Iliad Bookshop's August 2022 Newsletter (#67)
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Hi Gang!

Just when we thought no year could be worse than 2020...2022 is living up to the challenge, with the passing on July 14th of longtime Iliad employee Brett. Although Brett had suffered from a number of health issues, his death by heart attack (while driving himself to the hospital) was unexpected and a big blow, especially after the January loss of Iliad's own Bob Johnson. If you didn't know, Brett was a gifted and classically trained guitarist with an encyclopedic knowledge of music; his family gave us a box of CDs he recorded a few years ago, so next time you're in the store ask for one if you'd like to hear some of his songs. You can also read more about Brett here.

We have welcomed a new staff member, Maya. Maya has worked in bookstores and libraries, so she knows her stuff! Say hi next time you're in the store (she's here on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday).

L.A. County dodged another mask mandate that we thought might come on 7/30, but as of now masks are still recommended but not required.

As a reminder: we are not currently buying/trading, and we don't know when we'll resume. We also don't have a date yet for the re-opening of our Rare Book Room, but I can assure you that work is underway and progressing, and it'll be fabulous when it finally opens.

We hope to see you soon.
Dan, Lisa, Poul, Eric and Maya (and Zeus and Apollo)
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick. First paperback edition, published by Popular Library in 1964. Popular Library SP250, with price of 50 cents. Condition is good: wraps are creased on spine, book has a spine slant, minor edge wear, corners slightly bent, pages yellowing, front cover just pulling from block of book. $45
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The Absolute V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Second printing hardback in jacket and slipcase published by DC Comics in 2009. Condition is fine in very good jacket, with very light wear to case and minor rubbing to jacket. $75
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Ma Gastronomie by Fernand Point, introduction by Thomas Keller. First edition thus hardback in jacket published by The Rookery Press in association with The Overlook Press in 2008. Very good in a very good jacket: there's minor sunning and soiling to jacket, and book has a spine slant. $75
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'Tain't the Meat...It's the Humanity! And Other Stories Illustrated By Jack Davis . First edition hardback published without jacket by Fantagraphics Books in 2013. Condition is very good, with just minor wear and soiling to binding. $125
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Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. Third printing hardback in jacket published by W. W. Norton and Co., Inc. in 1997. Signed and inscribed by Diamond. Very good in near fine jacket, with light edge wear to binding and light soiling to fore-edge. $75
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The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence by Carl Sagan. Hardback in jacket published by Random House in 1977. Sixth printing signed and inscribed by Sagan. Condition is very good in very good jacket: jacket is sunned with 1-inch tear on rear upper edge; light sunning and wear to binding edges, previous owner's stamp on foot and four pages (including title page). $200
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Costuming for Film: The Art and the Craft by Holly Cole and Kristin Burke. First edition paperback published by Silman-James Press in 2005. Condition is very good, with slightly bent corners and light soiling to page edges. $175
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General History, Cyclopedia and Dictionary of Freemasonry by Robert Macoy. Hardback published by Masonic Publishing Company in 1870. Condition is good: some wear and staining to binding, small chips to cloth at spine ends, book has a spine slant, corners bumped, hinges cracking, previous owners' inscriptions on front free endpaper, foxing, binding is cracking. $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...
Okay, we're fibbing a little here because this is not actually in our safe...
Theosophy A Magazine Devoted to the Path Vols 1-52. This is a complete run of 624 issues from November 1912 to October 1964. Each volume has been hardbound with titles on spine and an index in the front.
There are articles here on Madame Blavatsky, Spiritualism, mythology, transmigration, the Upanishads, mediumship, mesmerism, and much more.
Overall condition is good - the volumes have light wear to the bindings, some have bindings cracking near the center, some light water damage (with minor rippling and staining to pages), and there are a few tape repairs; there are also a few notes from previous owners. All issues seem to be complete, including covers. Media mail shipping would be $150.
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Brett Brezniak 1971-2022.

Here we're talking about some of our favorite paperback mystery covers from the 1940s.
Over in our ebay store right now, we've got a copy of the notorious La Bas (Down There) signed by actress Yvette Mimieux, some rare National Lampoon items, issues of the beautiful art magazine FMR, a very scarce Lenny Bruce book, and more.
Iliad's Ebay Stuff
Apollo caught sunbathing behind the old Cahuenga entrance (photo by Lisa)
And here's Zeus posing with a lovely orchid presented to us by a thoughtful customer in memory of Brett...
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 please visit our Instagram page or our Pet Gallery (where you can also see photos of our earlier felines).
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