Signed Rudy Rucker First Edition Hardcovers In Stock!

Downstairs at Logos, in our beloved Large Format Fantasy/Science Fiction section, we feature a veritable windfall of SIGNED FIRST EDITION Rudy Rucker titles. Rucker, father of the Cyberpunk/Transrealist literay genre, is also a mathematician, philosopher, and computer scientist. As a winner of two Philip K. Dick awards, Rucker has established solid footing amongst Science Fiction writers. Our collectible Rudy Rucker titles are affordable and make perfect gifts for the holiday season! Stop by the store today and pick something up for your loved one!

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey

One of the great thing’s we have in our rare and vintage book collections here at Logos is a handbill from an old Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus performance.  Check out some of our favorite images from the magazine in the gallery below.

SIGNED FIRST EDITIONS – always better than coal in the stocking!

The Color PurpleFurther substantiating our claim that we see some of the rarest and coolest books on the West Coast, we have recently acquired many First Edition and Signed First Edition literary  titles by the likes of Alice Walker and Larry McMurtry. Currently, we have a First Edition copy of The Color Purple in our Rare Books case adjacent to the Buy Desk. In addition, we are also currently showcasing many Signed First Edition McMurtry titles (sorry! no Lonesome Dove) in our Rare Books case. We are still progressing through the large cache of treasure from whence these books originated, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted on the latest acquisitions! To view any of these titles, simply ask our staff at the Buy Desk or contact the Rare Books department.

You also have the option to purchase the titles online. Treat your dearest bibliophile to something truly special this holiday season!

The Color Purple (First Edition)
by Alice Walker

The Colonel and Little Missie: Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and the Beginnings of Superstardom in America (Signed Limited Edition)
by Larry McMurtry

The Last Picture Show (Inscribed First Edition)
by Larry McMurtry

The Fig by Ira J Condit

fig 03THE FIG: A Fruit of Ancient Origin! Here we feature an amazing 1947 publication  – not intended to be a textbook or manual on practical fig culture, but a loving ode to the large, deciduous shrub or small tree native to southwest Asia and the eastern Mediterranean region. One of the first plants cultivated by humans, figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber. A key player in Greek Mythology, the Bible and the Quran. AND HOW ABOUT THAT LUSCIOUS INTERIOR??? There’s just so much to love about the fig. Come explore with us! Ask any of our staff at the Buy Desk, or contact the Rare Book Department or purchase the title online… chances are it won’t last long!! (Update: the book has sold…wonderful and unusual books like this one don’t stay on our shelves too long!)

Rare Frida Kahlo Invitation

kahlo broadsideIt is not very often that someone else is selling something so awesome that I feel the need to highlight it, but this one is such a treasure I can’t pass it up.  A dear friend and former employee of Logos sent out some pictures this week of a hand written invitation from Frida Kahlo.  Sarah works in San Francisco for a rare and collectibles bookseller called Libros Latinos that focuses in rare and out of print media exclusively from Latin America.  Here is their description of the invitation:

Mexico, D.F.: Galeria de Arte Contemporanea, 1953, 1955. Fine Item one: Invitation to the opening of Frida Kahlo’s first solo Mexican exhibit handwritten by Kahlo. Curated by Lola Alvarez Bravo and held at Mexico City’s Galería de Arte Contemporáneo, this exhibit took place the year before she died and just a few months before she had to have her right leg amputated due to gangrene. Advised by doctors that she was too ill to attend the opening, Kahlo notoriously insisted on being carried to the event on her four-poster bed. Laboriously printed in Kahlo’s elegant black calligraphy and adorned with drawings of a swan, dove and communist sickle and hammer. The invitation reads as a poem:

Con amistad y cariñonacido del corazóntengo el gusto de invitartea mi humilde exposición.
A las ocho de la noche~pues relox tienes al cabo~te espero en la Galeríad’esta Lola Alvarez Bravo.
Se encuentra en Amberes 12y con puertas a la calle,de suerte que no te pierdasporque se acaba el detalle.
Sólo quiero que me digastu opinión buena y sinceraeres leida y escribida; tu saber es de primera.
Estos cuadros de pinta vapinté con mis propias manosy esperen en las paredesque gusten a mis hermanos.
Bueno, my Cuate querido:
con amistad verdaderate lo agradece en el alma
Frida Kahlo de RiveraCoyoacán, 1953.

(12mo, 42 x 65 cm., three individual leaves of handmade pink paper tied together at the upper corner with mauve yarn.) Item Two: Illustration on heavy coated stock by Rivera of Kahlo, in memory of the first anniversary of her death. Inscription to Kahlo from Rivera: “Para la Niña de mis ojos, Fisita mia el 13 de Julio de 1955.” (Black pen illustration on fuchisa paper, laid-in black folder, with decorated gold corners, illustration: 8′ x 11′. folder: 9.5′ x 13.5′ Fine.)

This includes an illustration of Frida Kahlo made by her husband Diego Rivera in memory of the one year anniversary of her death.  Below are pictures from their site of the invitation: