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Monday, June 26, 2017

Bookstore Magic - a call for experiences

Magic In the Bookshop - and ongoing series


Those of us who work the shelves in used bookstores are often in a place where we experience magic.  The most typical of this occurs when a customer comes in looking for a specific title,  and sadly we don't have it.   But alas, following on said customer's heels is a person selling us that self same title.   It happens enough to be more than random, albeit unpredicatable.

It occurs to me that documenting some of these bookstore enchantments might be both entertaining as well as keeping the potential for magic in the air.

If you are inspired, or have examples of bookstore magic to share, feel free to do so.   We'll be happy to share the experience.

June 21, 2017 (occurence of magic)

A customer came in with a variety of art books to sell.  Some catalogs, some books, and a rather interesting assortment.   Among the lot was a French Fold Folio style book of photographs.  The plates were intriguing and definitely showed a unique photographic style.   Typically, even on difficult to figure out books we often have some clue to help us in our pursuit.   Nothing on this one.   As I lamented the issue to the seller, another customer walked by and realized what was going on.

She quickly announced the she could read Cyrillic letters and offered to transliterate.   With those clues, we fairly quickly found out that the Photographer was Sergey Ivanov-Alliluyev, a noted Russian Photographer.   It was only a short matter of time that we had the bibliographic information on the piece and could make a rather informed decision on whether it warranted us purchasing it.

Sometimes it's magic in the air, but sometimes it's the magic of the time.




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