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 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.

Vintage Books: Minerals, Rocks, Gemstones

 

Just in this week is a great new batch of vintage mineral, rock, and gemstone books!

Vintage books on rocks, mineral, gemstones

Most of these can be found in our Nature section along with the rest of our nature guides, but a few are in our Collectible/Rare case.

 

New Arrivals: UFO Books

We recently received several hard-to-find vintage books on UFOs! We’ve been working on photographing all of these, but I’ll start with two of them to share today.

The first (pictured below) is They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers: The True Story of What Happened to Certain Researchers and Investigators Who Found Out Where the Saucers Came From by Gray Barker in hardcover. This is the 1975 printing; it was originally published in 1956. Our price is $15.00. Available now in-store or at our online shop.

The second (pictured below) is Harmonic 33 by Captain Bruce Cathie in trade paperback. First published in 1968, this printing is from 1977. Our price is $33.00. Available in-store or at our online shop.

More on UFOs to come next week!

South Dakota / Local Books

Have you browsed our South Dakota section yet? We carry everything from recent fiction by local authors to long-lost vintage South Dakota tourism booklets. This section constantly surprises me with something I’ve never seen or never knew about our state and history here on the great plains.

If you’re interested in local history, looking for a book about your specific South Dakota county or city, or wanting to give a local author a try, stop in and take a look at our ever-changing and growing selection!