Return of the Native

rebecca salame rebecca263 at
Fri Mar 10 10:58:42 EST 2006

I still sell sell lots of ML books at 3.00 apiece on eBay, and it's VERY 
rare that anything gets more than one bid, if that. There are very few books 
out there that go for high amounts, even now, on eBay. I don't think there's 
a real need, as yet, to update prices. I recently had a few DJ and flexi 
jacketed ML's up, and even a few  so called 'rare' editions, and althought I 
got some lookie-loos, I had very  few sell. At US$3.00 apiece! With 1.98 
shipping! eBay is a crapshoot, just like a store.

Today's Quotation:
"I don't care where I sit, as long as I get fed." Calvin Trillin
Rebecca263 at

----Original Message Follows----
From: "Mark Braley" <mark.lscv at>
Reply-To: modlib at
To: "Modern Library Listserve" <modlib at>
Subject: Return of the Native
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2006 06:31:30 -0500

A nice 1930's copy of Return of the Native with the really cool graphic DJ 
(I think it is usually referred to as art deco, but it reminds me more of 
constructivism) just sold on e-bay for $474.00.  I was flabbergasted.  But, 
it seems like non-firsts from the 30's are all going for way more than the 
guide on e-bay.  I am finding more and more that the great deals that one 
used to find on e-bay are more apt to be found now browsing on-line 
bookstores.  I guess my question is for Henry.  Henry: have you considered 
issuing a revised price list (not the entire guide, just a reworking of the 
dollars corresponding to the price letters in the guide) in light of what we 
see happening on e-bay? I realize that e-bay reflects the urgency of an 
auction and the instilled fear that this may be one's last chance to find a 
particular item after months of fruitless browsing through bookstores, and 
so may not be considered by book dealers as reflective of the real world.  
On the other hand, hasn't e-bay turned the entire world into an auction? 

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