The Rocky Mountain Book & Paper Fair, an annual event in Denver, CO, was last weekend. The theme this year was myesteries, and many things were for sale that might be of interest to mystery-lovers, though there are probably only a few of us who could afford them. For example, from Charles Parkhurst Rare Books, Erle Stanley Gardner's manuscript for The Case of the Smoking Chimney ($24,000) and a first edition of Agatha Christie's Sparkling Cyanide ($1500); from Fireproof Books, first editions of Elmore Leonard and John P. Marquand titles ($1000-3000); and, from Bungalow Books, a first edition of Gardner's Give 'Em the Ax ($850, published under the pseudonym A.A. Fair).
I'm bemused to see that the poster advertised mysteries "from incunabula to pulp." Incunabula are books published in the 15th century. Since even by the most generous reckoning the earliest mysteries appeared in the 19th century, it's no surprise that this turned out to be a bit of an overstatement.