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A Splendor Of Letters - The Permanence Of Books In An Impermanent World, Basbanes, Nicholas A.
1 20656Basbanes, Nicholas A. A Splendor Of Letters - The Permanence Of Books In An Impermanent World
Harpercollins NY 2003 0060082879 / 9780060082871 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket Illustrated by De Vicq De Cumpitch, Roberto 
444 pages; Fine/Fine. Full number sequence. Handsome two toned brown boards with bright gilt lettering. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is Fine! An excellent gift! A beautifuly writtten book, hard to put down. Starting with stone writings- for example: Ye who in future pass, will see this inscription, which I have had carved in the rock, of the human figures there. Efface and destroy nothing! As long as posterity endures preserve them intact! (Inscription honoring Darius I at Behistun, C. 500 B. C. This begins Chapter One, and each chapter has a quote to start. The History of books and the importance of permanence. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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2 20698Books, Scholastic The History of Printmaking
Scholastic NY 1996 0590476491 / 9780590476492 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine with no dust jacket 
Voyages of Discovery; 47 pages; Fine/No Dust Jacket. Colorfull and fully illustrated. For young folk interested in the history of printmaking - including comic books. Grade levels 4 - 6. An excellent gift! "A highly interactive tour of the history of printmaking covers Sumerian cuneiform, the innovations of typographer Frederic Goudy, the works of Rembrandt and Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, and comic books." 
Price: 10.00 USD
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3 19251Clute, John Science Fiction, The Illustrated Encyclopedia
Dorling Kindersley NY 1995 0789401851 / 9780789401854 First American Edition; First Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket 
312 pages; Near Fine/Very Good Plus. Soft bump bottom corner tips. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. Black boards with bright silver lettering. Dust Jacket shows crease to middle of front panel when held to the light just right. Tiny chip at top corner tip and top spine tip. In protective sleeve. An excellent gift! Authoritative, decade by decade overviews of every aspect of Science Fiction, from books to comics, films to television. More than 100 internationally acclaimed Science Fiction writers, with complete bibliographies of their work. Unique time charts covering the history of Science Fiction from its earliest roots in the 17th century to the present. Media Mail only. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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4 19234Hubbard II, Elbert The Roycrofter, March 1927, Volume 1, Number 5
The Roycrofters NY 1927 Stapled wraps Good 
31 pages; Good condition. Solid binding. Stapled wraps. Bumped at the corners. Small tear at top and bottom spine tips. Darkened at edges of covers and edges of pages. Not numbered per the book - but each issue continues the page numbers. This one starts at 113 and ends at 144. Preceded by 8 pages of ads and followed by 16 pages of ads. The Roycrofter, March 1927, Volume 1, Number 5 - A Magazine devoted to Roycroft ideals, printed and published every little while by The Rocrofters. 
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SIXTY YEARS OF ARKHAM HOUSE; A History and Bibliography, Joshi, S. T. (Compiled by)
5 20341Joshi, S. T. (Compiled by) SIXTY YEARS OF ARKHAM HOUSE; A History and Bibliography
Arkham House WI 1999 0870541765 / 9780870541766 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
281 pages; Fine/Fine. New. Only 3500 copies issued. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is Fine. Fantastic wrap around art work by Allen Koszowski. Also features four sets of cameos by Koszowski, depicting leading Arkham House authors, as well as a frontispiece depicting August Derleth. DJ is in protective sleeve. The volume opens with Derleth's own capsule history of Arkham House up to 1969, followed by Joshi's summary of the firm's publications over the last three decades. A must have for the Arkham House Collector! 
Price: 50.00 USD
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The Art of the Bookplate, Keenan, James
6 20572Keenan, James The Art of the Bookplate
Barnes & Noble NY 2003 0760746966 / 9780760746967 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
175 pages; Fine/Fine. Beautiful book and dust jacket. "This jewel of a volume, beautiful to look at and the per-fect gift for booklovers, traces the origins, development, and exquisite designs of the personalized bookplate. Magnificent images display bookplates drawn by Durer, Holbein, Hogarth, Kate Greenaway, and Aubrey Beardsley. The foreword is by best-selling author George Plimpton." 
Price: 8.00 USD
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7 18956Ostrowski, Carl Books, Maps, and Politics, A Cultural History of the Library of Congress, 1783-1861
Univ. of Massachusetts Press MA 2004 1558494332 / 9781558494336 Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
261 pages; Fine/Fine. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spine is square and pages are clean. DJ is also Fine. In protective sleeve. This book is a good example of the ways in which library collections, their users, and their uses can shed light on larger phenomena. When those phenomena include the changing ideologies and attitudes of the shapers of a nation, the study can be significant. This one is. --American Historical Review. 
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8 20442Schiffrin, André The Business of Books How the International Conglomerates Took Over Publishing and Changed the Way We Read
Verso UK 2000 1859847633 / 9781859847633 First British Edition; First Printing Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 
181 pages; Fine/Fine. Beautiful as new book in Fine dust jacket, in protective sleeve. "Part-memoir, part-history, The Business of Books is an irascible, acute and often passionate account of the collapsing standards of contemporary book publishing. It has appeared throughout the world in seventeen different editions." 
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9 13810Spiller, Robert E.; Thorp, Willard; Johnson, Thomas H.; Canby, Henry Seidel Literary History of the United States Volume I & II & Bibliography (3 books) in Slipcase
Macmillan NY 1949 Second Printing Hardcover Near Fine in Very Good dust jacket 
Near Fine/Very Good. THREE books in slipcase. Volume I and Volume II has two tee-niny spots at fore edge. Name to inside front board on Volume I & Volume II. Boards are straight, tips are pointed, spines are square and pages are otherwise clean. All DJ's age tanned at spine. Volume I DJ has crinkle to front panel and tiny chip at top corner tips and spine tips. Volume II DJ has very small chip at front panel fore edge. Bibliography DJ has chip at top spine end and small, light splash stain at bottom spine end. No protective sleeves - as books would not go back in slipcase with the sleeves on them. Slipcase is sturdy, sound with some shelf rub at edges. Here is the literary landmark of our generation - a complete critical and historical record of American literature and its makers. An excellent gift! 
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10 18683Syndicat Library Repertoire du Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne - Repertoire Officiel des Membres
Siege Social Paris 1973 Paperback Good 
Ex-Library; 139 pages; Good Condition. Text in FRENCH. THIS IS A PAPERBACK - NOT A HARDCOVER! Front hinge crease. No spine creases. Ex-Library University "This book must not go out of library" copy. Library stamps inside covers and top/bottom text block. Spine label on front cover top corner. Solid, otherwise clean. Repertoire of the Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne - Official Directory of Members 
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Here are some more places to look around our site:

  • Arkham House, Mycroft & Moran, and Fedogan & Bremer Books
    At the request of several of our customers, we started a page for the books of Arkham House and related publishers. We try hard to keep it up to date with news and a list of forthcoming books and a list of those books we have of these publishers - both new and used.

  • Author Web Sites/Fan Sites
    A list of Authors and their websites or fan sites. Unfortunately, I haven't kept up with the sites going out or changing although a recent check with a program showed no broken links. One can hope right?

  • Book Care and other book information
    About Books includes items on Book Care as well as a How to Identify First Editions. It will include links, reviews, and all kinds of other interesting (to us at least) tidbits as we add to it.

  • Book Condition Description
    We use certain "bookseller" terms when we describe our books. Generally, they tend to mean what you think they would mean. For example Fine means basically without faults. The exact meanings behind what we mean are given on this page. As mentioned on the page, book condition is sometimes a subjective "call" by the book seller. We try to be objective, but might (in your opinion) fail. If so, you can return the book for any reason.

  • Book Inventory Programs The question of which book inventory program to use was always coming up on some of the forums I visit so I though I would put down some thoughts here. It is evolving and will eventually try to cover many aspects of inventory management (in the sometime distant future). In the mean time, if you have something you would like to see, let me know.

  • Book Reviews
    A slowly growing list of books we've reviewed. We would be happy to have your comments and, if you like, your reviews (with, of course, credit to you if you wish).

  • Chrislands Book Stores
    Chrislands is the company which hosts our site. We are very happy with them as are their other customers. This page gives links to many of the other Chrisland stores.

  • General Links; Other Book Stores, SF&F References, Detective/Mystery References, etc.
    Well, that about says it all. This is sort of a catch all for links which don't specifically belong anywhere else. Right now (about 6:41 pm Central US time, Oct. 16 2005), there are four sections, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery - Detective, Arts and Crafts, and Book Related Links.

  • Glenn Larsen's Guide to First Editions
    Copied from Books-Rare, the book collector's home Copyright © 1997 by Glenn Larsen. Sadly, the original is no longer available., but we have a copy of it here with some corrections and additions.

  • Glossary of Terms Used in Literature and the Book and Printing Trades
    This page grew out of a request from a customer about book terms, a bookman's glossary so to speak. Now I could have just pointed them to the IOBA Book Terminology but I though it would be nice [and make our site more attractive] if we had a page of our own. Well now we do - at least the start of one

  • Help for on-line book buyers
    We hope this page will help you have a more pleasant on-line book buying experience. It also lists a few other places to get books - If we don't have the book you are looking for, of course :-)

  • IOBA Book Stores
    The Independent Online Booksellers Association, is dedicated to promoting internet bookselling by, in part, "Maintaining and enforcing high ethical and professional standards for our member booksellers, including a Code Of Ethics." White Unicorn Books is a proud member of the IOBA and on this page we list some of the other IOBA stores.

  • Liaden Universe of Steve Miller & Sharon Lee
    This page is for our Steve Miller and Sharon Lee books. It is mainly books set in the Liaden Universe® and has a list of books in that series, including the Chapter Books, as well as a set of references and links to other sites for the two authors.

  • Previously Featured Books
    Featured Books is where we list the books which have been featured on our home page - we may have more about the book than is in the normal catalog listing, so we decided to just keep track of them here. For example, when we featured the Chronicles of Narnia we listed "both sequences". The order in which they were originally published and "the preferred sequence of CS Lewis".

    We also have some special pages for books which are special in some way. It may be that the book itself is special or that a customer asked for more images, so we put up a page for the book. In any case we have these single pages for a particular book:
    • Butters' Richmond Directory 1855
      An interesting directory for 1855.
    • Crystallizing Public Opinion
      Bernays is considered by many as the originator of modern public relations and has been called the "Father of Spin". He was named one of the 100 most influential Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine.
    • Oxford Lectern Bible The Oxford Lectern Bible is a massive edition of the English Bible designed by American typographer Bruce Rogers (1870-1957). It is considered by many to be Rogers' masterpiece, and is recognized along with the other great Bibles, including the Baskerville Bible and the Doves Press Bible.
    • The Principles Of Judicial Proof
      Normally we don't put up our used books as a Featured Book on the home page they don't last long enough to stay here since we generally only have a single copy) but this one is such an absolutely beautiful book I had to put it up. So, of course, I had to build a page for it.
    • Sleeping Beauty, a Special Collectors Edition with illustrations by Dulac
      A page devoted to a special book. The 1910 limited edition of Sir Author Quiller-Couch's The Sleeping Beauty and Other Fairy Tales, illustrated by Edmund Dulac.
    • The Religious System of China
      First published over quite a few years, the initial volume was published in 1892 and the final volume was printed in 1910, The Religious System of China is a monumental work by Jan J M de Groot that "is an attempt at depicting the Chinese Religion as it is really practiced by the nation, and at sketching on a broad scale its influence on Domestic and Social Life. It is the fruit of an intimate contact with the Chinese race for several years." The work also contains a detailed study of China's funerary stelae, and the mythical animals used to decorate them.
    • Slovenly Peter's Story Book
      A classic 'what happens to bad boys and girls' from the late 1800's.

  • Ramblings/Blog/Book Reviews and whatever
    This is really a series of pages consistings of almost anything. On these pages I've written about Medicard Part D, about searching for information on a book on Google and at the Library of Congress, reviewed several books, and talked about the IOBA. No telling what will show up there. I'm sure we'll duplicate information on the rest of the site, but a lot of it will be unique. Hope you find it of interest.

  • Repricing
    A short look at some of the reasons for (semi)automatically repricing your inventory including a few Perl code snippets.

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  •   Setting Up an Internet Book Store
    An article I wrote for the IOBA. It presents a "first look" at some of the things one should think about in setting up an internet book store.


  • Transfer Homebase data to BookTrakker
    We use BookTrakker for maintaining and updating our main database of books we have listed here on our site. In talking to other BookTrakker users, they wanted to know how they could use someone to enter data which they could transfer to BookTrakker either in addition to or instead of using the network version of BookTrakker. Since we use both the network version and Homebase as "auxillary input systems", I though I would finally describe how we did the Homebase to BookTrakker part of it.






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