Friday, January 7, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 01/07/11

We've been celebrating the birthday of Sherlock Holmes this week. The Baker Street Irregulars are stopping by, and it sure doesn't feel like the 21st Century around here.

Here's the latest update.

Happy reading

Sally Owen
The Mysterious Bookshop

The Mysterious Bookshop

58 Warren Street

New York, NY 10007

Ph: 212-587-1011

Fax: 212-587-1126

Open Seven Days, 11.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.

Weekly Update 1/7/11


Wednesday, January 12th, 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m

Joyce Carol Oates will be here to discuss

Give Me Your Heart, $25.00

her collection of stories about vengeance, cruelty and obsession!


Robert Crais stopped by to sign the trade edition of his latest, The Sentry. A Crime Collector’s Club Main Selection. $26.95

Graham Moore signed more copies of The Sherlockian, the surprise best-seller featuring the Baker Street Irregulars. $24.99

Bohemian Souls by Otto Penzler, Editor, The Baker Street Irregulars, 2010. First Edition. SIGNED. $35.00

This facsimile of the original manuscript of A Scandal in Bohemia by Arthur Conan Doyle is part of the Baker Street Irregular Manuscript Series. Annotations and commentary by Sherlockian scholars including Michael H. Kean who also signed.


Death of a Ghost by Margery Allingham, Doubleday Crime Club, NY. 1934. First U.S. Edition. $25.00

Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone. Very good.

.38 by William Ard, Rinehart, NY. 1952. First Edition. $65.00

Fine in dust jacket.

The Case of the Bouncing Betty; The Case of the Violent Virgin by Michael Avallone, Ace Books, NY. 1957. First Edition. $65.00

Paperback. Near fine with creased spine and wear to spine extremities, front hinge split.

The Stoat by Lynn Brock, Collins Crime Club, London. 1940. First Edition. $85.00

A very scarce book in first edition. Very good-near fine in orange cloth binding.

The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton, John Lane, NY. 1989. First U.S. Edition. $100.00

Important Queen’s Quorum title. About fine with no wear.

The Orchids by Thomas H. Cook, Houghton Mifflin, Boston. 1983. First Edition. SIGNED. $85.00

Author’s scarce second book. Very fine in dust jacket.

Fatal Descent by Carter Dickson (with John Rhode), Dodd Mead, NY. 1939. First U.S. Edition. $450.00

A sliver of darkening at top of spine, else an exceptionally fine and bright copy in a price-clipped dust jacket that is quite chipped at top and bottom of spine. Very scarce in jacket.

Flying Finish by Dick Francis, Armchair Detective Library, NY. 1991 (originally published in 1965). SIGNED. $125.00

Limited to 26 lettered copies in a slipcase. Very fine.

"C" is for Corpse by Sue Grafton, Holt, NY. 1986. Advance Proof Copy. $450.00

Author’s third Kinsey Milhone novel, preceding the hardcover first edition by several months. A very fine, clean, fresh copy in the original wrappers.

A Taste for Death by P.D. James, Knopf, NY. 1987. Typescript. $50.00

One of a very few copies of the typescript of the novel, duplicated and bound for use by the Book-of-the-Month Club for its consideration. This rare edition was produced before it was typeset. Spiral bound in yellow wrappers. Fine copy of a rare item (with) a second volume, identical format, titled Devices and Desires.

Banking on Death by Emma Lathen, Macmillan, NY. 1961. First Edition. $250.00

Author’s first book. An exceptional copy in the scarce dust jacket, which is sunned at the spine as usual. An extremely uncommon book in collectable condition.

Dead Ringer by Arthur Lyons, Mason/Charter, NY. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $85.00

Near fine in dust jacket.

The Killing Floor by Arthur Lyons, Mason/Charter, NY. 1976. First Edition. $500.00

Fine in dust jacket.

Odds Against Tomorrow by William McGivern, Dodd, Mead, NY. 1957. First Edition. INSCRIBED. $300.00

The basis for the 1959 film starring Harry Belafonte, the first film noir of the classic era to feature a black actor. Very good in a lightly chipped and soiled dust jacket. Scarce. With a long inscription on the front end-paper.

Death in Ecstasy by Ngaio Marsh, Sheridan, NY. 1941. First U.S. Edition. $250.00

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

The Nautical Chart by Arturo Perez-Reverte, Harcourt, NY. 2001. First Edition in English. $26.00

Very fine in dust jacket.

A one-page typed letter dated April 11, 1944, by Rex Stout. SIGNED. $200.00

Letter on the letterhead of the Writers’ War Board, of which he was president, in which he informs a correspondent that he is having a copy of Know Your Enemy sent to him. Fine condition.

Cockfighter by Charles Willeford, Chicago Paperback. 1962. First Edition. $125.00

Paperback original. Tiny bit of rubbing to one corner, initials on first page, else an exceptional copy of the true first of this uncommon book.

A Guide for the Underhemorrhoided by Charles Willeford, Star Publishing, FL. 1977. First Edition. SIGNED. $350.00

Limited to 1,000 copies, privately printed by the author. An unusual memoir from this popular noir author. Signed on front end-paper. Fine in dust jacket.

Poontang and Other Poems by Charles Willeford, New Athenaeum Press, FL. 1966. First Edition. SIGNED. $3,000.00

Stiff, gray wrappers. Fine with a small bump to bottom corner. By far the rarest of Willeford’s works.

(Women Detectives) Old Sleuth’s Freaky Female Detectives (from the Dime Novels) by Garyn G. Roberts, Gary Hoppenstand & Ray B. Browne, editors, Popular Press, OH. 1990. $30.00

A collection of three novellas about very strange female detectives from 1885-1911, with a learned introduction and notes. Very fine oversized volume without dust jacket, as issued.


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