jbkrygie at owu.edu
Sat Feb 21 10:09:36 EST 2004
It certainly has been quiet here!
Thought I would entertain (or bore) you with some recent bookstore
visits, and a few
ML finds (and other similar series). Hit 'delete' now if you want...
While in Ann Arbor MI for a meeting, I managed to sneak out and hit
most of the local
used bookstores. Dawn Treader is the store that got most of the praise
in my copy of
the 'Used Book Lover's Guide' but it was just ok - prices a bit high,
not many MLs.
More impressive was the West Side Bookshop - a nice ML section with a
('War in Outline') and a small but strong collection of books in
general. No MLs there
for me, but I did find a few other HC series books (Westerby's 'Wide
Boys Never Work' in
the Holiday Library, and Godwin's 'Caleb Williams' from the Rinehart
- a 1960s ML-esqe series I had never seen before - apparently only 4
ever issued). Books in General, across from UofM, also had a ML
section with some
nice late 60s MLs (with the redesigned Djs)...but I bought some
The real fun was in swinging through Detroit and a visiting the John
My bookstore guide says they have a million books and I believe it.
Unlike other mega
used bookstores, the stock was actually above average & not too $$$.
After 4 hours I
was a bit dizzy and had to leave. They have shelves and shelves of the
MLs (but none with DJs, recall that Barry Neaville is up the road from
this store). I
left a few gems behind (1st of Dinesen's 'Seven Gothic Tales' in an ok
dj) and instead
got a few obscure Everyman's, a 'Golden Treasury Series' of
and a Modern Drama Series' copy of Dunsany's Plays.
Next up, Vermont. Flew into Burlington and stopped at North Country
Books. A great
spacious bookstore with interesting prints, maps, and other goodies
a very nice stock of books. A ML/EL section, but I picked up a few
more ELs (see a
trend here?) including a 1st edition, 1907, of Hooker's 'Ecclesiastical
Polity' in a dust
jacket (that is rather amazing - DJ on a series book published 10
years before the
first Boni & Liveright ML). Drove down to Middlebury, where I had a
tiny town actually has 5 used bookstores. Did not get to all, but the
small In the Alley
Bookstore has a nice inexpensive stock (got some great MLs and ELs last
time I was
there). I also visited Monroe Street Books, housed in an old carriage
house in a residential
neighborhood. A nice stock with lots of fiction. Found a flex ML copy
of Kuprin's Yama
which, oddly, has a 1st edition DJ (but the book is not FMLED) for $10.
Found a few other
series ('Pocket Library' and 'Borzoi Pocket Library') and left behind a
nice 1st ML ed of
Edmunds 'Rome Haul' (dj was nice, but had a small divot out of the
Certainly is nice to visit real bookstores!
Anyone else finding anything interesting out there?
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