discussion idea - interesting inscriptions from the author

discussion idea - interesting inscriptions from the author

Post by John F. Kuenzi » Thu, 18 Dec 1997 04:00:00



I was just going through pricing some books, and found the
following inscription from
the author of a primer on American Antiques, and got a
chuckle - any others
out there?

"Maybe you'll enjoy the glossary even if the text bores you"

<signed author>

Thought it might be an interesting discussion thread...

John Kuenzig
Bookseller/collector

 
 
 

discussion idea - interesting inscriptions from the author

Post by Mike Ber » Fri, 19 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>Thought it might be an interesting discussion thread...

  Indeed.  My favorite is a third printing of LAST CALL, where Tim
Powers had written in the "1 2" on the number line, and wrote
"honorary first edition".

  I once left a book at a store for James Blaylock to sign, and I
wrote him a note telling him how much I liked his work.  He inscribed
the book "Mike, thanks for writing this", which makes it look like I
had ghost-written the book for him.

  I had a friend in London get an Iain Banks book signed.  He got it
signed at a party, and apparently Mr. Banks was a bit inebriated,
because he wrote some weird stuff, and then had a few of his friends
sign it as well.

  Finally, I have a number of books and proofs where the author has
written variations of "do you really think this'll become valuable
some day?", most of which have.

  ---Mike

 
 
 

discussion idea - interesting inscriptions from the author

Post by Jeff Kreide » Sat, 20 Dec 1997 04:00:00


The most interesting/comical inscriptions I've seen come from books inscribed
by Dean Koontz. For those not familiar with his history, he has writen under
a wide variety of pseudonyms, on of whom is Leigh Nichols. In the late '80's
and early '90's, they were republished by Dark Harvest in hardcover under his
own name. In the last couple years, I've had them all inscribed and, invariably,
they were hilarious.

I'll bring them into the office tommorrow and share them with you.

However, I did see a UK Edition of LIGHTNING inscribed that said,

        "This is just like the American version, only a bit stuffier"

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