Friday, September 18, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 09/18/09

I know, it was a crazy couple of days!

Here's the latest update.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

Fax: 212-587-1126

Open Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 9/18/09


We announced the availability of signed first editions of The Lost Symbol at about 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday and were sold out by 3.30p.m. Never in my 30+ years as a bookseller have we had such an extraordinary response. Thank you all for your support. For those who (very understandably) did not reply within that first hour, I apologize for the disappointment in getting shut out. We wish we had another 500 copies so that everyone who wanted one could have had one. Just as an aside, you all should know how gracious Dan Brown was to come down to Tribeca to sign books for us. Let’s face it: With the first printing of 5,000,000 copies, the few hundred that he signed for us don’t matter. He did it just because he’s an old friend of the store – a form of loyalty and generosity that can’t be taught or forced. Otto

We were all here answering ‘phones. Some of you responded instantly via email. I was here taking your name and compiling a list as those emails arrived. I understand your anxiety about not receiving a confirmation, but I assure you that if you responded via email, you are either getting a signed copy of The Lost Symbol or you are on the waiting list. If you can restrain yourself, please don’t email again. I will get to you as soon as I can.

A note for Crime Club Members. Some of you asked if Dan Brown would be a selection. No. I will be holding The Lost Symbol to send with your September selection. If you are in the Crime Collector’s Club, you already know that we are holding up for James Ellroy who will be signing copies of Blood’s a Rover the last week in September. Sally


Homer & Langley by E.L. Doctorow tells the story of the Collyer brothers, one blind and one damaged by the Great War. They live as recluses in their once grand Fifth Avenue apartment and yet the epic events of the century play out in their lives. From the author of Ragtime. An Unclassifiable Club Selection. $26.00

New World Monkeys by Nancy Mauro is a darkly comic mystery which exposes the idols of marital tranquillity , small town idyll, and corporate Darwinism as Duncan and Lily take possession of their inherited Victorian home. A First Mystery Club Selection. $23.00

I recently wrote that we did not have enough copies of The Arms Maker of Berlin by Dan Fesperman and so could not offer to anybody but our Thriller/Esionage Crime Club members. Happy to report that Dan Fesperman intercepted that email and was kind enough to come by the store and sign more copies. A Thriller/Espionage Club Selection. $25.95

Not Signed but......

Val McDermid has a new mystery featuring Tony Hill and Carol Jordan. Beneath the Bleeding is a U.S. first edition and a paperback original. I understand that there will be UK editions in hardcover and they will be signed. We’re trying to get copies of those now. But for you "true first" people.... $14.99


Wanted: Someone Innocent by Margery Allingham, Pony, NY. 1946. First Edition. $35.00

Uncommon paperback original containing the title novella and three short stories. Very good-near fine copy with a small tear on rear cover.

Another copy. Spine faded as usual, else good-very good. $15.00

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, Collins, London. 1926. $1,000.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. A very good copy.

The Monkey’s Raincoat by Robert Crais, Bantam, NY. 1987. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

Author’s Edgar-nominated first book. Price neatly inked out, else about fine, clean, uncreased copy.

(Edwardian Mystery) The Old Bank by William Westall, Chatto & Windus, London. 1902. First Edition. $100.00

Previous owner’s name, some foxing to pages, else a very good copy in a handsome decorated binding.

(Edwardian Fiction) The Slave of Silence by Fred M. White, Little Brown, Boston. 1906. First Edition. $35.00

Precedes the British edition. Some waterstaining to lower page corners, else very good-near fine in a nice pictorial binding.

Murder for Love, Otto Penzler, Ed., Delacorte, NY. 1996. First Edition. SIGNED. $45.00

An anthology of all original stories signed by the editor and contributors Carol Higgins Clark, Mary Higgins Clark, Ed McBain, Michael Malone, Joyce Carol Oates and Anne Perry. Very fine in dust jacket with light creases at spine ends.

The Law of the Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1931. First U.S. Edition. $20.00

Very good-fine.

The Thief in the Night by Edgar Wallace, Worldwide, NY. 1929. First U.S. Edition. $35.00

Scarce short story collection. Very good in a bright pictorial dust with a large chip at top of spine.

Writ in Barracks by Edgar Wallace, Methuen, London. 1900. First Edition. $100.00

Scarce book of war poetry by famous thriller writer. Hinges cracked, else very good-near fine. Laid in is a scarce pamphlet entitled "When London Calls!" a separately printed poem from the book. Fine.


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