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Did I forget to mention last week that the blog was going to be on vacation this week? Of course I did. Sorry! However, just because I am out doesn’t mean things stop happening so here’s a brief list of what’s going on book-wise this week:

  • This weekend our good friends at the APL Friends Foundation will be hosting the annual Austin Teen Book Festival to be held on Saturday October 1 at the Palmer Events Center. According to their website: “The Festival, which expects well over 2,000 attendees this year, will feature thirty of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult fiction authors in the country, including Texas born and raised author Scott Westerfeld as the keynote speaker. Westerfeld is the author of five science fiction novels for adults and three series of novels for young adults. He is most notably known for his books Peeps and So Yesterday, which were both named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, as well as his Leviathan and Uglies series.”

  • In case you missed it, on Thursday September 22 the Austin City Council was given a presentation of the new Central Library schematic design by staff and architectural consultants. Thanks to the City of Austin Channel 6 and the miracle of digital streaming video, you can watch their presentation in it’s entirety here (click on the City Council tab and fast-forward to segment number 55). You can also witness the presentation to the Austin Library Commission in person this coming Monday September 26 at 7:00pm in the Austin History Center.

  • This week is a special one for anyone who has ever been concerned about preserving their freedom to read. National Banned Books Week, which runs from September 24 through October 1, serves as a reminder to readers across the country that the freedoms we so often take for granted can easily be taken away in the name of what some call “decency”. This year the top 10 books challenged by legislatures, school districts and parents were:

    • And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson. Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Reasons: offensive language, racism, religious viewpoint, sex education, sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group
    • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
    • Crank by Ellen Hopkins. Reasons: drugs, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit
    • The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins. Reasons: sexually explicit, violence, unsuited to age group
    • Lush by Natasha Friend. Reasons: drugs, sexually explicit, offensive language, unsuited to age group
    • What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones. Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    • Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By In America by Barbara Ehrenreich. Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint
    • Revolutionary Voices edited by Amy Sonnie. Reasons: homosexuality, sexually explicit
    • Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer. Reasons: sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence, unsuited to age group

    If you want to show your support of these and other “dangerous” books, stop by the store or the Austin Public Library and pick up a copy of your very own. Power to the people!

Be sure to tune in next week, same time and same URL, for the continuing adventures of Recycled Reads and our exciting Collectibles Cabinets. Until then… happy reading!

September 25, 2011 at 4:50 pm Leave a comment

E-Libri Pluribus

Having briefly covered the history of public libraries in this country last week, I thought it would only be fair to prognosticate on the future of public libraries in this country – assuming of course there is one…

Being a strong proponent of using technology as a means to better the human condition, I have been fascinated by the rapid expansion of e-books throughout the publishing industry. Since the production and distribution of an e-book requires little in the way of physical or financial resources, the cost to publishers of producing and selling e-books is significantly lower than that of traditional printed material. You might think that this would be a financial windfall for publishers who control the pricing of e-books, but instead many publishers are scrambling to undercut the prices of their competitors to gain a share of this rapidly expanding market. You might also think that this ongoing e-book price war would be good news for public libraries that are being forced to cut expenditures on materials in circulation, but the reality is not so clear.

Most public libraries in this country do not purchase their materials directly from publishers but rather through third-party companies that make bulk purchases on behalf of multiple library systems. While this does result in some economy-of-scale savings to libraries for printed books, the same is not true for e-books. For starters, most libraries use a different company for e-book catalog management than their traditional purchaser. To maintain strict license control over their electronic inventory, these companies only allow libraries to RENT e-book titles from their catalog. While this may give library patrons access to a larger and more rapidly changing catalog, it also insures that long-term access to any given title is not under library control [see "circulating libraries"].

As time marches on, publishers will inevitably print fewer books in favor of e-books for the simple reason that there is less financial risk involved with e-books: no materials costs, no print costs, no distribution costs, no inventory costs. As a result, there will soon come a time when certain titles in your public library are only available in e-book format. That’s fine if you are a library patron who owns or has access to an e-book reader device like a Kindle, smart-phone or computer – but not every library patron is so fortunate, and most libraries do not provide unlimited or unrestricted access to these expensive devices. Without the option of relatively expensive print on demand technology, access to e-book-only titles will be restricted to the most privileged in the community [see "social libraries"].

Although these predictions cast the future of public libraries in doubt, there are in fact technological solutions to each of these issues. To resolve the issue of insured access to e-books over time, library organizations such as the American Library Organization could lobby e-book management companies to do something currently required of major software manufacturers: place a copy of their products in escrow. In the event the company fails or otherwise cannot meet its obligations to public libraries, those libraries will retain access to their current catalogs. To address the lack of e-book reader devices, libraries could retain the rights to own print-on-demand copies of titles which are only provided in e-book format. Although limited in number, this would provide the option of a printed book to those who have no other means of reading.

What future public libraries really need is another Andrew Carnegie to fund e-book readers and services for smaller communities across the country. If I owned a majority stake in either Amazon or Google, that’s what I would be doing right about now.

Super Sci-Fi Sale Saturday
On Saturday August 20 Recycled Reads will host its second annual Super Saturday Sci-Fi Sale in conjunction with the upcoming Armadillocon 33 Sci-Fi writer and fan convention to be held August 26-28 at the nearby Renaissance Hotel. Our friends who work hard to organize Armadillocon each year are regular customers and are quite knowledgeable when it comes to the depth, breadth and pricing of our science fiction selection. We’re calling our event “The Sky’s The Limit” Sale because each of the several hundred vintage sci-fi hardcover books we have selected are going to be sold for the amazingly low price of $1 each, and “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to how many you can take home.

Book Art Workshop III
If you’re not into Sci-Fi but like to be both creative and destructive at the same time, are you in luck! Recycled Reads truly lives up to its name this Saturday as we will be hosting the third of our Book Art Workshops where kids of all ages learn how to make interesting objets d’art from discarded books, media and other materials. Last week we focused on making paper jewelry beads and that was a big hit with parents and kids alike. Bring the family and a good imagination on Saturday August 20, and who knows – you may create the next recycled masterpiece!

New Collectibles

This week we continue to highlight just a few of the many new additions going into to our Collectibles Cabinets. If you have questions about these or any of our Collectibles, please contact us during store hours at (512) 323-5123.

The following items will be available beginning Thursday August 18:

Tantra Asana & Tantra Art - (1971)

Tantra Asana & Tantra Art – (1971) This is a set of two over-sized art volumes by Ajit Mookerjee which provide the reader with a visual initiation into the field of Tantra, “a holistic approach to the study of the universal from the point of view of the individual: the study of the macrocosm through the study of the microcosm”:

  • TANTRA ASANA: A Way To Self-Realization – Copyright 1971
  • TANTRA ART: Its Philosophy & Physics – Copyright 1971/72

Published by Ravi Kumar, Basel/Paris/New Delhi; Copyrights as stated above. Unaltered dust jackets with no printed retail price; penciled price on ffrep of each book of $27.50. Moderate jacket wear to each book including some mended edge tears and chips; dust jackets have delaminated; penciled in notation of price and wear purchased along top edge of ffrep of each book; no other writing or marks and no stains.


Lyndon Johnson And His Times - (1991,1998)

Lyndon Johnson And His Times – (1991,1998) One of our least-admired presidents, Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973) has been portrayed in recent years by other writers as a “monster” of ambition, greed and cruelty. Author Robert Dallek’s LBJ is a somewhat more complicated, contradictory and sympathetic character, “struggling with inner demons that drove and tormented him.” Based on years of research in over 450 manuscript collections and oral histories, plus recently released White House tapes, as well as numerous personal interviews with people who knew and worked with LBJ, Dallek’s biography reveals Johnson as a flawed, but visionary leader. Through Dallek’s writing, Johnson emerges as a man of towering intensity and anguished insecurity, of grandiose ambition and grave self-doubt, a man who was brilliant, crude, intimidating, compassionate, overbearing, driven: “A tornado in pants.”

Dallek’s two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson received an avalanche of praise. Michael Beschloss, in The Los Angeles Times, said that it “succeeds brilliantly.” The New York Times called it “rock solid” and The Washington Post hailed it as “invaluable.” Sidney Blumenthal in The Boston Globe wrote that it was “dense with astonishing incidents.” Written in a clear, thoughtful, and evenhanded style, Dallek reveals both the greatness and the tangled complexities of one of the most extravagant characters ever to ascend to the White House. Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs, the books also include Notes and full Index. Lone Star Rising is signed by Robert Dallek. Both books are are First Edition/First Printings and are in very well-cared for condition!

Published by Oxford University Press; Copyrights: 1991 (Lone Star…), 1998 (Flawed Giant); Both are First Edition/First Printing and Lone Star Rising is signed by author Robert Dallek on the full-title page. Unaltered dust jackets with Retail Price of $30.00 on Lone Star Rising; no printed price on Flawed Giant. Light edge wear to dust jackets; other than author’s signature, no writing, marks or stains.


Memories, Dreams, Reflections By C. G. Jung - (1963)

Memories, Dreams, Reflections By C. G. Jung – (1963) In the spring of 1957 when he was eighty-one years old, Carl G. Jung (1875-1961) undertook the telling of his life story. At regular intervals he had conversations with his colleague and friend Aniela Jaffé, and collaborated with her in the preparation of the text based on these talks. On occasion, he was moved to write entire chapters of the book in his own hand, and he continued to work on the final stages of the manuscript until shortly before his death on June 6, 1961. Instead of recounting meetings with celebrities (the sole exception being with Sigmund Freud) or making judgments on world events, the book is Jung’s statement of faith, philosophy and principles. It is a piece of self-analysis and provides the model for the application of Jungian psychoanalysis to an individual’s life. The book also contains Jung’s systematic thinking about the existence of God. Recorded and edited by Aniela Jaffe and translated by Richard & Clara Winston, this volume includes numerous black and white photographs as well as Appendices, Glossary and Bibliography.

Published by Pantheon Books, NY; Copyright 1963; Third Printing copy (May 1963) with unaltered dust jacket showing original Retail Price of $7.50. Moderate wear to dust jacket including mended tears and chipping, as well as some discoloration; previous owner’s information has been “whited out” on ffrep; light foxing to glossy photo pages; some foxing to page edges; a few tick marks noted – but all are in light pencil and could be erased without damage.


On The Road: The Original Scroll - (2007)

On The Road: The Original Scroll – (2007) In three weeks in April of 1951, Jack Kerouac wrote his first full draft of On the Road typed as a single-spaced paragraph on eight long sheets of tracing paper, which he later taped together to form a 120-foot scroll. A major literary event when it was published in Viking hardcover in 2007, this book is the uncut version of that American classic: rougher, wilder, and more provocative than the official work that appeared, heavily edited, in 1957. This version, capturing a moment in creative history, represents the first full expression of Kerouac’s revolutionary aesthetic.

Published by Viking; Copyright for this edition: 2007, this is a First Printing with unaltered dust jacket showing original Retail Price of $25.95. Light waviness along a small portion of the upper edge of the dust jacket (front panel) from moisture exposure (no stains); light edge wear to dust jacket; no writing, marks, or stains.


General Kirby Smith, C.S.A. - (1954)

General Kirby Smith, C.S.A. – (1954) A title in the Southern Biography Series first published by Louisiana State University Press in 1954, author Joseph H. Parks’ biography of General Kirby Smith was the first critical biography of the Confederate general who commanded the largest theater of the Civil War, the Trans-Mississippi Department, and who held the same important command post longer than any other officer on either side. The illustrations include a B/W frontispiece portrait of Smith, photos of Smith’s boyhood home and the Kirby Smith family, as well as two maps: one showing the Kentucky campaign and the other a map of the Trans-Mississippi command.

Published by Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Copyright 1954, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket showing original Retail Price of $6.00. The nicest copy of the 1954 LSU first edition we’ve seen – no writing or marks; dust jacket has minor edge wear including light soiling and a few small chips and tears to edges.


Betting, Booze And Brothels: Vice, Corruption And Justice In Jefferson County, Texas - (2006)

Betting, Booze And Brothels: Vice, Corruption And Justice In Jefferson County, Texas – (2006) By the turn of the twentieth century, Beaumont, Texas had acquired a reputation as a rough place. Situated in the oil-soaked chaos of Spindletop, Jefferson County was a hotbed of vice. For decades, gambling and prostitution thrived as elected officials either looked the other way or took money to keep quiet. That is, until 1960 when a swashbuckling young state legislator blew into town and spearheaded an intensive investigation into the rampant vice and governmental corruption that supported it. And, at a time when such things were virtually unheard of, he and his committee played it out on live television. When the dust finally cleared, the local governments of Jefferson County were turned inside out. Written by Wanda A. Landrey and Laura C. O’Toole and illustrated with B/W photographs and drawings, this edition includes Notes, Bibliography and Index.

Published by Eakin Press, Austin; Copyright 2006, this is a First Edition/Second Printing softcover with printed Retail Price of $24.95. Light cover wrap wear including a few finger-handling indents to covers; finger-handling stain to three page margins; no writing.


Robert Bolano's 2666 - (2008)

Robert Bolano’s 2666 – (2008) This was the author’s eighth book translated into English and was published posthumously in the U.S. In 2008. Robert Bolano died of liver failure in 2003, and it was said he worked feverishly to finish this work, now considered his epic masterpiece. This first American multi-volume softcover (slip-cased) edition was published simultaneously with the hardcover First American Edition, however it is considered to be more collectible because it was issued in a very small and limited print run, it conforms more closely to Bolano’s stated wishes about the book, and it was not reissued once all the First Edition copies were sold. The slipcased edition presents the novel in three separate volumes, which approximates Roberto Bolano’s original (and brilliant) plan to publish the book in separate installments that correspond to the novel’s different yet intertwined parts.

Made of up five interlocking novellas, 2666‘s plot swirls around a mysterious German novelist, Benno von Archimboldi, and his connection to a series of gruesome murders in an impoverished Mexican town. As poets and critics collide with boxers and Black Panthers in the desolation of the Sonora Desert, Bolano shows his rare ability to blend the literary puzzle-boxes of Borges (Bolano’s literary hero) with gritty and quixotic adventure and crime stories. 2666 takes the kaleidoscopic insanity of contemporary literature and culture, and applies it to the globalized world. The result is a 21st-century masterpiece in the tradition of Don DeLillo’s WHITE NOISE or David Foster Wallace’s INFINITE JEST. The New York Times Book Review selected 2666 as one of its 10 Best Books of 2008, Publishers Weekly named it a Best Book of 2008, and it won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award for best fiction.

Published by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, NY; Copyright 2004, English Translation by Natasha Wimmer copyright 2008; this is a First American Edition/First Printing (full number line) in slipcase showing Original Retail Price of $30.00 (printed on the slipcase). This is not an ex-library or remaindered set; other than very minimal cover or edge wear, the books and slipcase are in very nice, very clean condition. No spine creases, no marks, stains, etc. to books.


30 Bike Rides In The Austin Area - (1973)

30 Bike Rides In The Austin Area – (1973) A bit of nostalgia for those who’ve been around Austin since the early 1970’s, or for those who wish they were! This vintage publication by Kevin Pratt features wonderful hand-drawn maps and notes, plus drawings of buildings and structures around the Austin area, all circa 1973. 30 Bike Rides In The Austin Area could still be used for the purpose it was published, but of course there are more roads, and certainly more vehicles to deal with than existed in the early 1970’s.

Maps and bike routes include several in “Central Austin” (pre-MoPac or Loop 360), and out of town routes encompass Pflugerville, New Sweden, Moore’s Crossing, Camp Ben McCullough, Bee Caves, Hamilton’s Pool, Pace Bend, Lohmann’s Crossing, and even longer routes that include Georgetown, Lockhart, Wimberly and “Out back of Bee Caves”. This is a very nice copy of a blast from the past! It was even “Printed on 100% Recycled Paper”, a novelty in its time.

Published by (John) Jenkins Publishing Co, Austin; Copyright 1973. Illustrated softcover wraps have partial creasing to upper corners; one page has an upturned bottom gutter edge (binding error) ; no writing, marks, stains, etc.


Riding Through Central Texas: 22 Cycle Excursions - (1981)

Riding Through Central Texas: 22 Cycle Excursions – (1981) The 22 cycling excursions in this book encompass Austin and the surrounding area of central Texas, including Dripping Springs, Smithville, Bee Cave, San Marcos and more. Author Richard Zelade not only provides detailed ride maps, but historical information, including photos, copies of vintage postcards, drawings and reproductions of lithographs. The book is illustrated with numerous maps, historical and more recent, plus includes a large folding map in a rear pocket. Zelade, a local writer who also wrote the guide books Hill Country and Austin, says of this book: “More than just a compilation of itineraries: it is also a field guide to the vanished past.” A fascinating reference for Austin and the central Texas area. Cover and interior sketches by Tony Bell.

Published by The Violet Crown Press, Austin; Copyright 1981, this is a First Edition. Library bound hardcover; ex-lib copy with a few internal stamps and stickers; lightly used – no stains or marks.


Documents Of Texas History - (2002)

Documents Of Texas History – (2002) Edited by Ernest Wallace, David M. Vigness and George B. Ward, Documents of Texas History is a valuable reference that provides an in-depth, first-hand understanding of Texas history. The 141 documents selected for this book are accounts of significant events in Texas history, beginning with Cabeza de Vaca’s 1528 expedition and ending with the nationwide influence of the Dallas Cowboys and their Super Bowl victory in 1994. The documents are drawn from a great number of sources: archives, historical periodicals, rare books, government publications, and newspapers. They are arranged in chronological order and each document is prefaced by an introduction which provides background and interpretation of the event or topic at hand. First published in 1963, this is the updated Second Edition. This book provides an excellent overview of Texas history in all its depth and diversity.

Published by Texas State Historical Association; 2002 Second Edition Printing. Former library copy in very nice condition; library binding; two library stickers laminated on covers and one internal inventory stamp.


Liverpool The 5th Beatle: An African-American Odyssey - (2000)

Liverpool The 5th Beatle: An African-American Odyssey – (2000) This unusual book offers a perspective on the rise of the Liverpool Mersey Sound and the Beatles by someone who drank in the same pubs and played in the same clubs as the Beatles. The author delves much deeper than the average rock journalist to present an amazingly original comparison of Liverpool with Black America of the 1950s and ’60s, offering an insight into how the social and musical conditions in the Black-American community found a direct heart-beat amongst the Liverpool youth who were singularly responsible for the rise of the Mersey Sound and the incredible success of the Beatles. The book gives insight into the Beatles and the ghetto conditions in which the Mersey Sound began.

Author Prem Willis-Pitts was born and raised in Liverpool. Ringo Starr worked with his father; he had a girlfriend in common with Paul McCartney; and he replaced George Harrison in a band that Harrison left to join the Beatles. This scarce book is profusely illustrated with over 250 black and white photographs, drawings, etc. For anyone interested in Beatles memorabilia, the photos and illustrations in this book are fascinating!

Published by Amozen Press, Littleton, CO; Copyright: 2000, this is a First Edition with printed cover price of $29.95. Former library copy in library binding with minimal stamps/stickers. No reader marks or stains. A nice copy of a scarce publication!


Texas Confederate County Notes And Private Scrip - (1961)

Texas Confederate County Notes And Private Scrip – (1961) Written by Hank Bieciuk and H.G. “Bill” Corbin, this is a comprehensive listing of currency printed, issued, and used by Texas counties, cities, and private individuals during the period of the Civil War. Illustrated with photographs of currency and includes Rarity Scale and Addenda pages.

Self-Published by the Authors; Copyright 1961, this is a First Edition. Four other copies of this book found on current resell market are all softcover; unknown if this was specially bound for library use; former library copy with stamps/stickers; soiled marks on front cover board; glossy pages are lightly age-toned; finger-handling indents, but no stains, marks, or writing.


The Mill On The Floss - (1890's)

The Mill On The Floss – (1890’s) English novelist Mary Anne Evans (1819-1880) wrote under the pen name George Eliot, partially to ensure her works were taken seriously, and partially in an attempt to shield her personal life from public scrutiny. “Eliot” became one of the leading writers of the Victorian era, and was most known for her novels The Mill On The Floss, Silas Marner, Middlemarch, and Daniel Deronda. Most of her seven novels were set in provincial England, and were known for their realism and psychological insight.

The Mill on the Floss was first published in three volumes in 1860 by William Blackwood. The first American edition was by Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York. The novel details the lives of Tom and Maggie Tulliver, a brother and sister growing up on the River Floss near the village of St. Ogg’s in England, probably in the 1820s after the Napoleonic Wars but before the Reform Act of 1832. Both the river and the village are fictional. The novel spans a period of 10 to 15 years, from Tom’s and Maggie’s childhood up until their deaths in a flood on the Floss. The book is fictional autobiography in part, reflecting the disgrace that George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) herself had while in a lengthy relationship with a married man, George Henry Lewes.

Published by J.H. Sears & Co, NY; No Copyright Date; Circa 1890’s. Two volume set with “flex” embossed covers; gilt designs and titles; gilt upper page edges; sewn-in permanent markers; decorated endpapers; in very good condition: minor wear and rubbing to boards; no writing or marks. One small finger-handling stain to upper margin of one page. Bindings are sound with no cracked hinges or loose pages. A remarkably well-preserved set!


The Inman Diary: A Public And Private Confession - (1985)

The Inman Diary: A Public And Private Confession – (1985) Arthur Crew Inman (1895–1963) was a reclusive and unsuccessful American poet whose 17-million word diary, extending from 1919 to 1963, is one of the longest English language diaries on record. Between 1919 and his death by suicide in 1963, Inman wrote 155 volumes of what consisted of an autobiography, social chronicle, and an apologia addressed to unborn readers. Into this fascinating record Inman poured memories of a privileged Atlanta childhood, disastrous prep-school years, a nervous collapse in college followed by a bizarre life of self-diagnosed invalidism. After becoming obsessed with his health in his 20’s, Inman confined himself to a darkened room in his Boston apartment where he lived vicariously. Through newspaper advertisements he hired “talkers” to tell him the stories of their lives, and he wove their strange histories into the diary. Young women in particular fascinated him. He studied their moods, bought them clothes, fondled them, and counseled them on their love affairs. While reflecting on national politics, waifs and revolutions, Inman speaks directly about his fears, compulsions, fantasies, and nightmares, coaxing the reader into intimacy with him.

This compelling work is many things: a case history of a deeply troubled man; the story of a transplanted and self-conscious southerner; a historical overview of Boston illuminated with striking cityscapes; and an odd sort of American social history. Harvard professor of English and American literature Daniel Aaron published this two-volume abridgment in 1985, and a one-volume version in 1996. Reviewing the two-volume edition, Time described Inman as a “megalomaniacal bigot misogynist Peeping Tom hypochondriac,” who “who hated Jews, Italians and Roosevelt while admiring Hitler.” The reviewer for the New York Times enjoyed Inman’s many portraits of working class and middle class visitors with interesting stories, but thought less of his self-revelations, “that mostly meant giving vent to bristling prejudices about lesser breeds (lesser than Nordic, that is to say).” Lorenzo DeStefano authored Camera Obscura, a play based on the diaries which has been performed at the Seattle Repertory Theatre (2001) and at London’s Almeida Theatre (2002). The Inman Diaries, an opera by Thomas Oboe Lee based on the diary and DeStefano’s play, was commissioned and produced by Intermezzo Opera of Boston. The world premiere took place there in September 2007.

Published by Harvard University Press; Set Copyright: 1985, this is a First Printing slip-cased edition published without dust jackets. In very nice condition with minimal wear to cloth boards and storage box; no writing, marks, or stains. Each book has a permanent page marker sewn in.


Myths And Legends: The Folklore Edition - (1910's)

Myths And Legends: The Folklore Edition – (1910’s) Two volumes of a limited-edition set published early in the 20th century:

  • Myths and Legends of Japan by F. Hadland Davis
  • Myths and Legends of The North American Indians by Lewis Spence F.R.A.I.

Both volumes are Limited Editions Number 506 of 1,000 (matching numbers) and are beautifully illustrated with full-page titled plates. Each volume has color plates as well as black-and-white plates. These books are undated but are circa early 20th Century. They were owned by G. H. Wooten, with his personal stickers and signature of ownership in each volume. Goodall Harrison Wooten was a well-known Austin doctor and benefactor. Goodall Wooten Hall on The Drag in Austin is named for him.

Published by David D. Nickerson & Co; Boston; Printed by The Ballantyne Press, London. Copyright: None; Circa 1910-1920. Published without dust jackets; heavily spotted/faded cloth cover boards, particularly to edges and spines; ownership markings as noted above; shadow of pencil erasure from bookseller’s prices inside front cover; these two volumes were originally published as part of what we believe was an eight book set titled The Folklore Edition but are now so scarce that generally only the individual volumes can be found on the current resell market where Limited Edition vintage volumes start at $50 per book.

August 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm 1 comment

E Pluribus Libri

Imagine this country without public libraries. A place where only those with money to spare can afford books. A place where a few powerful entities control what you can read and what it will cost to do so. A place where free and unrestricted access to information is only a dream. Sound like a bad science-fiction story? Don’t be so sure: it happened before and can easily happen again!

In this country we have grown accustomed to having free access to public libraries, places which are maintained by the government to provide its citizens with free access to information. Although libraries as a repository of written knowledge date back to the dawn of Western civilization, the first public libraries did not come into existence until the 19th century. Up until that time private libraries of books and manuscripts were a symbol of wealth and power controlled by churches, royalty and wealthy individuals. Following Gutenberg’s invention of the moveable type printing press in the 15th century, the availability and affordability of printed material expanded dramatically. The ability to reproduce information with relative ease gradually led to the dissemination and democratization of knowledge, which in turn led to an ever-increasing demand for access to that knowledge by the general public. However, it wasn’t until the invention of steam-powered rotary presses in the 19th century that mass-produced books became cheap enough for the average person to own.

As with the evolution of the mass-produced book, the concept of a public library evolved over time. Benjamin Franklin has been credited with many inventions, one being the social library. Incorporated in 1742 as the Library Company of Philadelphia, his was the first of many “subscription libraries” which gave share-holding members access to a specialized collection of books and materials. Although not open to the general public, these membership-only libraries flourished among the wealthy and upper-class. A similar concept which evolved around the same time was the circulating library. Whereas social libraries were restricted to members who could afford to purchase shares in the organization, circulating libraries were generally focused on providing popular fiction to the general public. These were usually located in book stores or print shops and rented books for mass consumption. The growth of public education in this country led to the third significant type of library, the school district library. Generally attributed to Horace Mann, secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education in 1830, these libraries used funds provided by school taxes to purchase books for students to read.

Ironically it was the failure of a school which led to the creation of the first municipal public library in this country. In the 1840’s New Hampshire had collected taxes to form a state college, but when that effort failed the money which had been collected was allocated among various towns to support education. The township of Peterborough decided to use their money to purchase books for a town library, a publicly owned institution which would be free to all residents. This proved so popular that the state legislature passed a law in 1849 permitting the use of local taxes to support public libraries. The Boston Library, founded in 1854, is considered the first library which was intentionally created to serve the public and its success spurred other communities to create libraries of their own.

Perhaps the greatest single benefactor of the fledgling public library system in this country was industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Raised in a poor working-class family in Scotland, he vowed to fight poverty and unemployment at an early age. After emigrating to America, Carnegie worked a series of jobs in Pittsburgh before the start of the Civil War. Always self-motivated and eager to learn, Carnegie took advantage of a small library that a local benefactor made available to working boys. After the war he saw a future in the iron business rebuilding bridges, and later invested in a new steel manufacturing process which eventually made him the richest man in the world. Selling his business at age 64, he spent the remainder of his life giving away his massive fortune to “help others help themselves”. His greatest achievement was the establishment of over 2500 public libraries in communities across the country, many of which are still in use today.

There is an old saying that goes “those who forget history are doomed to repeat it“. This review of the history of public libraries is intended to be both educational and a warning of what may happen in years to come. Given the lingering economic downturn of the past decade, communities across this nation are facing massive budget deficits and being forced to curtail even the most basic government services. While some may feel justified in cutting budgets for public schools and libraries, the peril we face by doing so is nothing less than a return to the days when education and learning were considered a privilege of the wealthy and powerful – not an opportunity for every citizen who wishes to improve themselves.

Back-To-School Bash
On Saturday August 13 Recycled Reads will participate in the Austin Independent School District Back To School Bash and Safety Fair being held from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Austin Convention Center. In addition to providing useful new information about AISD programs and services for the upcoming school year, Seton Hospital will be providing free immunizations for children, there will be a bicycle rodeo with free helmets for kids, and a local credit union will provide free backpacks and school supplies while supplies last. Not to be left out of the fun, Recycled Reads will be providing free book bags and information for both teachers and students about the great deals we have on children’s and educational books at our store. After visiting the Fair, be sure to drop by the store and fill up those bags and backpacks with the best low-priced books in town!

New Collectibles

This week we continue to highlight just a few of the many new additions going into to our Collectibles Cabinets. If you have questions about these or any of our Collectibles, please contact us during store hours at (512) 323-5123.

The following items will be available beginning Thursday August 11:

Cameraworks (1984)

Cameraworks – (1984) David Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. A painter, photographer, stage designer, and print maker, he was also an important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s. In the early 1980s, Hockney began to produce photo-collages, which he called “joiners”, first of Polaroid prints and later 35mm. His subject matter ranges from portraiture to still life, his style from representation to abstraction.

Cameraworks, published in 1984, is considered one of the most important photography books of all time. From the inside flap: “From March, 1981, until June, 1983, David Hockney spent virtually all of his creative time in voracious experimentation with the camera. He shot thousands of pictures and in the the end produced more than 350 photo-collages that ranged from intimate “sketches” to dizzying panoramas containing a myriad of details and hundreds of micro-perspectives. His aim was to create, as he says, “pictures that describe how we see – not all at once, but in discrete, separate glimpses…to synthesize a living impression.” A prefatory essay titled “True to Life”, written by The New Yorker art critic Lawrence Weschler, accompanies this landmark publication of Hockney’s work. A highly collectible book!

Published by Alfred A. Knopf; Copyright 1984, this is a stated ‘First American Edition’ with unaltered dust jacket with original sticker price of $50.00 on rear panel of dust jacket; Mylar protector. Ex-library copy in very good condition with minimal stamps/stickers; with removal of Mylar protector, inventory control sticker on back of dust jacket can be carefully removed without damage; discoloration from removal of a second price sticker on rear of dust jacket; rear cover board has moisture stain to bottom portion (approx. 3″x6″) of cloth which does not go through to book’s interior. A few pages may have minor finger handling indents; no writing or stains to plates or text. No foxing.


East Of Eden / The Wayward Bus (1960s)

East Of Eden / The Wayward Bus – (1960s) This special edition omnibus of two of John Steinbeck’s most popular books was published by Viking to commemorate the author’s winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Wayward Bus was originally published in 1947 and East of Eden in 1952. From the dust jacket: “East of Eden is a monumental novel of grassroots America, sweeping from Connecticut to California, spanning several decades in the passionate lives of two turbulent families.” “The Wayward Bus traveled the back roads through lush California countryside… In one climactic day- and night- the lives of the passengers on the wayward bus were changed.” This is a very well-preserved copy (the best we’ve seen) of this special edition, and includes the original dust jacket (now Mylar covered) depicting the wonderful drawings by Al Schmidt.

Published by the Viking Press, NY; Copyrights: 1952 (Eden) and 1947 (Bus); omnibus is circa 1960’s BCE with unaltered dust jacket with no Retail Price (BCE); Mylar protector. A very well-cared for copy; dust jacket shows light edge wear with a few small chips at spine edges; minimal wear to boards; endpapers and text pages are clean: no writing, marks or stains.


The Winter Of Our Discontent (1961)

The Winter Of Our Discontent – (1961) The Winter of Our Discontent, published in 1961, was Pulitzer Prize winning novelist John Steinbeck’s last completed novel prior to his death in 1968. The title is a reference to the line “Now is the winter of our discontent made glorious summer by this son (or sun) of York,” from William Shakespeare’s Richard III. In various letters to friends before and after the publication of his novel, Steinbeck stated he wrote the novel to address the moral degeneration of American culture in the 1950s and 1960s. The novel was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie in 1983 starring Donald Sutherland.

Published by the Viking Press; Copyright 1961, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $4.50. Moderate wear to dust jacket including rough upper edge to back panel and several small chips along that edge and at spine extremes; light discoloration to dust jacket including some minor color bleed from blue cover boards to lower spine edge of dust jacket (no damage or stains to book); light staining or foxing to outer page edge; previous owner’s name and date of June, 1971 written on front free end paper; some underlining in pencil is present within text – could be erased. This is NOT an ex-library or more commonly seen BCE/BOMC edition!


This Infernal War: The Confederate Letters of Sergeant Edwin H. Fay (1958)

This Infernal War: The Confederate Letters of Sergeant Edwin H. Fay – (1958) This is the collection of Civil War correspondence of Orderly Sergeant Edwin Hedge Fay, a Harvard educated teacher and member of the Minden Rangers (Louisianans serving as Company E, 18th Battalion Tennessee Cavalry). Fay’s letters, exceedingly literate and intelligent, provide fascinating information concerning food, clothing, equipment, morale, mail service, substitutes, body servants, cavalry, skirmishes, and many other facets of the Confederate army activity. The correspondence deals with the western theaters of operations and a substantial portion of it with the least known segment of the Confederacy, the Trans-Mississippi country.

The letters were edited with the assistance of Lucy E. Fay, Edwin H. Fay’s youngest daughter, with the assistance of Bell Irvin Wiley, one of the nation’s foremost Civil War historians and the author and editor of many books about the Civil War, including The Life of Johnny Reb and The Life of Billy Yank. The book includes Appendixes and Index, as well as frontispiece portrait of Sarah Shields Fay (Fay’s wife). The endpapers depict maps of the war routes of Edwin Hedge Fay. Referenced in Dornbusch D996; ITC #56. This is one of the nicest, cleanest copies of the 1958 first edition of this scarce book currently on the market.

Published by the University of Texas Press; Copyright: 1958, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $6.00. Light edge wear and discoloration to dust jacket, including a few short tears on back panel; small soiled spot to top page edge; no writing, marks, or tears to text pages or endpapers.


Gray Ghosts And Rebel Raiders (1956)

Gray Ghosts And Rebel Raiders – (1956) This 1956 publication tells for the first time the story of guerrilla warfare during the Civil War – an account of the adventures of such Rebel leaders as Harry Gilmore, “Lige” White, Turner Ashby, Hanse McNeill, and the indefatigable Mosby, and their courageous and daring efforts to prevent Northern hordes from sweeping through the South. These men seemed to lead charmed lives. One day they were rumored dead, the next day they were sighted riding off into the hills. Wounded, they were secretly nursed by Southern sympathizers; dead, their bodies were spirited back to their families for quiet interment – and their bands carried on the fight with renewed purpose.

Carefully reconstructed from diaries, letters, and regimental histories, author Virgil Carrington Jones tells the fascinating story of these Partisans behind Union lines. This 1956 First Edition includes a tipped in page signed by the author for members of the Civil War Book Club. The book is nicely illustrated with B/W photographs, map endpapers, and includes Notes and an Index. The Introduction was written by well-known Civil War historian and author Bruce Catton.

Published by Henry Holt, NY; Copyright 1956, this is a stated ‘First Edition’ signed by the author on a tipped in page. Unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $4.50. Dust jacket is moderately worn and includes one large plus several small chips to spine extremes; cloth cover boards shoe only light wear; there are no names or markings, however two pages each have a small finger-handling stain to outer page edge.


The Stevie Ray Vaughan Anthology (1996)

The Stevie Ray Vaughan Anthology – (1996) A limited edition publication of 1,500 copies, this 196-page illustrated Stevie Ray Vaughan anthology includes interviews with W.C. Clark, Doyle Bramhall, BB. King, Jimmie Vaughan, Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon, and many others; tributes to SRV; an open letter from Martha Vaughan (SRV’s mother); 29 pages of “Stevie Ray Vaughan – In His Own Words”; sightseeing in Dallas and Austin; awards and achievements; memorabilia and collecting; authorized recordings, as well as unauthorized recordings, radio shows, and television broadcasts; letters from fans; bibliography; and much more. Illustrated with black and white photos throughout.

Published by C. Lee Hopkins, Dallas; Copyright 1996; this is a First Edition/Limited Edition – #87 (handwritten) of 1500 copies worldwide inscribed by Hopkins on title page. Large softcover format with no printed retail price. Light edge wear to cover wraps with creased upper corner on rear cover wrap; last dozen or so pages have partial crease to this corner. Besides inscription, no additional writing and no marks or stains.


"The Kid" - Billy The Kid (1985)

“The Kid” – Billy The Kid – (1985) A collection of stories, anecdotes and newspaper articles about the life and times of the Billy The Kid, the Southwest’s most notorious outlaw. Author and artist Bill Rakocy’s narrative is typewritten, with reproductions of documents and articles. Also includes numerous illustrations and photographs. A biography of the author/artist is included. Produced by Bravo Press (El Paso) in 1985, this softcover publication has been signed and dated by Bill Rakocy.

Published by Bravo Press, El Paso; No copyright date; Title Page & Cover Date of 1985. Signed by Bill Rakocy on the backside of the tipped in watercolor sketch. Some wear to cover wraps, including light soiling; no writing, marks or stains to text pages or artwork.


The Romance Of Old Sylvan Beach: A Hundred Years Of Amusement And Nostalgia (1986)

The Romance Of Old Sylvan Beach: A Hundred Years Of Amusement And Nostalgia – (1986) Sylvan Beach Park, on the inner edge of Galveston Bay, reached its heyday of popularity during the 1920s and 1930s when the romantic sounds of the big bands wafted through the huge dance pavilion and 22-acre park. Located in one of the most historic areas of the state, it came to be known as the playground of South Texas.

In this 1986 pictorial history, author Erna Foxworth presents the history of Sylvan Beach Park, including pages of black and white photographs, copies of advertisements, drawings, and sketches. The book includes Forewords by the author and journalist David Westheimer and native Houstonian and long-time president of the Motion Picture Association of America, Jack Valenti.

Published by Waterway Press; Copyright 1986, this is a First Printing (Dec 1986) with unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price. Light edge wear and rubbing to dust jacket; no marks, writing or stains.


Impressions Of Texas (1986)

Impressions Of Texas – (1986) In 1986, a limited run of four hundred copies of this booklet were printed to accompany the Sesquicentennial Edition of James A. Michener’s novel TEXAS. The portfolio consisting of fourteen scenic paintings by artist Charles Shaw depicting regions of the state featured in TEXAS was printed and bound in Austin by the Whitley Company from color separations by Wallace Engraving Company. The paintings were printed on glossy stock with red paper cover wraps, and were bound with sewn binding so the prints could be taken apart for individual framing. Although most of these booklets were signed by Michener, this particular copy was not. A color portrait of Michener and Shaw is on the reverse side of the portfolio’s last glossy page.

Published by the University of Texas Press; Copyright 1986, this is a Limited Edition. Paper wraps with glossy photo-stock pages; one light smudge (red ink?) mark and light finger handling indent at bottom edge of last plate.


Fire In The Cane Field (2009)

Fire In The Cane Field – (2009) Award-winning author Donald S. Frazier returns to the field of Civil War history with keen turn of phrase and enthralling story-telling with the release of Fire in the Cane Field: The Invasion of Louisiana and Texas, January 1861-January 1863. Beginning with the spasms of secession in the Pelican State, Frazier weaves a stirring tale of bravado, reaction, and war as he describes the consequences of disunion for the hapless citizens of Louisiana. The army and navy campaigns he portrays weave a tale of the Federal Government’s determination to suppress the newborn Confederacy – and nearly succeeding – by putting ever-increasing pressure on its adherents from New Orleans to Galveston. The surprising triumph of Texas troops on their home soil in early 1863 proved to be a decisive reverse to Union ambitions and doomed the region to even bloodier destruction to come. Ten years in the making, Frasier’s book is the first in a chronological string of four books on the Civil War in Louisiana and Texas, as Frazier presents fresh sources on new topics in a series of captivating narratives.

Published by State House Press; Copyright 2009, this is a First Edition new in shrink-wrap with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $39.95.


Remote Beyond Compare (1990)

Remote Beyond Compare – (1990) Subtitled “Letters of don Diego de Vargas to His Family from New Spain and New Mexico, 1675-1706″, this book offers the translation of the official correspondence of don Diego De Vargas, late seventeenth-century governor and re-colonizer of New Mexico. These personal letters not only illuminate their author but the history of New Mexico as don Diego experienced it. As with the Journals of don Diego de Vargas, this volume of Letters reflects years of document collection, translation, and annotation by the Vargas Project directed by John L Kessell. Profusely illustrated with portraits, drawings, maps, and copies of letters and documents. The book includes Glossary, A Note on Symbols, Spanish Text of Letters, Appendix: Genealogy, Works Cited, and Index.

Published by the University of New Mexico Press; Copyright 1989, Second Printing – 1990. Published without dust jacket; publisher’s stamp on bottom page edge is most likely a remainder mark; rubbing to front cover with some discoloration; no writing, marks or stains to endpapers or pages.


Indian Depredations In Texas (1985)

Indian Depredations In Texas – (1985) Written by J. W. Wilbarger and subtitled “Reliable Accounts of Battles, Wars, Adventures, Forays, Murders, Massacres, etc. etc. Together with Topographical Sketches of Many of the Most Noted Indian Fighters and Frontiersmen of Texas”.

In 1889, when this book was first published, the depredations of the Indians upon the Texas settlements were still of recent memory, and the accounts still possess freshness and occasional ironic humor, despite the passage of over a century. From the preface: “I came to Texas over half a century ago, and am now an old man, the only survivor of three brothers who served Texas in her early struggles. Josiah Wilbarger, who was scalped by the Indians a few miles east of where the capitol of Texas now is, was my brother.” A much referenced book: Basic Texas Book #218 “This volume is the most thorough compilation of accounts of Indian warfare in Texas in the 19th century.” Also referenced in Jenkins BTW 218D, Howes W407, Raines p. 219, & Dobie pp. 36, 58.

Outstanding first hand accounts of the hazards of frontier life in Texas. The thirty-four woodcuts in the text which are signed “T.J. Owen” were said to have actually been the work of William Sydney Porter (better know as O. Henry). A very nice facsimile copy with numerous illustrations. Includes Index and List of Illustrations.

Facsimile published by Eakin Press/State House Books, Austin; Facsimile printed in 1985; Original publication date 1889 with Act of Congress Date 1888. Published without dust jacket; in very well-kept condition with a few minor soil spots to outside page edge (none on page fronts) and very light wear to cover boards.


Texas Guidebook: Authentic Information About the Wonder of Texas (1954)

Texas Guidebook: Authentic Information About the Wonder of Texas – (1954) A nostalgic look at mid 20th century Texas, Rex Z. Howard’s Texas Guidebook: Authentic Information About the Wonder of Texas was first published in 1948 under the copyrighted name Texas Tourist Travel Guide. The second edition was updated and printed in 1954. The Guidebook, sometimes referred to as “The Texas Bible”, includes numerous black and white photographs, many of roadside attractions now long-gone.

By the time the Fifth Edition of the Howard’s Guidebook was published in 1970, several hundred thousand of the Guides had been sold to travelers from all over the world. The format for this 1954 edition is arranged by zones, generally following driving tours of U.S. and State Highways. This scarce copy of the Second Edition is in remarkably well-preserved (collectible) condition.

Published by The Lo-Ray Co, Grand Prairie; Copyright 1954, Second Edition Softcover with original printed Retail Price of $1.50 on front cover. A few small tears at outer edges of cover wraps. No writing, marks or stains.


Li Chi: Book Of Rites (1967)

Li Chi: Book Of Rites – (1967) Translated by James Legge and edited with Introduction and Study Guide by Ch’U Chai and Winberg Chai, this two-volume set is “An encyclopedia of Ancient Ceremonial Usages, Religious Creeds, and Social Institutions”. The study of Li Chi is for three main purposes: as a philosophical work relating the principles and functions of ancient rituals and ceremonies; a source concerning the evolution of Confucian thought and how it relates to the development of Chinese civilization; and as a work showing the literary form, style and interest of the text.

Published by University Books, NY; Copyright 1967. Originally published with slipcase (now missing); plastic protectors over cloth boards; rubbing and fading to cloth; penciled price of $15.00 (2 volumes) on front free end paper of each book; retail sticker on fold-over of plastic protector of each volume; no additional writing, marks or stains.


Les Miserables (ca 1890)

Les Miserables – (ca 1890) Les Misérables (literally “The Miserable Ones”) is an 1862 French novel by author Victor Hugo (1802-1885) and is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century. It follows the lives and interactions of several French characters over a seventeen-year period in the early nineteenth century, starting in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion. The novel focuses on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. It examines the nature of law and grace, and expatiates upon the history of France, architecture of Paris, politics, moral philosophy, anti-monarchism, justice, religion, and the types and nature of romantic and familial love. The story is historical fiction because it contains factual and historic events. Contrary to what some believe, it does not use the French Revolution as a backdrop. The French Revolution took place in the eighteenth century; Les Miserables takes place in the nineteenth. The only “revolution” depicted is the June Rebellion, a student uprising.

This set, published by Thomas Crowell in the late 19th century, used the well known 1887 English translation of Isabel F. Hapgood. The work was published complete in two volume format, with each volume featuring a frontispiece: Volume I includes the Emile Bayard’s original edition drawing of “Cosette” and Volume II frontispiece is “The Idyll and The Epic”.

Published by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co, NY; Copyright 1887; Circa 1890. Published without dust jackets; moderate wear to cloth cover boards including significant wear to spine paste-downs; upper page edge in gilt; previous owner’s signature and date of 1893 inside each volume; hinges are starting to loosen; pages are age-toned and indicate some brittleness: some pages were dog-eared and the upper corners of these pages have broken off – a few are laid in – most text is unaffected; there are a few small tears to some pages, however one page is torn in two and the torn sheet is laid in; some crinkling to a few dozen pages in Vol II which could be from moisture exposure.

Because of the popularity of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece in the late 19th Century, many publishers produced sets of this work with most being mass produced. Most of the sets on the current resell market are in worse condition than this Thomas Y. Crowell circa 1890 2-volume set. As we do with all our collectible books, we base our price on the overall condition of the item – and always price under the current market.


Ellen White: A Biography (1981)

Ellen White: A Biography – (1981) From Wikipedia: Ellen Gould White (1827-1915) was a prolific author and an American Christian pioneer. She, along with other Sabbatarian Adventist leaders, such as Joseph Bates and her husband James White, would form what is now known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Ellen White reported to her fellow believers her visionary experiences. James White, and others of the Adventist pioneers, viewed these experiences as the Biblical gift of prophecy as outlined in Revelation 12:17 and 19:10 which describe the testimony of Jesus as the “spirit of prophecy”. Her Conflict of the Ages series of writings endeavor to showcase the hand of God in Biblical and Christian church history. This cosmic conflict, referred to as the “Great Controversy theme”, is foundational to the development of Seventh-day Adventist theology.

White was considered a somewhat controversial figure. Her reports of visionary experiences and her use of other sources in her writings comprise much of the controversy. She received her first vision soon after the Millerite Great Disappointment. Historian Randall Balmer has described her as “one of the more important and colorful figures in the history of American religion”. Walter Martin described her as “one of the most fascinating and controversial personages ever to appear upon the horizon of religious history.” Arthur L. White, her grandson and biographer, writes that Ellen G. White is the most translated female non-fiction author in the history of literature, as well as the most translated American non-fiction author of either gender. Her writings covered creationism, agriculture, theology, evangelism, Christian lifestyle, education and health. She advocated vegetarianism. She promoted the establishment of schools and medical centers. During her lifetime she wrote more than 5,000 periodical articles and 40 books. Today, including compilations from her 50,000 pages of manuscript, more than 100 titles are available in English. Some of her most famous books include The Desire of Ages, The Great Controversy, and Steps to Christ. Her work on successful Christian living, Steps to Christ, has been published in more than 140 languages. This extensive six-volume work is considered the most comprehensive biography of Ellen G. White, and was written by Arthur L. White. Each volume includes frontispiece and B/W photographs.

Published by Review and Herald Publishing Association, Wash D.C.; Copyright 1981. Published without dust jackets; bound in gilt and embossed faux-leather vinyl; former library set with relevant stamps/stickers.


The Collected Papers of Milton H. Erickson On Hypnosis (1980)

The Collected Papers of Milton H. Erickson On Hypnosis – (1980) Milton Hyland Erickson (1901-1980) was an American psychiatrist specializing in medical hypnosis and family therapy. He was born color blind, was affected by polio at the age of 19, and in the process of curing his disabled body himself by modeling how the small babies in his family began to learn to move their hands and legs, his sensory perception on the level of non-verbal communication was made extremely acute, and helped him later in inventing non-conventional “Ericksonian Hypnosis”. Erickson was founding president of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychopathological Association. He is noted for his approach to the unconscious mind as creative and solution-generating. He is also noted for influencing brief therapy, strategic family therapy, family systems therapy, solution focused brief therapy, and neuro-linguistic programming.

Erickson’s work on hypnotism was controversial during his lifetime and has remained so to the present day. Some of his central presuppositions have been questioned by other researchers and the opaque nature of his explanations has led to a variety of competing interpretations of his approach. His hypnotic techniques and life are well documented by a number of authors, among whom J. Haley of the Palo Alto Group (the members of the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California, guided by Gregory Bateson) was the first person who introduced the techniques of Ericksonian Hypnosis to the world. Erickson heavily influenced John Grinder and Richard Bandler, the co-founders of NLP. It was indeed Gregory Bateson, the teacher of Grinder and Bandler, who advised them to visit Erickson, and after modeling Erickson they published their first NLP book The Structure of Magic I in 1975.

Erickson’s clinical papers were collected and published in 1980 in this extensive four volume work edited by Ernest L. Rossi. From the dust jacket: “Spanning a period of 50 years, the four volumes were assembled for clinicians and researchers who wish to explore the work of one of the most seminal minds in the history of hypnosis and psychotherapy. Each volume contains some papers that have heretofore not been published. The individual volumes in the set are titled: Volume I – The Nature of Hypnosis and Suggestion; Volume II – Hypnotic Alteration of Sensory, Perceptual and Psychophysiological Processes; Volume III – Hypnotic Investigation of Psychodynamic Processes; and Volume IV: Innovative Hypnotherapy. Each volume includes frontis of Erickson and Rossi, as well as References, Subject Index, and Name Index.

Published by Irvington Publishers, NY; Copyright 1980. Complete four-volume set with unaltered dust jackets with Original Retail Prices of $34.95 for Vols I & IV; Original Retail Prices of $29.95 for Vols II & III. Dust jackets show moderate to substantial wear, with Vol IV having a piece missing at the front upper edge; cover boards have minimal wear and the interiors are in very nice condition: no writing, marks or stains.

August 8, 2011 at 1:11 am 2 comments

Reality Check

SXSW 2011 is now history. Each year that I have worked the festival there have been some eye-opening moments and this was no exception. Usually it is a large amount of fun mixed with business, but the recent disasters in Japan brought reality home early to many attendees this week. Live coverage of villages being destroyed by tsunamis brought back vivid memories of watching hurricane Katrina devastate the Gulf Coast in 2005. Feelings of disbelief, sadness and frustration swept over me each time I saw a new report from Japan while sitting safely here in Austin.

Fortunately not everyone around me felt that same frustration. Seemingly within hours, word quickly spread through the Convention Center that there was a group raising money for the survivors of the tsunami. Wanting to do something to help, I made my way to the 4th floor where a hastily setup table displayed pictures of the disaster and text in both Japanese and English asking for donations. In typical SXSW fashion, the sponsors of Japan Nite quickly formed a charity group called Save Japan At SXSW. They were just as quickly joined by corporate sponsors from visiting companies with ties to Japan and staffed with Japanese volunteers dressed in traditional (and non-traditional) costumes, all dedicated to raising money to aid relief efforts in their home country.

With the help of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and iPhone apps like LivingSocial), some rapidly printed t-shirts and stickers, benefits from groups like the Texas Asian Foundation and a dedicated staff of volunteers to take donations, this flash group quickly earned thousands of dollars in donations plus countless other offers of assistance from local attendees and businesses. Who says SXSW is all about partying?

Now that SXSW is over, I fear that the departure of attendees will also bring a lull in the local support for Japanese relief efforts. Being part of the Austin Public Library, Recycled Reads can’t do much in the way of making donations to relief agencies. However, since we are very conscious of our social responsibilities we can certainly accept donated purchases to help those made homeless by the Japanese earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disaster. Bearing in mind that this may be a long and drawn-out process, we will investigate over the next few weeks how to logistically arrange getting donated books to homeless Japanese children in shelters across the island of Honshu. Once we figure out how to make this happen we will let you know when we can start accepting donations.

The party may be over but the work never is. Now it’s time to get back to my real job: saving the planet, one book at a time.

New Collectibles

This week we continue to highlight just a few of the many new additions going into to our Collectibles Cabinets. If you have questions about these or any of our Collectibles, please contact us during store hours at (512) 323-5123.

The following items will be available beginning Thursday March 24th:

The Academia Waltz (1979)

The Academia Waltz (1979) – Subtitled “An Anthology By the University of Texas Cartoonist BERKE BREATHED”, this is an anthology of Breathed’s cartoons from The Daily Texan before he became nationally known. Scarce, out-of-print and very collectible!

Published by Sterling Swift; Copyright 1979, First Edition. There is some edge wear, creasing and a few faint spots to illustrated cover wraps; age toning to pages; a cluster of very light, very tiny spots to outer bottom edge of “Introductio” (purposely misspelled) page; no marks or writing.


John Brown's Body

John Brown’s BodyJohn Brown’s Body (1928) is an epic American poem written by Stephen Vincent Benet (1898–1943), an American author, poet, short story writer and novelist. The title of Benet’s epic poem references the radical abolitionist John Brown who raided Harpers Ferry in West Virginia in the fall of 1859. He was captured and hanged later that year, and his name and rebellion inspired the civil war song “John Brown’s Body”. Benet’s poem covers the history of the American Civil War in a classical style and is considered the only great American epic. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929.

Published by Farrar & Rinehart, NY; Copyrights 1927, 1928, this is a 32nd Printing Copy “Wartime Edition” (WWII) with price-clipped original dust jacket. Two former owners’ names inside front cover; discoloration & edge wear/chips to DJ; Wartime (unabridged) Editions were smaller sized books in accordance with paper conservation orders of the War Production Board.


The Obstacle Race (1979)

The Obstacle Race (1979) – If men and women are equally capable of genius, why have there been no female artists of the stature of Leonardo, Titian or Poussin? In seeking to answer this question, author Germaine Greer introduces us to major but underestimated figures in the history of Western painting – Angelica Kauffmann, Natalia Goncharova, Suzanne Valadon, Berthe Morisot – and produces a brilliantly incisive and richly illustrated study. She explains the obstacles as both external and surmountable and internal and insurmountable in the race for achievement. Includes 32 Color Plates & 160 B/W Illustrations.

Published by Farrar, Straus, Giroux; Copyright 1979, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket (original Retail Price of $25.00) showing only light dust jacket wear. This is the nicest copy of a first edition of this book we’ve seen!


A History Of Unitarianism: Socinianism And Its Antecedents (1945)

A History Of Unitarianism: Socinianism And Its Antecedents (1945) – Earl Morse Wilbur (1886-1956) wrote several books on the history of Unitarianism, with this volume considered to be his most notable and comprehensive. Wilbur’s first book Our Unitarian Heritage (1925) offered a much briefer preliminary study. Wilbur’s third book History of Unitarianism: In Transylvania, England, and America (down to 1900) was published in 1952.

Published in 1945, this second volume deals with the earlier stages of Unitarianism; first, with the scattered and, for the most part, obscure individuals who began early in the 16th century to question the dogma of the Trinity, of whom Servetus was the most notable; then, with the work of the great leader Socinus, under whom arose a group of churches in Poland definitely Unitarian in theology, though the movement was long known by the name of its leader, called “Arien.” Wilbur had opportunity between the first and second World Wars to spend three years in Europe carrying on his researches and collecting materials in libraries, especially in Poland, many of which have since been scattered or destroyed. The impressive scholarship of this book is indicated by the fact that his studies involved a working acquaintance with thirteen different languages, by the meticulous accuracy of his footnotes, and by the amazing detail with which he traces the activities of little-known individuals, many of whom were driven to escape persecution and who had reasons for covering up their tracks. The book is fully indexed, complete with cross references, and has a “Pronouncing Table” of proper names, invaluable as a guide to the pronunciation of Polish. Wilbur’s work offers a vividly written and often moving story of the terrible and long-drawn out struggle for freedom of religion and toleration of diverse beliefs; and for the exercise of reason in the examination of the Bible and the traditional dogmas of the Catholic, the Lutheran, and the Reformed Churches.

Published by Harvard University Press, Cambridge; Copyright 1945, this is a First Edition published without dust jacket. There is light soiling to cloth boards & light soiling marks to outer edge of front free end paper and outer page edge; “348” stamped at top edge of front free end paper – could be original price; no marks or writing to text block.


Trump – The Art Of The Deal (1987)

Trump – The Art Of The Deal (1987) – Written by Donald Trump with Tony Schwartz and published by Random House, NY; Copyright 1987. This is a scarce 1987 Unrevised Proof with paper cover wraps. There is wear to covers including some creasing to rear cover and light pitting at edges; some spine lean; one page has creasing & some smearing of type (printer’s error); one line underlined and starred by previous owner. Publisher’s handwritten printed page numbers; no photographs included as would be in the hardcover first edition.


To Kill A Mockingbird (1960)

To Kill A Mockingbird (1960) – This is a stated ‘Ninth Impression’ of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. The copyright page states Ninth Impression with the ‘W’ code (there is dispute in the collecting community about what this code means!). The cover boards are the first edition style and color, and the book is in the less common larger-size format that matches the trade first edition copies. However, there is a stamp on the rear cover of the book usually seen only on Book Club Editions. Since there is no dust jacket with this copy, and thus no price or BCE notation, we have priced this early printing copy as a Ninth Impression BCE.

Published by Lippincott, NY; Copyright 1960, Ninth Impression, ‘W’ code on copyright page. Lacking dust jacket; book club stamp (brown dot on the green quarter binding) on rear cover; a previous owner’s name neatly written along top edge of front free end paper; light soiling and wear to cover boards. No markings or stains to text pages.


The Story Of Mathematics (2008)

The Story Of Mathematics (2008) – Written by Ian Stewart and subtitled ‘From Babylonian Numerals to Chaos Theory’, this is a 2008 Easton Press First Edition/First Printing. Beautifully illustrated with full-leather binding, 22karat gilt titles, accents & page edges; raised spine ribs, moire silk endpapers, attached (blank) bookplate and attached satin ribbon marker.

Published by Quercus Publishing Plc, London (for The Easton Press); Copyright 2008, First Edition/First Printing. Published in full-leather without dust jacket, this copy is in very nice condition with only one very tiny nick to title page (hardly noticeable); Easton Press bookplate is blank – could be removed without damage to book.


Tristan And Iseult (1930)

Tristan And Iseult (1930) – Written by Joseph Bedier, translated by Hilaire Belloc and illustrated by Mac Harshberger, this Albert & Charles Boni Edition of the Arthurian medieval tale of the doomed lovers Tristan and Iseult is beautifully illustrated with Art Deco inspired drawings of Frank Macoy “Mac” Harshberger (including seven full-page black & white plates). This copy includes the very scarce original dust jacket.

Published by Albert & Charles Boni, NY; Copyright 1927, 1930; This is a Second Printing Copy with scarce unaltered dust jacket (original Retail Price of $2.50). The dust jacket is worn with several small chips & mended tears; cloth boards are faded at spine and edges; previous owner’s info neatly written inside front cover; forward spine lean.


The Manly Art Of Knitting (1972)

The Manly Art Of Knitting (1972) – Written by Dave Fougner, this 64 page book shows basic stitches and contains a number of patterns including: a dog bed with different sizes for small, medium and large dogs, a ribbed cap, a horse blanket knit with garden hose in the round, and of course, a hammock knit with shovel handles or pool cues. This vintage booklet is very scarce and has become an internet sensation over the past several years (YouTube, Blogs, knitting websites), making copies of this book even more difficult to find. From the book: “There is definitely a dual purpose in the writing of this book. The first is to introduce knitting to those men who have an interest but are reluctant to try. Then too, it is hoped that the many men who now knit will become less reluctant to admit it”.

Published by Threshold, Santa Rosa, CA; Copyright 1972, this is a very scarce First Edition softcover with original printed Retail Price of $1.95. This copy is in very nice condition with no writing or marks, no creases or stains and only minimal cover wear.


Phobia: An Art Deco Graphic Masterpiece (2009)

Phobia: An Art Deco Graphic Masterpiece (2009) – A leader in promoting the art deco style in advertising and book illustration, American industrial and graphic designer John Vassos (1898-1985) undertook his most personal and ambitious work in this 1931 volume. Its 24 black and white images represent visceral depictions of common fears — the dread of heights, enclosed spaces, the dark, industrial machinery, and other menaces lurking behind everyday situations. Doctors and the general public alike hailed Phobia as a masterpiece of psychological insight. This edition features faithful reproductions of illustrations made directly from the original gouaches employing advanced printing techniques unknown in the 1920s and 1930s. The result, superior in quality to the original publication, offers and outstanding opportunity to appreciate an innovative artist’s classic work. Written by John Vassos with a new Introduction by David A. Berona.

Published by Dover Publications, Mineola, NY; Copyright 2009. This is a 2009 Unabridged Republication of the Edition published by Covici, Friede Publishers (New York) in 1931. Softcover “Green Edition” with original printed retail price of $14.95; in “like new” condition with very minimal cover wear – no writing, stains, or handling marks.


The Texas Governor's Mansion (1984)

The Texas Governor’s Mansion (1984) – Written by Jean Houston Daniel and Price Daniel with Dorothy Blodgett, subtitled “A History of the House and Its Occupants”, this large volume with 213 illustrations including 38 color plates presents a look at the Texas Governor’s mansion as we will never see it again. This beautiful book was the result of twenty years of study and research on every detail of the building and maintenance of the Mansion by former first lady of Texas, Jean Houston Daniel, along with her co-authors and assistants: former Governor Price Daniel and Dorothy Blodgett. This copy is signed by all three authors on the title page.

Published by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission and the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center with Copyright 1984. This is a First Edition signed by Jean Houston Daniel, Price Daniel, and Dorothy Blodgett with unaltered dust jacket (original Retail Price of $30.00). Edge wear and some rubbing to dust jacket; slight forward spine lean.


The Adventures Of TinTin

The Adventures Of TinTin – This set of eleven oversized softcover reprints includes one of each of the following titles in the Tintin series: The Broken Ear, The Black Island, The Shooting Star, The Secret of the Unicorn, Prisoners of the Sun, Destination Moon, The Calculus Affair, The Red Sea Sharks, The Castafiore Emerald, Flight 714, & Tintin and The Picaros.

The Adventures of Tintin (Les Aventures de Tintin) is a series of comic strips created by the Belgian artist Georges Rémi (1907–1983), who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. The series first appeared in French in Le Petit Vingtieme, a children’s supplement to the Belgian newspaper Le XXE Siecle in January 1929. The success of the series saw the serialized strips collected into a series of twenty-four albums, spun into a successful magazine and adapted for film, radio, television and theater.

The series is one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century, with translations published in more than 80 languages and more than 350 million copies of the books sold to date. Its popularity around the world has been attributed to its “universal appeal” and its ability to transcend “time, language and culture.” Set during a largely realistic 20th century, the hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures from the beginning by his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy (“Milou” in French). Later, popular additions to the cast included the brash, cynical and grumpy Captain Haddock, the highly intelligent but hearing-impaired Professor Calculus (Professeur Tournesol) and other supporting characters such as the incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson (Dupont et Dupond). Hergé himself features in several of the comics as a background character, as do his assistants in some instances. The comic strip series is known for its clean, expressive drawings in Hergé’s signature “ligne claire” style. Its “engaging”, well-researched plots straddle a variety of genres: swashbuckling adventures with elements of fantasy, mysteries, political thrillers, and science fiction. The stories within the Tintin series always feature slapstick humor, accompanied in later albums by satire, and political and cultural commentary.

Published by Little, Brown and Co, Boston; Copyrights: Various through 1986; Reprint copies. Each oversized softcover has a printed price of $8.95 on the back cover; all issues are in good to very good condition: The Black Island has some light creasing to the upper corner edge; Destination Moon has partial vertical creases on the outer edge of the front and back covers and one small quarter inch tear to the outer edge of the back cover. The interiors are free of all markings, stains, tears, creases, etc.


The Great Commanders

The Great CommandersThe Great Commanders is a collection of first person accounts of history’s great military leaders published under a common imprint and in a uniform format. The collection was published by Collectors Reprints, Inc. in Pennington, New Jersey. Each book is bound in blue cloth with gilt titles and accents, and these copies include the attached bookmark and the original insert. Included in this set of four are the following:

  • ‘FROM MANASSAS TO APPOMATTOX’ by James B. Longstreet. First published by J.P. Lippincott in 1895. Collectors Reprints First Printing Copy: 1994
  • ‘I RODE WITH STONEWALL’ by Henry Kyd Douglas. Copyright 1940 by The North Carolina Press. Collectors Reprints First Printing Copy: 1995
  • ‘THE GALLIC WAR & OTHER WRITINGS’ by Julius Caesar. This translation by Moses Hadas originally published (and copyrighted) by Random House in 1957. Collectors Reprints First Printing Copy: 1996
  • ‘SOLDIER’ by Anthony B. Herbert, with James T. Wooten. Originally published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston in 1973. Collectors Reprints First Printing Copy: 1998

Light wear to blue cloth cover boards; no markings, stains, tears, or creases.


The New Century Dictionary (1936)

The New Century Dictionary (1936) – Edited by H.G. Emery and K.G. Brewster and complete in two volumes (including supplements). “Based on matter selected from the original Century Dictionary and entirely rewritten, with the addition of a great amount of a new material, and containing the great mass of words and phrases in ordinary us. 12,000 quotations. 4,000 pictorial illustrations. With supplements of synonyms and antonyms, foreign words and phrases, biographical names, geographical names, etc.”

Published by D. Appleton-Century Company, NY; Copyrights: 1927 through 1936. Uniformly bound double-volume set in very good condition; embossed covers show rubbing wear to edges and corners; gilt in very good condition – no chipping or wear; former owner’s info on front free end paper of Volume One; no other marks or writing. Nicely illustrated.


The New International Encyclopedia (1930)

The New International Encyclopedia (1930) – Second Edition edited by Frank Moore Colby & Talcott Williams, this complete vintage set of 27 illustrated volumes includes:

  • 23 Volume Encyclopaedia Set (includes “Courses in Reading” in Vol 23)
  • The 2-Volume Supplement
  • The International Yearbook for 1930
  • The International Yearbook for 1931

The first edition of The New International Encyclopaedia was first published in 1902-1904, with the second edition appearing in 1914. This set is an updated second edition, dated 1930. This is what the publisher, Dodd, Mead and Company, referred to as their “Thin Paper Edition: lightweight and easily handled”. The selling point was that these “thin paper editions” used a special paper that weighed one third less than that used in regular editions, thus making the volumes thinner and easier to handle, and requiring half the linear shelf space of a regular encyclopedia set. In the original advertisements, Dodd, Mead claims the paper used in this edition is so strong it will not crinkle or tear, and it was claimed that a single leaf (page) would support the entire weight of an entire volume. Although this new lighter weight paper was more costly, Dodd, Mead marketed the sets at “pre-publication” prices, thus making them competitive with other sets. However, this set (dated 1930) was published during the height of the Great Depression, and not many sets were sold in this time period. Consequently, most of the Dodd, Mead sets, and they’re fairly uncommon, are either the 1920’s or 1940’s editions.

The Dodd, Mead sets are noted for their beautifully rendered illustrations – many are full-plate engravings or photographs, and many of the engravings are in color. There are also numerous fold-out and double page maps, all in color. The photos and illustrations are quaint, and very much reflect the era! A triple photo-plate titled “Typical Pleasure Cars” depicts the Buick Roadster, the Ford Sedan and the Studebaker Dictator Eight Regal Sedan, all adorned with 1920’s era “flapper” fashion models. The Two-Volume Supplements were typically produced to provide updated information to the original set, and the International Yearbooks were offered as after-market additions as well. The sub-title for the International Yearbooks is “A Compendium of the World’s Progress for the Year _____” (in this case, for each of the years 1930 & 1931). Both these volumes are profusely illustrated with photographs and maps. The yearbooks cover everything from Aeronautics (“Professor Piccard and Major Doolittle”) to Yachting. This is a scarce, complete 1930 set that has been well-cared for over the past 80 years!

Published by Dodd, Mead and Company; Copyrights through 1930; Yearbook Copyrights are 1931 & 1932. Uniformly bound cloth cover boards show some uneven fading, mostly on spines; some spotting or edge wear; light fraying to cloth; a few light finger-handling stains to text pages or outer page edges; double-page illustration of “Celestial Charts” in vol 21 is detached and laid in; fold-out map of Africa in vol 5 is heavily torn, & upper edges of approx, 18 pages in this same vol each have a 1″ tear at the upper margin edge; shadow of pencil mark erasures inside back cover of vol 3; no other marks or writing. This is the only complete set of this Encyclopaedia edition we’ve seen and it is in amazing condition with beautiful illustrations!

March 21, 2011 at 8:15 pm 2 comments

Take Me Away

I’ve had a nagging problem for days now and it’s entirely my own fault. There’s a song in my head that simply will NOT GO AWAY and it’s slowly driving me crazy. Shouldn’t last much longer though, provided I can stay sane for another week.

Before I go into more detail, let me put things in perspective. Music has always been one of the great passions in my life. My parents were probably like most parents of my generation: they treated music as a casual form of background entertainment, something to fill the void of an otherwise quiet room while they read, cooked, fixed things or did household chores. Their music collection consisted of maybe 50 vinyl records spanning the gamut of popular music at the time: movie soundtracks, Christmas albums, popular singers like Herb Alpert and Mitch Miller, Big Bands, and of course classical. Despite the fact that none of this music was geared towards a younger audience I loved it all.

The earliest photo I have of myself was taken when I was about 2 years old, standing on top of my brother’s portable record player (about the size of a small suitcase) in a diaper and dancing to Elvis Presley’s “Hound Dog”. Ever since then music has been in my blood. Fortunately my parents recognized this and encouraged my musical appreciation from an early age, much to the chagrin of the baby sitter who came over to our house and was forced to listen to my small collection of Hanna-Barbera cartoon themes ad nauseum. Of course, I had memorized them all and sang along at the top of my lungs. [Wherever you are Cathy H., I apologize!].

Although I appreciated my parents’ collection, my own musical tastes began to emerge when I entered my teens. I distinctly remember the first record I ever purchased with my own money: Steppenwolf Live. The reason I liked playing that album was not so much for the quality of the music but rather for the strong negative reaction my parents had to the sounds coming out of our stereo. Rock & roll had obviously captured my soul at an early age and never let go (and to Elvis I say “thank you very much”).

As I grew older I progressed naturally through hard rock, blues, jazz, classical and have currently settled into the “easy listening” of my generation, New Wave. Along the way I have had literally thousands of favorite songs, ones that either had some special meaning to me or just simply caught my attention and kept it for a while. Of all these songs there are maybe a few hundred with lyrics I bothered to memorize completely, usually because I had to play them in a band. However, there is one song in particular that has stuck with me to this day and that’s the one that is stuck in my head right now.

I play this special song every year when Halloween rolls around just to bring back fond memories of being a kid out trick-or-treating in the old neighborhood. One reason this song has stuck with me so long is that it was released in 1966 when I was that kid, and this song was obviously targeted for young adults like me at the time because it had a “gimmick”. The song has the catchy title “They’re Coming To Take Me Away” and was written and performed by Napoleon IV (real name Jerry Samuels). If you have never heard it before, check out the back story and then listen to it here. I’ll wait.

OK, you’ve heard it now – see how catchy it is? Samuels used variable-speed tapes to raise and lower the pitch of his voice and was also one of the first to use looped backing instruments to set the tempo. As unforgettable as it is, unfortunately that’s not the song I keep repeating to myself. When the original record was released as a 45-rpm single, Samuels (who was a studio engineer at the time) didn’t have another song to put on the flip or “B” side. Instead of recording a new song, he did the next best thing: he recorded the same song only with the vocal track running backwards. That’s the “gimmick” I mentioned earlier, and that is also the version that keeps playing over and over in my head. It’s really creepy too – listen for yourself here. Kids will obviously do anything for fun at Halloween, and way back then I thought it would be great fun to memorize the “B” side and walk around school talking backwards. Little did I realize at the time that this would come back to haunt me in the future.

I guess some Halloween treats turn out to be tricks after all. Now, if I can just hold on to my sanity until it’s time for Christmas music…

For a real treat this Halloween weekend, drop by Recycled Reads on Sunday at 1:30pm where we will be hosting a special Halloween “Books & Boos” story time for ghouls and bones of all ages. Bring your costume and we can all have some seriously spooky fun!

NOTE: The blog will not be published next week because this writer and the Collections Cabinet caretaker will both be taken away for some well-earned R&R. We will be back online the week after the election – which reminds me: GO OUT AND VOTE! Ciao!


New Collectibles
This week we continue to highlight just a few of the many new additions going into to our Collectibles Cabinets. If you have questions about these or any of our Collectibles, please contact us during store hours at (512) 323-5123.

The following items will be available beginning Thursday October 28th:

Shirley (ca 1883) – Charlotte Bronte (1816–1855) was the oldest of the three Bronte sisters whose novels are English literature standards. She wrote her most well-known novel Jane Eyre under the pen name Currer Bell. Shirley was Bronte’s second novel and was published in 1849 after Jane Eyre. The novel is set in Yorkshire in the period 1811-1812, during the industrial depression resulting from the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 with a backdrop of the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry. The novel’s popularity led to Shirley becoming a woman’s name, as the title character in the novel (Shirley Keeldar) was given the name that her father had intended to give a son. Before the publication of this novel, Shirley was an uncommon but distinctly male name and would have been an unusual name for a woman.

This ‘Standard Edition’ was originally part of a four-volume set of The Works of Charlotte Bronte published by Porter & Coates in the late 1870’s. This vintage book is illustrated with numerous full-page steel plate engravings.

Published by Porter & Coates of Philadelphia with no Copyright and an inscription dated 1883 (the book is circa 1875-1883). In addition to the inscription, the tissue overlay is torn on the outer edge with part missing, and there is heavy foxing to the illustrated plates as is typical with books of this age.


No Man’s Land Becomes A County (1978) – Edited by Flora Gatlin Bowles of the Mills County Historical Society, this book tells the story of a lawless frontier composed of parts of Brown, Comanche, Hamilton, and Lampasas Counties. These parts were organized into Mills County in 1887.

Published by The Eagle Press of Goldthwaite with Copyright 1958, this is a 1978 Second Printing illustrated with maps and photos and published without a dust jacket. There is light wear to the cover boards and some underlining of the text in ink.


Mills County – The Way It Was (1981) – Written by Hartal Langford Blackwell of the Mills County Historical Society, this book traces the development of Mills County from the time of the Indians through the Mills County Bicentennial. This edition is a Third Printing copy illustrated with maps and numerous black-and-white photographs covering the history of the county.

Published by The Eagle Press, Goldthwaite with Copyright 1976, this 1981 Third Printing was published without a dust jacket. There is light wear to the cover boards and some underlining of the text in ink.


The Great Divorce (1961) – Written by the great English author and religious philosopher C. S. Lewis and first published in book form in 1946, The Great Divorce is a fantasy story with brilliant symbolism very much like Lewis’s famous The Screwtape Letters. The title refers to William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. The Great Divorce was first printed as a series of monographs in a U.K. religious publication in 1944 and 1945.

Published by The MacMillan Co, NY with Copyright 1946, this copy is an ‘Eleventh Printing, 1961′ with unaltered dust jacket (original price sticker: $2.50). There is moderate wear and a few mended tears to the dust jacket edges and fold-overs, and a previous owner’s name is written inside.


Old Angelo (2004) – Author Joe A. Gibson wrote this detailed history of San Angelo using historical articles, old clippings, scrapbooks, photos and interviews. First published in 1971, this copy is a 2004 Fifth Printing which is nicely illustrated with black-and-white photos, portraits, copies of documents and other historical memorabilia.

Published by The Minuteman Press of San Angelo with Copyright 1971, this 2004 Fifth Printing copy was published without a dust jacket. Other than an original retail price sticker with printed price of $29.98, there are no writings or marks on this interesting piece of Texana.


Four Centuries of Sport In America 1490-1890 (1932) -
Author Herbert Manchester’s important historical work details the history of sport in America up through the 19th Century. Please note that there are facsimile reprints of this book on the resell market and the 1931 editions are listed as “scarce”. This is an authentic 1931 Limited First Edition (850 copies) which is profusely illustrated “from Original Sources” including a frontispiece painting of Colonel David Crockett as painted from life by John Gadsby Chapman.

Published by The Derrydale Press, NY with Copyright 1931, this Limited First Edition (850 copies published) was issued without a dust jacket. There is some wear at the spine extremes, including a small section of cloth missing from the upper spine. Otherwise the front cover paste-down is in excellent condition (unusual for this book) and there are no writings, marks or stains.


English Country Houses: Early Georgian 1715-1760 (1955) – Christopher Hussey (1899-1970) was one of the chief authorities on British domestic architecture and was architectural editor for Country Life magazine. He wrote numerous books, with this volume representing the first of a trilogy he wrote on the Georgian architectural style in England. After Early Georgian was first published in 1955, Hussey published Mid Georgian in 1956 and Late Georgian in 1958. All three books provided an overview of high-style 18th-century Georgian domestic architecture, and have become classic reference books in the design field.

Published by Country Life Limited, London with Copyright 1955, this lavishly illustrated copy is a 1955 First Edition with original dust jacket (price-clipped). A previous owner’s bookplate is affixed inside the front cover, there is a 1-inch tear to to the outer edge of the front free end paper, and several mended tears to the dust jacket.


Texas Longhorn Baseball – Kings of the Diamond (1983) – Written by Wilbur Evans and Bill Little, this massive 490-page volume featuring text and historic photographs covers Texas Longhorn baseball for almost a century: from the first team in 1897 up through the early 1980’s when this book was published. The Longhorn legacy centers around The Grand Old Man “Uncle Billy” Disch, Big Leaguer Bibb Falk, and Cliff Gustafson and features decades of fans, hundreds of athletes, and thousands of statistics with team photographs!

Published by Strodem Huntsville, AL with Copyright 1983, this copy is an unstated First Edition with unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: $17.95). Other than light wear to the dust jacket, there are no marks, writing, stains or tears on this nicely illustrated edition.


The Library of Entertainment (1926) – Edited and Compiled by John L. Stoddard, this complete twelve-volume set of classic literature is illustrated with numerous full-page colorized plates. Advertised as providing “a thousand hours of enjoyment with the World’s Greatest Writers”, this set also includes The Library Handbook written by John Chilton Scammell.

Published by George L. Shuman & Co, Chicago with Copyrights 1910 & 1918 and a Title Page date for this set of 1926, this set is ornately bound with embossed “leatherette” bindings, gilt spine titles, marbleized end papers and gilt upper page edges. This vintage 1926 complete 12-volume set is in very nice condition and includes the scarce Handbook.

October 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm Leave a comment

Time flies

In addition to capping off a highly successful Operation Paperback collection drive last week, the Recycled Reads team was fortunate to have been joined by several new volunteers – just in time to process a dozen Library pallets and thousands of donations from our many wonderful customers.

Continue Reading June 8, 2009 at 3:16 am 4 comments

Operation Paperback redux this Memorial Day weekend

Please take a moment of your time this weekend to show your support for the troops by donating a book to Operation Paperback.

Continue Reading May 20, 2009 at 3:39 am Leave a comment

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