Seattle Book Fair Preview
Ed Smith Books of Rolling Bay, WA, specializes in modern literature, photography, and screenplays. Smith is bringing some first edition westerns by Clarence Mulford, a first edition of No Country for Old Men, and a presentation copy of Hunter S. Thompson's Screwjack in bright red cloth with gilt decoration (seen above; $1,250).
First Folio of Paris, TN, focuses on fine bindings and illustrated books. One of their beauties is this Portuguese almanac from 1813 bound in pale silk and extensively embroidered with gold thread and sequins ($3,750). They're also bringing a beautiful edition of Shelley's Poetical Works from 1908, bound in purple morocco and featuring on the cover a painting of a woman playing a lyre ($2,750).
Kevin Kelly Bookseller from New Paltz, NY, sent a preview list that shows several guitar and violin-related books and ephemera, including the very cool framed broadside from 1832 advertising one of Nicolo Paganini's last performances ($2,500). Another item of keen interest is James Bisset's original watercolor design comprising a trompe l'oeil image of an open book showing a full-page color illustration facing a page of text of Robinson Crusoe (seen here; $4,500).
Good luck to our bookseller friends and happy shopping to the buyers out there!