Friday, March 18, 2011

Sally's Weekly Update for 03/18/11

Our first update of the Spring. At least, it feels like Spring.

Have a wonderful weekend

Sally Owen

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 3/18/11


Tuesday, April 5th 6.30 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

Nathan Larson discussing

The Dewey Decimal System

Original Trade Paperback $15.95


Persia Walker discussing

Black Orchid Blues

Original Trade Paperback $15.95


Live Wire by Harlan Coben does not go on sale until next Tuesday, but our signed copies are here. This thriller featuring Myron Bolitar will be sent out just as soon as, so if you have not already ordered your copy, you may do so now. $27.95

Cara Hoffman will be back in the store today to sign more copies of her first novel, So Much Pretty. She signed last week and we sold out immediately. This title is now in its third printing, so this batch of first editions will be the last we can offer. The story, about the disappearance of two young women, is told through the words of several narrators and the writing of former journalist Hoffman has been compared to Joyce Carol Oates and Joan Didion. An Unclassifiable Crime Club Main Selection. $25.00

As you can see above, Nathan Larson will be here discussing his first novel, The Dewey Decimal System, a first novel, part-biblio mystery, part thriller, which takes place in New York City after a terrorist attack and a flu epidemic. When we first read this book, we wanted to offer it as a selection for our First Mystery Club so asked the publisher if they would be willing to publish a limited hardcover edition. There is now a hardcover edition limited to 169 copies, most of which will be going to our club members, but we do have some copies remaining so first come first served. A First Mystery Crime Club Main Selection. $50.00

When Joyce Carol Oates was here recently she signed The Inevitable, an anthology of writing about death. We were hoping that Bradford Morrow, the editor, and Peter Straub, a contributor, would come by to sign, but that doesn’t look as though it is going to happen. So...signed by JCO only. Trade paperback original. $17.95

Always a pleasure to see Ian Rankin here in New York. He stopped by to sign copies of the U.S. edition of The Complaints, which introduces Detective Malcolm Fox, a member of the division known as the Complaints. $24.99

While he was here, Rankin signed copies of a book which we have been holding for some time. The collector’s edition of his first Rebus novel, Knots & Crosses, was published in 2007 and is now available signed with Rankin’s noughts and crosses illustration. It contains a new introduction by Rankin. $35.00

The Terror of Living by Urban Waite is a thriller which will remind some readers of No Country for Old Men. That’s because the thrilling chase across the Western landscape by a violent man who leaves a trail of victims in his wake is reminiscent of that story. But this is a first time writer who is getting rave reviews from Stephen King, Michael Koryta, Daniel Woodrell, and our own Otto Penzler. $24.99

This week, the movie The Lincoln Lawyer opens and this is a good time to remind you that in 2008 Michael Connelly wrote a dual biography of Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller for our profile series. Printed dos-a-dos with Connelly’s signature in the middle, this is limited to 350 numbered copies, some of which are still available. $75.00

We have one of the 26 lettered copies available. $125.00


The House Without a Key by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1925. First Edition. $45.00

Pale orange covers a little soiled, spine ends rubbed, else about very good. A Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone.

The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1926. First Edition. $75.00

Scarce second Charlie Chan mystery. Name on front endpaper, title page creased, else very good.

The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers, Grosset & Dunlap, ca 1926. Reprint. $75.00

Previous owner’s inscription on front endpaper, else very fine in dust jacket, which is virtually as new except for one tiny chip at lower hinge and a bit of sunning to the spine.

The Chinese Parrot by Earl Derr Biggers, Readers Library, London. 1928. $200.00

A tie-in to the 1928 Universal Pictures film version, credited on the front panel of the dust jacket. A closed tear on the edge of the front endpaper, else about fine copy in a wrap-around pictorial dust jacket, which is fine and bright. Rare in this condition.

Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1928. First Edition. $75.00

Previous owner’s inscription on front endpaper, dust jacket covered in mylar and glued down. Only good-very good copy of the third Charlie Chan mystery.

Behind That Curtain by Earl Derr Biggers, Grosset & Dunlap, NY, ca 1929. Reprint. $75.00

A fine, fresh copy in dust jacket, which has the same design as the first printing; it is fine and fresh except for light chipping at the spine ends.

The Black Camel by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1929. First Edition. $450.00

Small rubbed spot on spine, else a fine copy in a gorgeous, bright, fresh dust jacket in the second state, with a letter to the reader signed Charlie Chan. Very scarce in this condition.

Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs- Merrill, IN. 1930. First Edition. $350.00

Very good plus in dust jacket, which is a bit sunned at the spine and has light wear at the top of the spine.

Charlie Chan Carries On by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs- Merrill, IN. 1930. Later Printing. $25.00

Name, else about fine.

Keeper of the Keys by Earl Derr Biggers, Bobbs-Merrill, IN. 1932. First Edition. $400.00

A fine, bright copy in dust jacket, which is lightly chipped at spine ends and corners. Vincent Starrett’s copy, with his bookplate inside front cover and signature on the half-title. Also, laid in is the bookplate of the great collector Adrian Homer Goldstone.

(Earl Derr Biggers) Earl Derr Biggers’ Charlie Chan by Otto Penzler, Mysterious Bookshop, NY. 1999. First Edition. $10.00

An annotated bibliography and price guide (10 years out of date). Limited to 250 copies; illustrated pamphlet.

Max Carrados Mysteries by Ernest Bramah, Hodder & Stoughton, London. 1927. First Edition. $225.00

A previous owner has cut out and tipped in the flaps of the dust jacket to the inside covers, and tipped in the front panel to the free front endpaper. Very good-near fine copy of this scarce title. Vincent Starrett’s copy, with his signature on the half title.

Found Floating by Freeman Wills Crofts, Dodd Mead, NY. 1937. First U.S. Edition. $300.00

An Inspector French novel. A fine copy, with the fragile yellow cloth clean and bright; in a nice pictorial dust jacket, which is lightly chipped along the top edge.

The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett, Otto Penzler, NY. 1996. Facsimile. $250.00

A facsimile of the first edition, as new in dust jacket.

Sweet Murder by Michel M. Scott, Coward-McCann, NY. 1943. First Edition. $125.00

Private eye novel set in New York. Uncommon. Fine in dust jacket.

(Pulps) The following four titles are all by Robert Sampson, the great pulp expert; all were published in Bowling Green, OH, by Popular Press. All are very fine first editions in dust jackets.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol 3: From the Dark Side, 1982. $36.95

Features such criminal figures as Fu Manchu, Fantomas, Four-Square-Jane, Blackshirt, etc.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol. 4: The Solvers, 1982. $36.95

Features more than 50 detective characters from the pulps.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol. 5: Dangerous Horizons, 1991. $35.95

Features series characters like Captain Blood, Sanders of the River, and Janie Frete, who operated in such exotic locales as China, South America and Africa.

(Pulps) Yesterday’s Faces, Vol. 6; Violent Lives, 1993. $39.95

Features adventurers, spies and warriors, including Bulldog Drummond, Zorro, Erle Stanley Gardner’s intrepid crooks, etc.

(Sax Rohmer) Sax Rohmer: A Bibliography by Bradford M. Day. Science Fiction & Fantasy Publ. 1963 .First Edition. $85.00

Copy #226 of an unspecified number of copies of this rare production. Large format stapled wrappers. Fine condition.


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