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Re: First Editions



>At 08:15 AM 3/17/98 -0500, Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord
><sgaylord@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>Dear Friends
>>The recent question on first editions reminded me of a mystery I read
>>recently- The Bookman's Wake by John Dunning. The main character is
>>Cliff Janeway, a cop turned book dealer, and the book opens with a
>>discussion of first editions. It's a good mystery with lots of
>>fascinating details about book collecting/selling. It's not a field I
>>know about so I don't know how accurate it is, but it is fascinating.
>>I'd recommend it as a good read, and would be interested in knwoing how
>>true a picture he paints.
>>in good spirit,
>>Susan
>>
>
>Last summer I discovered John Dunning in a fit of reading mystery after
>mystery.  From what I understand, and this is what other people who know
>rare and first edition books have said (I am not an expert at first
>editions, but keep hoping that the books I buy are firsts), Dunning is
>fairly accurate with his first ed. info and the way the used book trade is
>run.  There is at least one other Cliff Janeway title out there as well,
>can't remember the name, though.  Definitely good and fun reads, and you
>can't put them down!
>
>Eric
>
>***********************
>* Eric Alstrom        *
>* Athens, Ohio        *
>* alstrom@xxxxxxxxx *
>***********************
>
>... and it is remarkable, thinks Russ, how much earthly
>disturbance, how much summer and dust the mind can manage
>to order up from a single Latin letter lying flat.
>
>                        Don DeLillo, Underworld (1997)

Dunning's first book is *Booked to Die* and is also about bookselling, book
scouts, & the book trade. I'm eagerly awaiting his third! Barbara


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