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How Cool Is Blogging

All the big ad agencies are developing blog strategies for their clients. Apparently, if your product hasn't been mentioned in a blog, you're on the road to bankruptcy. Yesterday, my wife and I received FIVE – count 'em, 5 – green boxes with odd labels. Actually, two were addressed to Fine Books contributors, two to […]


London Illustrated News

Just in: Nineteen bound volumes of the Illustrated London News, the most elaborate British news magazine of the 19th century. Each weekly issue had dozens of engravings and many had large, fold-out maps and views of far-off cities. The bound volumes (dating from the 1850s, 1880s, and 1890s, each contain roughly 26 weekly issues). We’ve […]

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Vintage Shasta Photos

Since there are so few antiquarian bookstores north of San Francisco, we at Eureka Books are trying to expand our holdings in materials related to the entire region between Santa Rosa and Eugene. Along with the A.W. Ericson photos we lucked into recently, we also picked up five Charles Miller images taken just over the […]


Vintage A.W. Ericson Prints

Pardon my Internet slang, but OMG! We just acquired four vintage A.W. Ericson albumen photographs dating from the 1890s, each with a handwritten caption. Two of the image are iconic Humboldt County pictures, which have been reproduced endlessly, but very few originals survive. These are behind the desk – they just arrived on Friday afternoon […]


Book Expo

I'm in Los Angeles today, getting ready to head out for my second day at BEA (Book Expo America), the annual convention that brings together publishers, bookstore owners, and everyone else interested in the new-book trade. It fills the LA convention center. The coolest thing for me was seeing Fine Books among the two-dozen or […]


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 […]


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