I think that once a month I will post photos and a description of one of the most interesting books we have in the store, and here is the first of those descriptions.
We recently acquired a book which made my Father swoon, as it is absolutely of his generation. A couple brought in a copy of "George Gershwin's Song-Book", which is a great book for us to have in any state, but this copy is quite special. It was owned by a Hollywood songwriter who won multiple Oscars for his movie scores. During the course of his life he acquired this book, which was signed by George Gershwin himself, along with the famous illustrator Constantin Alajalov (who added a whimsical face next to his signature) to Lucia Davidova, who was one of the closest friends of both the choreographer George Balanchine and the composer Igor Stravinsky. This is a marvelous piece of American musical history, and quite a find for us. The dustjacket is in poor condition but almost impossible to find regardless, which is just the icing on the cake.
We are happy to deal in books which are rare and significant and hope that you will stop by to visit and perhaps even purchase one of them soon. Please also contact us regarding any books you have to sell, particularly the rare and unusual, though we must admit that we will be more selective for now since we have been purchasing quite a bit of late. Thank you very much for looking.
Ain't Portland Grand
Thank you very much for taking the time to look at us. We are a small business doing our best to have a great time while providing things of interest to our customers. We have lots of strange/esoteric/fun things to look at, in addition to a great selection of used and rare books. We would love to see you in person and encourage you to come into the store, located at 1401 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202-1139. We are here in the afternoons Monday through Saturday.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
We now have an incredible collection of vintage car brochures dating from the 1920s-50s. There are two full boxes of material, most of which are for American brands of the day including Ford, Buick, Chevrolet and many "orphans" such as Hupmobile, Jordan and many others. Please take a look at the photos below- these are fascinating for me to look at and would be for anyone interested in vintage printing techniques or those involved in advertising and messaging- the graphics and copy are incredible. Thanks for looking and feel free to come by to take a look, though we recommend you let us know if you are coming as they aren't on display for everyone to see.