Browsers’ Bookstore Newsletter for October 2016


Browsers’ has come a long way since our initial inventory of 10,000 books back in 2001. As always, we like to say a big “thank you” to everyone in the way I know you like best–it’s time for our Anniversary Sale!

This is a big one, so we’re going to have a two-day sale. Mark your calendar for Friday & Saturday, October 21st and 22nd. Everything in stock is 30% off.



Here’s an assortment of stuff you may not find on your own:

For Halloween, we’ll start off with a scary one:

KKK for HalloweenTHE MODERN KU KLUX KLAN. H.P. Fry, 1922. There is just something so haunting about the KKK outfit. I mean, if you think about it, these guys look really silly, but I guess because I know what they stand for and what they have done, I get freaked out. Fortunately, this is an anti-KKK book. From the flap: “the modern Ku Klux Klan is a distinct menace to the American people and is set up in defiance of all legal and constitutional provisions.”  Rare in jacket. $145





18TH-CENTURY BOOK ON APPLES & PEARS WITH COLORED FOLDING PLATES. If you’re not following us on Instagram, then you didn’t see this:


ON THE HIGHEST HILL. Roderick Haig-Brown. Novel set in the Pacific Coast Range by the popular outdoors & fishing author. First edition in lightly chipped DJ. $50








THIRTEENTH ANNUAL REPORT OF THE HOUSE OF REFUGE OF PHILADELPHIA. 1841. This annual report describes the activities & successes of this 19th-century orphanage. It housed 180 pupils: 114 boys and 66 girls. “The boys are engaged about eight hours a day in the bookbindery, or in manufacturing  umbrella furniture, or cane seats for chairs, &c. The girls, when not at school, are employed in making and mending the clothing of the inmates, or in other domestic avocations.” These 114 boys either folded & sewed or bound over 98,000 books during the year, caned 22,000 pieces of furniture (and prepared 26,000 pounds of rattan), and manufactured 415,000 umbrella parts. The 66 girls made 2,000 articles of clothing, plus 180 pieces bedding (quilts, pillow cases, sheets.) That’s fairly productive considering they did this on a diet that cost 38 cents per child per week. Here’s another tidbit: for boys, 69 were admitted to the school, 74 were discharged, 6 escaped, 1 died. Consider this a time-travel device for anyone who likes details. Extracted from bound book, $7.00


WISDOM’S DAUGHTER: THE LIFE AND LOVE STORY OF SHE-WHO-MUST-BE-OBEYED. H. Rider Haggard. Hutchinson, third edition in the Hutchinson’s Adventure-Story Library. The third novel of Ayesha, the heroine of SHE. What with all the movie remakes they’re doing these days, it surprises me that this hasn’t been done since the 1980s. (The original was done by Merian C. Cooper, creator of KING KONG, just a couple of years after the big ape, although admittedly, he called SHE “the worst movie I ever made.”) The movie was re-made in the 1960s with the incomparable Ursula Andress in the title role. Since then, perhaps because Andress IS incomparable, no one has dared remake it. Somebody buy this and send it to Hollywood! $45

COOKING FOR PROFIT: A NEW AMERICAN COOK BOOK ADAPTED FOR THE USE OF ALL WHO SERVE MEALS FOR A PRICE. Jessup Whitehead, 1893. Unlike the liquor book we offered a few months ago, these are for the most part honest & legitimate recipes. Includes ways of using leftovers, and various anecdotes and bits of advice on running an inn or restaurant, as relates to food. A few illustrations, mostly cake decoration. New endpapers, good condition. third edition. $50

THE KORAN: COMMONLY CALLED THE ALKORAN OF MOHAMMED. Translated by George Sale. Hooper, Clarke circa 1895. We don’t often get older copies of the Koran come into the store, so this was kind of fun. Bound in three-quarter leather with marbled boards and marbled endpapers. Owner’s inscription from 1895. Sale was a Christian, and the 50-page “Life of Mohammed” which introduces this book is by no means impartial. Be that as it may, according to an Al-Jazeera article on the book, Sale’s translation is “a remarkably fluent, elegant and precise text.” Very good condition, $75





THE GREAT AMERICAN SYMPHONY: MUSIC, THE DEPRESSION, AND WAR. Nicholas Tawa. This is part of a small but interesting collection of recently published books on orchestral music & musicians. Tawa introduces the Golden Age of American symphonies to the reader. Hardcover in jacket, $12.50 (Corvallis)

DIGITAL FORTRESS. Dan Brown, 1998. Although the DA VINCI CODE craze has ended, there’s no denying the influence of that book. Brown’s earlier work DIGITAL FORTRESS used to be considered “rare” and therefore quite expensive. As is often the case, there are more copies floating around than temporarily believed, and supply-and-demand laws have lowered the once-ridiculous prices. Fine copy, 2nd printing, $20






cyndi-lauperANDY WARHOL’S INTERVIEW MAGAZINE. A total throwback to the 1980s. Four issues, folios, with covers of: Cyndi Lauper, Richard Pryor, Brian Bosworth, and Eddie Murphy. $20 each.









Thanks to all of you for your support over the past fifteen years. I hope to see as many of you as possible on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 for our Anniversary Sale. Until then, enjoy the browsing,

Scott Givens