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Chapter One

A few weeks ago I wrote about the best books of all time and mentioned that there were several on the list that I had not read and probably never would. Several of you took that as a challenge and quickly responded with reasons why I should try to tackle Tolstoy and check out Chekhov. Not being one to resist a challenge, I resolved to start by muddling through Melville and decided to dive into Moby Dick feet first. However, with a vague memory of falling asleep while struggling through the likes of Silas Marner and Ivanhoe for High School English class, I resolved to take on this challenge the way some runners train for a marathon: one step at a time. I figured that if I only had to read one chapter each day there would be no chance of failure.

The first step was to obtain a copy of Moby Dick from my favorite used book store, Recycled Reads . Fortunately this is one of the more available titles in our Literature section, and at $1 for a paperback the price is hard to beat. While I was scanning the shelves I noticed some of the other titles that were on my “challenge” list such as Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Eliot’s Middlemarch, so I also picked those up. I figured that if nothing else, having these titles on my bookshelf would force me to consider reading them in the future.

Chapter One begins with what is perhaps the most recognized opening phrase in all of English literature: “Call me Ishmael“. Here begins the story of a school teacher who yearns for adventure on the high seas and signs on to a whaling vessel as an ordinary sailor. What immediately catches my attention is Melville’s amazing command of the English language! Describing the New York harbor: “There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs – commerce surrounds it with her surf.” Having recently devoured Edward Rutherfurd’s latest historical epic New York, I immediately recognized the seemingly offhand reference to that Native American tribe from which early Dutch settlers gave Manhattan its name. Describing city dwellers who yearn for the freedom of the ocean: “But these are all landsmen; of week days pent up in lath and plaster – tied to counters, nailed to benches, clinched to desks.” As someone who spent too many days trapped in an office or a cubicle, I can relate. Each sentence is a work of art, full of subtle cultural references and eloquent description.

One chapter and I’m already hooked. With 134 chapters left and reading one a day, I should be done no later than March 1, 2012. The question now isn’t whether I can last that long, but whether I can limit myself to only one chapter a day!

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 27:

Time-Life Series "The Old West"

Time-Life Series The Old West - Published by Time-Life Books from 1973 through 1980, The Old West series was about the fundamental founding of the American Old West. Each book focused on a different topic such as cowboys, American Indians, gamblers and gunfighters. The books were heavily advertised on television and in print, and were available bi-monthly through mail order subscription. The original price per book was about $9.00 per volume, however the sets have become collectible in recent years. The Master Index for the set was published in 1980.

This set includes 24 of the original 26 volumes. The two missing volumes from this set are The Canadians and The Alaskans, both published in 1977. Each volume is beautifully bound in padded faux leather (“leatherette”) that has the appearance of being hand-tooled, and spine titles were printed in gilt. Each volume includes a paste-down illustration on the front cover depicting the subject matter for that volume. The glossy paper stock used for the series highlighted both color as well as black & white illustrations that included historical photographs, drawings, paintings, facsimile documents and maps. This set, although not complete, is in the nicest condition of any we’ve seen, plus it includes the comprehensive Master Index for the series. The two missing volumes can easily be located through eBay and other on-line book resellers.

Published by Time-Life Books; Copyrights: various, 1973-1980. Published without dust jackets; all 24 volumes are in beautiful condition with no marks, writing, stains, tears or creases. Very minimal if any cover board. The Master Index, a 64-page softcover, has light edge wear but no marks, writing, stains, tears or creases.

 

Time-Life Series "Classics Of The Old West"

Time-Life Series Classics Of The Old West - Published by Time-Life, this set of twelve leather-bound books in the Classics of the Old West series are photographically reproduced from a first edition of each book. Thus, the reprints preserve the historical authenticity of the original book, including typographical errors and printed irregularities. The books are about the old West and were written by people who actually experienced it. Some of the authors of this series are well known such Theodore Roosevelt, Pat Garrett, and Charles A. Siringo. There were 31 titles produced in this series, and this particular set includes twelve of those titles. The series was printed in two versions; Standard Edition and Deluxe Edition. The Standard Edition was bound in faux-leather with plain white page edges. The Deluxe Edition (this set), has real embossed leather covers with gilt titles and designs, all gilt edges page edges, integral ribbon bookmarks, marbled endpapers, and an attached blank bookplate inside the front cover.

This set of twelve “Deluxe Editions” includes:

  • “Uncle Dick” Wootton, The Pioneer Frontiersman of the Rocky Mountain Region By Dick Wooten
  • A Texas Cow Boy by Charles A. Siringo
  • Captivity of the Oatman Girls by Royal B. Stratton
  • Life Among the Apaches by John Carey Cremony
  • Life on the Plains and Among the Diggings by Alonzo Delano
  • On the Border with Crook by John Gregory Bourke
  • Ranch Life and the Hunting-Trail by Theodore Roosevelt
  • The Adventures of Big-Foot Wallace by John C. Duval
  • The Authentic Life of Billy the Kid by Pat F. Garrett
  • The Log of a Cowboy by Andy Adams
  • The Old Santa Fé Trail by Henry Inman
  • The Vigilantes of Montana by Thomas Josiah Dimsdale

These 1980’s Deluxe Edition printings are in very nice condition, and appear to be unused. There are no markings on the bookplates, and very little if any wear to the leather cover boards. Except for Life on the Plains At the Diggings, each of the other eleven books still retains it’s original information sheet (laid inside the front cover of each book) that gives information about the author and the book. This is a beautiful collection! Compare our Price to eBay “Solds”!

Published by Time-Life; Copyrights: Various; Books are early 1980’s printings. Published w/o dust jackets; minimal to no wear to boards; no writing, marks, stains, tears or creases.

 

Popular Commentary Of The Bible - (1924)

Popular Commentary Of The Bible – (1924) The Popular Commentary of the Bible by Paul E. Kretzmann, Ph. D., D. D., has been a favorite among confessional Lutherans since publication of the first volume in 1921. The four-volume work, completed in 1924, consists of nearly 3,000 pages. Each volume includes fold-out color maps in both the front and back of the books. Kretzmann, as the work is popularly known, has been out of print for quite some time. This is believed to be a vintage mid-1920’s set that includes all four volumes, uniformly bound and published by the Concordia Publishing House.

In 1922 The Lutheran Witness published an article titled “How the “Popular Commentary” Was Written”. It gives a brief background of the work. The text of the article was published as follows: “On October 15, 1918, the Committee on English Theological and Religious Literature passed the following resolution: “To recommend to the Board to issue without delay a brief popular commentary on the Bible, beginning with one book, or a group of books. The scope of the work should comprise an exposition of the text with such doctrinal, historical, and other notes as will make it detailed and comprehensive enough for Sunday-school teachers and Bible-students.” In this resolution were crystallized the suggestions which had come to the Committee from many quarters and which, in fact, had been brought to our publishing concern through more than one Synodical resolution. The need of a popular commentary on the entire Bible, to which our people might turn without any misgivings as to the soundness of the teachings there set forth, had become so insistent that the Committee on English Theological and Religious Literature from its first appointment by President Pfotenhauer considered the publication of such a commentary one of its major tasks. Today, a little more than three years after that resolution was passed, the first volume of the commentary lies before us, a beautiful tome of 679 pages, splendidly printed and excellently bound, a book which it is a delight to handle and to read. Between the first launching of this venture – one of the greatest in American Lutheran book-making – and the delivery by the reader’s postman of the first volume, there lies a long and rugged road. The Committee’s first task was the selection of an author. “

“The very first name mentioned in the Committee was that of Dr. Paul E. Kretzmann, then professor at Concordia College, St. Paul. And, to tell the truth, there was no other name mentioned. In December, 1918, the faculty of Concordia Seminary endorsed the plan of the work and also the choice of Dr. Kretzmann for the editorship. Upon recommendation of the English Literature Board, the Directors of Concordia Publishing House then issued a call to Dr. Kretzmann, offering him the position as editor of The Popular Commentary. On March 7, 1919, Dr. Kretzmann was in St. Louis for a discussion with the English Literature Board and in April came to St. Louis to take up his residence there, beginning work on the Commentary on April 23. As outlined by the instructions from the English Literature Board, the Commentary was to give a simple explanation of the text, with literal translation where needed, an explanation of historical and geographical references, all of it in popular style. There was to be no learned apparatus, although the author had in his volume on the Pastoral Letters proved his ability as a learned commentator; the book was to be one distinguished by a brevity and condensation, gained by the omission of all matter possessing only technical interest. There was to be a summary following the major divisions of each book, and, where necessary, questions of special importance or difficulty would be discussed in more connected discourse under special heads. And such a commentary, exactly, is that of which we now have the first installment. “

“The reader here finds indeed the results of profound Biblical scholarship, Dr. Kretzmann having laid under contribution every work of note or value written on the gospels and on Acts. The explanation throughout is based on the original Greek, and will be based on the original Hebrew in the Old Testament. There are continual references to the expositions of Luther and the Lutheran Confessions, and these often partake of a devotional character. Thus it is an eminently practical book and exactly what the Committee which sponsored the undertaking three years ago had in mind when it passed its resolution to proceed forthwith and have a commentary written on the entire Bible. All friends of Bible-study should rejoice that this work is so nobly progressing towards its consummation. What a wonderful thing it will be to have a concise commentary on the entire Bible, written by an author steeped in sound theological learning, – a set of books which should be found in every home library, wherever there are Lutherans, throughout the length and breadth of the land! Signs are multiplying that a new era of Bible-study is at hand for our Church and Synod. The Popular Commentary of the Bible thus comes in time to supply a need which is the more keenly felt, the more eager our people are to acquire a through and living acquaintanceship with the Bible.”

Published by Concordia Publishing House; No Copyright Dates; Title Page Dates: 1923/1924. Assumed to have been published without dust jackets. Light cover board wear, including one small area of fading or discoloration to the front of New Testament Vol II. Former owner’s name marked through on the end paper of both the New Testament volumes. Small stain inside rear cover of Old Testament Vol II, otherwise no reader marks or writing to text pages. Very scarce to find a complete vintage set in this condition!

 

Minaux: Lithographer 1948-1973 - (1974)

Minaux: Lithographer 1948-1973 – (1974) Andre Minaux (1923-1986) was a French painter and lithographer of figures, still life and landscape, who began as one of the post-war group of young French artists interested in a certain return to realism. Minaux was born in Paris and studied at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs under Brianchon in the mid ’40’s. He had his first one-man exhibition at the Galerie des Impressions d’Art, Paris in 1946 and was awarded the Prix de la Critique in 1949. He exhibited in 1949 and 1950 with the group ‘Homme-temoin’, which also included Lorjou, Buffet and Rebeyrolle. His early paintings are mostly in somber, earthy pigments and with expressionistic simplifications, were figures or still life in his studio of dead animals in butchers’ shops, etc.. This period was followed by scenes of rural life and landscape in brighter colors. Minaux made over 300 lithographs and illustrated a number of books, including Barbey d’Aurevilly’s L’Ensorcel-23e (1955) and Jules Renard’s Les Philippes (1958). Partly through his friendships with other artists, his work developed away from naturalism in the early 1960s, and became more stylized and colorful, with enigmatic women in interiors becoming a favored theme.

This 1974 “Catalogue raisonne” presented Minaux’s entire output of lithographic prints between November 1948 and December 1973. It also includes the six original lithographs bound in. These full-color lithographs were run off the presses of Fernand Mourlot in Paris, and the original stones and zincs were defaced and destroyed after printing. The book includes an introduction by Mourlot, translated from the French by Howard Brabyn. The descriptions accompanying each work of art are in French, with the remainder of the text in English for this edition. Includes black and white illustrations as well as the numerous color reproductions. This copy is in very nice condition and includes the bound-in lithographs, however we believe it was originally issued with a cardboard slipcase.

Published by Leon Amiel, Paris/NY; Copyright: 1974. Unaltered dust jacket with no printed price (believed to have originally published with a cardboard slipcase). Light edge wear to dust jacket including one short mended tear on rear cover; some rubbing discoloration to dust jacket; no additional marks, writing, stains, tears or creases. A very nice copy that includes the bound in lithographs.

 

Historical Atlas Of World Mythology - (1988)

Historical Atlas Of World Mythology – (1988) Joseph John Campbell (1904–1987) was an American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion. His work is vast, covering many aspects of the human experience. His philosophy is often summarized by his phrase: “Follow your bliss”. Campbell’s view of mythology was by no means static and his books describe in detail how mythologies evolved through time, reflecting the realities in which each society had to adjust. Historical Atlas of the World Mythology was Campbell’s multi-volume magnum opus, and marked the culmination of his career as one of the foremost interpreters of our sacred traditions.

This is a complete five-volume set of the Historical Atlas of the World Mythology which includes:

  • Volume I: The Way of the Animal Powers, Part I: Mythologies of the Primitive Hunters and Gatherers
  • Volume I: The Way of the Animal Powers, Part II: Mythologies of the Great Hunt
  • Volume II: The Way of the Seeded Earth, Part I: The Sacrifice
  • Volume II: The Way of the Seeded Earth, Part II: Mythologies of the Primitive Planters: The Northern Americas
  • Volume II: The Way of the Seeded Earth, Part III: Mythologies of the Primitive Planters: The Middle and Southern Americas

Campbell’s scholarly and readable text is integrated throughout these beautiful presented volumes, each with a profusion of color plates, specially-commissioned full-color maps, outstanding black and white photographs, unique drawings, and numerous illuminating charts. Drawing on cultural and art history, as well as on anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, paleontology and linguistics, The Way of the Animal Powers and The Way of the Seeded Earth are “indispensable to all those interested in mythology, comparative religion, history , and the study of man.” This set is in very nice condition.

Published by Harper & Row; Copyrights: 1988 (The Way of the Animal Powers) and 1989 (The Way of the Seeded Earth); all books are first printing copies. Oversize soft covers with no printed retail prices; light cover-wrap wear with slightly more wear to the first book in the set; no writing, marks, stains or tears to any of the books.

 

The Oxford Library "Anna Karenina" - (1983)

The Oxford Library Anna Karenina – (1983) This 1983 Special Edition of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina was published by The Franklin Library as part of The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books series. This Special Edition is quarter-bound in leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and marbled endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Illustrated with the paintings of James Tissot.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. Between 1981 and 1985, in collaboration with Oxford University Press, The Franklin Library published a series of Special Edition books titled The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books. Although Oxford University Press is still in business today, The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. These Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyright: 1980, 1983; No Title Page Date. Minimal cover and handling wear; no markings or stains.

 

The Oxford Library "Jane Eyre" - (1984)

The Oxford Library Jane Eyre – (1984) This 1984 Special Edition of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre was published by The Franklin Library as part of The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books series. This Special Edition is quarter-bound in leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and marbled endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Illustrations by Skip Liepke.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. Between 1981 and 1985, in collaboration with Oxford University Press, The Franklin Library published a series of Special Edition books titled The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books. Although Oxford University Press is still in business today, The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. These Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyright: 1981, 1984; No Title Page Date. Minimal cover and handling wear; no markings or stains.

 

The Oxford Library "Pride And Prejudice" - (1984)

The Oxford Library Pride And Prejudice – (1984) This 1984 Special Edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published by The Franklin Library as part of The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books series. This Special Edition is quarter-bound in leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and marbled endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Illustrations by Chris Duke.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. Between 1981 and 1985, in collaboration with Oxford University Press, The Franklin Library published a series of Special Edition books titled The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books. Although Oxford University Press is still in business today, The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. These Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyright: 1980, 1984; No Title Page Date. Minimal cover and handling wear; no markings or stains.

 

The Oxford Library "David Copperfield" - (1980)

The Oxford Library David Copperfield – (1980) This 1980 Special Edition of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield was published by the Franklin Library, and is illustrated with the beautiful color paintings by Paul Degen. This Franklin edition is bound in genuine leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and decorative endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. Between 1981 and 1985, in collaboration with Oxford University Press, The Franklin Library published a series of Special Edition books titled The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books. Although Oxford University Press is still in business today, The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. These Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyright: 1980; No Title Page Date. Minimal cover and handling wear; no markings or stains.

 

The Oxford Library "The Great Gatsby" - (1982)

The Oxford Library The Great Gatsby – (1982) This 1982 Special Edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published by The Franklin Library as part of The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books series. This Special Edition is quarter-bound in leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and marbled endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Illustrations by Bruce Dean.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. Between 1981 and 1985, in collaboration with Oxford University Press, The Franklin Library published a series of Special Edition books titled The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books. Although Oxford University Press is still in business today, The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. These Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyright: 1925, 1982; No Title Page Date. Minimal cover and handling wear; no markings or stains.

 

The Oxford Library "Great Expectations" - (1979)

The Oxford Library Great Expectations – (1979) This 1979 Special Edition of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations was published by The Franklin Library as part of The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books series. This Special Edition is quarter-bound in leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and marbled endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Illustrations by F. W. Pailthrope.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. Between 1981 and 1985, in collaboration with Oxford University Press, The Franklin Library published a series of Special Edition books titled The Oxford Library of the World’s Great Books. Although Oxford University Press is still in business today, The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. These Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

 

Alamo Source Book 1836 - (1998)

Alamo Source Book 1836 – (1998) Written by Tim J. and Terry S. Todish, illustrated by Ted Spring and subtitled “A Comprehensive Guide to the Alamo and the Texas Revolution”, this comprehensive and fascinating reference includes the Siege and Final Battle, the armies, their weapons, uniforms and equipment, the flags, biographies of leaders of both sides, Alamo movies and music, organizations to join, places to visit, and much more. “…an indespensable reference for anyone interested in the dramatic story of the Texas War of Independence…contains a vivid account of the siege of the Alamo and other clashes between the Texians and Mexicans…information on the opposing forces-their leaders, organization, weapons, uniforms, strategy, and tactics…Alamo movies and songs…the best starting point for both serious scholars and casual readers…” – Gregory J. Urwin, Ph.D., author of “The United States Infantry: An Illustrated History”.

Published by Eakin Press; Copyright: 1998, this is a First Edition Second Printing softcover with original Retail Price of $21.95. Light cover wrap edge wear; no marks, writing, stains, tears or creases.

 

Wisconsin Death Trip - (1991)

Wisconsin Death Trip – (1991) Written by Michael Lesy, Wisconsin Death Trip is a nonfiction book first published in 1973. Lesy’s book is based on a collection of late 19th century photographs by Jackson County, Wisconsin photographer Charles Van Schaick, mostly in the city of Black River Falls, and local news reports from the same period. It emphasizes the harsh aspects of Midwestern rural life under the pressures of crime, disease, mental illness and urbanization. Filled with stunning black-and-photographs and eccentric and macabre newspaper clippings, the book shows and tells of demon possessions, infants killed by diphtheria, arson, and a 13-year-old boy who kills an old man for pure pleasure before battling with the local posse. The book belies the myth of simple rural life in the “good old days” of America, revealing instead a stark portrait of brutality, capriciousness, and lunacy.

The film adaptation of the book, which was directed by James Marsh, was released in 2000 and was shot primarily in black and white in docudrama style, combining re-enactments of some of the events described in the book with a voice-over narration by Ian Holm. The book also inspired the Pictorialist album by the band Static-X, a song by the thrash metal band Theory of Negativity, and an opera entitled Black River (composed 1975, revised 1981) by Conrad Susa. The Australian author Rod Jones cites Wisconsin Death Trip as an inspiration for his novel Billy Sunday. The book was adapted into a bluegrass, roots-rock opera by Tim Raphael and composer Jeff Berkson, making its world premiere at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center on February 1, 2008. According to the director’s commentary on the 2-disc DVD release of the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There, much of the imagery for the town of Riddle in the Richard Gere segment of the film was inspired by Lesy’s book of photographs. Stephen King’s book of novellas Full Dark, No Stars cites Wisconsin Death Trip as the inspiration for the story 1922.

Published by Anchor Books (Doubleday), NY; Copyyright 1973, First Anchor Books Edition: 1991, Fourth Printing Copy. Large softcover with original retail price of $19.95; some finger handling and cover wrap wear; no writing or marks. Priced to reflect reprint status and condition.

 

The Crisis - (1901)

The Crisis – (1901) Winston Churchill (1871-1947) was an American novelist. The Crisis is a historical romance novel set in the years leading up to the first battles of the U.S. Civil War, mostly in the divided state of Missouri. The divisions that threatened to tear apart the country prior to the Civil War were nowhere more apparent than in St. Louis. On the border between North and South, civilization and the frontier, it was host to passionate sympathizers on both sides of the slavery issue. When a young abolitionist lawyer falls for the daughter of a Southern gentleman, the turbulent political atmosphere creates a seemingly impossible barrier. Can a meeting with Abraham Lincoln change everything? A meticulously-researched work, filled with real historical figures, most notably Abraham Lincoln and William T. Sherman. This first edition of Churchill’s novel, published in 1901 by MacMillan, is nicely illustrated with eight full-page black and white drawings by the very popular artist and illustrator of the period, Howard Chandler Christy.

Published by MacMillan and Co; Copyright: 1901 (not stated); Title Page Date: 1901, 1st Ed. Lacking a dust jacket; previous owner’s nameplate on ffrep with date of July 22th, 1901; light foxing to endpapers and outside page edge (upper page edge is gilt); some looseness in binding but no cracked hinges or loose pages; slight forward spine lean. A few corner creases and minor finger handling; two pages have slight discoloration to upper margin edge where newspaper clipping had been laid in. Small vintage retail sticker inside back cover.

 

Stranger Than Friction: A Climber's Guide To Enchanted Rock - (1984)

Stranger Than Friction: A Climber’s Guide To Enchanted Rock – (1984) Written by Dale Bergeron and James Crump, this is a very scarce and long out-of-print First Edition rock climbing guide to the famous Enchanted Rock State Park granite dome near Fredericksburg, Texas. Illustrated with drawings and black-and-white photos of the area.

Published by B&C Productions, Austin; Copyright: 1984, Ltd Prtg, 1st Ed. “Whole Earth” price sticker of $7.50 on back cover; no marks, stains, tears or creases. A very nice out-of-print copy!

 

The Life Of Stonewall Jackson - (1866)

The Life Of Stonewall Jackson – (1866) John Esten Cooke (1830-1886) was a novelist, biographer, and veteran of the American Civil War. One of the most important literary figures of 19th century Virginia, Cooke was the prolific author of historical adventures and romances, but is perhaps best known for this biography of the great Civil War general Stonewall Jackson, first published in 1863.

In March and April 1862, Cooke served as an unpaid volunteer aide for Major General J.E.B. Stuart in the Confederate cavalry. Cooke was a first cousin of General Stuart’s wife, Flora Cooke Stuart. On May 19, 1862, he was formally commissioned as a lieutenant and officially joined Stuart’s staff. Cooke participated in the Peninsula Campaign and Stuart’s subsequent ride around the Union army of George B. McClellan, later writing a detailed description of the action. During the war, he served Stuart as an aide, ordnance officer, and assistant adjutant general, earning the rank of captain. Following Stuart’s death in May 1864, Cooke served on other generals’ staffs, eventually rising to the rank of major by the end of the war. In 1863, he wrote the first of several popular biographies of Stonewall Jackson, as well as a novel on Jackson, Surry of Eagle’s Nest (1866), plus a biography of Robert E. Lee. Cooke knew both Jackson and Lee personally.

This is a vintage 1866 copy of Cooke’s biography of Jackson with the title page reading “Reprinted from Advance Sheets of the Richmond Edition”. The title page date is 1866, and facing the title page is a tissue-guarded frontis portrait of Jackson “from a photograph taken a few days before his death”. An Appendix titled “Operations of Gen. Jackson’s Command from September 5th to September 27th, 1862 – Official Report” and “The Old Stonewall Brigade” is included, plus four pages of ads: “Southern Histories Published by Charles B. Richardson”.

Published by Charles B. Richardson, NY; Act of Congress Date: 1863, Title Page Date: 1866. Published without dust jacket; former theological seminar library copy with numerous stamps; in fragile condition, but all pages intact and little to no foxing; cover boards have been mended at spine with replacement title paste-down; front hinge is library mended; back hinge has cracked; some small chips to page edges, but none affect text; water stain to portion of back cover – goes through to the blank rear endpapers (three) but does not affect ads or text. All mending is vintage library, most likely from about 100 years ago. This is one of five vintage (immediate post-Civil War) copies of Cooke’s book located on the current market. Please compare price and condition.

 

A Sioux Chronicle - (1980)

A Sioux Chronicle – (1980) George E. Hyde (1882-1968) was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and as a boy became interested in the native Americans. He began writing in 1910, and produced some of the most important books on the American Indian ever written, including Indians of the High Plains, Indians of the Woodlands, Red Cloud’s Folk, Spotted Tail’s Folk, and Life of George Bent – all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Number 45 in the prestigious Civilization of American Indian Series published by the University of Oklahoma Press, Hyde’s book offers a detailed history of Sioux life on the vast reservations of South Dakota and Nebraska from 1878 through 1890 when the Sioux made their “last stand” at Wounded Knee. This book, first published in 1956, was reprinted in 1980 with additional illustrations. This 1980 Second Printing includes numerous black and white photographs, as well as some drawings/engravings and two maps. A Preface and Index are also included

Published by the Univ. of Oklahoma Press; Copyright: 1956, Second Printing: 1980 (with additional illustrations). Unaltered dust jacket with no printed retail price. Light rubbing and edge wear to dust jacket including several small tears at edges; no writing, marks, or stains to endpapers or text pages. A clean copy in hardcover format.

 

The Jefferson Bible: The Life And Morals Of Jesus Of Nazareth - (1902)

The Jefferson Bible: The Life And Morals Of Jesus Of Nazareth – (1902) Thomas Jefferson regarded Jesus as a moral guide rather than a divinity, and in The Jefferson Bible he highlights Christ’s ethical teachings from the Gospels. Discarding the scriptures’ supernatural elements and dogma, this volume reflects the deist view of religion, focusing on Jesus’ message of absolute love and service.

In 1816, Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Charles Thompson that he had made “a wee little book . . . which I call the philosophy of Jesus; it is a paradigm of his doctrines, made by cutting the texts out of the book, and arranging them on the pages of a blank book, in a certain order of time or subject. A more beautiful or precious morsel of ethics I have never seen; it is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.” Although Jefferson shared his completed The Life and Morals with a number of friends, he never allowed it to be published during his lifetime. The most complete form Jefferson produced was inherited by his grandson, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, and was published in 1895 by the National Museum in Washington. The book was later published as a lithographic reproduction by an act of the United States Congress in 1904, and for many years copies were given to new members of Congress. This is a vintage 1902 printing that includes a tissue guarded frontis portrait of Jefferson. Very scarce in true vintage format.

Published by N.D. Thompson, NY; Copyright: 1902. Published without dust jacket; rubbing wear to cloth cover boards with significant chip to upper spine extreme; previous owner’s information on ffrep; partial creases to bottom corner of approximately last 20 pages (minor).

 

27 Years A Mavrick: Life On A Texas Range - (1968)

27 Years A Mavrick: Life On A Texas Range – (1968) This account of a working cowboy’s rough and tumble life on the plains of Texas was long out-of-print when the Steck-Vaughn company produced this facsimile reproduction in 1968. This book is missing the original slipcase that came with this edition. Although the dust jacket is heavily pitted at the edges, the jacket art is a reproduction of the pictorial design used on the hardback later editions of the book. Included are the original illustrations, including the facsimile frontispiece portrait (with signature) of Will S. James. This book has been referenced in Herd #1159, Howes J51, Rader #2067, and Graff #2194.

Facsimile published by the Steck-Vaughan Co.; Austin. Copyright (with new material): 1968. Unaltered dust jacket with no printed price (this copy is missing the slipcase). Lacking the slipcase; dust jacket is heavily pitted and worn at edges; the cover boards and text pages are in very nice condition – no marks, stains, writing, etc. Priced to reflect the condition of the dust jacket and the missing slipcase.

 

The Horse Wrangler & His Remuda - (1971)

The Horse Wrangler & His Remuda – (1971) This is the story of the horse wrangler, long overlooked in western lore. Ramon Frederick Adams (1889–1976) was a Texas writer and and bibliographer of the American West. Adams had long been interested in Western lore, especially that pertaining to cattle. He privately printed his first book Poems of the Canadian West in 1919. He sold his first story to Western Story Magazine in 1923 and published Cowboy Lingo in 1936. A flood of publications followed these.

One of his major contributions was capturing the language and habits of the men who rode the range and he published several books narrated in the language of the characters he portrayed. Adams added significantly to the literature of range life. With grants from several foundations, Adams ranged far and wide to gather his material, interviewing old-timers, examining private and public collections, and amassing his own sizable library. He became an expert bibliographer and developed a passion for separating the myth from the reality of the West, especially as it related to gunmen. He produced five bibliographical gems: Six-Guns and Saddle Leather (1954), The Rampaging Herd (1959), Burs Under the Saddle (1964), The Adams One-Fifty (1976), and More Burs Under the Saddle (1979).

Published by The Encino Press, Austin; Copyright 1971, this is a Limited Edition, Number 493 of 850 signed “Cordially Yours, Ramon F. Adams” on ffrep. Published with clear Acetate dust jacket (no Retail Price). Acetate dust jacket is rubbed but is in otherwise very nice condition. The front paste-down and cover boards are in very good condition. The book is clean and free of writing, marks and stains. This is a very well-cared for copy of this Adams’ work – the nicest on the current resell market.

 

The Good Old Boys - (1985)

The Good Old Boys – (1985) Elmer Stephen Kelton (1926-2009) was a Texan, an American journalist, writer, and novelist. He was known primarily for his very popular Western novels. The Good Old Boys is a story about footloose cowboy Hewey Calloway set in 1906 West Texas. It was named Best Novel of the Year by Western Writers of America and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1978. This book has been called a true Texas classic by Western American Literature. This 1985 soft cover edition has a new Introduction by Kelton and an Afterword by Austin author Don Graham.

Republished by TCU Press, Number One in the Texas Tradition Series; Copyright 1978, 1985. This copy is inscribed and dated by Kelton on half-title page. Softcover with light edge wear to illustrated cover wraps; other than author’s writing, no other markings; a few loose newspaper articles on Kelton laid inside front cover.

 

Joseph Imhof: Artist Of The Pueblos - (1998)

Joseph Imhof: Artist Of The Pueblos – (1998) Joseph Imhof (1871-1955), a master lithographer and painter, recorded the American Pueblo Indians’ way of life from 1907 to 1955. Unlike other New Mexico artists of that time, Imhof chose not to use his art to interpret the Pueblo Indians. Rather, his works present anthropological information with such authentic detail that the Pueblos recognized him as an authority on their customs and life. They called him the ‘Grand Old Man of the Pueblos.’ Author Nancy H. Reily chronicles the life and art of this master lithographer, inventor and self-taught artist who counted among his friends ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and E. Martin Hennings. Until now, this unique American painter has remained elusive, undiscovered by many, partly because he lived in the shadow of other artists and writers who made themselves more visible during the Golden Age of Taos, New Mexico. Yet Joseph Imhof’s work will undoubtedly leave as much of an impact as any other early American artist.

Published by Sunstone Press, Santa Fe; Copyright: 1998, this is a First Edition/First Printing with unaltered dust jacket having original Retail Price of $60.00. Austin Writer’s League stamp on both ffrep & rfrep; date stamp and library card pocket inside front cover; no interior signs of reader use. Minimal dust jacket wear. Priced as ex-lib.

 

The Spiritual In Art Abstract Painting 1890-1985 - (1986)

The Spiritual In Art Abstract Painting 1890-1985 – (1986) By demonstrating the huge impact of mysticism and the occult on 20th-century artists from Gauguin to Pollack, Mondrian to O’Keefe, this work effectively refutes the popular fallacy that modernism is concerned solely with line, form, and color. Further, as it examines modernism’s complex philosophical origins it demonstrates that without such impact, abstract art as we know it would not have emerged at all. Seventeen essays, all by distinguished scholars, treat topics as diverse as synesthesia, theosophy, alchemy, hermeticism, Yoga, and Zen, and several overlooked or forgotten artists are given serious consideration.

This lavishly illustrated catalogue was prepared for an exhibit mounted by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the mid 1980’s and includes seventeen essays. This provocative work provides a radical rethinking of abstraction, from the Symbolism that prefigured abstract art through the more current manifestations of spiritual content in American and European painting.

Published by Abbeville Press; Copyright: 1986. Large softcover with no printed price; some rubbing and light edge wear to illustrated cover wraps; light handling wear to edges of black endpapers, otherwise no writing, marks or stains. A collectible exhibition catalogue.

 

Mark Rothko - (1998)

Mark Rothko – (1998) Exhibition Catalogue published in conjunction with a 1998-1999 major retrospective of Rothko’s work at the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City) and the Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Reveals the broad scope of Rothko’s career, from his early representations of New York City through his treatment of images from classical mythology, to the abstract paintings that distinguish his signature style. Four scholarly essays address Rothko’s classic work from the vantage of specific formal elements: color, darkness, surface and space. Subject range from his painting techniques to the philosophical themes that preoccupied him in his pursuit of an emotionally and intellectually expressive art. The text also includes a full chronology of the artist’s life and interviews with five artists about his legacy.

Published by Yale University Press for the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; Copyright 1998. Third Printing copy. Unaltered dust jacket with no printed retail price. Former library copy in very nice condition (looks like it was never put into circulation); light dust jacket wear; small inventory control sticker on ffrep that is covered over with a blank sticker, small discolored strip along top edge of ffrep where circulation tag was removed; front cover board has a small soiled spot at bottom edge (minor). No writing or marks. No finger handling marks. Although in great condition, priced to reflect ex-lib status.

 

The Boy Captives - (1999)

The Boy Captives – (1999) Written by Clinton L. Smith, the complete title of this book is “THE BOY CAPTIVES: Being a True Story of the Experiences and Hardships of Clinton L. Smith and Jeff D. Smith Among the Comanche and Apache Indians During the Early Days – The Only Two Brothers Ever Known to Endure the Same Hardships of Captivity and Get Back Alive”. Originally published in 1927, this is the fascinating story of a boy who was captured and lived with the Comanche Indians for five years. He became a Comanche and identified as an Indian while he was with them, fighting against other tribes as well as the US army. While Clint Smith was adopted by a Comanche Chief, Jeff Smith was sold to Geronimo and lived as an Apache. This true narrative is undistorted by contemporary historical interpretation and unfolds in diary-like fashion as if the author were speaking to the reader in person. Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. This copy is signed by Allen Smith, Jr., grandson of Clint Smith.

Printed by San Saba Printing; distributed by Allen Smith, Jr.; Copyrights: 1927, 1955, 1998; 13th Printing – 1999. Signed “Best Wishes, Allen Smith Jr. Grandson of Clint Smith” on the title page. Softcover with no printed retail price; light wear to the illustrated cover wraps.

 

Living Faith - (1996)

Living Faith – (1996) In an intimate portrait of one man’s journey of faith, former President Jimmy Carter incorporates scriptural passages, personal experiences, and anecdotes about friends, family members and colleagues who inspired him to demonstrate how a dynamic faith can enrich one’s public and private life. The Nobel Committee recognized former President Carter’s remarkable achievements by awarding him the Peace Prize in October 2002 for his accomplishments fostering peace during his presidency and his tireless work after leaving office monitoring elections, promoting peaceful resolutions to conflict, and helping provide food, shelter, and healthcare to the world’s poor.

Published by Times Book (Random House); Copyright: 1996. This is a First Edition Second Printing flat-signed “J Carter” in blue ink on the half-title page. Unaltered dust jacket with printed Retail Price of $23.00. Very light dust jacket wear; no reader use or marks noted. This book signed by President Carter is in “gift quality” condition.

 

The Blue Book - (1936)

The Blue Book – (1936) Written by Semper Idem (pseudonym of C.F. Heartman), this privately printed unique volume is “A Bibliographical Attempt to describe the Guide Books to the houses of ill fame in New Orleans as they were published there. Together with some pertinent and illuminating remarks pertaining to the Establishments and Courtesans as well as to Harlotry in general in New Orleans.”

Storyville, the red light section of New Orleans, was opened in 1897 and officially existed for twenty years. Before long, pleasure-seekers could purchase a Blue Book listing more than 700 prostitutes – many in elaborately decorated “sporting houses.” The guides also offered advertisements, both of a general nature, and for the various brothels. The guides were distributed in bars, barbershops, at the train station and by a small team of newsboys. Illegal activities continued in Storyville for twenty years until the Navy closed it down in 1917 and all the fancy bordellos disappeared.

Although the buildings that stood in Storyville are gone, the district did leave a lasting legacy: jazz. African-American and Creole musicians developed the jazz genre by combining elements of ragtime, brass bands, gospel, blues and African tribal music. Jazz historians place the beginning of the genre in 1895, only two years before Storyville formed. The “red light” district became a haven for jazz, and important musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet and King Olivers frequently performed in the brothels. Thus, New Orleans came to be known as the birthplace of jazz and the genre dominates the entertainment scene in the Crescent City to this day. This fascinating bibliographic study of Storyville and the “guide books” includes eighteen illustrations and facsimile reproductions. A scarce limited edition – three other copies located on resell market priced at $150, $200 & $350.

Privately Published; Heartman’s Historical Series No. 50; 1936 Limited Edition. Light cover wear and rubbing to cloth; previous gift inscription (dated 1963) on ffrep; light foxing/discoloration at gutter of front endpapers; no reader marks, stains, tears or creases.

 

Two Vagabonds In Spain - (1923)

Two Vagabonds In Spain – (1923) During the 1920’s the British couple Jan and Cora Gordon were something of a cultural phenomenon. Unique in the general likeness of their artistic temperaments and abilities, they not only wrote numerous travel books together but also painted, performed, acted, broadcast and lectured together across Europe and America. The Gordons spent the 1920’s and the first half of the 1930’s traversing Europe on foot, by bicycle and on motorbike, writing and illustrating a dozen books of travel together as they went. Many of the Gordons’ early titles began with “Two Vagabonds in….”.

The first port of call was Spain (to indulge Jan’s new-found interest in Spanish guitar) where they are still fondly remembered for their two volumes of plain-speaking observations of daily village life, Poor Folk in Spain (titled Two Vagabonds in Spain for the American edition), and Misadventures with a Donkey in Spain. Other “Vagabond” titles in the series included Languedoc, a French Village, the Balkans, Sweden and Lapland, Serbia and Montenegro, and many others. The Gordons illustrated their own books with beautiful and charming drawings and painting, some in color and many full-page plates. A charming 1920’s travel memoir!

Published by Robert McBride & Co; Copyright: 1923, First U.S. Edition/First Printing. Unknown if published with dust jacket; light cover board wear/rubbing; small vintage “Brentano’s, New York” bookstore sticker inside back cover; hinges starting; gift inscription (Christmas 1923) on ffrep; one page with light soiling to outer margin edges; no reader marks, writing or tears.

 

The Kinsey Reports: Sexual Behavior In the Human Male & Female - (1948, 1953)

The Kinsey Reports: Sexual Behavior In the Human Male & Female – (1948, 1953) Alfred Charles Kinsey (1894–1956) was an American biologist and professor of entomology and zoology. Kinsey was a zoologist at Indiana University and the founder of the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction (more widely known as the Kinsey Institute). The Kinsey Reports, foundational to the modern field of sexology, provoked controversy in the 1940s and 1950s when they were first published. The findings of the studies caused shock and outrage, both because they challenged conventional beliefs about sexuality and because they discussed subjects that had previously been taboo.

The popularity of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male prompted widespread media interest in 1948. Time magazine declared, “Not since Gone With the Wind had booksellers seen anything like it.” The first pop culture references to Kinsey appeared not long after the book’s publication: “[R]ubber-faced comic Martha Raye [sold] a half-million copies of ‘Ooh, Dr. Kinsey!'” Cole Porter’s song “Too Darn Hot” from the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical Kiss Me, Kate devoted its bridge to an analysis of the Kinsey report and the “average man’s favorite sport.” In 1949 Mae West, reminiscing on the days when the word “sex” was rarely uttered, said of Kinsey, “That guy merely makes it easy for me. Now I don’t have to draw ‘em any blueprints…We are both in the same business…Except I saw it first.”

The publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Female prompted even more intensive news coverage: Kinsey appeared on the cover of the August 24, 1953, issue of Time. The national news magazine featured two articles on the scientist, one focusing on his research career and new book, the other on his background, personality and lifestyle. In the magazine’s cover portrait, “Flowers, birds, and a bee surround Kinsey; the mirror-of-Venus female symbol decorates his bow tie.” The lead article concludes with the following observation: “‘Kinsey…has done for sex what Columbus did for geography,’ declared a pair of enthusiasts. Kinsey’s work contains much that is valuable, but it must not be mistaken for the last word.” By the time the book on female sexuality was published, it appeared that Kinsey seemed to feel that women and men are more alike in the biology of their sexuality than he had previously thought, and that both men’s and women’s sexuality seemed shaped, not merely repressed, by social and cultural forces. Together, the two books sold three-quarters of a million copies and were translated into thirteen languages. They may be considered as part of the most successful and influential scientific books of the 20th century.

Both books published by W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia. The Human Male Copyright: 1948; The Human Female Copyright: 1953; both books are assumed to be First Edition, First Printings. “Kinsey” books listed the printing #’s/dates on the copyright page – neither of these copies have any additional printings listed on the copyright page and the Title Page Dates match the copyright dates. Both books lack dust jackets; both books have light wear to cloth cover boards; The Human Male has a previous owner’s name and a small vintage bookstore sticker inside the front cover; The Human Female has no reader marks to endpapers or pages and has a few minor areas of soiling to page edges, but there are no stains to page fronts. A very nice set of the first printings of these books.

 

The Book Of Knowledge (The Children's Encyclopedia) - (1918)

The Book Of Knowledge (The Children’s Encyclopedia) – (1918) The Children’s Encyclopedia (aka The Book of Knowledge), published between 1908 and 1964, is one of the earliest and most desirable of the encyclopedia sets published specifically for educating children. It was created by Arthur Mee, and was published by the Educational Book Company, a subsidiary of Amalgamated Press of London. Walter M. Jackson’s company The Grolier Society acquired the rights to publish it in the United States as The Book of Knowledge somewhere between 1910-1912. Grolier was a subscription-based publisher at that time, selling book series door-to-door, and selling editions on a monthly basis.

The Encyclopædia broke ground in its approach to education, aiming to make learning interesting and enjoyable. The intent was to include the basis for an entire education in a few dozen books, with the articles being clearly written, and aimed to develop character and sense of duty. The incredible illustrations were mostly anonymous but some were drawn by well-known illustrators and artists of the period, including: Susan Beatrice Pearse, C.E. Brock, Thomas Maybank, George F. Morrell, Dudley Heath, Charles Folkard, H. R. Millar, Alexander Francis Lydon, Arthur A. Dixon and Arthur Rackham. The books used photographs, engravings, maps and graphics, and each volume contained several beautiful full-color plates. Over 800,000 copies were sold in twelve editions before the set was revised in the early 1920s. The new 59-part, 7,412-page, 10-volume series debuted in October 1922 as The Children’s Encyclopedia and went through 14 editions by 1946 under the imprint of The Educational Book Company. Translations appeared in France, Italy, Spain, and China. New editions of the Encyclopedia continued after Mee’s death in 1943, and the final, much revised, edition (entitled Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopedia) appeared in 1964. Today the sets are highly collectible, and are also used extensively by home-schoolers. The oldest sets, those from the pre-1920’s revision, are the most sought after by collectors.

The Book Of Knowledge (cover and illustrations)

This 1918 set, complete in 20 volumes, has the beautiful Art Nouveau decorated burgundy cloth cover boards. This set was originally owned by the Rudolph G. Mueller family in Austin. R.G. Mueller was the president of Calcasieu Lumber Company, president of the Austin School Board, director of Fidelity National Bank, and a very well-known Austin civic leader. His wife, Laura Mueller, was of the von Boeckmann family, founders of von Boeckmann Printing Company in Austin. The address penciled inside a few of the front covers is 1400 West Avenue – the “Mueller Mansion”, now an Austin historical landmark. This set is not only complete but has a unique Austin provenance and is in amazingly well-cared for condition!

Published by The Grolier Society; Copyrights through 1918. Published without dust jackets; in very well-cared for condition; overall, light wear to cover boards with some minor rubbing and light soiling; as noted, a few books have penciled (one in ink) in name of R.G. Mueller w/address; no other writing or markings; a few minor finger-handling stains in one or two volumes; some bindings a bit loose with age, but no loose pages. This is the nicest and oldest set we’ve seen in collectible condition!

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Book Ends

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Collectibles

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

The following items will be available beginning Thursday October 20:

The President's House: A History (2008)

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

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

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

 

Wild Flowers Of The United States: Texas (1966)

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

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

 

Birds Of Venezuela (2003)

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

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

 

Birds Of Texas (2002)

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

Biographical Souvenir Of The State Of Texas (1978)

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

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

 

The Encyclopedia Of The New West (1978)

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

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

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

 

Indian Wars And Pioneers Of Texas (1978)

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Writings And Drawings By Bob Dylan (1974)

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

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

 

(C) Murakami (2007)

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

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

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

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

 

The Life And Times Of William Howard Taft (1939)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

The Survival Of Freedom (1981)

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

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

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

 

Gently By The Shore (1956)

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

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

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

 

Michael Innes Detective Novels (1970's)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

Ray Miller's "Eyes Of Texas" Travel Guides

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

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

Also included are two additional travel books by Ray Miller:

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

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

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

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

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

 

The New Grove Dictionary Of Musical Instruments (1997)

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

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

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

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E-llumination

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.

 

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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).

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Literary Freedom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

New Collectibles

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

The following items will be available beginning Thursday September 1:

The Unabridged Mark Twain - (1997)

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Additional fine binding titles


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

 

 

The Uninvited - (1942)

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

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

 

Appointment In Samarra - (1988)

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

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

 

Orpheus - The Fisher - (1921)

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

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

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

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

 

Symbolism In Relation To Religion - (ca 1912)

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Hank Snow The Singing Ranger - (1949)

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

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

 

The Real American Tragedy 1861-1865 - (1977)

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

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

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

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

 

This Is Austin - Capital Of Texas - (1976)

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

Atlas Of Texas - (1976)

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

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

 

The New Handbook Of Texas - (1996)

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

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

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

 

Six Easy Pieces - (NIB)

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

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

 

The Book Of Knowledge - (1949)

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

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

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

The Book Of Knowledge illustrations

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

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

August 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm 2 comments

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.

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Bait And Hook

Congratulations – you might be a winner! Free music downloads inside! We will beat any advertised deal! Sound familiar? All of these catch phrases are clever advertising gimmicks used to lure customers into buying a product based upon the promise of something “extra”. Of course, once a purchase is made (especially if any significant amount of money is involved) the customer is then committed to the product and any additional features or upgrades that may follow. This age-old psychological marketing trick is called “bait-and-hook” (not to be confused with “bait-and-switch” which is a form of fraud), and it is being used very effectively today in the rapidly evolving e-reader market.

E-book readers are selling like hotcakes and prices are getting cheaper every month as new companies enter this lucrative market. Recently Amazon has begun selling a refurbished version of their most popular Kindle Wi-Fi 6″ reader for $99, and many industry observers are saying this will be the standard retail price during the upcoming holiday season. This is of course a clever marketing technique aimed at stealing price-sensitive customers away from purchasing Barnes & Noble’s Nook or Sony’s Reader.

It is also a classic example of bait-and-hook marketing. Just as Gillette used to give away razors in order to sell razor blades, Amazon is willing to take a loss on the sale of each Kindle today in order to hook buyers into purchasing e-books directly from Amazon. However, unlike razor blades (which wear out with repeated use), e-books do not inherently have a finite shelf life. It is therefore incumbent upon Amazon and other e-book reader manufacturers to create a hook that will prevent customers from changing e-reader brands whenever prices fall. The hooks being used today are proprietary file formats and digital access rights.

Let’s say you just received a Kindle for your birthday [sweet!] and want to buy one of the numerous best-sellers available from Amazon. All you have to do is choose the title, make a simple selection and presto! – your e-book is quickly downloaded and ready to read (conveniently, the bill comes later). Just as Apple does for music with their iTunes application, you can access this title from several compatible devices including a personal computer and smart phones with the appropriate apps. What you can’t do is read those titles on a competitor’s e-reader. As Apple has done with its iPod, Kindle uses a proprietary file format for its e-book data. While it is technically possible to convert these files to formats usable by other readers, that is a more complicated process than most Kindle users are willing to undertake. As a result, the more e-books you purchase for your Kindle, the more difficult it will be in the future for you to switch e-readers. Hooked!

In addition to being incredibly convenient to use for shopping, the built-in WiFi service available in every major e-reader is also used by the manufacturers to control how you access your own e-book files. If you read the license agreement for any e-reader you will undoubtedly come across a paragraph discussing the digital access rights of the files you download. As a result of rampant digital music piracy which began in the 1990’s, manufacturers of digital media are rightfully paranoid when it comes to unfettered access to their data. One of the mechanisms being used to insure that e-book downloads don’t follow the trend of MP3 files is the online enforcement of digital rights through your e-reader. Each time you make a WiFi connection to the Internet, your e-reader will automatically transmit this event to the manufacturer along with information about your e-book inventory. If the manufacturer chooses to do so, they can arbitrarily alter or delete the contents of your e-book files at any time! Bear in mind that according to current copyright laws and e-reader license agreements, the digital rights to those files are owned by the e-book publisher and enforced by the manufacturer. Essentially when you make a purchase you are actually taking out a lease on the e-book you download and that lease can be revoked at any time by the e-reader manufacturer. As a result, if you wanted to buy a new e-reader from a different manufacturer you would legally have to re-purchase all of your titles – and who wants to do that? Hooked again!

At Recycled Reads we don’t rely on bait-and-hook sales techniques to make you want to buy our books. Instead, we practice what I like to call catch-and-release marketing: we catch you with our unbeatable prices hoping you will leave the store happy enough to bring your friends along the next time you return.

APL On Overdrive
It has been a long time coming but well worth the wait: effective this Fall, the Austin Public Library will provide its patrons with the opportunity to download e-books from the APL website! Using the services of Overdrive to manage e-book content, APL will offer an integrated catalog with over 2000 new fiction and non-fiction titles plus over 30,000 public domain titles. So what will you need to partake in this feast of e-book manna? Simple: an Austin Public Library card, an internet connection and a supported e-reader device (check the Overdrive site for a current list of devices).

As with every Library, here are a few rules you must follow:

  • Limit 2 week checkout of 3 titles with 5 concurrent holds – while shorter than the 3-week limit for printed books, the option of placing holds on 5 other titles will help insure you have a steady supply of e-books lined up to read
  • Early returns allowed – the faster you can read and “return” your title, the sooner you can check out another
  • No late fees will be charged – titles automatically time out after 2 weeks so no overdue penalties are necessary
  • Download from anywhere directly to your device – it’s like having a branch library in your home!

Now here’s the best part: since Recycled Reads provides free wireless service in the store, if you can’t find a particular title you are looking for on our shelves then you can simply sign in to your APL account and download while continuing to shop. What could be easier?

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 4:

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (1969)

The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics (1969) – First published in Great Britain in 1969 by MacDonald Unit 75, this book offers, in 320 photos and illustrations, renowned artists interpretations of various Beatles songs. Help is visualized by Ronald Searle; Fixing a Hole, by Tomi Ungerer; Glass Onion, by Peter Max; I’m So Tired, by David Hockney; and Oh, Darling, by Ralph Steadman. Alan Aldridge also contributes his own surreal illustrations, which reflect the bold, bulbous, cartoons-on-acid style of 1960s poster art. This rich compilation also has brief quotes from the Beatles explaining the origins of the themes and lyrics of certain songs. Band members also share their thoughts on super-stardom, including this now weighty comment from John: “I don’t intend to be a performing flea anymore. I was the dream weaver, but although I’ll be around I don’t intend to be running at 20,000 miles an hour trying to prove myself. I don’t want to die at 40.”

A nostalgic look at the Beatles, the “illustrated lyrics” has been reprinted many times since 1969 – the more recent issues with different cover art. This is a U.K. First edition softcover (the book was also issued in hardback format). The original price of 25/- net. UK is printed on the back cover. This copy is in remarkable condition – the best we can find on the current resell market. It came to us in a sealed plastic bag and based on the condition of this copy, it appears that it had been stored in that bag for the past 40 years. A superb piece of Beatle memorabilia in collectible condition!

Published by Macdonald Unit 75, London; Copyright 1969, this is a U.K. First Edition large softcover with original printed Retail Price of 25/- net. (on rear cover). In very well-preserved condition. Minimal cover wrap wear and some faint discoloration to white background (minor); no writing, marks or stains and no finger-handling or spine crease. This copy is the best condition of any of this softcover edition on the current resell market and is in “Collectible Condition”.

 

Deep Creek Merchant - The Story Of William Henry "Pete" Snyder (1984)

Deep Creek Merchant – The Story Of William Henry “Pete” Snyder (1984) – Author Charles G. Anderson presents a detailed biography of William Henry “Pete” Snyder (1836-1916), along with some of the history of Snyder, Texas, which was named after him. Included is Snyder’s service in the Union Army at a time when most Texans supported the Confederacy. The book is nicely illustrated with drawings as well as historical photographs, letters, documents, etc. The endpapers depict historical maps of Snyder, one dated 1883 and the other dated 1886. This Special Centennial signed & limited edition (#1093) biography was published in 1984.

Published by Snyder Publishing, Snyder; Copyright 1984, this is a Limited Numbered Edition: #1093 signed by the author. Published without dust jacket. Very light soiling to white cloth cover boards; no marks or stains to text pages or endpapers.

 

Austin And Its Architecture (1976)

Austin And Its Architecture (1976) – Edited by Kirby Keahey and Allen McCree, published in 1976 by the Austin Chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and the Women’s Architectural League, this book is comprised of hundreds of B/W photographs of structures built in and around the Austin area. All the structures are mapped by various areas and neighborhoods, and detailed information is given about the area, as well as about the structures portrayed. This is a fascinating historical look at Austin’s architecture through the mid 1970’s.

Published by Austin Chapter, American Institute of Architects/Women’s Architectural League; Copyright 1976; this is an Assumed First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $12.00. The front of the dust jacket has been damaged by moisture resulting in waviness and a tear along the bottom edge; overall, the dust jacket has wear at edges, a few small tears and light soiling; the book has no writing or marks; light finger-handling indents to the outside margin edges of a few pages.

 

Between Sun And Sod - An Informal History Of The Texas Panhandle (1976)

Between Sun And Sod – An Informal History Of The Texas Panhandle (1976) – First published in a small edition in 1938, this 1976 edition was revised and expanded with illustrations by H.D. Bugbee and an Introduction by Fred Rathjen. This is the informal story of the Texas Panhandle: an account of the rough, restless men who first opened the land and the gentler folk who tamed it; the towns – Adobe Walls, Mobeetie, Tascosa, Clarendon, and Amarillo – whose stories reflect in small the changing face of the frontier; and of the land itself, its challenges and rewards.

When the author Mrs. Willie Newbury Lewis went to the High Plains with her rancher husband as a bride in 1912, the frontier had passed but she knew many of the old-timers and observed firsthand what remained of an earlier way of life. Her history of the civilizing of the region is based largely on personal interviews and correspondence with some fifty of the men and women who made it happen. Nicely illustrated with H.D. Bugbee’s pen-and-ink illustrations. Referenced in Herd #1330 and Six-Guns #1331.

Published by Texas A&M Press; Copyright 1976, Revised Edition softcover with original printed Retail Price of $5.95. Former owner’s name/information neatly written on front free end papers; no other writing or marks. Top page edge has some foxing.

 

Hound-Dog Man (1949)

Hound-Dog Man (1949) – Listed in A.C. Greene’s 50+ Best Books on Texas, Hound-Dog Man is a classic Texas story of a boy who wants a hunting dog all his own. Frederick Benjamin Gipson (1908-1973) was born on a farm near Mason in the Texas Hill Country. After working at a variety of farming and ranching jobs, he enrolled in 1933 at the University of Texas at Austin. There he wrote for The Daily Texan and The Ranger, but he left school before graduating to become a newspaper journalist. In the 1940s, Gipson began writing short stories with a western theme which proved to be prototypes for his longer works of fiction that followed. In 1946, his first full-length book The Fabulous Empire: Colonel Zack Miller’s Story was published.

Hound-Dog Man was published in 1949 and established Gipson’s reputation when it became a Doubleday Book-of-the-Month Club selection, selling over 250,000 copies in its first year of publication. It was later made into a 1959 film starring Fabian and Stuart Whitman. Gipson wrote other novels but is best known for his 1956 novel Old Yeller which won the 1957 Newbery Award. and achieved enduring popularity thanks to the 1957 Walt Disney Studios film.

Published by Harper & Brothers; Copyrights 1947, 1949; this is a ‘First Edition’ with L-X & 1-9 codes and scarce unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $2.50; “Sanger Bros” store sticker on rear dust jacket fold-over with $2.50 price. Some dust jacket wear with rubbing and edge wear; one small tear at bottom spine edge; no writing, marks or stains. This is the very well-preserved copy of a true first edition with the scarce dust jacket – not the more commonly seen BCE/BOMC or ex-library copy!

 

Doctors In Gray - The Confederate Medical Service (1958)

Doctors In Gray – The Confederate Medical Service (1958) – Author H. H. Cunningham’s Doctors in Gray remains the definitive work on the medical history of the Confederate army. Drawing on a prodigious array of sources, the author paints as complete a picture as possible of the daunting task facing those charged with caring for the Civil War’s wounded and sick. Cunningham, whose special interest was medical history, included photos of documents as well as an Appendix that included wartime appropriations to the Army Medical Department listed for each year of the War, listings of medical personnel, and reports concerning the Battle of Chickamauga. Also includes Bibliography and Index.

Published by Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge; Copyright 1958, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $6.00. Light wear to dust jacket including a few short mended tears and rubbing; very clean book with no writing, marks or stains.

 

Valor In Gray - Recipients Of The Confederate Medal Of Honor (1996)

Valor In Gray – Recipients Of The Confederate Medal Of Honor (1996) – Although quietly displayed in a wide variety of public settings, the Confederate Medal of Honor remains one of the rarest and least known decorations for American battlefield valor. The forty-three Confederate Medals of Honor endure as silent witnesses to the extraordinary gallantry of another age. Among their number are but a few well-known names. Most served as obscure enlisted soldiers who embraced the cataclysmic challenges of their time, then when faced with the life and death trials of the battlefield, rose “above and beyond the call of duty.” Here, for the first time, are the stories of the men behind the medals.

This book is signed by the author on the title page and includes a non-personalized inscription: “Yours in tribute to Southern Valor. Gregg S. Clemmer”. The book also includes Appendix A: Miscellaneous War Decorations of the Confederacy, and Appendix B: The Confederate Roll of Honor, as well as a Bibliography and Index. Illustrated with portraits, plus photos or drawings of the various medals. Foreword written by Capt. Thomas G. Kelley, USN (Retired).

Published by The Hearthside Publishing Co, Staunton, VA; Copyright 1996, this is a Centennial Edition signed by the author on the full title page. Unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price; $27.00 is lightly penciled in on front free end papers. Dust jacket has light edge wear and faint moisture stain on back panel along portions of the top and bottom edges – stain does not appear on printed side of dust jacket and there are no moisture stains or damage to book; faint dirt smudge on bottom page edge; other than author’s inscription/signature, there is no other writing, marks or stains.

 

Main Street (1978)

Main Street (1978) – Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885–1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his vigorous and graphic art of description and his ability to create, with wit and humor, new types of characters.” His works are known for their insightful and critical views of American society and capitalist values, as well as for their strong characterizations of modern working women. Published in 1920, Main Street, Lewis’ satirical novel about small town life, was a phenomenal success, earning its author the present day equivalent of approximately $3 million.

This 1978 Limited Edition was published as part of the Franklin Library’s The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature Series, a limited edition published under the auspices of The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. This Franklin edition is bound in genuine leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and silk moire endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. The Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyrights through 1978; Title Page Date: 1978. From original owner in “as new” condition.

 

La Divina Commedia (The Divine Comedy)

La Divina CommediaThe Divine Comedy (Italian: La Divina Commedia) written by Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) between 1308 and his death in 1321 is widely considered the central epic poem of Italian literature, and is seen as one of the greatest works of world literature. The poem’s imaginative and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife is a culmination of the medieval world-view as it had developed in the Western Church. It helped establish the Tuscan dialect in which it is written as the Italian standard. It is divided into three parts, the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. Originally the work was simply titled Commedia and was later christened Divina by Giovanni.

This volume is illustrated by Gustave Dore (1832-1883), the French artist, engraver, illustrator and sculptor. Doré worked primarily with wood engraving and steel. His illustrations for The Divine Comedy consist of full-page engravings and this book, published in the Italian language by European Book of Milano, also includes illustrated endpapers by Dupeyrou and commentary by Eugenio Camerini.

Published by European Book, Milan; No copyright date. Oversize volume with unaltered dust jacket having no printed retail price. Edge wear to dust jacket including some delamination to bottom edge at spine; no writing, markings or stains.

 

A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary Of The Hebrew Language For Readers Of English (1987)

A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary Of The Hebrew Language For Readers Of English (1987) – Prepared by the eminent language scholar and lexicographer Ernest Klein with foreword by Haim Rabin of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, this is a clear and concise work on the origins of Hebrew words and their development. Over 30,000 entries are first given in Hebrew form, then translated into English and analyzed etymologically using Latin transcription for all non-Latin scripts. Features include guides for the transliteration of Greek, Hebrew, and Arabic, and complete guides to abbreviations, symbols, and reference sources used in the book. With the exception of the Hebrew terms, the book is in English; cognate and source words from other languages are transliterated and translated into English.

Published by Macmillan; Copyright 1987, this is a First Edition/First Printing with unaltered Mylar protected dust jacket with no printed retail price; penciled price of $50.00 on front free end paper. Previous owner’s name and penciled notes (could be erased) on front free end paper. Owner’s name discretely written in rear gutter. No writing, marks or stains to text pages.

 

Outlines Of Cosmic Philosophy (1916)

Outlines Of Cosmic Philosophy (1916) – John Fiske (1842-1901) was an American philosopher and historian. From 1869 to 1871, Fiske was a Harvard university philosophy lecturer, as well as an an instructor of history, and an assistant librarian (1872-1879). Fiske gave many hundreds of lectures, chiefly upon American history, in the principal cities of the United States and Great Britain. The largest part of his life was devoted to the study of history, but at an early age inquiries into the nature of human progress led him to a careful study of the doctrine of evolution, and it was through the popularization of Charles Darwin’s work that he first became known to the public. He applied himself to the philosophical interpretation of Darwin’s work and produced many books and essays on this subject.

His philosophy was influenced by Herbert Spencer’s views on evolution. In a letter from Charles Darwin to John Fiske, dated from 1874, the naturalist remarks: “I never in my life read so lucid an expositor (and therefore thinker) as you are.” Nineteenth-century enthusiasm for brain size as a simple measure of human performance, championed by some remarkably astute scientists (including Darwin’s cousin Francis Galton and the French neurologist Paul Broca) led Fiske to believe in the racial superiority of the “Anglo-Saxon race”. However, there are no good grounds to consider Fiske a racist or Social Darwinist. In fact, so anti-slavery was he that twenty-three years after the cessation of the American Civil War, he declared the North’s victory complete “despite the feeble wails” of “unteachable bigots.”

In his book The Destiny of Man (1884), he devotes a whole chapter to the “End of the working of natural selection upon man”, describing it as “a fact of unparalleled grandeur.” In his view, “the action of natural selection upon Man has … been essentially diminished through the operation of social conditions.” In books such as Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy, Fiske aimed to show that “in reality there has never been any conflict between religion and science, nor is any reconciliation called for where harmony has always existed.” This four volume set of Fiske’s magnum opus was published by Houghton Mifflin based upon lectures given by him at Harvard in the autumn of 1869 and the spring of 1871, and afterward repeated, wholly or in part, in Boston, New York, Milwaukee, and London.

Published by Houghton Mifflin; Copyrights 1874, 1902, 1916; this is a complete vintage 1916 set. Published without dust jackets; uniformly bound in blue cloth with gilt spine titles and gilt upper page edges; light wear to boards including a few spots to Volume 1; no ownership marks, stains, or writing. A nice vintage set complete in four volumes.

 

Gems Of The World's Best Classics (1927)

Gems Of The World’s Best Classics (1927) – Compiled by Llewellyn Jones (Literary Editor for the Chicago Evening Post), this is a complete five volume set of “A Collection of Complete Short Stories and Essays chosen from the Literatures of all Periods and Countries Written by Standard Authors”. A unique feature of this vintage set is the short biography about the writer or author that is included prior to the presentation of each featured “gem” of classic literature, poetry, or writing.

Published by The Geographical Publishing Co, Chicago; Copyright 1927. Published without dust jackets; uniformly bound; wear to the cover boards, primarily at spine extremes at corners; previous owner’s info neatly written in blue ink in the front of each volume; no other writing, marks or stains.

 

Childcraft (1935)

Childcraft (1935) – The Childcraft series was originally created in the mid 1930s by W. F. Quarrie & Company, then publishers of the World Book Encyclopedia. Starting out as 7 volumes in 1935, the set grew to 15 volumes in the 1950s. The Childcraft set also added a separate, optional, special annual volume each year starting in 1965. In addition, by the 1980s the series had broadened its reach to a dozen foreign language editions, with editions shipped to over 50 countries around the world.

Childcraft was created as a sort of encyclopedia for young children. With simple texts and illustrations, the volumes were designed to make learning fun. Each volume addressed different subjects, including literature – such as short stories and poetry, including fairy tales and nursery rhymes – as well as mathematics and the sciences. The first six volumes of this original 1935 set included:

  • Volume One: Book of Verse
  • Volume Two: Stories of Fact and Fancy
  • Volume Three: Stories of Life and Land
  • Volume Four: The Child At Home
  • Volume Five: The Child At School
  • Volume Six: The Child At Play

Childcraft illustrations

The first three volumes were designed to be used primarily by children, with volumes three through six being geared towards both children and their parents. Volume Seven of the set was the ‘Parent Guide’. The illustrations in these vintage volumes include numerous full page color plates as well as black and white drawings and photographs. It is very uncommon to see the earliest edition of this set, especially in the complete seven volume format.

Published by W.F. Quarrie & Co, Chicago; Copyright: 1935 (a few volumes include earlier copyright dates for work that was included in those volumes published earlier); this is a complete 7 volume First Edition set. Published without dust jackets; Moderate wear to most volumes with more wear to volume one: corners of boards are heavily worn and frayed and front cover has some damage to the margin edges; some pencil and crayon marks noted; a few minor page tears noted as well; hinge cracks to first three volumes but no loose pages; some water and finger-handling stains to margin edges of some pages.

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A New Face

Folks who came into the store for the first time last weekend may not have noticed anything different, but anyone who has been to Recycled Reads before quickly noticed a new face behind the counter. Please join us in welcoming Ruth Jui, our new full-time Assistant Manager! Ruth comes to us with many years of management experience in the Austin Public Library system and we are thrilled to have her on our team!

As you may know, our store manager Mindy has been holding down the fort as the only full-time employee since we opened for business over two years ago. We do have several temporary employees as well as Library staff who assist on a regular basis, but it has been nearly impossible for Mindy to do anything else but run the store – good thing she never gets sick! Now that Ruth is on board, Mindy will be free to focus more of her energy on management, training and community outreach tasks which she has wanted to do for some time.

Golden Oldies
Several newsworthy events have happened this week in the world of antique and collectible books. In London, the auction house Sotheby’s reported the sale of the only existing Jane Austen manuscript for an unfinished novel “The Watsons”. This rough original draft, dated to 1804 and bearing numerous hand-written corrections by Austen, fetched a price of $1.6 million – equivalent to a bar of gold weighing 62.5 pounds.

Closer to home, the San Antonio public library recently placed its rare First Edition of the King James Bible on display through August 26. Here at the store we are fortunate to have received donations of antique books dating back to the 1700’s (all of which quickly passed through our Collectibles Cabinets), but their acquisition was the result of a generous bequest and now serves as the crown jewel in the San Antonio Public Library’s collection of historic documents.

Japan Update
It has been four months since the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit the Japanese island of Honshu. At the time of the disaster, millions of Americans rushed to provide support to those rendered homeless by the floods and damaged nuclear reactor. Here at Recycled Reads we wanted to help as well by sending books to those living in shelters but did not know how to proceed. Some time after contacting the local Japan-America Society of Greater Austin, I received the following message from JAS President Kako Ito: “We consulted with the Consulate General of Japan and we try to find the NPOs who accept the used books or any Japanese books. We think that it is very difficult to send the books (or even clothes) to Japan because of storage capability, freight costs, etc.”. Ito went on to suggest that anyone wishing to provide support for the refugees do so through donations to the American Red Cross.

Since Recycled Reads is part of the Austin Public Library it cannot make charitable donations to one organization over another. However, I personally have made a cash contribution to the Red Cross in support of those displaced by these disasters and encourage anyone out there who is still so motivated to do the same. I like to think that if the situation was reversed and Austin was hit by a terrible disaster, the people of Japan would come to our aid as well. Nippon no yujin o sasaete kudasai!

Readers Without Borders
Well, it finally happened: Borders Books is now a page in the history books. Started by current Austin resident Tom Borders and his brother in Ann Arbor back in 1979, Borders grew from a cozy independent book store to become the second largest book seller in the world. Along the way Borders helped to change the bookstore experience from a private and somewhat introverted pastime to a public and social destination, complete with coffee.

Unfortunately for them times have changed, and in this case Borders was unable to keep up with the rapid evolution of online book sellers (think Amazon) and the equally rapid rise of e-books (Amazon again). The largest retail book seller Barnes & Noble is still in business, but only because they have tried to keep pace with Amazon online while attempting to ride the e-book tidal wave on the back of their Nook reader. Borders’ entry into online commerce was too slow to make a dent into the other retailers’ business, and similarly they were playing catch-up with the introduction of their Kobo e-reader – too little, too late.

Sad as it is to see any book seller go out of business, Borders’ demise may actually be good news for smaller independent book dealers. To quote a recent NPR report by Rachel Syme ‘bookstores are fighting for their lives, day in and day out. Only the most relevant, vibrant, dynamic, essential, committed, nimble, involved and enticing independents will survive the e-book tsunami’. Here at Recycled Reads we like to think that we are fortunate to be all of those things, with the added advantage of being part of the Austin Public Library. We hope you think so too and we really appreciate your support.

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 July 28:

La Comedie Humaine (The Human Comedy) (1906)

La Comedie Humaine (The Human Comedy) (1906) – The Human Comedy is the title of Honore de Balzac’s (1799–1850) multi-volume collection of interlinked novels and stories depicting French society in the period of the Restoration and the July Monarchy (1815–1848). La Comédie Humaine (original title) consists of 95 finished works (stories, novels or analytical essays) and 48 unfinished works (some of which exist only as titles). The title of the series is usually considered an allusion to Dante’s Divine Comedy, however one French literary critic suggests that it may stem from poems by French poets Alfred de Musset or Alfred de Vigny. While Balzac sought the comprehensive scope of Dante, his title indicates the worldly, human concerns of a realist novelist. The stories are placed in a variety of settings, with characters reappearing in multiple stories. Because of its volume and complexity, La Comédie Humaine touches on the major literary genres in fashion in the first half of the 19th century.

This 1906 English translation of Balzac’s work was published by The Century Company (New York), and includes in Volume I a lengthy General Introduction, an Author’s Introduction, and a second Introduction. Balzac’s works were slow to be translated into English because they were perceived as unsuitable for female readers. Individual works appeared, but not until the 1890s did “complete” versions appear, from translator Ellen Marriage in London (1895-8, forty volumes edited by George Saintsbury, five omitted as too shocking) and from G. B. Ives and others in Philadelphia (1895-1900). This is a complete set of Balzac’s The Human Comedy, with each vintage volume including a captioned frontispiece, as well as additional illustrated plates – almost all with the original tissue guards intact.

Published by The Century Company, NY; No copyright date; Title Page Date: 1906. Cloth cover boards are moderately worn, with some staining, fading and rubbing wear (fraying) to corners and spine extremes; a few boards lightly bowed; spine titles are rubbed and a few are chipped; some staining, pencil marks or finger-handling present to text/end papers; creasing to some pages noted; hinges are loosening (no pages missing); Volume VII’s frontispiece is lacking the tissue-guard.

 

The Interpreter's Dictionary Of The Bible (1976)

The Interpreter’s Dictionary Of The Bible (1976) – Edited by Keith Crim, this is a complete five volume illustrated encyclopedia set (including the Supplementary Volume) “identifying and explaining all proper names and significant terms and subjects in the Holy Scriptures, including the Apocrypha, with attention to archaeological discoveries and researches into the life and faith of ancient times” Nicely illustrated and includes color map plates.

Published by Abingdon Press, Nashville, TN; Copyright 1976. Unknown if this edition published with dust jackets; no writing or markings. Cloth cover boards show light wear. Volume “E-J” has some damage from moisture exposure causing some warping to the cover boards and resulting in some waviness to the bottom half of the pages (text and illustrations are unaffected); some print from the illustrated rear end paper has bled through on the bottom edge of a handful of pages.

 

The Britannica Library Of Great American Writing (1960)

The Britannica Library Of Great American Writing (1960) – Edited with historical notes and running commentary by Louis Untermeyer, this two volume boxed set was published by Britannica Press (Chicago) in 1960. The volumes encompass an exceptional and extensive collection of notable works by America’s literary masters: Irving, Hawthorne, Emerson, Poe, Whittier, Longfellow, Whitman, Twain, O. Henry, Bierce, Crane, Cather, London, Anderson, Hemingway, Frost, Sandburg, Eliot, and more. Also included are letters, speeches and documents which greatly influenced the course of our nation’s history.

Published by Britannica Press (Chicago) and distributed by J.P Lippincott, Philadelphia; Copyright 1960. Boxed set of 2 hard cover volumes with unaltered dust jackets (original retail price of $15.00 on each book). Wear to dust jackets with tears and chip to spine edges and some rubbed spots; general wear to storage box; no stains or marking in books.

 

Look Homeward, Angel: A Story Of The Buried Life (1977)

Look Homeward, Angel: A Story Of The Buried Life (1977) – Thomas Clayton Wolfe (1900–1938) was a major American novelist of the early 20th century whose work would influence the writings of Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury and Philip Roth, among others. Wolfe’s books, written and published during the 1920s and 1930s, reflect vividly on American culture and mores of the period, albeit filtered through Wolfe’s sensitive, sophisticated and hyper-analytical perspective. Wolfe eventually wrote four lengthy novels, with Look Homeward Angel: A Story of the Buried Life being his first, published in 1920. The book is considered to be Wolfe’s spiritual autobiography.

This 1977 Limited Edition was published as part of the Franklin Library’s The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature series, a limited edition published under the auspices of The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. This Franklin edition is bound in genuine leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and silk moire endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Also included is the ‘Notes From the Editors’ companion booklet.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. The Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyrights through 1977; Title Page Date: 1977. From original owner in “as new” condition.

 

Two Years Before The Mast (1977)

Two Years Before The Mast (1977) – Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815–1882) was an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts, a descendant of an eminent colonial family who gained renown as the author of this seafaring American classic. Although from a privileged birth, Dana served as a merchant seaman for a period when he was suspended from Harvard law school for participating in a student protest. During his voyages between Boston and ‘Alta California’ (at that time still a part of Mexico), Dana kept a diary of from which he wrote his 1840 memoir, Two Years Before the Mast. The voyage would bring Dana to a number of settlements in California, and later in the decade during the California Gold Rush Dana’s book would become highly sought after as one of the few sources of information on California. After witnessing a flogging on board the ship, Dana vowed that he would try to help improve the lot of the common seaman. His writing evidences his later social feeling for the oppressed, and both as a writer and as a lawyer, he was a champion of the downtrodden, from seamen to fugitive slaves.

This 1977 Limited Edition was published as part of the Franklin Library’s The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature series, a limited edition published under the auspices of The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. This Franklin edition is bound in genuine leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and silk moire endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Also included is the ‘Notes From the Editors’ companion booklet.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. The Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyrights through 1977; Title Page Date: 1977. From original owner in “as new” condition.

 

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (1977)

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (1977) – Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain’s 1876 novel about a young boy growing up in a small town along the Mississippi River, is one of the most beloved masterpieces of American comic literature.

This 1977 Limited Edition was published as part of the Franklin Library’s The 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature series, a limited edition published under the auspices of The American Revolution Bicentennial Administration. This Franklin edition is bound in genuine leather with 22 kt. gold embellishments, and includes all pages edged in gilt to protect from humidity damage. Additionally, the book features distinctive raised spine ribs, permanent attached ribbon marker, and silk moire endpapers. The pages are printed on acid-free paper to prevent yellowing or tanning. Also included is the ‘Notes From the Editors’ companion booklet.

The Franklin Library was the distributing arm of the The Franklin Press, the publishing division of The Franklin Mint. The books were designed and bound by The Sloves Organization, Ltd. which The Franklin Mint purchased in the early 1970’s. This bindery was one of the few in the world devoted exclusively to the crafting of fine leather book bindings. The Franklin Library, along with the Easton Press, were the United States’ largest distributors of finely bound leather books from the 1970s through the 1990s. The Franklin Library stopped producing fine binding books in 2000. The Franklin Library editions are now considered out-of-print and are collectible.

Published by The Franklin Library, Franklin Center, PA; Copyrights through 1977; Title Page Date: 1977. From original owner in “as new” condition.

 

Alexander Dumas' Dictionary Of Cuisine (1958)

Alexander Dumas’ Dictionary Of Cuisine (1958) – Alexandre Dumas, born Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (1802–1870), was a French writer best known for his historical novels of high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne were originally serialized. Dumas also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent.

A cookbook written by Dumas was seen as an improbability, yet Alexandre Dumas was an expert cook. His love of food was said to be equaled only by his love of women. Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine was written “to be read by worldly people and used by professionals”. A combination encyclopedia and cookbook published posthumously in 1873, it is considered a masterpiece in its own right. A witty (even sometimes hilarious) dictionary combining recipes and anecdotes in Dumas’ inimitable style, the book briefly describes the history of food and cooking, defines cooking terms, methods and ingredients, and includes recipes. This abridged 1958 edition of the Dictionary is designed to be both useful and entertaining. There are hundreds of recipes for sauces, soups, meat, fish, eggs, poultry and game well within the scope of an experienced and imaginative cook.

Published by Simon and Schuster, NY; Edited, Abridged and Translated by Louis Colman from Le Grand Dictionnaire de Cuisine; Copyright 1958, this is a First Printing with original mylar protected dust jacket with penciled price of $2.95. Edge wear and some soiling to original dust jacket prior to being mylar protected; shadow of penciled price (now erased) on front free end papers; no other writing, marks or stains.

 

Soma: Divine Mushroom Of Immortality

Soma: Divine Mushroom Of ImmortalityIllustrated with 22 plates (17 in color) and other illustrations, this groundbreaking work identified Soma, the intoxicating plant-god of the Rig Veda, as the psycho-active fly agaric mushroom and traced the influence of the fungus on Indo-European culture. Wasson’s brilliantly argued and researched theory flies in the face of traditional scholarship, which until then had identified Soma as an alcoholic beverage.

R. Gordon Wasson (1898 – 1986) was a Vice-President of J.P. Morgan, a banker whose greatest contribution was in the field of entheogenic fungi. He became interested in edible mushrooms on his honeymoon in the Catskills in 1927. Passionately interested in the place of mushrooms in myth and folklore, he and his wife Valentina became serious ethno-mycological scholars with a large number of publications. They were the first Westerners to participate in a Mazatec mushroom ritual in Mexico. Wasson had two species of psychoactive mushrooms named after him and provided the specimens used by Albert Hofmann, the discoverer of LSD, to identify the chemical structure of the active compounds psilocybin and psilocin. This edition faithfully reproduces the text and all but two of the many color and black and white illustrations of the original lavishly printed 1968 edition.

Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; Copyright: None. Original Edition published in 1968, this softcover is most likely a 1972 printing. Softcover with original printed Retail Price of $7.50. Some cover wear, including creasing to corner and spine crease; previous owner’s name written on front free end paper; no other writing, marks or stains.

 

Captain Horation Hornblower (1939)

Captain Horation Hornblower (1939) – This vintage 1939 set includes: Beat to Quarters (first published in 1937), A Ship of the Line (first published in 1938) and Flying Colours (first published in 1938). This three-volume set was released as a slip-cased set in 1939 shortly after the third novel was published. Each volume includes a frontispiece illustration by N.C. Wyeth.

Cecil Scott “C.S.” Forester was the pen name of Cecil Louis Troughton Smith (1899-1966), an English novelist who rose to fame with his tales of naval warfare. His most notable works were the 11-book Horatio Hornblower series, depicting a Royal Navy officer during the Napoleonic era, and The African Queen which was later made into a film by John Huston. Two of Forester’s novels included in this three volume set, A Ship of the Line and Flying Colours, were jointly awarded the 1938 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. Ernest Hemingway was quoted as saying, “I recommend Forester to everyone literate I know,” and Winston Churchill stated, “I find Hornblower admirable.” Although in very good condition, these volumes are lacking the original (and fragile) glassine dust jackets as well as the slipcase.

Published by Little, Brown and Co, NY; Copyrights through 1939, Title Page Dates: 1939. Originally published with glassine dust jackets and slipcase (now missing). Light soiled spots on two of the cover boards, and some discoloration to spine cloth; no writing, marks or stains to end papers or text pages. In very well-preserved condition for its age.

 

Sanskrit And Its Kindred Literatures: Studies In Comparative Mythology (1880)

Sanskrit And Its Kindred Literatures: Studies In Comparative Mythology (1880) – Written by Laura Elizabeth Poor, this classic work covers: The Origin of Literature; Brahmanism and the Maha Bharata; Buddhism and The Ramayana; Sanskrit Philosophy, Fable, and Drama; and gives comparisons to other Indo-European cultures such as Greece, Rome, the Celts, and Germans, among others. Includes an Index.

Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston; Copyright 1880, this is an 1880 First Edition. Published without dust jacket; cloth boards are moderately worn and show some light staining; two previous owner names and penciled page numbers on rear free end papers (could be erased); penciled price of $2.00 on full-title page; front hinge starting – no loose pages; no stains or marks other than previously noted.

 

The Roll-Call Of Westminster Abbey (1903)

The Roll-Call Of Westminster Abbey (1903) – This very nicely illustrated vintage book serves “to link together the various memories of the dead”. Beginning before the Conquest and leading up through the Coronation of Edward the Seventh in 1902, author Mrs. A. Murray Smith presents a “roll-call” of those famous personages enshrined and entombed in Westminster Abbey. The book is profusely illustrated with black and white plates, as well as five fold-out detailed floor-plans of the chapels, transepts, and nave of the Abbey.

Published by Smith, Elder & Company, London; Copyright: None Stated; Title Page Date: 1903 (Stated ‘Third Edition’). Published without dust jacket; cover boards heavily worn with fraying, splitting and staining to cloth; previous dated (1904) gift inscription on half-title page; appears front hinge has been repaired and half-title page was slightly misaligned; small hole (possible insect damage) to lower edge of first several pages and endpapers; tissue overlay has discolored and is damaged where overlay adhered to frontispiece and was pulled away; some foxing or finger-handling marks present; rear free end paper has lightly penciled notations (could be erased). Illustrated plates and plans in very nice condition.

 

Canterbury Tales (1934)

Canterbury Tales (1934) – Written by Geoffrey Chaucer and rendered into Modern English by J.U. Nicolson with illustrations by Rockwell Kent. A ‘new readable version of one of the masterpieces of all time”, J.U. Nicolson produced a version faithful to Chaucer’s original: “retaining all its lusty flavor, but rendering it in the modern idiom”. This 1934 Deluxe Edition is highlighted by twenty-five full page drawings by renowned illustrator Rockwell Kent, and includes the Rockwell Kent endpapers and dust jacket art. The embossed cloth cover boards, which have been nicely protected by the now rather worn dust jacket, are in beautiful condition and retain the original Rockwell Kent paste-downs on both the front cover and spine. The illustrations for this edition are the same as were made for the original $50 limited edition, and helped to capture the spirit of Chaucer and amplify and clarify the Tales themselves. Look past the condition of the dust jacket – this is a beautifully illustrated book by one of the most famous illustrators of the period.

Published by Garden City, NY; Copyright 1934, this is a vintage Deluxe Edition with scarce unaltered dust jacket with no printed Retail Price; reverse side as well as back panel depict advertising for Garden City books. Dust jacket is heavily worn with several mended tears and chips; fold-over has small red stamp, possibly from original bookseller; cloth cover boards show very light wear at bottom spine extreme but are otherwise in beautiful condition – both paste-downs are “as new”; front end paper has a small scar behind the fold-over – looks like a stamp may have been removed; vertical crease to front free end paper and half-title page; faint soiled spot to outer page edge; no writing or marks. A well-preserved copy of this vintage “deluxe edition”.

 

The History And Culture Of The Indian People

The History And Culture Of The Indian People The History of the Indian People is a series of eleven volumes on the history of India from prehistoric times to the establishment of the modern state in 1947. Written by a team of sixty scholars over a period of twenty-six years, this important historical work presents a comprehensive account of the political, socioeconomic and cultural history of the Indian people. Historian R.C. Majumdar was the general editor of the series. The set was published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhayan, India. Each volume is illustrated with photographs and maps, including some fold-out maps. Each volume includes an Index and Bibliography, and some volumes include Appendices and Chronology. This is a Kulapati Munshi Centenary Edition.

Published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhayan, India; Copyrights: Various years up through the 1990’s. Unaltered dust jackets with original retail prices printed in Rupees. Dust jackets have light wear; some hinge cracks, but no loose pages; a few volumes have underlining in light pencil; no other markings noted; a few tears or small holes were noted.

 

The Civil War: A Narrative – Fort Sumter to Perryville (1958)

The Civil War: A Narrative – Fort Sumter to Perryville (1958) Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. (1916-2005) was an American historian and novelist. The Civil War: A Narrative was Foote’s massive, three-volume history of the war. The individual volumes include Fort Sumter to Perryville (1958), Fredericksburg to Meridian (1963), and Red River to Appomattox (1974). On the strength of his novel Shiloh, Random House asked Foote for a short Civil War history but Foote soon realized that the project would require much more time and energy. Random House agreed, and using the money from his 1955 Guggenheim Fellowship (Foote also won Guggenheims in 1956 and 1959), Foote set out to write the trilogy’s first volume, Fort Sumter to Perryville. This 400,000-word account was published in 1958. By 1963 Foote had finished the second volume Fredericksburg to Meridian. In 1964 he began Volume 3 Red River to Appomattox, but found himself repeatedly distracted by the ongoing events in the nation and was not able to finish and publish it until 1974. Writing the third volume took as many years as had the first two combined.

This, the first volume of the trilogy, covers the roots of the war to the Battle of Perryville on October 8, 1862. All the significant battles are here, from Bull Run through Shiloh, the Seven Days Battles, Second Bull Run to Antietam, and Perryville in the fall of 1862, but so are the smaller and often equally important engagements on both land and sea: Ball’s Bluff, Fort Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island No. Ten, New Orleans, Monitor versus Merrimac, and Stonewall Jackson’s Valley Campaign.

Shelby Foote was relatively unknown to the American public until his appearance in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was “central to all our lives”. Foote did not autograph or sign many of his books, but there are a few out there, most obtained by Civil War historians or collectors as the volumes were published. The first and second books of the trilogy we are offering, both signed, were donated by the estate of an avid Civil War collector and a member of the Civil War Book Club during the 1950’s-1960’s when these volumes were first published.

Published by Random House; Copyright 1958, this is a stated ‘First Printing’ flat-signed “Shelby Foote” in blue ink on the reverse side of the front free end paper. Unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $10.00; date code on fold-over: 11/58. Dust jacket has wear to edges (a few tears) and some discoloration, particularly at spine; other than author’s signature, no other writing, marks or stains. A very nice, very scarce signed first printing copy. Very collectible.

 

The Civil War: A Narrative – Fredericksburg To Meridian (1963)

The Civil War: A Narrative – Fredericksburg To Meridian (1963) – Shelby Dade Foote, Jr. (1916-2005) was an American historian and novelist. The Civil War: A Narrative was Foote’s massive, three-volume history of the war. The individual volumes include Fort Sumter to Perryville (1958), Fredericksburg to Meridian (1963), and Red River to Appomattox (1974). On the strength of his novel Shiloh, Random House asked Foote for a short Civil War history but Foote soon realized that the project would require much more time and energy. Random House agreed, and using the money from his 1955 Guggenheim Fellowship (Foote also won Guggenheims in 1956 and 1959), Foote set out to write the trilogy’s first volume, Fort Sumter to Perryville. This 400,000-word account was published in 1958. By 1963 Foote had finished the second volume Fredericksburg to Meridian. In 1964 he began Volume 3 Red River to Appomattox, but found himself repeatedly distracted by the ongoing events in the nation and was not able to finish and publish it until 1974. Writing the third volume took as many years as had the first two combined.

This, the second volume of the trilogy, is dominated by the almost continual confrontation of great armies. The starting point for this volume is the Battle of Fredericksburg, fought on December 13, 1862, between General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and the Army of the Potomac commanded by Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside. In the West, one of the most complex and determined sieges of the war has begun. Here, Ulysses S. Grant’s seven relentless efforts against Vicksburg demonstrate Lincoln’s and Grant’s determination. With Vicksburg finally under siege, Lee again invades the North. The three-day conflict at Gettysburg receives significant coverage.

Shelby Foote was relatively unknown to the American public until his appearance in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The Civil War in 1990, where he introduced a generation of Americans to a war that he believed was “central to all our lives”. Foote did not autograph or sign many of his books, but there are a few out there, most obtained by Civil War historians or collectors as the volumes were published. The first and second books of the trilogy we are offering, both signed, were donated by the estate of an avid Civil War collector and a member of the Civil War Book Club during the 1950’s-1960’s when these volumes were first published.

Published by Random House; Copyright 1963, this is a stated ‘First Printing’ flat-signed “Shelby Foote” (signature underlined by author) in blue ink on the reverse side of the front free end paper. Unaltered dust jacket with original Retail Price of $12.50; date code on fold-over: 11/63. Dust jacket has wear to edges and some discoloration, particularly at spine; other than author’s signature, no other writing, marks or stains. A very nice, very scarce signed first printing copy. Highly collectible.

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Bits, Bites and Beats

Although I usually write on a single theme, this week I decided to do several random stream-of-consciousness style blog entries. Perhaps it was seeing two different Hunter S. Thompson books come through as donations, or just the fact that I’m feeling lazy and it’s easier to write a few small blurbs than a longer well-researched article. Regardless, here they are, submitted for your approval:

Random Bits
By now you have probably seen signs all around town which have nothing on them but a strange looking square filled with seemingly random smaller squares. Unless you own a smart phone with a QR (Quick Response code) reader app, you will probably just shrug and ignore the sign. As far as the makers of the sign are concerned, that’s exactly what they want to have happen. You see, one of the trendiest new marketing campaigns in Austin is the use of QR codes to advertise everything from apartments to zoos (or whatever else starts with ‘z’). The target market for these quirky codes are the trend-setters who use their smart phones to do things such as read hidden advertisements that only smart phone owners can read. The irony of this amazing new piece of information technology is that it is neither amazing or new. Look in your pantry at any packaged item and you will see the ubiquitous lines-and-spaces image of a bar code which has been used by laser scanners in stores since the 1970’s to read a product serial number. A QR code is basically a bar code expanded to include a longer string of alphanumeric characters such as a website URL or street address.

It should come as no surprise that some libraries are including QR codes in their catalogs to encode the title, call number and availability of an item so that patrons with smart phones may recall the item later rather than having to write it down. This is just part of a growing movement by libraries to use digital technology to manage their collections of both physical media and e-books. While QR codes lend themselves to being embedded in electronic media and used by mobile electronic devices, they do not work so well with physical media such as books, records and other items being circulated by libraries. This is where the RFID tag (Radio Frequency Identifier) comes in. Unlike QR or bar codes, each RFID tag is coded with a unique identifier up to 38 digits long which can be detected from a distance by an RFID reader device. If you are one of the 900,000 people currently driving on Texas toll roads who use a TxTag to breeze through the toll booths without slowing down, you are using RFID technology. Thanks to a program currently being implemented by the Austin Public Library, in a few years you should be able to do the same thing when checking out items from the library. Now that’s what I call progress!

Apple Bites
My on-again/off-again love of e-books shifted to the dark side this week with the announcement that iFlowReader, a popular e-book reader and sales app that runs on Apple’s iPad and iPhone devices, was immediately shutting its doors. The reason for this sudden closure was both unexpected and ominous: Apple announced that it was going to add a 30% commission for every e-book sold through its online store! For companies such as the one that created iFlowReader, this became a death sentence since they could not raise e-book prices to absorb this cost. Although I don’t own one of the Apple devices or the app in question, I can certainly empathize with this company and its customers. As the company announcement says “We bet everything on Apple and iOS and then Apple killed us by changing the rules in the middle of the game”. Coupled with the recent news that publisher Harper Collins was going to force public libraries to purchase a new e-book license for every 26 loans of any of its titles, this reeks to me of corporate greed run rampant. At least with printed books, you know that the seller isn’t going to come along sometime after your purchase and take your book back!

Beating The Heat
Now that the Great Drought of ’11 is well entrenched and we are running an average of 10 degrees above normal, I have to admit that I’m already sick of summer – and it won’t even be summer for another two weeks! Summer in Austin can be a grueling experience with the combination of unrelenting heat, drought and a lack of pastimes that don’t involve roasting alive. Fortunately, those of us who get to spend time indoors in the cool and comfortable air-conditioned aisles of Recycled Reads only have to worry about the heat when we leave the building. If you don’t like the heat either, come on down and chill out with us! We have free Wi-Fi access for your laptop, comfy chairs where you can sit as long as we’re open, and nearly 5,000 square feet of books for your reading pleasure. To make the Austin bookstore experience complete there are even a couple of funky new coffee houses within a few hundred feet of our front door. Of course, if you just want to shop, you can do that too – we’re cool with that.

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 June 9:

Robert E. Lee: A Biography

Robert E. Lee: A Biography – When he was approached by Charles Scribner’s Sons in 1915 with the request for a biography of General Robert E. Lee, CSA, author Douglas Southall Freeman embarked on a 19-year journey that would finally produce the epic four-volume R.E. Lee in 1935. This set won a Pulitzer Prize in 1935 and has become one of the most respected biographies ever written. Freeman, realizing that many biographies of Lee had been written prior to his accepting the task, sought sources that had been rarely if ever consulted. These sources included: the records of the Bureau of Engineers and of the United States Military Academy; collections of Southern families that included Lee’s letters; correspondence and memoirs of those who served with and against him in the War Between The States; and the files of Washington and Lee University. The portrait of Lee that Freeman paints in these four volumes is that of a true leader who was loved by his troops and respected by those who opposed him. Each of the four volumes in the set includes pages of illustrations, including a frontispiece. Volume I also includes a fold-out map.

Published by Scribner’s Sons, NY; Copyrights: 1934 (Vols I&II), 1935 (Vols III&IV); assumed to be later printings of the first editions: Scribner’s colophon present on each copyright page; no title page date; May have originally been the two boxed sets editions that paired Vols I&II & Vols III&IV. Previous owner’s name inside cover of Vol I; light wear and soiling to red cloth cover boards; front hinge of Vol I loose; mended tear to front free end paper and last text pages of Vol I; small soiled spot to fold-out map; a few light stains and/or dog-eared corners present in volumes; a handful of pages in Vol II have a bit of ragged upper edge wear and light soiling as though book may have been dropped; these four matched volumes may have originally been boxed set(s) issued without dust jackets.

 

Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War (1913)

Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War (1913) – Written by the late Colonel G.F.R.Henderson, C.B. with an introduction by Field Marshal the Late Right Honorable Viscount Wolseley, this is a complete two-volume biography of General “Stonewall” Jackson, CSA. Thomas Jonathan Jackson (1824-1863) was the most renowned and skillful commander of Confederate troops in the Civil War. Not even Lee or J.E.B. Stuart matched his purely military intelligence, his intransigence at Bull Run (which earned him the name “Stonewall”), his knack for knowing when to attack and retreat, or his tactical brilliance at Chancellorsville. He was stern, a strict Calvinist, a single-minded officer for whom religion and the army were everything, yet he had the undivided loyalty of the men he commanded.

This classic biography by the British historian G. F. R. Henderson, published in 1898, is a meticulous study of Jackson”s military campaigns from the Mexican War where he served under Winfield Scott to his death in 1863 at Chancellorsville. Henderson’s work has been referred to as the definitive military biography of Stonewall Jackson and is the most often quoted. The author analyzes Jackson’s campaigns in minute detail with many maps (some fold-out) to accompany the text. Volume I includes a tissue-guarded frontispiece portrait of Jackson. Henderson’s work is a somewhat romanticized view of a great hero inflected by the political views of the day, but it is considered the classic biography of one of the Civil War’s great warriors, introduced by one of the Civil War’s best historians.

These books were first printed in August 1898, with a second edition issued in April 1899. This very popular two-volume work was reprinted many times between 1900 and the second decade of the 20th century. Because the title page dates are not the same (Vol I is 1911; Vol II is 1913), it is assumed the two volumes making up this set (although matched) originally came from two different sets. This is not uncommon on more popular vintage sets where bindings were the same on subsequent printings. Both volumes making up this set are in extremely well-cared for condition – the best we’ve ever seen for this historical Civil War biography!

Published by Longmans, Green, and Co., London; No Copyright; printing editions listed on reverse of title page; Title Page dates: 1911 (Vol 1), 1913 (Vol 2), Stated “New Impression”. Published without dust jackets; discoloration (browning) to front and rear free end papers in each volume; light wear to cloth covers, including one small mended tear at gutter of vol. 2 and a few shallow scratches to spine cloth; a few (minor) stains to outer page edges of both volumes; minor handling marks to interiors, but no writing or tears; small vintage bookstore sticker inside each back cover from ‘The Brick Row Book Shop’, an antiquarian and rare bookseller once located in Austin at the corner of 24th and Guadalupe above Faulkner Drugs on The Drag. This is a very nice vintage set of this classic work – the best condition on the complete two-volume set we’ve ever seen!

 

Juneteenth At Comanche Crossing (1983)

Juneteenth At Comanche Crossing (1983) – Doris Hollis Pemberton (1917-1990) was a Texas civic leader, reporter and author. She spent her childhood in Limestone County near the communities of Comanche Crossing, Webb Chapel, Rocky Crossing and Groesbeck. Pemberton attracted national attention in 1944 when she became the first black reporter to cover a state Democratic convention in Texas. Pemberton found a racially offensive placard situated near her seat at the convention and hurled the placard away. About 4,000 spectators either cheered or booed as newsreel cameras filmed the incident. She later moved to Houston, where she engaged in a number of civic activities, including helping develop classes at various Houston museums and other locales for African-American children. During the 1950s, Pemberton also helped African-American children participate in local television programs.

Juneteenth at Comanche Crossing is a history and reminiscence of people and places in Pemberton’s native Limestone County. It is a panorama of human interest stories about Indians, Mexicans, Anglo-Saxons, Jews, and Blacks, and includes not just Limestone County, but also some areas of Leon, Freestone, McLennan, and Robertson Counties. It briefly deals with some areas of Calcasieu, De Soto, and Caddo Parishes of Louisiana. Overall, this scarce 1983 publication offers a broad look at the African-American history of the area and includes documented accounts, profiles, stories, personal experiences and several themes. It contains more than 144 photographs, some of which are rare oil field pictures. The book also includes seven maps, Appendices, Notes, Glossary, Selected Bibliography and an Index of Names.

Published by Eakin Press, Austin; Copyright 1983, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket (no printed Retail Price). This volume is in very well-cared for condition with only minor edge wear to the dust jacket and light foxing (discoloration) on back panel of the dust jacket and no writing, marks, or stains.

 

History Of Travis County And Austin 1839-1899 (1967)

History Of Travis County And Austin 1839-1899 (1967) -This is a 1967 Second Edition of Mary Starr Barkley’s History of Austin and Travis County first published in 1963 on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the county and city in 1964. Barkley wrote her “easy to read” history based on her research of manuscripts and printed sources in archives, libraries, and county offices, newspapers and interviews with “old timers”. The material covers: The Path of the Pioneers, Geography-Topography-Indians, Austin through various periods of the 19th century, Education and Schools, the University of Texas, Capitol and Newspapers, Civic Development (Fire, Police, Utilities), Economic and Religious development, Recreation, Historical Homes, Arts, and Folklore. The book also includes detailed listings of muster rolls during the Civil War with numerous illustrations including historical maps and photographs as well as Appendix, References, and Index.

Published by the Steck Co, Austin; Copyright 1963, this is a Second Edition 1967 ex-library copy with no dust jacket and minimal stamps/stickers; front cover and edge cloth split and lightly frayed; other than a few library stamps/stickers, there are no markings, writing or stains.

 

Suburbia By Bill Owens (1973)

Suburbia By Bill Owens (1973) – Bill Owens is an American photographer and photojournalist best known for this book Surbubia, first published in 1973. The book’s black and white photographs, which include comments by the subjects themselves, depict American suburban life through domestic scenes taken in the East Bay community of northern California during the early 1970’s. The Los Angeles Times commented that the book “rouses pity, contempt, laughter and self-recognition. Owens’s influence was immense during the 1970s especially in respect to the kind of portraiture that shows the middle class.” In 2001, Suburbia was included in Andrew Roth’s THE BOOK OF 101 BOOKS: Seminal Photographic Books of the Twentieth Century.

This volume was inscribed by Bill Owens to well-known photographer Russell Lee. Lee is most known for his iconic images while he worked on the Farm Security Administration documentation project in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. The personal inscription reads: “Russell, You & John Collier inspired me to do this book! Bill Owens 1977″ Includes an original folded insert sheet for books offered directly by Bill Owens through mail order.

Published by Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco; this is a stated ‘Second Printing, July 1973′ which is inscribed and dated by Bill Owens to Russell Lee on the half-title page. Original cover price of $5.95; wear to edges of cover wraps; gutter crease.

 

The Palace Of Peace Album (1920)

The Palace Of Peace Album (1920) – The Peace Palace is in The Hague, Netherlands and is often called “the seat of international law” because it houses the International Court of Justice (the principal judicial body of the United Nations), the Permanent Court of Arbitration (the PCA), the Hague Academy of International Law and the extensive Peace Palace Library. The idea for the Palace started from a discussion in 1900 between the Russian diplomat Friedrich Martens and the US diplomat Andrew White over providing a home for the PCA, which was established through the first Hague Peace Conference in 1899. White contacted philanthropist Andrew Carnegie who, although having initial reservations about the idea, finally agreed in 1903 to donate the $1.5 million needed for a Peace Temple that would house the PCA as well as to endow it with a library of international law. The building, in the Neo-Renaissance style, was designed by French architect Louis M. Cordonnier who won the commission in an open international competition.

The Palace is filled with many gifts from the different nations who attended the Second Hague Conference as a sign of their support. Among the gifts are a 3.2-ton vase from Russia, doors from Belgium, marble from Italy, a fountain from Denmark, wall carpets from Japan, the clock for the clock tower from Switzerland, Persian rugs from Iran and wood from Indonesia and the United States. The palace also features a number of statues, busts and portraits of prominent peace campaigners from around the world and of all eras. In 1907 the first stone was symbolically placed during the Second Hague Conference. The construction began some months later and was completed with an inauguration ceremony on August 28, 1913, attended by, among others, Andrew Carnegie.

This black and white photo-album, produced by Nijgh and Van Ditmar, was believed to have been produced around the time of the building’s dedication. The album contains text describing the history and purpose of the building, as well as pages of black and white photo-plates enhanced with descriptive text in four languages.

Published by Nijgh & Van Ditmar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; No Dates; Circa 1914-1920. Light discoloration, a few soiled spots, and minor creasing to cover wraps; very light finger-handling marks, but no writing. In nice condition for its age!

 

The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd (1927)

The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd (1927) – Written by Agatha Christie, this is a March 1927 ‘second impression’ published by W. Collins Sons & Co, Ltd, London. The Collins first edition, first impression published in March 1926 was Christie’s first work placed with that publisher. The book features Christie’s well-known Hercule Poirot character in the role of lead detective. This is one of Christie’s best known and most controversial novels, its innovative twist ending having a significant impact on the genre. The short biography of Christie which is included in the present U.K. printings of her books states that this novel is her masterpiece. Howard Haycraft, in his seminal 1941 work Murder for Pleasure included the novel in his “cornerstones” list of the most influential crime novels ever written. The character of Caroline Sheppard was later acknowledged by Christie as a possible precursor to her famous detective Miss Marple.

Published by W. Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, London; Copyright: 1926, 1927; this is a stated ‘Second Impression, March 1927′ missing the dust jacket; wear to cloth boards at spine edges; light soiling to cloth; previous owner’s name written neatly inside front cover; small area of darkening to top margin edge of page 1 that does not go through to backside; a few small light spots to outer page edge. Overall, a nice copy of this scarce early printing.

 

A Moveable Feast (1965)

A Moveable Feast (1965) – Ernest Hemingway’s classic memoir of Paris in the twenties with moving, and sometimes caustic, portraits of friends that included F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, and others, along with fascinating reflections on Hemingway’s own development as a young writer. This posthumous volume was compiled from old manuscripts found at the Ritz Hotel in Paris and is, according to some critics, more fiction than fact. Hemingway, in his preface, writes: “If the reader prefers, this book may be regarded as fiction.” The book was edited from his manuscripts and notes by his widow and fourth wife, Mary Hemingway, a respected journalist. It was published in 1964, three years after Hemingway’s death. The book includes eight pages of black and white photographs, as well as a painting of Hemingway by Henry Strater done in the winter of 1922-23 while Hemingway spent time in Italy. This is an October 1965 Book of the Month Club copy in very nice condition, and includes the dust jacket also in nice condition.

Published by Scribner’s, NY; Copyright 1964; BOMC copy with code of 1065 (Oct 1965) on rear panel of dust jacket. BOMC copy with no printed retail price; light edge wear and rubbing to the dust jacket; previous owner’s vintage bookplate on front free end paper, otherwise no marks, writing, or stains.

 

The Professional (1958)

The Professional (1958) – W.C. Heinz (1915-2008) was an American sportswriter and The Professional was his first novel. It is the story of boxer Eddie Brown’s quest for the middleweight championship of the world. Heinz not only realistically depicted the circus-like atmosphere around boxing with the assorted hangers-on, crooked promoters, and jaded journalists, but he created two memorable characters in Eddie Brown and Brown’s crusty trainer, Doc Carroll. They are at the heart of this poignant story as they bond together with their eye on the only prize that matters – the middleweight championship. This novel is Heinz at the top of his game – the writer who covered the fights better than anyone else of his era, who lean sentences, rough-and-ready dialogue, dry wit, and “you are there” style helped lay the foundation for the New Journalism of Jimmy Breslin, Gay Talese, and Tom Wolfe. Ernest Hemingway called this novel “the only good novel I’ve ever read about a fighter, and an excellent novel in its own right” and Pete Hamill described it as “one of the five best sports novels ever written”. The scarce dust jacket was designed by John Groth, a painter and illustrator most known for his sports and war subjects. Groth referred to his style of depicting figures in action as “speed line”, in which he made gestural line renderings based on onsite sketches and fleshed out the form with freely brushed watercolors.

Published by Harper Crest, NY; Copyright 1958; this copy is a First Edition with scarce unaltered dust jacket in Mylar protector and with original Retail Price sticker of $4.43. Ex-library copy with multiple stamps and stickers; card pockets removed with damage to endpapers; library reinforced binding.

 

The Cavaliers Of Fortune or British Heroes In Foreign Wars (1880's)

The Cavaliers Of Fortune or British Heroes In Foreign Wars (1880’s) – James Grant (1822-1887), born in Edinburgh, Scotland, was a prolific author and historian writing some 90 books including 56 novels. Many of his novels were about important characters and events in Scottish history. His first novel The Romance of War was published in 1845 and it was the first of many light novels from his pen dealing with the army, war and famous events from Scotland’s history. The Cavaliers of Fortune, subtitled “British Heroes of Foreign Wars”, was first published around 1858. In this book, Grant presents short biographies of famous men who figure prominently in English military history. Included are: Arthur Count De Lally, General of the Troops of Louis XV; Colonel John Cameron of the Gordon Highlanders; Baron Loudon, Marshall of the Austrian Army; Colonel Butler of the Irish Musketeers; Admiral Sir Samuel Greig, “Father of the Russian Navy”; and many others. In 1853, Grant founded the National Association for the Vindication of Scottish Rights. Grant is known today foremost as an historian, mostly because of his thoroughly-researched six-volume Old and New Edinburgh published in 1880.

Published by George Routledge and Sons, London; No copyright; Circa 1880’s, with later applied library paste down (most likely from the early 20th century). Vintage stamp and paste down inside front cover from East Riding County Library (U.K.); some cover board wear, but no external library markings; front hinge is cracked but there are no loose pages; light foxing to endpapers and a few light soiled spots to pages were noted.

 

The Poetical Works Of Wordsworth (1888)

The Poetical Works Of Wordsworth (1888) – William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was a major English Romantic poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, helped to launch the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 joint publication Lyrical Ballads. The publisher’s preface to this volume dated 1888 states “The present Edition of Wordsworth has been carefully revised, and numerous additions have been made to it. It now comprises all the Poet’s best and finest poems (with his latest corrections), and is indeed complete, with the exception of “The Prelude,” his last work, which was published after his death, and is not generally considered equal to his former poems.” Wordsworth was Britain’s Poet Laureate from 1843 until his death in 1850.

Published by Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, St. Paul’s Churchyard, London; 1888 Edition (Preface). Elegantly written gift inscription dated 1889; padded green leather is heavily worn at spine & edges; some peeling to leather; age foxing to blank endpapers; front hinge is starting, but no loose pages; interior text pages are in very nice, very clean condition with no markings or stains; all gilt page edges remain bright and unmarked. This is a beautiful padded leather and gilt vintage copy dating to 1888.

 

It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia (Seasons 1-4) (2009)

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (Seasons 1-4) (2009) – This is a collection of 3 DVD boxed-set releases containing complete Seasons 1-4 of the FX Network comedy series starring Danny DeVito. The series follows the exploits of “The Gang,” a group of self-centered friends who run Paddy’s Pub, a relatively unsuccessful Irish bar in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The series began in 2005 and is currently still in production on the FX Network with earlier episodes available in syndication on the Comedy Network – the first example of cable-to-cable syndication of a TV series. Each boxed set contains 3 DVD’s (total of 9 discs).

 

ROME (Seasons 1 & 2) (2007)

ROME (Seasons 1 & 2) (2007) – This is a collection of 2 DVD boxed-set releases containing complete Seasons 1 and 2 of the HBO dramatic series on the fictional lives of two soldiers in ancient Rome. Filmed in conjunction with the BBC, this historically accurate series spans the history of Rome between the time of Julius Caesar through the reign of his nephew Octavian as Emperor Augustus. The series received much media attention from the start, and was honored with numerous awards and nominations in its two-season run. Production ended in 2007 after Season 2, so these two sets represent the complete series. Season 1 set contains 6 DVD’s and Season 2 contains 5 (total of 11 discs).

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