Thank you for stopping at our booth!

Hi, my name is Scott Givens. I’m the owner of Browsers’ Bookstore and the person who will be helping you when you call, text, DM or email. Here’s what we’ve got:

    1. Catalogs! (see that grid of four pictures right below?)
    2. Three minute tour. (A walk-through of one of our stores.)
    3. More books! (Two slideshows and a “catablog.”)
    4. New listings will be posted in the two slideshows and at the bottom of the “catablog” as we have time throughout the fair, so keep checking back for the latest books!

I hope you have fun poking around. I’m happy to talk, email, or DM (Instagram or Facebook.) My phone is (541) 758-1121 (9:00-6:00 Pacific time.) Email is This contact info should also be at the bottom of every page you visit.


Rare Books

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Weird

PNW & Americana

Papermaking: History & Science

You’ve never been to Browsers’ Bookstore?
We were founded in 2001 in Corvallis, Oregon, and opened our second location in Albany in 2006. Click here for a three-minute video tour of the Corvallis store.

(okay let’s get back to the books.)

Two Slideshows.
We will be adding more books to these throughout the fair.

Vintage Paperbacks

Children’s Books





Nature & Agriculture

The American Farm and Home Cyclopedia
Horace Allen.
F.L. Horton & Co., 1881.
A massive tome of everything the farmer needs to know, with 1500 illustrations, including a color plate before the Recipes for Cooking section. Very good condition with wear to edges of boards. Sold

Post-fair update: click here to buy or to see more photos.

Facts for Farmers; also for the Family Circle.
Solon Robinson.
A.J. Johnson, 1869.
Two volumes in full black leather, decorative blindstamped frames to boards, large gilt patriotic device on front boards repeated blindstamped on rear. Illustrated with numerous steel engraved plates. Toning and foxing to pages in varying degrees, modest wear to covers; overall an impressive set. Very good condition. $300

Field Book of Western Wild Flowers.
Margaret Armstrong.
G.P. Putnam’s, 13th impression.
Best known for her book design, Armstrong’s color plates of flowers are beautiful; her b/w drawings are reminiscent of some of her binding decorations. Uncommon in jacket. Sold


Four Years in Paradise.
Osa Johnson.
J.B. Lippincott, 1941.
One of the most popular writers of true adventure was the woman who “married adventure” and penned a string of best sellers. First edition stated. Very good in good jacket which has reinforcement to reverse. (Grass not included unless you mow my lawn.) $60



Some Favorites

Here’s a flip through T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats illustrated by Nicolas Bentley. Because what fun is a book fair without flipping through a cool book?
Very good in good jacket with torn spine panel, 1953 seventh impression.  $25


Catch Me If You Can
Frank W. Abagnale, Jr.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1980. Bank robber, forger, and imposter, the con man Abagnale eventually went straight. Probably. Later printing, signed by Abagnale on front endpaper. Very good in like jacket, gift inscription to front endpaper, small white stain to front board. Sold

The House of Spirits.
Isabel Allende.
Knopf, 1985. Inscribed by Allende on first blank leaf. First edition, fine in near fine jacket. $125

Body of this Death: Poems
Louise Bogan.
Robert McBride & Co., 1923. First edition of the first book of poetry by the author who would become the first female Poet Laureate in 1945. Near fine, some smudging to rear board. $50

Ham on Rye
Charles Bukowski.
Black Sparrow, 1982. First trade paperback edition. VG- with soiling to rear cover. $75

You Get So Alone at Times
That It Just Makes Sense

Charles Bukowski.
Black Sparrow, 1986.
First trade paperback edition. VG with light external soiling. $60

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Chanticleer and the Fox
Barbara Cooney.
Crowell, 1958.
First edition of the Caldecott Medal winning adaptation of a story from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Very good in good jacket; tear to bottom of front panel of jacket; gift inscription to half-title page. Else clean, bright and solid. Sold

About Grace
Anthony Doerr.
Scribner, 2004.
First edition, flat-signed by author on title page. Second novel from the author of the Pulitzer winner All the Light We Cannot See. $60

The Short Novels of Dostoevsky
Fyodor Dostoevsky.
New York: Dial Press, 1945.
Constance Garnett translation with an introduction by Thomas Mann. Very good with no real flaws in price-clipped jacket. $25

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Dave Eggers.
Simon & Schuster, 2000.
First edition. Signed by author (“D.E.”) with drawing of branch. Eggers’ first book is a memoir of raising his little brother after their parents died of cancer. Fine in fine jacket. $50

A Coney Island of the Mind
Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
New Directions, 1958.
First edition, with no statements of later printings, $1.00 price on rear cover. Very good, pages toned, rubbing to front cover near spine. Sold

Old Yeller
Fred Gipson.
Harper & Brothers, 1956.
First edition. First printing with card catalog number on copyright page, DJ price of $2.75, 7042A on front flap, 7043 on rear flap, 4769 on rear panel; bound in green & black cloth. Bookplate to front endpaper else near fine in like jacket. Sold

Rumble Fish
S.E. Hinton.
Delacorte Press, 1975.
Uncorrected page proof with review slip, dust jacket, and two galley page inserts with corrected text. Eight years later, Hinton co-wrote the screenplay with Francis Ford Coppola while he was filming The Outsiders. Very good in like jacket, minor toning to wraps. $150

How You Can Give Yourself the Priceless Gift of a Rich, Cultured Education.
Cornelius Hirschberg.
Simon & Schuster, 1960.
First edition. How: by reading. A self-help-y book about books. Fine in very good jacket with chip to top of rear panel. $60

Three signed books by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Trade paperback editions by Vintage. An Artist of the Floating World; The Remains of the Day; A Pale View of the Hills. All three are flat-signed by Ishiguro on title pages. Fine conditions, Artist is a third printing, the other two are first printings thus. $150

James Joyce.
Bodley Head, 1967.
Seventh impression of the new edition; this printing notable for its two dust jackets: the plain green one, and the one featuring stills from the 1967 film which was banned in Ireland from the date of its release until 2000. Very good in fine green jacket and very good film jacket with some rubbing. A neat edition. Sold

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing
Eimear McBride.
Coffee House Press, 2014.
First American edition, signed & dated by author on title page. Debut novel that won the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize, and now simply the Women’s Prize for Fiction.) $75

The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea
Yukio Mishima.
Knopf, 1965.
First American edition. Near fine in VG jacket with one small chip to top of rear panel. $65

The Sparrow
Mary Doria Russell.
Villard, 1996.
First edition stated. Despite its winning multiple science fiction awards, we’ve always shelved this in modern literature. Near fine in fine jacket; remainder mark. $40

[If sci-fi’s your thing: did you check the Sci-Fi catalog?]

Mr. Aristotle
Ignazio Silone.
McBride, 1935.
First American edition. “A true peasant bard” who became famous for anti-fascist writings, his work was published by the US Army & distributed to Italians during WWII in an attempt to stoke resistance to Nazism. Near fine in very good jacket with minor smudging and one small chip to rear panel. Sold

Wolf Willow
Wallace Stegner.
Viking, 1962.
Fine copy in near fine jacket. A lovely first edition. $50

The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
Robert Lewis Taylor.
Doubleday, 1958.
Early printing with DJ price of $6.95. This novel of the ’49ers is one of the Pulitzer Prize winners you haven’t read. Very good in good jacket with two chips and one closed tear. $15

The Curse of Lono
Hunter S. Thompson.
Bantam, 1983.
What book fair is complete without some HST? First printing. Very good to near fine with some speckling to page edges. $60

Newly Listed (after the Preview rush)

Scrambled Eggs Super!
Dr. Seuss.
Random House, 1953.
First edition with title list on rear board from Zoo to Mulberry. Good condition, bottom 1.5″ of spine torn at joints. $50

Do the Right Thing
Spike Lee.
AMMO Books, 2010.

Pictorial review of the ground-breaking film, including facsimile pages of the original script.  Flat-signed by Spike Lee on the title page. $100

The Bluest Eye
Toni Morrison.
Holt, Rinehart Winston, 1971.
Second printing of Morrison’s first novel. Very good in like jacket. Modest toning to edges of boards and white jacket; price-clipped DJ. $75

black misery
Langston Hughes; illustrated by Arouni.
Eriksson, 1969.
First edition. The last writings by Langston Hughes, one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance. Captions to illustrations by Arouni which are especially effective at capturing the subtleties of everyday racism. Very good in good jacket with some toning to white areas. $20


Tired yet?

One of the strengths of a traditional book fair is the ability for customers and booksellers to get together and chat. When the idea of a “virtual book fair” was first floated, I had hoped to do some Zoom meetings, YouTube videos of the books, and much more.

Lucky for you, I realized that customers probably don’t want to just sit and watch me drone away for hours and hours. However, I made a few short videos while my virtual book fair “experience” was still in the planning stages. If you need a nap, here they are.

So, one video I never did was of signed first editions by Leo & Diane Dillon, which was going to complement this short title list. Axed the video idea, but you can still check out the books.

Oh my gosh! Are you still reading?

A final thought about virtual book fairs. In this first generation of VBF’s, there seem to be two styles–one is database-driven, one is people-driven. Yeah, there’s no searchable database at the Rose City VBF, but when you go to a physical book fair–guess what, you don’t have a database, either. Instead, you do some old-fashioned book hunting and as a bonus you frequently get to know the dealers a little bit. Both styles of VBF’s have their strengths, and maybe someday the model will draw from each.

I’ve enjoyed making this booth, this “experience” as our organizer (Rachelle Markley of Crooked House Books and Paper) calls it. And, I guess my point is this: our booth experience turned out to be similar to the experience of walking into Browsers’ Bookstore or one of our fair booths–sometimes we are serious and present stuff in a traditional way; sometimes we’re just having fun. We’re a little hokey, rather unpolished, and always running out of time, but–as happens so often in our stores or in our book fair booths, I hope you have found some part of this experience to be interesting.

Thank you for stopping at our booth, and enjoy the browsing,
Scott Givens

Return to the Rose City Virtual Book Fair here.

The ways to connect with us are:

phone (541) 758-1121, 9:00-5:00 PST
DM on Instagram @browsersbookstore
DM on Facebook @browsersbookstore

We accept cash, checks, cards, Paypal.
We are offering free media mail shipping for orders of $15 or more.
Institutions: please email us specific requirements to set us up as a vendor. Net 30.
Dealers: you know the deal.
International customers: shipping a single book is usually around $25-$30. Please email your address for a price quote.

Condition terms:
We choose not to use “VG+” or “VG-” — they are each downgraded to “very good” or “good,” respectively.
We do not grade condition “considering its age.”
First edition means first printing. If a book is a later printing, we will state it.

Books may be returned for any reason.


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Gift wrapping available for mail orders! This is a six-volume Bible from the 1850s headed off to California. (Done by Holly, because I would just use newsprint and duct tape.) #giftwrapping #mailorder
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More open square footage than has been seen in the Albany Browsers’ for...ever? #bookstoresofinstagram
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Didn’t have a big enough table for this Christmas Carol #tableau from @arionpress! Dickens’ classic, one of just 25 copies with this extra suite of prints that can be set up and arranged as you see fit. (Thanks @swansfinebooks for the help with this.) #finepressfriday
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A couple of #herbals just hangin’ around. The colored plate is from Culpeper’s Complete Herbal (1850), and the black and white is from the very large Hill’s British Herbal (1756). #herbalife
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Happy Halloween! ...

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