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BLOG SPECIAL: $10 Literary Firsts

Written on January 29, 2010

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We now interrupt this blog, biblioblography, for a brief message from our sponsor: Brian Cassidy, Bookseller.

Been cataloguing a lot of modern firsts this week leftover from the shop. Here’s a more or less random selection of great writers offered at a special price. Any title is $10 including postage (domestic media). Take any three titles for $25.00. Any five titles for $40. Any ten for $75. Or the lot for $99. Again, prices include postage. Postage overseas or by other methods at cost. Credit cards, MO, Paypal, checks all acceptable.

See, you knew there was a reason you read this blog, didn’t you?

1) ADRIAN, Chris. THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. San Francisco: McSweeney’s, 2006. First edition. 8vo. Pictorial boards. Near fine. Minor rubbing, shelfwear. Else clean, sound and bright. Lacking wrap-around band. Well-received novel from the author of Gob’s Grief.

2) BAKER, Nicholson. EVERLASTING STORY OF NORY. New York: Random House, 1998. First Edition. 8vo. A convincing look into a nine-year-old mind. From the author of Vox and The Size of Thoughts. DJ has minor rubbing. Fine in a NF DJ.

3) BARNES, Julian. ARTHUR & GEORGE. New York: Knopf, 2006. First American edition. 8vo. Very good in like jacket. Jacket has touches of esde/shelfwear. Else bright and clean. Unclipped. Book has slight lean. Else sound. First US edition of the novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

4) COE, Jonathan. THE HOUSE OF SLEEP. New York: Alfred a Knopf, 1998. First Edition. 8vo. Jacket is bright and clean with faint rubbing. Unclipped. Book has light shelf-wear and red remainder dot to top page edges. Binding strong, clean throughout. First American edition of this supernatural-esque, semi-gothic mystery. If I equivocate, it’s because the book successfully straddles several genres at once. The story follows a group of students and the fallouts and reprecussions of their friendships. From the author of The Rotter’s Club and The Winshaw Legacy.

5) DELILLO, Don. UNDERWORLD. New York: Scribner, 1997. First Edition. 8vo. Fine in like jacket. First printing of this work, remarkable in scope and depth. A superb work that cemented Delillo’s reputation. Preface alone (a virtuoso account of Bobby Thompson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World) makes the book worthwhile.

6) GOLD, Glen David. CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL. Boston: Hyperion Books, 2001. First Edition/Printing. 8vo. Reading wear, esp. to spine. But bright and clean overall. A beautiful book, with full-color insert of old magic posters. A moving novel loosely based on fact about the magician Charles Carter. An auspicious debut.

7) JOHNSON, Denis. THE NAME OF THE WORLD. New York: HarperCollins, 2000. First Edition/Printing. 8vo. Book is bright, clean, tight, and sharp. Novella from the author of Jesus’ Son.

8) JULAVITS, Heidi. THE USES OF ENCHANTMENT. New York: Doubleday, 2006. First edition. 8vo. Fine in like jacket. Bright, clean, sharp and tight. DJ unclipped. From the author of The Mineral Palace and the editor of The Believer.

9) KIDD, Chip. THE CHEESE MONKEYS. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. First Edition. 8vo. Book has bright, clean pages & tight brinding. Square & sharp. Jacket is actually a sleave that fits over front board. Bright and umarred. From the legendary book designer comes this – Surprise! – stupendously well-designed book (with further design by Chris Ware). A tale of art-school life, very funny and insightful.

10) KROUSE, Erika. COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME. New York: Scribner, 2001. First Edition. 8vo. Jacket is clean and unclipped with light rubbing/shelfwear. Book is bright, tight, and sharp. Lively debut from a promising and acclaimed new author.

11) POWERS, Richard. THE TIME OF OUR SINGING. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003. First edition. 8vo. Near fine in like jacket. Bit of shelf soil to bottom edge. Faint rubbing to jacket. Else clean, sound and bright overall. DJ unclipped. First edition of this novel from the acclaimed and innovative writer.

12) PRICE, Richard. SAMARITAN. New York: Knopf, 2003. First edition. 8vo. Fine in like jacket. Bright, clean and sharp. DJ unclipped. From the author of Clockers and Freedomland.

13) SALZMAN, Mark. LYING AWAKE: A Novel. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000. First Edition. 12mo. Minor reading wear. Jacket unclipped. Bright, clean, sound overall. First printing of this story of a Carmelite nun faced with the possibilty that her divine visions have only been the result of a brain tumor. Salzman’s (Iron and Silk, The Soloist) strongest work to date.

14) SAUNDERS, George. PASTORALIA: Stories. New York: Riverhead Books, 2000. First Edition. 8vo. 1st printing with remainder mark to bottom edge. Else fine: tight, sharp, and clean throughout. One of our most daring and inventive short story writers. With uncommon jacket praise by Thomas Pynchon.

15) VOLLMANN, William T. The Rifles. New York: Viking Press, 1994. First Edition/Printing. 8vo. Touches of light shelfwear overall. Else clean and bright throughout with strong binding. Volume Six of the Seven Dreams series. A modern masterpiece and one of the most important literary projects of the 1990’s.

This offer good for one week.

We will now return to our regular programing.

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