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    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2008
    I just found a 1963 Panther Horror edition of H.P. Lovecraft's The Case of Charles Dexter Ward for three euros. It has wonderfully cheesy '60s horror art covers and it's small and pocket-size and I love it.

    Another treasure that I found is a rarity of sorts in Finland. We don't get much translated Chinese literature, which is a shame. I managed to stumble upon a translation of Feng Meng-lung's San Jen. It's a very pretty first edition hardcover from 1967 and it's in pristine condition. I swear, it's previous owner must have read it only once, because it's really in that crisp a condition.
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2008
    I buy 90% of my books second-hand and I buy a lot of them, so I consider almost all of them good finds. Fortunately, London is full of cool second-hand bookstores...
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    Anyone ever read Deliverance? The author, James Dickey, was an honorary professor at a college near mine. He was one of my professor's mentors, too, so even though it was a different college we always talked a lot about him. He died in 1997.

    Anyway, I was going through books in the local used book store and stumbled upon a copy of Deliverance signed by Dickey. The shop owner buys all his books in bulk and (apparently) doesn't check for signatures and such. His loss. There's nothing like an autographed copy of a book by a deceased author for $4.00...
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    The bookstore in my library's basement in my favorite--hardcovers go for $3 (this is up from the previous price of $1; the last time I was there, the lady behind the counter apologized about the price hike.)

    Recently purchased:

    * This Side of Brightness, by Colum McCann
    * Was, by Geoff Rowley
    * Mailman by Robert J. Lennon, which has a fantastic cover.
    • CommentAuthorDuggan
    • CommentTimeJul 6th 2008
    I found a HC edition of my favorite comic - Lone Wolf & Cub at a shop in Manhattan - it was the Dark Horse retailer incentive signed by Koike. It was almost free.