Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Let The Buyer Beware

My dealings with Ebay sellers are very productive. Many go out of their way to assist me , sending scans , advising me of bookplates which may be of interest , etc.
Every once in a while I spot a seller who engages in deception by omission and this is a perfect example. Here is what the seller stated:

THOMAS PYNCHON"Life and Times of Girolamo Sabonarola"FROM THE LIBRARY OF THOMAS PYNCHON
THOMAS PYNCHON'S PERSONAL LIBRARY COPY of Pasquale Villare's "Life and Times of Girolamo Sabonarola."Published in London by T. Fisher Unwin in 1888. This copy has Thomas Pynchon's bookplate on the front paste-down and is from his personal library. Book good, boards loose at hinges, water damage to spine, pieces loose from spine, spotting and scratches on both boards, edges worn, corners bumped and discolored. No DJ.Buyer pays $7.75 s/h. Full insurance required for all items. Additional charge for international shipping. No paypal (except for Canada and the UK) or CC payment available for international customers for items over $100. California residents add 8.25% sales tax.
What the seller forgot to mention was that Thomas Pynchon Jr. (the author )had a father whose name was also Thomas (Ruggles) Pynchon.
I sent an Email to the seller and asked "Is this the bookplate of the father of the author?"
His quick response was "yes, we believe so"
Let The Buyer Beware. See you on Sunday.

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