Vintage Paperback: Stories by the Man Nobody Knows

B. Traven Stories by the Man Nobody Knows

This collectible vintage 1961 paperback of Stories by the Man Nobody Knows: Nine Tales by B. Traven is currently in stock. B. Traven is a pen name and to this day, he remains the man nobody knows. From the lengthy Wikipedia page:

B. Traven (Bruno Traven in some accounts) was the pen name of a presumably German novelist, whose real name, nationality, date and place of birth and details of biography are all subject to dispute. One of the few certainties about Traven’s life is that he lived for years in Mexico, where the majority of his fiction is also set—including The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1927), which was adapted for the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 1948.

Virtually every detail of Traven’s life has been disputed and hotly debated. There were many hypotheses on the true identity of B. Traven, some of them wildly fantastic.

A couple of my favorite “wildly fantastic” theories on B. Traven’s identity:

B. Traven was the American writer Jack London, who faked his death and then moved to Mexico and continued writing his books;

B. Traven was the pseudonym of the American writer Ambrose Bierce, who went to Mexico in 1913 to take part in the Mexican Revolution where he disappeared without a trace.

…And these aren’t even the most hard-to-believe ideas that have appeared since the mid 1920s on this mysterious writer’s identity!

This paperback is in very good condition. Find it in our Rare/Collectible section – our price is $25.00.


Jack Webb Books

Among our recent arrivals are several books on and by the actor, producer, and screenwriter Jack Webb. Webb is best known for his role as Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet, and he’s also the creator of Dragnet.

The Badge: True and terrifying crime stories that could not be presented on TV by Jack Webb (vintage 1959) – $5.00

Just the Facts Ma’am: The Authorized Biography of Jack Webb by Daniel Moyer & Eugene Alvarez – $8.95

My Name’s Friday: The Unauthorized but True Story of Dragnet and the Films of Jack Webb by Michael J. Hayde – $9.50


Vintage Paperback: Junkie

In stock now is a vintage 1953 paperback of Junkie by William Burroughs.

From the back of the book:

First and foremost among the “Beat Generation” writers is the name of William Burroughs, mentor and friend of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Holmes. Now catching the attention of the literary world with his novel NAKED LUNCH, Burroughs’ most significant work is his unforgettable autobiographical book JUNKIE.

Our price is $10. You can browse our selection of Burroughs and other Beat Generation writers in-store or online.

Vocabulary of the Vietnam War

Two reference books about the language and words of the Vietnam War have just arrived:

Words of the Vietnam War by Gregory R. Clark – $28.95

In the Field: The Language of the Vietnam War by Linda Reinberg – $38.75

Both books are packed with definitions and explanations of acronyms, nicknames, brand names, technical terms, and slang from the Vietnam War. You can browse through these at our store or purchase online.

Vintage Carnegie Classics

Vintage Dale Carnegie

We see Dale Carnegie‘s perennially popular self-improvement books come and go here all the time, but it’s a bit more unusual to see the vintage paperbacks in such nice condition! How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Enjoy Your Life and Your Job are $5.00 each, while they last.

Vintage Treasure Trove: Robert E. Howard

New to arrive in our vintage goodies this week is an impressive collection of Robert E. Howard publications: books, chapbooks, zines, fanzines, and more.

Robert E. Howard was an American pulp fiction author best known for creating the character Conan the Barbarian. In fact, he is widely regarded as the father of the sword and sorcery fantasy subgenre.

From the Robert E. Howard Wikipedia page:

In the pages of the Depression-era pulp magazine Weird Tales, Howard created Conan the Barbarian, a character whose cultural impact has been compared to such icons as Batman, Count Dracula, James Bond, Sherlock Holmes, and Tarzan. With Conan and his other heroes, Howard created the genre now known as sword and sorcery, spawning many imitators and giving him a large influence in the fantasy field. Howard remains a highly read author, with his best works still reprinted.

Stop in and browse this selection while it lasts! You can also browse and buy at our online shop.


New in Vintage Books: The Pipe Book

Critics, disarm!

And ye, Antiquarians, Archaelogists [sic], Ethnographers, Ethnologists, et hoc genus omne, hold back in their leashes your quivering Fountain-pens! For this is no learned Treatise, but a simple Book, and written thus.

A vintage hardcover of The Pipe Book: The Classic Volume on Pipes and Pipe Smoking by Alfred Dunhill is now in stock. Printed in Great Britain, copyright 1924, 1969, this version says it’s a complete revision with many new photographs. Indeed, almost every page is complete with illustrations and black-and-white photos of pipes throughout history.

From the inner book flap:

Tobacco, pipe, and the smoker are leisurely surveyed throughout the ages in this captivating book. Alfred Dunhill ranges through anthropology, the migration of peoples, cultural history, and folklore with so much wry humor and entertaining anecdote that he will intrigue not only the pipe lover, but anyone interested in the idiosyncracies [sic] of man.

Our price is $13.50.

Landmark books: Old friends from the 50’s

Earlier this week 31 old friends showed up at the store – books from the Landmark series.  These children’s histories were commissioned to subject matter experts of the day and edited for middle school vocabulary. Mostly American history, the Landmark series included some international topics too. At about age 10, I plowed through all the Spencer Public library (Dewey-the-cat’s home) had to offer. So when grade school US history offered it’s nominal paragraph or page on Booker T. Washington or Alexander Graham Bell or Lewis and Clark, I didn’t mind – I was more than prepared.

It’s history, so it’s told from somebody’s point of view. That said, these histories are competent, informative, fun to read and targeted to middle-school readers. None of these folks could fly or had any super powers, most were not chased and persecuted by shady adults in their lives, so the treatment is a bit different from teen fodder today.  But knowledge of what came before helps  inform a world view that can make us better than we otherwise would be.

Good stuff and worth the time.


Davy Crockett     $5.00
Dolly Madison     $5.00
Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys     $5.00
George Washington Carver     $5.00
Hawaii Gem of the Pacific     $5.00
Kit Carson and the Wild Frontier     $5.00
Marie Antoinette     $5.00
Mr. Bell Invents the Telephone     $5.00
Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada     $5.00
Robert Fulton and the Steamboat     $5.00
Rogers’ Rangers and the French and Indian War     $5.00
Royal Canadian Mounted Police     $5.00
Sam Houston the Tallest Texan     $5.00
The Barbary Pirates     $5.00
The Battle of Britain     $5.00
The Building of the First Transcontinetal Railroad     $5.00
The French Foreign Legion     $5.00
The Lewis and Clark Expedition     $5.00
The Mississippi Bubble     $5.00
The Slave Who Freed Haiti     $5.00
The Story of Scotland Yard     $5.00
The Winter at Valley Forge     $5.00
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo     $5.00
Thomas Jefferson Father of Democracy     $5.00
To California by Covered Wagon     $5.00
War Chief of the Seminoles     $5.00


Vintage Astrology: Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs

Linda Goodman's Sun Signs

Astrologers know that a person born under a given Sun sign – whether he’s a Gemini, a Virgo, or an Aries – has specific traits that make both his desires and his actions predictable. Linda Goodman, the talented young astrologer who has made frequent appearances on the David Susskind television program, has devised an exceptionally lively primer to help everyone understand these fundamentals of astrology.

We have two great vintage copies of Linda Goodman’s Sun Signs currently in stock. The hardcover is $8.00 and the paperback is $4.00. Find them on display in our summer hippie boho window!

Faces of Findhorn

Faces of Findhorn

This fascinating book caught my eye this week in our vintage collection: Faces of Findhorn: Images of a Planetary Family by the Findhorn Community ($8.50).

A remarkable legend has grown up around the Findhorn Foundation in northern Scotland, telling of a community whose members dwell in harmony with all life and promote extraordinary growth in both their plants and people – a story so enticing as to seem barely credible.

The Findhorn Foundation was formed in 1962 and the experimental ecovillage project still exists today! The project’s aim is to demonstrate sustainable development in environmental, social, and economic terms. It has won a variety of awards for its sustainable practices.