Late last fall, my literary agent relocated from offices on the upper West Side of Manhattan to new, more spacious quarters down in Chelsea. As usual, there was a fair amount of tidying, and many extra or unneeded copies of books were boxed up and sent off to their respective authors via surface mail.
Late last week, along came a couple of those huge canvas “M-bags”: we hauled them into the house and shoved them to one side, as things were busy at the time. This morning we finally got around to opening them.
They contained a surprising number of books that I’ve had requests about, via email and other means, over the last year. And some of them are just plain surplus to my requirements: our house is rather small, and the off-site storage is full enough of authors’ copies as it is. (When you have two authors living in the same house, this stuff really starts to pile up.)
So I”m going to sell off all of these books that I can on eBay. The books fall broadly into two categories: collectibles (mostly hardcovers, and mostly in the YW series, though there are a couple of Trek books that would qualify) and good-condition paperbacks and trades that some people might like to have if they were autographed. They are almost all in what the International Online Booksellers’ Association grading scale would describe as “fine”: none of them show signs of ever having been opened, and though some of them show shelf wear, it’s uniformly very slight.
The collectibles will go up for auction. In one or two cases (such as the first-edition hardcover copies of So You Want to Be a Wizard) I’ll be setting reserve prices — “base” prices under which I won’t allow a book to sell. (I will also link to searches at AbeBooks where possible, so that interested parties can get a sense of how much these books are going for on the open market.)
The not-so-collectibles will be listed as “multiple sale” items, with “Buy It Now” prices. If by chance you plan to be buying several books, please let me know in your post-sales contact email so that I can ship the books together and save you postage. (I usually send books to other countries via registered mail, which generates an online tracking number, travels by air, and keeps the package under lock and key until it reaches your local post office. If you prefer a cheaper / less secure method, let me know, but I don’t advise it, especially for the collectibles.)
The list of available books follows. Doing the necessary listing on eBay will take some time, so if you see something here that you like the look of, please check back here (LJ users, please check my main blog, which will be easier to update frequently) for direct links to the eBay auctions.
If you’re interested in viewing the selection directly on eBay, I’ve opened an online bookstore there: click on the link to go straight there. Please be patient with me as it’ll take a little while to get the store “loaded up”: presently it’s about 1430 GMT / 9:30 AM (US)EST, and I expect to take a couple of hours sorting all this out. (PS: if you go to the store from this posting and decide to buy something, please try to do so in the same browser session: eBay cuts me a small discount on my seller fees for such direct-referral transactions, and this will help me defray the cost of opening the store in the first place. Thanks!)
Young Wizards books:
Hardcovers — These are rarities: copies of these books that are not ex-library.
- A first-edition hardcover copy of So You Want to Be a Wizard. This book has spine fading and slight shelf wear on the dustcover at the bottom, but is otherwise “fine” in binding and has rarely if ever been opened. This is the rarest of the books on offer.
- Three copies of the first-edition Deep Wizardry. All are in near-mint condition with only slight bumping to the bottoms of the spines.
- Two copies of the first-edition High Wizardry. All in near-perfect condition with only small bumps or scrapes to the bottom of the dustjackets’ spines.
- Four copies of the Harcourt first-edition hardcover of A Wizard Abroad. This is a paperback-size hardcover, now relatively hard to find. All are in excellent condition except for bumps to the bottom of the spines.
- One copy of the hardcover first-edition A Wizard Alone. One bump at the bottom of the dustcover’s spine: otherwise perfect.
- One copy of the 20th-anniversary edition of So You Want to Be a Wizard, with the new afterword by yours truly, and the hard-to-find YW short story “Uptown Local”. Fine condition, like all the others.
Trade paperbacks — In the “Feline Wizardry” sequence only.
- Ten copies of the trade paperback version of The Book of Night with Moon. All in near-perfect condition.
- Two copies of the trade paperback of To Visit the Queen (the US edition of On Her Majesty’s Wizardly Service). Both near-perfect.
Large-format paperbacks —
- Six copies of the Dell Yearling large-format paperbacks of High Wizardry. Two have slight scratches on the spine.
Mass-market paperbacks —
- Six copies of the small-format Dell paperbacks of Deep Wizardry. Some slight bumps and chipping at the bottoms of the spines and/or front covers: otherwise fine.
- One copy of the first Hardcourt paperback edition of High Wizardry. Perfect condition.
- Three copies of the Recorded Books cassette version of Wizards at War: twelve cassettes. (I didn’t even know this was out yet: I was surprised when I had a mail from someone the other week saying that it was out of stock at the publisher.)
- One copy of the Recorded Books cassette version of Deep Wizardry: six cassettes.
The Door Into… books:
- Two copies of the first-edition Tor hardcover of The Door into Sunset. The slightest bumping to the bottoms of the dustcivers’ spines: otherwise perfect.
Star Trek books:
- Three copies of the hardcover first edition Spock’s World. Slight dustcover bumping top and bottom, otherwise pristine.
- One copy of the hardcover first edition Dark Mirror. Same as above.
- Five copies of the first-printing The Romulan Way. A few scratches on one or two of the spines: otherwise perfect.
- Four copies of the first-printing Rihannsu: Swordhunt. All perfect or very nearly so.
- Four copies of the first-printing Rihannsu: Honor Blade. Ditto.
- Six copies of the first-printing Intellivore. Ditto.
- Two copies of the first-printing paperback X-Men: Empire’s End. Slight top and bottom bumping, otherwise perfect.
…So there you have it. Enjoy!