I’ve been pumping out these stupid posts for close to four years now and have done so selflessly without asking for, nor expecting, any kind of compensation. I do it because I love you all so bloody much. I just want to be your performing chimp. But now it’s time for you guys to step-up, band together and show me a little love. On December 13th, Sotheby’s will hold an important rare book auction here in New York. I think it would be a special treat if you guys could somehow pool your resources and gift the following to me for Christmas:
A first edition of Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, inscribed to Raymond Chandler: To Ray. With much affection. From Ian.
Are you kidding me?! Do I want a first edition of Goldfinger inscribed by James Bond to Philip Marlowe? Yes, I do! Fleming, a book collector himself, rarely inscribed books. This is an association copy. An association copy is inscribed by the author to someone significant. It could be his wife or his editor or the guy who helped invent L.A. noir detective fiction. Estimate: $60,000-80,000. C’mon guys! You can do it! Pretty please. You can also pick up Chandler’s personal copies of Casino Royale and Live and Let Die, but since they’re not inscribed by Fleming, the estimate is a measly $7,000-10,000.
There’s a large representation of signed Raymond Chandler books in this auction. There are many personal copies, including his own copy of The Big Sleep, lovingly inscribed to himself: For me. Without my compliments. Raymond Chandler. Riverside. February 1, 1939.
Longtime readers know how much Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird means to me. It changed the course of my life. Well, here’s my one and only chance to own a signed first edition. The estimate is $20,000-30,000 but, really, how do you put a price on something that transcends monetary value?
I have a pretty healthy collection of Graham Greene first editions. There’s one title that NEVER comes on the market; his third novel, Rumour at Nightfall. Greene so despised this book that he had it suppressed immediately after its publication. The only way you’re going to read this and find out just how bad it is, is to buy a first edition. And this spectacular example is estimated at $50,000-60,000.
no but I can give you a youtube link of nelson muntz mocking you
I once left my boys for a week-end’s sailing with my sisiter and she was puzzled by the younger boy’s “I want nobby guts!”On my return I translated what I, his mother told him all the time:”I want never gets!”Sorry ducks.
Best I can offer is booze-fulled nights with my writer friends and I…who will give you autographed copies of their zines… Meanwhile, enjoy the Holiday Hooplah.
Anon: I had to Google Nelson Munz. I’m not bragging. I hate being so out of step. Pat: I’m sure you would if you could. If money were not object. Right?Mitzi: Actually, that sounds like a pretty great consolation prize! When/where can I collect?
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sure, what ever you want, sugar! xoxoxoxo(seriously, dude, i thought you were going to ask for something REALLY expensive!)(you make me laugh.)(i make me laugh.)(you’ll be getting my birthday present list very soon.)(you have 30 days.)
Sav: Listen, it’s just an idea. You don’t have to answer right away. You can think about it for a while and make up your mind. You have until December 13th.
For Fuck Sake Man! You DO KNOW you already OWN my prize possession?!What more do ya need?(There was a time I wouldn’t even LEND that CD to friends! PRICELESS!!) :¬)(WV = ‘stexuate’ and I couldn’t stexuate more if I tried!) :¬)
Best I can do is offer to introduce to someone whose father entertained Harper Lee once at his home at the University of the South where she was speaking. Does that count? Also, I can cook you some grits that’ll make you cry they’re so good.
My dear map: I haven’t lost an ounce of appreciation for the music. But my posts are of the highest quality! Exhaustively constructed and carefully combed through for any errors. A $60K book isn’t that much to ask for all things considered. HIF: To hell with the book. I’ll take the grits. Can I get a side of bacon with that?
Is the Greene book really all that bad?
Ok, I’m in for a buck…now you just need about 58,000 more.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/dec/08/europe-working-hoursho ho ho
If I had the wherewithal it woud be yours. But, this year, I don’t, next year who knows? This year, though, I can point you toward a rather splendid Harper Lee story, and it’s about something she got for Christmas though she didn’t know she wanted it. You may know it already, but if not go here (sorry I can’t remember how to link so you’ll have to copy and paste): http://rochambeau.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/04/mockingbird-inspired.html
Hope all well. Miss you:)
Just checkin’ pal. Hope all is good. :¬)
I hope this means that you got everything and are in a bliss of rare book reading. Happy Christmas from Lancaster!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!Where are you…?? You are very quiet.SXXXX
Happy Xmas UB xx
Happy New Year,Mark. Hope all is well with you and yours.
All best wishes for 2012.
happy new year, sugarplum! xoxoxoxox(yeah, i got tired of waiting for you…) 😉
Where ya been? Happy New Year and all that, hope all is well.
???Happy New Year!SXXXX
We left you to enjoy your holiday in peace.But we would like you back, y’know. I hope you’re not going to “do a Kyknoord” on us!
It’s in the post!