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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Hey Fellows

Advertisment for the Library War Service of the American Library Association.

Found in "Write It Right" by Ambrose Bierce. Published by Union Library Association, 1943.

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What Lies Above

I'm out of the shop this morning, so I won't be bringing you a new bookmark. I'm off to a neighboring town to check out some books found in the attic of a 200-year-old stone building, an attic that hasn't been explored in at least 50 years. Should be fun! I'll share some photos when I get back.

Papa's Daughters

I had an inquiry about this book today, thought I would share it while I had it off the shelf:

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Sheryl Sirkel Patton, who entered over on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, see you here on Monday.

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Friday Giveaway: Six Matched Volumes of "The World's Greatest Literature" - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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The Picnic

Photograph, no date or writing on reverse.

Found in "Adam and Eve" by John Erskine. Published by Bobbs Merrill, 1927.

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Fifteen Hungarian postage stamps.

Found in "Phonetics of American English" by Charles Kenneth Thomas. Published by Ronald Press, 1958.

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 Small pendant on a worn cloth ribbon.

Found in "Merilyn Tests Loyalty" by Harriet Pyne Grove. Published by A.L. Burt, 1927.

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Neat looking bookmark advertising "Chestnut Paperbacks, Inc." of Philadelphia PA.

Found in "The Radical Right" edited by Daniel Bell. Published by Anchor Books, 1964.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Amanda Baker, who entered over on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveway: Six Matched Children's Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed, I will announce the winner shortly.

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