Iliad Bookshop's January 2018 Newsletter (#12)
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Hi Gang!

Well, we made it through December! We may have had our biggest day ever on the 23rd, but we expect our January to be a busy month as well, since so many of you received Iliad gift certificates, or have some end-of-the-year bonus money to put toward something nice.

We've also been buying some extraordinary collections lately: rare Somerset Maugham (see the first listing in "Some of Our Favorite Books" and "What's in the Safe"); hundreds of new graphic novels (including some nice "Absolute" and "Omnibus" editions); several books on the amazing artist Zdzislaw Beksinski; and the usual assortment of thousands of books in all subjects.

Here's to a 2018 full of great books and rare finds!
Dan, Lisa, Morgan, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Zeus and Apollo
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS
The Razor's Edge, first British edition published by William Heinemann in 1941. This copy is very good in a very good dust jacket. Previous owner (whose book plate appears on the front pastedown) was George Cukor, who was originally hired to direct the 1946 film adaptation of THE RAZOR'S EDGE but was fired due to creative differences (Cukor and Maugham were also close friends); DJ sunned, several 1/2" stains, light rubbing; binding corners slightly bumped. $150
More on The Razor's Edge
The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss, first edition hardcover published by DAW Books in 2007. A lovely copy, in fine jacket, with just some light soiling and wear to the binding. $100
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Beksinski edited by Piotr Dmochowski, hardback second edition published by A. P. International in 1991. Very good in very good jacket. Text is in French and English; minor wear to DJ; corners and spine ends slightly bumped, light soiling to fore-edge and head. $100
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I Was a TV Horror Host or Memoirs of a Creature Features Man, by John Stanley, published by Creatures at Large Press in 2007. Trade paperback in very good condition, with just slightly bent corners. Includes anecdotes about Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Ray Harryhausen, Roger Corman, Robert Bloch, and many more. Illustrated with photos throughout. $75
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The Saluki in History, Art and Sport, by Hope and David Waters, second edition published by Hoflin Publishing in 1984. Hardback in very good condition (with no jacket, probably as issued). Light sunning and wear to pictorial binding, corners slightly bumped, previous owner's inscription on front free endpaper. Illustrated throughout in both color and black and white. $75
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Absolute Y: The Last Man Volume Three, by Brian K. Vaughan; Pia Guerra, Jose Marzan, Jr., and Goran Sudzuka, Published by DC Comics in 2017. This copy is in new condition - folio-sized hardback in slipcase, still sealed in the original shrink wrap. $75
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THIS MONTH'S STAFF PICK
(by Lisa)
With Amazon's new anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams set to go live soon (while their series based on Dick's Hugo Award-winning classic The Man in the High Castle continues to draw good reviews), now seems like a good time to discuss why Dick - or PKD as he's known among his fans - is one of our favorite authors here at the Iliad.

Dick's work is often discovered via his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? since that book served as the basis for Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner, but PKD's gifts extend far beyond writing about androids and alternate realities. My personal favorite PKD novel is Ubik, which Time Magazine listed as one of the 100 greatest novels published since 1923. Ubik is mind-bending work about a man who finds himself trapped in a half-life where time is moving backwards and the world is falling apart. A Scanner Darkly - adapted into a fascinating animated film by Richard Linklater - is about an undercover cop addicted to drugs who is (unwittingly) investigating himself.

Later in his life, Dick became obsessed with an experience he had in 1974 in which he claimed to have been hit by a beam of pink light. This experience - which some now believe was a stroke - inspired several of Dick's most difficult works, including The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer.

For those who are new to PKD, we usually recommend A Scanner Darkly, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, or The Man in the High Castle. If you like those, follow-up with Ubik, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and The Divine Invasion. Dick is one of the few authors whose books we order new, so we usually have a good selection.
BLOGGING ABOUT...
Restoration by David Weinstein
Do you have a treasured old book that's falling apart and that you wish could be repaired? Maybe you've got one favorite rarity that would look great in a custom-made case?

If you need a great binder, we can recommend David Weinstein, who now works out of a bindery next to the Iliad. David has over thirty years of experience as a full-time professional bookbinder. He was the founder of the Heritage Bookbindery, where he bound and restored thousands of volumes. He was educated at the London College of Printing under the guidance of master binder Bernard Middleton.

David is equally skilled at binding books in cloth or leather; he is experienced in recasing, rebacking, leather restoration, good tooling, custom script binding, and more.

David offers free quotes and is happy to answer your questions. Please contact him at 818-929-7947, or via e-mail at nohobindery@gmail.com . If you'd like to see some samples of David's work in person, stop by the Iliad and ask.
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WHAT'S IN THE SAFE?
Have you ever noticed the big safe full of books behind Iliad's front counter? We get asked about it frequently. "Is it really old?" is a common question (the answer: no, we bought it new just a few years ago). But most customers want to know what kind of books merit storage in a safe (we think of these as the rarest of our rare books), so in this column we'll pick one book every month and tell you about it. This month's book is...
This collection of stories is based on some of Maugham's own experiences working in British intelligence during the First World War, and it later became the basis for the Hitchcock film Secret Agent. Very scarce in the jacket, this is the British first edition, published by William Heinemann in 1928. Our copy is good in a good jacket, and is presented in a custom half-leather slipcase with interior chemise; the DJ has some wear, a 1" chip on the front lower edge and several smaller chips, and tape repairs to the DJ interior; there's light edge wear to the binding, the corners are bumped, and the book has a slight spine slant. $2,500
More on Ashenden
BOOK NEWS
One of the stranger and more disturbing bookselling stories of the last two years was what has come to be known as "The Wind in the Willows Murder", recently the subject of a documentary that aired on the BBC.

In 2016, a man named Michael Danaher attacked and killed a respected British antiquarian bookseller, Adrian Greenwood, over a rare first edition of the children's classic The Wind in the Willows, a book Danaher had listed on eBay at £ 50,000. After the killer stole the victim's mobile phone (along with other items, including the book), police were able to trace it to Danaher's home, where they found the book, a selfie Danaher took after the murder, and a list of other potential victims (including celebrity Simon Cowell).

Danaher was heavily in debt, and likely thought he'd be able to sell the rare copy of Willows for a decent sum.

Who knew rare bookselling was such a dangerous occupation?
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
in 2016, 87 new ABA member bookstores opened for business in 32 states and the District of Columbia. That is almost a 43 percent increase over the number of store openings in 2015.
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ZEUS AND APOLLO
Big thanks to customer Carla Finnemore for this shot of SuperZeus asleep on some graphic novels.
Apollo will not be sharing this bag of treats. Sorry, Zeus.
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