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Book Ends

Most of my literary and e-book news comes from a variety of sources including Reuters, BBC, Google, American Library Association, New York Times, Austin American-Statesman, Huffington Post and Wired, but the source that consistently carries the most interesting stories is NPR (National Public Radio). Whether on the air (locally at KUT 90.5 FM) or on the web, NPR reliably presents the most thorough research into all literary matters large and small. One story in particular this week hit very close to home for those of us here at Recycled Reads who process used books for the Austin Public Library. Titled Hard Choices – Do Libraries Really Destroy Books?, this report focuses on the difficult but necessary job of removing books from circulation to make room for new acquisitions.

People who visit their local Library branch to read or check out a book usually take for granted that whatever book they want will be in circulation somewhere in the Library system. The larger the system, the more likely this is true. Having worked in a small-town public library once before I know that size does matter when it comes to Library catalogs. While having a large selection is good for patrons, the sheer volume of books being introduced into circulation each month in the Austin Public Library system would quickly overwhelm the available shelf space of even the largest branch if selective weeding did not occur on a regular basis. At least one person in each branch is responsible for determining which books need to be removed to make room for new additions, and as you can imagine this is a daunting and sometimes painful task. Fortunately there are computer programs which track the condition and circulation statistics for each item in the Library system catalog, so determining which books are eligible for “retirement” is often just a matter of checking the numbers.

As the NPR story mentions, it used to be that books removed from circulation met an untimely death at the hand of a shredder or even burial in a city landfill. This practice was not only a waste of books but placed an undue burden on the city waste disposal facilities which were forced to handle hundreds of tons of discarded books each year. Fortunately one alternative mentioned in the story was used by the City of Austin for many years: the used book sale. Until recently the Austin Public Library would store discarded books in a city warehouse for up to a year. Once or twice a year the former Friends Of The Library organization (now the Austin Friends Foundation) would ship these to a large facility for their always-popular Monster Book Sale.

While this operation was better than discarding all of those books in a landfill and did raise some money for the Library, at the end of each sale a huge number of books still had to be discarded to make room for future shipments to the warehouse. In addition, many people were upset that the city wound up paying to store old books for a year only to discard most of them anyway. Obviously a better solution was needed, which is where Recycled Reads comes in. As part of the city’s Zero Waste Plan we try to maximize the useful life of every book that arrives in the store while minimizing the waste sent to city landfill. Through our partnerships with Goodwill Industries and Better World Books we are able to insure that books which cannot be sold in our store have one last chance for resale in other markets before being converted to recycled paper products.

We may not have fancy store displays or win any awards for what we do, but knowing that we keep hundreds of tons of books from being wasted every year keeps us smiling.

Late Night Shopping
Have you ever been in the store at the end of the day to hear the announcement that “the store will be closing in 5 minutes” but still wanted to keep shopping a little while longer? Well, this Thursday October 20 is your chance to stay up late and shop until the cows come home! Recycled Reads will be hosting a special Writer’s League of Texas program that evening from 7-9pm entitled “An Author’s Guide to PR and Marketing”, and what better marketing opportunity could we have than to keep the store open a few more hours? Hosted by Nettie Hartstock and Dominic Smith, this program is free and open to the public. No purchase is necessary, but hey – we are a book store and it is a marketing program, so be prepared to SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP!

Go Green!
This is not a Baylor cheer but rather a reminder that on Sunday October 23 from 1-5pm the City of Austin will be holding it’s annual Green City Festival at the Austin City Hall. Representatives from 10 city departments and 14 non-profit groups will provide information and entertainment while promoting the city’s Green City Initiative. With everything from tours to workshops, speakers and films there will be plenty to see and do for the whole family. And did I mention the prizes? Earth-wise door prizes will be awarded after each of the speakers’ talks including Recycled Reads gift certificates and jewelry made from our reclaimed materials, plus a special grand prize at 4pm: an IZIP Via Rapido electric bicycle. If you can’t make it to the store, come down to visit us at City Hall this Sunday and help Austin Go Green!

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 20:

The President's House: A History (2008)

The President’s House: A History (2008) - The 195-year history of the White House is a remarkable saga that is separate from the nation’s history, yet an integral part of the lives of the men who held the position of chief executive and their families. Author William Seale’s book is a scholarly study of the first families and their home but he also includes anecdotes and interesting tales that will appeal to all readers. Over seventy pages of notes attest to Seale’s research. The result is a first-rate social history of the White House.

This well-written work is divided into chapters involving all Presidents from Washington through George H.W. Bush (second updated edition). This set includes numerous black-and-white photographs. Little scholarly work is available on the White House, so Seale’s two volumes are particularly valuable. This is a beautiful copy of the updated 2008 second edition that includes both volumes quarter-bound with marbled boards, plus a fabric covered slipcase with inset paste-down of a beautiful color painting of the White House. This set is in gift quality condition.

Published by the White House Historical Association, Washington D.C.; Copyrights: 1986, 2008, First Printing Set of the 2008 Second Edition. Slip-cased set of two volumes; no printed Retail Price – Original Retail Price of $80.00. Minimal wear to slipcase; no wear noted to volumes; no marks, stains, tears, creases, etc. No signs of reader use.

 

Wild Flowers Of The United States: Texas (1966)

Wild Flowers Of The United States: Texas (1966) - Wild Flowers of the United States was a series of oversized books published by The New York Botanical Garden. The books were published as a series of six “volumes”, but were also offered in slip-cased editions by region. Texas was the only state that encompassed its own set in the series, and was published as two books referred to as “Volume Three” in the overall series listing. The other “Volumes” in the series included: The Northeastern States, The Southeastern States, The Southwestern States, The Northwestern States, and The Rocky Mountain Region. This particular slip-cased set includes both oversize books that make up “Volume 3: Texas, Parts One & Two”. This is not an ex-library set and is in well-preserved, clean condition. The set even retains the cardboard divider placed between the two volumes so they wouldn’t rub against each other in the slipcase. The paste-down on the slipcase depicts a field of Texas Bluebonnets.

Published by The New York Botanical Garden by the McGraw-Hill Book Co; Copyright: 1966, this is a First Edition complete slip-cased set. Slipcase does not have a printed retail price; the two volumes were published without dust jackets and have a cardboard divider between the two books; the box has some rubbing wear, including some light chipping to the edge of the front paste-down; some age foxing to box and paste-down; light foxing to outer page edges of volumes; no reader marks, writing, stains, tears, or creases. Rare to find as a complete slip-cased set in such well-preserved condition!

 

Birds Of Venezuela (2003)

Birds Of Venezuela (2003) - The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and best illustrated guide to the birds of Venezuela, this oversize softcover book covers all 1,381 known species and their subspecies from the Caribbean coast to the jungles of the Amazon, from the Andes to the Gran Sabana plateau. Written by Steven L. Hilty and illustrated by John A. Gwynne and Guy Tudor, this 2003 second edition offers completely new text accompanied by more than 800 bibliographic entries and numerous color, as well as black and white plates and line drawings, 44 stunning color habitat photos and color habitat and relief maps, plus detailed range maps for each species.

Published by Princeton University Press; Copyright: 2003, Second Edition (softcover). New in publisher’s original shrink wrap with original retail price (per Amazon) of $65.00.

 

Birds Of Texas (2002)

Birds Of Texas (2002) - Written by Fred J. Alsop III, this is the 2002 First American Edition of the comprehensive reference Smithsonian Handbook describing over 600 species of birds in Texas. Beautifully Illustrated in vivid color!

Published by DK Publishing; Copyright: 2002, First American Edition Softcover with stiff covers – original Retail Price of $23.00. Minimal cover wrap wear; no writing, marks, stains, tears or creases.

 

 

Dragonflies And Damselflies Of Texas And The South Central United States (2005)

Dragonflies And Damselflies Of Texas And The South Central United States (2005) - Written by John C. Abbott, this is the first guide to dragonflies and damselflies of the south-central United States. The book covers 263 species representing more than half of the North American fauna. The area of coverage significantly overlaps with other regions of the country making this book a useful aid in identifying the dragonflies and damselflies in any part of the United States, Canada, or northeastern Mexico.

Published by Princeton University Press; Copyright: 2005, this is a First Edition inscribed and dated by the Author on the title page. Softcover with original Retail Price of $39.50. Light edge wear to cover wraps. No reader markings, writing or stains. No spine crease. A very clean copy of an unusual book.

 

Biographical Souvenir Of The State Of Texas (1978)

Biographical Souvenir Of The State Of Texas (1978) - Subtitled “Containing Biographical Sketches of the Representative Public and Many Early Settled Families”, this Facsimile Reproduction of the 1889 edition includes biographical sketches of many of the first settlers in the State of Texas. The book is illustrated throughout with portraits of well-known Texans circa mid-to-late 1800′s. A sampling of biographies with portrait illustrations include: Honorable Samuel Bell Maxey; Andrew J. Nance; Major M.B. Park; Governor Elisha Marshall Pease; William B. Pratt; A.B. Scarborough; and Andrew F. Wright, M.D. The frontis portrait is of Stephen F. Austin and facing the title page is an historical photograph of the Texas State House (the Capitol). This facsimile was reproduced from an 1889 edition in the Fort Worth Public Library. That edition was published by F.A. Battey & Company, Chicago, in 1889. This 1978 reproduction included new material. This is a very scarce book, even in facsimile format!

Facsimile Reproduction published by Southern Historical Press; Copyright: 1978. Oversize volume published without dust jacket; no printed retail price. Former library reference room copy with stickers removed from the cover boards (scar on bottom spine edge from tape removal); stickers/stamps remain on endpapers and page edges; chip to upper spine extreme has been library mended; some discoloration to rear cover board from sticker removal; some looseness to binding, No reader marks, writing, stains, tears or creases. Priced to reflect former library status.

 

The Encyclopedia Of The New West (1978)

The Encyclopedia Of The New West (1978) - This is a Facsimile Reproduction of the 1881 edition by William S. Speer and Hon. John Henry Brown. The full title of this book is The Encyclopedia of the New West, Containing Fully Authenticated Information of the Agricultural, Mercantile, Commercial, Manufacturing, Mining and Grazing Industries, and Representing the Character, Development, Resources and Present Condition of Texas, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Indian Territory, Also, Biographical Sketches of Their Representative men and Women.

The book is illustrated throughout with portraits of famous individuals of the territory, circa mid to late 1800′s. A sampling of Texas biographies with portrait illustrations include: Tom Smith, the proprietor of the Hotel Brunswick in Austin; the Honorable Charles E. Mitchel of Hempstead, State Senator and sheriff of Hempstead County; Colonel Thomas McKinney Jack of Galveston; and Colonel Thomas R. Bonner of Tyler, etc. The frontis portrait is of Stepene F. Austin, circa 1836. This facsimile was reproduced from an 1881 edition in the Fort Worth Public Library, and was printed by Southern Historical Press in 1978. That original edition was published by F.A. Battey & Company, Chicago, in 1889. This 1978 reproduction included new material. This is a scarce book even in facsimile format and is referenced in Howes B-849.

Facsimile Reproduction published by Southern Historical Press; Copyright: 1978. Oversize Volume published without dust jacket; no printed retail price. Former library reference room copy with stickers removed from the cover boards; stickers/stamps remain on endpapers and page edges; some looseness to binding; no reader marks, writing, stains, tears or creases. Priced to reflect former library status.

 

Indian Wars And Pioneers Of Texas (1978)

Indian Wars And Pioneers Of Texas (1978) - Written by John Henry Brown, this book includes biographical sketches of many of the first settlers in the State of Texas along with their tales of the Indian Wars (including much about the expulsion of the Cherokees from Texas). The book is illustrated throughout with portraits of well-known Texans circa mid to late 1800′s (up to 1880). A sampling of biographies with portrait illustrations include: the Allen family of Houston; Gen. H.H. Boone of Navasota; the Willis family of Galveston; W.L. Moody of Galveston; the John Wahrenberger family of Austin; H.M. Garwod of Bastop; and many, many others. There are numerous historical photographs of Indians, etc. This facsimile was reproduced from an 1880 edition in the Fort Worth Public Library. That edition was published by L.E. Daniell, Austin in 1880. This 1978 reproduction included new material. This is a very scarce book, even in facsimile format.

Facsimile Reproduction published by Southern Historical Press; Copyright: 1978. Oversize volume published without dust jacket; no printed retail price. Former library copy; library bound with hinges library mended; stickers/stamps remain on endpapers and page edges; chip to outer margin edges of two pages noted (no text affected). No reader marks, writing, stains, tears or creases. Priced to reflect ex-lib status.

Bad Medicine & Good: Tales Of The Kiowa (1962)

Bad Medicine & Good: Tales Of The Kiowa (1962) - Wilbur Sturtevant Nye collected forty-four stories covering Kiowa history from the 1700s through the 1940s, all gleaned from interviews with Kiowas who actually took part in the events or recalled them from the accounts of their elders, and from the notes of Captain Hugh L. Scott at Fort Sill. They cover such topics as the organization and conduct of a raiding party, the brave deeds of war chiefs, the treatment of white captives, the Grandmother gods, the Kiowa sun dance, and the problems of adjusting to white society. Beautifully illustrated with drawings by Nick Eggenhofer, this 1962 first edition was published by The University Of Oklahoma Press, Norman, as part of the prestigious Civilization Of The American Indian Series.

Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman; Copyright 1962, stated ‘First Edition’ with unaltered dust jacket having original Retail Price of $5.00. Dust jacket has light edge wear and rubbing, with one small mended tear at bottom edge; interior of book is in very nice condition with no marks, writing or stains. No foxing or soiling. The best copy of the 1962 first edition we have ever seen. Compare price and condition!

 

A Texas-Mexican Cancionero: Folksongs Of The Lower Border (1995)

A Texas-Mexican Cancionero: Folksongs Of The Lower Border (1995) - In his cancionero (songbook), Americo Paredes presents sixty-six folk songs from Texas’ Mexican population in bilingual text along with their music, notes on tempo and performance, and discography. Manuel Pena’s new Foreword situates these songs within the main currents of Mexican American music. Includes Notes, Bibliography, Glossary, and Index.

Published by UT Press; Copyright (this edition): 1995. Softcover with no printed retail price; minimal cover wrap wear and no interior signs of use.

 

 

Writings And Drawings By Bob Dylan (1974)

Writings And Drawings By Bob Dylan (1974) - This collection of lyrics and personal drawings by Bob Dylan, long out-of-print, was first published in May 1973. The book contain lyrics from 1962′s Bob Dylan through 1971′s Greatest Hits, Volume 2. Also included are poems and other writings and album liner notes. The lyrics and writings are arranged chronologically, with unreleased songs also included. The endpapers depict the hand corrected lyrics for Bowling Alley Blues and the back cover shows an iconic black and white photograph of Dylan, circa 1973.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf; Copyright: 1973, Second Printing Copy: February 1974. Published without a dust jacket; light cover board wear; no writing, marks, stains, tears or creases. A very nice, very clean copy of this out-of-print book.

 

(C) Murakami (2007)

(C) Murakami (2007) - This is Takashi Murakami’s major monograph, published to accompany his exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles beginning in October 2007. The volume is complete with full-color plates, essays, some gate-fold pages, as well as a selected exhibition history and bibliography.

Takashi Murakami is one of contemporary art’s most innovative and important figures. Drawing from street culture, high art, and traditional Japanese painting, Murakami takes the contemporary art trend of mixing high and low to an unprecedented level (critics call him the new Warhol), producing original paintings and sculptures as well as mass-produced consumer objects such as toys, books, and most famously, a line of handbags for Louis Vuitton. A committed supporter and spokesperson for Japanese artists and a powerful commentator on postwar culture and society, Murakami has organized influential exhibitions of Japanese art as well as a biannual art fair in Tokyo. Murakami has positioned himself as a new type of artist for the twenty-first century: a hybrid of creator, entrepreneur, and cultural ambassador.

In conjunction with the first major retrospective of his work, the artist’s impact is traced socially, culturally, and (art) historically. Essays focus on Murakami’s early works, which were based on a social critique of Japan’s rampant consumerism; the development of his characters; his work with anime, fantasy; Otaku culture; and his engagement with global pop culture. Representing output from original works of art to mass-produced multiples, the book also considers the implications of Murakami’s working methods within the tradition of the Western avant-garde.

Published by Rizzoli for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Copyright 2007, First Edition/First Printing with unaltered dust jacket having original Retail Price of $65.00. Light dust jacket wear; one of the fold-out pages has a small creased area at bottom edge where page was folded incorrectly; no writing or stains. A very good copy of this collectible book.

 

The Life And Times Of William Howard Taft (1939)

The Life And Times Of William Howard Taft (1939) - William Howard Taft (1857–1930) was the 27th President of the United States (1909–1913) and later the tenth Chief Justice of the U.S. (1921–1930). He is the only person to have served in both offices. Riding a wave of popular support for fellow Republican Roosevelt, Taft won an easy victory in his 1908 bid for the presidency. In his only term, Taft’s domestic agenda emphasized trust-busting, civil service reform, strengthening the Interstate Commerce Commission, improving the performance of the postal service, and passage of the Sixteenth Amendment. Abroad, Taft sought to further the economic development of underdeveloped nations in Latin America and Asia through “Dollar Diplomacy”. However, Taft often alienated his own key constituencies, and was overwhelmingly defeated in his bid for a second term in the presidential election of 1912. In the Historical rankings of Presidents of the United States Taft receives an aggregate ranking of 22nd. This two-volume authorized biography of Taft by Henry F. Pringle has been called the definitive biography on William Howard Taft.

Henry Fowles Pringle was an American historian and journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1931 biography of Theodore Roosevelt. He won notice for his biographical articles, written in a muckraking style. This led to his first book, a 1927 campaign biography of New York Governor and presidential aspirant Al Smith. In 1931, he published Theodore Roosevelt, a Biography which debunked some of the former president’s more colorful accounts of his own life. Pringle published this two-volume biography of William Howard Taft in 1939. The author was given unrestricted access to all the hundreds of thousands of letters in the Taft collection at the Library of Congress and to all other available material. This two-volume work was first published in 1939, although we believe this set might be a somewhat later reprint. The set originally came with a slipcase (now missing) and the books did not include dust jackets. The author’s signature is on the front free end paper of Volume One, and this volume also includes a small bookseller sticker from John. G. Kidd & Son, Cincinnati. Each volume includes a frontis portrait of Taft, as well as numerous illustrated plates depicting B/W photographs, political cartoons, etc.

Published by Farrar & Rinehart; Copyright: 1939, no other dates listed. This edition is signed by the Author on the ffrep of Volume One. Originally issued with slipcase, now missing; not issued with individual dust jackets; light sunning to spine cloth; other than author’s signature, no additional writing, marks or stains.

 

Fast Times At Ridgemont High: A True Story (1981)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High: A True Story (1981) - Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story is a 1981 American coming-of-age book written by Cameron Crowe while he was working as a freelance writer for Rolling Stone magazine. The “True Story” is that Crowe went undercover at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California, and subsequently wrote about his experiences. The book was then adapted into what has become a the cult movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982.

This is a true first edition, first printing trade softcover. Softcover copies of the book were given out as promotional items at “sneak previews” of the movie. Those copies look very similar to this first edition, however those promo copies have a blue “movie banner” across the front cover. There were also regular-sized paperbacks published as movie tie-ins featuring Sean Penn’s character ‘Spicoli’ on the front cover. This pre-movie softcover features a black and white photograph of a very young Cameron Crowe on the back cover. True first edition soft covers and hardcovers (pre-movie) are very scarce and very collectible, commanding high prices on the current resell market. Please compare our price to eBay “Solds”! (Priced to sell)

Published by Simon & Schuster; Copyright 1981, 1st Ed/1st Printing: Sept 1981 (date code on rear panel). Softcover with original Retail Price of $5.95 on rear panel. Moisture stain to cover wrap edges (does not go through to pages); outer page edges lightly age foxed; rear panel lightly chipped at edges; no marks or stains to interior pages. Priced low to reflect cover wrap issues.

 

The Survival Of Freedom (1981)

The Survival Of Freedom (1981) - Edited by Jerry Pournelle with Associate Editor John F. Carr, this anthology of science fiction themed “a future of freedom” was first published by Fawcett Crest in August, 1981. The book includes 32 stories and essays by various well-known writers of the genre, including: Jerry Pournelle, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Andersen, Larry Niven, Ursula K. LeGuin, Harlan Ellison, Gordon R. Dickson, & Jack Vance.

This book has been signed in blue ink pen on the full-title page by Jerry Pournelle, Robert A. Heinlein, and Poul Andersen. The book also contains the signatures of these three authors, along with that of Larry Niven on the writer’s individual story/essay pages. Heinlein signed the book a total of three times: once on the title page, a second time on “Give Me Liberty”, and a third time on “The L-5 Society”. The flyleaf has a small, and rather faint, red date stamp of “March 17, 1982″. We can only assume this book was signed at a convention or seminar of science fiction writers on that date.

Published by Fawcett Crest; Copyright: 1981, this is a stated ‘First Printing, August 1981′ paperback signed by Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, Robert A. Heinlein, and Poul Andersen. Softcover paperback with original retail price of $2.50. Light edge wear to cover wraps; small red date stamp on flyleaf; no spine crease; no reader marks or stains; no tears or creases (including no spine crease). In collectible condition. One other copy with signatures of Pournelle, Andersen and Heinlein found through on-line reseller with list price of $300.

 

Gently By The Shore (1956)

Gently By The Shore (1956) - This is the second of Alan Hunter’s novels featuring Chief Inspector Gently. In a British seaside holiday resort at the height of the season, there is a naked corpse, punctured with stab wounds, lying on the sand. Chief Inspector George Gently is called in to investigate the disturbing murder. The case has to be wrapped up quickly to calm the nerves of concerned holidaymakers.

Alan Hunter was born in Hoveton, Norfolk in 1922. He left school at the age of 14 to work on his father’s farm, spending his spare time sailing on the Norfolk Broads and writing nature notes for the Eastern Evening News. He also wrote poetry, some of which was published while he was in the RAF during World War II. By 1950, he was running his own book shop in Norwich and in 1956, he wrote the first of 45 George Gently novels. He died in 2005 aged 82.

Published by Cassell & Co, U.K.; Copyrgiht: 1956, this is the scarce First U.K. Edition. Lacking the original dust jacket; some wear and light soiling to cloth cover boards; original price of $4.00 written in pencil on ffrep; previous owner’s name partially whited out inside front cover; ffrep and rfrep have darkening that suggests paper or news clippings were laid in at one time; light finger handling stains noted to a few text pages; publisher’s remainder mark on bottom page edge.

 

Michael Innes Detective Novels (1970's)

Michael Innes Detective Novels (1970′s) - John Innes Mackintosh Stewart was a Scottish writer who is equally well-known for the works of literary criticism published under his real name and for the crime fiction published under the pseudonym of Michael Innes. Michael Innes published nearly fifty crime novels and short story collections rich in literary allusions, “mischievous wit”, “exuberant fancy” and a “tongue-in-cheek propensity” for intriguing turns of phrase. This is a set of seven U.K. hardcover reprints of Michael Innes’ famous detective novels. Included in this set are:

  • The Secret Vanguard – First Published in 1940, Reissued in 1972
  • The Daffodil Affair – First Published in 1942, Reissued in 1972
  • A Night of Errors – First Published in 1948, Reissued in 1974
  • The Journeying Boy – Original First Published in 1949, Reissued in 1970/1973
  • Operation Pax – First published in 1951, Reissued in 1974
  • Old Hall New Hall – First Published in 1956, Reissued in 1975
  • The New Sonia Wayward’ – First Published in 1960, Reissued in 1976

Published by Victor Gollancz Ltd, London; Copyrights: various as listed above, 1970′s hardcover reprints with unaltered dust jackets having original Retail Prices of £1.60 – £2.90 net. Previous bookseller prices penciled on ffrep in pencil (could be erased); light dust jacket wear; a few books have light soiling to page edges; light forward spine lean to a few books.

 

The Complete Short Stories Of W. Somerset Maugham (1950's)

The Complete Short Stories Of W. Somerset Maugham (1950′s) - This is a complete two-volume slip-cased set of the collected short stories of famed British playwright and author W. Somerset Maugham. A beautiful circa 1950′s Book Club Set!

Published by Doubleday & Co; Copyrights through 1952; circa 1950′s 2-volume hardcover set with no printed retail price (BCE Set). Published without dust jackets. A very well-preserved two-volume set – minimal wear to slipcase; minimal to no wear to cloth cover boards; no writing, marks, stains, tears or creases to the books.

 

Ray Miller's "Eyes Of Texas" Travel Guides

Ray Miller’s Eyes Of Texas Travel Guides - This is a hardcover set of all six of the “Ray Miller” books comprising the complete Eyes of Texas Travel Guides series including:

  • Gulf Coast Edition – First Printing: October 1977
  • Dallas/East Texas Edition – First Printing: October 1978
  • San Antonio/Border Edition – First Printing: August 1979
  • Hill Country/Permian Basin Edition – First Printing: September 1980
  • Fort Worth/Brazos Valley Edition – First Printing: September 1981
  • Panhandle/Plains Edition – First Printing, January 1982

Also included are two additional travel books by Ray Miller:

  • Ray Miller’s Houston – Hardcover Format; First Printing, August 1984
  • Ray Miller’s Texas Parks: A History and Guide – Softcover Format; First Printing: Oct 1984

All books except Texas Parks” have been signed and dated by Ray Miller.

The idea for the travel guide series grew out of the Eyes of Texas television program of KPRC-TV, the oldest and best known travel and historical series on Texas TV. Ray Miller, KPRC news director and Eyes of Texas program narrator, originated the idea of a weekly feature program about Texas in 1969. It was his intention to travel the state recording and preserving the colorful and the unusual aspects of Texas’ vast expanses. The idea proved so successful, Texas television audiences were soon requesting the show be reproduced in book form to aid their travels across the state. Ultimately, the series comprised six books, all listed above. Extensive detail is provided about each county, and places of both historic and recreational interest are presented. Ray Miller wrote the text after extensive research from numerous reference works on Texas and after many personal interviews with the residents. Each book includes hundreds of illustrations.

Ray Miller’s Houston is Miller’s personal look at his years in Houston working as a reporter, photographer, editor, and producer of radio and television news programs. This book presents Houston from the beginning – the early history since its founding in 1836, reminiscences and amusing anecdotes, and its dynamic development since World War II. Along with hundreds of historic and contemporary photographs, there is a special color section showing Houston in more recent years, photographed by Fred Edison. Ray Miller’s Texas Parks blends the fascinating history of Texas and the state park system with information for travelers. A spectacular series of color photographs underscores the diversity of landscape, climate, and history that Texas parks have to offer.

All books published by Cordovan Press, Houston; Copyrights as listed above. All books are First Edition/First Printing copies and each book except Texas Parks is signed & dated by Ray Miller on the ffrep. Unaltered dust jackets on hardcovers with no printed retail price; no printed price on softcover book. Dust jackets have light wear. No additional writing, marks or stains.

 

The New Grove Dictionary Of Musical Instruments (1997)

The New Grove Dictionary Of Musical Instruments (1997) - Edited by Stanley Sadie, The New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments is the most comprehensive resource on musical instruments of the world. According to the publisher, it is “a definitive guide to the history, construction and performing practice of over 12,000 instruments from every culture, past and present including 10,000 non-Western and folk instruments.” It is extensively illustrated with over 1,600 black & white photos, charts and diagrams. The articles are written by leading musicologists and ethnomusicologists, and bibliographies are included with major articles.

First published in 1984, entries are arranged alphabetically, and range in length from a few sentences to many pages depending on the relative important of an instrument and how much was known about it at the time of publication. Aspects of the instruments discussed include manufacture, history, performance use, and social context. The same publishers also produce the much larger general music encyclopedia called The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. The two encyclopedias do have some articles in common, but this 3-volume Instruments set has much additional specialized material that is not included in the general set, especially information related to non-Western instruments.

Published by Macmillan Reference Ltd and Grove’s Dictionaries of Music, Inc. Copyright 1984; as noted above, this is a 1997 reprint set with minor revisions. This complete set of three volumes is now out of print. Issued without dust jackets; former library reference room set with minimal stamps/stickers (stickers on spines could be removed); no writing, marks, stains, tears or creases. Please compare our price and set condition. 1984 uncorrected three-volume sets start at $300 (ex-lib) through on-line booksellers and eBay, and single volumes generally list beginning at $100 – even former library copies!

October 16, 2011 at 11:00 pm Leave a comment

Try Again

While writing last week’s post about the difficulties of choosing a “best” book I started wondering about the difficulties faced by the authors of those books. Surely their greatest works did not flow effortlessly onto paper, and once there did not immediately go into print and on to literary history. Did Tolstoy ever suffer from writer’s block? Could George Orwell type? How many rejection letters did J. K. Rowling receive on her first Harry Potter book?

I’m sure that the biographers of the great authors know the answers to these and many more questions, but fortunately Google has access to them too. One of the true joys of writing a blog is that almost any piece of reference information is available online in seconds. This can also lead to continuous digressions while following a fascinating trail of information from one site to another, one of many challenges that a writer must overcome these days. But I digress – to answer my own questions in order: yes (Tolstoy sometimes could not write for months at a time), yes (Orwell used a portable so he could write in bed while being treated for tuberculosis), and the last is a digression unto itself.

The art of writing and the business of writing are two distinct aspects of the writer’s basic dilemma: how do I get published? Many great writers struggle with one or both facets of the process, and only the most skilled and fortunate are able to handle both with relative ease. Steven King, Dean Koontz and Tom Clancy are examples of present-day authors who have mastered the art of continuous writing and are guaranteed that their every work will be published. Unfortunately many great authors throughout history struggled to phrase their stories and ideas in a perfect form only to confront a publishing business model that tends to dismiss new, unpopular or unproven literary concepts.

A recent article brought this struggle to my attention in very concrete terms. When I searched for the answer to my last question on rejection letters, what I found was both unbelievable and disconcerting: many of the most successful books in modern history were repeatedly rejected by publishers! Here is a list of some notable rejections:

  • Animal Farm by George Orwell – 20 million sold, 4 rejections
  • The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank – 30 million sold, 16 rejections
  • Valley Of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann – 30 million sold, 10 rejections
  • Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – 40 million sold, 18 rejections
  • The Ginger Man by J. P. Donleavy – 45 million sold, 35 rejections
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov – 50 million sold, xx rejections
  • Anne Of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery – 50 million sold, 4 rejections
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – 116 million sold, 14 rejections
  • Chicken Soup series by Canfield & Hansen – 130 million sold, 100+ rejections
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – 450 million sold, 8 rejections

For those of you who are published writers this may seem like a laughably naïve reaction, but to someone like me who has never attempted to publish anything this came as quite a shock. For every author who persisted and succeeded in the face of rejection, how many others just gave up? How many potentially classic pieces of literature have ended up in the trash can because some publisher wrote a scathing rejection letter to a novice writer who had yet to develop the confidence needed to succeed? Fortunately there are still some questions that Google can’t answer.

Playing With Fire
Speaking of publisher rejections, here’s an example of how cut-throat the electronic publishing business has become. As you may have heard, DC Comics recently announced that many of their classic comic titles featuring Superman, Batman and other super heroes would be updated and reset to issue #1. In conjunction with this massive release, DC has partnered with Amazon to release 100 titles in digital form exclusively for the new Kindle Fire (a $199 competitor to the Apple iPad).

To say this did not sit well with Barnes & Noble (Amazon’s arch-rival in the e-book business) is an understatement. One day after that announcement, Barnes & Noble ordered the removal of all 100 DC titles from its shelves. According to a B&N statement “we will not stock physical books in our stores if we are not offered the available digital format. To sell and promote the physical book in our store showrooms and not have the ebook available for sale would undermine our promise to Barnes & Noble customers to make available any book, anywhere, anytime”.

Given the popularity and incompatibility of these two e-book readers, buyers are now being forced to make a choice that will bind them to a single content publisher. Meanwhile, second-tier e-reader manufacturers such as Sony (Reader) and Borders (Kobo) are eagerly promoting their own products which support multiple e-book formats. Let the format wars begin!

Keeping Beautiful
This is not a sales pitch for beauty cream but rather a reminder that this weekend (Sunday October 16 at 1:00pm) the “Keep Austin Beautiful” organization will be making a field trip to Recycled Reads. Participants will be given a behind-the-scenes tour of the bookstore operations to see how we are finding creative ways to recycle books and materials which would otherwise be sent to city landfill. At the end of the tour participants will be shown how to craft jewelry and book art from discarded books, then have a chance to shop our huge selection of books, media and collectibles. If you are attending, please remember to bring any books or media you wish to donate to the cause – all sale proceeds go to support the store and the Austin Public Library.

Cheaper Learning
Now that school is back in session a number of students and teachers are already looking to find affordable text books for the upcoming Spring semester. Fortunately for them, Recycled Reads regularly receives a large number of recent text books covering a variety of subjects ranging from Science to Shakespeare. As you would imagine, our text book prices can’t be beat with some books starting at only $2 each. Whether you are a starving student, tight-budgeted teacher or price-conscious parent, be sure to check out our growing selection of text books on the newly expanded “Sets” shelves in the middle of the store.

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 13:

Memoirs Of Robert E. Lee: His Military And Personal History - (1887)

Memoirs Of Robert E. Lee: His Military And Personal History – (1887) Subtitled “Embracing a Large Amount of Information Hitherto Unpublished by A.L. Long, Formerly Military Secretary to General Lee, Afterward Brigadier General and Chief of Artillery Second Corps, Army of Northern Virginia, Together with Incidents Relating to His Private Life Subsequent to the War Collected and Edited with the Assistance of Marcus J. Wright, Formerly Brigadier General Army of Tennessee, and Agent of the United States for the Collection of Confederate Records”.

This classic comprehensive post-Civil War era memoir about the legendary Southern statesman and soldier Robert E. Lee includes the following chapter headings: Genealogy; Early Life; The Mexican War; The Indian Campaign; A Divided Country; Opening of the Civil War; The West Virginia Campaign; The South Coast Defences; The Peninsular Campaign; The Seven Days’ Fight; Pope Outgeneralled; The Advance Into Maryland; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; A Campaign of Strategy; Wilderness, Spottsylvania, and Cold Harbor; Early’s Valley Campaign; The Siege of Petersburg; The Seige Continued; From Petersburg to Appomattox; General Lee as a Soldier; President of Washington College; Home and Society Life, Death and Memorial Ceremonies; and The World’s Estimate. The book includes an extensive Appendix, as well as tissue-protected frontispiece portrait of Lee from the painting by Elder, and additional illustrated plates (all but one retains its original tissue-guard) including: a portrait of Lee taken in 1852; Lee on his horse Traveller; and the recumbent statue of Lee placed over his tomb at Lexington, Va. The book includes a facsimile of the dedication written by General Long on a slate used by the blind to ‘The Disabled Confederate Soldiers’, as well as facsimiles of General Lee’s field maps. These field maps include: Richmond and its Defences; Harper’s Ferry; Sharpsburg; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg (fold-out); and Mine Run (fold-out), plus the large fold-out U.S. Official Map of the Seat of War in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, showing all the battlefields of the Army of Northern Virginia. This 707-page tome also includes a complete Index.

Published by J.M. Stoddart & Company, NY; Copyright 1886, Title Page Date: 1887. Published without dust jacket; dark green cloth boards with gilt titles & designs; floral end papers; cover cloth is worn at edges; spine extremes are crushed; 1-2″ cloth split at upper gutter edge; front hinge is cracked, but there are no loose pages; discretely written initials inside front cover; minor finger-handling to a few pages (not significant); fold-out map has a 2″ tear at gutter edge (confined to margin); one field map has a short (1/2″) tear at outer gutter edge (confined to margin). This classic 1880′s edition, although not terribly scarce, is most often in seen in very poor condition. This copy is in good to very good condition. It is complete, meaning all maps and plates are included, and the condition issues are relatively minor given the book’s size and age. Please compare condition and price to other copies on the current resell market. A classic Civil War memoir!

 

The New Grove Dictionary Of Jazz - (1988)

The New Grove Dictionary Of Jazz – (1988) Edited by Barry Kernfeld, this is the largest dictionary on jazz ever published, containing the broadest coverage of the subject to appear in one work. This complete two-volume edition gives detailed attention to all periods and styles of jazz from many countries. Includes discographies and bibliographies.

Published by Macmillan Press Ltd/Grove’s Dictionaries of Music, Copyright: 1988. This is a First Edition set. Former library reference room set in very good condition. No external stickers; some stamps/stickers to end papers and page edges; minimal reader use to text pages. No dust jackets. Priced to reflect former library status.

 

Sketches Of A Tour To The Western Country - (1990)

Sketches Of A Tour To The Western Country – (1990) Completely titled ‘SKETCHES OF A TOUR To The Western Country, Through The States of Ohio and Kentucky; A Voyage Down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and a Trip Through the Mississippi Territory, and Part of West Florida’ by Fortesque (Fortescue) Cuming, this book is one of seven copies privately reproduced from an 1810 first edition owned by the New York Public Library and held in their rare book section.

Sketches of a Tour in the Western Country by Fortesque Cuming (1762-1828) is a detailed travel journal describing two separate tours. The first, in 1807, was made from Philadelphia through Pittsburgh, down the Ohio River to Maysville, Kentucky, then overland to Lexington and Frankfort. The author returned through Southeastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh. The second tour, in 1808, beginning in Maysville, was down the Ohio to the Mississippi, then down that river to the Bayou Pierre, some thirty miles north of Natchez. From there, Cuming traveled overland as far south as Baton Rouge, which, being south of the thirty-first parallel, was at the time a part of Spanish West Florida. Returning northward, he closed his journal late in September, 1808 several miles northeast of Natchez in what is today Jefferson County, Mississippi. The last twenty-two pages were written by a contemporary traveler(s) who described New Orleans and a sea voyage back to Philadelphia. The original book included an appendix of over 150 pages of paid insertions which were omitted in this reproduction, however the subjects of this appendix are listed in the included Table of Contents.

Cuming’s book is distinguished from the many other traveler’s accounts written during the early decades of the 19th century by its literary style. Though archaic, for the period it is unusual for its candor, accuracy, and relative lack of exaggerated prose. It has been said that this account may have been edited by Zadok Cramer, from whose press the first edition was issued in 1810. However, as a historical reference, Cuming’s book has been cited numerous times, including Howes C-947: “Excellent and extensive observations on pioneer conditions throughout the Ohio and lower Mississippi valleys.”, Sabin 17890, Clark OLD SOUTH II, 13: “Accurate and detailed description of social and economic conditions along the frontier.”, Streeter Sale III, 1325: “One of the best early accounts of the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys.”, Eberstadt 138, 192: “Minute description of the numerous towns and localities through which he passed and of the pioneers he met and studied.”, Servies 808, and Thomson 286: “One of the most interesting works relating to the west.”

Authentic first edition copies of this book are scarce and in good or better condition list for several thousand dollars. This privately reproduced limited edition copy is one of seven that was printed in 1990 by the great-great-great grandson of Fortesque Cuming. Loose and laid in is a copy of a three-page typed and dated (July 27, 1990) letter written by the descendant. The letter is addressed to other family members and provides a short biography of Fortesque Cuming, along with other descendants of Cuming to present day. It is assumed this letter was given to family members along with this particular copy of the book. Also included is a photocopy of a handwritten biography of another family ancestor, Lida Cumings Large Langini (1891-1983). The book is bound in beautiful dark green embossed leather with gilt titles and raised spine ribs. The paper appears to be acid-free, as there is no age discoloration to any pages or to the end papers. The binder was Henry Nuss Bookbinder, Inc. in Dallas, Texas (sticker on bottom edge of rfrep). A nice frontispiece portrait of Fortesque Cuming is included in this reproduction. Although cheaper reprints of this book have been produced in recent years, this finely bound limited edition, of which there are only seven copies, has the direct descendant provenance and is in excellent condition.

This privately produced edition by Robert N. Alexander, Dallas, TX; 1990 limited edition (one of seven copies produced). Fine binding of green embossed leather and gilt titles; issued without dust jacket; no writing, marks or stains. In beautiful condition, and comes with inserts as detailed above. Unique provenance. Historical reference.

 

Soldiers, Sutlers, And Settlers: Garrison Life On The Texas Frontier - (1987)

Soldiers, Sutlers, And Settlers: Garrison Life On The Texas Frontier – (1987) Texas’ frontiers in the 1840′s were buffeted by disputes with Mexico and Indian tribes. To ensure some measure of peace, the U.S. Army established a series of military forts. In this book, the second volume in the Clayton Wheat Williams Texas Life series, historian Robert Wooster covers life in the forts for the soldiers and their families, detailing the soldiers’ uniforms, weapons and duties along with activities of the local civilian inhabitants. This 1987 First Edition hardcover includes a non-personalized inscription: “With warmest regards, Robert Wooster”. The book is nicely illustrated with the pen and ink drawings of Jack Jackson. Includes Bibliographic Essay and full Index.

Published by Texas A&M Press; Copyright 1987; Stated ‘First Edition’ with non-personalized inscription by the author. Retains original unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price. Some edge wear to dust jacket; former owner’s bookplate on ffrep; some foxing and staining to page edges; priced under market based on condition of outside page edges. A nice reader’s copy.

 

Anselm Holcomb Barker: Pioneer Builder and Early Settler of Auraria - (1959)

Anselm Holcomb Barker: Pioneer Builder and Early Settler of Auraria – (1959) This signed and numbered book is Anselm Holcomb Barker’s (1822-1895) 1858 diary from Plattsmouth, Nebraska Territory, to Cherry Creek Diggings, the present site of Denver, Colorado. The immigrant party that Barker traveled with consisted of fifteen wagons, and was the first large wagon train to arrive in what is now the Denver area. They arrived on October 24, 1858, and settled in the little village of Montana, which occupied the site of Overland Park. Afterward, Barker prospected for gold in the Platte, and in the fall of 1858 founded the town of Aurora which occupied the west bank of Cherry Creek – and which is now West Denver. Barker was the first man to build a house in the town. He prospered and engaged in various enterprises until he became one of the best known men in the territory.

This historical monograph is presented with an introduction by editor Nolie Mumey, who has signed this limited edition copy (#32 of 500). Also included is a tipped in frontis portrait of Barker, a fold-out map of the route of A. H. Barker from Plattsmouth to Cherry Creek (attached inside front cover), plus “Nine Rare Keepsakes” in an attached rear pocket. These consist of facsimile documents such as stock certificates, certificates of membership, etc. This scarce publication is a former University of Texas library copy in very good condition.

Published by Golden Bell Press, Denver; Copyright 1959, this is a Limited Edition #32 of 500 signed by the editor. Former library copy with stamps/stickers and card pocket. No reader marks or stains. Published without dust jacket. Priced to reflect former library status. A scarce vintage publication.

 

The Last Cowboy: Leroy Webb, The Personal Story Of A Vanishing Cowboy - (2002)

The Last Cowboy: Leroy Webb, The Personal Story Of A Vanishing Cowboy – (2002) Leroy Webb represents the vanishing era of the open-range cowboy. For six decades he has rounded up, roped, chased, wrestled, and cajoled cattle while riding over vast ranch lands and sleeping under the stars in New Mexico and Texas. He has tirelessly worked to breed, train, and show horses while keeping up with the rodeo circuit. His life has been a life of satisfying hard work, from sunup to sundown a way of life that will disappear when he and his generation are gone. Written by Davis L. Ford, this volume is illustrated with maps and wonderful photographs, many by internationally renowned photographer Gray Hawn, which blend with the story to create a glorious tribute to men in the saddle who have proved themselves as some of the strongest fibers in the fabric of American tradition.

Published by Eakin Press, Austin; Copyright 2002, this is a First Edition/First Printing copy inscribed and dated by the author inside front cover. Retains its original unaltered dust jacket having Original Retail Price of $32.95. Light edge wear to dust jacket, otherwise in very well-cared for condition.

 

Cowhand: The Story Of A Working Cowboy - (1977)

Cowhand: The Story Of A Working Cowboy – (1977) Texas Hill Country author Fred Gipson (1908-1973), most well-known for writing the beloved classics Old Yeller and Hound-dog Man, wrote this true account of the life story of a working cowboy that was first published in book format in 1953.

The titular “cowhand” is Texan Ed “Fat” Alford, who relates through this memoir a string of yarns you might hear told around the campfire or the bunkhouse at the end of a hard day’s work. Alford was the oldest of a large family of siblings who he helped his mother to raise after his father died in an outbreak of meningitis. Alford never married, and dedicated his life to working as a cowboy, and doing whatever else in the way of work he could scrounge up during the 1920s and 1930s. While often entertaining, especially through the use of Gipson’s humorous writing style, Fat’s story does a lot to take the romance out of the profession and reveal how much plain, sweaty, dirty, exhausting hard work there is in being a “working cowboy.”

Published by Texas A&M Press; Copyrights through 1977. Unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $7.95. Light rubbing and edge wear to dust jacket; no writing, marks or stains. This is a very nice copy of the scarce 1977 hardcover edition of this book.

 

Fifty Years On The Old Frontier As Cowboy, Hunter, Guide, Scout, And Ranchman - (1980)

Fifty Years On The Old Frontier As Cowboy, Hunter, Guide, Scout, And Ranchman – (1980) The keen-eyed, cool-headed, and fearless men (Kit Carson, Jim Bridger, Buffalo Bill Cody, Big Foot Wallace, and Captain Jim Cook, among others) who were pivotal personalities for more than half a century in the almost ceaseless task of clearing the way for and guarding the lives and properties of explorers, emigrants, and settlers in the West, are an extinct type of pioneer, Accounts of the heroic deeds of this handful of men, however, remain today as indelible records that dramatize the melting away of this country’s vast frontiers. This much referenced classic had additional information and photographs added for this “New Edition” first published in 1957 by the University of Oklahoma Press. Referenced in Guns 484: “An outstanding western book with much on outlawry and a good firsthand account of the battle between the cowboys and Elfego Baca, a fight in which the author participated.” Also referenced in Herd 569, Six Score 23, Dobie (pg 100), Dykes 4, and Graff 693.

Author James H. “Captain Jim” Cook was for more than fifty years a cowboy and ranch “boss” in the Llano Estacado country of Texas; a big game hunter in the northern plains and Rocky Mountain areas; an Indian scout for the United States cavalry in its campaign to corral the troublesome Apaches; a trusted and intimate friend of the Sioux; and an outspoken champion of the Northern Cheyennes. Born in Michigan in 1857, “Captain Jim” first learned to handle a lasso in Texas shortly after the Civil War. He caught wild cattle with the vaqueros and drove them north to rail-heads, he fought Comanche raiders and New Mexico badmen, and developed a keen understanding of Indian methods which won him the respect of cavalry troops assigned to capture Geronimo. Cook probably knew Red Cloud, the Sioux chief, better than any other white man. His graphic descriptions of the “superb but futile” Indian uprising, and of the mixed feelings of the army officers and soldiers assigned to quell it, reflect the genuine character of this cowboy, rancher, Indian scout, plainsman, and author. This edition includes a Foreword by J. Frank Dobie and Introduction by Charles King.

Published by the University of Oklahoma Press; Copyrights through 1980; this is a Third Printing with original unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price. Edge wear to dust jacket, mostly to spine extremes and rear panel; no writing, marks or stains. A very nice copy.

 

I'll Take Texas - (1958)

I’ll Take Texas – (1958) Mary Lasswell Smith (1905-1994) was a novelist, biographer, and newspaper columnist. Lasswell was known particularly for her bestselling books in the “Suds” series published in the 1940′s and 1950′s. I’ll Take Texas, published in 1958, was Lasswell’s tribute to Texas after she returned from living in New England. The book provides a portrait of Texas’ history, its people, landscape, folklore, flora, and fauna. Although Lasswell was born in Scotland, she grew up in Brownsville and worked as a columnist for the Houston Chronicle in the 1960′s. Illustrated by Jo Alys Downs.

Published by Houghton Mifflin; Copyright 1958, Fourth Printing with original unaltered dust jacket having Original Retail Price of $5.95. A very nicely preserved copy of this popular book with very light dust jacket wear. No writing, marks or stains.

 

I'll Tell You A Tale: An Anthology - (1960)

I’ll Tell You A Tale: An Anthology – (1960) I’ll Tell You a Tale is an anthology of fifty stories about the old Southwest. The stories included are those J. Frank Dobie liked best and he even rewrote some of them especially for this anthology. The collection encompasses some of Dobie’s best writing and was put together by the author along with Isabel Gaddis, one of his former students at the University of Texas. The tales are arranged topically into sections whose titles speak for them: “The Longhorn Breed,” “Mustangs and Mustangers,” “The Saga of the Saddle,” “Characters and Happenings of Long Ago,” “Animals of the Wild,” “In Realms of Gold,” and “Ironies.” Ben Carlton Mead has contributed 32 original line drawings to illustrate the stories.

Published by Little, Brown & Co; Copyright 1960, this is a Sixth Printing with unaltered dust jacket having Original Retail Price of $6.50. Significant wear to the somewhat scarce dust jacket including mended tears, light soiling, and some waviness to front panel; light soiling at bottom edge of front; light soiling to outer page edge; previous gift inscription on ffrep; no other writing, and no marks or stains to text pages.

 

The Slaughter Ranches & Their Makers - (1979)

The Slaughter Ranches & Their Makers – (1979) Written by Mary Whatley Clarke, this is a family chronicle of the George Webb Slaughter clan of ranchers: from the Texas Revolution through the Cherokee Indian War and later Civil War, up through the modern ranching era. J. Frank Dobie wrote: “No cowman name especially among cow people, has ever been better known that that of Slaughter”. Will Rogers penned them in one big corral and called them “The Slaughters of Texas.” The Slaughter name is synonymous with the ranching history of Texas and the southwest. This volume is a scarce and collectible book that includes many historical and family photographs.

Published by Jenkins Publishing Co, Austin; Copyright: 1979, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket having original Retail Price of $12.95; Mylar protector over dust jacket. Former library copy with stamps/stickers; minimal signs of reader use to text pages; no marks, writing, or stains. A very collectible and scarce book! On-line copies list from $270 (former library) up to $472.

 

Arrows Over Texas - (1960)

Arrows Over Texas – (1960) A documentary study along archeological and anthropological lines made over a period of twenty six years during which author Robert S. Reading traversed more than one hundred seventy Texas counties in search of Indian campsites, cave-paintings and artifacts. In the first section of the book, the author presents theories on the Prehistoric American with possible conclusions on the controversial subject of how early Americans found their way to this continent. He also sets forth the names of the tribes and the influence of these names and Indian words on the names of towns and geographic locations. Having collected more than 44,000 artifacts, the author proceeds with an authoritative dissertation of a sampling of these, showing the ways artifacts help the archeologist unravel the history of the past. The second, and larger section of the book deals with the counties of Texas, their geographical distinctions together with accounts of Indians and/or white settlers. The book is illustrated with line drawings and photos, and includes bibliography and index.

Published by The Naylor Co, San Antonio; Copyright 1960, this is a First Edition with price-clipped dust jacket. Edge wear and chipping to dust jacket edges, plus one stain on back cover – stain has lightly spotted the rear cover board but does not go through to end paper. Very light soiling to page edges; slight forward spine lean. No writing, marks or stains to pages or end papers.

 

Vogue's New Book For Better Sewing - (1952)

Vogue’s New Book For Better Sewing – (1952) Prepared by the Vogue Pattern Service, this vintage book is fully illustrated with black-and-white photos and sketches. Vogue’s New Book For Better Sewing is one of the most scarce and collectible sewing/pattern books ever published!

Published by Simon & Schuster; Copyright 1952, this is a stated ‘First Printing’. Lacking the dust jacket. A few minor soiled spots to cover boards. No writing, marks, stains, tears or creases.

 

 

Vogue Magazine - (1935)

Vogue Magazine – (1935) This is an authentic issue of VOGUE Fashion Magazine (June 1935). Includes “Beach Combers” gate-fold in center plus many full-page ads, including color ads for: Guerlain, Lux, General Motors, Camel Cigarettes, and Miller Bathing Wear. There are also many full-page black and white ads for perfumes, fashions, make-up and travel. Of course, the articles focus on fashions of the day, with lots of photos and drawings. The cover art is by French artist, fashion designer, and illustrator Christian Berard who started illustrating for Vogue in 1935. His “fashion” covers, especially the earlier ones, are now highly collectible! Compare our price to eBay “solds”.

Published by Conde Nast: Vol 85, Number 11, June 1, 1931; Copyright 1935. 128 pages plus cover wraps; Original Cover Price of 35 cents. Front cover is taped at spine; cover wraps have some chips and tears; soft creases and corner creases to interior pages; Vogue magazines of this vintage are highly collectible – this one has been priced low to reflect the condition of the cover wraps.

 

Edwin A. Fitch's Book About Embroideries And Laces - (1906)

Edwin A. Fitch’s Book About Embroideries And Laces – (1906) This is a vintage EDWIN A. FITCH Catalogue L from the 1906-07 time period. Profusely illustrated with drawings as well as many actual black-and-white photos of work specimens. Includes all sorts of projects in lace and embroidery: collars and cuffs, umbrellas, purses, pillows, capes, aprons, corset covers, hats, handkerchiefs, doilies, photograph frames, baby bonnets, booties and clothing. The Catalogue of Fitch products is featured, including the full line of lace, silk braids, linen and silk rings, Kaufmann medallions, and crochet supplies. “This, his book, of many pages and more pictures, gives much more information to those interested in laces, embroideries and other like industries”.

Published by Ediwn A. Fitch, NY; no copyright; 1906-07 date printed on front cover. 96 page stapled softcover; cover wraps show moderate wear with chipped corner, split at bottom of spine and chip at top of back cover; rubbed spot inside back cover looks like rear page stuck to back cover and was pulled apart. Top corners of some pages creased.

 

Home Needlework & Corticelli Magazines - (1900's)

Home Needlework & Corticelli Magazines – (1900′s) This is a set of 5 vintage 1900′s needlework and embroidery magazines consisting of:

  • Three authentic vintage issues of Home Needlework Magazine (original cover price of 10 cents a copy):
    • January 1900, Vol. II, No. 1
    • July 1900, Vol. II, No. 3
    • October 1900, Vol. II, No. 4
  • Two authentic vintage issues circa early 1900′s from Corticelli Silk Mills (original cover price of 10 cents a copy):
    • ‘Pretty Things for Holiday Gifts’
    • ‘Lessons in Embroidery’

Each issue includes full-color photographic plates of actual work specimens, as well as illustrated drawings and lithographs. Also includes many vintage advertisements.

Published by the Florence Publishing Co, Florence, Mass. Copyrights: 1900 on Home Needlework; Corticelli Silk Mills magazines have no copyright dates. All rear covers on HNM’s are detached and missing; front covers and spines heavily worn with some chipping and soiling; some soiling to outside page edges. Corticelli ‘Pretty Things’ issue has first page missing; covers worn, with some staining. Very scarce issues.

 

Embroidery Lessons Magazines - (1900's)

Embroidery Lessons Magazines – (1900′s) This is a lot of 8 vintage Embroidery Lessons magazines consisting of one each of the annual issues from 1900, 1902, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908 and 1910, plus an additional 1908 book “Illustrated Lessons in Embroidery Stitches”. Original cover price of 10 cents a copy.

Advertised as the “latest and most complete Book on the subject of Silk Embroidery and Popular Fancy Work”, each issue includes full-color photographic plates of actual work specimens (“colored studies”) as well as illustrated drawings and lithographs. Includes some vintage advertisements.

Published annually by The Brainerd & Armstrong Co; New London, Conn.; Copyrights: 1900-1908. Covers show various amounts of wear and soiling; 1901 issue’s back cover is detached but present; each magazine’s year of publication is written in pencil on front cover; supplemental book has some staining and pitting to covers; the 1908 annual has one color plate loose and laid in.

 

The Young Ladies' Vocal Album - (1880's)

The Young Ladies’ Vocal Album – (1880′s) Written by Charles D.G. Adam, this album of musical scores was used by the Buffalo Female Academy in Buffalo, New York. The Buffalo Female Academy was founded in the 1850′s and changed its name in the 1880′s, therefore we date this scarce Young Ladies’ Vocal Album to the period between 1860-1880.

Published by Oliver Ditson Company, Boston; No copyright date. General wear to cover boards; with break to rear cover board; some looseness to binding but no loose pages. A very scarce 19th century “vocal” album!

 

 

Original Sacred Harp: Denson Revision - (1987)

Original Sacred Harp: Denson Revision – (1987) Subtitled “The Best Collection of Sacred Songs, Hymns, Odes, and Anthems Ever Offered the Singing Public for General Use”. Sacred Harp singing is a tradition of sacred choral music that took root in the Southern Region of the United States. It is part of the larger tradition of ‘shape note’ music – a music notation designed to facilitate congregational and community singing. The notation, introduced in 1801, became a popular teaching device in American singing schools. Shapes were added to the note heads in written music to help singers find pitches within major and minor scales without the use of more complex information found in key signatures on the staff.

Sacred Harp singing came into being with the 1844 publication of Benjamin Franklin White and Elisha J. King’s The Sacred Harp. It was this book, now distributed in several different versions, that came to be the shape note tradition with the largest number of participants. Together White and King compiled, transcribed, and composed tunes and published a book of over 250 songs. King died soon after the book was published and White was left to guide its growth. He was responsible for organizing singing schools and conventions at which The Sacred Harp was used as the songbook. During his lifetime, the book became popular and would go through three 19th century revisions, all produced by committees consisting of White and several colleagues working under the auspices of the Southern Musical Convention.

Around the turn of the 20th century, Sacred Harp singing entered a period of conflict over the issue of traditionalism. The conflict ultimately split the community into different factions, one that followed changes made by W.M. Cooper that added songs reflecting more contemporary music styles, and that of the more traditionalist faction. Ultimately, the traditionalists produced a book overseen by Paine Denson, son of Thomas Denson, an influential singing school teacher. This book was entitled Original Sacred Harp, Denson Revision and was itself revised several different times. The 1987 edition, the 8th revision since the Original Sacred Harp was first compiled in 1844, includes a history of Sacred Harp with photos of the individuals involved, plus lectures on the Rudiments of music by Paine Denson.

Published by Sacred Harp, Bremen, GA; Copyright 1971; 1987 Edition. Published without dust jacket; light wear to cover boards; small chip to bottom edge of title page, otherwise no writing, marks or stains.

 

Wildfowl Carving And Collecting Magazines - (1988-1994)

Wildfowl Carving And Collecting Magazines – (1988-1994) This is a lot of 23 Quarterly Back Issues of Wildfowl Carving And Collecting magazines which include:

  • Winter 1987 – Vol 2, No 4
  • Spring, Summer, Fall 1987, Winter 1988 – Vol 3, Nos 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Spring, Summer, Fall 1988, Winter 1989 – Vol 4, Nos 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Spring, Summer, Fall 1989, Winter 1990 – Vol 5, Nos 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Spring, Summer, Fall 1990, Winter 1991 – Vol 6, Nos 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Spring, Summer, Fall 1991, Winter 1992 – Vol 7, Nos 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Spring 1992 – Vol 8, No 1
  • Spring 1994 – Vol 10, No 1

Published by Stackpole Inc; Mechanicsburg, PA; Copyrights: Various. Original Cover Price: $9.00 per issue. Very light cover wear. No writing, marks, stains or page creases. No previous owner markings or address stickers.

 

Childcraft - (1954)

Childcraft – (1954) This is a complete twelve-volume set of Childcraft plus three original booklets for the series. Childcraft was first published in 1934 and underwent substantial revision several times, eventually becoming known as the Childcraft: How and Why Library. This vintage post-war set, sometimes referred to as the “orange cover” edition, includes the charming illustrations that the earlier Childcraft sets were best known for. The illustrators included many of the world’s top-ranking artists and photographers of their day. Childcraft books were specifically designed for preschool and primary grade children. Throughout the Childcraft series, the easy-to-read text is combined with colorful, appealing illustrations that make the material not only fun to read but also fun to look at. Nearly every graphic technique known at the time appears somewhere in Childcraft.

Childcraft (1954) - Illustrations

The vintage “orange cover” sets have become the most collectible because of their charming period illustrations including the colorful illustrated end papers, and because complete sets in good or better condition are becoming much more difficult to find. This set is the nicest complete vintage “orange cover” set we have seen – plus it includes three original booklets written for parents:

  • “Your Key to Childcraft” is a 64-page booklet that serves as an index reference for the set
  • “Through the Year With Childcraft” consists of 72 illustrated pages and offers suggestions on activities for each month of the year
  • “Using Childcraft for Rhythms and Choral Speaking” is 7-page booklet on using the set for teaching music fundamentals

These original booklets are very scarce. This set’s condition, along with the booklets, make this a highly collectible vintage “orange cover” set!

Published by Field Enterprises, Chicago; Copyrights: Various through 1954; 1954 “Orange Cover” Edition. This set appears to have been very lightly used. There are no markings (including previous owner markings), writing, stains, tears or creases to any of the books. There are no hinge cracks. A few volumes have some light age foxing to ffrep’s and/or outer page edges. Books have a slight musty odor from long-term storage. The three booklets show light cover wear but no markings or stains. In this condition, and with the original booklets, this is a very collectible set! Please compare both price and condition.

 

Britannica Junior: An Encyclopedia For Boys And Girls - (1943)

Britannica Junior: An Encyclopedia For Boys And Girls – (1943) The Encyclopedia Britannica has been published continuously since 1768, appearing in 15 official editions. Britannica Junior was first published in 1934 as twelve volumes, and was expanded to fifteen volumes in 1947. It was renamed Britannica Junior Encyclopaedia in 1963 and was taken off the market after the 1984 printing.

Britannica Junior (1943) - Illustrations

This set is a complete original 12-volume set from 1943. The set is beautifully illustrated and includes numerous black and white illustrations plus full-page color plates. Each volume has unique illustrated end papers. Volume One provides a “Ready Reference”. The Britannica Junior was specifically designed under the supervision of the editors of the regular Encyclopaedia Britannica for use by grade school children. Vintage sets that are complete and in very nicely-preserved condition such as this one are scarce. Please compare both price and condition of the few complete sets currently available on the resell market!

Published by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Chicago; Copyrights through 1943. Published without dust jackets; some cover board wear, mostly to cloth at spine extremes; no writing, marks or stains noted to pages or end papers. One color plate has a tear at the gutter edge. The outer page edges of a few volumes have minor soiling. There are no cracked hinges.

 

Junior Deluxe Edition & The Family Treasury - (1940's-1960's)

Junior Deluxe Edition & The Family Treasury – (1940′s-1960′s) This is a set of thirty-six hardcover children’s classics issued by Nelson Doubleday under the series titles Junior Deluxe Edition and The Family Treasury of Children’s Stories. The books were published from approximately 1947 through the mid 1960′s, and because they were never sold as a complete set but were offered one at a time by mail subscription (similar to a book club), no one seems to have an accurate count of just how many titles actually made up the Junior Deluxe Edition series before it was discontinued. We believe the number is somewhere between 80 to 90 titles, with some of the titles being true children’s classics while others are a bit more obscure to current readers.

Each of the books feature color illustrations by a well-known illustrator of the period. Some of the more well-known illustrators for the Junior Deluxe Editions include: Ezra Jack Keats, Tasha Tudor, Howard Pyle, John Tenniel, Walter Seaton, Colleen Browning, Don Sibley, Ruth Ives, Gordon Grant, Susanne Suba, and many others. Each book includes charming illustrated end papers, dyed upper page edge and embossed, colorful cover and spine illustrations and titles. The books are quarter-bound, with the book faces all being the same but the spines being a myriad of different colors. This makes the books quite colorful lined up on a bookshelf.

Over the years, the Junior Deluxe Editions have become very collectible and at least one website is devoted to these beautiful vintage children’s books. The books are also popular on eBay, although the books offered are often very well used! This set is in amazingly well-preserved condition, and only a handful of the thirty-six books even have condition factors worth noting. In over ten years, we’ve never seen a collection of this many titles of the series together and in such nicely kept condition. That makes this particular collection a rare treasure!

Included in the set are the following titles (in no particular order): Stories From Dickens (McSpadden); Under the Lilacs (Alcott); Lassie Come-Home (Eric Knight); Rip Van Winkle and Other Stories (Irving); Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Carroll); Robin Hood (Pyle); The Wind in the Willows (Graham); Myths Every Child Should Know (Hamilton Wright Mabie); The Peterkin Papers (Hale); Heidi (Spyri); Pinocchio (Collodi); The Prince and The Pauper (Twain); At the Back of the North Wind (MacDonald); All the Mowgli Stories (Kipling); Christmas Stories (Dickens); Andersen’s Fairy Tales; Toby Tyler (James Otis); The Little Lame Prince (Mulock); Marco Polo (Komroff); Bambi (Salten); Penrod and Sam (Tarkington); Black Beauty (Sewell); My Friend Flicka (O’Hara); Oliver Twist (Dickens); Grimm’s Fairy Tales; Freckles (Porter); Swiss Family Robinson (Wyss); The Heart of the Dog (Terhune); National Velvet (Enid Bagnold); Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates (Mary Mapes Dodge); Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne); Daniel Boone Wilderness Scout (White); & Eight Cousins (Alcott).

This set also includes Volumes 1, 2, and 3 of The Family Treasury of Children’s Stories published by Doubleday in the late 1950′s and 1960′s. These volumes were edited by Pauline Rush Evans and illustrated by Donald Sibley. The bindings are very similar to the Junior Deluxe Edition books: they are the same size, they are quarter-bound in similar binding style and materials; they have embossed color illustrations and titles. This series has unique end paper illustrations and the top page edges are dyed yellow.

Published by Nelson Doubleday; Copyrights: Various. Believed to have been published without dust jackets (we’ve never seen any with dust jackets); Stories From Dickens has previous owner’s name/address neatly written inside front cover; the cover boards of Black Beauty are slightly warped – mostly concavity to front board; light pencil smudge to bottom page edge of this book; Grimm’s Fairy Tales has a chip to the bottom spine edge cloth; Freckles has “rithmetic” neatly penned inside the front cover; National Velvet has a small piece cut out of the bottom corner edge of the back cover board; The Family Treasury Volume 3 has stray ink marks on the back cover; and all three volumes of The Family Treasury each have a neatly penned gift inscription on the ffrep. None of the books were noted to have any writing, marks or stains to the interior pages or illustrations. The cover boards show light wear but no fraying. A few boards may have lightly bumped corners. There are no hinge cracks or missing pages. Overall, this is a very well-preserved set of Doubleday vintage childrens’ books!

October 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm 5 comments

Only The Best

If you are like me, at least once a day you will get on Facebook or Google+ to see if anything interesting is happening with your friends. Most of the time I see funny comments, a video or picture posting that someone likes, and occasionally a meaningful update on someone’s health or charitable cause they are promoting. What gave me pause the other day was a post by a friend’s friend who noticed that I worked at Recycled Reads and asked a simple question which triggered a lot of soul searching on my part: “What is the best book you have ever read?”

Ugh. Why couldn’t they ask something more philosophically simple, like “what is the meaning of life”? Of course, everybody is entitled to their opinions on these topics and there are no right or wrong answers. It is therefore surprising to see the extreme emotions that come into play when one person comments on another person’s choice of the “best” book. People who are passionate about reading will most likely read thousands of books in their lifetime, and depending upon the breadth of their repertoire and willingness to try new things they may sample dozens of genres as they search for their next great literary experience. Inevitably these are the same people who make less than charitable comments when some poor innocent responds with a current best-seller or a childhood favorite.

Before casting my vote, it is worth looking more closely at the question and some interesting statistics on books. When someone asks you to pick a “best” book, that is a purely subjective preference which has no bearing on the popularity of your choice. What one considers to be their choice may be scarcely known to most readers, as in the case of a co-worker who cited a treatise on the cultural and political history of Japan as his pick. However, more than likely the average reader will choose some classic popular work which they chose to read based upon the recommendation of a friend or colleague.

“Best” can be measured in several ways, and interestingly enough each viewpoint produces an entirely different ranking of books. If you consider “best” to be measured as best selling, then the most popular single volume book of all time is Charles Dickens’ A Tale Of Two Cities which has sold over 200 million copies worldwide. The best selling multi-volume book? No surprise there – it’s the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling weighing in at a whopping 450 million copies sold worldwide. Another way to determine the “best” book is in the number of copies distributed. These tend to be either religious or political works which are given away freely by followers, supporters or proponents of a particular viewpoint. Topping the list in the category of Religion is The Bible with approximately 1.5 billion copies in distribution. On the Political side, the winner is the writings of Mao Zedong with approximately 800 million copies handed out worldwide (although most of these were in China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960′s).

When in doubt, most people will follow the lead of experts in the field, and in the field of books, that means writers. The depth of analysis that one writer directs towards the works of another can be mind-boggling, especially if that writer is considered to be one of the best themselves. My favorite site for understanding what writers are saying about the work of other writers is The Top Ten, and not surprisingly they have developed their own “Best” lists based upon a survey of 125 top American and British writers who ranked the “best” books of all time in various categories. Here is what the experts consider to be the Top Ten books of all time:

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  3. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  6. Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. In Search of Lost Time by Marcel Proust
  9. The Stories of Anton Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
  10. Middlemarch by George Eliot

Sadly, I have only read 4 out of this list and in all honesty will probably never tackle Tolstoy. What this proves to me is that there indeed is no correct answer – ultimately it comes down to what you like to read and what provides the most meaningful reading experience for you. With that in mind, here is what I responded to my Facebook friend: “The best book I have read is The Lord Of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I first read this as a large single volume at the impressionable age of 13, and still recall to this day the thrill of turning each page to discover what new adventures awaited Frodo, Sam and the Fellowship as they attempted to save the world from darkness.” Since then I have re-read LOTR several times, each time discovering some nuance buried in the pages that I had missed before. Fortunately I appear to be in good company since Tolkien’s epic fantasy masterpiece is ranked as #2 on the list of best-selling books of all time with over 150 million sold, and The Hobbit comes in at #3 with 100 million sold – take that Mr. Dickens!

So now dear readers, tell me: what is the best book you have ever read?

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 6:

Ancient Greece And Rome - (1998)

Ancient Greece And Rome – (1998) Based on the acclaimed Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean and Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome, this four-volume reference has been completely re-written and designed for middle and high school students. Covering more than 1,000 years of a critical period in world history, this complete four volume set presents 506 scholarly yet nontechnical essays on Greek and Roman literature, art, philosophy, religion, archeology and art. Entries are arranged alphabetically by topic. Contains approximately 200 illustrations as well as graphic timelines. Volume 4 contains the index for the set.

Published by Charles Scribner’s Sons/Simon & Schuster Macmillan; Copyright: 1998. This is a former Library Reference Room Set and is in very clean condition.

 

The Handbook Of Texas - (1952, 1976)

The Handbook Of Texas – (1952, 1976) The Handbook of Texas is a comprehensive encyclopedia of Texas geography, history, and historical persons published by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). The scope is broad and inclusive, designed to provide readers with concise, authoritative and accessible articles that provide factual, nonpartisan accounts on virtually every aspect of Texas history and culture. The original Handbook was the brainchild of TSHA President Walter Prescott Webb of The University of Texas history department. Webb is listed as Editor-in-Chief for Volumes 1 and 2.

The Handbook was published as this two-volume set in 1952, and the supplemental volume was published in 1976. This complete three-volume set includes First Edition copies of the 1952 volumes (w/ dust jackets) and a First Printing of the 1976 supplement that has been inscribed & dated by the editor of that volume, Eldon S. Branda. The inscription is to renowned UT History Professor John E. Sunder, who contributed material for the 1976 volume.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association; Volume 1 & 2 Copyrights: 1952, First Edition copies; Volume 3 Copyright: 1976, Stated ‘First Printing’ copy. Volume 3 is inscribed and dated (April 29, 1977) by the editor on the ffrep. All volumes retain their original unaltered dust jackets with no printed Retail Prices. Original dust jackets have moderate wear, with more wear to the 1952 jackets – both have some water staining to the spine that goes through to the underside of the jacket but does not go through to the cloth cover boards of the books. Light age foxing to the outside page edges of all volumes, with less to the 1976 volume. Previous owner’s (Prof. Sunder) bookplate affixed on the ffrep of each volume. Other than editor’s inscription on the ffrep of Volume 3 (just above bookplate), no additional marks or writing was noted to any of the volumes. Lower corner of one page in Volume 3 lightly crimped. This set was privately owned and is not an ex-library set.

 

Civilization And Capitalism 15th-18th Century - (1984)

Civilization And Capitalism 15th-18th Century – (1984) Fernand Braudel (1902–1985) was a French historian who revolutionized the 20th century study of his discipline by considering the effects of economics and geography on global history. He was a prominent member of the Annales School of historiography, concentrating on meticulous historical analysis in the social sciences. Braudel’s scholarship focused on three main projects, each representing several decades of intense study: The Mediterranean (1923–49, then 1949–66), Civilization and Capitalism (1955–79), and the unfinished Identity of France (1970–85). His reputation stems in part from his writings, but even more from his success in making the Annales School the most important engine of historical research in France and much of the world after 1950.

The entire three-volume work of Civilization & Capitalism traces the social and economic history of the world from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution, although the primary focus is Europe. Braudel skims over politics, wars, etc., in favor of examining life at the grass roots: food, drink, clothing, housing, town markets, money, credit, technology, the growth of towns and cities, and more. Braudel’s work is made even more interesting by period prints and drawings. Translated from the French by Sian Reynolds, this complete three-volume set includes Notes and Index.

Published by Harper & Row; English Copyrights: Vol 1: 1981; Vol 2: 1982; Vol 3: 1984. Volume 1 has price-clipped dust jacket with original retail price sticker of $31.99; Volumes 2 & 3 have unclipped dust jackets with original Retail Prices of $35.00; all dust jackets have Mylar covers. Former library copies with some stamps and stickers; a few finger-handling marks noted to text pages. Priced well below current market to reflect former library status.

 

The Scottish Chiefs - (1948)

The Scottish Chiefs – (1948) Scottish novelist Jane Porter (1776-1850) wrote The Scottish Chiefs in 1810 as an historical novel about the war for Scottish Independence (1296-1305) from the Roman Catholic Viking-Normans led by King Edward I. Edward led the fight against William Wallace (“Braveheart”) and Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland. The book centered on the heroism of William Wallace and was a huge success when it was published (Napoleon banned the French version). The book is so popular that it continues to be reprinted today, 200 years after its first publication. The Scottish Chiefs was said to have inspired President Andrew Jackson to fight against another foreign invasion, and his reliance on spies to keep track of enemy movement was lifted straight from the pages of Porter’s book.

This edition of Porter’s book was first published by Charles Scribner’s in 1921. This is a beautifully preserved 1948 printing copy. What makes this book truly special are the superb illustrations by N.C. Wyeth – nine full page color plates in vivid color, plus the ornate title page, illustrated color endpapers depicting Stirling Castle, and cover board paste-down. This copy is in very nice, very clean condition. Vintage children’s books with the N.C. Wyeth illustrations are highly sought after. This title was one of the Scribner’s Illustrated Classics for Younger Readers.

Published by Charles Scribner’s; Copyright: 1921, Title Page Date: 1948. Published without dust jacket; some fading to cloth at spine and a portion of the rear cover board; one tiny brown spot on bottom page edge (minor); slight looseness to binding (no cracked hinges); no writing, marks or stains to endpapers, text pages or color plates; light upper corner crease to rfrep.

 

The Land Of The Veda - (1872)

The Land Of The Veda – (1872) Written by Reverend William Butler and subtitled “Being the Personal Reminiscences of India; Its People, Castes, Thugs, and Fakirs; Its Religions, Mythology, Principal Monuments, Palaces, and Mausoleums Together With The Incidents of the Great Sepoy Rebellion And Its Results to Christianity and Civilizations”, this is a fascinating 19th century examination of Indian history, life and culture. Includes chapters on the Sepy Rebellion (including Lucknow and the Cawnpore Massacre), its causes and failure, and the results in the aftermath. Also includes a chapter on women under Hindu law, a two-page color map of India, as well as 42 illustrations – most are full-page engravings, with a frontispiece of the Taj Mahal. Some of the illustrations have tissue-guards. Includes statistical tables of Christian missions, and a glossary of Indian terms used in this work and in missionary correspondence. Gilt titles and cover-board decorations; upper page edge is gilt.

Published by Carlton & Lanahan, SF; Act of Congress Date: 1871, Title Page Date: 1872, Fourth Edition. Moderate wear to cover boards, with cloth split at front gutter and fraying to corners and spine extremes; some rubbing to front board, plus a few small indents. Previous owner’s name written on ffrep, plus shadow of erased penciled price. Book has suffered some moisture exposure to margin edges at the front and back; no text or illustrations affected. A chip to rear end paper where it looks like the endpapers may have been stuck together and then pulled apart. Priced below market to reflect overall condition factors.

 

Austin: Poetry by Dave Oliphant - (1985)

Austin: Poetry by Dave Oliphant – (1985) Dave Oliphant is a native Texan poet, a recently retired (2006) professor at the University of Texas in Austin, the editor of The Library Chronicle, a noted writer on the history of Jazz in Texas, and editor/publisher of Prickly Pear Press. His books include this volume of poems, Backtracking, a collection of essays, Jazz Mavericks of the Lone Star State, and two translations of collections of Chilean poetry: Love Hound by Oliver Welden (winner of the poetry prize at the 2007 New York Book Festival) and After Dinner Declarations by Nicanor Parra (2009).

Austin is Dave Oliphant’s 1985 book of poetry about Austin. The poems in this volume are named after Austin streets and include “Guadalupe”, “Sabine”, “Red River”, “San Jacinto”, “San Antonio”, “Nueces”, “Rio Grande” and “San Gabriel”. For those unfamiliar with Austin, central Austin streets that run north/south are named for rivers in the state of Texas. The map of Austin depicted on the front cover of Oliphant’s book was drawn by Augustus Koch in 1887.

Published by Prickly Pear Press, Austin; Copyright: 1985, later printing copy. Softcover format with original Retail Price sticker of $10.00 (1987). Two price stickers on rear cover; lightly bumped bottom edge (front cover); no writing, marks or stains. Out-of-print publication.

 

Darrell Royal Talks Football - (1963)

Darrell Royal Talks Football – (1963) Darrell Royal took over as head coach at the University of Texas in December 1956 and achieved success almost instantaneously. The team went from a 1–9 record (their worst record ever) in 1956 to a 6–4–1 mark and a berth in the Sugar Bowl in 1957. In Royal’s 20 years as head coach, Texas never had a losing season. Royal posted a 167–47–5 career record at Texas. His overall coaching record was 184–60–5. With Royal at the helm, Texas won three national championships (1963, 1969, and 1970), won or shared 11 Southwest Conference championships, and made 16 bowl appearances.

Beginning in 1962, Royal also served as athletic director for the University of Texas. He retired from coaching in 1976, and remained director of athletics until 1980. He now serves as special assistant to the university president on athletic programs. In 1996, the University honored him by renaming Texas Memorial Stadium as Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium. Royal was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. This book, written by Darrell Royal with Blackie Sherrod and a Foreword by Bud Wilkinson, was published in 1963 while Royal was UT’s head football coach. It is a compendium of the coach’s s thoughts on football and his philosophy of coaching.

Published by Prentice Hall; Copyright 1963, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket having no printed price; penciled in price of $4.95 inside front cover. Moderate wear to dust jacket edges, including one large chip to rear of dust jacket; no writing, marks or stains.

 

Major College Football: The Decade Of The Seventies - (1981)

Major College Football: The Decade Of The Seventies – (1981) Richard Billingsley is the man behind one of the five computers employed by the BCS, something that makes him more powerful than any single voter in the USA Today Coaches or Harris polls. He is also a significant contributor to the ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. When he was a preteen, Billingsley began compiling scrapbooks of college football scores, statistics and records. Using those records, and with information he received from athletic departments across the country, he had enough data to analyze every college football season since the titanic Rutgers-Princeton clash in 1869. In 1970, he started the ranking system that would catch the attention of the BCS nearly two decades later. Billingsley is the founder of the College Football Research Center.

This scarce out-of-print 1981 publication by Billingsley is the compilation of data from his scrapbooks on 1970′s collegiate football, and includes: The System, The Teams A-Z, chapters devoted to each year of college football during the 1970′s, and The Decade’s Best. The book also includes an Index.

Published by D. Armstrong Co, Houston; Copyright 1981, this is a scarce out-of-print First Edition. Published without dust jacket; ex-library copy with stamps and stickers; cover boards are heavily worn, especially at spine. General looseness in binding, but no loose pages; lower section of one page has some waviness from moisture exposure; one mark noted to one page. Priced to reflect ex-lib status and condition.

 

Texas Longhorn Football Today - (1993)

Texas Longhorn Football Today – (1993) This is a 1993 First Slip-cased Edition with Certificate of Authenticity and is signed by former Longhorn football coach John Mackovic.

Published by Pindar Press; Copyright 1993, First Printing: July, 1993. Signed by John Mackovic on front free end paper with laid-in “Certificate of Authenticity” from publisher. Slip-cased limited edition with minimal to no wear. Other than signature, no other writing, marks or stains. Includes “Certificate of Authenticity”.

 

 

Nanise: A Navajo Herbal - (1989)

Nanise: A Navajo Herbal – (1989) One hundred plants found on the Navajo Reservation and in many other areas of the Southwest are included in this thorough look at wildflowers, shrubs and trees. Each plant description is illustrated in detail, showing seed pods, flowering bodies, stems, and roots. A four-color section shows many of the plants in the their natural habitats. The book provides the Navajo name for each plant and describes how the Navajo use, or have used, the plants: for ceremonial, medicinal or household purposes. An appendix details the byproducts of some plants. Arranged alphabetically and including two indexes. Written by Vernon O. Mayes and Barbara Bayless Lacy with illustrations by Jack Ahasteen and Jason Chee, this is a 1989 Navajo Community College Press publication that has become somewhat scarce.

Published by Navajo Community College Press; Copyright 1989 (published in softcover format only). No printed retail price; minimal cover wrap wear; previous owner’s last name marked through on ffrep; no other writing, marks or stains, and no creases.

 

The Pueblo Children Of The Earth Mother - (1983)

The Pueblo Children Of The Earth Mother – (1983) A landmark set by ethnographer and artist Thomas E. Mails (1920-2001) examining the culture, crafts, and ceremonials of the Indians of the southwestern United States. Volume I contains the heritage, culture, crafts and tradition of the Anasazi, ancestors of the Pueblo Indians. Volume II contains the culture, crafts, and ceremonials of the Pueblo Indians of yesterday and today. These oversized volumes are profusely illustrated with color plates and sepia toned drawings by the author. This beautiful set is complete in two volumes with with Glossary of Terms, Notes, Bibliography, and full Index.

Published by Doubleday, NY; Copyright 1983, this is a stated ‘First Edition’. Dust jackets have been partially clipped: “promo” price clipped, with Retail Price of $65.00 per volume remaining; the dust jackets have Mylar protectors, however they are not ex-library copies. Previous owner’s name neatly written along top edge of ffrep of each volume, as well as being discretely written in rear gutter then marked through. The previous owner of this set was a UT professor and there are lightly penciled notations to handful of pages (not significant). The marginalia could be erased without damage to the books. No stains or tears and no binding issues. A very nice set that includes both volumes!

 

The Mystic Warriors Of The Plains - (1991)

The Mystic Warriors Of The Plains – (1991) First published in 1972, this classic book by Thomas E. Mails is profusely illustrated with thirty-two color illustrations, and nearly 1,000 detailed drawings. An in-depth look at the culture, arts, crafts, and religion of the Plains Indians.

Published by Mallard Press, NY; Copyright 1972, 1991; this is a 1991 Reprint with original unaltered dust jacket having no printed retail price. Previous owner’s name written very discretely in rear gutter; no other writing, marks or stains. A very nice copy of this classic book.

 

 

Turquoise: The Gem Of The Centuries - (1975)

Turquoise: The Gem Of The Centuries – (1975) This long out-of-print 1975 publication is filled with information about various types of turquoise, and features over 60 pages of stunning color photographs of turquoise stones and jewelry examples. Includes: Persian Turquoise; Navajo Technique; Hopi Technique; Imitation Turquoise; Zuni Turquoise Jewelry; Blue Gem Mine; Turquoise Mosaics; Stormy Mountain Mine; Lander Blue Mine; Red Mountain Mine; Smokey Valley Mine; Turquoise Mines of the Southwest; Bisbee Mine; Number Eight Mine; Pilot Mountain Mine; Zuni Mine; The Turquoise Bead Necklace; Sea Foam Turquoise; Morenci Mine; Turquoise of Mexico, and more. Written by Oscar T. Branson with photographs by Naurice Koonce, this is a first edition/second printing copy in nice condition.

Published by Treasure Chest Publications, Santa Fe; Copyright: 1975, this is an out-of-print First Edition Second Printing in Large Softcover format with original Retail Price of $7.95. Light cover wrap wear; no writing, marks or stains.

 

Southwest Indian Silver From The Doneghy Collection - (1982)

Southwest Indian Silver From The Doneghy Collection – (1982) This is a detailed exhibition catalog of all 875 objects in the Doneghy Collection at The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Includes over three hundred necklaces, bracelets, earrings, hatbands, concha belts, and other masterpieces of the silver work of the Southwest Indians. Displayed in exquisitely clear photographs and accompanied by informative essays by Joe Ben Wheat, John Adair, LaRayne Parrish, and editor Louise Lincoln on Navajo history and the economic and cultural context, stylistic development, and philosophical and aesthetic ideals of Navajo jewelry. This volume was produced in conjunction with the 1982-1984 exhibition “Finished in Beauty: Southwest Indian Silver from the Doneghy Collection”, organized by The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Includes historical photographs and five pages of color plates. Also includes a Bibliography and Glossary. A very well-kept copy of this detailed exhibition catalog.

Published by the UT Press/The Minneapolis Museum of Art; Copyright 1982. Softcover edition with no printed price; light rubbing and edge wear to cover wraps; no spine crease; no writing, marks or stains.

 

Two Essays On Analytical Psychology - (1928)

Two Essays On Analytical Psychology – (1928) Written by C. G. Jung with authorized English translation by H.G. And C.F. Baynes, this classic book has become known as perhaps the best introduction to Carl Jung’s work. In these two famous essays “The Unconscious in the Normal and Pathological Mind” and “The Relation of the Ego to the Unconscious”, Jung presented the essential core of his system. Historically, they mark the end of Jung’s intimate association with Freud and sum up his attempt to integrate the psychological schools of Freud and Adler into a comprehensive framework. This is a vintage copy of the first authorized English translation edition published in the United States by Dodd, Mead in 1928. This edition includes the ‘Translator’s Preface’, the Prefaces to the First, Second, and Third German Edition’s (the third being in 1925), and an Index.

Published by Dodd, Mead & Co; Copyright: None Stated; Title Page Date: 1928, this is a First English translation edition. Believed to have been published without a dust jacket; light cover board wear with small chips to spine paste-down; penciled price of $4.50 and retailer’s info inside back cover; light erasure shadow and shallow scratch inside front cover; a few light finger-handling stains noted. No writing or marks. General looseness to binding but no loose pages or cracked hinges. A well-preserved copy and a very early English translation edition of this classic book.

 

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, and 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 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 dustjacket: “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 – Hynotic Alteration of Sensory, Perceptual and Psychophysiological Processes
  • Volume III – Hypnotic Investigation of Psychodynamic Processes
  • Volume IV – Innovative Hypnotherapy

Each volume includes frontis of Erickson and Rossi, as well as References, Subject Index and Name Index. Also included with this set is a “35th Anniversary Edition” hardcover copy of Erikson’s Childhood and Society, originally published in 1950. This 1985 edition includes a new Foreword written by Erikson.

Four volume set published by Irvington Publishers, NY; Copyright 1980; Childhood and Society published by Norton; Copyright: 1985, 35th Anniversary Edition. All volumes retain their original unaltered dust jackets with Retail Prices of $39.95 for Volumes II & III and $44.95 for Volume IV; no retail price on Volume I; Childhood and Society has unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $19.95. Dust jackets show light to moderate wear, with Volume I having waviness to the rear jacket that does not go through to the book; Volume I has a marked through address sticker inside the front cover, otherwise none of the set books have any writing,marks or stains. Childhood and Society is in very nice, well-kept condition with minimal dust jacket wear; book has minimal to no handling wear.

 

Thematic Apperception Test Cards - (1971)

Thematic Apperception Test Cards – (1971) The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a projective psychological test. Arguably, it is the second most famous projective test only after the Rorschach. Historically, it has been among the most widely researched, taught and used of such tests. Its adherents assert that the TAT taps a subject’s unconscious to reveal repressed aspects of personality, motives and needs for achievement, power and intimacy and problem-solving abilities. The TAT is popularly known as the picture interpretation technique because it uses a standard series of provocative yet ambiguous pictures about which the subject is asked to tell a story. The subject is asked to tell as dramatic a story as they can for each picture presented, including what has led up to the event shown, what is happening at the moment, what the characters are feeling and thinking, and what the outcome of the story was. If these elements are omitted, particularly for children or individuals of low cognitive abilities, the evaluator may ask the subject about them directly.

There are 31 picture cards in the standard form of the TAT. Some of the cards show male figures, some female, some both male and female figures, some of ambiguous gender, some adults, some children, and some show no human figures at all. One card is completely blank. Although the cards were originally designed to be matched to the subject in terms of age and gender, any card may be used with any subject. Most practitioners choose a set of approximately ten cards, either using cards that they feel are generally useful, or that they believe will encourage the subject’s expression of emotional conflicts relevant to their specific history and situation. The TAT is a projective test in that, like the Rorschach test, its assessment of the subject is based on what he or she projects onto the ambiguous images. Therefore, to complete the assessment, each narrative created by a subject must be carefully recorded and analyzed to uncover underlying needs, attitudes, and patterns of reaction. Although most clinical practitioners do not use formal scoring systems, several formal scoring systems have been developed for analyzing TAT stories systematically and consistently.

TAT was developed by the American psychologist Henry A. Murray and Christiana D. Morgan at Harvard during the 1930s to explore the underlying dynamics of personality, such as internal conflicts, dominant drives, interests and motives. After World War II, the TAT was adopted more broadly by psychoanalysts and clinicians to evaluate emotionally disturbed patients. Despite the many criticisms in recent years about the TAT being dated, the test remains widely used as a tool for research into areas of psychology such as dreams, fantasies, mate selection and what motivates people to choose their occupation. Sometimes it is used in a psychiatric or psychological context to assess personality disorders, thought disorders, in forensic examinations to evaluate crime suspects, or to screen candidates for high-stress occupations. It is also commonly used in routine psychological evaluations, typically without a formal scoring system, as a way to explore emotional conflicts and object relations. TAT is widely used in France and Argentina using a psychodynamic approach. The Israeli army uses the test for evaluating potential officers, and it is also used by the Services Selection Board of India. This boxed set contains all 31 cards plus a 20 page manual.

Published by Harvard University Press; Copyrights: 1943, 1971 (1970′s boxed set). Although box shows wear (some tears, corner wear, discoloration, remainder of sticker on cover), the cards and manual are in unused condition – no writing, marks, stains, creases or finger handling. This set regularly SELLS on eBay for $75-80 in used condition.

 

The Rorschach: A Comprehensive System - (1991)

The Rorschach: A Comprehensive System – (1991) Written by John E. Exner, Jr. and Irving B. Weiner, this complete set in three fully revised and expanded hardcover volumes includes:

  • Volume 1: Basic Foundation (Second Edition)
  • Volume 2: Interpretation (Second Edition)
  • Volume 3: Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Since its initial publication in 1974, Exner’s Comprehensive System has been the leading approach worldwide to administering and interpreting the Rorschach Inkblot Test (see below).

Published by John Wiley; Copyrights: Volume 1:1986; Volume 2: 1991; Volume 3: 1982; all volumes are later printings with unaltered dust jackets having no printed Retail Prices. Light wear to dust jackets; date stamps inside Volumes 1 and 2 in multiple locations on the endpapers and title pages; no writing or additional markings.

 

Rorschach Psychodiagnostics Plates - (1948)

Rorschach Psychodiagnostics Plates – (1948) The Rorschach test (also known as the Rorschach inkblot test, the Rorschach technique, or simply the “inkblot test”) is a psychological test in which subjects’ perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretation, complex scientifically derived algorithms or both. The test is named after its creator, Swiss psychologist Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922). Some psychologists use this test to examine a person’s personality characteristics and emotional functioning. It has been employed to detect underlying thought disorder, especially in cases where patients are reluctant to describe their thinking processes openly.

In the 1960s, the Rorschach was the most widely used projective test. In a national survey in the U.S., the Rorschach was ranked eighth among psychological tests used in outpatient mental health facilities. It is the second most widely used test by members of the Society for Personality Assessment, and it is requested by psychiatrists in 25% of forensic assessment cases, usually as part of a battery of tests. Although the Exner Scoring System (developed since the 1960s) claims to have addressed and often refuted many criticisms of the original testing system with an extensive body of research, some researchers continue to raise questions. The areas of dispute include the objectivity of testers, inter-rater reliability, the verifiability and general validity of the test, bias of the test’s pathology scales towards greater numbers of responses, the limited number of psychological conditions which it accurately diagnoses, the inability to replicate the test’s norms, its use in court-ordered evaluations, and the proliferation of the ten inkblot images, potentially invalidating the test for those who have been exposed to them.

This vintage 1948 set is a complete set of the original ten Rorschach Psychodiagnostic Test Plates/Cards. They are in very nice condition and include Dr. Hermann Rorschach’s “signature” embossed on the back of each card. These test cards were printed in Switzerland using the old, antique 1921 printing plates. They have beautiful, vivid colors and each card measures 9-9/16″ x 6-11/16″. Plates come in their original box. This is a second printing of the plates from 1948 (first printings were in 1921). A third printing was in 1994. Although the cards are meant to be used “For professional use only”, we actually think these would be rather unique as framed art pieces! Each plate is printed on thick cardboard stock, and the colors and images are amazing! When the complete sets of cards show up on eBay, they sell from $150 and up in comparable condition to this set! Please compare condition and price!

Published by Hans Huber, Switzerland; Copyright: 1921, 1948; stated 1948 (second printing) on the back of each plate. Boxed set has an original vintage price sticker on the inside of the storage case of $15.00. Box has the remains of the previous owner’s sticker on the front cover, otherwise in very good condition. Card I has a very faint discoloration (stain?) to a small portion of the left edge that is hardly noticeable. The other nine cards are in “as new” condition – no signs of wear noted.

 

October 3, 2011 at 6:13 pm 4 comments

Literary Freedom

In recent years libraries and retail book stores around the country have seen a steady decline in revenues. Granted, the source of these revenues is different – libraries are funded by taxation and retail stores by sales – but the net result is the same: each year there are fewer and fewer places for people to go where they can sit and read in an atmosphere that is conducive to reading. Some people may not mind this trend, especially those with the means to purchase books online without any concern for cost. These are usually the same people who already have a quiet and comfortable place to read, study or relax whenever needed.

Although they are both great sources for reading material and reading space, there is one big difference between libraries and bookstores: expectation. Bookstores are intended to be a for-profit business, so naturally they expect their patrons to purchase something on each visit whether it be a cup of coffee or a book from the clearance shelf. Although bookstores may allow and even advertise the fact that they have comfortable reading spaces and free Wi-Fi, their intent is simply to get more potential customers in the door. If you think this is not the case, the next time you go to a retail bookstore try this: bring your own book (with proof of purchase), sit down and read. On that visit you may or may not be approached by a store employee who offers to assist you with finding something in the store, but I guarantee that if you repeat this process several times that eventually you will be noticed. Whenever this happens, say “No thank you, I’m just here to read” and see how long it takes for a manager to discreetly ask you to make a purchase or leave. Whenever you walk into a bookstore, the expectation is that you are there to buy.

Now do the same thing at a library. On your first visit you may or may not be approached by a library staff member who offers to assist you with finding something on the shelves, but I guarantee that if you repeat this process several times that eventually you will be noticed. Whenever this happens, say “No thank you, I’m just here to read” and see what response you get. It will probably be something like “Great! Let me know if I can help you find anything“. Whenever you walk into a library, the expectation is that you are there to read.

The reason I point out the difference is that libraries provide irreplaceable services to members of the community who would probably never walk into a bookstore. Whether the issue is one of culture, language or economics, a large and growing portion of the population cannot meet the expectations that come with entering a bookstore. In that respect, Libraries differ from bookstores in several important ways:

  • For the child who does not have a quiet place at home to study or who wants a safe place to spend time after school, the library provides this service for free
  • For the recent immigrant who is overwhelmed with a new culture or language and wants to read a book in their native language or have meetings with their peers, the library provides this service for free
  • For the unemployed worker who needs to use a computer to search for a job, the library provides this service for free
  • For the student who needs help finding the information they need to complete a class project or paper, the library provides this service for free

For all of these people, a library represents something else entirely: freedom.

Here at Recycled Reads we offer the best of both worlds: library and bookstore. Because we are part of the Austin Public Library, we welcome you to walk into the store, find a book, sit down and read without any expectation that you will make a purchase. Because we are also a bookstore, if you do find something you like then you can buy it. Because we are part of the Library and a bookstore, all of the proceeds from your purchase go back to the Library and help fund purchases, staffing and programs that might otherwise be cut due to ever-tightening budget constraints. Because we are who we are, we want you to enjoy your experience with us as much as we enjoy serving you.

Labor of Love
This coming weekend the Austin Public Library will be CLOSED in honor of Labor Day. However, your friends here at Recycled Reads will be laboring as usual throughout the weekend at our normal hours of operation: Thursday through Sunday, 12pm to 6pm. We love what we do for our customers and for the Library, and hope you will take some time out of your busy holiday weekend to visit the store and check out our incredible prices on books, media, comics and more! And if you’re looking for a special back-to-school gift for a special someone, we now have a large selection of unusual and creative Book Arts & Crafts (including jewelry!) for sale starting at only $5.

 

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 September 1:

The Unabridged Mark Twain - (1997)

The Unabridged Mark Twain – (1997) This two-volume, oversized “fine binding” set was published by Courage Press as part of their ‘Courage Classics’ series in 1997. It was typeset from first editions of Mark Twain’s works. The navy blue leather bindings are enhanced with gilt designs and titles, and all page edges are gilt. The volumes represent a “complete journey” through the best of Mark Twain’s fiction, and each novel or short story is preceded by a little note containing an occasional anecdote and a brief chronology of its publication. The books were edited by Lawrence Teacher and include opening remarks by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. The volumes include some black and white illustrations, including a black and white frontispiece portrait of Samuel L. Clemons (aka: Mark Twain).

Published by Courage Books/Running Press; Copyrights: 1979, 1997. Leather-bound with gilt; both books show minimal wear or use: no marks, writing or stains. Very light wear to edge gilt. Spines show concavity from improper storage – this condition can be easily corrected by slipping filler (tissue or cardboard) between the leather and the spine binding. No condition issues to leather. A very nice set!

 

Wuthering Heights; Little Women; Pride & Prejudice - (2000)

Wuthering Heights; Little Women; Pride & Prejudice – (2000) This is a set of three Deluxe Edition (fine binding) books published by Trident Press International. Each book is bound in blue padded faux leather* with gilt designs and titles, all gilt page edges, as well a color illustrated paste-down on each front cover. The three classics included in this set:

  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen – 1999 Trident Press reprint of the 1902 Edition (includes illustrated B/W frontispiece)
  • WUTHERING HEIGHTS by Emily Bronte – 1999 Trident Press Reprint of the 1924 Edition (includes full-page B/W illustrations)
  • LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott – 2000 Trident Press Reprint of the 1869 Edition (includes full-page B/W illustrations)

*Although most booksellers claim these “Deluxe Editions” are leather-bound – and most “deluxe” books are assumed to be leather-bound, these books do not state they are leather-bound, and we can find no publisher’s data to confirm the material of the bindings. Therefore, to be fair to the buyer, we refer to the bindings as “faux-leather”, and offer these beautiful books at a lower price than other booksellers.

All “Deluxe Edition” Reprints published by Trident Press International; Reprint Copyrights: 1999; 1999; 2000 (respectively). Fine bindings published without dust jackets; bindings assumed to be faux leather, as stated above; minimal wear to covers – rear cover of Little Women slightly bumped; no writing, marks, or stains. Compare our “Set” price to the individual book prices offered by other booksellers. A very nice set!

Additional fine binding titles


Note: In addition to the items listed above, we have other individual fine binding titles (see photo) which are available at very reasonably prices. If you are interested in one of the titles pictured, please contact our store during normal working hours.

 

 

The Uninvited - (1942)

The Uninvited – (1942) Dorothy Macardle (1889-1958) was an Irish author and historian. Her book The Irish Republic is one of the most frequently cited narrative accounts of the Irish War of Independence and its aftermath. The Uninvited (titled Uneasy Freehold in Great Britain) was Macardle’s first novel and was published in the United States in 1942. It is essentially a “ghost story” about the Fitzgerald siblings and the house at Cliff End. The book became so popular (and still is) it was made into a now-classic Paramount motion picture in 1944 starring Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey.

Published by The Literary Guild of America, NY; Copyright 1942. Unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price (assumed BCE). Heavily worn and chipped dust jacket has been taped to the endpapers by the previous owner; tape has discolored the endpapers; previous owner’s name and date (1942) written inside front cover.

 

Appointment In Samarra - (1988)

Appointment In Samarra – (1988) John Henry O’Hara (1905-1970) was an American writer who earned his reputation for his short stories, and novels such as Appointment in Samarra (1934), Butterfield 8 (1935), and Ten North Frederick (1955). Appointment in Samarra, O’Hara’s first novel, is among the Random House list of the “One hundred best novels of the twentieth century”. It was first published by Harcourt, Brace in 1934. This 1988 BOMC reprint is a reproduction of the original first edition. The dust jacket is a duplicate of the original 1934 first edition issue except there is no printed price on this BOMC edition. This reprint even includes the tipped in acknowledgment slip that the quote on the title page was from a play by W. Somerset Maugham, and was about to be published in the Fall of 1934 by Doubleday, Doran. This BOMC edition includes a pamphlet with “A New Introduction by John Updike”, who was one of O’Hara’s most consistent supporters.

Published by Harcourt, Brace; Original copyright 1934, renewed in 1961; This copy is a 1988 Book-of-the-Month Club Reproduction with unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price; BOMC issue. Very light dust jacket wear; no writing, marks or stains. Includes pamphlet and quote acknowledgment slip laid in.

 

Orpheus - The Fisher - (1921)

Orpheus – The Fisher – (1921) Robert Eisler (1882-1949) was an Austrian Jewish art historian and Biblical scholar. He was a follower of the psychology of Carl Jung. His writings cover a great range of topics, from cosmic kingship and astrology to werewolves. He advanced controversial theses on Jesus. These have for the most part been rejected by other scholars, though some have agreed with or developed them. One is about the concept of a political, rebellious and eschatological Jew as Jesus, in relation to the Zealot movement. In this he is the company of Joel Carmichael, H. Rodrigues and Maurice Fluegel, and Hugh Schonfield. In arguing for this position he used the work of Flavius Josephus in Slavonic manuscripts (the authenticity of which has been questioned). On the Messiah he discussed the afikoman in 1925, with ideas taken up much later, and made much of the Hebrew background of John the Baptist.

Eisler was described mockingly by Gershom Scholem as ‘an astonishing figure in the world of scholarship’. Another critic was Erwin Ramsdell Goodenough. He had a position at the Austrian Historical Institute at the Vienna University. From 1925-31 he served as Assistant Director of the League of Nations Universities Interrelation Office in Paris. At that time he wrote on economics. He survived concentration camps (Buchenwald and Dachau) before the outbreak of World War II, moving to the United Kingdom, where he died.

In this scarce 1921 book subtitled “Comparative Studies in Orphic and Early Christian Symbolism”, Eisler reveals hundreds of symbols used in Christianity and discusses their origins and meanings. This book is profusely illustrated with seventy-six glossy black and white plates, with descriptive text. This copy of this very scarce vintage edition is from a theological seminary library.

Published by J.M. Watkins, London; Copyright: No Date; Title Page Date: 1921, First Edition. Published without dust jacket; former theological library copy with bookplate, card pocket, and a few “discard” stamps inside covers and at bottom page edge; some wear and soiling to cloth boards; front hinge cracked, but no loose pages. Some marginalia present but not significant. A very scarce book in first edition format!

 

Symbolism In Relation To Religion - (ca 1912)

Symbolism In Relation To Religion – (ca 1912) James Ballantyne Hannay (1855-1931) was a Scottish chemist who, in the later years of his life turned away from scientific investigation and moved his attention to examining aspects of the origin and development of religion. He published several works critical of the Hebrew Scriptures: “Sex Symbolism in Religion” (circa 1922) in which he seeks to show how the Hebrew language is basically phallic and was developed by unscrupulous priests to keep the populace in a state of sexual arousal so that they would not be aware of what was really being done to them; and this earlier book: Symbolism in Relation to Religion or Christianity: The Sources of its Teaching and Symbolism.

In this circa 1912 book, the author first considers Ancient Cults, then deals with The Trinity, the part played by Paul and Jerome in the crushing out of reason and knowledge, the cause of the Hebrew despisal of women, the Phallic nature of the God of the Old Testament, and much more. The book is profusely illustrated with both black and white photographs as well as drawings – some quite explicit. There is a frontispiece photo of the author. The book includes an Errata page and a comprehensive Index. This is an unusual, and scarce religion book – no doubt quite controversial when it was published. This copy is from a theological seminary library.

Published by Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, Ltd, London; No Copyright Date; Circa 1912. Published without dust jacket; former theological library copy with bookplate, card pocket, and a few “discard” stamps inside covers and at top page edge; moderate wear to cloth cover boards with small split in cloth at front gutter; front hinge is cracked, but there are no loose pages; moderate foxing (age discoloration) on some of the glossy plate pages & those pages facing the illustrations; light foxing to other pages and endpapers; no writing or stains. A very scarce vintage book in first edition format!

 

Boswell's London Journal 1762-1763 - (2006)

Boswell’s London Journal 1762-1763 – (2006) In 1762 James Boswell, then twenty-two years old, left Edinburgh for London. The famous Journal he kept during the next nine months is an intimate account of his encounters with the high-life and the low-life in London. Frank and confessional as a personal portrait of the young Boswell, the Journal is also revealing as a vivid portrayal of life in eighteenth-century London. The original manuscript of Boswell’s Journals is held by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. The London Journal, 1762-1763 was first published in 1950 by Yale University Press in the USA and by William Heinemann in Great Britain.

This beautiful slip cased edition of Boswell’s London Journal was first published by The Folio Society in London in 1985. This is one of the few cases were the Second Printing copy is more desirable than the first, as this 2006 Second Printing includes a new binding, color illustrations, and a Foreword. The book includes beautiful full-color (glossy paper) illustrations, including a frontispiece painting of James Boswell by George Willison. The front board printed paper illustration is titled “The Beauties of Bagnigge Wells” engraved by J. Bennett in 1778. The original of this engraving is in the Museum of London. The book was edited and introduced by the late Frederick Pottle, Sterling Professor of English Emeritus at Yale University, who was the biographer of James Boswell. The book includes a Foreword by Stella Tillyard, and includes Appendix I: Scheme of Living Written at the White Lion Inn, Water Lane, Fleet street, the Morning After My Arrival in London, 1762; and Appendix II: Letter to James Boswell from His Father, Received on 8 June 1863. Also included are Notes and a full Index.

This slip-cased Second Printing published by the well-known and respected publisher, The Folio Society, is in beautiful condition with essentially no signs of use. It is a fabulous presentation of this work and is the nicest copy of Boswell’s Journal we have ever seen! Collectible condition. Compare edition, condition, and price!

Published by The Folio Society, London; Second Printing: 2006. Published with Slipcase and no dust jacket. In very nice condition – minimal to no signs of use. No writing, marks or stains. Book and slipcase are in “nearly new” condition – the nicest slip-cased copy of Boswell’s Journal we’ve seen!

 

Hank Snow The Singing Ranger - (1949)

Hank Snow The Singing Ranger – (1949) This 38 page vintage song folio includes a one-page letter from Hank Snow, plus lyrics, music, chord symbols and frames for 16 of his songs, including: My Sweet Texas Blue Bonnet Queen; The Drunkard’s Son; The Answer to “The Galveston Rose”; Just A Faded Petal From A Beautiful Bouquet; Journey My Baby Back Homes, Your Sad Kiss Good-Bye; Little Buddy; No Golden Tomorrow Ahead; The Night I Stole Old Sammy Morgan’s Gin; Broken Hearted; My Two Timin’ Woman; You’ve Broken My Heart; Somewhere Along Life’s Highway; My Filipino Rose; Wasted Love; and Out On That Open Range. This classic piece of music memorabilia also includes three pages of black and white photographs.

Published by Hill and Range Songs, NY; Copyright 1949. Illustrated softcover wraps with original Retail Price of $1.25 printed on front cover. Cover wraps are heavily worn at edges and spine and are loose from stapled pages. Pages have some creasing to corners. No writing or stains.

 

The Real American Tragedy 1861-1865 - (1977)

The Real American Tragedy 1861-1865 – (1977) This special limited, numbered edition book was presented exclusively by the 1980 United States Olympic Committee to individuals who made significant contributions towards the 1980 Olympic effort. This “Historic Album” includes a special dedication page with the 1980 Olympic Seal and a gold medallion seal from Southland Life Insurance Company in Dallas, Texas. From the publisher: “Countless volumes have been written about the Civil War of the United States. However, this book is a unique portrait of the Civil War years. It shows rare reproductions of photographs taken on the battlefields, but also gives you a detailed accounting of the place, time, weather conditions, and the subjects of each photograph.”

The book includes reproductions of the original photographs as taken by the Civil War’s most famous photographers Mathew B. Brady and Alexander Gardner. In addition, this oversize folio includes full-page color plates of the Civl War Generals, including: Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Jefferson Davis, J.E.B. Stuart, George A. Custer, as well as a color plate titled “Young Lincoln”. These large color plates were perforated so they could be torn out and individually framed, if desired. A brief biography for each man is presented on the facing page. The album concludes with “Brady’s Gallery of Confederate Officers”. A pocket attached inside the back cover includes a large color (folded) map detailing “The Battlefields of the War Between The States”, as well as a reproduction from the Secretary of the Treasury detailing the “Cost of the Civil War”.

Each album was personalized in gilt on the front cover with the contributor’s name. This particular copy was presented to George Page who, along with his brother Louis Page Jr. and Louis Southerland, formed the Austin-based architecture and engineering firm of Page, Southerland, Page, the architects involved in designing many of Austin’s most prominent and historical buildings. This limited edition is in elephant (oversized) folio format. Color paste down on front cover. A scarce folio in nice condition.

Published by Homsey-Simon Production Company, Oklahoma City; Copyright: 1977, Limited and Numbered Special Edition: #003516/100,000. Two small soiled spots facing each other on rear endpapers; small discoloration on end paper inside back cover where a sticker was removed; no other marks, writing, stains or tears. In very well-preserved condition. Unique Austin provenance.

 

This Is Austin - Capital Of Texas - (1976)

This Is Austin – Capital Of Texas – (1976) This very scarce vintage 1964 visitor’s guide to The Capital City was compiled by Texas Junior Historian Chapters of the Austin Public Schools. This 32-page center-stapled paperback is profusely illustrated with fun drawings and historical black and white photos, and includes a hand-drawn map of Austin (circa 1964). Features include: The Capitol, Texas State Library, Governor’s Mansion, UT, Memorial Stadium, Texas Military Institute, O. Henry Museum, Elisabet Ney Museum, Treaty Oak, The French Legation, Bremond Block, Neill-Cochran Home, the Opera Houses, Woodlawn, Bergstrom AFB, Austin Now, Laguna Gloria, schools, churches, parks (Barton Springs, Mount Bonnell, Lake Austin. This copy is in very well-preserved condition, and was issued “Courtesy of the Austin Independent School District” in 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial celebration (stamp on rear cover).

Published by Texas Junior Historian Chapters; Copyright 1964, This copy stamped “1976″ on rear cover. 32 page center-stapled softcover in very nice condition – little to no handling wear. No writing, marks, or stains. A very scarce piece of Austin memorabilia in very well-preserved condition!

 

Special Report Of The City Manager Of The City Of Austin - (1937)

Special Report Of The City Manager Of The City Of Austin – (1937) Written by James A. Garrison for the Austin Recreation Department “covering the historical record of the parks and playgrounds development and the present organization and facilities of the 1937 Recreation Department”, this vintage 48-page report was produced by the City of Austin Recreation Department. It includes interesting information and wonderful historic photographs, as well as drawings! Includes: Directory, Gifts (including a photocopy of the original 1875 document gifting Pease Park to the city), a Foreword written by City Manager Guiton Morgan, Summary, Historical Sketch, Personnel (including organizational chart), Facilities (with a hand-drawn map of Austin and it’s park facilities), detailed information on various parks and playgrounds, Program, Detail Activity Attendance for 1936 (including 26 racially segregated activities), Cost Analysis, and 1937 Annual Budget with total budgeted amount of $58,265.50!

As noted by the signature across the front cover, this copy belonged to Beverly Sheffield, Supervisor in the Recreation Department. Other well-known names in the “Directory” include Mayor Tom Miller; Manager of the Municipal Golf Course, Tom Penick; Electric Department Engineer Walter Seaholm; and the Parks and Playgrounds Commission members that included well-known Austinites: Dr. Goodall Wooten, Charles H. Page, Sr., and H.F. Kuehne, among others. An interesting piece of Austin memorabilia in very well-preserved condition! Black & white photographs and drawings throughout.

Published by the City of Austin Recreation Dept; No copyright date; Dated: 1937. Printed by A.C. Baldwin & Sons, Austin. Some age discoloration/fading to edges of illustrated wraps; two small soiled spots near bottom edge of front cover; previous owner name written across front cover (see above); small black ink spot on ffrep (approximately 1/2″ x 1/4″) – has bled to backside of front cover wrap; no other writing, marks or stains. No binding issues – all pages and staples remain tight. This is a very scarce document – the only other copies known to exist are at the Austin History Center.

 

Atlas Of Texas - (1976)

Atlas Of Texas – (1976) This oversize comb-bound edition of the Atlas of Texas produced by The University of Texas Bureau of Business Research includes detailed informational sections (with maps) titled: Location and Physical Setting, Culture and History, Population, Transportation, Education, and Recreation, Agriculture, & Mining and Manufacturing. This revised edition includes an additional section of cultural and historical maps, designed as a tribute to the nation’s bicentennial. Each of the six sections of the book is presented with a full-page title plate of a drawing by well-known Texas artist Edward “Buck” Schiwetz. This copy is in very well-preserved condition.

Published by the UT Bureau of Business Research; Copyright 1976. Plastic comb-bound with original price of $12.00 printed on title page. Comb-binding and transparent plastic cover over illustrated paper wraps. Binding and cover are in nice condition with no tears. Former owner bookplate on ffrep; no writing, marks or stains. A very well-preserved copy of this scarce publication.

 

The New Handbook Of Texas - (1996)

The New Handbook Of Texas – (1996) The Handbook of Texas is a comprehensive encyclopedia of Texas geography, history, and historical persons published by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). The scope is broad and inclusive, designed to provide readers with concise, authoritative and accessible articles that provide factual, nonpartisan accounts on virtually every aspect of Texas history and culture.

The original Handbook was the brainchild of TSHA President Walter Prescott Webb of The University of Texas history department. It was published as a two-volume set in 1952, with a supplemental volume published in 1976. In 1996 the New Handbook of Texas was published, expanding the encyclopedia to six volumes and over 23,000 articles.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association; Copyright 1996, this is a First Printing Set. Published without dust jackets; minimal cover board wear; no writing, markings, stains or tears. This is not an ex-library set and is in very nice, very clean condition.

 

Six Easy Pieces - (NIB)

Six Easy Pieces – (NIB) Taken from his famous Lectures on Physics, Six Easy Pieces represents an accessible introduction to the world of physics by one of its greatest teachers, Nobel laureate Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988). In six chapters and six audio cassettes that cover Feynman’s lectures to undergraduates at CalTech in the early 1960′s, the general reader is introduced to atoms, basic physics, the relationship of physics to other topics, energy, gravitation and quantum forces.

Published by Helix Books/Addison-Wesley; Copyright: Unknown. Slip-cased set of book and cassettes with original retail price of $49.95. Slip-cased hardcover and 6 audio cassettes are new in publisher’s shrink wrap.

 

The Book Of Knowledge - (1949)

The Book Of Knowledge – (1949) The Children’s Encyclopedia (aka The Book of Knowledge), published between 1908 and 1964, is one of the earliest and most desirable of the encyclopedia sets published specifically for educating children. It was created by Arthur Mee, and was published by the Educational Book Company, a subsidiary of Amalgamated Press of London. Walter M. Jackson’s company, The Grolier Society, acquired the rights to publish it in the United States as The Book of Knowledge somewhere between 1910-1912. Grolier was a subscription-based publisher at that time, selling book series door-to-door, and selling editions on a monthly basis.

The Encyclopædia broke ground in its approach to education, aiming to make learning interesting and enjoyable. The intent was to include the basis for an entire education in a few dozen books, with the articles being clearly written, and aimed to develop character and sense of duty. The incredible illustrations were mostly anonymous but some were drawn by well-known illustrators and artists of the period, including: Susan Beatrice Pearse, C.E. Brock, Thomas Maybank, George F. Morrell, Dudley Heath, Charles Folkard, H. R. Millar, Alexander Francis Lydon, Arthur A. Dixon and Arthur Rackham. The books used photographs, engravings, maps and graphics, and each volume contained several beautiful full-color plates.

Over 800,000 copies were sold in twelve editions before the set was revised in the early 1920s. The new 59-part, 7,412-page, 10-volume series debuted in October 1922 as The Children’s Encyclopedia and went through 14 editions by 1946 under the imprint of The Educational Book Company. Translations appeared in France, Italy, Spain and China. New editions of the Encyclopedia continued after Mee’s death in 1943, and the final much-revised edition entitled Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopedia appeared in 1964.

The Book Of Knowledge illustrations

Today these sets are highly collectible and are also used extensively by home-schoolers. The older sets with the charming illustrations and beautiful bindings are the most sought after by collectors. This 1949 edition is bound in the embossed brown leatherette bindings. Unlike earlier editions, the General Index for this 1949 set is included in volume 20, making this a complete set in 20 volumes.

Published by The Grolier Society; Copyrights through 1949. This is a complete 20 volume vintage 1949 set in GOOD overall condition. The leatherette covers show light to moderate wear to edges and covers. This set has been exposed to high humidity and/or moisture – several volumes have water damage marks to outer margin edges causing waviness. Because of the high gloss paper used, some of the pages have become stuck together at margin edges – most have been (carefully) pulled apart. Volume 1 frontispiece is creased. Slight bowing to boards. There are no names or markings. Quaint illustrated endpapers.

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Tops For Tots

Now that a new school semester is starting, many parents are scrambling to buy school supplies for the coming year. Pencils? Check. Backpack: Got one. Laptop: say WHAT!?

Although the Austin Independent School District does not require children of any age to own or purchase a computer for their school work, it is becoming increasingly necessary for students to have some form of access to a computer with Internet capabilities in order to do their homework and remain competitive in their classes. While many families do have access to a computer in their home, a significant number of AISD students do not. Most school libraries and all branches of the Austin Public Library provide students with access to computers as time allows, but these are very limited resources compared to the number of students needing access. With school and public library budgets coming under increased pressure in this tough economic climate, it is unlikely that this situation will improve any time soon.

Fortunately there may be a solution to this problem on the horizon. Over 25 years ago an MIT professor named Nicholas Negroponte founded the MIT Media Lab, a partnership of researchers and corporations dedicated to using cutting-edge technologies and designs to solve research problems too large for any one organization. In the process of doing research for a book on the impact of digital technology on society, Negroponte realized that the rapid changes brought on by computers and the Internet were creating a staggering educational void between children in wealthy countries and those in poorer nations. With the help of the Media Lab and several large sponsors he created the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) foundation with the goal to “design, manufacture and distribute laptops that are sufficiently inexpensive to provide every child in the world access to knowledge and modern forms of education”.

OLPC has spent the last 15 years developing and distributing its flagship product, the XO Laptop, through governments of mostly third-world countries where children would otherwise never be exposed to computers. This year Uruguay became the first major country in the world to provide every elementary school child with a laptop, and worldwide over 2 million children and teachers in over 42 countries are using the XO. At a retail cost of $199 for the basic unit the XO is an amazing piece of technology – the size of a textbook and lighter than a lunchbox, it includes 1GB RAM, 4GB flash memory, a built-in wireless peer-network hub, a higher-resolution color display than most laptops on the market today, durable weatherproof case and even a hand-crank for recharging its battery in locations where there is no electricity. In some cases the XO provides the only electric light in a household! The software which runs on the XO was designed from the ground up by MIT Media Labs and is free with each laptop, with third-party developers around the world constantly adding new applications. One handy feature even allows the XO to be used as an e-book reader!

Before you get excited about the possibility of getting an XO for your child, bear in mind that OLPC only sells its laptops directly to governments. Naturally there are “gray market” dealers on Ebay and other sites who are selling individual XO machines at a significant markup, but these are isolated cases and demand for newer units is high throughout the world. Domestically, individual non-profit organizations such as the Digital Literacy Project in Boston have taken donated XO laptops into local schools, but these organizations do not resell to individuals. Since OLPC was created as a non-profit corporation dealing with government bureaucracies its progress has been challenged by the world-wide economic slump. However, a recent letter from OLPC indicates they may be considering subsidiaries called “profitable social enterprises” which would raise capital to allow the development and sale of products in the USA for a fee.

With Texas rapidly approaching last place in the number of high school graduations in this country and the state legislature slashing public school support by $4 billion this year, maybe OLPC will take a second look at whether or not we qualify for their program! Until that happens, you can always count on your friends here at Recycled Reads to provide the next best thing: incredibly cheap books for children of all ages. Whether you are a teacher looking for easy readers, a parent looking for home schooling textbooks, or a student looking for a Thesaurus or a piece of classic literature, chances are good that we have what you need at the lowest prices in town!

Summer Reading Finale

If you were one of the many people who participated in the Austin Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program over the past three months, I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that the program is now officially over. However, if you were one of the many people who participated and filled out an entry form listing what you read, the fun may just be starting! In recognition of your achievements in the field of summer reading, Recycled Reads will be holding drawings this Saturday August 27 starting at 1:00pm to award some lucky winners PRIZES. And when I say “prizes” I mean you have the chance to win Recycled Reads gift certificates, pieces of Book Art and the ever popular Recycled Reads reusable book bags. There will be multiple prizes and multiple winners, and although you need not be present to win in either drawing we would sure like to see the expression on your face when we call your name. So come on down to the store this Saturday and celebrate the End Of Summer (Reading)!

Reference Sets Shelves

Did you know that in addition to the items we highlight in our Collectibles Cabinets each week we have a huge selection of educational and reference sets in a different area of the store? If you are looking for encyclopedias, vintage and current children’s sets and any number of collections for home schooling, be sure to check out our newly reorganized Reference Sets Shelves located in the middle of the store. As with all of our other books, these items are priced way below market and would make a great addition to any student’s or teacher’s reference library.

New Collectibles

This week we continue to highlight just a few of the many new additions going into to our Collectibles Cabinets. To commemorate the start of another school year, this week we will be focusing exclusively on collectible children and educational sets. 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 25:

How To Listen To And Understand Great Music - (1998)

How To Listen To And Understand Great Music – (1998) Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg, this complete set of 48 audio Compact Discs with 6 booklets in original cases is part of “The Great Courses – Fine Arts & Music” educational series.

Published by The Teaching Company; Copyright 1998. All 48 CD’s are in scarcely-used condition and the booklets are in very nice, very clean condition with no writing, marks or stains.

 

Dale Chihuly Glass Art Books - (1994)

Dale Chihuly Glass Art Books – (1994) This set of 4 shrink-wrapped art books by visionary glass artist Dale Chihuly includes three small hardcovers from the “mini-series” of Dale Chihuly titles published by Portland Press, Seattle. The three titles include: Chihuly Baskets, Chihuly Cylinders, and Chihuly Putti. Each of these “mini” art books includes a DVD. The fourth book Chihuly alla Macchia accompanied an exhibition of Chihuly’s work at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas and Laguna Gloria Art Museum during 1993-94. All four books are new and are in the publisher’s original shrink-wrap.

 

The Hunger Games - (2010)

The Hunger Games – (2010) This is the complete three-book series The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Currently numbers 1, 2 and 3 on the New York Times Bestsellers list for children. The series consists of:

  • Book 1: THE HUNGER GAMES – Copyright 2008
  • Book 2: CATCHING FIRE – Copyright 2009
  • Book 3: MOCKINGJAY – Copyright 2010

Published by Scholastic Press; all three hardcover books are stated First Edition copies with unaltered dust jackets with an original Retail Price of $17.99 on each book. Other than light edge wear to the dust jackets, all three books are in very nice, very clean condition with no writing, marks or stains.

 

The Seekers - (2009)

The Seekers – (2009) This is the first three in the series The Seekers by Erin Hunter. This set consists of:

  • Book 1: THE QUEST BEGINS – Copyright 2008
  • Book 2: GREAT BEAR LAKE – Copyright 2009
  • Book 3: SMOKE MOUNTAIN – Copyright 2009

Published by Harper Collins; all three hardcover books are stated First Edition copies with unaltered dust jackets with an original Retail Price of $16.99 on each book. Other than light edge wear to the dust jackets, all three books are in very nice, very clean condition with no writing, marks or stains.

 

Edward Tufte Visual Arts Set - (2006)

Edward Tufte Visual Arts Set – (2006) Edward Tufte is an American statistician and professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University. He is noted for his writings on information design and as a pioneer in the field of data visualization. In 1975, while at Princeton, Tufte was asked to teach a statistics course to a group of journalists who were visiting the school to study economics. He developed a set of readings and lectures on statistical graphics, which he further developed in joint seminars he subsequently taught with renowned statistician John Tukey, a pioneer in the field of information design. These course materials became the foundation for his first (now classic) book on information design, The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (first published in 1983). His additional works on the theory and practice of designing graphs, charts and maps are Envisioning Information, first published in 1990; Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative, first published in 1997; and his latest book on this subject, Beautiful Evidence, first published in 2006. This set comes with the Graphics Press pamphlet with printed information on each of Tufte’s books and his one-day course: Presenting Data and Information.

All four books published by Graphics Press LLC, Cheshire, CT; Copyrights and printing dates as listed above. Unaltered dust jackets with no printed prices; prices listed in laid-in pamphlet are: $40, $48, & $45, respectively for the first three books. The pamphlet was published prior to the fourth book, which has an original retail price of $52. Light dust jacket wear, including a few small edge tears and small soiled areas. Endpapers and text pages have no marks, writing or stains.

 

Great Artists Of The Western World - (1987)

Great Artists Of The Western World – (1987) This is a complete 10 volume set of the beautifully illustrated Great Artists Of The Western World series which introduces the reader to the masters of Western art, their major works, and their lives and times. The set consists of:

  • Volume 1: Pre-Renaissance of Northern Europe
  • Volume 2: High Renaissance
  • Volume 3: Old Masters
  • Volume 4: French Classicists
  • Volume 5: French Rococo
  • Volume 6: English Landscape and Portraiture
  • Volume 7: Impressionism
  • Volume 8: Modernism
  • Volume 9: American Artists
  • Volume 10: Index

Published by Marshall Cavendish Corp; Long Island, NY; Copyright 1987; Reference Edition published without dust jackets. A very nice set in beautiful condition! Owner’s name written inside one front cover, otherwise volumes are clean, and appear unread. Light cover wear to a few volumes.

 

An Inquiry Into The Nature And Causes Of The Wealth Of Nations - (1982)

An Inquiry Into The Nature And Causes Of The Wealth Of Nations – (1982) Adam Smith (1723–1790) was a Scottish social philosopher and a pioneer of political economy. One of the key figures of the Scottish Enlightenment, Smith is most known for writing The Theory of Moral Sentiments and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The latter, usually abbreviated as The Wealth of Nations, is considered his magnum opus and the first modern work of economics. It earned him an enormous reputation and would become one of the most influential works on economics ever published.

First published in 1776, the year in which the American Revolution officially began, Smith’s Wealth of Nations sparked a revolution of its own. In it Smith analyzes the major elements of political economy, from market pricing and the division of labor to monetary, tax, trade and other government policies that affect economic behavior. Throughout he offers seminal arguments for free trade, free markets and limited government. Criticizing mercantilists who sought to use the state to increase their nations’ supply of precious metals, Smith points out that a nation’s wealth should be measured by the well-being of its people. Prosperity in turn requires voluntary exchange of goods in a peaceful, well-ordered market.

How to establish and maintain such markets? For Smith the answer lay in man’s social instincts, which government may encourage by upholding social standards of decency, honesty and virtue, but which government undermines when it unduly interferes with the intrinsically private functions of production and exchange. Social and economic order arise from the natural desires to better one’s (and one’s family’s) lot and to gain the praise and avoid the censure of one’s neighbors and business associates. Individuals behave decently and honestly because it gives them a clear conscience as well as the good reputation necessary for public approbation and sustained, profitable business relations.

This is a two-volume softcover set new in publisher’s shrink wrap, part of The Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith. Edited by R.H. Campbell and A.S.Skinner with Textual Editor W. B. Todd. Published by by Liberty Fund, Indianapolis; Copyright: Unknown. The Liberty Fund published this 2-volume softcover set in 1982. Each of the two volumes is individually wrapped in the publisher’s original shrink-wrap. No condition factors assumed.

 

Childcraft ("Orange Cover") - (1949)

Childcraft (“Orange Cover”) – (1949) This is a vintage 1949 complete set of the 12-volume “standard” sized* Childcraft. The series was first published in 1934 and since then has undergone substantial revision several times, eventually becoming known as the Childcraft: How and Why Library. This vintage post-war set, sometimes referred to as the “orange cover” edition, includes the charming illustrations that the earlier Childcraft sets were most known for. The illustrators included many of the world’s top-ranking artists and photographers of the time.

Childcraft books were specifically designed for preschool and primary grade children and for the older child who needs high-interest, easy-to-read materials. Throughout the Childcraft books, the easy-to-read text is combined with colorful, appealing illustrations that make the material not only fun to read, but also fun to look at. Nearly every graphic technique appears somewhere in Childcraft. These vintage “orange cover” sets have become the most collectible because of their charming period illustrations and because complete sets in good or better condition are becoming much more difficult to find.

*Note: This set does not include the two supplemental volumes to the “orange cover” edition: Volume 13: Art and Music and Volume 14: Science & Industry. These volumes were oversized, measuring 10″x14″. Because of their odd size, families often stored them separately from the standard size volumes, thereby causing those larger books to “go missing” over the years. Also, because of their odd size, the bindings often became heavily damaged after only a few years of use. We occasionally see a Vol. 13 or 14 come in as an individual book, but hardly ever as part of a vintage set. Childcraft discontinued publishing these two oversized volumes after 1949 and subsequent Childcraft sets were published as standard size volumes only.

Published by Field Enterprises; Chicago; Copyrights: Various through 1949; This is the 1949 “Orange Cover” Edition. Previous owner’s name written inside front cover of one volume; some finger-handling marks to pages; rubbing and light edge wear to cover boards; Volume 1 is missing the rear free end paper; two pages in this volume have mended tears, plus the first page is torn and is missing part of the page; Volume 12′s rear free end paper is missing the upper quarter of the page; Volume 5 indicates some waviness to bottom margin edge consistent with moisture exposure (no odors or mildew present).

 

Childcraft: The How And Why Library - (1987)

Childcraft: The How And Why Library – (1987) This is a complete Childcraft: The How and Why Library set from 1987. This set is in very nice, relatively unused condition and is NOT ex-library! In addition to the fifteen volume set, this set includes the supplemental annual volumes for years 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. This is one of the nicest complete Childcraft sets we’ve seen!

Childcraft was first published in 1934, and since then has undergone substantial revision several times. The set is a 15-volume resource library designed especially for preschool and primary grade children and for the older child who needs high-interest, easy-to-read materials. Throughout the Childcraft books, the easy-to-read text is combined with colorful, appealing illustrations that make the material not only fun to read, but also fun to look at. Nearly every graphic technique appears somewhere in Childcraft. The illustrators include many of the world’s top-ranking artists and photographers. Childcraft is a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, and librarians.

Published by World Book, Inc; Copyrights: 1987 (original set) through 1993 (annual volumes). Published without dust jackets; in very nice, very well-kept condition showing minimal signs of use. Light edge wear to some cover boards; light finger-handling indents and a few creases noted, but no writing, marks or stains. Bindings remain tight and it appears some of the volumes were never used.

 

Lands And Peoples: The World In Color - (1956)

Lands And Peoples: The World In Color – (1956) The Grolier Society originally produced this set in 1929, and although this is a 1956 printing the volumes retain their original and sometimes quaint illustrations. The books are profusely illustrated with photographs, and “the world in color” references the many colorized plates present in each volume which are often so vivid as to appear three dimensional.

This well-cared for set is in very nice condition. The embossed covers retain their color accents with only light rubbing wear, and the illustrated “world map” endpapers and glossy pages are free of markings and stains. Gilt spine titles and speckled top page edges complete this unique and very popular Grolier set.

Published by The Grolier Society, NY; Various copyrights through 1956. Published without dust jackets; a very clean set with light rubbing to cover boards and no internal markings or stains. Slight musty smell from improper storage. Some of the color plates may be stuck together (this is normal with age) but if pulled apart carefully will not result in any damage to the pages.

 

The New Wonder World Encyclopedia - (1959)

The New Wonder World Encyclopedia – (1959) Edited by George D. Stoddard, this is a complete 10 volume set of The New Wonder World Encyclopedia. Topically arranged for easy reference and cover-to-cover reading, The New Wonder World Encyclopedia was published by The Parents’ Magazine Education Press. Colorful embossed bindings with color onsets. Color endpapers designed by Miguel Covarrubias. Interior illustrations in black and white, as well as color. Some fold-out maps included.

Published by The Parents’ Magazine’s Education Press, Inc, NY; Copyrights through 1959. Published without dust jackets; some wear to cover boards; looseness to bindings but no cracked hinges; Volume I has waviness from moisture exposure to a handful of pages; no writing or stains were noted. Some finger-handling indents to pages noted.

 

Compton's Pictured Encyclopedia And Fact-Index - (1951)

Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia And Fact-Index – (1951) Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia and Fact Index was first published in 1922, when it was founded by Frank E. Compton. The word “Pictured” was removed from the title with the 1968 edition, and after the buyout of the company by Encyclopedia Britannica in 1961. The first sets of the “Pictured Encyclopedia” consisted of eight volumes, which was later expanded to include fifteen volumes for the 1948 through 1962 editions. Ultimately, the set would expand to 26 volumes for the later editions. Compton’s Pictured Encyclopedia was published to be a general reference work for home, school, and library. Designed primarily for children and young people in the upper elementary grades and high school, the books were meant to be used by parents as well.

One of the unique features in the Compton’s set was “The Compton Fact-Index” (loose information sheet laid inside volume one). This finger-tabbed “fact-index” section at the back of each volume “…answers many of your questions right in the Index itself…tells you the exact page of the main text where you can find more information…and leads you without fail to any picture in the 15 volumes”. This vintage 1951 set, complete in fifteen volumes, includes the charming illustrations, as well as the the four-color illustrated endpapers featuring the past and the future! The heavily ornate bindings, embellished with gilt spine titles and spine bands, were meant to simulate leather, but are actually embossed “Dura-Bound” faux leatherette (cloth) and the heavily decorative styling is the same “Art Nouveau” style as used in the earlier publications. This particular set is in remarkably well-preserved condition, with few signs of use or wear. The vintage “Pictured” sets with the ornate bindings are generally considered the most collectible and desirable of the Compton’s sets. Please compare price and condition!

Published by the F.E. Compton Company; Copyright 1951. In very well-preserved condition. Minimal wear to Dura-Bound cover boards. No looseness to the bindings in any of the volumes – this is quite remarkable given the age of these large, heavy books. Previous owner’s name neatly written along top edge of title page in seven of the fifteen volumes – no other writing or marks were noted, and the books show no signs of foxing (brown age spotting). Four pages in Vol. 1 each have a short tear (less than 1/2″) to the outer margin edges, and the bottom corner edge of a few of the pages in the “fact-index” section are lightly crimped (very minor); Vol. 13 has a finger-handling stain to the backside of the ffrep and Vol. 14 has some light finger-handling marks to the outer margin edge of approx. 5 pages (looks like very light smudged newspaper ink). This set is in remarkable condition overall and is the nicest, complete vintage set of Compton’s we’ve seen.

 

The Book Of Knowledge (The Children's Encyclopedia) - (1957)

The Book Of Knowledge (The Children’s Encyclopedia) – (1957) The Children’s Encyclopedia (aka The Book of Knowledge) was published between 1908 and 1964 and is one of the earliest and most desirable of the encyclopedia sets published specifically for educating children. It was created by Arthur Mee and was published by the Educational Book Company, a subsidiary of Amalgamated Press of London. Walter M. Jackson’s company, The Grolier Society, acquired the rights to publish it in the United States as The Book of Knowledge somewhere between 1910-1912. Grolier was a subscription-based publisher at that time, selling book series door-to-door, and selling editions on a monthly basis.

The Encyclopædia broke ground in its approach to education, aiming to make learning interesting and enjoyable. The intent was to include the basis for an entire education in a few dozen books, with the articles being clearly written, and aimed to develop character and sense of duty. The incredible illustrations were mostly anonymous but some were drawn by well-known illustrators and artists of the period, including: Susan Beatrice Pearse, C.E. Brock, Thomas Maybank, George F. Morrell, Dudley Heath, Charles Folkard, H. R. Millar, Alexander Francis Lydon, Arthur A. Dixon and Arthur Rackham.

The books used photographs, engravings, maps and graphics, and each volume contained several beautiful full-color plates. Over 800,000 copies were sold in twelve editions before the set was revised in the early 1920s. The new 59-part, 7,412-page, 10-volume series debuted in October 1922 as The Children’s Encyclopedia and went through 14 editions by 1946 under the imprint of The Educational Book Company. Translations appeared in France, Italy, Spain and China. New editions of the Encyclopedia continued after Mee’s death in 1943, and the final, much revised, edition entitled Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopedia appeared in 1964.

Today the sets are highly collectible, and are also used extensively for home schooling. The older sets with the charming illustrations and beautiful bindings are the most sought after by collectors. Edited by E.V. McLoughlin, this is a complete twenty volume set of the scarce “Magic Carpet Edition”. Complete sets are difficult to find and command higher than average prices. This set, in remarkably well-preserved condition, not only includes the 20 volume encyclopedia set but also includes the yearbooks for 1958, 1959, and 1960 making a total set of 23 books. The bindings are embossed burgundy “faux leatherette” with gilt spine titles. This set also features the vivid and charming “four-color printing” illustrated endpapers!

Published by The Grolier Society; Copyrights through 1957. This set is in very good overall condition; light wear to the faux leatherette cover boards. Light foxing to some of the front and rear free end pages (not endpapers); no writing, marks or stains to endpapers or pages. One or two light soiled spots noted to upper page edges of a few volumes. Light musty odor evident from long-term storage. This is a very collectible complete 20 volume edition!

 

The Children's Hour - (1953)

The Children’s Hour – (1953) The Children’s Hour was a very popular set published by the Spencer Press and distributed exclusively through Sears, Roebuck & Company in the 1950′s, 60′s and 70′s. The set’s name derived from the famous Henry W. Longfellow poem, ‘The Children’s Hour’, and a four-page handwritten facsimile of this poem is included as the frontispiece of the first volume in the set.

The purpose of The Children’s Hour set was to provide the BEST stories for children! The sixteen volumes include many familiar childhood favorites, Newberry and Caldecott winners, and wide swath of classic authors. The set includes over six thousand pages of stories and poems that are nostalgic favorites and include, among others: The Velveteen Rabbit, Curious George, The Little Reindeer, The Story of Babar, Angus and the Ducks, Heidi’s Adventures on the Mountain, and Uncle Remus and the Tar-Baby. The stories are highlighted with (mostly) color drawings by well-known illustrators whose ranks include: Marguerite Bryan, Dorothy Lathrop, Florence and Margaret Hoopes, Flavia Gag, John Tenniel, Fritz Kredel, and Jessie Wilcox Smith.

Each volume covers a specific subject matter – everything from ‘Favorite Fairy Tales’ to ‘Leaders and Heroes’; from ‘Old Time Favorites’ to ‘Stories of Today’. Volume 16 includes ‘Science Fiction’ stories, as well as a complete Index for the set. Volume 16 also includes a “Who’s Who” with brief biographies and B/W photos of authors and illustrators. The volumes are uniformly bound in red cloth with black and gilt designs and titles. The colorful endpapers are unique to the subject matter of each volume. This is a complete sixteen volume set in very good condition – the first complete vintage set we’ve seen in this condition!

Published by Spencer Press, Chicago; Copyright 1953. Published without dust jackets; uniformly bound in red cloth with gilt and black titles and designs; some wear to cover boards – mostly rubbing wear (heavier wear to rear cover board of #3); very light chipping to bottom page edges of one volume (#6); a few minor finger-handling marks/stains noted – no writing or heavy staining; some looseness to a few bindings, but no cracked hinges were noted. No ownership markings.

August 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm 11 comments


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