Newsletter for August 2017

Store News

You may find some new faces at Browsers’ Bookstore on your next visit: Shawn, Alex, and Amanda will all be chipping in to help cover shifts & fill gaps in the schedules. The good news: more shelving will get done. However, they may not have quite as much experience at their fingertips, so please be patient!


Here’s the final schedule for the eclipse.
The Corvallis store will be open on Sunday, August 20 from noon to 5:00.
On the day of the eclipse (Monday), both stores will open at 1:00 PM, assuming the world hasn’t ended.

New Arrivals

Railroad books. About 2-3 boxes of railroad books. The majority of these are newer publications. Most at the Corvallis store.

Antique party games bookTo the Aid of Your Party
A few party games, along with suggested party favors (all manufactured by the Leister Game Company, who also published this book.) The bulk of the book consists of three games which require removable forms: a “hidden picture” puzzle, “Name it and you’ve got it” which shows 25 semi-common objects of which you need to recall the name; and a list of 50 acronyms which you need to guess. The acronyms are, of course, decades before “text” abbreviations, with things like WPA, CCC, TVA, and IWW showing the date of the book! Each of these three form-based games have about 20 sheets to be filled in by your guests. $8






People of the Mist.
by H. Rider Haggard

London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1894.

H. Rider Haggard didn’t quite invent the “lost race novel,” but it is certainly his books which popularized the genre. A nice copy of this first edition. $25







Hiroshige: One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.

This is a nice (big) edition of these masterpieces of woodblock art. In fact, this is the edition I have at home and so I can attest to its quality. $40 (Late edit: SOLD)

Memoirs of Casanova, 6 Volumes.

The first English translation of the complete & unabridged memoirs. Very nice condition, jackets in mylar. $40




Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Thuvia, Maid of Mars.

Fourth volume in Edgar Rice Burrough’s famous John Carter of Mars series. An early Grosset & Dunlap reprint with a nice jacket. Also (not pictured), a copy of Tarzan the Untamed, in chipped jacket. Thuvia is $60, Untamed is $30.








womn's lib humor book

To Lib or Not to Lib.

A joke & cartoon book making fun of the women’s lib movement, published in 1971. Yup, this was once a controversial subject. $2.50








charles addams practical jokes

The Complete Practical Joker.

H. Allen Smith, 1953.
The noted humorist gives us an anecdotal history of practical jokes. Includes a chapter on practical jokers in Hollywood, as well as one about authors. Quite gossipy, not the kind of stuff you will read in the usual biographies. Dust jacket art by Charles Addams. Very good copy, but the jacket is chipped and worn. $15






Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

1st UK edition with a more interesting cover than the American edition. $45









Antique pop-up

Bookano Stories, with Pictures that Spring Up in Model Form.

S. Louis Giraud, ca. 1933

An early pop-up book (“Pop-Up” was still a registered trademark, thus the awkward “pictures that spring up in model form”–what a mouthful!). Pictured is one of the coolest ones, with a slip of mylar in the middle of the house–when light comes down the “chimney” it magically lights up the fairy! Nice & clean copy, five pop-ups, the first one has two tears. $65





Vintage sheet music

I am slowly starting to list some of our sheet music with catchy covers. The first handful can be seen on our Etsy store:

That’s all for this month. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the browsing!

Scott Givens

Browsers’ Bookstore
Corvallis & Albany, Oregon
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