Iliad Bookshop's February 2020 Newsletter (#37)
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Hi Gang!
January is often our busiest month of the entire year (yes, even more than December), and this year was no exception, although three days of the month went to a film shoot (sorry, we signed a nondisclosure agreement so we can't tell you what it was). And the buying was intense as well, so there's lots of new stock flowing out onto the shelves.

If you're looking to do some spring cleaning and want to bring your books in for cash or store credit, please CALL FIRST (818-509-2665). We are frequently so overwhelmed with incoming books that we have long wait times or have to stop offering cash. Thanks for your understanding.
Dan, Lisa, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Eric, David, Zeus and Apollo


Thank you.
Amano: The Complete Prints 1991-2001 by Yoshitaka Amano. Trade paperback in jacket published by Bijutsu in 2002. In very good condition in very good plus jacket. Text is in Japanese and English; front cover is creased near spine bottom. $100
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Heads and Faces, and How to Study Them, a Manual of Phrenology and Physiognomy for the People by Nelson Sizer, Nelson and H. S. Drayton. Hardback published by Fowler and Wells Co. in 1895, in good condition. Some wear and staining to binding, corners bumped, cloth is chipped 1/2-inch at spine top, rear hinge cracking, binding cracking near middle. $75
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Herbert Hoffmann: Motivtafeln by Andrea Schuler and Oliver Ruts. Large paperback published by Memoria Pulp in 2000. In very good condition, with corners heavily bent and minor edge wear. $150.
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Ferrari: Piloti, Che Gente... by Enzo Ferrari. Hardback first edition published by Conti Editions in 1985. Very good condition in very good plus jacket. Text is in English; spine top slightly bumped, light foxing to head. $85
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The Conan Reader by Robert E. Howard, Kurt Busiek et al. Trade paperback published by Dark Horse in 2018. In very good plus condition. $75
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Cheat the Hangman by E. X. Ferrars. Hardback first edition published by Doubleday & Co. in 1946. In very good condition with good jacket. Jacket has some sunning and light edge wear, 1-inch tear and creasing on rear lower edge; book has a slight spine slant, minor soiling to binding. $75
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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...
Dr. Futurity / The Unteleported Man (Ace Double) by Philip K. Dick. Paperback second printing put out by Ace Books in 1972. In very good condition. Ace 15697; signed and inscribed by Dick inside Dr. Futurity front cover; light rubbing and wear to wraps, staple mark on The Unteleported Man cover, corners slightly bent. $400.
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We recently saw a tweet making the rounds showing a guy who tears his books in half to make them easier to transport (NOOOOOOOO!), and so we thought it might be fun to do something a little different this month for the "Book News" feature. Instead of concentrating on news from the publishing world, let's talk a little about ways to protect your books.

For the sake of brevity, we'll talk this month about dust jackets, and focus on other aspects in future columns.

Did you know that a dust jacket may hold up to 80% of the value of a rare book? That's right - those little paper wraparounds can be as good as gold! Dust jackets came into popular usage in the early twentieth century; at first they were purely functional, designed to protect the book. Publishers soon realized, though, that books with great jacket art sold better, so they began to put more design into the jackets. Now well-designed jackets are standard with nearly all hardback books.

Over the decades, many people threw the jackets away, either because they preferred the look of the binding, or because the jackets became soiled or tattered. This is why rare books with the original jackets are immensely more valuable than the same books without the jackets (especially if the jacket is in very good or fine condition).

Here are three quick tips on protecting dust jackets:
  1. Be careful about where you place the book. Direct sunlight can fade the colors, smoke of any kind can plant a greasy finish on the jacket, and excessive moisture can cause a jacket to ripple.
  2. Protect your jacket with a Brodart jacket protector. These clear covers come in sizes ranging from 8" to 16" (the size refers to the height of the book). We sell them here, priced .55 to 1.20; if you need us to put them on, we can do that for a small additional charge. They simply fold around your jacket; no tape or glue is necessary.
  3. Do you wish your valuable first edition had a jacket, but you got a great price on it without one? Here's one way to make it look good on your shelf: buy a facsimile jacket from this company. While the facsimile won't gigantically increase the value of your book, it will make it look more attractive.
We've got a Zeus Twofer this month!

First, thanks to customer Garrett Biggs for this shot of his feline hitchhiker.
And here's regular customer (and the artist behind last year's incredible Halloween shirt) Amanda Candler chilling with Zeus.
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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