Quill & Brush offered this vibrant promotional advertising puzzle for Julian Barnes’ 1998 novel, ENGLAND, ENGLAND, together with a correspondence card signed by the author. It was priced at $300.
Another neat piece of literary ephemera, offered by Downtown Brown Books (owned/operated by Scott Brown, former editor of Fine Books), was a signed Ray Bradbury baseball bat, made in the 1950s, for $500. “Even Bradbury collectors who have everything probably don't have this. I give it a 9 out of 10 on the cool scale.” Me too!
With Nick Basbanes’ new book so prominently in mind, it was cool to see the four-page Longfellow manuscript of “The Children’s Hour” (now laid into a red morocco gilt binding) showcased by James Cummins for $12,500.
And who couldn’t help but love a presentation first edition of the 1981 book, Of Muppets & Men: the Making of the Muppet Show signed by “Kermit the Frog - Jim & Dave & all the gang” to Milton Berle? It was on offer for $5,000 at Hollywood’s Mystery Pier Books.