Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sally's Weekly Update for 12/26/09!

I'm slipping in a Weekly Update between holidays....

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 12/26/09

No authors came in to see us this week! But there are a couple of things we’d like you to know about:

We’re getting very close to resuming our individual Mysterious Profiles series. Now that the first twenty-one have been collected in The Lineup, we’ll be off and running with Thomas Perry’s signed profile of Jane Whitefield (at last!). Many of you have pre-ordered this profile, but if you haven’t and would like a copy, let us know. Limited to 100 copies. $60.00

Collectors take note: Bleak House Books only printed 1,000 hardcover copies of The Big Wake-Up by Mark Coggins and they have very few left. We still have signed copies of this August Riordan mystery. $24,95

We have two copies of the limited edition of Rain Gods by James Lee Burke. This is limited to 80 numbered and signed copies. With an appreciation by Robert Crais. In marbled boards as issued. $150.00


First published in 1967, The Prisoner by Thomas M. Disch is enjoying a resurgence because of the new version of this cult classic recently shown on TV. $15.00

Book number sixty–three in the Hard Case Crime library is The Valley of Fear by A.C. Doyle. It seems only fitting in this, the Sherlock Holmes season. $6.99

Had enough of the Twilight series yet? Whether you’re a fan or a foe you’ll get a kick out of Nightlight from The Harvard Lampoon. Of one thing Belle Goose is absolutely certain, the very sparkly Edwart Mullen is her soul mate! Maybe. $13.95


The Root of His Evil by William Ard, Rinehart, NY. 1957. First Edition. $65.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

The House without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers, Otto Penzler Books, NY. 1996. Facsimile. $75.00

An exact facsimile of the first edition of the first Charlie Chan novel and its beautiful, as well as rare, dust jacket.

The Black Camel by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1929. First Edition. $2,750.00

In the earliest dust jacket with four Bobbs-Merrill titles on rear panel, rather than the letter from Charlie Chan on later states. A fine, fresh copy in a gorgeous, bright dust jacket with trivial wear at spine ends and corners. Finding Charlie Chan first editions in fine collectors’ condition has become a real challenge in recent years, and this one is a stunner.

The Topless Tulip Caper by Lawrence Block, Allison & Busby, London. 1984. SIGNED. $75.00

First hardcover edition of this 1975 paperback original. Very fine in dust jacket.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie, John Lane, London. 1924. First Edition. $2,000.00

The very rare Queen’s Quorum title, one of the most elusive of all of Christie’s first editions. Original orange/yellow cloth. The spine is uniformly faded but not badly; there is some soiling and a few light spots on rear cover; page ends are foxed. Overall, a very good copy, with no wear to the cover and with hinges intact.

The Mysterious Mr. Quin by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1930. First U.S. Edition. $5,000.00

Apart from the ubiquitous bit of fading to the pink spine (much less than usual), this is a fine, fresh copy in a dazzling dust jacket - possibly the best copy on earth (or elsewhere). Twice as expensive as most copies in the scarce dust jacket, but 20 times better.

Murder Gone Minoan by Clyde B. Clason, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1939. First Edition. $50.00

Excellent "impossible" crime novel. Very good, firm copy.

Bats Fly at Dusk by A.A. Fair, Grosset & Dunlap, NY. 1942. Reprint. $35.00

A fine copy in a fine, bright dust jacket.

Give ‘em the Ax by A.A. Fair, Grosset & Dunlap, NY. 1944. Reprint. $35.00

Fine in a bright, fresh dust jacket with light chipping at edges.

Murder in Canton by Robert Van Gulik, Scribners, NY. 1967. First U.S. Edition. $75.00

A Judge Dee mystery. Fine in dust jacket.

Children of the Ritz by Cornell Woolrich, Boni & Liveright, NY. 1927. First Edition. $1,850.00

Author’s rare second book. Non-mystery. A fine copy in dust jacket, which has a bit of fraying at the spine ends, a faint crease along the lower edge of the front panel, and a sunned spine panel which has evenly turned the purple background into blue. Still an exceptional copy.

Times Square by Cornell Woolrich, Liveright, NY. 1929. First Edition. $30.00

Spine ends and corners rubbed, else very good copy of a scarce title.

The Black Path of Fear by Cornell Woolrich, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1944. First edition. $30.00

Name, else about very good.


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