Newsletter for May, 2018

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Spring Cleaning
This past month, we’ve driven all over the Northwest, buying several large collections. This means, of course, lots of new material for your browsing pleasure, but it also means we’re almost out of storage space. So it’s time for a…

Sidewalk Sale
Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 19! We’ll be bringing boxes & boxes of books up from the basement of the Albany store. Fifty cents per book, no matter how big or how old. There’s going to be lots of random stuff, and it will not be organized. We’re also going to get rid of about 1,000 ARC’s (advance review copies) that I once had vague notions of cataloging online for collectors, but have given up because we have too many other books! As far as I recall, these are all in fine condition, and are mostly modern fiction from the past 25 years.

The sale will be on our porch, starting at 9:30 AM.

30% Discount for OBOB
We are ordering copies of the 2018-19 Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) books for a local school, and would like to extend a 30% discount to any other school, PTA/PTO, or parent who would like to get new OBOB books on order.


by John Muir
Houghton Mifflin, 1918

Just look at that dust jacket! Possibly the nicest copy in the universe, and in fact there were none listed for sale online. I posted this photo on our Instagram feed and it sold in a couple of hours. So, if you have an IG account be sure to follow us! @browsersbookstore

by Thomas Hardy
Harper & Bros., 1892

This is the second American edition, but the first American edition with all the naughty parts in it. The first printing was cleaned up a little bit, but the text of this edition follows that of the British edition. A little wear and evidence of reading, but overall a very good copy. The final page of text has a bookstore stamp “Handley & Haas, News Dealers and Book Sellers, 150 First St., Portland, OR.” Plate illustrations. $150

by Theodore Dreiser
B.W. Dodge & Co., 1907

An early reprint of this work, originally published in 1900. Not a title we often see in older editions. Both this book and TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES are great classics. If you’re like me and enjoy books with a little humor or romance or silly adventure, I’d still recommend reading these two titles some day, because even though they are quite serious in tone, they are both excellent and you’ll be glad to have read them. Color frontispiece. Stain to front endpapers, still good to very good condition, $25

by Miguel de Cervantes
Translated by Edith Grossman
Ecco Press, 2003

This is going to be the next big book I tackle. As some of you know, I’m scared of reading long books because they’re so…well…long! However, it turns out that I’ve very much enjoyed almost all of the enormously long classics I’ve read, and a few of them have become obsessions of mine. Part of the reason I enjoy them is that I mentally carry a one-phrase summary of these big books that turns out to be either immensely over-simplified or plain wrong. The best example is that I assumed Les Miserables would be depressing & miserable; it turns out to be a romance that’s laced with humor (which is not to say it’s a romantic comedy, but, it’s certainly not the total downer I expected.) Anyway, all I know about Don Quixote is “epic” and “windmills.” This copy was going to be the one I read, but I found a crazy 8-volume edition I like better. Fine in fine jacket, first printing of this translation. $15

The Corvallis store recently got an infusion of books on mid-twentieth century fashion (mostly 1920s-1950s). Some of these will be going to the book fair, just for fun, but for now, there’s an influx in the fashion section of some nice books with lots of photographs. Most $7-$15

What do you get for the Jane Austen fan who’s read all of Austen’s books? Books about Jane Austen, of course! Several to choose from in the Corvallis store, including this cute Jane Austen Handbook: A Sensible yet Elegant Guide to Her World for $8.50

By Henry D. Thoreau
Houghton, Osgood & Co, 1880.

Here we get to the point where Scott the bookseller disagrees with Scott the bibliophile: six of the blank pages in this book have various handwritten quotes by & notes about Thoreau; and the endpapers have two portraits of him clipped from a magazine and pasted in. Although I personally LOVE this kind of stuff, I do understand that it theoretically detracts from the otherwise spectacular condition of this book. $60

With introduction & index by James K. Hosmer
Chicago: A.C. McClurg, 1905

Arguably the most important book in the history of the Pacific Northwest. Volume one is a second edition, and volume two is a third edition. $100

by Dan Edwardes
HarperCollins, 2009

How to balance on ledges, vault over obstacles, jump off high structures. The new training manual for Browsers’ Bookstore employees. $8.50

by Edward T. Schmid
Bellingham: Glass Mountain Press, 1998

One of my pet peeves is self-published books like this that have a “Forward” instead of a “Foreword”, and this one also has a “copywrite” instead of “copyright.” I know, I’m being too picky, but it’s just one of my things. My personal spelling grievances aside, this looks to be a nice introduction to the art of glassblowing, which has kind of become a PNW cottage industry. $15
I’m working on a short catalog for the Rose City Book & Paper Fair in June, so next month’s newsletter will be different than usual. Hope to see you in a couple of weeks for the sidewalk sale!

Enjoy the browsing,

Scott Givens