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Mar 4, 2013, 12:19pm

Wondering what peoples most exciting finds are. Today I bought a copy of American Demagogues at my local Savers thrift store for $1.99 only to find Rev. Peter Gomes ( name written within, AND a first edition, second state of James and the Giant Peach, albeit in fair condition, also for $1.99. Nice day!

Mar 4, 2013, 9:06pm

I was at the friends of the library book sale in Mammoth Lakes, Ca, a tiny ski town in the middle of the eastern sierra nowhere. Usually the pickings are slim - Clancy, Grisham and worse. Anyway, I found a first British edition of Mani by Patrick Fermor for 5$. I snatched it up and wondered what they were acquiring that could be a tenth as good a book.

Mar 4, 2013, 10:56pm

@ nemoman - a twelfth copy of Fifty Shades of Grey, probably.

Mar 4, 2013, 11:18pm


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A copy of Augustine Birrell's Res Judicatæ inscribed to Teddy Roosevelt's son, Kermit Roosevelt.

Mar 5, 2013, 6:39am

I've made a few good finds lately (well, you may not all agree). Most recently I found hardcover first editions of the first 5 Jean Auel books except for Valley of the Horses - all at Goodwill for $2.50 each. The week before I picked up a hardcover copy of Drood by Dan Simmons and A Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling and a couple of weeks ago found an HC first edition of The Passage by Justin Cronin. The best find was sometime last year - found a HC first of The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum at an estate sale for a buck - clipped jacket but otherwise a VG copy.

Mar 5, 2013, 12:38pm

I once found a copy of Historical Scripts: A Handbook for Calligraphers for about $20 at a used bookstore. It usually goes for upwards of $60. The guy behind the counter grumbled when he saw how it was priced, but he honored it.

3> I have seen several copies of that book be ILLed by patrons at the library where I volunteer. As often as not, the patron lets their hold expire, and the book gets sent back. I always wonder if it's because the patron found they couldn't hand the book to a checkout-desk librarian and look them in the eye at the same time...

Mar 5, 2013, 2:44pm

3, 7> My librarian inspects my ILL books as I stand there and - "Oooh! How interesting! You always request such interesting things. You'll have to tell me about ..." Um. No. Please don't.

Mar 5, 2013, 2:59pm

There used to be a small bookstore in La Jolla that carried both used books and a carefully selected number of new books. While browsing there one day, I found a signed first edition of Beyond The Wall by Edward Abbey. The book was new, although it had been sitting there for some ten years. I paid the ridiculously low price on the inside of the dustcover - what it went for new.

Mar 10, 2013, 2:54pm

Most of my finds over the past couple of years have come while scouting for my used bookstore. Every once in a while I'll find something that I figure I have only a slim chance of selling but a 100% chance of enjoying in my home library, so I keep it, though I try to keep these incidents down to a minimum. Recently during one such expedition I found a copy of The Reds of the Midi: an episode of the French Revolution published by Appleton in 1896. Nothing too breathtaking but cool to find a translation of a book originally written in Provencal. Only four copies of it listed on LT, including mine.

Sometimes my "finds" come at the bottom of boxes of books brought to my store by customers for store credit. I try to offer a commensurate amount of store credit for valuable books. However, occasionally someone will just want to donate books. About a year ago a man showed up at the store with six or seven boxes of books he just wanted to give me. Didn't want cash, didn't want store credit. Just wanted to be rid of the books, which had been in his recently deceased mother's house. I practically had to force him to take one book away with him before he sped off. At the bottom of one of those books were several Franklin Library signed first editions. A signed Tom Wolfe, a signed Day of the Jackal. Those were cool but they went on the shelf at the store. The signed The Death of Methuselah by Isaac Singer came home with me.

Mar 17, 2013, 12:20pm

Recently obtained the 3 volume, 1946 Houghton Mifflin - Riverside Press edition of 'U.S.A.' by John Dos Passos. All the jackets in very good condition for the unbelievable price of $20 on ebay. Also a first Covici-Friede 1936 edition of Steinbeck's 'Dubious Battle' in very good condition for $57. The deals are out there, but they don't come easy or often.