Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Sarah Coddington, who entered here on the site.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, see you here on Monday.

Friday Giveaway: Limited Edition of The Great Gatsby - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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The Fortress

Four 3-cent stamps featuring La Fortaleza in Puerto Rico.

Found in "The Story of Everest" by Captain John Noel. Published by Blue Ribbon Books, 1931.

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Sun And Shadow

Photo postcard.

Found in "The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes" published by Houghton Mifflin, 1890.

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Very Critical

Newspaper clipping, pasted on a sheet of paper. Dated January 13, 1938.

Found in "A Mirror For Witches" by Esther Forbes. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1928.

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Who I Am Or Was

Inscription, dated May 3, 1960 - Oneonta NY:


Yes, I can see it all now, you in twenty years finding this book in some moldy old closet and wondering where the heck you got it from. Then you'll flip open the cover and see this and try to recollect who I am or was, depending. You'll slowly remember and that will be the end of it, and back into the moldy closet.

Well, hon I don't think I'll ever forget all the fun you, Sue and I had this past year. Good luck, I'm sure you'll be successful.


The book is "Van Gogh" by Rene Huyghe. Published by Crown, 1958.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Annie Reynolds Gellhorn, who entered over on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, see you here next week.

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Friday Giveaway: Ten Antiquarian Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed. Winner will be announced shortly.

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Away Mission

I posted on Monday that I was off to check out some books that had been locked away, unseen, for nearly fifty years. The caretaker in charge was sick on Monday, but I was able to see them yesterday afternoon.

Here's a quick recap of the experience, a chance for you all to walk in my shoes for the day:

The caretaker was nice enough to haul the books out of the dusty and unlit attic down to an upper floor. It was still unheated, however. Good thing I brought my sorting gloves.

Nearly all of the books were from the 1820s to the 1870s. They were part of a private reading library that belonged to a local organization.

About 750 books in all. There were lots of larger sets; Waverly Novels, Dickens' Works, encyclopedias - as well as a good collection of United States history, specifically the western states.

Here are some of the highlights:

Early edition of James Fenimore Cooper's "History of the Navy" from 1847. Published in Cooperstown.

An "Oddfellows" anthology.

There were many different titles on Abraham Lincoln.

A very early printing of Uncle Tom's Cabin from 1852 (25th thousand).

"Uncle Tom's Cabin" in two volumes.

Not particularly valuable, but I liked the cover.

There's nothing like a nice spine lineup.

This is a very early edition, perhaps a first American edition, of "David Copperfield." I was unable to find much information on this particular printing.

An early colorized atlas of the world. I believe there were four volumes originally, I was only able to find two.

There is something about engravings that resonate with me. Here is Grant and Sherman from a Civil War history. Don't stare at Sherman too long... his eyes start looking back at you.

Another shelfie.

A nice and clean two volume edition of Carlyle's "French Revolution" from 1848.

An early Lincoln biography; this book has "Honest Abe" embossed on the front cover, I believe it was one of the first mainstream uses of that nickname.

An early Elizabeth Barrett Browning edition.


Not a first edition, but a very early printing of Hawthorne's "Scarlet Letter."

First edition of Washington Irving's "Astoria."

Another early Browning.

And I even found a forgotten bookmark in this history of Massachusetts:

I will probably end up going over to look at them again, do a little more research, then make an offer. I'll be sure to let you know if I bring them home.

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Don't Take Your Teeth To Town


Emma went to hospital October 8 / 34

got glasses 8 Feb 36

Emma went to work the L.I. Jan 35

got teeth 10 Sept 1935

Written in "Improbable Tales" by Clinton Ross. Published by Putnam, 1892.

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