Iliad Bookshop's October 2018 Newsletter (#21)
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Hi Gang!

Fall has arrived at last! Well, okay, it was 97 degrees a few days ago, so it may not feel like fall in SoCal quite yet...but at least we've entered that time of year when the stores are full of the scent of pumpkin spice and horror movie trailers are all over our media, so that's good enough for us.

Fall also means the arrival of our yearly t-shirt, and we couldn't be happier with this year's art: renowned Halloween artist Matthew Kirscht has given us a stunning design (see below)! The shirts are expected to arrive from the printer in another week or so, with sizes ranging from small to 3-XL, and a few women's sizes to boot. We'll have ordering links on our website as soon as the shirts are available.

Happy Halloween!.

Dan, Lisa, Bob, Ricky, Poul, Brett, Tim, Sean, Kevin, Richard, Eric, Zeus and Apollo
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS
Ulysses by James Joyce. Published by the Folio Society in 2004. In very good condition, bound in full leather. Numbered 1177/1750, bound in full goatskin, in clamshell case, minor edge wear to binding. $300
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Uncharted: Drake's Journal: Inside the Making of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception by Nolan North, published by GameSpheres in 2011. Trade paperback in very good condition, with minor edge wear to wraps, corners slightly bent. $150
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Complete Report on Construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, supervised by William Mulholland, published by the Department of Public Service of the City of Los Angeles in 1916. Hardback in good condition. Folded plates numbered 3-23 are laid in; although plates #1 and #2 don't appear to be present, there is also a large folded map of California laid in that does not have a plate number; light wear to binding, corners bumped, previous owner's name stamped on front pastedown, rear hinge cracked. $150.
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Rays of Sunshine, published by McLoughlin Brothers in 1893. Fair condition, with some wear to pictorial binding, corners bumped and worn, book has a spine slant, rear hinge cracking, sticker remains on front pastedown, previous owner's inscription on front free endpaper, seems to be missing a few pages at rear. $200
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The Great Earthquake in Japan, 1891 by John Milne, W. K. Burton, and K. Ogawa, second edition published by Lane, Crawford & Co. circa 1895. Condition is good, with light sunning, soiling, and wear to binding, corners bumped, binding cracked near front. $100
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrative Style Guide, published by Warner Bros. Consumer Products in 2000. Condition is good. This is a guide of art and suggestions that was issued to licensees in connection with merchandising the first Harry Potter film; set consists of a paperback book and four CDs of art all in a chemise stamped in gilt with the film title; light soiling and wear to the chemise, light edge wear to book, book's binding is cracking near center. $150.
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BLOGGING ABOUT...
If you're looking for some good scary seasonal reading, may we suggest Shirley Jackson? Many of us were left stunned by her short story "The Lottery" in school, and as adults we've discovered that her novel The Haunting of Hill House is undoubtedly one of the finest horror books ever written.

Consider these famous lines from the beginning of that novel:
 

Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.


For years, Jackson felt like one of literature's great secrets, but recently she seems to have been (deservedly) critically re-evaluated as one of the twentieth century's great writers. Her work is now available in editions from Penguin, Library of America, and Modern Library, with a lovely edition of Hill House forthcoming from Centipede Press. Hill House has also just served as the basis for a new Netflix mini-series by acclaimed writer/director Mike Flanagan (although it'll be hard to beat Robert Wise's 1963 adaptation The Haunting), and a film adaptation of Jackson's We Have Always Lived in the Castle is also in the pipeline.

We usually have a good stock of affordable Shirley Jackson (although rare copies of her books are much harder to keep in stock).

Oh, and we like Shirley Jackson so much that she appears in our mural on the Chandler (south) side of the building (see below)!
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...
A Detection of the Actions of Mary Queen of Scots, Concerning the Murther of Her Husband, and Her Conspiracy, Aultery, and Pretended Marriage with the Earl Bothwel, by G. Buchanan, published by Richard Janeway in 1689. Half-leather in good condition; boards are worn and soiled, title is hand-written on front board, corners bumped, hinges cracked, store and owner plates on front and rear pastedowns, description of book glued to front free endpaper, foxing throughout. $500
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BOOK NEWS
Most of us are familiar with the wonderful organization Doctors Without Borders, but have you heard of Bookselling Without Borders?

Founded in 2016, Bookselling Without Borders (BWB) provides fellowships to American booksellers to travel to international book fairs, talk with booksellers in other countries, and engage in other activities that will expand their knowledge of global literature.

BWB is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help finance their 2018 activities.

The ultimate goal of BWB is to "enrich your experience as a reader," and we can't argue with that!
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.
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ZEUS AND APOLLO
Autumn must have arrived in KittyLand, because the boys are starting to snuggle together. We apologize for the off-the-scale cuteness factor.
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