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Rare Alcohol Novel – 1907

Caine, Hall. Drink: A Love Story On A Great Question. New York: D. Appleton, 1907. First edition (?). 91 pages. Good in irregularly faded wrappers and a chipped spine. Discard stamp on title page. No other library markings. Fragile condition. A rare novel about alcoholism. OCLC records fewer than 10 copies of this edition. COPAC […]


Lighthouse Photo Post Card

We just acquired a great real photo post card of a California lighthouse. The lighthouse is New Point Loma, in San Diego. The note on the back mentions "the new fog signal under construction." This refers to the small cinder-block building in the foreground, where a loud horn was being installed. The picture above of […]


McMurtry on Bookselling

Larry McMurtry will receive the Los Angeles Public Library Literary Award this week. In an interview posted online, he talks mostly about being a bookseller. "I just don’t think about my work at all. I think about being a bookseller. I don’t think about being a writer," he said.


Collecting Newspapers

A recent email from one of our readers who collects historic newspapers, lead me to a small cache of YouTube videos about two leading newspaper dealers, Timothy Hughes and the Mitchell Archive. Hughes is definitely the leading dealer in his field and has a great many newspapers in inventory. His business turns out to be […]


The Most Illustrated Bible

This from "Bible Editions & Versions," the Journal of the International Society of Bible Collectors (April – June 2008): "The Brick Testament. Constructed and photographed entirely by the Rev. Brendan Powell Smith. The largest, most comprehensive illustrated Bible in the world, with over 3,600 illustrations (the scenes are made from Lego blocks) that retell more […]


So You Want to Own a Bookstore II

Yesterday I posted Chuck Rozanski's seven questions to be asked before getting into the comics business. Here are a few of his choice observations, which apply equally to the used book business: "I remember reading a Small Business Administration (SBA) pamphlet 30 years ago which laid out the hard facts that 70% of new businesses […]


So You Want to Own a Bookstore

Chuck Rozanski of Mile High Comics is one of the most interesting retailers of collectables. I have basically zero interest in comics, but I subscribe to his email list and read every one. He basically breaks every rule in the book, and doing so has made him the leading comics dealer in the world (he […]


Help Identifying Children’s Book Artist

Does anyone know who made these illustrations? I just bought seven original paintings and drawings from an unknown children's book that appears to have depicted scenes from countries around the world. The artist signs his or her paintings with a capital T (shown below): Here are two typical examples. These fish are labeled "page 24 […]


I’m going to wedge my body in the doorway

Bibliophile Bullpen posted this video from Loomis Antiquarian Books in Stillwater, Minnesota, which is closing at the end of the month. It joins Book Baron (Los Angeles), Bogey Books (Davis, Calif), and Blue Dragon Books (Ashland, Ore.) in closing near the end of the year. There are probably more stores that I haven't heard about. […]


Eureka Books in the News

The community support for our acquisition Eureka Books has been extraordinary. Booklegger, the used book store on the corner, sent over a cake, the restaurant down the block brought us lunch over the weekend, and several shop owners have dropped by to wish us well. Yesterday, the local paper put a story about the store […]


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