Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday Hours Part 2

Brickbat will be closed New Years Day. We will re-open on Sunday at 12 noon.

We are open today, New Years Eve, until 7pm.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Hours

Brickbat is open today (Friday, December 24th) until 5pm. We are closed Christmas day, but will re-open Sunday, the 26th, at 12 noon.

Featured: Final Arrivals & More Cider!

A handful of final hour arrivals (Sometimes it does pay to procrastinate.)

Charles Burns, Johnny 23
Charles Burns completely re-configures his new book Xed Out, prints it in purple ink, and translates it into some fake language. Brilliant, and limited to 500 copies.

Corina Dross, Portable Fortitude Playing Cards
Local artist Corina Dross creates 54 talismans for home and abroad. "Suitable for Poker, Cartomancy or Mojo." Pleasantly unnerving.

Ryan Dodgson, Buildings & Bodies
...just arrived from Canada this morning.
Restocked because you demanded it, Ryan Dodgson's Buildings & Bodies is exactly what it says it is: Portraits of buildings stuck on the shoulders of human bodies. Softbound, hand-stitched, with an illustrated dust wrapper. Very nice.

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Featured Today: More Books & More Hot Apple Cider!

Just got in a batch of New Titles & Re-Stocks: Lit, Childrens, Art & Photography, Comix, with one more shipment due to arrive tomorrow...and yes, more piping hot apple cider (you bring the rum!)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Featured Today: Free Parking & Free Hot Apple Cider!

Saturday, December 18th:
Free Parking Throughout the City
Free Apple Cider!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Featured: The Brickbat Gift Certificate!

Available in seven convenient sizes, for pick-up in the shop, or mailed to an address of your choice.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Arrival: The Book Of Stamps

Edited by Jeffrey Kastner, Sina Najafi. Introduction by George Pendle.
Published by Cabinet Books
Hardcover / 8.25 x 10.25 inch / 46 pages / Color

The world's smallest and most widely reproduced work of art, the postage stamp was an official vehicle for extraordinary visual work for more than 100 years before twentieth-century artists and activists began to appropriate the format as a potential venue for their own unsanctioned expressions. From the stamp experiments of Fluxus mail artists like Robert Watts to fantasy stamps issued by fictional countries, this humble canvas has been home to all manner of free expression. The Book of Stamps is at once an homage to and continuation of this tradition. Sumptuously designed and printed, this cloth-bound volume features 15 detachable, perforated and gummed full-page sheets of limited edition, artist-designed stamps by Walead Beshty, Melissa Brown, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson, Spencer Finch, Carl Michael von Hausswolff & Leif Elggren, Jonathan Herder, Mikhail Iliatov, Emily Jacir, Julia Jacquette, Vandana Jain, Sandra Eula Lee, Line Up, Frank Magnotta, Michael Oatman and David Shrigley. A must-have for collectors of artist multiples and stamps alike, the edition also includes a text by George Pendle.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Friday, December 17th at 8pm

Brickbat Books

(Sophisticated ManMoth)

a well-intentioned reading series
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Friday, December 10, 2010

New Arrivals: Twisted Spoon

Just got in a select batch of Twisted Spoon titles. A number of them appear to be on their way out of print.

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders, Vitezslav Nezval

Written in 1935 at the height of Czech Surrealism but not published until 1945, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a bizarre erotic fantasy of a young girl's maturation into womanhood on the night of her first menstruation. Referencing Matthew Lewis's The Monk, Marquis de Sade's Justine, K. H. Macha's May, F. W. Murnau's film Nosferatu, Nezval employs the language of the pulp serial novel to construct a lyrical, menacing dream of sexual awakening involving a vampire with an insatiable appetite for chicken blood, changelings, lecherous priests, a malicious grandmother, and an androgynous merging of brother with sister.

In his Foreword Nezval states: "I wrote this novel out of a love of the mystique in those ancient tales, superstitions and romances, printed in Gothic script, which used to flit before my eyes and declined to convey to me their content." Part fairy tale, part Gothic horror, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a meditation on youth and age, sexuality and death — an exploration of the grotesque that juxtaposes high and low genres, with shifting registers of language and moods that was a trademark of the Czech avant-garde. The 1970 film version is considered one of the outstanding achievements of Czech new-wave cinema.

This edition includes the first edition's original six black-and-white illustrations from Kamil Lhotak, a member of Group 42.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Featured: A Barry Gifford Christmas

The Last Lunchcart Christmas (1973) $25.00 (stapled wraps)

Fairly rare. Self-published by the author and sent to friends and family on Christmas, 1973. Just what the title says. Kind of a Kerouac meets O. Henry sketch...the perfect stocking stuffer for that special someone.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

EVENT: Pattie McCarthy, Robert Snyderman, and Jonathan Pogoda

Friday, December 10th at 7pm

Brickbat Books

Pattie McCarthy
Robert Snyderman
Jonathan Pogoda

Presented by Splitleaves Press

"Splitleaves Press is dedicated to producing high-quality chapbooks and broadsides for avant-garde writers and text artists. Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we strive to elevate exceptional voices above the din of new technologies. We are always open to submissions. Send us a manuscript or a half-formed idea. If it’s any good, we’ll make something together."

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Featured: Lydia Davis

The Collected Stories Of Lydia Davis, Hardcover (out of print)

"Lydia Davis is one of our most original and influential writers, a storyteller celebrated for her emotional acuity, her formal inventiveness, and her ability to capture the mind in overdrive. She has been called “an American virtuoso of the short story form” ( and “one of the quiet giants . . . of American fiction” (Los Angeles Times Book Review). This volume contains all her stories to date, from the acclaimed Break It Down (1986) to the 2007 National Book Award nominee Varieties of Disturbance."

“Among the true originals of contemporary American short fiction.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“A body of work probably unique in American writing . . . I suspect that The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis will in time be seen as one of the great, strange American literary contributions.” —James Wood, The New Yorker

“Davis is a magician of self-consciousness. Few writers now working make the words on the page matter more.” —JONATHAN FRANZEN

“Lydia Davis is one of the best writers in America. . . . She is the funniest writer I know."—Vince Passaro, O, The Oprah Magazine

“Magnificent . . . Davis has made one of the great books in recent literature, equal parts horse sense and heartache.”—Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books

“All who know [Davis’s] work probably remember their first time reading it . . . Blows the roof off of so many of our assumptions about what constitutes short fiction.” —DAVE EGGERS, McSweeney’s

“Sharp, deft, ironic, understated, and consistently surprising.” —JOYCE CAROL OATES

“The best prose stylist in America.” —RICK MOODY


These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Featured: Tove Jansson's Moomin

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book One

The enchanting comic strip that introduced adult readers to the wonderful world of Moomin

Tove Jansson is revered around the world as one of the foremost children’s authors of the twentieth century for her illustrated chapter books regarding the magical worlds of her creation, the Moomins. The Moomins saw life in many forms but debuted to its biggest audience ever on the pages of world’s largest newspaper the London Evening News, in 1954. The strip was syndicated in newspapers around the world with millions of readers in 40 countries. Moomin Book One is the first volume of Drawn & Quarterly publishing plan to reprint the entire strip drawn by Jansson before she handed over the reigns to her brother Lars in 1960. This is the first time the strip will be published in any form in North America and will deservedly place Jansson among the international cartooning greats of the last century.

The Moomins are a tight-knit family – hippo-shaped creatures with easygoing and adventurous outlooks. Jansson's art is pared down and precise, yet able to compose beautiful portraits of ambling creatures in fields of flowers or rock-strewn beaches that recall Jansson’s Nordic roots. The comic strip reached out to adults with its gentle and droll sense of humor. Whimsical but with biting undertones, Jansson’s observations of everyday life, including guests who overstay their welcome, modern art, movie stars, and high society, easily caught the attention of an international audience and still resonate today.

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book Two

"A lost treasure now rediscovered--one of the sweetest, strangest comics strips ever drawn or written. A surrealist masterpiece. Honest." --Neil Gaiman

"[Jansson's] work soars with lightness and speed, and her drawings only echo her writing: delicate but precise, observant yet suggestive... Jansson was exceptional, an exuberant explorer of emotional independence and interdependence, a liberating force." --Los Angeles Times Book Review

In the second volume of Tove Jansson's humorous yet melancholic Moomin comic strip, we get four new stories about jealousy, competition, childrearing, and self-reinvention. The Moomins try to hibernate in the fashion of their ancestors but insomnia places them smack dab into a winter carnival with the winter-sports loving Mr. Brisk. The fickle and eternally lovestruck Mymble and Snorkmaiden find themselves in competition over a thrilling new man. Moomin Mamma meets her new neighbor, the Fillyjonk, causing her to hire the depressed and secretive Misabel as her new maid. Mymble's mother arrives on the Moomin family’s doorstep with her 17 new children. Finally, A prophet arrives on the scene declaring that the happy Moomins are in fact not happy at all and need to get back to nature and be free. Moomin, of course, becomes more and more miserable the freer he gets.

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book Three

This third volume returns to Moominvalley, where its beloved inhabitants get tangled up in five new stories. Moomin falls in love with a damsel in distress, an unseasonably warm spell turns the valley into a tropical rainforest, and a flying saucer crashes into Moominmamma’s garden. Moominpappa decides to live out his dream of occupying a lighthouse and writing a great seaside novel, only to discover that he hates the sea so close up and has no interest in writing about it, and a variety of curious clubs spring up in the valley. Moomin and Moominmamma do their level best to avoid the whole mess but, of course, get drawn into the muddle.

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book Four

Drawn & Quarterly’s bestselling Moomin series created by the legendary children’s author Tove Jansson is now in its fourth installment and is the winner of the Harvey Award and has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards.

“Moomin is about freedom, tolerance, and optimism amid frustration, loss, and fear. One of its poignancies is that it not only serves as the vehicle of Jansson’s progressive philosophical ideologies…but that she is also able to suture her own autobiography and philosophy into the simple allegorical model of a cartoon.” —Modern Painters

“The Moomin family strays far from the tranquil charms of Moominvalley: on the French Riviera, Moominpappa gets drunk and Moomin's sweetheart, the Snork Maiden, is seduced by a toothy film star. But then the hattifatteners appear—mute, sock-like animals that grow from seeds and chase after electric storms...Here is where Jansson's weird but true world begins; where fear, loneliness and insecurity are banished by love and the force of imagination.”—

“[Jansson’s] strips, more than 800 in five years, stand as perennial classics of children's literature across the Nordic lands...Their belated recovery from crumbling newsprint into five eventual volumes seems almost as fantastical and life-affirming as the Moomin fables themselves.” —The Independent

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Book Five

Moomin Book Five: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip features the final strips drawn by Tove Jansson and written by her brother Lars for the London Evening News, before Lars took over both the art and the writing. The first "Moomin Winter" returns with more unwanted guests than in Book One, especially the curious and secret-spilling Nibling, sending the Moomin household into a tizzy of secrecy and closed doors. In "Moomin Under Sail," the Moomins find themselves without a new adventure until Too-Ticky's compass gives them the idea to build a boat and head to sea. Finally we meet the Fuddler's heart, and his bumbling drives her straight into the arms of Dr. Hatter, the local psychiatrist. Delightfully quirky, the Moomin family does not fare well under the gaze of someone trained in correcting odd behavior.

The Book About Moomin, Mymble and Little My

In a delightful, curious game of what comes next, Moomintroll travels through the woods to get home with milk for Moominmamma. A simple trip turns into a colorful adventure as Moomintroll meets Mymble who has lost her sister Little My. Along the way, they endue the hijinks of all the charming characters of the Moomin world including the Fillijonks and Hattifatteners. Will Moomin ever make it home safe and sound? A beautiful and boisterous story by internationally acclaimed children's author Tove Jansson, this picture book is sure to tickle the fancies of parents and kids as well as Moomintroll fans everywhere. everywhere!

Who Will Comfort Toffle

'Who Will Comfort Toffle?' is the timeless, magical tale of the wistful wallflower, Toffle– too shy to speak to anyone and too fearful of the world he is watching from afar. Lonely and sad, Toffle runs away from home and watches the magical cast of Moominvalley—Mymble, My, Snufkin, the merry whompses and the Fillyjonk—celebrate and enjoy life. His insecurity continues to only serve his isolation until he has the courage to overcome his fears by reaching out to another frightened introvert, the mesmerizing Miffle. 'Who Will Comfort Toffle?' is an endearing, introspective story that will speak to readers of all ages who have only needed a friend to pull them out of their shell.
Joining Drawn & Quarterly’s archival series of 'Moomin The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip', 'Moomin, Mymble and Little My' and the Moomintroll chapter books is the glorious reprinting of the Tove Jansson classic children’s book 'Who Will Comfort Toffle?' with a loving translation by British poet Sophie Hannah.

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Friday, December 3, 2010

New Arrivals: The Museum Of Jurassic Technology

Just in time for the holidays...

Al Richards Stereo Floral Radiography View-Master Reels

These delicate grayscale images, revealing such unexpectedly complex internal architecture and graceful geometries, may remind us of nebula clusters or jellyfish or gothic cathedrals or even our own illuminated tissues. Stripped to their essence, these once transitory blossoms come to us fixed in time, exemplars of the splendid symmetries of the universe.

No One May Ever Have The Same Knowledge Again: Letters to Mount Wilson Observatory 1915-1935

The Museum of Jurassic Technology is pleased to present the long awaited publication of No One May Ever Have the Same Knowledge Again, a collection of extraordinary letters written to the observers at Mount Wilson Observatory between 1915 and 1935 by people from all walks of life and the world over expressing their idiosyncratic understandings of the universe.
This book contains photographs of many of the most visually intriguing letters, and a collection of period plates from the observatory as well as photos of the astronomers to whom these remarkable letters were addressed.
1994, 120 pages, paperback, many b&w photographs.

Phantogram Set: Including The Great Pyramid & Noah's Ark

The phantogram is a unique form of stereoscopic drawing which when viewed with the prescribed viewer and from the proper perspective creates the extraordinary illusion of a fully dimensional object in "real" space in front of the observer. The carefully constructed geometry of this form of stereo drawing creates a remarkably convincing illusion that invites the viewer to manipulate, touch and penetrate the apparition. The phantogram set is packaged in an acid free glassine envelope and is accompanied by illustrated instructions and an appropriate anaglyphoscope (viewer). Set of two and viewer.

The Micromosaics of Harold Dalton (The Museum of Jurassic Technology)
2 View-Master reels with 6-page booklet.
The process by which Harold Dalton constructed micromosaics was a long and painstaking one. After devising a design, he would gather butterfly wings collected from the four corners of the globe. He stripped each wing of its scales using a needle and then sorted the individual scales by color, size, and shape, forming a working palette. Arranging the scales on glass slides was an equally laborious task. Using a microscope he would transfer an individual scale from palette to slide using a single boar bristle, and then position the scale using a thin glass tube through which he directed tiny puffs of air. Once in place, he adhered the scale to the slide by crushing it at one small spot against the glass. Butterfly wing scales are oily, and oil alone is in fact what holds them in place...

"Tell the Bees" Phantogram Set (The Museum of Jurassic Technology)

This set commemorates the Museum's exhibit, "Tell the Bees: Belief, Knowledge, & Hypersymbolic Cognition". The set contains eight color phantograms which measure 4"x4" each.

No One May Ever Have the Same Knowledge Again: Letters to Mt. Wilson Observatory/Stereo Views from the Main Astronomical Observatory of the Academy of Sciences at Pulkovo View-Master Reels

The Eye of the Needle (The Museum of Jurassic Technology)
Viewmaster reel with 8-page illustrated booklet containing an essay by Ralph Rugoff detailing the life and work of microminiaturist Hagop Sandaljian.
An unexpected sneeze or misdirected breath could blow away a microminiature with hurricane force, while a casual movement could sabotage the work of months. Since even a pulse in his fingers could cause an accident, Sandaldjian ultimately learned to apply his decisive strokes only between heartbeats.

The Museum of Jurassic Technology Jubilee Catalogue

The first comprehensive catalogue of the Museum's collections at the ten year mark, includes the complete text of the now out-of-print series of guide leaflets, including full transcripts of many exhibits, including the Delani-Sonnabend Halls and the Deprong Mori of the Tripsicum Plateau.

2001, hardcover, 119 pages.

View Master Reels $8.95

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Arrivals: Crockett, Ruth & Maurice

Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or There Must Be More to Life

“With this book Maurice Sendak again proves his right to be ranked as one of the few modern writers to make a genuine contribution to the great tradition of children's literature. Sendak's development has, in fact, consistently erased the barriers between literature for the child and for the adult.” —Brian O'Doherty,
— The New York Times Book Review

A Hole Is to Dig

What would you say about eye-brows? Miss Krauss and the many children who made suggestions, re-visions, additions (and subtractions) to this book say, "Eyebrows are to go over eyes." A face? "A face is something to have on the front of your head." Also, "a face is so you can make faces." Hands? Well, hands are to hold. And also "a hand is to hold up when you want your turn." "A party is to say how-do-you-do and shake hands" and also "a party is to make little children happy." Of course, a brother is to help you, a package is to look inside, arms are to hug with, and a book is to look at.

Nutshell Library

This 4-volume boxed set contains an alphabet book, a book of rhymes about each month, a counting book, and a cautionary tale all written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Includes the titles Alligators All Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One Was Johnny, and Pierre.

The Carrot Seed

When a little boy plants a carrot seed, everyone tells him it won't grow. But when you are very young, there are some things that you just know, and the little boy knows that one day a carrot will come up. So he waters his seed, and pulls the weeds, and he waits ...

First published in 1945 and never out of print, this timeless combination of Ruth Krauss's simple text and Crockett Johnson's eloquent illustrations creates a triumphant and deeply satisfying story for readers of all ages

Harold and the Purple Crayon

One evening Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. But there wasn't any moon, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on. So he drew a path...

And thus begins one of the most imaginative and enchanting adventures in all of children's books. The creative concept behind this beloved story has intrigued children and kept them absorbed for generations, as page by page unfolds the dramatic and clever adventures of Harold and his purple crayon.

These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

Brickbat Books
709 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

Open every day, 11am to 7pm.

We accept Visa, MC, Amex, Paypal and cash.