Iliad Bookshop's April 2018 Newsletter (#15)
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Hi Gang!

Our buying has been through the roof lately! If you've been in, you've probably noticed the vast piles of incoming books on the floor in front of our "New Arrivals" sections, and the waist-high stacks in the Rare Book Room. What does this mean? Exciting new stock whenever you come in (and...well...maybe some exhaustion for us, the staff...)!

If you're opening this on Sunday, April 1st - HAPPY EASTER! We'll be closed for the holiday, but will be back to regular hours on Monday.


 
Dan, Lisa, Morgan, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Zeus and Apollo
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS
The Gypsy's Curse by Harry Crews, edited by Barry Miles. Hardback first edition published by Alfred Knopf in 1974. Very good in good jacket, with DJ lightly sunned and stained, some edge wear with 2" tear on rear lower edge, light sticker ghosting to front panel, and binding lightly sunned. $75
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Alchemy: A Comprehensive Bibliography of The Manly P. Hall Collection of Books and Manuscripts Including Related Material on Rosicrucianism and the Writings of Jacob Boehme, by Ron. Charles Hogart. Published by Philosophical Research Society, Inc. in 1986. Hardback in fine condition, limited to 1,000 copies. $100
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Diderot Encyclopedia: The Complete Illustrations 1762-1777 (5 volume set). Published by Harry N. Abrams in 1978. Five volumes quarterbound in leather, published without dust jackets, all in single slipcase (case is splitting on one edge). In near fine condition. $200.
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Cockfighter, by Charles Willeford, published by Chicago Paperback House in 1962. True first edition, in mass market paperback. CPH B-120; only very minor edge wear. We don't often see vintage paperbacks looking this crisp - a truly beautiful copy!
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Saint-Louis from Glass to Crystal from 1586 to Today, by Gerard Ingold. Publishe by Denoel in 1986. Hardcover in fine condition with very good dust jacket, in slipcase. Light rubbing to case and to jacket. A gorgeous book illustrated throughout in both color and black and white; includes notes, glossary, and appendix. $150
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Pacific Rim: Man, Machines & Monsters: The Inner Workings of an Epic Film, by David S. Cohen, foreword by Guillermo Del Toro. Second printing hardback published by Insight Editions in 2013, fine in fine jacket. Great art book on one of the movies Del Toro made before he won the Academy Award this year for directing The Shape of Water. Signed by Del Toro on title page. $200
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THIS MONTH'S STAFF PICK
(by Lisa)
When I was a kid, I grew up for a while in San Diego. Although I was never that much into comic books, I did live in the city holding the nation's biggest comic convention, so I went every year. At that point, the San Diego ComicCon hadn't yet morphed into a media mega-circus, and it was still a reasonably-sized event where you could stop and chat with authors and artists you liked.

One year, there was a gentleman sitting behind a table laden with stunning art. I fell in love with the images instantly, and learned the artist was Jean-Giraud Moebius. He was the fellow sitting there, and although he spoke very little English, there were friends with him who translated. That day, I bought a signed print and - of all things! - a bolo tie. I also started buying every Moebius book I could get my hands on.

Back then, there weren't many...but at some point after those idyllic days of yore, the rest of the world caught up to the genius of Moebius and his works started being reprinted in new editions. especially classics like The Airtight Garage and Arzach.

We recently acquired a nice collection of some of those Moebius reprints, and it reminded me all over again how much I've always loved the work of this remarkable artist, and the time I had a conversation with him via translators. And yes, I still have the print and the bolo tie!
Iliad's Moebius books
BLOGGING ABOUT...

The Charm of Miniature Books

The next time you come to the front counter at the the Iliad Bookshop, look just above the register and you'll see a small sample of our miniature book collection. You'll have to squint a bit because they take up a very small amount of space. And that's one of the great charms of miniature books - they are portable and easy to carry around with you. Frankly, I think they are cute, too!

Miniature books (books that are under 3" in height generally) have been around for a long time. Napoleon was supposed to have had a set of miniature books made to his specifications so he could read during his campaigns. And Queen Mary had major writers of the day publish selected titles in beautiful mini-books for her elaborate doll house in 1928. Even today, publishers like Penguin are putting out miniature paperbacks of classic essays and stories by authors like Emerson, Poe and Hans Christian Anderson

While we don't often get customers selling miniature books, we have picked up several over the years. My favorite is Lafcadio Hearn's Kwaidan, a collection of Japanese suspense and horror stories published by Garden View Press. Because the book is only 2" by 2" in size, it contains only two stories. Kwaidan is also bound in the traditional Japanese style with a wrap-around slip case with bone latch. There are two illustrations in the book in gorgeous color. In short, it's a gem of a miniature book. It's one of our more expensive mini-books though, running $200.

We do have other mini-books that are less expensive and are lot of fun to read. Come by and take a look!

Note: I pulled a lot of info from A Brief History of Tiny Books by Bertha Fairclough. Also, the Library of Congress has a great collection of miniature books many of which are viewable online here.

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...
The Movie "Barfly", by Charles Bukowski, published by Black Sparrow Press in 1987. Limited edition in fine condition. Numbered 97/140, signed with small doodle by Bukowski, also signed by film stars Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway, and director Barbet Schroeder, in translucent jacket (light rubbing to jacket). An incredible copy of a very sought-after Bukowski collectible. $1,250.
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BOOK NEWS
On March 22, NPR ran a segment called "Too Small to Fail" about independent bookstores. The good news: this is far from another story about how e-books are killing print. In fact, in the story they note an astonishing 40 percent increase in the number of independent bookstores since 2009.

Long live bookstores!
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.
Listen to "Too Small to Fail"
ZEUS AND APOLLO
Thanks to customer Daniel Tures for this shot of Zeus presiding over his own private Mount Olympus.
We'd love to include your photos in our newsletter! Feel free to send to info@iliadbooks.com , let us know that it's okay to use the photo, and we'll include it in a future newsletter.

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