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Surplus Value Books: Catalog Number 13

Author: Rick Moody
ISBN: 0-9677410-2-5
Original Region: United States
Original Language: English
Publication Date: 2003
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Rick Moody’s short story, Surplus Value Books #13 is a character study of a particular bookseller. The story is told through the description of books for sale in a catalog. Values are assigned to each item in the catalog according to the bookseller’s inherent personal desire for each item. Themes of value, voyeurism and deceit are presented along with the pathology of collecting.

Surplus Value Books #13 standard edition features a slipcase resembling a mailing envelope for the ‘catalog’ with a surrogate cancelled C3a, arguably the most collectible U.S. postage stamp of the 20th century. It is presented as a traditional case bound book that acts as the bookseller’s catalog and is formatted as a bookseller’s catalog. The standard edition contains photographic images of the books for sale throughout the catalog. This differs from the deluxe edition. The deluxe has the photographs contained in a separate print production folio. The frontispiece illustration contains overprinted text that reveals a few words that give the reader clues about the nature of the text. The absolute whiteness of the standard edition binding is meant to evoke a book in sheets.

Wilber H. Schilling at Indulgence Press performed all design, printing, and binding of the standard edition. The text was printed letterpress using light blue and black inks onto Somerset Velvet papers. All the images in the book were printed using an Epson 2000P ink jet printer. The book was half bound in alum-tawed leather with handmade linen paper covered boards.

Edition: 174 numbered
Size: 44 pages, 8 x 5 inches (boxed)

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