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Some Nice Recent Finds

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Editado: Set 1, 2011, 9:41 pm

Made some nice additions to my mystery book collection. I went away last week to the Finger Lakes Region of new york with my wife and visited a few used bookstores and made a great find. Found an ARC of Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell in fine condition for $9.00 (a $200 plus 1st edition book on the online sites. There are 2 ARCs I found online, one for $225 and one for $195). I was very pleased with this find. Then today, I went to two of my regular used bookstores in New York City and made two great finds, among some other purchases. Found a signed first edition copy of The Last Days of Il Duce by Domenic Stansberry in F/F condition for $1.00. Then found a first edition copy of Call for Mike Shayne by Brett Halliday in VG/VG condition for $2.00. Who says New York is expensive! A nice way to end the summer.

Set 2, 2011, 3:55 pm

Interesting and congrats on your finds. Despite the publication precedence, most ARCs don't generate a lot of collector interest and value. The exceptions are cases where the author collecting inspires "completists" where the collectors try to get every (or as many as possible) variation possible.


Editado: Set 3, 2011, 2:16 am

Yes, understood. An unsold book listed online is hardly an indicator of value. Nonetheless, of interest to me and a nice complement to the first edition of Winter's Bone I already own. Speaking of "completists", I am one book away from becoming a Woodrell completist, as I just need Woe to Live On to round out my collection.

Set 5, 2011, 10:19 pm

Hope you won't mind the interruption, but could you tell me what is meant by an ARC book? Thanks!

Set 5, 2011, 11:04 pm

"Advanced Reading Copy" - it's a pre-publication version of the book, and may not be the final version; often the author/editors make changes based on the feedback the reviewers give them. The last ARC I got was missing all the illustrations and the index, so as you can see, it was a very early version.

Set 6, 2011, 12:39 am

Oh, got it. I should know that, being a used bookstore owner. I'm still learning, obviously. Funny thing is, I never take those for my store when customers bring them in for trade, and I sent all the ones I found already shelved when I bought the store off to Goodwill. It seems cheesy to me to sell my customers technically unfinished versions of books. It never occurred to me that collectors might seek them out. Live and learn!

Set 24, 2011, 2:11 pm

Anybody at the San Francisco Friends of the Public Library Really Big Book Sale today?

Set 25, 2011, 8:30 pm

"Recollections of a Colored Troop," by John McMurray, Major, 6th U.S.C.T.; 1916. First edition in original brown wrapper with only slight chips. Paid $1 at a book flea market for it; it's a "large paperback" (octavo), otherwise, it would have been 50-cents. A good read. Haven't yet found any other copies on the usual used book search sites.

Set 26, 2011, 11:35 am

Four copies in US according to, 3 in Virginia, one at NYPL. Looks like maybe it was reprinted in 1994-- What a wonderful find! I love "I was there" books myself (although not a lot are in my LT library I realize).

Set 27, 2011, 11:29 am

benjclark - thanks for the update! I haven't tried as of yet. Will add it to my list of "usual suspects." Yes, I had seen that it was reprinted, and I think you can get it from an "on-demand" printer. A nice little piece.

Nov 21, 2011, 1:36 pm

Some more recent finds, all for $1 each and in fine condition . ... Anonymous Rex by Eric Garcia, Infamous by Ace Atkins and My Dark Places by James Ellroy.

Nov 21, 2011, 1:48 pm

Infamous is pretty good. Got to attend a signing/ reading when it came out. I should track more of his stuff down.

Dez 21, 2011, 4:07 pm

The Dark Labyrinth by Lawrence Durrell for $8. It's OOP and usually goes in the $200 range on Amazon.

Found a bunch of Dorothy Sayers mysteries at a local thrift shop, along with some Sebald and The Big Nowhere by Ellroy.

Editado: Mar 5, 2012, 10:19 pm

Today at a Goodwill for $3, a first edition of Die Trying by Lee Child, the second Jack Reacher thriller and an ARC of Cinnamon Kiss by Walter Mosley.

Mar 20, 2012, 8:09 pm

Lancelot by Walker Percy -- hc, dustjacket, signed. At the local thrift shop. I bought 5 books and they have a "Buy 4, get 1 free" deal. Ergo, I got it for free. Also got a nice HC collection of Algernon Blackwood tales and "Shamela/Joseph Andrews" by Henry Fielding -- a nice Penguin edition.

Abr 21, 2012, 1:14 pm

Found 2 modern football classics for £2 each, both in unread condition, in a strange bookshop in Newport, Telford. My Father and Other Working-Class Football Heroes and Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life.

Abr 22, 2012, 2:11 pm

Just been to a bookfair locally on the lookout for paperbacks to fill gaps in my series collections, but stalls with paperbacks were almost non-existent: no success at all. There was some indication that times were hard because I heard quite some markdowns on quoted prices. I came away with six J. I. M. Stewart hardbacks at a fiver a piece. My eye was taken with a hardback of Rocketship Galileo, but then my breath was taken away by a marked price of £595!

Abr 22, 2012, 7:04 pm

Three first editions with DJ from a thrift store. Ghosts and Hark by Ed Mcbain and False Witness by Dorothy Uhnak.

Abr 22, 2012, 9:08 pm

I got the first American edition of The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedusa this weekend!

Editado: Abr 22, 2012, 10:30 pm

Library sale, $5 preview before free admission:

Identity by Kundera, hb, 1st

The Assignation, hb, 1st by Joyce Carol Oates

and several others. Paid previews are worth it. ;-)

Abr 23, 2012, 8:15 pm

First edition hardcover editions of Star Wars novelizations: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Han Solo's Revenge. Old School Star Wars before Lucas smeared CGI crap all over them. Glad I could sate my nostalgia yearnings.

Also found a hardcover edition of Zero History by William Gibson and a nice paperback edition of The Dead Sea Scrolls, a new translation.

And a bunch of other cool stuff.

Abr 24, 2012, 8:23 am

At the American Association of University Women's booksale: Sicilia e le Isole in Bocca - for $2.

Abr 28, 2012, 12:52 am

Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon for a mere $2, The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, and Medium Raw by Anthony Bourdain. Loved Kitchen Confidential so am really looking forward to that.

Maio 9, 2012, 9:19 pm

My fiancee found a 1949 copy of Christopher Bunny, with illustrations by Richard Scarry

I found a Maigret book and a Penguin edition of Euripides

Maio 10, 2012, 9:19 am

House of Pomegranates, Charlottesville library sale. Slightly, but not excessively, more than $2.

Maio 14, 2012, 3:20 pm

Two French books today: Petites misères de la vie conjugale by Balzac and Journal: 1889-1939 by Gide, for € 1 each. The Gide is a Pléiade edition; spine is missing, but still a bargain, I think.

Maio 14, 2012, 6:42 pm

Hill's Manual of Business and Social Forms, 1882 edition, for the princely sum of $1! The binding is pretty damaged, but the insides are clean and intact. From our local Friends of the Library book sale!

Maio 18, 2012, 2:45 pm

found a super copy 1929 1st illustrated edition of Siegfried Sassoon Memoirs of a Fox Hunting Man with tissue guards on the plates ( by William Nicholson)- all for the princely sum of about 80cents. A most collectible find. watch out for this book it is lovely. And I might add Sassoon is(was) a dream writer and an interesting personal story as to his stance in the first world war.

Maio 18, 2012, 9:29 pm

#28 - Sounds like an amazing find!

Fev 16, 2014, 2:05 am

Discovered 2nd & Charles - a store which has used and new books, music, movies, tech stuff, instruments...there's two of these stores in the Denver metro area. I loaded up on some really nice copies of a series I collect, Best in Children's Books. I was shocked to find the books, frankly, as they've become surprisingly scarce around here and the store is in an upscale mall (Flatiron Crossing)...not the usual place I'd think to find good used books.

Jul 20, 2014, 3:16 pm

Found a 2-volume set of short stories by W. Somerset Maugham in pretty nice condition for a cool $10.

Ago 6, 2014, 11:17 pm

A junk/antique shop in my area, whoa: Books for only a dollar. He had a bunch of the series, Best in Children's Books, all with pristine dust jackets, not even faded. I snapped them all up, and upgraded my collection, thank you very much! After perusing the rest of his 10,000 books though, I felt I got the very best he had in there - nothing else caught my eye.