>d I fired off an email to the seller informing him of my intention never to buy from him again,
It might have been more productive to ask about how to return it, but too late now. Most online booksellers have pretty generous return policies, especially if you are buying from someplace like alibris or abe.
If you bought from amazon marketplace, you should know that if the price says “x number of used and new from $xx.xx,” that almost always means that most of what’s there is going to be used. Don’t buy from amazon unless you see “sold by and shipped from amazon.com” or you know who the third-part seller is, since amazon marketplace gives you less recourse than anywhere except maybe ebay.