Iliad Bookshop's January 2017 Newsletter (#1)
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Greetings to Our Friends!

First off, thanks for agreeing to take a look at our newsletters. This is new territory for us, so we're thrilled to know that so many of you are along for the ride.

We'll try to make this entertaining every month. We'll feature some new arrivals that we think are cool (complete with easy-to-buy Paypal buttons - and yes, we're happy to ship). We'll blog about our favorite books. We'll talk about book news that excites us. And of course...CATS.

Feel free to drop us a line with comments, suggestions, criticism, whatever. Or send us your Zeus and Apollo photos, and we'll feature them!

We'll try to keep this up every month. See you then.
Dan, Lisa, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Zeus and Apollo
The Book of Kells (Deluxe Edition), published by the Easton Press in 2014. Here's proof that a book doesn't have to be old to be rare or beautiful.
More on The Book of Kells
Malleus Maleficarum, by Heinrich Kramer and Jacob Sprenger (although Sprenger's contribution is often questioned), translated by Montague Summers. This is one of the most notorious books ever published...
More on Malleus Maleficarum
Duel: Terror Stories by Richard Matheson published by Tor Books in 2003. Signed by Matheson on title page. Richard Matheson was one of the great Southern California speculative fiction writers...
More about Duel: Terror Stories
Picatrix (Ghayat Al-Hakim): The Goal of the Wise Volume One by Atallah, Hashem and William Kiesel, published by Ouroboros Press in 2002. Picatrix is often considered...
More on Picatrix
Totoro Forest Project, by Professor Toshihiko Ando, Karen Paik, and John Lasseter (foreword), published by Oop Press in 2008. Do you love the work of Hayao Miyazaki and his Studio Ghibli as much as the Iliad staff does?
More on Totoro Forest Project
The Gnome King of Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson, illustrated by John R. Neill, published by Reilly and Britton Co. circa 1940. Many of us grew up loving the Oz books, but a lot of readers don't realize just how many there were!
More about The Gnome King of Oz
We love vintage paperbacks here at the Iliad! Here's a blog Ricky put together of some favorites. Gotta love those covers!
Vintage Paperbacks
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...
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. Published by Macmillan Co. in 1936. Ask anyone who has been in the used book biz for a while what is the book they are most often offered - mistakenly - as a first edition, and you'll probably hear Gone With the Wind...
More on Gone With the Wind
Some of you may remember our Facebook posts about California bill AB 1570 (or perhaps you've tried to sell us a signed book in the store and been told that we're not buying signed items right now). AB 1570, which went into effect on January 1st, states that a Certificate of Authenticity must be supplied for all signed items valued at $5 or over; failure to provide the Certificate makes the dealer liable for ten times the value of the item plus court costs. The law is broad, has no "grandfather" clause (meaning ALL signed items valued over $5 required COAs), and seems designed to promote nuisance lawsuits.

We're pleased to say that this week California Assembly members Gloria and Chiu introduced AB 228, which amends the law in a way that protects both consumers and bookstores. You can read the full text of the bill here. In the meantime...thank you, Assembly members Chiu and Gloria!
Read AB 228
A month ago, we were asked to provide some nice high-resolution photos of the boys to a forthcoming coffee table book on shop cats. We thought you might like to see here (click to download the full high-res version). Don't forget: send us a link to or a copy of your photo of our cats and we'll share it!
If you need more photos/videos of Zeus and Apollo, or any of Iliad's past felines, please visit our Pet Gallery.
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