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:
Catalogs! (see that grid of four pictures right below?)
Three minute tour. (A walk-through of one of our stores.)
More books! (Two slideshows and a “catablog.”)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This contact info should also be at the bottom of every page you visit.
The American Farm and Home Cyclopedia
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
Facts for Farmers; also for the Family Circle.
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.
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.
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
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.
Knopf, 1985. Inscribed by Allende on first blank leaf. First edition, fine in near fine jacket. $125
Body of this Death: Poems
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
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
Black Sparrow, 1986.
First trade paperback edition. VG with light external soiling. $60
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Chanticleer and the Fox
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
First American edition. Near fine in VG jacket with one small chip to top of rear panel. $65
Mary Doria Russell.
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
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
Fine copy in near fine jacket. A lovely first edition. $50
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters
Robert Lewis Taylor.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.
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,
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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.
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.
Here’s some photos of the first major color plate book published in America. Coming soon to the #westernstates #virtualbookfair or DM me to sign up for our catalog e-list.
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Working on newsletter today. If you don’t already subscribe, there’s a sign-up form on our website, link in bio. This stunning #dustjacket by #irvingpolitzer (one of my favorite designers) captures the fun romance of this novel by the author of The Blue Lagoon. We’ll also have another title by #hdeverestacpoole in the newsletter with a very different style of DJ.
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Because new arrivals don’t have to be new... #paintedvellum #bookswithclasps #vellumbinding #leatherboundbooks
#antiquarianbooks #rarebooks #bookstagram #bookphotography #beautifulbooks #beautifulbookcovers #oldbooks #cascadebooksellers...
I love these bookends. Oh, and there’s a #firstedition of #bobbyfischer just in case you have a new-found love of #chess from watching #queensgambit !
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When the book matches the carpet. #wutheringheights
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A series of educational pamphlets on ancient history from 1940. #vikings #ancientegypt #ancientgreece #ancientrome
#graphicart #graphicdesign #midcentury #purplebooks #oldbooks #ancienthistory #kidsbooks #usedbookstore #bookstoresofinstagram #corvallisoregon #vintagepurple...
I know it’s not Christmas but just look at this #titlepage! Starting to catalog for the upcoming Western States virtual book fair — more details later.
#pietreepress #charlesdickens #typography #typophile #monotype #redandgreenchristmas #bibliophile #virtualbookfair...
The last #pandemic. Photo postcard from a San Francisco photography studio. #antiquephoto #realphotopostcard #wearamask
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Three of my favorites for #internationalwomensday — #octaviabutler Xenogenesis trilogy, #daphnedumaurier Rebecca, and #sylviatownsendwarner Lolly Willows. All three talk about women finding their own strength. #bookrecommendations #shelfie
#xenogenesis #sciencefiction #rebecca #gothicromance #lollywillowes #witchesofinstagram #aliensofinstagram #ghostsofinstagram #booksellerscollections...