Wednesday, September 7, 2011 Report Fall 2011

Out-of-print and in demand tracks the most sought-after out-of-print titles in America. This ninth annual edition is based on searches from the past 12 months. On this year's list there are a fair share of out-of-print mainstays such as Madonna's nearly perennial number one Sex, but also a host of interesting newcomers; here are a few examples.

New to the BookFinder Report

Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore
Alice Starmore is a superstar in the knitting world but publishers have only just begun to take notice. Last year her immensely popular book Aran Knitting was brought back into print (after perpetually being listed on the Report) and now her fans are looking for more. In this book Starmore creates a number of sweater designs inspired by the Tudor royals (eg. Henry VIII and Elizabeth I) and their over-the-top gold embroidery, velvet, jewels and lace. The book goes through the history of Tudor fashion and includes reproductions of artwork from the era.

The Reluctant King by Sarah Bradford
This biography of King George VI was published in 1989-1990 by St. Martin’s Press and suddenly shot into steady demand after the mammoth success of the movie The King’s Speech. Colin Firth’s amazing performance portraying George VI piqued the interest in The Reluctant King and made readers eager to learn more.

The House Without Windows by Barbara Newhall Follet
Barbara Newhall Follet was a child prodigy novelist who published this first novel in 1927. At the time she was destined to become the next great American writer but in 1939 she became depressed about her marriage and walked out of her apartment with just $30 in her pocket. The 25-year-old was never seen again. In December 2010 Follet's life story was broadcast on NPR and featured in Lapham’s Quarterly, reigniting interest in her work.

Other interesting out-of-print books

A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption, and Football at SMU by David Whitford
In A Payroll to Meet, David Whitford discusses the incidents surrounding Southern Methodist University's (SMU) receiving the "death penalty" from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA); which involves banning the school from competing in a sport for a year or more (two in SMU's case). This book has been out-of-print since 1989 but scandal in college football has never been more in vogue. The recent rash of cheating, bribing and recruitment scandals to hit Ohio State, Southern Cal, Auburn, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, LSU, and the Hurricanes in Miami have renewed the interest in the grandfather of college football scandal.

The Magic Talisman by John Blaine
This was the final novel in the 24-title Rick Brant series of self-described science-adventure stories. This series was written by Harold (Hal) Goodwin and Peter J. Harkins who collectively worked under the pseudonym John Blaine. The series was published by Grosset & Dunlap in the 1940s-1960s but The Magic Talisman was rejected owing to the inclusion of extra sensory perception elements in the story (the publishers wanted a science-based series). The Magic Talisman was finally published independently (by Manuscript Press) in 1990 as a limited edition run of 500 copies.

William Burges and the High Victorian Dream by J. Mordaunt Crook
Today Burges is considered a genius and one of the greatest architects to come out of the Victorian era; however this was not always so. Most of his life and for decades after, his work was unappreciated and precious little was written about his incredibly short career (which did not begin until he was 35 and endedwith his death at 53). Crook's study of Burges' work (which included St. Finbarre's Cathedral in Cork, the renovation of Cardiff Castle in 1868, and the reconstruction of Castle Coch) was published in 1981 and is generally considered to be the best biographical work on Burges to date.

Gather Yourselves Together by Philip K. Dick
Gather Yourselves Together was one of PKD's early works but the novel was not released until after his death (The first and only printing being printed in 1994). Unlike much of Dick’s later work, Gather Yourselves Together is not science fiction but rather straight literary fiction. The plot is set in China shortly after Mao Zedong’s revolution and centers around the affairs of three employees from an American company which is shutting its Chinese operations. Gather Yourselves Together is set to be reprinted by Houghton Mifflin in July 2012.

Top 100 most sought after out-of-print books in 2011

1. Madonna - Sex

2. Nora Roberts - Promise Me Tomorrow

3. Stephen King (as Richard Bachman) - Rage

4. Stephen King - My Pretty Pony

5. Ray Garton - In a Dark Place: The Story of a True Haunting

6. Luigi Serafini - Codex Seraphinianus

7. Johnny Cash - Man in Black

8. Norman Mailer - Marilyn: A Biography

9. H.Henry Thomas - Arithmetic Progress Papers

10. Kyle Onstott - Mandingo

11. Allan D. Richter - Eve of the End

12. Ray Bradbury - Dark Carnival

13. Associated Press - The Torch is Passed: The Associated Press Story of The Death of a President

14. Jean Larteguy - The Centurions

15. Carl Sagan - Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record

16. Cameron Crowe - Fast Times at Ridgemont High

17. J.R. Hartley - Fly Fishing: Memories of Angling Days

18. Dennis Potter - Ticket To Ride

19. Mary and Vincent Price - A Treasury of Great Recipes

20. Anne Alexander - The Pink Dress

21. Lynne Cheney - Sisters

22. Stuart Chase - The Road We Are Traveling, 1914-1942, Guide Lines to America's Future as Reported to the Twentieth Century Fund

23. Andrew Loomis - Creative Illustration

24. David Williams - Second Sight

25. Anna Elizabeth Bennett - Little Witch

26. Nan Gilbert - 365 Bedtime Stories

27. Allen Drury - Advise and Consent

28. C.S. Lewis - The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition

29. Alex Angos - Endgame Artillery

30. Philip K. Dick - Gather Yourselves Together

31. A.C.H. Smith - Labyrinth: A Novel

32. Salvador Dali, illustrator - The Jerusalem Bible

33. Elmer Keith - Hell, I Was There!

34. Ricky Jay - Cards As Weapons

35. Madeleine L'Engle - Ilsa

36. Norman Denny - The Casket and the Sword

37. Charles Eric Maine - World Without Men

38. Paul Gallico - Jennie

39. Robert Nathan - The Bishop's Wife

40. Ben Bova - The Star Conquerors

41. Walt Kelly - I Go Pogo

42. Curtis Richards - Halloween

43. S.O. Pidhainy - The Black Deeds of the Kremlin: A White Book

44. Clancy Holling - The Book of Indians

45. Tom Lea - The King Ranch

46. John Blaine - The Magic Talisman

47. José Garcia Villa - Footnote to Youth

48. Harry Twyford Peters - Currier & Ives: Printmakers to the American People

49. Rasiel Suarez - ERIC : The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins

50. Alice Starmore - Tudor Roses

51. Kate Holmes - Too Good to be Threw

52. Nicholas Guild - The Blood Star

53. Charles M. Russell - Good Medicine; The Illustrated Letters of Charles M. Russell

54. Donald Hamilton - The Big Country

55. J. Mordaunt Crook - William Burges and the High Victorian Dream

56. David Whitford - A Payroll to Meet: A Story of Greed, Corruption, and Football at SMU

57. Leo S. Figiel - On Damascus Steel

58. Marie Simmons - Pancakes A to Z

59. W. Somerset Maugham - Tellers of Tales: 100 Short Stories From the United States, England, France, Russia and Germany

60. Arthur Koestler - The Act of Creation

61. Charles Thomson - The Septuagint Bible

62. Henry W. Simon - A Treasury of Grand Opera

63. Jack S Levy - War in the Modern Great Power System, 1495-1975

64. Jack Howell - The Lovely Reed : An Enthusiasts Guide to Building Bamboo Fly Rods

65. John Harris - Covenant With Death

66. Charles Luk (Translator) - Empty Cloud: The Autobiography of the Chinese Zen Master, Hsu Yun

67. Jan Wolkers - Turkish Delight

68. Watt Piper - The Bumper Book; a Harvest of Stories and Verses

69. John Burnet - Platonism

70. David Miller - The Nature of Political Theory

71. Laura Bannon - The Wonderful Fashion Doll

72. John D. Green - Birds of Britain

73. Glen Cook - She Is The Darkness

74. Sarah Bradford - The Reluctant King

75. Charles Flato - The Golden Book of the Civil War

76. James Virgil Howe - The Modern Gunsmith : a guide for the amateur and professional gunsmith in the design and construction of firearms, with practical suggestions for all who like guns

77. Ernest Cole - House of Bondage

78. Patricia C. Barry - ABCs of Long Arm Quilting

79. Ferdinand Pecora - Wall St. Under Oath; The Story of our Modern Money Changers

80. A.E. Gutnov and A. Baburov - The Ideal Communist City

81. Arthur Upfield - The Lure of the Bush aka The Barrakee Mystery

82. Polan Banks - Carriage Entrance

83. Barbara Newhall Follett - The House Without Windows

84. R.P. Hunnicutt - Stuart: A History of the American Light Tank

85. John Cage - Notations

86. M.J. Whitley - German Coastal Forces of World War Two

87. Roland Pierrot - Chemical and determinative tables of mineralogy

88. Arthur Watt - VLF Radio Engineering

89. John Atlee Kouwenhoven - The Columbia Historical Portrait of New York: An Essay in Graphic History

90. Cecil Beaton - The Glass of Fashion

91. David Sokol - Pleased, But Not Satisfied

92. Steve Wiper - USS New Jersey BB-62

93. Laura London - The Windflower

94. Edward Matunas - Practical Gunsmithing

95. Thomas Craven - A Treasury of American Prints - A Selection of One Hundred Etchings and Lithogrphas by the Foremost Living American Artists

96. Paul Hoffman - To Drop a Dime

97. Nicholas Brawer - British Campaign Furniture: Elegance Under Canvas, 1740-1914

98. Sam Dalal - Swami and Mantra

99. Alan Raven and John Roberts - British Battleships of World War Two

100. Don Graf - Basic Building Data: 10,000 Timeless Construction Facts

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