Friday, April 1, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 04/01/11

If its Friday, it must be the Weekly Update.

Have a good weekend.

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

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Weekly Update 4/1/11

A Note about our Descriptions

The subject of First Editions came up a couple of this time this week. When we list first editions, do we mean first printings? Yes we do. We will always specify if the book is a later printing.

All new books have dust jackets unless we specify otherwise. When we describe rare books we will always note if a book has a dust jacket.

We welcome any questions you may have.


Tuesday, April 5th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Nathan Larson discussing

The Dewey Decimal System

Original Trade Paperback $15.95


Persia Walker discussing

Black Orchid Blues

Original Trade Paperback $15.95


The U.S. edition of Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson is here. The fourth in the quirky series featuring Jackson Brodie includes neglected dogs and unwanted children as part of the story while reluctant sleuth Brodie tracks down the missing details of a woman’s life. The beauty of this series lies in the many wonderful characters who inhabit Atkinson’s writing. $24.99

Chelsea Cain was here signing The Night Season, the fourth in her series featuring Detective Archie Sheridan and serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Lowell makes only a cameo appearance here (because she’s behind bars - for now), but Archie still bears the emotional and physical scars from his encounters with her. When the Willamette River floods, bodies are found and Archie, together with reporter Susan Ward, investigates what looks like the work of a serial killer. A Hard Boiled Club Main Selection. $24.99

We have just five signed first editions of Devil Red, the latest Hap & Leonard novel from Joe R. Lansdale. Unfortunately, the dust jackets are not in great shape, but we’ll put a brodart on and they will still make a wonderful addition to your library. Sorry we couldn’t get more. First come, first served. $24.00

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith is the latest installment in the best-selling No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series featuring Precious Ramotswe. A Soft Boiled Club Main Selection. $24.94


Average Jones by Samuel Hopkins Adams, Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis. 1911. First Edition. $75.00

A very good copy of this nice Queen’s Quorum title.

Trent Intervenes by E.C. Bentley, Knopf,. NY. 1938. First U.S. Edition. $125.00

Contains the classic golf story, "The Sweet Shot." About fine in dust jacket, which has several nicks and closed tears.

Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie, The Bodley Head, London. 1924. First Edition. $4,000.00

Queen’s Quorum title. A bit of foxing to the endpapers, else a remarkable fine, fresh copy of this very rare and important book - the first short story collection by Christie.

The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1928. First U.S. Edition. $450.00

Near fine in dust jacket, which is chipped at spine ends and at top of rear panel.

The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1936. First U.S. Edition. $600.00

Apart from a bit of soiling to the top page edges, a fine copy with the yellow cloth bright and fresh. In the very scarce dust jacket, which is lightly chipped at the top of the spine and front panel.

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie, Collins, London. 1945. First Edition. $300.00

A fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which is lightly worn at spine ends.

Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1948. First Edition. $85.00

There is no equivalent British edition. Very good in chipped dust jacket. A surprisingly elusive title.

The Under Dog and Other Stories by Agatha Christie, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1951. First Edition. $300.00

No British equivalent. Fine in dust jacket with a few tiny nicks along edges. An unusually fine, sharp copy of a book generally found in worn condition.

Lincoln Rhyme by Jeffery Deaver, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 2007. First and only Edition. SIGNED. $60.00

A profile in the format of a previously unpublished story by the six-time Edge nominee. Limited to only 100 hardcover copies, numbered and signed. As new without dust jacket, as issued.

Goldfinger by Ian Fleming, Macmillan, NY. 1959. First U.S. Edition. $500.00

A fine copy in a bright, fine dust jacket with the merest trace of wear at the top rear hinge. One of the iconic James Bond classics.

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, Knopf, NY. 1929. First Edition. $1,000.00

A light crease at upper corner and a trace of sunning to the spine, else a near fine, tight copy of the author’s first book and a landmark of detective fiction.

Woman in the Dark by Dashiell Hammett, Spivak, NY. 1951. First Edition. $75.00

A collection of stories collected from the pulps. With a new introduction by Ellery Queen. Front cover and spine edges a little rubbed, else very good. $75.00

The Three Taps by Ronald Knox, Methuen, London. 1927. First Edition. $90.00

A classic detective story from the Golden Age of mystery writing. Cloth is slightly dusty, else a near fine copy of a scarce book.

The Death of Monsieur Gallet by Georges Simenon, Covici, Friede, NY. 1932. First U.S. Edition. $175.00

Rare Maigret novel. Spine badly sunned, else very good.

The Gracie Allen Murder Case, by S.S. Van Dine, Scribners, NY. 1935. First Edition. $175.00

A fine, bright copy in a price-clipped dust jacket which is lightly rubbed.

Murder on the Second Floor by Frank Vosper, Putnam’s, London. 1929. First Edition. $175.00

Very rare play - only second copy I have ever seen. A fine, fresh copy in the even rarer dust jacket, which is bright and fresh with only trivial chipping at the top edges.


1 comment:

mohit said...

Must be an enjoyable read The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander Mccall Smith. loved the way you wrote it. I find your review very genuine and orignal, this book is going in by "to read" list.