers’ is now also on Instagram. Our user name is browsersbookstore. Follow us to see pictures of cool books!

Enjoy the browsing,

Scott Givens