For all you fellow vintage paperback lovers out there, here’s something we don’t see every day: Huxley from the 1950s. Just look at those cover designs! These are all Bantam printings:
Crome Yellow (1959 printing, first published in 1921, Huxley’s first novel) – $5.00 Ape and Essence (1958 printing, first published in 1948) – $5.00 Brave New World (1955 printing, first published in 1932) – $5.00
After we have chosen the books we want to buy, each book is entered into our computer and on-line inventories. We also scan a picture, for on-line shopping, of books that don’t already have a stock picture. Then the books are moved to the cleaning table. Here is Katherine Ann entering books into inventory, and moving books from the “to be entered” stack over to the “to be cleaned” table.
Among our new arrivals, this recent publication (2014) of Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Covers by Margaret C. Sullivan stood out. This large book is beautifully designed and features Jane Austen book cover art through the years, plus lots of quotes, quips, and facts by and about Austen and her novels.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde’s only novel, and was first published in a magazine as a serial story during the year 1890. It was considered by many to be scandalous at the time. The magazine edition was expanded by Wilde as a novel in 1891. This work is an example of Philosophical and Gothic fiction with strong Faustian themes.
Have you read The Picture of Dorian Gray or anything else by Oscar Wilde? You can let us know in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or stop in at the store to discuss. I’ve just started it and am still in the first chapter if you’d like to read along with me!