February 2020 Newsletter

Browsers' Bookstore Newsletter for February 2020

 

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As many of you already know, Jannett at the Corvallis store was hit by a car while crossing the street at the end of January. She is doing well, the doctors expect a full recovery, and we’re hoping that she’s back at the store some time in March.

In the meantime, I’ve been working a lot more in Corvallis, much to Jackson’s dismay, and some of our transferring of inventory between the stores is taking a day or two longer, so please have patience with us–we are trying to maintain the same level of customer service, but it’s a little trickier.

New Arrivals

We just made a huge purchase of children’s books, including many Caldecott & Newbery winning authors and illustrators, many of them signed. Because of a lack of time to be better prepared, about half of this New Arrivals section is from this purchase, which also included some good science fiction. So, my apologies that this isn’t as broad a range as usual.

ENTRETIENS DE L’AME AVEC DIEU

St. Augustine, edited by l’Abbe Clement
Paris: Chez Hippolyte-Louis Guerin & Louis-Francois Delatuour, 1765.

Selections from Augustine’s Meditations, Soliloquies, and Manual, translated into French.

At 250 years old, this small devotional book has seen some wear. We’ve recently had it restored with a reconstructed spine, new spine label, and new front endpaper. It is now in very good restored condition. A nice antiquarian book by a classic spiritual author. Plus, you can practice your French. $65.

SEVEN VOLUME SET OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS.

You read that right, seven volumes! Each of the three books is split into two volumes, and the seventh volume is the appendices and index. Artwork from the Peter Jackson movies, this British publication is a good set for reading.

Fine condition, $15.

FRAMED & SIGNED ASAHEL CURTIS PHOTOGRAPH

Asahel Curtis was the Seattle-based brother of Edward Curtis. Whereas Edward tended to photograph the Native Americans, Asahel was more interested in landscapes, industries, and urban life. This hand-tinted print of Mt. Rainier is signed by Curtis in pencil.

If you haven’t noticed the vintage photographs of the Cascade Mountains lying around the store, you soon will.

We’ve purchased hundreds of them and will be hanging them up as we have time. (There was already a nail in the wall where this one is hanging.)

Photograph is in excellent condition, it is framed in a vintage wooden frame with moderate wear, looks “antiquey.” $225

THE BEGINNING PLACE

by Ursula K. Le Guin
New York: Harper & Row, 1980.

Signed by UKL on front endpaper. First printing, fine condition in fine jacket.

FOREST FORENSICS
A Field Guide to Reading the Forested Landscape

by Tom Wessels
Woodstock: The Countryman Press, 2010

I brought this one home to read through, and it’s interesting. There’s plenty of field guides out there to help you identify plants & animals, but this one takes in the whole ecosystem — was there a farm here? Was there a fire? Was the forest ever logged? There’s a lot of talk about AR (augmented reality), but it might just be the case that there’s already more information out there if we just know how to read it.

Fine condition, paperback. $7.50

CHECK OUR PULP PAPERBACKS

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Ray Bradbury
1st Bantam printing.

This cool cover of an all-time favorite is to let you know that we’ve been shelving quite a few vintage paperbacks in their various sections. Corvallis gets more of these, but Albany has the large section in the side room, so don’t forget to check there, too!

(The Bradbury pictured is in very good condition and $5.)

THE YOUNG FUR TRADERS

R.M. Ballantyne
London: Ward, Lock & Co., ca. 1913

Ballantyne was one of the most popular children’s authors of his day, writing adventure novels for boys, usually involving some kind of sea voyage. This one takes place in the wilds of Canada during the Hudson’s Bay Company’s dominance.

Black & white plate illustrations by Warwick Goble. Publisher’s binding with gilt titles and blind-stamped ships and bright gilt columns on spine. Very good condition; moderate edgewear, some foxing especially to page edges, gift inscription dated 1913 on front endpaper. $16
MEMORY WALL: STORIES

Anthony Doerr
New York: Scribner, 2010.

Short stories by the author who would go on to write the Pulitzer Prize winner, All the Light We Cannot See.

Fine in fine jacket. Signed on title page, and also inscribed to previous owners. First printing. $50

I HAD TROUBLE IN GETTING TO SOLLA SOLLEW

Dr. Seuss
New York: Random House, 1965.

Our Seussian narrator learns to face troubles rather than run from them.

Very good in like jacket. Main flaw to book is owner’s name to front endpaper. Boards are bright with mild edgewear, pages are very clean and bright, first page gathering slightly loose. Jacket remains white & bright, minor wrinkling, moderate wear to head & tail of spine. First printing with 295/295 price and the rear panel of jacket listing this book last in the main title list, and Fox in Socks last in the Beginner Readers list. $125

SCARY POETRY

Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep

The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight: More Poems to Trouble Your Sleep

by Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Wait a minute…Jack Prelutsky and Arnold Lobel are usually funny! What’s happening here? Seems that two favorites of children’s poetry & illustration have teamed up to give kids nightmares!

All sorts of freaky creatures, haunted habitats, and terrified kids wait for you in these pages. I’m serious, by the way: both the author & illustrator aren’t fooling around–these poems & pictures are not tongue-in-cheek, but actually creepy and scary!

Nightmares is near fine in price-clipped jacket, first edition. $16
Headless Horseman is near fine in a good-only jacket, first edition, and is signed by Jack Prelutsky. $20

HEAVEN AND HELL: MY LIFE IN THE EAGLES

Don Felder
Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.

Before becoming the lead guitarist for the Eagles, Felder taught guitar lessons at a local music shop. One of his students was “Tommy” Petty, whom Felder calls “my star pupil.”

Signed by Felder & dated 2008 on title page. First edition, appears unread. $40

CROSSROADS OF TWILIGHT

Robert Jordan
New York: Tor Books, 2003.

The tenth installment of Jordan’s epic. Flat-signed by Jordan on title page.

First printing, appears unread. $75.

Enjoy the browsing,

Scott Givens

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