Re: RARA-AVIS: Rare finds

From: Karin Montin (
Date: 03 Apr 2009

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    I've been to library booksales that lasted one or two days, but never an actual permanent bookstore. Wait a minute, one library did open a tiny boutique when it was on its last legs. It didn't help, unfortunately.


    On 03/04/2009 3:49 PM, Joy Matkowski wrote:
    > Most libraries around here sell their discards and their patrons'
    > contributions to the public as a fund-raiser, sometimes daily, often
    > monthly, or on some other schedule. According to
    >, they're in Canada, too.
    > I went to an annual college library booksale Wednesday and bought
    > two grocery bags of books at $5/bag, mostly for sale but some to read
    > that would appeal to the list. (Not good pickings this year: I bought
    > many more last year.) I'll sort them out and display them to the list
    > one of these days.
    > Joy
    > Karin Montin wrote:
    >> Unbeatable! What is a library bookstore?
    >>> Thought the group would appreciate this. All found during a half-hour session browsing through an Orange County, California library bookstore:
    >>> - a 1989 first edition hardcover of Fast Fade, the ninth book in the L.A. PI Jacob Asch series by the recently deceased Arthur Lyons, good condition, signed by the author with a personal inscription to someone named Ed Quinn
    >>> - a 2006 hardcover reissue of the late Ross Thomas's 1978 Chinaman's Chance, in the Wu/Durant series, very good condition, with a new introduction by the author Susan Isaacs
    >>> - a 1965 hardcover collection of all five Dashiell Hammett novels, fair condition, no dustjacket, with a short introduction and remembrance by Lillian Hellman, written especially for that collection
    >>> - a 1992 first edition hardcover of The Long-Legged Fly, the first book in James Sallis's Lew Griffin cycle, very good condition, from the personal collection of a lady from Birmingham, Alabama
    >>> Price for all four books: $1.50
    >>> (Lyons and Thomas: 2 for $1, Hammett and Sallis: $.25 each)
    >>> Unbelievable.

    Karin Montin

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