I thought you'd find this interesting: I learned of Argosy by reading a bit of "bad" publicity in the book "Used and Rare" by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone; no doubt you're familiar with it. (It was unfortunate that the authors had to grind their ax in print in what was an otherwise enjoyable book.) But I had never heard of Argosy before and my curiosity was piqued, so negative comments notwithstanding, I decided to pay a brief visit to the store. I reserved a book (long sought-after) ahead of time because I knew I'd be on an extremely tight schedule with several stops to make in just a few hours' time. Calling to reserve the book was a pleasant, very efficient experience, with a prompt return call to confirm availability. When I stopped in to purchase the book, the greeting (by one of the sisters, I'm not sure which) was extremely pleasant, the service so prompt and also she informed me of a signed letter by the subject I was interested in (unfortunately, I was unable to purchase the letter that day). I found the photo of Lawrence Olivier and Vivien Leigh as Caesar (or Antony?) and Cleopatra which hangs over the register very interesting-- had seen it before in a book. My only disappointment was that I was unable to actually spend time in the store-- it looked so inviting! But I will make it a point to spend time there on my next visit. So you see, even bad publicity can be very beneficial! Thank you for an enjoyable, if brief, experience!
I *Just* got the books. Satisfied is way too common a word. Superlative is way to low to describe the condition of the books. I am astonished! You have under-graded their condition. They are "As New", they have never been read! I have been collecting books for some 40 years. There is no remnant of thumbing through the pages. The spines are mint, and the covers and corners are immaculate. I am grateful to you for the low cost of these volumes, and they shall be well read (except for the Latin passages, at least until I have gained some fluency in that as-of-yet unexplored language, though I have a passing acquaintance with it). You have gained a life long client! Many thanks for the great pack job, as the USPS was none to gentle with the box. It was somewhat "ventilated" when they put it on my doorstep. But the books held up very very well. Sincerely Yours,