Friday, March 6, 2015

What to look for at the book fair

Here's another installment in our series to give you a glimpse of some of the amazing books you'll find at the book fair.

The Snopes Trilogy -- The Hamlet, The Town, and The Mansion
William Faulkner
All first editions, first printings.

The series regarding the Snopes family in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. Begun in 1940 and completed in 1959.

Lee Linn
The Ridge Books


The Color Purple
Alice Walker

Stated first edition with BCDE line on copyright page

The Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name.

Native Son

Richard Wright

First edition. First printing

Native Son is a novel by American author Richard Wright. The novel tells the story of 20-year-old Bigger Thomas, a black American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in the 1930s.

Lee Linn
The Ridge Books


Relativity, The Special and the General Theory
Albert Einstein
Henry Holt, NY, 1920. 

First American Edition. Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. This copy is well bound, tight and clean. It is not ex-lib.


Jim Weyant
The Scribe's Perch


Twelve Years a Slave
Solomon Northup

This is the scarce first edition , first printing of this book.

 It has the following points: 1. No list by thousands (Fifth Thousand, Tenth Thousand, etc. at top of title page 2. earliest catalog in front immediately after pastedown, 3. 1853  stated on both title and copyright pages 4. no mention of a "London" edition on the title and copyright pages as in later printings. This true account of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery became a bestseller in the 1850s, sellling over 30,000 copies. Probably the most influential book, after Uncle Tom's Cabin, for the anti-slavery movement. The 2013 movie based on this book won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Mark Broomberg
Boomerang Books


Concert Poster for Muddy Waters Show
Jimmy's Club, New Orleans, Louisiana.

This framed Concert Flyer came from the collection of Walter Glenn, Atlanta businessman (Geode at Lenox Square) and music collector. Glenn had each item in his collection custom-framed for display. Muddy Waters (1913-1983) is considered the "Father of modern Chicago Blues." This flyer was produced for a show in New Orleans at Jimmy’s Club, probably late 1970s.

Mark Broomberg
Boomerang Books


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