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Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA

Tomball, Texas, USA

Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA specializes in Horror, Modern First Editions, Science Fiction.

About Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA

Grayshelf Books is an online collectors library originating out of the love of collecting rare books. We specialize, but are not limited to, modern first editions from the 20th and 21st century. We also maintain inventory of rare works in the Science Fiction and Horror genres. We guarantee all of our books in regards to condition stated on the listings and all books are protected in mylar covers and shipped with the utmost care in sturdy boxes. Thanks for viewing our listings!

Biblio Member Since
2018

Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA

Tomball, TX 77377 USA

Terms of sale for Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA

Bryan H. Young D.V.M.dba Grayshelf Books, 19111 Desert Eagle Dr., Tomball, Tx 77377Email - bhydvm@gmail.comWe accept payment by Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, checks, or money orders.Texas residents please add 8% sales tax.We guarantee all books to be as described.Additional scans of books will be provided upon request.
30 day full money back guarantee to include shipping costs if an item arrives damaged or not as described in listing.

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Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA is a member of:

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Interview with Bryan H Young of Grayshelf Books, IOBA, TXBA

When did you get started in bookselling?
I just got started this year, 2018.
What drew you to bookselling?
My wife and I have been collectors for many years and have built up a substantial library....my career as a Veterinarian has gotten to a point where I have alot of free time on my hands so I decided to use that time to turn my hobby into a small business.
Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
Yes, my main mentor is Bob Lakin, who is a bookseller out of Corsicana, Texas....I believe he lists on Biblio as well. He has taught me quite a bit about the business but more importantly taught me so much about rare books. Another bookseller who I have learned a lot from is Pat Cramer, who has a large presence here on Biblio.
What are your specialties as a dealer?
I broadly specialize in modern first editions in fiction and literature and more specifically I have collections in horror and science fiction.
What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
Since I've only been selling for a short while I am going to answer that with the most amazing book in my inventory, which is a near fine copy of "Catcher in the Rye", housed in a custom slipcase....I am having trouble listing this one; I don't know if I can part with it!
What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
I really enjoy the hunt for books, which I do both online and in stores; its very satisfying to see a book you think might be valuable to someone and find that you were right! I also really enjoy doing book shows - I like talking to other dealers about books and the business.
Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
No
What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
I have many faves! Murder by the Book and Brazos Bookstore in Houston, the HPB flagship in Dallas, McMurtry's Booked Up, and I love Peter Stern's shop in Boston. And I know independent booksellers probably don't like this but I like going into a Barnes & Noble every now and again....after dealing with mostly used books its nice to see a lot of pristine books!
What do you personally like to read? Collect?
I read fiction, all different kinds. Horror, mystery, scifi, fantasy, thrillers...I read it all. My recent favorites are "Shadow of the Wind" by Zafon and the Old Man's War series by Scalzi. I am currently reading "Game of Thrones" and King's "Needful Things" (for I think the 4th time!).
What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
My first edition of "Catch 22". It's one of my favorite books of all time and this copy was a gift from my wife....it's not for sale!
What one book would you buy if price were no object?
Maybe a first edition Frankenstein? Or a "War and Peace"? I would also love to acquire a nice "To Kill a Mockingbird".
If you were stranded on a desert island and could bring three books, what would they be?
"The Stand", "Lord of the Rings", and a King James Bible.