Kicking off the season of lists with something a bit different; our marmite list. Books we love, but for one reason or another haven’t sold in 2016. Not to be taken too seriously, of course, this is a very localised list which only applies to Bristol. Don’t get too upset if you find your name on this list, you are, on the whole, in good company. And for those who have their second outing - well, we keep on buying your books, even if we can’t sell them.
All books have already been seriously marked down but we will take any reasonable offers for all 10!
Lima Peru - edited by Mario Testino
I think we had 19 copies left at the end of 2015 and now we seem to have 21….. Returns? It’s not a bad book really. One of the few affordable books in the Latin American Photobook. Massive too. We sold over 30 copies of Yul Brynner and none of this? What does this say about our customer base?
Maquette Braunschweig - Boris Mikhailov
Any of his titles really, but we still love him.
Last Paradise - Nicolas Righetti
Opportunistic buy from a remainder merchant, serves us right. Well, we did sell one last week and celebrated. This will become a freebie to all our American customers next year, sorry.
The Bungalow - Anouk Kruithof
Another artist we love, but this one we just can’t sell: maybe it needs an artful box or some clever wrapping?
Darkroom - Adam Bartos
We are really puzzled by this. Brilliant book for all darkroom nerds - maybe there’s just not that many left of those? Also very tall and probably would not fit onto your normal sized shelving.
Hidden Islam - Nicolo Degiorgis
One of the greatest photobooks of the last few years but I guess everyone has a copy. There is also the problem of American jobbers/wholesalers offering the book at really low prices (they dont have the stock but are allowed to list books which sort of screws it up for everyone else, Blame the American distributor and their demands for 80% plus discount plus carriage.) I am sure there is some clever marketing could be done for the US here?
The Thirty-Two Inch Ruler - John Gossage
No idea how this ended-up in the long-term car park but there is is, gathering dust.
Fuck it - Michele Sibiloni
Scott liked this a lot and still does. But he forgot to check how many cheap copies were floating around including Amazon, always a mistake.
Lotus - Max Pinckers
Max Is brilliant at distribution and selling and also printed a lot of copies, so there is very little hope that this will sell out too soon. Good book though and we really don’t mind sitting on it for a few years
OK, not a household name but no copies sold in 12 months? Again this a substantial large Coffee-table sort of book so maybe it’s the size. Maybe we should only buy small books, say up to 18cm and not not weighing more than 750 grams.
Bottom of the Lake / Fond du Lac - Christian Patterson
A case of optimism on our parts. One for the most over-rated book category ?
Kagero and Colours - Daido Moriyama
We’ve had 30 copies for a couple of years but forgot to list it for sale anywhere. Very simple.
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