Cancelled. Books sold en bloc.
I've been reading Oliver Twist this month, which is both comic and horrific at the same time, and you can feel the young Dickens exulting in his command of the English language and his growing confidence is palpable. High school English turned me off of Dickens for 30 years, but reading Drood, by Dan Simmons, rekindled my interest. This passage cracked me up:
"There are a good many books, are there not, my boy?" said Mr. Brownlow, observing the curiosity with which Oliver surveyed the shelves that reached from the floor to the ceiling.
"A great number, sir," replied Oliver. "I never saw so many."
"You shall read them, if you behave well," said the old gentleman kindly; "and you will like that, better than looking at the outsides,—that is, in some cases; because there are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts."
"I suppose they are those heavy ones, sir," said Oliver, pointing to some large quartos, with a good deal of gilding about the binding.
"Not always those," said the old gentleman, patting Oliver on the head, and smiling as he did so; "there are other equally heavy ones, though of a much smaller size. How should you like to grow up a clever man, and write books, eh?"
"I think I would rather read them, sir," replied Oliver.
"What! wouldn't you like to be a book-writer?" said the old gentleman.
Oliver considered a little while; and at last said, he should think it would be a much better thing to be a book-seller; upon which the old gentleman laughed heartily, and declared he had said a very good thing.
A nice write up in the T-S today about Dione Armand's new book, Trinidad. She'll be at Eureka Books on Saturday, February 6, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. signing books and talking to folks about Trinidad history.
Since 1965 (if you can believe what you read on the Internet), the pulp mill at Samoa has been a fixture of the Eureka landscape. Now it's all but certain that the plant is closed for good, ending a chapter in our local history. Since the mill manufactured the raw materials for paper and Eureka Books is all about paper, we wanted to honor the mill in some way. Over the years, it seems most every artist in the region painted or photographed the mill, so to mark its passing, Eureka Books is holding a pulp mill art show in March. The show will open on Arts Alive, March 6, 2010, and will run through the end of the month.
We are accepting entries through February 1. Please drop off a photograph of your proposed entry (Eureka Books is at 426 Second Street, Eureka, CA 95501, across from the gazebo in Old Town) or email a jpeg (our email address is at the top of our homepage).
We're decorating the store for Halloween today (it is the 13th, afterall) and we're putting out the typical books on vampires and ghosts, but what better season to display the creepiest item in the store: a 17th-century broadside from the Popish Plot in England.
Justice in the 17th Century: "To be hanged by the Neck, cut down alive, his Quarters to be severed…and his bowels burnt"
An Account of the Digging Up of the Quarters of William Stayley, Lately Executed for High Treason, for that His Relations Abused the Kings Mercy. London, Printed for Robert Pawlet at the Sign of the Bible in Chancery-Lane, 1678.
Broadside, 10 by 14.25 inches (253 x 360 mm). Imprimatur Novemb. 30th. 1678. William Scroggs. In 1678, rumors circulated in London that English Catholics, supported by the Jesuits, planned to kill King Charles II so his brother James, a Catholic, could assume the throne. In the end, nearly three dozen people were executed for treason, and William Stayley was the first unlucky soul. He was overheard in a tavern saying that Charles II "is a great Heretick, and the greatest Rogue in the World; there’s the heart and here’s the hand that would kill him."
Stayley confessed and according to this broadside, was "to be drawn on a Sledge to the place of Execution, there to be hanged by the Neck, cut down alive, his Quarters to be severed and disposed of as teh King should think fit, and his Bowels burnt; which sentence…was accordingly executed at the common place of Execution: And his Quarters were brought back and left at Newgate in order to be set up on the Gates of the City of London, as his Head on London Bridge, as Traytors Quarters usually are."
However, Stayley was very penitent and asked for the king's mercy, who allowed the execution to take place, but agreed to give Stayley's body to his friends for a proper burial. Stayley's friends, however, "caused several Masses to be said over his Quarters, and used other Ceremonies according to the manner of the Church of Rome and…made a pompous and great Funeral" at the Church of Saint Paul, in Covent Garden.
The king was not pleased and ordered Stayley's body dug up, carried to Newgate, and hung on the Gates of London. There was no sight quite like the Gates of London after a good execution and disinterment.
Reference: Wing (2nd ed., 1994), A276
Old folds, paper unevenly trimmed on left edge, small spot of discoloration on last line; generally very good. $500.
Wicked Plants by local author Amy Stewart is on Boing Boing.
I'm not really hip enough to know what this means, but as the Internet-savvy person who told me about it said, "As far as super cool web news goes, it doesn't get any better than this."
Here's a photo of the book launch party we held on May 2.
(Thanks to Robert Beckerdite for the pic)
From time to time, we end up with collections of old photos. It can be depressing to buy up someone else's family history–all those long dead and nearly forgotten faces staring blanking from carte-de-viste photographs and cabinet cards. We adopt them hoping someone else will eventually give them a good home. We have at least a hundred of these photos–all dating from 1880 to 1910–priced at $1 right now. They'd be great for adding period charm to a house or office, or for art projects or altered books. You'll find them at the very back of the store, along with bags of postcards, old ads, and other oddments.