Sunday, June 28, 2015

Books: A summer trip to Anderson-Butler Rare Books

If you live in the greater Puget Sound area, and you can read, and you prefer to read good books instead of popular trash, then you owe it to yourself to visit Anderson-Butler Rare Books in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

With the demise of Wessel and Lieberman last summer, Anderson's remains my favorite bookshop in the Seattle.  A good book excursion into town would have you stop at Anderson's first, then John Michael Lang's good shop downstairs, Twice Sold Tales across the street, and finishing up with the indispensable and very high-turnover (churn is good) Magus Books in the University District.

If you ding your book budget elsewhere, you'll feel like a real mook when you show up at Anderson's with only $20 left on your open-to-buy.  Don't do that.  Go there first.

I walked down to Ballard on Saturday; here's what I got.

Norman Cohn, The Pursuit of the Millennium: A history of popular religious and social movements 
in Europe from the eleventh to the sixteenth century, London: Secker & Warburg, 1957, 1st ed.

This is a modern classic of social history, sort of an applied Ernst Troeltsch, which we dig in these parts.  If this blog evolves into a full-on chiliastic movement, we'll certainly crib notes from this.

William Shakespeare, Complete Works, London: Oxford, 1969

This is a good bare-bones edition of the bard, handy, portable, no-frills.  Don't expect to borrow mine after TSHTF and you need to check some allusion to King Lear.  You can pry it from my cold, dead hands.

Rabelais, Works, London: Bodley Head, 1927 2 vols, numbered copies

Gorgeous books here!  I'm so enjoying finishing up Fritz Leiber's various adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser that I think it's time I finally got around to the Life of Gargantua and Pantagruel.  This is one of those classics, like Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, which I'm deeply ashamed for never having read.  Book people know that a Gutenberg Project text file just won't do -- you simply must have a beautiful analog edition.  And now I do.

Seattle has some very good book shops.  Drop in and make tour of them all.

Public libraries are great -- for commies.  Time's running out -- start stackin'.


Christian Gustafson said...

I don't even bother with Elliott Bay Books, on Capitol Hill, any more, because they do not carry used books.

If I'm in that neighborhood, I hit the location of Twice Sold Tales and drop in at Value Village.

T.Berry said...

congrats on zh post cg!

going to put some $$ to work today. thank you greece : ). hard to imagine a country as tiny as greece will put slightest dent in our economy. .their probs will get resolved and the market should rally hard.

Anonymous said...

I've had pretty good luck ordering used books online, I just ordered one from Powell's in Chicago.

Christian Gustafson said...

If that's the Powell's on 57th Street, near Harper Ave, that's a great shop. Many people don't know that it's in the same family as the enormous Powell's on Burnside in Portland, OR. O'Gara's up the street is good, too.

Some of my best books from those days, I found in the shops up in Evanston instead of in Hyde Park. Northwestern students don't care as much about old books as Chicago ones do, so there are gems to be found. That's where I found my 1751 ed of John Locke, a bookshop in north Evanston.

Rain Dog Books is another top-shelf Chicago bookstore. They used to be on Michigan Ave in the Loop; I think they may be only online now.

Anonymous said...

Not sure about the location, this is their Amazon store.

Christian Gustafson said...

Yeah, that's on 57th Street just east of the campus quadrangles of the University of Chicago. They used to have a north side location on Lincoln Avenue near Diversey, but I'm not sure if it's still there. Tough rents up there.

They have a copy of Leo Strauss's Natural Right and History, 1st edition with a DJ.

Tempting, but I'd need some serious liquidity to start making improvement-purchases like that.

Anonymous said...

Will the DJT lose 8000 today?

Christian Gustafson said...

Not today, no.

I still think AAPL can make it up to $150, though.

Team Winning said...

Is "Deflation land" now becoming "Book land"??????

The end of the world is nigh and the supreme leader is recommending books!!!!!

Wake up CG :-)))

Christian Gustafson said...

But are you sure that The Top is In?

We never did bang the crest of the ending-diagonal, which sits way up there in the ether at 2185 a couple of weeks from now.

Team Winning said...

That is the question that has most doomers and wavers stumped!!!!!

Either way, Greece has lit the fuse.....load up......tick tock, tick tock!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty sure this guy is a major troll. Which is interesting, considering I've never noticed him commenting here before.

T.Berry said...

greek drama about run its course.Q2 earning start next week. we should see a nice rally soon and see just one more top.

Christian Gustafson said...

BTW, if yesterday's market low holds for a bit, that's another direct hit for this analysis of the Bradley turn data.

Christian Gustafson said...

Potential "VIX buy" signal today for the broader indices.

VIX closed outside its 2SD daily Bollinger Band, and has now closed back inside.