Iliad Bookshop's October 2020 Newsletter (#45)
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Hi Gang!

First off, HUGE THANKS to all of those of you who have continued to support us throughout this turbulent year. We recognize every day that we are truly blessed with wonderful customers who have enabled us to continue serving our community.

We are still working through our remodeling, with sections being moved, boxes of old stock pulled and placed on shelves, and new areas created. Unfortunately our Rare Book Room remains a WIP (work in progress), but just remember that you can peruse stock on our website, or if you're in the store we can pull particular rare books from boxes for you to see.

Just as a reminder: we would LOVE to see you in the store, but be sure to bring your mask, follow six-foot social distancing as much as possible, and (especially on Saturdays) be prepared to wait for a short time outside if the number of in-store customers hits capacity (25 people). We have hand sanitizer and gloves available for your shopping security.

We also can't tell you yet when we will resume buying/trading. We are still working through our back stock, so new books are going out every day. If you'd just like to donate books, you're welcome to do so (we keep our giveaway boxes in the parking lot near the main entrance). We can give you a hand unloading your car if you're donating a lot of books.

We are also still doing curbside pickup; just call us at 818-509-2665 or email us with your wants, and we can go from there.

Thank you for your continuing support, and we wish you all a Happy Halloween (or at least as happy as it can be in 2020).
 
Dan, Lisa, Poul, and Brett (and Zeus and Apollo)
ANNOUNCING OUR 2020 HALLOWEEN SHIRT!
2020 has thrown a lot of crap at all of us, but it's not going to stop the Iliad from carrying on our annual tradition of an exclusive Halloween t-shirt! This year's shirt is designed by Atlanta-based artist and book cover designer Lynne Hansen, and we're thrilled with it!

The shirts have been slightly delayed because our printer is in Oregon and had to evacuate for a while due to the wildfires, but we're still hoping to have the shirts in the store by the second week of October. Sorry, we're not equipped to take pre-orders for shirts, but we'll send out an e-mail notifying all of you as soon as the shirts arrive.
...AND A RETURNING FAVORITE!
So many of you have asked about buying one of our "Stay Home and Read" shirts that we decided to order a few in to sell in the store! We hope to have these in mid-October; we'll be sure to let you all know when they arrive. And HUGE THANKS to everyone who bought one the first time around or asked if we'd make them available again!
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BOOKS
Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange: The First English Translation of a Medieval Arab Fantasy Collection, translated by Malcolm C. Lyons, hardback published by Penguin Classics in 2014. In very good condition without jacket as published, just minor wear to binding. $75
Buy Now
Undisputed Truth by Mike Tyson and Larry Sloman. Hardback second printing published by Blue Rider Press in 2013. Condition is very good in near fine jacket, with slightly bumped corners and spine ends. Flat-signed by Tyson on title page. $75
Buy Now
The Bright Side of Prison Life by Captain S. A. Swiggett, hardback published by Fleet, McGinley & Co. in 1897. In good condition with no jacket. Light wear to binding, book has a slight spine slant, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, binding cracking, staining to front endpapers, previous owner's name on first blank, light foxing $50
Buy Now
The Godfather Papers and Other Confessions by Mario Puzo, British hardback reprint published by William Heinemann in 1972. In very good condition in very good jacket. Signed and inscribed by Puzo; jacket is sunned, some edge wear with 1-inch tear and creasing near spine top, price clipped; binding is sunned, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, 1-inch tear in cloth near spine top, small scuff on front pastedown, light soiling to a few pages. $175
Buy Now
Camille Claudel & Rodin: Fateful Encounter by Yves Lacasse et al. Hardback published by Musee Rodin, Hazan, and Musee National Des Beaux-Arts Du Quebec in 2005. Condition is very good in fine jacket. Book has a very slight spine slant and a previous owner's inscription on front free endpaper. $100
Buy Now
Calling the Spirits: A History of Seances by Lisa Morton. Hardback first edition in jacket published by Reaktion Books in 2020. Fine in fine jacket. Signed by author (and can be personalized). $22.50
Buy Now
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...
Robin Hood's Garland : Being a Complete History of All the Notable and Merry Exploits Performed By Him and His Men, on Divers Occasions, published by G. Burbage of Nottingham in 1794. Quarterbound hardback in fair condition. Some rubbing and wear to binding, corners bumped, front and rear boards are completely detached,  foxing throughout, previous owner's small book plate on front pastedown. $500
Buy Now
BOOK BLOGS
We recently received some lovely praise for our blogs, and it reminded us that we don't do it often enough! We're going to work to remedy that, however, so here are two recent entries you might enjoy:
 


The Things We Find in Books - You might be surprised to hear about all the money, marijuana leaves, and pornographic snapshots that fall out of used books...but we've discovered a few things that have surprised even us.



Sets! - Have you noticed the wall of beautiful sets behind our sales counter? Here we talk a little about just a few of our many sets.
ZEUS AND APOLLO
Apollo sleeps in the middle of the sales table...or is he magically suspended against a wall of books?
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