Monday, May 31, 2010

Closed For The Holiday!


Brickbat Books is closed for Memorial Day. We will re-open tomorrow at 11am.

Friday, May 28, 2010

FEATURED: Etienne-Louis Boulee



Etienne-Louis Boulee: Theoretician of Revolutionary Architecture
Hardcover (out of print) $49.95











Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FEATURED: Iron Maiden: Run To The Hills


Iron Maiden: Run To The Hills
Paperback (out of print and scarce!) $39.95





These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Monday, May 24, 2010

FEATURED: George Perec, A Void and more

A completely bizarre French novel/linguistic rabbit hole, A Void is one of a kind. To loosely outline the plot (eccentric friends attempt to track down a missing companion and become ensnarled in a dizzying Moebius strip of history and wordplay) is beside the point. This is an extremely odd and hilarious work. Perhaps the most notorious element is the complete absence of the letter "E". While not being able to read French, we can only assume Gilbert Adair's translation does absolute justice to every trick and turn. Here are 2 rare and hard-to-come-by editions of this classic.






hardcover, 1st edition, $65







paperback, advance proof copy, $86.95





And don't forget about these fine Perec books as well:








W or The Memory of Childhood, hardcover, 1st edition, $34.95









Things/ A Man Asleep, hardcover, $45









"53 Days", hardcover, $24.95




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: Three By Maira Kalman

...kind of mystifying why Kalman's work has fallen out of print, especially with a major exhibition this year, a monograph devoted to her career, and an army of imitators whose own work is readily available. Below are three classics.


Ooh-La-La (Max In Love)
Hardcover, 1st edition (out of print)$24.95




Hey Willy, See The Pyramids
Hardcover, 1st edition (out of print)$29.95




Max Makes A Million
Hardcover, 1st edition (out of print)$29.95




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

NEW ARRIVAL: The Great Works of Jewish Fantasy and the Occult



Yenne Velt: The Great Works of Jewish Fantasy and the Occult
translated by Joachim Neugroschel
Two Hardcovers in an illustrated slipcase, $24.95 (out of print)



This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Friday, May 21, 2010

NEW ARRIVALS: Film and Music


The New Biographical Dictionary of Film

19.95







Eyes Wide Shut: A Screenplay by Stanley Kubrick and Frederic Raphael
8.95






Film and the Anarchist Imagination
9.95






Jean Vigo
9.95 (out of print)







The Cinema of Wim Wenders: Image, Narrative, and the Postmodern Condition
14.95






Michael Wrenn, Lou Reed: Between the Lines
12.95 (out of print)







Alec Foege, Confusion is Next: The Sonic Youth Story
8.95




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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FEATURED: Philip K. Dick's Valis


Valis, Philip K. Dick
Hardcover First Edition limited to 2500 copies, $150.00




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

FEATURED: Two by Harmony Korine


A Crackup At The Race Riots
Paperback, $49.95 (out of print)





Pigxote
Paperback, $28.00 (out of print)





These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Monday, May 17, 2010

FEATURED: Vintage Cartoon Collections


Great Cartoons Of The World, Series Nine
$14.95

"The general public has only a hazy notion of the life of a cartoonist. Last week a man asked me how much a cartoonist gets for a cartoon. 'Two or three dollars?' he hazarded. Yesterday a cartoonist told me he is thinking of buying a castle..." -from the introduction

...includes work by Steinberg, Steig, Addams, Sempe, Adolf Born, Stauber, Glashan, Zabransky, Szpilki, Flisak, Munzlinger and many more.






Great Cartoons Of The World, Series Four
$14.95

"Like Simenon, the cartoonist has few illusions about the human race. In a sad and melancholy frame of mind he dips his pen in India ink to show us yet another of our follies. Fortunately for us he is filled with tolerance and a love for people, so his cartoon is funny. But the cartoonist does not laugh." -from the introduction





All Thumbs, Cartoons by W Miller
$14.95

Interviewer: Did You Learn anything in the year you spent at art school in Chicago?
Miller: Ah...I don't know.
Interviewer: Who was or who were your chief models?
Miller: Louis Armstrong.
Interviewer: What are your working habits?
Miller: What! Describe what you mean, please!
-from the introduction by Whitney Balliett





Jaf, Cartoons
$14.95

"Jaf's vision of the world we live in reflects the absurdities of that world as well as the forces emerging to change it in much the same way as the works of James Thurber, Saul Steinberg, William Steig and Jules Feiffer."




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

FEATURED: Three Women On The Edge


A Dangerous Woman, James T. Farrell

"...beautiful and rebellious, she defies men while seeking to attract them..."




Baby Doll, Tennessee Williams

"You better just remember that I always got my mad money with me. Always!"





Terror, Robert Bloch

"The moment I saw her, I knew I had to have her. I had to have her even if I died for it, even if others died...
Around her throat hung a necklace of human skulls. Her earrings were pendant corpses, her girdle a writhing tangle of serpents caressed by the hands of the dead. Her brows and breasts were bathed in the bright beauty of blood."




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

FEATURED: Danny Dunn and the Anti-gravity Paint


Danny Dunn and the Anti-gravity Paint,
Jay Williams & Raymond Abrashkin
illustrated by Caldecott Award winner Ezra Jack Keats
Hardcover, $9.95

"When Danny Dunn tips over the mysterious jar of glistening liquid, he has no way of knowing he will involve himself, and his friend Joe, and Professor Bullfinch in a wild flight between planets. But anything can happen when Danny is around- and practically does!"



This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Monday, May 10, 2010

FEATURED: A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel


Tom Phillips, A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel
First Revised Edition, Paperback, 1987 (out of print) $75.00

In the mid-1960s, Tom Phillips took a forgotten nineteenth-century novel, W.H. Mallock's A Human Document, and began working over the extant text to create something new. The artist writes,

'I plundered, mined and undermined its text to make it yield the ghosts of other possible stories, scenes, poems, erotic incidents and surrealist catastrophes which seemed to lurk within its wall of words. As I worked on it, I replaced the text I'd stripped away with visual images of all kinds. I began to tell and depict, among other memories, dreams and reflections, the sad story of Bill Toge, one of love's casualties.'

After its first publication in 1980, A Humument rapidly became a cult classic.

‘An art book of almost mythical significance … each page sublimely embellished … a creation that is something rich and strange’









These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

New Arrivals & Restocks: Black Lizard Press

Edited by author Barry Gifford, Black Lizard was responsible for bringing some of the great lost masterpieces of noir fiction back into print after years of domestic oblivion, eventually setting off a Hollywood feeding frenzy before being purchased by Vintage, who wasted little time in deleting most of the catalog.

...here's what the crypto-literary Max said upon their first arrival in the shop last year:

The Black Lizard imprint has consistently published cream of the crop crime fiction, both original titles and reprints of classic out-of-print and unknown noir. These are not mysteries where bumbling old ladies whimsically solve murders, nor are these hard boiled detective novels where the hard-as-nails detective wisecracks around and scores a hot dame. These are much darker stories- the protagonists are often small-time crooks or average joes thrust into desperate situations, depressed and depraved and unsympathetic, with casual violence and lives spiraling into the black abyss. The authors all delve into these worlds in their own ways, ranging from the terse and tough Paul Cain to Barry Gifford's hallucinatory existentialism to David Goodis' hopeless down-and-outers to W.L. Heath's small town dramas. All deal with the uglier side of humanity and are all highly recommended.



JIM THOMPSON: The Getaway (PB) $7.95











DAVID GOODIS: Black Friday (PB) $7.95









JOHN LUTZ: The Truth of the Matter (PB) $7.95






JAMES M. CAIN: Sinful Woman (PB) $7.95






BARRY GIFFORD: Port Tropique (PB) $7.95





BILL PRONZINI & BARRY MALZBURG: Running of Beasts (PB) $7.95






BILL PRONZINI: Masques (PB) $7.95





DAN J. MARLOWE: Never Live Twice (PB) $7.95











PAUL CAIN: Seven Slayers (PB) $7.95





HELEN NIELSEN: Sing Me a Murder (PB) $7.95





KENT NELSON: Straight Man (PB) $7.95





DAN J. MARLOWE: Strongarm (PB) $7.95





HARRY WHITTINGTON: Ticket to Hell (PB) $7.95





JOHN LUTZ: Truth of the Matter (PB) $7.95




DAN J. MARLOWE: Vengeance Man (PB) $7.95






SIN SORRACO: Low Bite (HB) $24.95





ROBERT EDMOND ALTER: Carny Kill (PB) $7.95





NJAMI SIMON: Coffin & Co. (PB) $7.95





ROGER L. SIMON: Dead Meet (PB) $7.95





HELEN NIELSEN: Detour (PB) $7.95





PETER RABE: Dig My Grave Deep (PB) $7.95





HARRY WHITTINGTON: Fires That Destroy (PB) $7.95





HARRY WHITTINGTON: Forgive Me, Killer (PB) $7.95





W.L. HEATH: Ill Wind (PB) $7.95





PETER RABE: Kill the Boss Goodbye (PB) $7.95





LIONEL WHITE: Killing (PB) $7.95




All titles can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
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215 592 1207

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