Iliad Bookshop's December 2022 Newsletter (#71)
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Hi Gang!

Well, that interesting month.

As most of you probably know by now, the Iliad was hit by an arson attempt at about 11:20 pm on the evening of Thursday, November 3. The perpetrator piled up our free books and boxes against our main entry, lit fire to it, and taped flyers up all over the building.

Given the circumstances, we were actually very lucky: firefighters arrived within minutes and subdued the flames, and the cats were rescued and have been staying at Dan's home since. The damage could have been much, much worse, but we'll still be undergoing repairs for months.

We cannot be more thankful for our community of customers and supporters, who donated books, money, food, and offers of free work. Thanks to all of you, we'll be able to complete the repairs and maybe even upgrade a little in the process.

Step One was to hire a smoke abatement crew to remove the smoke smell from the interior. That just wrapped up and was very successful. Next up: new doors, new lighting, new signage, and new security.

Thank you again! We hope you have a healthy, safe, and happy holiday season, and here's to a calmer 2023.
Dan, Lisa, Poul, Eric, and Sean (and Zeus and Apollo)
  • Saturday, December 24 - 11 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday, December 31 - 11 am to 4 pm
All other hours are as usual. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work by Bell Hooks. Hardback first edition in jacket published by Henry Holt & Co. in 2003. Flat-signed by Hooks on title page. Condition is good in near fine jacket: "Signed Copy" sticker on jacket front panel, head and fore-edge are heavily stained, and there's highlighting to four pages. $150
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Capablanca's Best Games by Harry Golombek, edited by John Nunn. First American edition paperback published by International Chess Enterprises, 1997. Condition is very good, with just light wear to wraps. $75
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Lovecraft: A Biography by L. Sprague de Camp. First mass market paperback edition published by Ballantine Books in 1976. Condition is very good, with light wear to wraps, slightly bent corners, small stain to fore-edge, light yellowing to pages. $15
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The Beethoven Sketchbooks: History, Reconstruction, Inventory by Douglas Johnson, Alan Tyson, and Robert Winter. First edition hardback in jacket published by University of California Press in 1985. Condition is very good in very good jacket: light edge wear to jacket, price clipped; minor edge wear to binding, light foxing to page edges. $75
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An Encyclopedia of Archetypal Symbolism by Beverly Moon. Hardback in jacket published by Shambhala in 1991. The book is an ex-library copy, good in near fine jacket: book has a slight spine slant, corners are slightly bumped, library stamps on head, fore-edge and foot, previous owner's plate on front free endpaper, rear free endpaper scuffed from plate removal, sticker residue on front and rear endpapers and copyright page. $75
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The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception: Or Mystic Christianity by Max Heindel. Hardback tenth edition published by The Rosicrucian Fellowship in 1925. Condition is fair without jacket: light staining and wear to decorative binding, corners and spine ends slightly bumped, front free endpaper is missing, previous owner's plate on front pastedown and stamp on first blank, binding cracking. $100
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Nightmare Alley by William Lindsay Gresham. Mass market paperback edition published by Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc. in 1986. Condition is very good: light wear to wraps, minor soiling to page edges. $20
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Halloween Beyond: Piercing the Veil by Lisa Morton, Lucy A. Snyder and Kate Maruyama. First paperback edition published by Crystal Lake Publishing in 2022. Three Halloween-themed novellas. Signed by Lisa Morton and Kate Maruyama. In new condition. $12.99
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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...
Migrations: Humanity in Transition by Sebastião Salgado. Hardback first edition in jacket published by Aperture in 2000. Flat-signed by Salgado on half-title page. Condition is very good in near fine jacket: booklet in pocket attached to rear pastedown; binding edges lightly sunned. $400
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Many of you have asked when Zeus and Apollo will return to the store, and the answer is...soon! We need to complete the replacement of the main doors first - since that will entail the entry being wide open - but once that's finished the boys will be back. We miss them, too!

In the meantime, here they are at Dan's house, enjoying their first encounter with a human bed.
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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