Posts tagged ‘signed books’

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


For someone who loves books and reading as much as I do, the inevitable demise of the printed book doesn’t bother me as much as it should. Publishers already make approximately 20% of their revenue from the sale of electronic books, a figure which grows each year as fewer publishers commit to the expensive and increasingly risky model of printing books for retail consumption. As long as young people are taught the power of reading, whether that process occurs with a printed book or an electronic device is not the issue. What is important is to have new readers make an emotional connection with what they read – something that is much harder to do without a tangible object to mark the achievement of reading that first book on their own.

Think back to your early years as a child just learning to read. When I was growing up we had colorful picture books with simple stories and characters to follow as we gradually made the connection between letters, words and meanings. As we followed the teacher and spelled out words like “Dick”, “Jane”, “run” and “jump”, each of us held an identical small book open to the same page. Well, not exactly identical since on the back cover of every book there was a student’s name carefully drawn in crayon which denoted ownership. For most of us, “Dick and Jane” was the first book we ever owned and it was our responsibility to take good care of that book for the entire school year. At the end of the year we got to take our books home for good, often decorated with little gold stars or ribbons denoting how well we progressed through the year. That book now sits quietly in a box in my closet next to other memorabilia from my early years, a very tangible reminder of when I started to love reading.

As the years and decades progressed I continued to read massive numbers of books and obviously keeping every one was out of the question. However, every so often a particular book or series would make such a lasting impact on me that I felt the need to keep those books on my shelf in case I wanted to read them again. Having a physical reminder of the books that you enjoy so much is no different than having a photograph of your favorite relative or scenic trip – it helps you to remember how good you felt when you had that experience for the first time.

Obviously, this will all change when e-books eventually replace printed books. Just as the unique nature of an old photograph cannot be replaced with the casual ease at which digital photos can be displayed and shared, the unique place a printed book holds in our emotional memory of reading cannot be duplicated when that same work is read on an e-reader. However, what can happen is something entirely new: enhancement. Consider this: a film is nothing more than a sequence of individual images set into motion, but the experience of a film is usually far more powerful and memorable than the experience of a single image. In the same fashion, the experience of reading an e-book has the potential to be far more powerful and memorable than reading words on a sheet of paper.

Independent publisher Melville House has begun to explore this potential by combining printed material with e-books through an enhancement they call Illuminations. Simply put, an “illumination” is all the extra stuff that you would ever want to know about a book: author biography, story background, research notes, rough drafts, maps, photos and so forth. You might expect this type of added value to be available with an e-book, but what Mellville does is both creative and unique: with every printed version of these special books the buyer receives a free Illumination in e-book format. This symbiotic combination of printed and e-book is called a HybridBook. From their website: “Typically when a publisher offers any sort of bonus material in an e-book, they fail to include the same material in the print edition. The Melville House HybridBook allows us to digitally offer the same supplemental materials that we offer with the e-book in the print book as well, without interrupting the text-only approach of our novellas. Our goal is to keep print books and print bookstores around for quite some time”.

Since Recycled Reads is in the business of recycling printed books, we applaud the efforts of Melville House and other publishers who are trying to postpone the slow demise of printed books and the bookstores which sell them. With creative support like that, we expect to be around to serve you for a long time to come.

A Documented Life
This past week I learned of the passing of someone whose work either has had or will soon have a notable impact on your life. This wasn’t a famous author or artist but rather a relatively unknown computer scientist named Michael Hart, age 64. In the early 1970’s while still a college student, Michael had the good fortune to be granted large amounts of computer time on his school’s machine which was connected to ARPAnet, the precursor to today’s Internet. While looking for data processing projects, Michael had the inspiration to type the Declaration of Independence into a text file (all upper-case) which he then posted for others to read on the network. Six people copied and read the document, making it the world’s first e-book.

Following this initial effort with other public-domain documents including the Bible, Michael went on to make hundreds of documents freely available for others to read. In 1994 following the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web protocols, he created the non-profit Project Gutenberg “to encourage the creation and distribution of e-books”, a term he coined. At latest count over 36,000 public-domain documents available in over 60 languages are available for free download to the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, computers and print-on-demand services. Michael was also a tireless advocate for worldwide literacy and a frequent blog contributor to the World Public Library. According to his obituary, it was Michael’s fundamental belief in both literacy and access to information that shaped the world of electronic books in which we live today. On behalf of e-book readers everywhere: thank you, Michael Hart.

Dig The New Digs
Mark your calendar for 7:00pm Monday September 26 and make plans to attend the first public presentation of the initial design for the Austin Public Library’s spectacular New Central Library. Although little more than a large hole in the ground right now, the architects working on this multi-year, multi-million dollar project will be making their 30% complete Schematic Design presentation to the Austin Library Commission at their next monthly meeting which, as always, is open to the public. If you have never visited the Austin History Center before (conveniently located next to the Faulk Central Library on Guadalupe), this will also be your chance to experience what Austin’s first Central Library was like when it was built in the 1930’s. Hope to see you there!

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 22:

Patrick O'Brian "Aubrey-Maturin" Set - (1993)

Patrick O’Brian “Aubrey-Maturin” Set – (1993) Patrick O’Brian, CBE (1914–2000), born Richard Patrick Russ, was an English novelist and translator best known for his Aubrey–Maturin series of novels set in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars and centered on the friendship of English Naval Captain Jack Aubrey and the Irish–Catalan physician Stephen Maturin. The 20-novel series is known for its well-researched and highly detailed portrayal of early 19th century life, as well as its authentic and evocative language. A partially-finished twenty-first novel in the series was published posthumously containing facing pages of handwriting and typescript. This set contains a softcover trade edition of each of the first 15 of the popular “Aubrey-Maturin” series.

Published by W.W. Norton & Co; Copyrights: 1970-1993; Later printing copies. Each softcover has a printed retail price of either $9.95 or $10.95 printed on the rear cover. The set of fifteen books is in overall very good condition. Books 1 & 2 have a previous owner’s address sticker as well as handwritten name on the half-title page; books 12 & 13 each have a series of numbers handwritten in blue ink on the half-title page (minor); Book 3 has a light soiled spot on the bottom page edge that shows up on the text face of the first 20 or so pages (at the extreme bottom edge) – does not effect text; and Books 8 & 10 each have a light soiled spot on the page edge that does not effect the face of the text pages.


World Book Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - (2001)

World Book Encyclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos – (2001) The great content of the original World Book Student Discovery Encyclopedia has been translated into Spanish. The illustrations make this special complete 13 volume encyclopedia set ideal for younger students who need a visually rich source written at a lower reading level. Age-appropriate content reflects topics of high interest to the target audience and helps to build research skills.

Published by World Book Inc.; Copyright 2001. Former Library Reference Room Set.


Rainer Maria Rilke - (1941)

Rainer Maria Rilke – (1941) René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (1875–1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke, was a Bohemian–Austrian poet. He is considered one of the most significant poets in the German language. His haunting images focus on the difficulty of communion with the ineffable in an age of disbelief, solitude, and profound anxiety: themes that tend to position him as a transitional figure between the traditional and the modernist poets. He wrote in both verse and a highly lyrical prose. Among English-language readers, his best-known work is the Duino Elegies; his two most famous prose works are the Letters to a Young Poet and the semi-autobiographical The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge. He also wrote more than 400 poems in French, dedicated to his homeland of choice, the canton of Valais in Switzerland. This 1941 book is considered the definitive biography of Rilke, and was written by Eliza ‘Elsie’ Marian Butler (1885-1959), the Henry Simon Professor of German Language and Literature at the University of Manchester. This comprehensive and often referenced biography includes the frontispiece drawing of Rilke at the age of twenty by Kolo Mosen, as well Author’s Note, Introduction, Biographical Note, Index of Names, and Index of Works.

Madeleine B. Stern signature

This particular first edition copy of Butler’s biography of Rilke was owned by well-known writer and antiquarian book dealer Madeleine B. Stern (1912-2007). Stern gained international fame as an author and editor, and as a leader in the Antiquarian Book Trade where she was a partner in Rostenberg and Stern Rare Books. She was also a Guggenheim Fellow and wrote over 30 books on feminists and American history, including Louisa May Alcott. This book includes Stern’s ownership signature and is hand-dated “July, 1941″ in black ink on the ffrep. The rear frep includes several of her handwritten notes in pencil. In very light pencil inside the backcover is written: “NOTE: THIS COPY IS MADELEINE STERN’S COPY” (unknown if written by her or by a bookseller). Also written in pencil inside the backcover is a previous bookseller note about price: “Reprint avail @ 29.50 this 1st Edition 12.50.” (Unknown if the bookseller may not have been Stern herself). The signature and writing match examples of Ms. Stern’s signature found on-line.

Published by The Macmillan Co, Cambridge, England; Copyright: Not dated; Title Page Date: 1941. This is a First Edition signed and dated by previous owner Madeleine B. Stern. Ownership signature of Madeleine Stern plus date of July, 1941 on ffrep. Missing the original dust jacket. Cover boards are worn at corners & at spine extremes; glue seep through has discolored endpapers along rear gutter; some marginalia/paragraph bracketing in very light pencil – could be erased, but unknown if by Ms. Stern or subsequent owner; other than writing as mentioned above, no additional reader marks or stains to endpapers or text pages. A very light scratch on outside page edge that has nicked a handful pages (minor).


Texas Folklore Society publications (offered individually)

Sonovagun Stew – (1985) This, the 46th volume of the Texas Folklore Society’s annual publications is a “traditional literary sonovagun”. Cowboy ballads, bateaus, gaucho songs, mineral wells, corridos, Aggie war stories, songs of Bob Wills, Baptist kids, coyotes, and old-time cowboys are all simmered together and spiced with discussions of folklore, heaven, neighborhood gatherings, cotton growing, and family characters. Contributors included John Graves, Charles R. Townsend, Francis Edward Abernethy (editor), Lawrence Clayton, Elton Miles, Marguerite Nixon, Joe S. Graham, and many others.

Published by SMU Press; Copyright 1985, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with no printed retail price. Dust jacket has very light wear, with one barely noticeable soiled spot at front bottom edge; no writing, marks or stains. A very nice copy.

Paisanos: A Folklore Miscellany – (1978) Paisanos, or roadrunners, the name given by J. Frank Dobie to his fellows, is the theme of this collection of Texas folklore published by the Texas Folklore Society, Number XLI. Included is a collection of twenty-two essays on Texas folklore by various writers including J. Frank Dobie, Lawrence Clayton, Francis Edward Abernethy (editor), Bernth Lindfors, and many others. The anthology begins with J Frank Dobie’s article on Paisanos (roadrunners) which the Folklore Society first published in 1954. The book includes some photographs, but also includes the beautiful line drawings of Linda Miller Roach. Referenced in Whaley #153.

Published by Encino Press; Copyright 1978, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $10.50. Dust jacket has light waviness to front panel from moisture exposure; cloth cover boards have a few light finger-handling stains, but no moisture damage; no writing, mark, or stains to endpapers or text pages. A good copy of the first edition.

Myths & Folktales Of The Alabama-Coushatta Indians Of Texas – (1977) The 46 stories included in this 1977 publication of The Texas Folklore Society were collected by Howard N. Martin, who began systematically collecting the myths and tales of the older tribal members beginning in 1931. Hi labor of love over the next ten years resulted in this fine collection of Alabama-Coushatta folk narratives, the most complete ever published at the time of publication. A card stating this book takes the place of the Society’s typical annual publication (for 1977) is laid inside the front cover.

Published by The Encino Press; Copyright 1977, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $8.95. Dust jacket has light wear, with a few small tears at upper edge and a few very small soiled spots along bottom edge; no writing, marks or stains. A very nice copy.


The Big Bend Of The Rio Grande

The Big Bend Of The Rio Grande - Subtitled “A Guide to the Rocks, Geologic History, and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park”, this is a set of maps and geologic information published by the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas. Included in the rear pocket:

  • 56×40 Inch Fold-out full-color geologic map of “The Big Bend National Park, Brewster Co, TX (1966)”
  • “Structure Sections of Marathon Basin Modified After King (1937)”
  • “Panoramic view of The Basin in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, TX”
  • 16×14.5 Inch Fold-out b/w map of “Big Bend National Park with principal geologic and topographic features and roads” (1962)
  • 17×20 Inch Fold-out b/w “Geography of the Big Bend Region” map

All items above published by Bureau of Economic Geology, UT Austin; No copyright; 3rd Printing, Dec 1971.

Also included in this set are the following 2 Guides published by the Big Bend National History Association:

  • ‘Hiker’s Guide to trails of Big Bend National Park’ (Copyright 1978, Revised 1990 Ed)
  • ‘Road Guide to Paved and Improved Dirt Roads of Big Bend National Park’ (Copyright 1980, Revised 1987 Edition)

All five maps, inserts and the two additional guides are in very nice condition. The large map has light corner wear caused by being to large for the back pocket, but there are no marks or tears. The portfolio cover has some wear, primarily to back cover, as well as a small discoloration to front cover where original price sticker was removed. The two additional guidebooks retain their original price stickers. There are no marks or stains to any of the items.


Breaking Trail: Hudson Stuck Of Texas And Alaska - (1988)

Breaking Trail: Hudson Stuck Of Texas And Alaska – (1988) Hudson Stuck (1863-1920), was a missionary and explorer, who although born in London, emigrated to the United States in 1885, traveling to Texas where he worked as a cowboy near Junction City and taught in one-room schools at Copperas Creek, San Angelo, and San Marcos before entering, in 1889, the theology department of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. He was ordained a priest in 1892 and served two years at Grace Church in Cuero, Texas, before moving to St. Matthew’s Cathedral, Dallas, where he became dean in 1896. Casting himself as the social conscience of North Texas, Stuck preached and practiced a “muscular Christianity” that called all individuals to be their brothers’ keepers. His sermons and newspaper articles raised every conceivable issue from lynching and what later came to be called gun control to the need for recreational areas. The dean’s more tangible accomplishments included the founding of a night school for mill workers, a home for indigent women, and St. Matthew’s Childrens’ Home. Stuck pioneered and helped bring to fruition in 1903 the first state law to curb the “indefensible abuse” of child labor in Texas.

“Comfortable and happy” in Dallas but admitting to a need to face new challenges and to “suffer hardship for the kingdom,” he moved to Alaska in 1904. As the archdeacon of the Yukon and the Arctic he administered 250,000 square miles in the interior of Alaska. Traveling incessantly by dogsled in winter and boat in summer, Stuck ministered to miners and wood choppers and championed the Indians and Eskimos, peoples whose contact with “low-down whites,” he believed, doomed them to eventual extinction. Appealing to an age that enjoyed travel literature, he built up the National Geographic Society, admired Teddy Roosevelt, and revered “the strenuous life”. In 1913 he gained international fame as the organizer and co-leader of the first successful complete ascent of Mount McKinley (Denali), the highest peak in North America. Stuck described this climb, his missionary activities, the great rivers, and the inhabitants of interior Alaska in numerous periodical articles and five books. Stuck was the Progressive era’s intrepid explorer in the far north, and his twenty-eight year labor to bring physical and spiritual solace to the isolated Indians, Eskimo, and white setters of the Yukon made him perhaps the Episcopal church’s most famous missionary. Stuck and John Muir are honored with a feast day on the liturgical of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America on April 22. Written by David M. Dean and illustrated with B/W photos and map endpapers, the book also includes Notes and Index.

Published by Ohio University Press; Copyright: 1988, this is a scarce First Edition inscribed and dated by the author to former UT Professor John E. Sunder on half-title page. Unaltered dust jacket with no printed retail price. Minimal dust jacket wear; previous owner’s bookplate on verso of ffrep; other than author’s inscription, no additional writing, marks, or stains. A very nice signed copy of this book.


Idylls Of The King - (1900's)

Idylls Of The King – (1900’s) In the early 1900’s, Hurst & Co. produced a series of small-sized poetry books that were handcrafted to reflect the Art Nouveau era. The books were bound in suede leather with hand-tooled titles and hand painted decorations – in this case, a jeweled crown. The suede was intentionally rough-cut: the excess suede and rough edges made the book look more like a piece of “folk art”. The books included handmade decorative endpapers and the upper edge is gilt. We don’t know if these copies were special editions, however the covers and endpapers would reflect the Art Nouveau period’s emphasis on nature & organic designs.

Also included, as in the one other title of this series we’ve been fortunate enough to see, is a color painted frontis-portrait of Lord Tennyson. Idylls of the King, published between 1856 and 1885, is a cycle of twelve narrative poems by Tennyson which retells the legend of King Arthur, his knights, his love for Guinevere and her tragic betrayal of him, and the rise and fall of Arthur’s kingdom. Tennyson based his retelling primarily on Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur and the Mabinogion but with many expansions, additions, and several adaptations. Idylls of the King is often read as an allegory of the societal conflicts in Britain during the mid-Victorian era.

Published by Hurst & Co; No Copyright or Title Page Dates; Circa early 1900’s (between 1900-1910). Suede is fragile and has started to peel/split; front endpapers stuck together at top edge; no writing.


A Life For The Confederacy - (1959)

A Life For The Confederacy – (1959) Subtitled “As Recorded in the Pocket Diaries of Private Robert A. Moore, Co. G 17th Mississippi Regiment, Confederate Guards, Holly Springs, Mississippi” and edited by James W. Silver. Originally published in the Louisiana Historical Quarterly in the July 1956 issue, this was the first book form edition of Moore’s diaries. Private Robert A. Moore, aged 25, gave his life for the Confederacy at Chickamauga on September 20, 1863. This young Mississippi farmer would have been an obscure name on a muster roll had he not kept faithfully a diary of his war time experiences. His diary not only disclosed his personality but illuminated the daily life of the Confederate soldier, as Moore read every newspaper he could get his hands on and was very accurate in his descriptions of battles. This 1959 McCowat-Mercer edition includes a Foreword by Bell Irvin Wiley. Nicely illustrated with photos, facsimile documents, etc. and includes a listing of the Officers and Men, Company “G”, 17th Mississippi Volunteers (Infantry).

Published by McCowat-Mercer Press, Jackson, TN; Copyright 1959, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $4.00. Some sunning, light soiling and mended tears to dust jacket; no writing, marks or stains to book.


Stonewall's Man Sandie Pendleton - (1959)

Stonewall’s Man Sandie Pendleton – (1959) This is a 1959 first edition copy of Dr. William Gleason Bean’s highly lauded biography of Sandie Pendleton (1840-1864), Chief of Staff for the famed Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia. It is the authentic story of a high-spirited and intelligent Confederate staff officer, who at the age of twenty-two won the confidence, admiration and affection of Stonewall Jackson. Bean’s biography of Pendleton was based on diaries, manuscript collections, and never-before published personal letters. The result is a moving, poignant treatment of the Civil War.

When first published in 1959, Bean’s work generated a surprisingly large body of critical comment for a book dedicated to a subject of such modest rank. Lieutenant Colonel Pendleton’s association with Stonewall Jackson surely drew some of the attention. So did the staff content, there being so little in print on that important subject. Most of the reviews were good, even enthusiastic. The Saturday Review called the book a “perceptive biography of this talented and widely admired young Confederate officer” and described the undeniably “romantic and tragic story” of Sandie’s courtship and ill-fated marriage. W. A. Heaps in the Library Journal “recommended” Stonewall’s Man as “scholarly, formal, solid, and heavily documented”. The Journal of Southern History suggested that men who die at the age of twenty four rarely “command book-length biographies”, yet it acknowledged that Sandie’s “crowded two years” entitled him to a place in history and applauded Bean’s businesslike craftsmanship. In the American Historical Review, Frank Vandiver called Stonewall’s Man “a sound, scholarly book”. Dudley T. Cornish’s review, the longest ot reach print, appeared in Civil War History. Cornish praised the book in great detail and made apparent his opinion that it was well worth owning – $5.00 was the publication price in 1959. He touted Bean’s “scholarship and discretion”, the “flavor” of the text, the “judicious” use of sources, and especially the impact of the poignant love story with its horrible ending. Dr. W. G. Bean was the Douglas Southall Freeman Professor of History in Washington and Lee University, and was a member of the Virginia Civil War Centennial Commission.

Published by The University of North Carolina Press; Copyright 1959. This is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $5.00. Light dust jacket wear includes some discoloration and short memded tears; no marks, writing or stains to text pages or end papers.


An Honest Preface And Other Essays - (1959)

An Honest Preface And Other Essays – (1959) This is a collection of essays from Austinite and well-known 20th century American historian Walter Prescott Webb, including: How the Republican Party Lost Its Future, Coca-Cola and Culture, Physics, History, and Fate, For Whom the Historian Tolls, and many more. This 1959 book was published to celebrate, among Webb’s many other awards, honors, and positions, his then recent installation as President of the American Historical Association. Walter Prescott Webb was a scholar, writer, and historian who taught at the University of Texas for over forty years. This first edition, first printing copy is inscribed by Walter Prescott Webb, Joe B. Frantz, and Colleen T. Kain to Dr. John E. Sunder, well-known professor (emeritus) in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin for thirty-seven years.

Published by Houghton Mifflin; Copyright 1959, this is a First Printing with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $3.75 and is inscribed by Walter Prescott Webb, Joe B. Frantz, & Colleen Kain. Edge wear and rubbing to dust jacket; wear to cover board edges; previous owner’s bookplate on ffrep; other than inscriptions as noted, no additional writing, marks, or stains.


Three Men In Texas: Bedichek, Webb And Dobie - (1967)

Three Men In Texas: Bedichek, Webb And Dobie – (1967) J. Frank Dobie, Roy Bedichek, and Walter Prescott Webb: a chronicler, a naturalist, and a historian, each with a deep respect and enduring friendship for each other, and an abiding love of their life in Texas. Here are found reminiscences, essays, and letters from special editions of the ‘Texas Observer’ devoted to each of the three men, as well as pieces published elsewhere or written expressly for this volume. Profusely illustrated with B/W photographs.

Published by UT Press; Copyright 1967; this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with Original Retail Price of $6.50. The nicest copy of this book we’ve seen – light dust jacket edge wear with a few very light spots on the white background; no writing, marks or stains to endpapers or text.


Uniform Regulations United States Navy - (1917)

Uniform Regulations United States Navy – (1917) This 1917 publication includes over 30 plates, plus it includes the following “Changes” bound into the back of the book: “Change in Uniform Regulations, No. 13, dated September 19, 1917; “Change in Uniform Regulations, United States Navy, 1913. No. 11, dated June 22, 1917″; “Change in Uniform Regulations, United States Navy, 1913. No. 14, dated October 12, 1917″; “Change in Uniform Regulations No. 20″ (4 pages), plus a copy of a typed letter “Subject Uniform Regulations Reference: Change in Uniform Regulations No. 20″ which is attached to the back page. There is also a vintage (military) newspaper clipping dated March 14, 1919 which the previous owner laid-in with an article: “Change in Naval Uniform Regulations”. Newspaper clipping also includes a vintage ad for Eastman Kodak cameras and an ad for The M.C. Silley & Co of Columbus, Ohio – makers of “presentation swords and sabres”.

Although this book is a very scarce and highly collectible WWI memorabilia item, there are some condition factors noted with this copy. The book has suffered some water exposure causing the upper and lower portions of many of the pages to show some waviness. There are a handful of pages that actually show the outline of this water stain, but the stain mark is confined to the lower margin edges of the pages. All of the text pages are legible, and none of the illustrations are damaged by this moisture exposure. None of the pages are stuck together. There is a hinge crack in the middle of the book where the illustrated plates section begins, but there are no loose pages. As the previous owner obtained the amended “Changes”, some of the preceding pages of “Uniform Regulations” were crossed out with pencil – these could be erased. A few notes were made to the top margins of those pages “Annulled by Change…..” – those notes are in ink. Some of the “changes” pages have rough outer edges since they weren’t sized correctly for this binding. The previous owner’s name and date are written in pencil on the ffrep, and the owner’s military designation: “Surgeon, USNRF” is stamped in blue ink (by the Navy). The dark green cloth front cover board shows some shiny spots that are either from rubbing wear or residue from liquid (no stickiness).

Published by the United States Navy/Government Prtg Office; 1913 Pub., Revised to Jan 15, 1917. Condition listed above. Priced below market to reflect all condition factors.


Carleton Watkins: The Art Of Perception - (1999)

Carleton Watkins: The Art Of Perception – (1999) Victorian landscape photographer Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) described his lifelong project in simple terms: to find “the best spot with the best view.” However, this self-trained but precocious man, who seemed to delight in giving away much of the work he produced, is now considered one of the most gifted American photographers of the 19th century. Perhaps best known for his pictures of the then newly discovered scenic wonder Yosemite, Watkins made thousands of remarkable, sophisticated, and historically important images that provide an unparalleled visual record of the western United States. In his spectacular depictions of the West Coast’s natural resources and the industrial outposts nested within them by way of the California Gold Rush and the Central and Southern Pacific Railroads, Watkins captured the sense of adventure and expansionist enthusiasm of the mid-1800s American imagination.

Throughout his 50-year career, Watkins traveled tirelessly under adverse conditions to remote sites, often by mule. He carried cumbersome equipment, including his giant camera, which was custom-made by a cabinetmaker. And he secured his hard-earned images on fragile glass-plate negatives. Watkins’s adventuring laid the groundwork for his pioneering in the nascent art and technique of photography. His work commanded wonder and respect from large audiences on both coasts, and the sheer beauty of his pictures helped set a national policy of scenic conservation that preceded the present system of national parks.

Carleton Watkins: The Art of Perception is a companion volume to the first large-scale exhibition to look at this photographer’s work from a critical, art-historical perspective. The show originated at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from 1999 through 2000. Produced using state-of-the-art tritone printing, this catalog includes 125 of Watkins’s best images, stereo cards and multipart panoramic works among them. Includes 105 tritone plates, 20 duotone illustrations, including four gatefolds. Accompanying the photographs are compelling and informative essays by Douglas Nickel, associate curator of photography at SFMOMA, and Maria Morris Hambourg, curator in charge of the Department of Photographs at the Met, as well as Peter E. Palmquist’s notes on the plates, a list of selected references, and a chronology.

Published by Harry N. Abrams/SFMOMA; Copyright: 1999, this is a First Softcover Edition/Second Printing. Large softcover with no printed retail price. Very light cover wrap wear, including a small bump to the upper edge of front panel; no writing, marks, stains, or creases. A very nice copy.


Second View: The Rephotographic Survey Project - (1990)

Second View: The Rephotographic Survey Project – (1990) In the latter half of the 19th century, the great expeditionary photographers William Henry Jackson, T.H. O’Sullivan, and William Bell first photographed American western landscapes for the U.S. Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian, a United States Army survey team. This book presents 120 of those images that were rephotographed between 1977 and 1979 of sites in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, New Mexico and Arizona. The images are matched to document geologic and environmental changes over the course of a century, while exploring changing human perceptions of landscape. The book also includes essays on how the sites were matched to the old photographs. In 2004, the results of a third survey were published in a book titled Third View, Second Sights, although the number of rephotographs and pairings was more limited than those from the late 1970’s survey. This is a fascinating book, illustrated with B/W photographs.

Published by The University of New Mexico Press; Copyright: 1984; this is a 1990 First Paperbound Edition. Large softcover format with no printed retail price; remainder stamp on bottom page edge; some wear to coverwraps at edges; no writing, marks, or stains. A somewhat scarce book.


The Book Of Legends (Sefer Ha-Aggadah): Legends From The Talmud And Midrash - (1992)

The Book Of Legends (Sefer Ha-Aggadah): Legends From The Talmud And Midrash – (1992) Edited by Hayim Nahman Bialik and Yehoshua Hana Ravnitsky with translation by William G. Braude, this 1992 ‘First American Edition’ offers the first complete English translation of the Hebrew classic Sefer Ha-Aggadah, the greatest and best-loved anthology of classical Rabbinic literature ever compiled. First published in Odessa in 1908-11, it was recognized immediately as a masterwork in its own right and reprinted numerous times in Israel. The Hebrew poet, Hayim Nahman Bialik and the renowned editor Yehoshua Hana Ravnitsky, the architects of this masterful compendium, selected hundreds of texts from the Talmud and midrashic literature and arranged them thematically, in order to provide their contemporaries with easy access to the national literary heritage of the Jewish peiole – the texts of Rabbinic Judaism that remain at the heart of Jewish literature today. Bialik and Ravnitsky chose Aggadah (the nonlegal portions of the Talmud and Midrash) for their anthology. Loosely translated as “legends”, Aggadah includes the genres of biblical exegesis, stories about biblical characters, the lives of the Talmudic era sages and their contemporary history, parables, proverbs, and folklore. A captivating melange of wisdom and piety, fantasy and satire.

Published by Schocken Book, NY; English translation copyright: 1992, this is a First American Edition with unaltered dust jacket with Original Retail Price of $75.00. Previous gift inscription neatly written inside frontcover (partially hidden by dust jacket fold-over); light dust jacket wear. No additional writing, marks, stains, tears or creases. A very nice copy of this classic.


Birds Of New York - (1916, 1925)

Birds Of New York – (1916, 1925) A complete 1916 set of 106 “Bird” Plates produced by ‘The University of The State Of New York State Museum’ at Eaton, plus an additional portfolio with loose plates (some duplicates of the above set), as well as from unknown sources sets; also includes a copy of a hand-drawn map of the Thorncrag Stanton Bird Club Sanctuary.

The series of 106 9 x 12 inch plates are reprints from the work entitled Birds of New York issued as volumes 1 and 2 of ‘New York State Museum Memoir 12′. These plates carry the names of the birds represented and include all the birds known to breed within or to visit the State of New York.

Published by The University of The State of New York State Museum; Eaton, NY; Copyright: None Listed; Portfolios have the dates 1916 & 1925 stamped on covers. Cloth covered boards are worn; numbered Paper Plates with color print (paper has discolored with age); same creasing to plate corners; some small tears to plates; “Index to Plates” printed inside each portfolio’s front cover; a few duplicate plates in the 1925 portfolio are from the same series, but most are from unknown sources.


Plato: The Collected Dialogues - (1969)

Plato: The Collected Dialogues – (1969) All of the writings of Plato generally considered to be authentic are presented in this single volume collection of translated works from the best British and American translators of the last 100 years, ranging from Jowett (1871) to scholars of the present day. Part of the Princeton Bollingen Series LXXI, the volume also contains editorial notes prefacing each dialogue by Edith Hamilton, and an introductory essay on Plato’s philosophy and writings by Huntington Cairns. A comprehensive Index is included that provides cross-references to assist the reader with the philosophical vocabulary of the different translators. This oversized “flex” cover volume comes with its original dust jacket and the scarce slipcase, all in very nice condition. Originally published in 1961, this well-preserved copy is a March, 1969 Fifth Printing.

Published by Princeton Univ Press; Copyright: 1961, 5th Prtg – March 1969; Bollingen Series LXXI. Unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $8.50; Slip-cased. Minimal dust jacket and cover board wear; no interior signs of use: no writing, marks, stains or creases. Light age foxing to page edges. Sewn-in ribbon marker. Slip-case with paste-down title block is in very good condition with light wear and fading to color, mostly at edges. A very nicely kept copy!


The Lord Of The Rings - (1978)

The Lord Of The Rings – (1978) This boxed set of The Lord of the Rings trilogy was published by Houghton Mifflin in 1978 as a Book of the Month Club Edition. The books are hardcover and are the standard trade size. The dust jackets are very similar in appearance to the first editions, however each book has a different color “eye” and “ring”. Each book’s endpapers and upper page edge match the color of the eye and ring depicted on the front of the dust jacket, and the front cover board cloth design replicates the eye and ring for each book in embossed gilt and vivid color! Each volume retains its fold-out attached map, and all three maps are in very nice, very clean condition with no tears or markings. This boxed set is considered the superior set when compared to the boxed sets that were published after it – both in design and in print quality.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, NY; Copyright: 1965, Book 1: 16th Prtg; Book 2: 15th Prtg; Book 3: 15th Prtg. Unaltered dust jackets with no retail price (BCE). This is a Book Club boxed set with blind stamp on rear cover of each book to denote BCE. As typical in the 1978 boxed sets, the books fit tight to the box. Therefore, it is very common to see small tears at the spine extremes and top & bottom edges of the dust jackets for the books in these boxed sets. Most tears to these three books are small and have been neatly mended on the backside of the dust jackets, however Book 1 has more jacket edge wear, mostly to the back and spine. This book also has a very small discoloration on the outer page edge that is from the dye used on the endpapers (printer’s error). There are no dust jacket stains or markings, and no markings to colored endpapers or any text pages. There are no page creases. The storage box has minimal wear. Overall, this is the cleanest and nicest of the 1978 boxed sets we’ve seen. Compare price, condition and edition!


Travels In Arabia Deserta - (1940's)

Travels In Arabia Deserta – (1940’s) Considered a classic in the fields of travel and exploration, Charles M. Doughty’s Travels in Arabia Deserta is an unrivaled encyclopedia of knowledge about all aspects of 19th century and earlier Arabia. Doughty’s work, first published in 1888, was so reliable for its anthropology of the Bedouin peoples that British intelligence relied on it for information during both the First and Second World Wars. Originally published as a two-volume set, this “new and definitive edition in one volume” was produced from the plates of the original 1936 Jonathan Cape (U.K.) edition. Included are the original illustrations (including some fold-outs), as well as the large fold-out color map tucked inside a pocket attached inside the back cover. Illustrations include a frontispiece portrait of Charles M. Doughty. The introduction is by T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”). Random House first published this one-volume edition in 1936. Although this copy is undated, we believe this very well preserved copy is circa late ’30’s or early ’40’s.

Published by Random House; No copyright date; circa late 1930’s to early 1940’s. Unknown if originally published with dust jacket; cover boards are in very nice condition with no signs of wear; two very small stains on outside page edge (minor); previous owner’s vintage bookplate on ffrep; the numbers “1215” written in very tiny script (1/8″ high) at top gutter edge of first “Contents” page, otherwise no additional writing, marks, stains, or creases. Map is in very nice condition (no signs of use). A remarkably well preserved copy of this book.


The Writings Of Henry David Thoreau

The Writings Of Henry David Thoreau This lot consists of the twelve-volume hardcover set The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, published by Princeton University Press from the 1970’s through 2009; plus a vintage 1951 hardcover copy of Walden, published by W.W. Norton, with illustrations by Henry Bugbee Kane; plus a first edition hardcover copy of A Thoreau Gazetteer by Robet F. Stowell, published by Princeton University Press in 1970. Since the Princeton volumes were not published as a set, but rather were published over many decades as single volumes, it is very unusual to find the volumes offered for sale as a set. This set, along with the other two books, were previously owned by renowned University of Texas History Professor John E. Sunder and consist of:

JOURNALS, Volumes 1 through 8 Published by Princeton University Press; Copyrights: Various (1981-2009)). From 1837 to 1861, Henry D. Thoreau kept a Journal that would become the principal imaginative work of his career. The source of much of his published writing, the Journal is also a record of his interior life and of his monumental studies of the natural history of his native Concord, Massachusetts. Unlike earlier editions, the Princeton edition reproduces Thoreau’s Journal in its original and complete form, in a text free of editorial interpolations and keyed to a comprehensive scholarly apparatus.

EXCURSIONS Published by Princeton University Press; Copyright: 2007. Excursions presents texts of nine essays, including some of Henry D. Thoreau’s most engaging and popular works, newly edited and based on the most authoritative versions of each. These essays represent Thoreau in many stages of his writing career, ranging from 1842 when he accepted Emerson’s commission to review four volumes of botanical and zoological catalogues in an essay that was published in The Dial as “Natural History of Massachusetts” to 1862, when he prepared “Wild Apples,” a lecture he had delivered during the Concord Lyceum’s 1859-1860 season, for publication in the Atlantic Monthly after his death. Three other early meditations on natural history and human nature, “A Winter Walk,” “A Walk to Wachusett,” and “The Landlord,” were originally published in 1842 and 1843. “A Yankee in Canada,” a book-length account of an 1850 trip to Quebec that was published in part in 1853, is a fitting companion to Cape Cod and The Maine Woods, Thoreau’s other long accounts of explorations of internal as well as external geography. In the last four essays, “The Succession of Forest Trees” (1860), “Autumnal Tints” (1862), “Walking” (1862), and “Wild Apples” (1862), Thoreau describes natural and philosophical phenomena with a breadth of view and generosity of tone that are characteristic of his mature writing. In their skillful use of precisely observed details to arrive at universal conclusions, these late essays exemplify Transcendental natural history at its best.

EARLY ESSAYS AND MISCELLANIES Published by Princeton University Press; Copyright: 1975. This collection of fifty-three early pieces by Thoreau represents the full range of his youthful imagination. Collected, arranged, and carefully edited for the first time here, the writings date from 1828 to 1852 and cover a broad range of subjects: learning, morals, literature, history, politics, and love. Included is a major essay on Sir Walter Raleigh that was not published during the author’s lifetime and a fragmentary college piece here published for the first time.

TRANSLATIONS Published by Princeton University Press; Copyright: 1986. Thoreau’s activity as a translator was firmly grounded in his classical education at Harvard; his coursework there included eight terms of Latin and eight of Greek. But the impetus for the seven literary translations collected in this volume was far broader. The shape of a particular translation is governed not only by the translator’s knowledge and sensitivity, but also by contemporary assumptions about the proper method and function of translating. Thoreau’s translations display the literalism sanctioned by Transcendentalist theories of translation, which posited a purer connection between the word and the nature of the thing it named in ancient and primitive languages than in English. The influence of the original language in a faithful translation, seen in both content and style, was considered positive and invigorating and is apparent in Thoreau’s work. Includes: The Prometheus Bound; Anacreon; The Seven Against Thebes; Pindar; Fragments of Pindar; Pindaric Odes From HM 13204; and The Transmigrations of the Seven Brahmans.

REFORM PAPERS Published by Princeton University Press; Copyright: 1973. The selections from the polemical writings of Thoreau that make up Reform Papers represent every stage in his twenty-two years of active writing. Consequently, they are a microcosm of his literary career, allowing the reader to achieve a full sense of Thoreau’s evolution as a writer and thinker. The volume opens with “The Service,” one of the best examples of Thoreau’s early style and interests, and contains ten other essays as well.

WALDEN Published by W.W. Norton; Copyright: 1951, Fifth Printing Copy. Walden was first published as Walden; or, Life in the Woods in 1854. The work is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, journey of spiritual discovery, and manual for self reliance. It details the famous author’s experiences over the course of two years in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, in forested area owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. This 1951 W.W. Norton edition includes illustrations by Henry Bugbee Kane and an introduction by Basil Wiley. The endpapers depit “The Country of Henry David Thoreau Surrounding Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts” and the book design is by John Woodlock.

A THOREAU GAZETTEER by Robert F. Stowell; Published by Princeton University Press; Copyright: 1970, First Edition. This volume contains 23 maps that outline Henry David Thoreau’s travels: from his hometown jaunts around Concord and his favorite Concord and Merrimack Rivers and Walden Pond, to his long-distance trips to Maine, Cape Cod, Canada, and Minnesota. Some images are reproductions of Thoreau’s own drawings; others are historical sources that he might/must have consulted. Each map is accompanied by explanatory text about the trip and Thoreau’s methods of transportation. The book is an invaluable volume for contemporary Thoreau disciples and researchers to own. It provides the when, where, and how of Thoreau’s excursions, and it supplements the details with period photos of places and transport. A chronology of his travels and a full index complete this useful work.

All books retain their original dust jackets with various original retail prices; Light dust jacket wear to most of the 12 volume The Writings of… set, with dust jacket of Volume 1 of the Journal having a few tape mended tears to upper spine edge; Vol 1 has a few light stains to outer page edge; some spine lean to a few volumes, and some softening of bindings (rolled spines) on a few volumes; previous owner’s bookplate affixed to ffrep of most volumes; no writing, marks, or stains noted to interior pages; Walden shows edge wear to dust jacket, as well as light foxing to dust jacket; previous owner’s bookplate affixed to ffrep (not to map pages!); outside page edges have some foxing and light soiling; no marks, writing, or stains to text or illustrations. A Thoreau Gazetteer has dust jacket edge wear, including some chips and mended tears; previous owner’s bookplate affixed to ffrep; no writing, marks, or stains to text or illustrations.


September 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm Leave a comment

Spd Rdng

If you are a person like me who loves to read, chances are good that at some time in your life you have tried (or thought about trying) to learn how to speed read. At first glance this seems like a natural evolution in the reading process: first you read, then you read better, and finally you read faster. Imagine how many more books you could enjoy if you were able to read even 10% faster than you do today! OK, the answer is 10% more, but you get the idea: if reading is good, reading faster must be even better.

For most people reading turns out to be a multi-sensory exercise. Whether you use your eyes or your fingertips to distinguish individual letters on a page, the mental image of these letters are passed to the portion of your brain that processes language. It is therefore no coincidence that most readers tend to sub-vocalize when they read, a process whereby the brain, tongue and vocal chords physically “sound out” words as they are processed. Sometimes this results in actual vocalization with or without the corresponding sounds, as witnessed by the number of people who silently move their lips while reading. Sub-vocalization is a by-product of the brain’s language processing center and may be, as some research suggests, a necessary component of the comprehension process that is impossible to permanently eliminate. Regardless, it does have one severe drawback: it limits a person’s reading speed to the speed at which they can comprehend spoken words.

An artificial impediment to speed reading comes from the formatting of printed text. Regardless of which language is used and which direction text is printed, the process of reading printed text requires readers to move their eyes or fingertips across a series of symbols until the end of a line is reached. Since a printed line on a page can only hold so many symbols, the typesetter is forced to continue a sentence on another separate line adjacent to the previous one. This forces the reader to change direction with their eyes or hands, moving from the end of one line to the start of the next – a relatively slow process which also breaks the flow of reader concentration. To understand how this impacts the goal of reading faster, consider how much longer it would take to mow a lawn if at the end of every mowed row you had to reposition the mower to the start of the next row without cutting any grass in between. Paragraph and page breaks only magnify this problem. The mechanics of printing and publishing on paper therefore place unnecessary physical limits on the speed at which a person can read.

Although the goal of reading faster may be as old as reading itself, the scientific study of speed reading began in earnest in 1859 when a German physiologist invented the tachistoscope, a device which displays individual images to a viewer for a brief period of time. Over time researchers using this device determined that a trained observer could distinguish distinct images at a rate of one every 2 milliseconds (1/500th of a second). Among other applications, this technique was used effectively during WWII to train pilots in identifying enemy plane silhouettes. Later research determined that a group of 4 words could be comprehended in the same time period, leading to the development of the first scientific speed reading process called Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP). For many years the ability to utilize RSVP for speed reading was restricted to researchers who had the time and funds for purchasing and formatting text into a tachistoscope.. The proliferation of smart phones with high resolution displays now allows anyone with the appropriate software application to improve their reading speed up to 400 words per minute without noticeable loss of comprehension. Try it for yourself with this simple web-based application to see how RSVP can improve your speed and comprehension.

Having minimized the mechanical limitations of reading, the only remaining tool for increasing a reader’s speed is to shorten the words themselves. As any teenager with a cell phone can prove, texting is a highly efficient form of reading and writing. Officially known as SMS (Short Message Service) Language, “textese” is a collection of abbreviations and slang that originated in the 1800’s with telegraph operators who wanted to send the most information they could in the fewest number of characters. Unlike shorthand which uses special symbols to represent words and requires intensive training, “textese” is simply an abbreviated form of normal text. Taking advantage of the brain’s ability to extrapolate and recognize known shapes from a limited view of an object (such as recognizing a person’s face by only seeing their mouth), text message writers have found that omitting certain letters from a word will not impair its comprehension. For example, with little training the phrase can this be read easily is still legible when written without vowels: cn ths b rd esly.

Despite all of the advantages of speed reading, often many people intentionally choose not to read as quickly as they can for the same reason they don’t eat as fast as they can: enjoyment. If the goal of speed reading is faster comprehension and reduced reading time, our goal here at Recycled Reads is to extend your reading time as much as possible so that you can enjoy our great selection of books at the lowest prices in town. Regardless of whether you choose to read fast or slow, we are happy to provide you with all the books you can handle!

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 8:

Love In Vain: A Vision Of Robert Johnson - (1983)

Love In Vain: A Vision Of Robert Johnson – (1983) Robert Johnson (1911-1938) was considered one of the greatest of the Mississippi Delta blues musicians. This screenplay by Alan Greenberg dramatizes his life, music and legend in a readable and vivid manner. It is supplemented with extensive historical notes, a selected discography and previously unpublished photographs. With Introduction by Stanley Crouch and a New Foreword by Martin Scorsese.

Published by Da Capo Press; Copyright: 1983, Da Capo Press Edition: 1994. Softcover Edition with printed Retail Price of $14.95. Some wear to cover wraps, including light corner wear and light delamination to back cover; no writing, stains or marks. A clean, solid copy of this book.


The Central Philosophy Of Buddhism: A Study Of The Madhyamika System - (1970)

The Central Philosophy Of Buddhism: A Study Of The Madhyamika System – (1970) The Madhyamika philosophy is, in the author’s view, the philosophy which created a revolution in Buddhism and through that in the whole range of Indian philosophy. There is a class of scholars who are of the opinion that Buddhism in general, and Madhyamaka of Nagarjuna in particular, is not only deconstructionist in orientation but also nihilistic in content. How far this assertion is tenable or valid depends from what perspective the Middle Way philosophy of Nagarjuna is viewed. While analyzing the general orientation of Buddhist thought, Professor Murti shows that Nagarjuna’s philosophy, although deconstructionistic in its approach, is not at all nihilistic in orientation. Murti’s book, first published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. in 1955, is a study of the Madhyamika philosophy and its important aspects. It compares the Madhyamika with some of the dialectical systems of the West (Kant, Hegel and Bradley).

Published by George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London; Copyright: 1960, Third Impression: 1970. Dust jacket has been price clipped such that the lower portion of the fold-over has been cut (no text missing); reseller penciled price of $4.50 on ffrep. Discoloration and edge wear to dust jacket; small chips and tears to edges; no writing, marks or stains to text; some forward spine lean.


Hood, Bonnet, And Little Brown Jug: Texas Politics, 1921-1928 - (1984)

Hood, Bonnet, And Little Brown Jug: Texas Politics, 1921-1928 – (1984) From the dust jacket: “Banner state for the Ku Klux Klan, fertile soil for both old-style demagoguery and business progressivism, battleground for bone-dry prohibitionists against wets, Texas in the 1920s played a pivotal role in the politics of the nation. National issues and local factionalism created a complex web that gave Texas, according to a 1928 New York Times editorial, ‘an importance … out of proportion to the size of its vote or the State’s geographical and industrial significance.’

In this meticulously researched window onto the decade of “prosperity, Prohibition, and prejudice,” Norman D. Brown clearly portrays the forces within the state that gave it national importance: hooded klansmen enforcing their own version of moral order and winning elected office; opponents of the Klan rallying behind the symbol of Miriam ‘Ma’ Ferguson’s campaign bonnet; Fergusonism, embodying old-time, rural politics of personality and favoritism, challenged by a southern strain of progressivism that emphasized efficiency and public services; drys battling wets for control of the state Democratic party. A state in which fundamentalists preached against Demon Rum and evolution while the ‘Petticoat Lobby,’ a coalition of women’s groups, successfully urged social-reform legislation, Texas held the key in the transitional struggle between the prohibitionist, native-stock, Protestant southern and western wing of the Democratic party and its urban, wet, new-immigrant northeastern faction.”

Illustrated with photos and drawings and based on voluminous research in the papers of both state and national leaders as well as other primary sources, this book will not only be the definitive work on Texas politics in the 1920s but will also shed important light on national trends and issues of the period and on the shifting control and fortunes of the Democratic and Republican parties.

Published by Texas A&M University Press; Copyright 1984, this is a stated ‘First Edition’ with unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price. Light edge wear to dust jacket including one short mended tear; no writing, marks or stains to endpapers or text pages. A very nice copy of this book.


Navajo Wars: Military Campaigns, Slave Raids And Reprisals - (1990)

Navajo Wars: Military Campaigns, Slave Raids And Reprisals – (1990) Written by Frank McNitt with an introduction by Robert M. Utley, this richly documented study first published in 1972 examines the history of Navajo wars and diplomacy, beginning with the Spanish entrada into New Mexico and ending with the U.S. Punitive expedition of 1861. The principal concern throughout the book is to determine the underlying causes of the hostilities that led to almost continuous warfare between the Navajo Indians and the colonizers of New Mexico. Includes some illustrations and maps, plus Appendices, Bibliography, and Index.

Published by the University of New Mexico Press; Copyrights: 1972, 1990 (First Paperback Edition). No printed retail price; minimal edge wear to illustrated cover wraps; light crease at gutter but no spine crease; former owner’s name at top edge of half title page; no other marks, writing or stains.


The Military And United States Indian Policy 1865-1903 - (1988)

The Military And United States Indian Policy 1865-1903 – (1988) Historian Robert Wooster’s study is the first to analyze the federal government’s strategic policy against the Indians during the post-Civil War era. Basing his analysis on a wide range of official and personal correspondence and records, Wooster presents a convincing argument that neither the federal government nor the army that represented the government examined or conducted military policy against Native Americans in any systematic manner. Wooster excels in portraying the complex social, military, and geographic problems that faced the postwar army. He delineates military strategy against the western tribes, places the political influence of the Gilded Age military establishment in solid perspective, gives an able survey of the institutional structure of the postwar army, briefly describes key Indian campaigns, and presents pithy characterizations of leading western military personalities. Wooster’s book places events in a national, and in military terms international, context. The book is illustrated with drawings & maps, and includes a Bibliography & Index. This first edition copy is inscribed by the author to Dr. John E. Sunder, well-known professor (emeritus) in the Department of History at the University of Texas at Austin for thirty-seven years.

Published by Yale Univ. Press; Copyright 1988, this is a First Edition inscribed and dated by the author with unaltered dust jacket having no printed Retail Price. Light edge wear to DJ; former owner’s bookplate on ffrep; light foxing (brown spotting from age) to outside page edges & endpapers; no marks, writing or stains other than as noted. A nice copy.


the lives and times of archy & mehitabel - (1954)

the lives and times of archy & mehitabel – (1954) the lives and times of archy and mehitabel is a classic omnibus of three famous Don Marquis titles: archy and mehitabel, archy’s life of mehitabel, and archy does his part. Marquis’s best-known creation “archy” was a fictional cockroach (developed as a character during 1916) who had been a free-verse poet in a previous life, and who supposedly left poems on Marquis’s typewriter by jumping on the keys. Archy usually typed only lower-case letters, without punctuation, because he could not operate the shift key. His “writings” were a type of social satire and were used by Marquis as a newspaper column named “archy and mehitabel”. The sidekick, a dancing alley cat named Mehitabel, claims to be possessed by the transmigrated soul of Cleopatra, among others. Together, the characters cover a broad number of subjects, including politics, the arts, economics, and alcohol.

Donald Marquis (1878-1937) was an American humorist, journalist and author, working first for The Evening Sun followed by the New York Tribune. Marquis was the author of over 30 books, and he regularly contributed columns and short stories to the Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s and many other American magazines. This “new edition” of “the lives and times…” includes pictures by George Harriman, the creator of “Krazy Kat”. Also included in this edition is ‘an affectionate introduction’ by E.B. White. A classic book!

Published by Doubleday; Copyrights through 1954; Unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $2.95. The scarce dust jacket has numerous chips and small mended edge tears; previous owner’s bookplate inside front cover; writing inside front cover and on ffrep; some marginalia and handling marks present to a handful of text pages/margins.


Texas' Buck Schiwetz - (1971)

Texas’ Buck Schiwetz – (1971) This special limited edition (hardcover) book was published on the occasion of the exhibition of “Texas’ Buck Schiwetz” held at the The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio from December 4, 1971 through January 15, 1972. This slip-cased exhibition book includes a six-page biography of the Texas artist written by R. Henderson Shuffler, and over thirty pages of black and white sketches with brief text descriptions. This autographed edition is signed by Buck Schiwetz, R. Henderson Shuffler, and the accomplished photographer, author, and screenwriter William D. Wittliff, who designed the book. Only 200 special editions were produced, each being hand-numbered and signed by all three men. This copy is number #136 out of 200 limited edition signed copies. This edition included an additional section and special binding.

Edward Muegge “Buck” Schiwetz (1898-1984) was one of Texas’ most beloved artists. Schiwetz studied at the Arts Students League in New York and returned to Texas in 1929 where he became partner in a successful advertising agency. He continued to paint his characteristic watercolors of sights around the state of Texas. Humble Oil and Refining Company, a client of Schiwetz, regularly published his drawings, watercolors, and pastels in the magazine Humble Way, exposing many Texans to Schiwetz’s art.

Published by the UT Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio; Copyright: None (1971 printing). This is a Special Limited Edition #136/200 signed by Schiwetz, Henderson & Wittliff on the last page. Glue seep through on edges of slipcase has caused light discoloration; one small soiled spot on rear of slipcase; light foxing to the front and rear endpapers; slight musty odor from long-term storage; other than signatures and marks as noted, no additional writing, marks, or stains. A very nice copy of this scarce exhibition book.


Geologic Wonders Of West Texas - (2007)

Geologic Wonders Of West Texas – (2007) Profusely illustrated with color photos, maps, diagrams, figures, etc. this 2007 second printing of Donald P. McGookey’s well-written book includes an Introduction with Geologic, Tectonic and Physiographic Maps of Texas, and includes chapters titled: the Ouachita Trend, Llano Uplife, Permian Basin, Sierra Madera Astroblem, Llano Estacado, Volcanism across the Trans-Pecos Region, Davis Mountains, Big Bend, and Bend Bend Ranch State Park. The author includes a Glossary of Geologic Terms and References Cited. This is a geology book written for anyone interested in the geology of west Texas.

Published by Donald P. McGookey, Midland; Copyright 2004, Second Printing 2007. Large softcover with original Retail Price Sticker of $30.00. Minimal cover wrap wear; no marking or writing.


Atlantis: The Antediluvian Void - (1910)

Atlantis: The Antediluvian Void – (1910) Ignatius Donnelly (1831-1901) was an American politician, lawyer, land promoter and author, but is best known for his pioneering work on Atlantis. His Atlantis the Antediluvian World became an instant best-seller when it was originally published by Harper & Brothers in 1882, and it has stayed in print ever since, making it a classic. To this day, Donnelly’s book is considered the main authority on the legend of Atlantis, due to his thorough handling of the actual facts (which had never been seen before). Donnelly’s theory of Atlantis revolves around a number of similarities between different cultures that are widely separated, which for him proved that one central point was the actual origin of all civilization. He takes linguistic, ethnographic, mythological and physical evidence into account for this thesis. His work is based on interpretations of the actual facts and on a literal interpretation of Plato’s account of Atlantis. This work was the first actual and serious account and investigation of the Atlantis myth, and as such it inspired all the hysteria around it as well as the vast occultism that ever since surrounded this myth. This vintage printing was published by Harper & Brothers in 1910. The book is profusely illustrated – just the listing of illustrations comprises over three pages in the ‘Contents’ section. The illustrations include maps, tables, drawings, engravings, and more.

Published by Harper & Brothers; Copyrights: 1882, 1910 (1910 Printing). Assumed to have been printed without dust jacket; some wear to cloth cover boards, including edge wear and light soiling; it appears that a homemade dust jacket was placed around the book at one point and then removed, leaving the toned pattern visible on the endpapers; some marginalia and paragraph bracketing is present – all marginalia is in pencil and could be erased; a few page corners are creased; split to paper at rear gutter, but there is no hinge crack present.


The Decline Of The West - (1980)

The Decline Of The West – (1980) Oswald Spengler, one of the most controversial historians of the twentieth century, was born in Blankenburg, Germany, in 1880. He studied mathematics, philosophy, and history at Munich and Berlin. Except for his doctor’s thesis on Heraclitus, he published nothing before the first volume of The Decline of the West which appeared when he was thirty-eight. The Agadir crisis of 1911 provided the immediate incentive for his exhaustive investigations of the background and origins of our civilization. He chose his main title in 1912, finished the first draft of “Form and Actuality” (“Gestalt und Wirklichkeit”) two years later, and published the volume in 1918. The second, extensively revised edition, from which the present translation was made, appeared in 1923. The concluding volume, “Perspectives of World-History” (“Welthistorische Perspektiven”), was published in 1922. The Decline of the West was first published in the United States in 1906 (Vol. I) and 1928 (Vol. II). Since its first publication in two volumes in 1923, The Decline of the West has ranked as one of the most widely read and most talked about books of all time. In all its various editions, it has sold nearly 100,000 copies.

A twentieth-century Cassandra, Oswald Spengler thoroughly probed the origin and “fate” of our civilization, and the result can be (and has been) read as a prophesy of the Nazi regime. In this engrossing and highly controversial philosophy of history, Spengler describes how we have entered into a centuries-long “world-historical” phase comparable to late antiquity. Guided by the philosophies of Goethe and Nietzsche, he rejects linear progression, and instead presents a world view based on the cyclical rise and decline of civilizations. He argues that a culture blossoms from the soil of a definable landscape and dies when it has exhausted all of its possibilities. Despite Spengler’s reputation today as an extreme pessimist, The Decline of the West remains essential reading for anyone interested in the history of civilization. The foldout tables of Contemporary Spiritual Epochs remains intact in Volume 2.

Published by Alfred A. Knopf; Copyrights: 1926 (Vol I English translation); 1928 (Vol II English translation). This 1980 two-volume unabridged complete set is a 23rd printing of Volume I & a 16th printing of Volume II. Lacking the original dust jackets; some wear and light soiling to black cloth boards; general looseness to bindings but no hinge cracks; slight bowing to boards; previous owner’s last name written inside front covers and along rear gutter of each book; no additional writing or marks.


The Complete Works Of James Whitcomb Riley - (1916)

The Complete Works Of James Whitcomb Riley – (1916) Subtitled “Including Poems and Prose Sketches, many of which have not heretofore been published; an authentic Biography, an elaborate Index and numerous illustrations in color from Paintings by Howard Chandler Christy and Ethel Franklin Betts” .

James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1916) was an American writer and poet also known by the pseudonyms Jay Whit, Benjamin F. Johnson and Uncle Sidney. During his lifetime he was titled the Hoosier Poet, National Poet and Children’s Poet. He began his career in 1875 writing verses in nineteenth century Hoosier dialect for the Indianapolis Journal. His poems tended to be humorous or sentimental, and of the approximately one thousand poems that Riley published, over half are in dialect. Riley’s style was significantly influenced by Robert Burns, to whom he was compared by many critics.

Riley became a bestselling author beginning in the 1890s and earned a steady income from royalties. His children’s books were illustrated by the popular illustrator Howard Chandler Christy. Riley’s death in 1916 made national news and his funeral was attended by thousands of friends and fans. Riley’s chief legacy was his influence in fostering the creation of a Midwestern cultural identity. Along with other writers of his era, he helped create a caricature of Midwesterners and formed a literary community that rivaled the established eastern literati in popular works. During his lifetime he met and befriended many bestselling Indiana authors including Booth Tarkington, George Ade and Meredith Nicholson. Riley achieved a level of fame during his own lifetime that has remained unmatched by other American poets during their own lifetimes. He was honored with annual Riley Day celebrations in many part of the United States and was regularly called on to speak at national civic events. There are many memorials dedicated to Riley, including the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

Illustrations from "The Complete Works Of James Whitcomb Riley"

This complete ten volume set was issued after Riley’s death in 1916. The volumes are uniformly bound in burgundy cloth with gilt spine titles and designs, plus gilt upper page edges. The illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy and Ethel Franklin Betts are beautiful and charming, and evoke the early 20th century era! Each volume includes a full-color tissue-guarded frontispiece, as well as additional illustrations – most are full-plate. Volume I offers an Index for the set, and lists each work by: Title, First Line, and Topic. Volume I also includes the “Authentic Biography” of James Whitcomb Riley.

Published by Harpers, NY; Copyright for Memorial Edition Set: 1916. Previous owner’s name written inside front cover of a few volumes – no additional writing or markings noted. Generally light wear to cover boards, with some light soiling to a few volumes. Volume V has a crushed upper spine edge and this volume’s spine cloth is more heavily worn and sunned then the remaining volumes. Some foxing (brown spotting with aging of paper) is present to endpapers, page edges, illustrated plates and text pages – the volumes range from very lightly foxed to moderately foxed. There are no hinge cracks to any of the volumes. Finding the complete ten volume 1916 “Memorial Edition” set is somewhat rare.


Works Of William Gilmore Simms - (ca 1890's)

Works Of William Gilmore Simms – (ca 1890’s) William Gilmore Simms (1806-1870) was a poet, novelist and historian from the American South whose novels achieved great prominence during the 19th century. Simms garnered the respect of readers in the North and South, including such contemporaries as James Fenimore Cooper and Edgar Allan Poe. Poe once pronounced Simms as the best novelist America had ever produced and singled out Simms’s story collection The Wigwam and the Cabin as “decidedly the most American of American books”. Simms’ versatility and talent were evidenced in some 72 book-length works, including novels, short story collections, poetry, drama, literary criticism, essays, history, and biography. Among his better known works are The Yemassee, his most popular Indian novel; The Partisan, the first of seven Revolutionary War romances; Richard Hurdis, one of his eight Border Romances; and The Wigwam and the Cabin, a collection of short stories.

Simms is remembered for his strong support of slavery and for his opposition to Uncle Tom’s Cabin in response to which he wrote reviews and a novel. This “anti-Tom novel”, first titled The Sword and the Distaff, was later changed to Woodcraft. Following the Civil War and after his death, Simms’ works fell out of favor, although he is still known among literary scholars as a major force in antebellum Southern literature. Simms’ vision of America depicted in his fiction extends from 16th-century Florida (Vasconselos); colonial South Carolina (The Yemassee); the Revolutionary War (The Partisan, Mellichampe, Katherine Walton, The Scout, The Forayers, Eutaw, and Woodcraft); through the trans-Mississippi migration in the early 19th century (Guy Rivers, Richard Hurdis, Confession, Beauchampe, Charlemont, and The Wigwam and the Cabin). To Simms, his writings about ante-colonial America, the English colonies, the Revolutionary War, and the rampaging frontier were part of a sustained, interconnected literary saga. He traced the development of American national consciousness through four centuries in two dozen books which, taken together, form a powerful, intense, highly readable epic and constitute a unique national literary treasure. A large bust of Simms is centrally located in Charleston’s Battery Park.

Illustration from "Works Of William Gilmore Simms"

This is a very scarce sixteen-volume collection of Simms’ works published in matching bindings by Donohue, Henneberry, and Company publishers in Chicago, and most likely date from the late 1880’s to the mid 1890’s. The books are undated, and have no copyright or Act of Congress dates. The dates in parenthesis next to the titles listed below are the earliest known publishing dates for each book. This set is in very well-preserved condition and includes all of Simms’ most popular or well-known titles. Each book includes a beautifully engraved frontispiece drawing that matches the theme of the book. Many of the books include a multiple page “Advertisement” or what we would now refer to as a Preface or Foreword (most likely written by the author) that introduces the book to the reader. This sixteen volume set of the works of W. Gilmore Simms is not available the current resell market, and most of Simms’ works have been out of print for quite some time. This set is truly in remarkable condition, and we invite you to compare prices on individual vintage editions of Simms’ books currently on the resale market.

This set of 16 volumes includes:

  • GUY RIVERS: A Tale of Georgia (1834)
  • THE PARTISAN: A Romance of the Revolution (1835)
  • THE YEMASSEE: A Romance of Carolina (1835)
  • MELLICHAMPE: A Legend of the Santee (1836)
  • RICHARD HURDIS: A Tale of Alabama (1838)
  • CONFESSION; or The Blind Heart (1841)
  • BEAUCHAMPE; or The Kentucky Tragedy (1842)
  • THE WIGWAM AND THE CABIN: Short Story Collection (1845)
  • KATHERINE WALTON; or The Rebel of Dorchester (1851)
  • VASCONSELOS: A Romance of the New World (1853)
  • SOUTHWARD HO! A Spell of Sunshine (1854)
  • WOODCRAFT; or Hawks Above the Dove-Cote (1854)
  • THE FORAYERS; or The Tale of the Dog-Days (1855)
  • EUTAW: A Sequel to The Forayers (1856)
  • CHARLEMONT; or The Pride of the Village (1856)
  • THE SCOUT; or The Black Riders of Congaree (1856)

Published by Donohue, Henneberry & Co, Chicago; No Dates; Circa mid 1880’s to 1890’s; dates in parenthesis in list above are earliest known publishing dates for the individual works. Uniformly bound in burgundy cloth with gilt spine titles and bands – gilt is worn, some wear to and light soiling/spotting to boards. Beauchamp has crinkling to a portion of the front and back cover board cloth from moisture exposure – does not go through to interior. Light foxing to some outer page edges; age toning to endpapers and text pages, but no foxing noted, and no brittleness. No writing, stains, marks or tears. A few corner creases noted. No hinge cracks.


The Story Of Civilization & The Lessons Of History - (1975)

The Story Of Civilization & The Lessons Of History – (1975) The Story of Civilization by husband and wife team Will and Ariel Durant is an eleven-volume set of books covering Western history for the general reader. The volumes sold well for many years and sets of them were frequently offered by book clubs. The series was written over a span of more than four decades and it totals four million words across nearly 10,000 pages, but is incomplete. In the first volume (Our Oriental Heritage which covers the history of the East through 1933), Will Durant stated that he wanted to include the history of the West through the early 20th century. However, the series ends with The Age of Napoleon because because both Will and Ariel Durant died within a few weeks of each other in the Fall of 1981 before they were able to complete additional volumes.

The Durants strove throughout The Story of Civilization to create what they called “integral history”. They opposed this to the “specialization” of history, an anticipatory rejection of what some have called the “cult of the expert.” Their goal was to write a “biography” of a civilization, in this case, the West, including not just the usual wars, politics and biography of greatness and villainy, but also the culture, art, philosophy, religion, and the rise of mass communication. Much of The Story considers the living conditions of everyday people throughout the twenty-five hundred years their “story” of the West covers. They also bring an unabashedly moral framework to their accounts, constantly stressing the repetition of the “dominance of strong over the weak, the clever over the simple.”

The Story of Civilization is the most successful historiographical series in history. It has been said that the series “put Simon and Schuster on the map” as a publishing house. The Story of Civilization is also noteworthy because of the excellence of its writing style, and contains numerous apothegms worthy of the Roman and Renaissance authors Durant admired. Discussing certain inconsistencies in the character of Botticelli in The Renaissance (page 137), Will writes: “Doubtless like all of us he was many men, turned on one or another of his selves as occasion required, and kept his real self a frightened secret from the world.” The first six volumes of The Story of Civilization are credited to Will Durant, with Ariel receiving recognition in the acknowledgments. In later volumes beginning with The Age of Reason Begins Ariel is credited as a co-author. For Rousseau and Revolution (1967), the 10th volume in the series, they were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature. This was later followed by one of the two highest awards granted by the United States government to civilians, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Ford in 1977.

This set is a very nice uniformly bound Book Club Edition published by Simon and Schuster, most likely in the late 1970’s subsequent to the presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. These book club editions, uniformly bound in brick red buckram with matching dyed upper page edges, and gilt titles & cover designs, include all the beautiful illustrations, maps and map endpapers of the regular trade editions. This set is in very clean condition – one of the nicest complete sets we’ve seen. Included with this set is the 1968 book The Lessons of History written by the Durants to accompany the The Story of Civilization. In this illuminating essay, Will and Ariel Durant distilled the accumulated store of knowledge and experience from their four decades of work, as this book was written after the first ten volumes of The Story of Civilization were completed. The result is a survey of human history, full of insights into the nature of human experience, the evolution of civilization, and the culture of man. This is a fifth printing Book Club Edition of the hardcover format of the book and is in very nice condition.

The Story Of Civilization published by Simon and Schuster, New York; Copyrights: various through 1975. This is a complete 11 volume uniformly bound Book Club set (blind stamp present); Circa late 1970’s; Unknown if published with dust jackets. Very light cover board wear. Volume I has a lightly bumped outer edge resulting in partial creasing to the top portion of a handful of pages. Most volumes have minimal to no handling wear. No marks or writing.

The Lessons of History published by Simon and Schuster; Copyright: 1968. Oct 1976 date code on dust jacket fold-over; stated ‘Fifth Printing’, BCE (blimd stamp present).

September 4, 2011 at 11:53 pm Leave a comment

E-Libri Pluribus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Collectibles

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

The following items will be available beginning Thursday August 18:

Tantra Asana & Tantra Art - (1971)

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

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

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


Lyndon Johnson And His Times - (1991,1998)

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

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

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


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

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

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


On The Road: The Original Scroll - (2007)

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Robert Bolano's 2666 - (2008)

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

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

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


30 Bike Rides In The Austin Area - (1973)

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

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

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


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

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

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


Documents Of Texas History - (2002)

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

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


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

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

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

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


Texas Confederate County Notes And Private Scrip - (1961)

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

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


The Mill On The Floss - (1890's)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

August 14, 2011 at 11:45 pm 1 comment

E Pluribus Libri

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Collectibles

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

The following items will be available beginning Thursday August 11:

Cameraworks (1984)

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

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

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


East Of Eden / The Wayward Bus (1960s)

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

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


The Winter Of Our Discontent (1961)

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

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


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

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

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

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


Gray Ghosts And Rebel Raiders (1956)

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

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

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


The Stevie Ray Vaughan Anthology (1996)

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

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


"The Kid" - Billy The Kid (1985)

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

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


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

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

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

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


Impressions Of Texas (1986)

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

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


Fire In The Cane Field (2009)

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

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


Remote Beyond Compare (1990)

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

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


Indian Depredations In Texas (1985)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Li Chi: Book Of Rites (1967)

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

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


Les Miserables (ca 1890)

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

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

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

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


Ellen White: A Biography (1981)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

August 8, 2011 at 1:11 am 2 comments

Older Posts

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 120 other followers

Comments? Suggestions?

Send us an e-mail

or call the store: (512) 323-5123

Our hours:

  • Thursday - Sunday
  • 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Our address:

Follow us on Facebook

Other Austin Public Library links:


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 120 other followers