“Books worth keeping – that is, books worth rereading – should be owned in hardcover”

Robert Parker in his introduction to Ross Macdonald’s Blue City

All dust jackets are protected by archival (and removable) covers.  We package our books for shipping very carefully, first in a plastic bag, then in bubblewrap or cardboard. Most books are shipped in boxes, but some lightweight books and international orders are in waterproof padded bags.  We offer free gift wrapping upon request (your choice of traditional paper or re-usuable cloth) and we will enclose a gift card for you (just tell us what to say)

One of our Amazon customers left this feedback on our packaging: “Can’t say enough about excellent packaging provided. Book was wrapped tightly in plastic, then covered in bubble wrap & taped to remove gaps. It was put in a small cardboard box & surrounded by styrofoam. Book arrived with no nicks or bumps–although box didn’t! I’d definitely recommend this seller for the care taken in describing their products accurately & protecting them in shipping. ”


With the steadily escalating cost of postage, we can no longer offer free  shipping –

However, the amount  we charge is still less than our actual cost. Media mail  is only a flat $3.50 no matter how many books are included in the order.  Our discounted U.S. Priority Flat Rate Envelope Mail is $7.50 (packed very carefully!)

Most international packages can be sent by USPS First Class Mail for up to 2 lbs for $26.50 (Canada is a bit less, other destinations a bit more). If ordering multiple books via priority mail or internationally, we combine shipping to keep costs as low as possible so for larger orders shipping as shown in the shopping cart is only an estimate, and will be adjusted down to actual cost whenever possible  before processing the credit card.

Other international, Priority and Express shipping quoted on request. If shipping to a California address, sales tax is 7.75%.


Payment may be made by VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, PAYPAL, Zelle (in US only),  Check in US dollars,  or money order.

Secure ordering is available via the Shopping Cart links on our web pages.

We accept payments by telephone –   at  (209) 274-6960.

Please notify us if you are mailing payment or for any other delays so we will hold the book longer.


We want our customers to be completely satisfied and guarantee all of our books to be as described. If for any reason you want to return a book, please contact us within 15 days of receipt of the book. Returned books must be in the same condition as we shipped to you.

Signed or Inscribed Books

We specialize in books signed or inscribed by the author (inscribed books are copies personalized by the author).  We have obtained many of these signatures personally, and many others are from collectors known to us who also obtained signatures personally.  We unconditionally guarantee all books or other material  offered as signed or inscribed are authentic. 

If signed material is considered not authentic or questionable, it shall be returnable for a full refund of the purchase price or other mutually agreeable arrangement.  There is no time limit to this right to a full cash refund for the original purchaser. 


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