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

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Vintage Paperbacks: Aldous Huxley

Vintage Huxley

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

Browse Aldous Huxley in our online store here.

The Cold Nowhere by Brian Freeman: A fifteen-second review

 

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Jonathan Stride hits his stride in this story of a traumatized young girl running for her life in Duluth.  Not only do you become familiar with Duluth’s environs, but the story is taut, well-paced, and will keep you turning pages far into the night. I’ve read it twice and couldn’t put it down either time!   $7.50

Vintage Paperbacks: Flash Gordon

Vintage Flash Gordon

New in our vintage paperbacks this week are several FLASH GORDON books! We have books 1 through 4 with a double of book 3. All of them are Ace Tempo except for book 2, which is an earlier Avon printing (1974).

Vintage Flash Gordon

A SPACESHIP CAPTURED in a magnetic field and pulled beneath the earth into an underground city, FLASH GORDON jumps to safety only to be caught in the web of a giant man-eating spider, then saved by a titian haired beauty.
Pan, a madman musician, seeks to rule a planet by the shattering effects of ultra-high frequency sound.
Romance, spine tingling adventure, the sciences of the future, all combine to make THE PLAGUE OF SOUND a book you won’t put down.

Our price is $5.00 each.

 

 

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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Behind the Scenes

We thought our readers might be interested in knowing what happens to their books after we buy them. Our books are carefully chosen, in like-new condition, clean, they’ve been entered into our computer and online databases, and carefully shelved so they’re easy to find. They don’t go right from your box or bag to the shelf! Here’s what we do (more entries coming up):

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The first thing we do when you bring your books in is look at each book to determine if it’s a book we want to buy. Is it in like-new condition? Is it timely? Do we already have it? How well has it sold when we’ve had it before? Here’s Jenny choosing books to buy.

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.

New Arrivals: Vintage Science Fiction

This week we’ve added a large batch of paperbacks to our “Vintage Science Fiction/Fantasy” section!

There’s a great selection of authors represented in this batch, including quite a few Poul Anderson, Robert Heinlein, and Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Stop by and browse in-store or take a look in our online shop!