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Contact information: Alan's Used Books
PO Box 775, Farmington, Michigan, 48332-0775, United States
Phone: 248-473-4566    
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End of the Year Blowout Sale

Now Thru December 31

Take any item priced at $15 or less and pay only $3!

Minimum purchase $10.00.

The Fine Print:

1. Minimum purchase two books plus shipping. Your order amount must equal at least $6 before shipping is added. Minimum shipping is $4. Total minimum purchase $10. Maximum per week $60.00.

2. Media Mail shipping $4 and up within US. Total shipping will be calculated based on size, weight and destination.

3. Mail-order only. We have no open shop.

4. Search by title, author, topic, or click on "Book Categories" to browse by category.

5. All items priced at $15 or less will be sold for $3.

6. All items priced at $15.01 or more are still full price.

7. Discount prices will NOT be shown on your screen. We will calculate your discount AFTER you submit your order.

8. Discount shipping prices will NOT be shown on your screen. We are often able to lower our default shipping fees depending on the size, weight, and destination of your order. We will calculate and DISCOUNT your total shipping fee after you place your order. We always lower your total shipping fee as much as we can.

9. We ship anywhere. We use the United States Postal Service. Our shipping fees are based directly on their cost to us.

10. Phone orders can be accepted during regular business hours Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, US Eastern (New York) time.

11. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover; or personal checks, business checks, or money orders provided they are drawn in US funds. Checks should be made payable to Alan's Used Books.

12. Stock up now, sale ends December 31!

Welcome to Alan's Used Books, a left handed bookstore owned and operated by Gwen Foss. We specialize in unusual and interesting quality used books. We are a proud charter member of, the world's first and largest cooperative website of independent professional used bookdealers.

Alan's Used Books is located in the northwest suburbs of Detroit, Michigan but we are internet only, NO open shop. We buy and sell unusual books, particularly history, science, engineering, folklore, music, ethnology, and various other intellectual topics. Our inventory includes a wide range of nonfiction plus a few odds and ends.Satisfaction Guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, we will give you a full refund, excluding shipping fees unless the item was not as described. Please notify us before returning an item.

Alan's Used Books is a GREEN Business. We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We recycle all empty cans, old newspapers, plastic bags and bottles and every other bit of recyclable waste we generate. We re-use most of our corrugated scrap and recycle the rest. Our shipping envelopes are made from recycled fibers. All of our lights have smart bulbs and we have instituted other energy-saving and water-saving procedures. Our vehicle is old but it gets 27 miles per gallon. And, last but not least, we find loving new homes for old used books.

More stuff: Except for a few of our own titles, we sell used books. This means that in most cases we have only one copy of an item available. Because millions of people all over the world can be viewing our catalog, it happens occasionally that an item we have listed as available will have been sold at the time you place your order. We remove sold items as quickly as possible, but there is always a delay in processing this data before the items are in fact removed. If you have any questions, please feel free to phone us during business hours Mon-Fri 10:00am to 8:00 pm US Eastern time, 248-473-4566, or email to the address above. We will be happy to hold items on your request for a reasonable period of time.

Featured Item

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Item number: 7500.

Knust, Dieter   Karmann Story, the : Germany's Coachbuilder to the World  Publisher: Verlag Meinders & Elstermann; Belm bei Osnabruck, Germany: 1996. Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket Second Edition Hardcover ISBN: 3889268978 228 pages; 8vo (9.75") 25 cm; ENGLISH text. Black boards, bibliography, index, endnotes, appendix list of Karmann-bodied production cars, 53 b/w and 49 color photos with captions. Glossy throughout. ; Isbn 388926897X. 2nd edition, 1996. Translated by Peter L. Albrecht. Biography of famed builder and designer of Porsche 356; VW convertible; VW Golf and Scirocco; VW-Porsche; Renault 19; Adler Primus; Opel Regent and Diplomat; Ford Taunus [sic] and Escort; BMW 635 CSi, Karo-As and Pik-As; Cheetah, Karmann-Ghia, etc. ; No flaws to book. Jacket has 5mm closed tear to upper rear near crown. Quite scarce.
Appr.:  |  AUD 67.57  |  CAD 66.67  |  EUR 47.17  |  GBP 39.56  |  JPY 5,000.00  |  MXN 833.33  |  ZAR 714.29  | 
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Item number: 11000.

[Author Unknown]   Antique Photo Album  Publisher: Burkhardt Company; Detroit: 1915. Very Good with no dust jacket Hardcover 22 pages; Oblong 8vo (9.75") 25 cm; Oblong format (12 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches) 32 x 25 cm. Dark brown textured buckram boards with raised decor in orange, green, red, silver. Lovely black moire endpapers, black moire page lifter. Three inner rings spaced 3 1/2 inches apart. 11 black leaves (22 pages) on heavy board stock. ; No date but Burkhardt was founded 1911. We estimate this item about 1915.; Exterior shows moderate rubbing and wear, mainly on rear cover. All rings function and are aligned correctly. No photos. No marks. Rare and quite attractive.
Appr.:  |  AUD 40.54  |  CAD 40.00  |  EUR 28.30  |  GBP 23.73  |  JPY 3,000.00  |  MXN 500.00  |  ZAR 428.57  | 
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Item number: 5002.

Shag (Josh Agle) Illustrated by: Illustrated by Shag   Supersonic Swingers : New Works by Shag ; Exhibition, Outre Gallery, Melbourne, October 20 - November 20, 2000  Publisher: Outre Gallery Press; Melbourne, Australia: 2000. Very Good+ Softcover ISBN: 0957768419 64 pages; Oblong 8vo (8.5") 22 cm; Oblong softcover, 46 paintings reproduced in vibrant color, with bizarre comments by artist, plus 9 color illustrations in text, including portrait photo. Interview with Shag. Exhibition list. Biography. ; Introduction by Martin McIntosh. Distributed by Last Gasp, San Francisco. A m a z o n b u y e r s please note: Image does not match this unit. This unit has purple illustrated covers with a die-cut front cover, as issued. ; Front cover is slightly misshapen. Very minor wear. No marks. Binding tight and square. Quite scarce.
Appr.:  |  AUD 13.51  |  CAD 13.33  |  EUR 9.43  |  GBP 7.91  |  JPY 1,000.00  |  MXN 166.67  |  ZAR 142.86  | 
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Item number: 5618.

Mullaly, W. S., and Frank Dumont   Please Hurry Up and Kiss Me : Serio-Comic Song, Sheet Music, 1882  Publisher: C. H. Ditson & Company; N. Y. : 1882. Very Good Softcover 6 pages; Folio (13.5") 35 cm; Sheet Music; Co-published by Boston: Oliver Ditson. Chicago: Lyon & Healy. Philadelphia: J. E. Ditson. St. Louis: J. L. Peters. Baltimore: Otto Sutro. San Francisco: Sherman Clay. ; Tiny chips and holes on left edge. Minor dampstain to fore-edge. Original 1882 sheet music, not a reprint.
Appr.:  |  AUD 13.51  |  CAD 13.33  |  EUR 9.43  |  GBP 7.91  |  JPY 1,000.00  |  MXN 166.67  |  ZAR 142.86  | 
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Item number: 14376.

Frostic, Gwen Illustrated by: Illustrated by Gwen Frostic   Enduring Cosmos, the : (Signed)  Publisher: Gwen Frostic/Presscraft Papers; Benzonia, Mich: 1976. Fine with no dust jacket Hardcover 60 pages; 4to (10.25") 26 cm; Pale tan and yellow decorated boards. 60 unnumbered pages. Variety of papers, some with deckle edges. Linoleum block illustrations, mostly of gnarled trees. SIGNED by author on copyright page. ; Gwen Frostic (1906-2001) was a Michigan poet, book manufacturer, linoleum-block nature artist and papermaker who wrote, illustrated, printed and published 20 different titles which have been described as enchanting, delicate, breathtaking, and inspirational. This is one of her less common titles. ; No signs of any use. No jacket, as issued. Original publisher postcard laid in. ; Linoleum block
Appr.:  |  AUD 67.57  |  CAD 66.67  |  EUR 47.17  |  GBP 39.56  |  JPY 5,000.00  |  MXN 833.33  |  ZAR 714.29  | 
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Item number: 16203.

American Tract Society   Daily Food for Christians : Being a Promise, and Another Scriptural Portion, for Every Day in the Year, Together with the Verse of a Hymn  Publisher: American Tract Society; N. Y. : 1850. Fair with no dust jacket Hardcover 192 pages; 64mo (3.25") 8 cm; Quite small hardcover (2.4 x 3.2 inches) 62 x 79 mm, dark brown blindstamped cloth, gilt title on spine, pale pink endpapers, ; No date but we estimate 1850. For each day of the year, there is a Biblical quote, a hymn verse, and another Biblical quote. ; Quite worn. Corners chipped. Front free endpaper missing. Upper tips of several leaves are wrinkled and bumped, and small dampstain affects margins of last several leaves, nonoe of which affects text. Binding tight. Sold as is.
Appr.:  |  AUD 32.43  |  CAD 32.00  |  EUR 22.64  |  GBP 18.99  |  JPY 2,400.00  |  MXN 400.00  |  ZAR 342.86  | 

Terms of Sale:

Shipping Terms: Our Standard Rates: Domestic economy rate (US media mail) $4.00, $1.00 add items. Domestic air rate (US priority mail) $6.95 1st item, $1.70 addl items. (Sorry, we are not able to display a custom shipping fee for each item, but we promise to charge a smaller fee if you order a small item.)

Non-US Customers: Overseas shipping is US$26.00 for First Class Mail International and US$39.00 for Priority Mail International. (Sorry, the US Postal Service no longer offers international economy surface mail.) See info below on Shipping Fee Reductions for more details.

Special rates to Canada: US$21.00 for First Class Mail International and US$23.00 for Priority Mail International.

Shipping Fee Reductions: We pledge to reduce your shipping fee whenever we can. Based on the actual size, weight, and destination of your order, we will reduce our standard shipping fee if we can. In case the actual shipping cost will greatly exceed our standard fee, we will notify you in advance and let you decide before we ship your order.

Alan's Used Books apologizes sincerely for these high fees. We are at the mercy of the available services but we will always reduce your fee in any way possible.

We ship anywhere: We use the US Postal Service. If you require us to ship using a different service, an additional fee will be mutually agreed upon. Shipping times are affected by many circumstances we cannot control, and thus we cannot guarantee arrival time. Delays may be caused by many factors including airport slowdowns, security checks, and customs departments, to name a few. We will give you an estimated time of arrival and thank you for your patience.

Payment: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover; or personal checks, business checks, or money orders provided they are drawn in US funds. Checks should be made payable to Alan's Used Books.

To pay by credit card: Click on the Add To Cart button to use TomFolio's secure server. The button will appear next to, or below, the book description on the search results page. Orders by Phone can be accepted during regular business hours Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, US Eastern (New York) time.

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