Iliad Bookshop's January 2021 Newsletter (#48)
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Hi Gang!

Well, that interesting year.

We are, at least, still hanging in there, a fact we're tremendously grateful for. We know we owe that to YOU, our customers who've kept us going for over 33 years now.

As of this writing, the lockdown that has resulted from California's huge COVID surge allows us to continue to stay open provided we observe a maximum 20% capacity (no more than twenty customers in the store), so be aware that you may be asked to wait outside (especially on Saturdays) if we've reached capacity. Also, as a reminder: you must wear a face covering/mask, practice six-foot social distancing in the store, and please stay home if you have any symptoms of or have been recently exposed to Covid. We have hand sanitizer and gloves available for your shopping security. Sorry, but the bathroom is not available to customers.

We're also pleased to report that the restoration of the mural by artist Douglas Kirk (see photo below) has been completed, and it's BEAUTIFUL.

Sorry to say that we don't have new dates yet on either the opening of our new Rare Book Room or when we will resume buying/taking books for credit. If you'd like to donate books, we can give you a hand unloading once you're in our rear parking lot.

Here's to a 2021 that we hope will bring better days.
Dan, Lisa, Poul, and Brett (and Zeus and Apollo)
Local woodcut artist Loren Kantor has done a series of author portraits, and we're now carrying 100% white cotton t-shirts featuring these beautiful images. We have Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Hemingway, Keroauc, Poe, Hunter S. Thompson, Twain, and Virginia Woolf, mostly in sizes L and XL. The shirts are $25. Pick one up next time you're in the store, or drop us a line if you'd like to mail order one. 

We also still have a few of our "Stay Home and Read" shirts (in red and gray) - again, just e-mail us if you'd like to arrange mail order.
Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess by David Lawson. Hardback in dust jacket published by David McKay Company, Inc., in 1976. Jacket and book are both very good, with minor rubbing and edge wear to DJ, remainder dot on head, light soiling to endpapers and to fore-edge. $75
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The Cut of Men's Clothes 1600-1900 by Norah Waugh. Hardback third printing in jacket, published by Routledge in 1964. Both book and jacket are in near fine condition, no real flaws or defects. $75
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Denslow's Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and W. W. Denslow, hardback published by G. W. Dillingham in 1902. In fair condition - Rubbing and wear to boards, backstrip missing, corners bumped and rounded, book has a spine slant, front hinge cracked with tape repair, tape repair to cracked binding near front, light soiling to a few pages; sold as is. $75.
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The California Casa by Douglas Woods, with photography by Melba Levick and introduction by M. Brian Tichenor. Hardback second printing published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. in 2012. Both jacket and book are in near fine condition, no real flaws or defects. $125
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National Lampoon's Doon by Ellis Weiner. Mass market paperback first edition published by Pocket Books in 1984. Condition is good:book has a slight spine slant, creased on and around spine, wraps lightly sunned, and corners slightly bent. $35
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Twilight Collector's Edition by Stephenie Meyer. Hardback without jacket (as issued), published by Little, Brown & Co. in 2008. In slipcase (light wear to case), with bound-in ribbon marker and reproduction of Meyer's signature on title page. In near fine condition. $45
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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...
Les Quinze Joyes De Mariage Avec Des Notes et Un Glossaire by D. Jouast, with a preface by Louis Ulbach, limited hardback published by Librairie Des Bibliophiles in Paris in 1887. In very good condition, full leather binding. Numbered 8 of 15 copies printed on Chine fort; bound in full red leather with tooling, gilt impressions, ribbed spine, all edges gilt, marbled and satin endpapers, in slipcase (light soiling to case); text is in French; chapter heading illustrations; minor wear to binding, light foxing. $750
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Here's a list of recent blog posts from us:
Thanks to customers Oscar and Lisa for snapping these photos of Zeus bestowing himself upon them.
And here's a bonus shot of both boys enjoying their new bed...
We'd love to include your photos in our newsletter! Feel free to send to , let us know that it's okay to use the photo, and we'll include it in a future newsletter.

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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