Thirteen Aubrey-Maturin books by Patrick O’Brian

Item Name and Description: All are US editions. All have been read and the trade paperbacks have a little wear.

  • Master and Commander. Trade.
  • Post Captain. Trade.
  • H.M.S. Surprise. Trade.
  • The Mauritius Command. Trade.
  • Desolation Island. Trade.
  • Treason’s Harbour. Trade.
  • The Reverse of the Medal. Trade.
  • The Thirteen Gun Salute. Trade.
  • The Wine-Dark Sea. Hardcover.
  • The Commodore. Hardcover.
  • The Yellow Admiral. Hardcover.
  • The Hundred Days. Hardcover.
  • Blue at the Mizzen. Hardcover. This has a mylar jacket cover, and was apparently was a review copy as it has promotional material laid in.

Starting Bid: 80.00

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Books by Butler, Okorafor, McHugh, and Brackett

Item Name and Description: Four books:

  • Dawn by Octavia Butler. This is a first edition hardcover. It has a little jacket wear.
  • The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor(-Mbachu). Also a first edition hardcover. This is in excellent condition but does have a remainder mark on one edge. It has been read.
  • Mothers and Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh. First edition trade. It has been read but is in excellent shape.
  • The Halfling and Other Stories by Leigh Brackett. Mass-market paperback, has a fair amount of wear but is intact.

Starting Bid: 25.00

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Jeffrey Ford’s The Well-Built City trilogy

Item Name and Description: Ford made his reputation with short stories and these, his second, third, and fourth-published books. They are all first editions.

  • The Physiognomy. It has a little cover wear.
  • Memoranda. The page edges show some discoloration from age; Avon’s paper was not all it might have been.
  • The Beyond. The jacket has some rubbing.

Starting Bid: 15.00

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Two Chris Ware-related books

Item Name and Description: Two books:

  • The US hardcover edition of his Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.
  • Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern #13, which Ware guest-edited. This is a big anthology of comics, mostly new but with some historical pieces, plus a few articles on comics. Contributors include Lynda Barry, Chip Kidd, and too many others to list – see the Wikipedia page for the series for the full list.

These have both been read once and are in excellent condition. McSweeney’s has the jacket, which many cheap copies don’t; the jacket is actually part of the anthology since it unfolds to reveal two comics by Ware. Tucked in the jacket folds are two mini-comics, which are present.

Starting Bid: 20.00

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True 1st of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest

Item Name and Description: A copy of the true first printing of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest. These are fairly rare, especially with a first printing jacket (you can tell the jacket is correct because William Vollmann’s name is misspelled).

It has issues, which is why the starting bid is low; copies in good shape sell for $200 and up. The jacket has a fair amount of edgewear. The spine has creasing and you can see that the lower edge of the front has discoloration from something, but probably not a liquid since it’s not warped and the front endpaper is not damaged (it does have a previous owner’s name and a stamp on it, as shown). The page block has some dirt and discoloration, mostly on the bottom (shown).

Starting Bid: 40.00

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Dreams of the Eaten – ARC

Form 4 Entry 140 Fileupload 1Item Name and Description: This is an advance review copy of Dreams of the Eaten, the last book in the Children of the Drought series, slated for release in December. From the back cover:

After trials by fire and thirst, Appaloosa Elim’s quest to bring home the body of the crow prince is finally nearing its end.

But the coffin is missing, the funeral party is hopelessly scattered, and the fishmen are hell-bent on revenge. Worse yet, the pilgrimage has disturbed an ancient power – and the earth is crumbling in its grip.

As the ground shakes and the crows gather, the final reckoning promises to unite the living and the dead in a battle for the land itself. One way or another, blood debts will come due, Elim will face his judgment, and the World That Is will be forever changed.

I’ll be happy to personalize the autograph for the winner. Happy bidding!

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I’ll ship for free to the US and Canada, and contribute up to $20 to the cost of shipping to other countries.

Other Notes: Delivery by end of June. Text may have slight variances from final print version.

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Medicine for the Dead – “Director’s Cut” Author-Annotated Copy

Form 4 Entry 139 Fileupload 1Item Name and Description: Medicine for the Dead is the second book in my internationally-published Children of the Drought series – a fantasy Western epic recommended for fans of Cormac McCarthy, George R.R. Martin, and Joss Whedon’s Firefly. I’ve annotated this copy (a UK trade paperback) with my own notes about the writing, characters, research, etc – including “Easter eggs” and other little in-universe secrets that readers have been asking about.

I’ll be glad to personalize the autograph for the winner. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy bidding!

Starting Bid: $10

Shipping: I’ll ship for free to the US and Canada, and contribute up to $20 to the cost of shipping to other countries.

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Anthony Ryan’s Queen Of Fire, with signed bookplate

51JJ3aJk5bLItem Name and Description: one of three paperbacks of Anthony Ryan’s Queen Of Fire, with signed bookplate, donated by Orbit Books UK.

Starting Bid: $5. Three available, top three bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.

Shipping: within the United Kingdom.

Other Notes: personalization is available, but may increase the time it takes to receive the item.

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Brent Weeks’ The Broken Eye, with signed bookplate

51ib9V5fMZLItem Name and Description: one of three paperbacks of Brent Weeks’ The Broken Eye, with signed bookplate, donated by Orbit Books UK.

Starting Bid: $5. Three available, top three bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.

Shipping: within the United Kingdom.

Other Notes: these will be signed, but personalization is not available.

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Jon Skovron’s Hope and Red, signed

Skovron_HopeAndRed-PMM.jpgItem Name and Description: one of three signed paperbacks of Jon Skovron’s Hope and Red, donated by Orbit Books UK.

Starting Bid: $5. Three available, top three bids win; consecutive bids must still increase.

Shipping: within the United Kingdom.

Other Notes: these will be signed, but personalization is not available.

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