Friday, September 28, 2007


Recently sold:

A signed 3rd edition of Edgar Lee Master's "The New Spoon River". Similar to his famous "Spoon River Anthology", a series of 'auto-epitaphs' or monologues in free verse, which often contradicted the pious and optimistic epitaphs written on the gravestones.

Book Description:
New York: Boni & Liveright, printed 1924. 3rd Edition. Hardcover 8vo. Flagsigned on title page "Edgar Lee Masters - March 24 (29?) 1927". Black cover with gilt image and signature on front cover. Front and bottom pages rough cut. Corners slightly bumped. Light / faded blue title on spine. Spine slightly sunned. Title page (signed page) is torn at spine 1-1/2" up from bottom (not really noticeable
as it is along the spine).

This one made a collector in Massachusetts very happy to find.

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1888 JACK THE RIPPER illustrated / bound news articles

Recently discovered in a stack of other books is an interesting and highly desirable (by Ripperologists) volume containing five different (now famous) articles regarding the gruesome Whitechapel murders of August - November 1888, now known by the title "JACK THE RIPPER"! The volume contains full articles of the British weekly publication of "Punch - or the London Charivari", a humerous and satirical magazine published from 1841 to 1992. Contains five highly detail and gruesomely honest illustrations - many full page.

Book details:

London: Published at the Office, 85 Fleet Street. Volume 95, contains July 7 - December 29, 1888. Hardcover, measures 8-1/2" x 11" tall. 312 pp. Bluish-grey boards w/ 1/4 black leather spine. Leather spine chipped, gilt title missing; front cover loose, back cover detached but present (unfortunately it detached when I was writing this). Corners worn. Interior contents tight and clean; illustrations crisp and bright.

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Introduction to Northwest Book Buyer

Hello all and welcome to the first blog post of Northwest Book Buyer! Sorry about the confusion with the name but geographically it fit when I started my book collecting / antique book selling in Portland Oregon. Technically, one is always northwest of something...

The idea of this blog is to keep other bibliophiles up to date on what I have recently read, purchased, made available to purchase, sold, and heard about.

Most of the books and their descriptions will be available through my e-commerce store. I do want to keep one thing clear - the purpose of this blog is to inform and possibly educate; the purpose of my e-commerce store is to buy and sell highly collectible and rare books.

So bear with me as a blog is a new thing for me - I will most likely be posting new finds very soon, so check back often.

Things coming up for the fall season:

1st edition 1st printing of Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" (actually called "A Visit from St. Nicholas") from December, 1857.

Early illustrated news articles describing the unsolved Whitechapel murders of 1888, also known "Jack the Ripper" from July - December 1888. (Very interesting illustrations). We are in the midst of the 119th anniversary of those horrific crimes (late August - October or November, 1888).

A very beautifully organized book of Italian Renaissance Painting from the 1950's. You really need to look at the illustrated tipped-in plates with this one - amazing!

1st edition serial 1st printing of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House" with full illustrations from 1852. Nicely rebound and in wonderful shape.

You'll see I'll have a little bit of everything.