Book Collecting

Robert Ludlum Book in Chronoligical Order

Robert Ludlum Book in Chronoligical Order

Robert Ludlum was one of the best action writers of his times. He is the creator of the massively successful Bourne series and has sold close to a half billion books worldwide. Although he died in 2001 his brand lives on and continues to publish. Here is the list of[Read More…]

Mall Book Stores: 100% Corporate, Just Add Character

Mall Book Stores: 100% Corporate, Just Add Character

by Jas Faulkner You could call this article “The Hanff Effect: Part One”. This story actually has two beginnings. The most recent is my friends’ experience with a reading group that had just finished Helene Hanff’s books and how they took them to heart. You’ll hear more about that later[Read More…]

by February 18, 2014 Book Buying, Book Collecting, Books & Mags
What will the word “book” mean to future generations?

What will the word “book” mean to future generations?

by Jas Faulkner It might seem like a needless bit of sophistry to contemplate the evolution of the definition of  “book.”  We all know what makes up a book, right?  Say the word, “book” and the immediate association for most is still an aggregate of leaves bearing printed information, bound[Read More…]

Collecting Side Show/Carny Books

Collecting Side Show/Carny Books

It may seem an odd subject to want to amass titles, but for some, the quirkiness and oddities that circus sideshows and carnivals provide are fascinating subjects. I began to indulge in collecting any mystery that had a smidgen of sideshow or carny theme, and have progressed to purchasing non[Read More…]

by August 13, 2013 Book Collecting, Dastardly Deeds
Great Black Kanba–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Great Black Kanba–Best 100 Mysteries of All Time

Great Black Kanba—Constance and Gwynth Little–1944–IP The sisters were consistently hilarious. “Carolyn Hart (Grand Dame of cosy mystery writing) calls this tale of mistaken identity, barking lizards, multiple beaus and murder on a trans-Australia railroad trip one of her five favorite mysteries ” Great Black Kanba turns out to be[Read More…]

Old Theme Parties–Part 2–The Weirder Ideas

Continuing theme parties—For those who go down the shore and give parties–I know plenty of you must, ha, the Abington Party Book by Ethel Owen has a gala set up for you.  The beginning of the invitation suggested goes like this: In the days of our childhood gone by For[Read More…]

by June 4, 2013 Book Collecting, Book Reviews
I thought 900 bucks was bad. ABE has a few for well over a thousand. That angel in the cocktail better be watching over my sloppy husband!

Art Deco Dust Jackets

While perusing the New York Antiquarian Book Show, I came across a seller, Yesterday’s Gallery & Babylon Revisited, whose inventory almost exclusively deals in the period between the wars. The dust jackets of that span reflected the artistic craze now known as Art Deco. I’ve collected many books with the Deco motif,[Read More…]

My big book scouting find in Boston.

Phoenix Books Rise Again

One of the publishers from crime fiction’s past, was a little name that tried to become a bigger power among heavy hitters. Not necessarily known for their quality, they did try hard. They signed up some known authors whose contracts perhaps expired with other publishers, and some names never heard[Read More…]