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.

–Sharon

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.

 

Vintage Peter Terris Pitcher

Pitcher

New this week in our vintage collectibles is a vintage mid century Peter Terris pitcher in a great “calico leaves” design! Aside from a little bit of wear on the wood lid, it’s in perfectly beautiful condition.

Pitcher

Pitcher

Our price is $26.00.

 

From So Simple A Beginning

From So Simple A Beginning

A collectible hardcover edition of From So Simple A Beginning: The Four Great Books of Charles Darwin, introduction by Edward O. Wilson, is now in stock. It comes in a nice slipcase and is in beautiful condition!

From So Simple A Beginning

Our price is $18.50. Find it in our science section or shop it online!

More Owls!

Owls

We definitely have enough owls gathered here this week to officially call them a parliament – vintage salt-and-pepper shakers, figurines, a napkin holder, wall hangings, and more. Check out what we have in stock soon before I decide to take them all home to live with me!
–Sharon

Shop our online store for owls here.

Behind the scenes–the next step

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.

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Vintage Book Set: Time Reading Program (Fiction)

Time Reading Program

Yesterday I posted about the nonfiction set of vintage Time Reading Program book sale club books we now have in stock. Today I’m sharing photos of the beautiful fiction set we’ve gathered!

Time Reading Program

Below is an example of the stunning wraparound cover art commissioned specifically for each book from a variety of contemporary artists of the 1960s. It’s the work of Jacob Landau featured on The Screwtape Letters.

Time Reading Program

This is a 9-volume set in great condition for $24.00.

 

Vintage Book Set: Time Reading Program (Nonfiction)

Time Reading Program

New this week are a couple sets of beautifully designed vintage books from the Time Reading Program!

From the Wikipedia page:

The Time Reading Program (TRP), was a book sales club run by Time–Life, the publisher of Time magazine, from 1962 through 1966. Time was known for its magazines, and nonfiction book series’ published under the Time-Life imprint, while the TRP books were reprints of an eclectic set of literature, both classic and contemporary, as well as nonfiction works and topics in history.

What I find really spectacular about these books is the unique wraparound cover art for each one. A diverse group of contemporary artists of the time were commissioned to create works specifically for these editions and a bunch of the resulting covers won design awards.

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We were able to gather an 8-volume set of nonfiction works from the Time Reading Program and it’s currently available for $24.00 (photos above are of this nonfiction set).

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing photos of the fiction set we’ve gathered as well!

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Edit: here is the fiction set!

 

Vintage Paperback: The Four Day Weekend

 

“What happens to a man when a woman is the boss – even in the 21st Century?”

From our vintage sci fi/fantasy section is this 1966 gem by George Henry Smith, The Four Day Weekend.

The Four Day Weekend - Vintage Paperback

From the back of the book:

THE REVOLT OF THE MACHINES
It was impossible, of course, because the machines had been ruling everything for 100 years, so what could they revolt against?
They decided people had outlived their usefulness to them, and that genocide of 4 billion people on Planet Earth was the best policy.
And into this incredible situation Charles Henry Hyde was thrust, with a shrew of a wife named Agnes who nagged like it was 1966…

Our price is $5.00.