Archives: CCLaP Rare

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CCLaP Rare: "Armadale" by Wilkie Collins (1866), 1st American Ed., 1st Printing | September 20, 2016
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is of a 1st American edition, 1st printing of Wilkie Collins' seminal 1866 noir tale "Armadale." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: The Complete Novels of Jonathan Franzen (5 titles), all 1st Edition 1st Printing | June 7, 2016
Today's eBay rare-book auction at CCLaP is a bundle of all five of Jonathan Franzen's novels over the course of his career, each of them a 1st edition/1st printing and all in exquisite like-new shape. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Couples" by John Updike (1968), 1st Edition 1st Printing | November 17, 2015
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is a 1st edition, 1st printing of John Updike's 1968 "Couples," an explosive bestseller that first turned this academic novelist into a national celebrity, and which singlehandedly ushered in the national mainstream conversation about suburban wife-swapping parties. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Humboldt's Gift" by Saul Bellow (1975), 1st Edition 1st Printing | November 4, 2015
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is of a first edition, first printing of Saul Bellow's 1975 "Humboldt's Gift," a loving ode to cranky far-left liberal intellectuals, and winner of that year's Pulitzer Prize (followed up the next year by a Nobel Prize for Bellow's entire career). | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The End of the Affair" by Graham Greene, 1st American Ed. 1st Printing | October 12, 2015
Today's CCLaP rare-book auction at eBay is a first American edition, first printing of Graham Greene's 1951 "The End of the Affair," one of his more famous novels and the one to cement his reputation as a writer of world-weary love stories. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Following the Equator" by Mark Twain, 1st Edition 1st Printing | October 9, 2015
Today's CCLaP rare book for eBay auction is a first edition, first printing of Mark Twain's hugely popular 1897 book of foreign travelogues, the British-Empire-inspired "Following the Equator." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Custom of the Country" by Edith Wharton (1913), 1st Edition 1st Printing | May 6, 2015
Today's CCLaP eBay rare-book auction is of a first-edition, first printing of Edith Wharton's 1913 "The Custom of the Country," cited by Julian Fellowes as one of the main direct inspirations for his hit PBS series "Downton Abbey." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Beast in Me and Other Animals" by James Thurber (1948), 1st Edition 1st Printing | May 5, 2015
Today's CCLaP eBay rare-book auction is of a first-edition, first printing of humorist James Thurber's 1948 anthology "The Beast in Me and Other Animals," including the first-ever book version of his essay series "Soapland," considered the very first pop-culture examination of soap operas in history. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Lion Tamer" by Carroll E. Robb (1925), 1st Edition 1st Printing | November 6, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is of a first edition, first printing of Carroll E. Robb's 1925 morality tale "The Lion Tamer," notable not for its actual writing but for its great condition, fascinating dust jacket, and ultra-obscure status. Minimum bid only $15! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Penrod" by Booth Tarkington (1914), 1st Edition 1st Printing | October 27, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is a first edition, first printing of Booth Tarkington's 1914 children's tale "Penrod," a pretty undisguised ripoff of "Tom Sawyer" which nonetheless became one of the biggest selling books in American history when it first came out. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Slaves of New York" by Tama Janowitz (1986), First Edition First Printing | October 16, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Tama Janowitz's 1986 "Slaves of New York," a funny and hip look at the art scene of a pre-gentrified early-'80s lower Manhattan that eventually produced such stars as Keith Haring and Cindy Sherman, and a book that got Janowitz lumped in with the '80s "literary brat pack" that included Bret Easton Ellis and Jay McInerney. Minimum bid only $20! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Push" by Sapphire (1996), SIGNED First Paperback Edition, First Printing | October 15, 2014
Today's rare book auction at CCLaP features a SIGNED first edition, first printing of Sapphire's astounding 1996 debut novel "Push," eventually adapted into the Oscar-winning film "Precious." Minimum bid only $40, which is literally a steal given how much higher in value this book is destined to become. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Recommends: Victorian bad boys | August 25, 2014
Today in "CCLaP Recommends:" Five Victorian bad-boy artists, and recommendations of rare books by them on sale at eBay. Featuring Oscar Wilde, Dante Rossetti, Algernon Swinburne, Aubrey Beardsley, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Woman of Andros" by Thornton Wilder (1930), First Edition First Printing | August 20, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Thornton Wilder's 1930 "The Woman of Andros," a beautiful Early Modernist artifact and an updating of the ancient Roman comedy "Andria." Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Passion Play" by Jerzy Kosinski (1979), First Edition First Printing | August 19, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Jerzy Kosinski's 1979 "Passion Play," a Postmodernist cultural artifact about a polo expert undergoing a mid-life crisis, having casual sex in his RV while criss-crossing the country, and other wonderful '70s subjects. Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Sophie's Choice" by William Styron (1979), First Edition First Printing | August 18, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of William Styron's controversial National Book Award winner "Sophie's Choice" from 1979, a Postmodernist classic that among other things compares the behavior of 1940s Nazis with 1960s Southern whites. Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Chicago Speller," Grade Eight, July 1944 edition | August 15, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a July 1944 edition of the "Chicago Speller" (grade eight) mini-textbook, handed out in the millions by the Chicago Public School district in the early 20th century. Click through for more details or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Stars" by Eugene Field (1901), First Edition First Printing | August 14, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of revered children's author Eugene Field's 1901 long-form poem "The Stars." Click through for more details, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Where Angels Fear to Tread" by E.M. Forster (1905), First American Edition [1920] First Printing | August 8, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a truly important title, the first American edition of E.M. Forster's first novel, 1905's "Where Angels Fear to Tread" (American edition from 1920), where one can see in its raw form all the issues about class, race, colonialism and Empire that the famed author would later express more powerfully in such masterpieces as "Howards End" and "A Passage to India." Click through for more, or to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Human Sexual Inadequacy" by Masters and Johnson (1970), First Edition First Printing | August 7, 2014
Today's rare-book auction from CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of Masters and Johnson's influential 1970 "Human Sexual Inadequacy," which along with 1966's "Human Sexual Response" laid down the basics of nearly everything we now medically know about human sexuality, and was a massively bestselling cultural touchstone of the Countercultural Era. Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more or to purchase it this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Ragtime" by E.L. Doctorow (1975), First Edition First Printing | August 6, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of E.L. Doctorow's influential 1975 historical fiction piece "Ragtime," along with a step-by-step lesson on how to make educated guesses about which contemporary novels will likely be worth the most money in another 50 years from now. Click through for more or to purchase this book right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Recommends: Contemporary authors you should be collecting in their entirety | August 5, 2014
Today in the inaugural edition of "CCLaP Recommends," the center's new foray into eBay affiliate marketing, we recommend five contemporary authors who young book collectors should be gathering in their entirety right now, and highlight five current eBay book auctions concerning these authors. Click through for more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Van Bibber and Others" by Richard Harding Davis (1892), illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson, First Edition First Printing | August 5, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features a first edition, first printing of the delightfully dark story collection "Van Bibber and Others," by famed "yellow journalist" Richard Harding Davis, even more famous in this case by it containing illustrations by a young and uncredited Charles Dana Gibson. Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "How Book of Cubbing," 1943 (last-ever mention of "Cubbing" versus "Cub Scouts") | August 4, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features the 1943 edition of the Boy Scouts of America's "How Book of Cubbing," the very last version of the book to feature the word "Cubbing" before its official change later in the year to the "Cub Scouts of America." Minimum bid only $20! Click through for more and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: The "Beau Geste" trilogy (Beau Geste, Beau Sabreur, Beau Ideal, 1925-28), by P.C. Wren, First Editions First Printings | July 18, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP is a special edition -- first editions, first printings of all three volumes of the "Beau Geste" trilogy by P.C. Wren, the books that singlehandedly established every trope we now know about French Foreign Legion adventure stories. Being offered for half their insurance value just to inspire an actual sale, this is a can't-miss opportunity for fans of Early Modernist first editions. Click through for all the details and the eBay link! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Portnoy's Complaint" by Philip Roth (1969), First Edition First Printing | May 14, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP: A first edition, first printing of Philip Roth's classic 1969 "Portnoy's Complaint," possibly one of the most influential Postmodernist novels of all time, a massive hit that directly led to "Seinfeld" (and didn't hurt Woody Allen's career either). Click through to make a bid at eBay right now! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Scribner's Magazine" Collected Vol. 1 (1871), #1-6, First Edition | May 13, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP featured a hardbound collection of the first six issues of the legendary "Scribner's Monthly" magazine, from 1870 and '71. Click through to make a bid at eBay right now! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Nine John Irving novels, eight 1st editions/1st printings | May 1, 2014
Today at CCLaP, a very special auction from our rare-book archives -- nine John Irving novels from 1981 to the present day, eight of which are first editions, first printings, being sold as a group for a ridiculously low price. Click through for the details, and to tender a bid right this moment! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Love-Songs of Childhood" (1894), by Eugene Field, First Edition First Printing | April 25, 2014
Today at CCLaP, a special auction from our rare-book collection: An ultra-scarce first-edition, first printing of Eugene Field's classic 1894 book of children's poems, "Love-Songs of Childhood," including the first book-appearance ever of his most famous piece, "The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat." Click through for more and to bid right now! | Read entire entry

Rare Book Roundup: 22 April 2014 | April 22, 2014
Today at CCLaP, a round-up of all our newest rare-book auctions at eBay, including first edition first printings of Erica Jong's "Fear of Flying," Norman Mailer's "The Prisoner of Sex," and T.C. Boyle's classic '90s comedy "The Road to Wellville." | Read entire entry

Rare Book Roundup: 21 April 2014 | April 21, 2014
Today's CCLaP rare-book auctions going live at eBay include John Updike's notoriously saucy 1968 novel "Couples," as well as John Cheever's 1969 classic "Bullet Park" and equally classic 1977 "Falconer." Click through for them all! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: All nine 'Nathan Zuckerman' novels by Philip Roth, First Editions First Printings | April 17, 2014
Today, a special rare-book eBay auction at CCLaP: All nine of the "Nathan Zuckerman" novels written over thirty years by revered author Philip Roth, autobiographically charting not just his own career but the entire history of America between Vietnam and the War On Terror. A crowning jewel in any book collector's library, and priced at a premium today to reflect that. | Read entire entry

Rare Book Roundup: 16 April 2014 | April 16, 2014
Today at CCLaP, a roundup of our latest rare books for auction at eBay, including first edition/first printing copies of Mike Royko's 1985 "Like I Was Sayin'...," Scott Turow's 1977 nonfiction book "One L," and a SIGNED edition of Bennett Cerf's 1944 humor collection "Try and Stop Me." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Vol. 1 and 4 of the "Ralph of the Railroad" series, by Allen Chapman | January 31, 2014
Today's rare-book auction at CCLaP features volumes 1 (1906) and 4 (1910) of the old "Ralph of the Railroad" juvenilia series by the Stratemeyer Syndicate (inventors of the Hardy Boys as well), in which hard work and honesty always triumph through this fascinating overlook of how the railroad industry used to work. Minimum bid only $20 for the set, plus free shipping! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Airport," by Arthur Hailey (SIGNED, First Edition, First Printing) | January 27, 2014
Today's auction from CCLaP rare-book collection is a SIGNED first edition, first printing of Arthur Hailey's 1968 "Airport," the explosive bestseller that spawned not only the "disaster movie" genre in Hollywood but tertially the Zucker-style "Hollywood parody" genre as well. Minimum bid only $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Myra Breckinridge" and "Myron," by Gore Vidal, First Editions/First Printings | January 8, 2014
Today's rare-book auction: Gore Vidal's infamously naughty ode to transsexualism and 1940s Hollywood camp, "Myra Breckinridge" from 1968, plus its 1974 sequel "Myron." Minimum bid for both of only $60! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: SEXUAL REVOLUTION BUNDLE: First editions of four classic countercultural books | November 12, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A special bundle of four classic countercultural books dealing with the sexual revolution, all of them first edition/first printings, including John Updike's 1968 "Couples," Philip Roth's 1969 "Portnoy's Complaint," Norman Mailer's 1971 "The Prisoner of Sex," and Erica Jong's 1973 "Fear of Flying." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Native Son" (1940), by Richard Wright, First Edition First Printing | November 11, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from our rare-book collection -- a first edition, first printing of Richard Wright's 1940 "Native Son," considered the very first African-American academic novel ever written. In excellent condition and with the dust jacket fully intact! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Mystic River" (2001), by Dennis Lehane, SIGNED, First Edition First Printing | November 1, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A SIGNED first-edition first-printing of Dennis Lehane's haunting 2001 crime thriller "Mystic River," a perfect choice for long-term investors just making their first acquisitions now at a young age. Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Moo" (1995), by Jane Smiley, First Edition First Printing | November 1, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: A SIGNED first-edition, first-printing copy of Jane Smiley's 1995 "Moo" in immaculate shape, the perfect kind of investment for a long-term collector just getting started at a young age. Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "20,000 Leagues" by Jules Verne, 1925 Scribner's illustrated edition | October 31, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: A 1925 Scribner's illustrated "Series for Young People" edition of Jules Verne's Victorian sci-fi classic, "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." Click through for photos and details! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Night Scenes of City Life" (1891), by T. DeWitt Talmage, First Edition, First Printing | October 30, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: The delightfully overwrought Victorian moral-panic tale "Night Scenes of City Life" by T. DeWitt Talmage, once the second most well-known religious figure in the entire United States. Beware the evil laudanum and women with loose morals! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Oscar Wilde's "Dorian Gray," the Very First Modern Library Book Ever Made (1917, ML001) | October 29, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from the center's rare-book collection: The very first Modern Library book ever printed in history, Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray" from 1917, the first catalog number from the first year of the company's existence. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Native Son" (1940), by Richard Wright, First Edition First Printing | October 28, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from our rare-book collection: A first-edition, first-printing copy of Richard Wright's 1940 "Native Son," considered by many the very first book to singlehandedly kickstart the entire "African-American Literature" genre. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Contributions to Punch" (1898 Biographical Edition), by William Makepeace Thackeray | October 8, 2013
Today's auction from CCLaP's rare-book collection: An 1898 edition of William Makepeace Thackeray's collected contributions to the Victorian humor magazine "Punch," originally part of a 13-volume collection but worth owning just on its own for its obscure, usually scattered content. Minimum bid, only $20! What a steal! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Beau Geste" (1924), by P.C. Wren (First American Edition [1925], First Printing) | August 7, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection -- in this case, an extremely rare TRUE first American edition of the French Foreign Legion book that started them all, P.C. Wren's eternally popular "Beau Geste." Not a single other copy of this 1925 pre-movie first edition is currently being sold at eBay, ABEbooks or Amazon! Don't let this legitimate piece of history pass you by! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "Death Kit" (1967), by Susan Sontag, First Edition/First Printing | July 26, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing of Susan Sontag's 1967 "Death Kit," a rare novel from this noted intellectual and "Dark Lady of American Letters," in the style of Kafka but mixed with a countercultural attitude. Just $15 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion" (1929 edition) | July 26, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A 1929 edition of the 1919 World War One memoir "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion," which started life as a tribute to a well-loved commander and eventually was reprinted in the millions by VFW chapters around the nation. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "Pictures of Fedelman" (1969), by Bernard Malamud, First Edition/First Printing | July 26, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing copy of Bernard Malamud's playful, sexy countercultural romp "Pictures of Fidelman," a bawdy tale of a Jewish writer visiting Italy that came out at the same time as the rise of Malamud's fellow nebbish sex symbols Philip Roth and Woody Allen. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "The Loser" (1960), by Peter Ustinov, First Edition/First Printing | July 24, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing of actor and renaissance man Peter Ustinov's 1960 novel "The Loser," a character study of the young angry Germans who lost World War One and ended up forming the Nazis and World War Two. A forgotten Mid-Century-Modernist classic, its minimum bid today is only $15, a steal in any situation. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): The Millennium Trilogy, by Stieg Larsson, First Am. Ed./First Printing | July 24, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: The complete set of first American editions of Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy ("Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" et al), a perfect acquisition for the young serious collector who plans to be in it for the long haul. $50 minimum bid for all three! WOW, WHAT A STEAL! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): Newberry Library Sherwood Anderson Memorial (1948), LIKE NEW | July 23, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A LIKE NEW copy of Chicago's Newberry Library Bulletin, special Sherwood Anderson memorial from December 1948, which had sat in an unopened box from its publication to when CCLaP acquired it in 2011. $30 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $60! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "The Robots of Dawn" (1983), by Isaac Asimov, First Edition/First Printing | July 23, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first printing of Isaac Asimov's 1983 "The Robots of Dawn," the second of his '80s novels to address his three series of famous '50s novels (the "Robot" book, the "Empire" ones, and the "Foundation" ones). Just $15 minimum bid! Or buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): Chicago Civic Opera Company libretto of "Der Rosenkavalier" (c.1922-31) | July 22, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A souvenir lobby program from the Chicago Civic Opera Company's production of "Der Rosenkavalier," circa 1922 to '31. Minimum bid only $15! Buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): Whitney Biennial 1961 exhibition catalog | July 22, 2013
Today, another eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: a first edition copy of the Whitney Museum of American Art's 1961 Annual Exhibition catalog, during one of the short periods of its history when the "Whitney Biennial" was actually held every year instead of every other year. $15 minimum bid! Buy it now for $30! How can you beat a deal like that?! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "The Anatomy Lesson" (1983), by Philip Roth, First Edition/First Printing | July 20, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A first-edition, first-printing copy of Philip Roth's 1983 "The Anatomy Lesson," the third book in his remarkable nine-book "Nathan Zuckerman" series looking at the entirety of the Postmodernist Era. Only $15 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $30! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare (repost): "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion" (1929 edition) | July 20, 2013
Today, a new eBay auction from CCLaP's rare book collection: A 1929 edition of the 1919 World War One memoir "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion," which started life as a tribute to a well-loved commander and eventually was reprinted in the millions by VFW chapters around the nation. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Satanic Verses" (1988), by Salman Rushdie (First American Edition/First Printing) | July 16, 2013
Today at CCLaP, another eBay auction from our rare book collection: In this case, a first American edition, first-printing copy of Salman Rushdie's infamous 1988 "The Satanic Verses." Wow, only $25 minimum bid, WOW! Exactly the kind of title that young collectors should be acquiring right this minute! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Lady Chatterley's Lover" (First Grove Press Edition), by D.H. Lawrence | July 15, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a new eBay auction from our rare book collection: This time a first-edition, first-printing copy of the 1959 Grove Press version of D.H. Lawrence's banned 1928 smutty class-warfare romance novel "Lady Chatterley's Lover." Successfully defended in court, Grove used it as a template for later publishing "Tropic of Cancer" and "Naked Lunch," ushering in the countercultural era. Just $25 minimum bid, or buy it this second for $50! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Innocents Abroad" (1869), by Mark Twain, First Edition/1870 Printing | July 11, 2013
Today, a new CCLaP rare book auction at eBay, this time for a first-edition (1870 printing) copy of Mark Twain's 1869 "The Innocents Abroad." Bitter, funny, blog-style reports from an upper-class "Grand Tour" cruise of Europe and the Holy Land, they originally got syndicated in papers and gained him millions of fans, with the book version containing 234 illustrations as well. Minimum bid $200, or buy it this second for $400! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Bostonians" (1886 one-volume edition), by Henry James, First Edition/First Printing | July 10, 2013
Today, a new book for sale in CCLaP's rare-book collection: A first edition, first printing of the 1886 "one-volume" version of Henry James' Victorian classic "The Bostonians," which also happened to coin the once famous phrase "Boston Marriage" to refer to lesbian relationships. Minimum bid $175, or buy it this second for $300! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Update: 21 May 2013 | May 21, 2013
In today's CCLaP Update: Lauryn Allison wins an major new award; Mason Johnson and Meera Lee Sethi get official book covers; Maureen Foley announces a release party in southern California; and Judy Blume and gay prison sex, together at last! Click through for all this and more! | Read entire entry

Personal essay: Regarding the realities of book collecting and the delicious sadness of 'Market Warriors.' | April 23, 2013
Why do I find the new PBS show "Market Warriors" deliciously sad? What secret truth about book collecting have I learned in recent years that a dealer will never tell you? And how are these connected? Check out this personal essay for the answers, in which I address echo chambers, post-Recession realities, and why baseball cards will always be better than rare books for flipping a fast profit. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: The "Millennium" Trilogy (first edition, first printing), by Stieg Larsson | February 13, 2013
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book service: First American editions, first printings of the three novels in Stieg Larsson's "Millennium" trilogy (you know, "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" et al), a worldwide phenomenon that kickstarted Scandinavia's current crime renaissance. Only $100 OR YOUR BEST OFFER! Click through for more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Loser" (first edition), by Peter Ustinov | October 25, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first edition, first printing of actor Peter Ustinov's surprisingly intense novel about the rise and fall of the Nazi Party, 1960's "The Loser." | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Dodsworth" (first edition), by Sinclair Lewis | October 16, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first edition copy of Sinclair Lewis' 1929 "Dodsworth," the last of the big popular novels from this "Jonathan Franzen of the Roaring Twenties." Now on auction at eBay! Click through for more and to make a bid right now! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion" (1929 edition), by L.C. McCollum | October 1, 2012
Today, a new listing in CCLaP's rare-book selling service: A 1929 edition of the World War One memoir "History and Rhymes of the Lost Battalion," by surviving member L.C. McCollum, a tribute to their steady-minded commander Charles Whittlesey who sadly committed Jazz Age suicide just two years after the war ended. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Newberry Library Bulletin, December 1948, Sherwood Anderson Memorial | September 24, 2012
CCLaP's newest rare-book auction is up at eBay! This time it's the special 1948 issue of Chicago's "Newberry Library Bulletin," marking the public opening of their famed Sherwood Anderson Papers, in LIKE NEW condition (literally in a sealed box from then until now). Bidding starts at only $20, and there's no reserve! Please help us spread the word about our new eBay store! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Death Kit" (first edition), by Susan Sontag | July 25, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition copy of Postmodernist icon Susan Sontag's 1967 experimental novel "Death Kit," a sort of "Kafka for hippies" that was a big hit among countercultural intellectuals. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "A Bell for Adano" (first edition), by John Hersey | July 5, 2012
Today, a new addition to CCLaP's rare-book selling service: a first-edition copy of war correspondent John Hersey's 1944 "A Bell for Adano," a charming Pulitzer winner from the man whose eventual hauntingly poetic coverage of Hiroshima for "The New Yorker" would single-handedly kick off the entire era of "New Journalism." Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Robots of Dawn" (first edition), by Isaac Asimov | April 27, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition copy of Isaac Asimov's 1983 "The Robots of Dawn," the second book of his new tear of novels in the '80s that aimed to narratively and conceptually unify the "Robots," "Empire" and "Foundation" series from way back in the '50s. Click through for more, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "First Aid Textbook for Juniors" (first edition), by the American Red Cross (UPDATE: SOLD) | April 9, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition, second-printing copy of the 1949 American Red Cross's "First Aid Textbook for Juniors," their first attempt at offering such a guide to teens which would explode in popularity in the following decade, as the popularity of the Boy Scouts also exploded. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. (UPDATE: Sold on April 9, 2012.) | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Prairie Avenue" (first edition), by Arthur Meeker Jr. | April 4, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in our rare-book selling service: A first-edition copy of the fascinating 1949 historical melodrama "Prairie Avenue" by once famous Chicago author Arthur Meeker Jr., telling the long-term story of that formerly rich neighborhood as it slowly fell into ruin over the early 20th century. Extra-long description today, simply because this book and author are so interesting! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: Whitney Museum 1961 Annual Exhibition catalog | March 27, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: The official catalog from the 1961 Annual Exhibition of the Whitney Museum of American Art, featuring dozens of the leading lights of the Mid-Century Modernist scene. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "In Someone's Shadow" (first edition), by Rod McKuen (UPDATE: SOLD) | March 20, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: A first-edition, first-printing copy of the 1969 poetry collection "In Someone's Shadow" by writer and pop musician Rod McKuen, an artist much maligned in his time but also a Grammy winner, Pulitzer and Oscar nominee, and one of the biggest selling poets in all of human history. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Pictures of Fidelman" (first edition), by Bernard Malamud | March 16, 2012
Today at CCLaP, a new listing in the center's rare-book selling service: a first-edition, first-printing copy of Bernard Malamud's 1969 "Pictures of Fidelman," his first book after winning both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award for "The Fixer" two years previous, controversial at the time for its playful, sexy, countercultural tone and subject. Click through for details, lots of photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Startling Exploits of Dr. J.B. Quies," by Paul Celiere | March 8, 2012
Today, a new listing in CCLaP's selling service of rare and unusual books: An 1887 edition of the fascinating and funny "anti-Jules Verne" tale from French author Paul Celiere, "The Startling Exploits of Dr. J.B. Quies," including 120 delightful illustrations and an interesting eight-page Victorian ad supplement in the back. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this moment. | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "The Anatomy Lesson" (first edition), by Philip Roth | March 7, 2012
Today, a new listing for CCLaP's selling service of rare and unusual books: A first-edition copy of Philip Roth's 1983 "The Anatomy Lesson," the third book in his remarkable autobiographical "Nathan Zuckerman" series, written from the '70s to the 2000s and looking at the entire Postmodernist Era in general. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right this minute. | Read entire entry

Announcing CCLaP's new rare-book selling service! | March 6, 2012
I'm excited to announce that starting today, CCLaP is adding a brand-new service for its visitors, the selling of rare and unique books! We're starting with a collection of around 50 titles, most of them first editions (sometimes signed) of Postmodernist novels from the 1960s through early 2000s, but with a growing collection of Modernist and even Victorian titles as well. Click through for a lot more! | Read entire entry

CCLaP Rare: "Der Rosenkavalier" libretto and program, Chicago Civic Opera Company | March 6, 2012
A new listing for CCLaP's selling service of rare and unique books: A libretto and souvenir program for a Chicago Civic Opera Company production of "Der Rosenkavalier," circa 1922-1931. Click through for details, photos, and to purchase it right now. | Read entire entry