Iliad Bookshop's January 2020 Newsletter (#36)
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Hi Gang!

Welcome to 2020! Hope you all had great holidays that weren't too stressful.

Yes, we will be buying again this month, but please note the following:
  1. We do NOT look at books on rainy days. Even if you think your books are in watertight containers, you'll be tracking water down our floors, onto our counters, and probably onto your books when you open the container.
  2. We HIGHLY recommend that you call first (818-509-2665) before you come in with even a small load of books, because we often run out of cash early on buying days.
  3. Our main buyer will be on vacation from 1/14 to 1/23, so sorry - we won't be able to consider rare books or any loads larger than three boxes during that time.
Thank you, and here's to a great next year for readers everywhere.
Dan, Lisa, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Eric, David, Zeus and Apollo
Sorry, we will be closed for filming on the following days: 
Thank you for your patience.
Tales of the Los Angeles Parks by Leo Politi. Hardback in dust jacket, published by Best-West Publications in 1966. Signed and inscribed by Politi with a magnificent, full-page color drawing. Condition is very good, in a good + jacket: DJ is lightly sunned and soiled, 2" tears and 1" chip near spine top, other smaller chips and tears on edges, price clipped; minor edge wear to binding. $350
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Toniou Breiz-Izel: Musique Populaire De Basse Bretagne / Folk Music of Western-Brittany by Polig Monjarret. Hardback published by Editions B.A.S. in 1984. In very good condition with no jacket; corners and spine ends are heavily bumped, book has a very slight spine slant. $75
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Practical Occultism and Occultism Versus The Occult Arts by H. P. Blavatsky. Hardback published by the Theosophical Publishing Society in 1912. In fair condition, with light sunning and wear to binding, staining to rear board, corners slightly bumped, front hinge is cracked, front free endpaper and possibly half-title page missing, previous owner's plate on front pastedown, staining to title page from plate. $150
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Listen to the Echoes: The Ray Bradbury Interviews by Sam Weller. Limited edition published by Stop Smiling Books in 2010. Hardcover in fine condition with no jacket, as issued. This copy is numbered 37/250 copies signed by Weller, Bradbury, foreword author Black Francis, and photographer Zen Sekizawa. $100
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Absolute Wonder Woman Volume II by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. Hardback published by DC Comics in 2018. In fine condition; in slipcase; still sealed in original shrink wrap. $75
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Aspen Magazine in a Box. We recently acquired the first 8 issues of this unique magazine. Each issue includes booklets, broadsheets, flexidisc records, individual ads, and more, by writers, artists, and musicians including Andy Warhol, David Dalton, J. G. Ballard, Marshall McLuhan, and more. Prices range from $50 - $750.
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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...
The Rum Diary by Hunter S. Thompson, hardback first edition in jacket published by Simon and Schuster in 1998. Condition is very good in very good plus jacket. Flat-signed by Thompson on tipped-in plate, "Autographed Copy" sticker on DJ front panel; binding corners and spine ends slightly bumped. $350
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Would it surprise you to know that on the 2018 list of the top ten most successful authors, three of them wrote children's books?

Children's books are big business in the 21st century, thanks mainly to the massive and continuing success of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter books, but now middle-grade authors are taking their places alongside young adult writers as heavy hitters.

On the Forbes list of 2018 authors, there's Rowling at the #2 spot, but also Jeff Kinney at #5 (he writes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series), and Rick Riordan (creator of the Percy Jackson series) at #10.

Publishers Weekly just announced another middle-grade author as their "Person of the Year": Dav Pilkey, who became hot thanks to the Captain Underpants series, and struck gold more recently with the Dog Man books.
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