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Try Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Collectibles

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

The following items will be available beginning Thursday October 13:

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

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

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

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


The New Grove Dictionary Of Jazz - (1988)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


I'll Take Texas - (1958)

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

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


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

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

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


The Slaughter Ranches & Their Makers - (1979)

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

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


Arrows Over Texas - (1960)

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

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


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

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

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



Vogue Magazine - (1935)

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

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


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

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

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


Home Needlework & Corticelli Magazines - (1900's)

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

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

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

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


Embroidery Lessons Magazines - (1900's)

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

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

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


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

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

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



Original Sacred Harp: Denson Revision - (1987)

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

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

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

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


Wildfowl Carving And Collecting Magazines - (1988-1994)

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

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

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


Childcraft - (1954)

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

Childcraft (1954) - Illustrations

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

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

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

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


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

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

Britannica Junior (1943) - Illustrations

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 9, 2011 at 11:17 pm 5 comments

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

Tops For Tots

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Reading Finale

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

Reference Sets Shelves

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

New Collectibles

This week we continue to highlight just a few of the many new additions going into to our Collectibles Cabinets. To commemorate the start of another school year, this week we will be focusing exclusively on collectible children and educational sets. If you have questions about these or any of our Collectibles, please contact us during store hours at (512) 323-5123.

The following items will be available beginning Thursday August 25:

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

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

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


Dale Chihuly Glass Art Books - (1994)

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


The Hunger Games - (2010)

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

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

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


The Seekers - (2009)

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

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

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


Edward Tufte Visual Arts Set - (2006)

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

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


Great Artists Of The Western World - (1987)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Childcraft ("Orange Cover") - (1949)

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

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

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

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


Childcraft: The How And Why Library - (1987)

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


The New Wonder World Encyclopedia - (1959)

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


The Children's Hour - (1953)

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

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

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

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

August 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm 11 comments

A Write Of Passage

When was the last time you wrote someone a letter? I don’t mean a nicely worded tweet, email or text message, or even a cute birthday card where you add a few funny comments – a real, heart-felt, handwritten letter using pen and paper. As much as I like to crank out words, I hate to admit that the last real letter I wrote was at least 10 years ago if not more. That bothers me a lot – not so much because I support the Post Office but because I really love the process of picking up a pen and putting ink on paper.

If you are reading this then you probably know how to write. By “write” I don’t mean “type” (using a keyboard to select individually separate letters) or “print” (using a stylus to create individually separate letters), but a rapidly dying art called cursive writing. For those of us of a certain age who attended public schools in this country, elementary school teachers followed an educational mantra mnemonically referred to as the 3 R’s: reading, writing, and arithmetic. At an early age we were taught to recognize individual letters and learn to assemble them into recognizable words (reading) and later we were taught to draw those same letters and assemble them into recognizable words (writing). Every classroom had an alphabet line on the wall to constantly remind us how to draw those letters, and each of those letters were drawn in script rather than block fonts. Learning to write in cursive script means being able to draw a series of letters without lifting pen from paper, such that the letters literally flow together.

The earliest known written texts come from ancient Sumeria and Egypt and were created using a simplified pictograph system known as cuneiform script. This form of writing was gradually replaced by a more simplified non-pictographic system typified by the Phoenician alphabet which became the basis for representing Aramaic and Greek languages, the foundation for most European, Middle Eastern and Central Asian alphabets still in use today. Ancient Greek and Roman texts typically used block letters to spell words since these were easier to carve into stone or write on rough-surfaced skins and papyrus scrolls of the era. The invention of cursive can be traced to the rise in popularity of pen and ink writing, where a constant flow of ink reduced the chance that lifting a pen quill would smudge the page. Early forms of Greek used slanted characters, and the Arabic, Roman and Cryllic alphabets all support cursive writing since all letters can be connected to each other.

Basic writing techniques gradually improved with technological advances in the production of pens, papers and inks. This was never more evident than during the dawn of the Middle Ages when illuminated manuscripts were created to transcribe and duplicate sacred religious texts. Countless scribes spent equally countless hours laboring over a single page of the Bible or Koran in order to beautify their words in flowing script and intricate designs. Numerous religious books and scrolls became priceless works of art as the result of these unknown cursive artists.

The study and practice of calligraphy (fine cursive lettering) reached its pinnacle during the 18th Century when mass-printed books full of both script and block-type letters were commonplace. Efficiency experts can explain how writing in cursive is much faster than printing, but what they fail to explain is the inherent beauty in writing cursive script rather than printing block letters. At one point in Western history, a person was not considered educated unless they had perfected the art of calligraphic penmanship. Can you imagine what the Declaration of Independence would look like if it had been written in block letters?

Sadly, future equivalents of these documents may never carry the same emotional weight simply due to the way they will be written. The decline of cursive writing began soon after the turn of the 20th Century when educators began stressing that children should learn to write in the same style as the manuscripts they read. By WWII print writing was in common use across the United States and today handwriting instruction in elementary schools had declined from 30 to 15 minutes per day, rarely continuing beyond the 3rd grade once basic printing has been mastered. In recent years, drastic cuts in school budgets and the focus on standardized testing introduced by the 1992 No Child Left Behind Act have resulted in the reduction or elimination of all but core-subject instruction, and the Common Core Standards For English which have been adopted by 44 states (not including Texas) no longer require cursive.

Will there come a time when nobody in this country can sign their name or even read the Constitution or Bill Of Rights? Without a drastic change in our educational standards, the fine art of cursive writing may soon go the way of the pictograph – and I for one will miss it. [BTW this blog is typed for a reason: my own cursive handwriting is so illegible that I write everything in block letters].

If you are one of the courageous souls who still wants to improve their handwriting, Recycled Reads has a number of instructional guides in our EDUCATION section that will help you turn your illegible squiggles into readable art. After you do this, write us a letter and we will post it on our bulletin board.

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 April 7th:

Model Engineer magazines

Model Engineer – Lot of 49 back issues of ‘MODEL ENGINEER’ Magazine consisting of Vol 165, No. 3883 (7-20 Dec, 1990) through Vol 169, No. 2933 (20 Nov – 3 Dec, 1992), with two issues of Vol 168, No 3915 included (49 issues total). This lot consists of one each of the twice monthly issues of “Model Engineer” magazine published between the time periods noted above. Original cover price for each magazine issue: 1.40 – 1.50 (British Pounds).

Published by Argus Specialist Publications, Hemel Hempstead, UK; Copyrights: 1990-1992. All issues in good or better condition.


Live Steam magazines

Live Steam – Lot of 15 Back Issues of ‘LIVE STEAM’ Magazine. The monthly issues included in this lot are Aug 86, Sept 86, April 88, May 88, June 88, Feb 89, March 89, April 89, June 89, Aug 89, Sept 89, May 90, June 90, Sept 90, plus one bi-monthly issue: July/Aug 93 (15 issues total). “The monthly magazine for all live steamers and large-scale railroaders incorporating the steam power quarterly magazine”. Original cover price for each magazine issue: $3.00-$3.50. Bi-monthly magazine issue cover price: $5.95.

Published by Live Steam, Inc; Traverse City, MI; Copyrights: 1986-1993. All issues in very good condition except the bi-monthly issue (July/Aug 93) which has moisture damage (wavy pages) to the back half of the issue.


Charles Fergus Binns & Fusion

Charles Fergus Binns & Fusion – Set of two art books:

  • CHARLES FERGUS BINNS: The Father of American Studio Ceramics by Margaret Carney
  • FUSION: A Centennial History of The New York State College of Ceramics 1900-2000 by Dr. Anna E. McHale

Charles Fergus Binns (1857-1934) was an American potter and teacher of English birth. As the son of Richard William Binns, director of the Worcester Royal Porcelain Co. Ltd, he was exposed at an early age to the pottery industry. After holding various positions in the Worcester firm, he resigned. In 1897 he settled in the United States, where he was appointed director of the Technical School of Arts and Sciences in Trenton, NJ, and superintendent of the Ceramic Art Company, also in Trenton. In 1900 he became the first director of the New York College of Clayworking and Ceramics at Alfred University, NY. In this capacity, and as a founder-member and officer in the American Ceramic Society, he greatly influenced the development of American ceramics. He frequently contributed articles to Craftsman, Keramic Studio and the Transactions and Journal of the American Ceramic Society and he was the author of several books. His own technically exquisite stoneware, produced at Alfred, was inspired by early Chinese ceramics and emphasized the interrelationship of classical shape and finely textured glazes. His students included Maija Grotell, Arthur Eugene Baggs and R. Guy Cowan, who became important potters and teachers.

Included in this set of two books are Charles Fergus Binns: The Father of American Studio Ceramics published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition organized by the International Museum of Ceramic Art at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in honor of the centennial of the founding of the college, and seen there from April 18 to July 23, 1998, followed by a national tour. This oversized First Edition softcover book, lavishly illustrated with both color, as well as black and white photographs of the artist’s ceramic work, includes Essays by Paul Evan, Susan Strong, and Richard Zakin, and also includes a Catalogue Raisonne. The second book, Fusion: A Centennial History of The New York State College of Ceramics, 1900-2000 by Dr. Anna E. McHale explores the history of the college from its 19th century origins to its 21st century future. Lavishly illustrated with historical images, this oversized 2003 First Edition hardcover includes text drawn from the original archival documents and many personal interviews by the author.

Softcover published by Hudson Hills Press, NY; Copyright 1998, First Edition. No retail price noted; very clean, very nice copy with no marks, writing, or stains. Hardcover published by The Donning Company, Virginia Beach, VA; Copyright 2003, First Edition. No retail price noted; very clean, very nice copy with minimal edge wear to dust jacket; no writing, marks, or stains.


Native Trees, Shrubs And Vines For Urban And Rural America (1988)

Native Trees, Shrubs And Vines For Urban And Rural America (1988) – Written by Gary L. Hightshoe and subtitled “A Planting Design Manual for Environmental Designers”, this comprehensive volume puts all the information needed to choose native plantings in one handy reference source. The book is divided into two parts with each part further divided into two sections. The first (Trees) describes different factors normally considered in selecting plantings, classifying over 250 woody plants by these characteristics. Classifications include:

  • Visual characteristics: form, branching, foliage, flower, fruit
  • Ecological relationships: most suitable habitats, including flood and shade tolerance
  • Cultural requirements: soil, hardiness, silvical characteristics, urban conditions, similar and associate species

The second section (Shrubs and Vines) is an encyclopedia of native woody plants. Each “master plate” includes the plant’s scientific and common names, plus all of the plant’s characteristics as described in the first section. Also included are a map showing the plant’s native regions: a drawing of its twigs, leaves, flowers, and fruits; a photo of its bark, and a photo or drawing of its crown without leaves. Thus, you can find the information you need in one of two ways: you can choose the plant characteristics you want and look them up in the first section to find the plantings that fit your needs. Or you can look up specific plants in the second section to learn if their characteristics are appropriate for your landscape. No other book on native plantings provides as much information, as usefully organized, as this one does. An invaluable reference that greatly assists in choosing and nurturing native trees, shrubs, and vines.

Published by Van Nostrand Reinhold, NY; Copyright 1988, Sixth Printing. Lacking dust jacket but NOT an ex-library copy! Very clean with no writing marks, or stains.


The Sun Also Rises (1977)

The Sun Also Rises (1977) – Ernest Miller Hemingway (1899–1961) was an American author, journalist, and Nobel Prize winner. His distinctive writing style, characterized by economy and understatement, influenced 20th-century fiction, as did his life of adventure and public image. He produced most of his work between the mid-1920s and the mid-1950s. Hemingway’s fiction was successful because the characters he presented exhibited authenticity that resonated with his audience.

The Sun Also Rises is considered a treatise of the post-World War I generation dubbed the ‘Lost Generation’ by Gertrude Stein. The novel is based on Hemingway’s own trip to Spain in 1925 – the novel’s plot being about a group of expatriates who travel from Paris to Pamplona for the running of the bulls. The setting was considered unique and memorable, presenting the seedy café life of Paris and the Pamplona festival. Hemingway began writing the novel on his birthday in 1925, and finished the draft about two months later. After putting aside the manuscript for a short period, he spent the winter of 1926 revising heavily. The book was published in 1926, and although it generated mixed reviews upon initial publication, it is arguably the best modernist novel of the period by an American. This copy was illustrated by Stan Hunter and includes the ‘Notes From The Editors’ companion booklet.

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. 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.


Eugene O'Neill: Four Plays (1979)

Eugene O’Neill: Four Plays (1979) – Eugene Gladstone O’Neill (1888–1953) was an American playwright, and Nobel Laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, and August Strindberg. His plays were among the first to include speeches in American vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society, engaging in depraved behavior, where they struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. Included in Four Plays are: Strange Interlude (winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1928), Mourning Becomes Electra (A Trilogy), A Moon For The Misbegotten, and A Touch of the Poet. This copy was illustrated by Fred Otnes and includes the ‘Notes From the Editors’ companion booklet.

This 1979 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 1979; Title Page Date: 1979. From original owner in “as new” condition.


The Frontier In American History (1977)

The Frontier In American History (1977) – Frederick Jackson Turner (1861–1932) was an influential American historian in the early 20th century. He is best known for this book, whose ideas are referred to as the Frontier Thesis – that the origin of the distinctive egalitarian, democratic, aggressive, and innovative features of the American character has been the American frontier experience. He stressed the process—the moving frontier line—and the impact it had on pioneers going through the process. In the thesis, the frontier created freedom, by “breaking the bonds of custom, offering new experiences, [and] calling out new institutions and activities.” Turner first announced his thesis in a paper entitled “The Significance of the Frontier in American History”, delivered to the American Historical Association in 1893 at the World’s Colombian Exposition in Chicago. In recent years western history has seen pitched arguments over Turner’s Frontier Thesis, with the only point of agreement being his enormous impact on historical scholarship and the American mind. This copy was illustrated by Phero Thomas and includes the ‘Notes From the Editors’ companion booklet.

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. 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. This book is one of the less commonly seen of The Franklin Library Editions.

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


History Of The Manufacture Of Barbed Wire (1958)

History Of The Manufacture Of Barbed Wire (1958) – Written by C. Boone McClure and edited by Ernest R. Archambeau, this 1958 publication includes the ‘History of the Manufacture of Barbed Wire’ complete with News and Comments, Membership Roll and Index.

This is a specially-bound collection of barb wire history, packed with carefully-detailed patent drawings, their patent numbers, name of the developers and the patent dates. The preliminary text discusses the pre-Glidden inventors and continues with the many different ideas explored by individuals and the manufacturing history including a complete chronological listing of the Patentees, dates, and numbers from 1867 through 1897. An actual piece of barbed wire is bound into a window in the front cover of the book. With only three additional copies of this book found on the resell market, this is a very scarce and highly collectible publication!

Published by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, Canyon TX; No Copyright listed; Dated 1958. No writing or marks. It appears the original Historical Review was in staple-bound format, and when this specially-bound hardcover edition was issued the staples were removed so the pamphlets could be bound into book form – therefore the original staple holes remain in the pages at the gutter edge.


Sun Yat-Sen: His Life And Its Meaning (1934)

Sun Yat-Sen: His Life And Its Meaning (1934) – Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925) was a Chinese doctor, revolutionary and political leader. As the foremost pioneer of Nationalist China, Sun is frequently referred to as the Founding Father of Republican China, a view agreed upon by both Mainland China and Taiwan. Sun played an instrumental role in inspiring the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty, the last imperial dynasty of China. Sun was the first provisional president when the Republic of China (ROC) was founded in 1912 and later co-founded the Chinese National People’s Party or Kuomintang (KMT) where he served as its first leader. Sun was a uniting figure in post-Imperial China, and remains unique among 20th-century Chinese politicians for being widely revered amongst the people from both sides of the Taiwan Strait.

Although Sun is considered one of the greatest leaders of modern China, his political life was one of constant struggle and frequent exile. After the success of the revolution, he quickly fell out of power in the newly founded Republic of China, and led successive revolutionary governments as a challenge to the warlords who controlled much of the nation. Sun did not live to see his party consolidate its power over the country. His party, which formed a fragile alliance with the Communists, split into two factions after his death. Sun’s chief legacy resides in his developing a political philosophy known as the Three Principles of the People: nationalism, democracy, and the people’s livelihood. Subtitled ‘A Critical Biography’ and written by Lyon Sharman.

Published by John Day, NY; Copyright 1934, this copy is a First Edition with scarce unaltered dust jacket (original Retail Price of $3.50). The dust jacket has edge wear and slight discoloration to spine edge; light wear and soiling to cloth cover boards; chip to upper edge of rear cover board.


Cenodoxus (1974)

Cenodoxus (1974)Cenodoxus is one of several medieval “miracle plays”, otherwise known as Saints plays, written by Jacob Bidermann, an early 17th century German Jesuit and prolific playwright. Jacob Bidermann’s treatment of the Legend of the Doctor of Paris is generally regarded as one of the inspirations for Goethe’s Faust. Published in 1602 at a Jesuit seminary in Augsburg, and with earlier handwritten drafts available prior to 1600, Cenodoxus found its first performances by the seminary students there, put on principally for the benefit of the many students residing at the institute. The initial performance in July 1602 was so well received that it was performed a second time the next day. Far from being inaccessible to the typical theatergoer, the performances of Cenodoxus in Latin were so enthusiastically received that the choice of the language had the effect of making the play one of the hottest hits in Europe. Especially noteworthy performances were recorded in Munich and Lucerne in 1609, after the conclusion of which fourteen young men immediately asked to enter the Jesuit order. The play was also performed with comparable results in other locations throughout Europe in the 1600′s. This edition was edited and translated by D.G. Dyer with Cecily Longrigg, complete with Notes & Bibliography.

Published by the UT Press; Copyright 1974. Mylar dust jacket has chips at edges. No names, writing or marks to book.


The Burgess Bird Book For Children (1920)

The Burgess Bird Book For Children (1920) – Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965) was a conservationist and author of children’s stories. He loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for daily newspaper columns during his five decade writing career. This book is a series of stories, all told by the birds themselves, with the assistance of a rabbit, a chipmunk, and other animals. The book is beautifully illustrated with full-color plates by Louis Agassiz Fuertes (1873-1927), the American ornithologist, illustrator, and artist.

Published by Little Brown, Co, NY; Copyright 1919; copyright page states first published October 1919 with no further dates listed; title page date is 1920. No dust jacket; moderate wear to illustrated cloth cover boards; some foxing (age spotting) to illustrated plate margins and facing pages; foxing to outer page edge; previous gift inscription; split to paper at back gutter;short tear to one page at bottom edge.


Six Blues-Roots Pianists (1973)

Six Blues-Roots Pianists (1973) – Based on recordings by six old blues masters (Jimmy Yancey, ‘Champion’ Jack Dupree, ‘Little Brother’ Montgomery, ‘Speckled Red’, Roosevelt Sykes and Otis Spann) this thorough guide to early blues piano styles includes instruction, historical notes, discography, and complete music transcriptions of boogie woogie, barrelhoue, and ragtime solos. Author Eric Kriss is a musician and business executive. In 1976, Kriss produced and performed on Mike Bloomfield’s ‘If You Love These Blues, Play ‘Em As You Please’, nominated for a Grammy award. He launched the instructional book and record division of Guitar Player Magazine and also co-founded Inner City Records, voted the Record Label of the Year in the 1979 International Jazz Critics Poll.

Published by Oak Publications, NY; Copyright 1973. Softcover with original retail price stickers of $12.95. Light handling wear to cover wraps and pages; no writing, marks, or stains.


I'm Frank Hamer: The Life Of A Texas Peace Officer (1968)

I’m Frank Hamer: The Life Of A Texas Peace Officer (1968) – Although he was best known as the Texas Ranger captain who tracked down and killed Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, Frank Hamer was nationally famous as the head of the Texas Ranger force long before that event. For 50 years – from his early days as a cowboy and border ranger until the Ballot Box 13 controversy of 1948 – Frank Hamer participated in nearly a hundred individual gunfights with outlaws, is said to have killed 53 men in the line of duty, was wounded 17 times, and left for dead 4 times. Classed by W.P. Webb as “one of the three most fearless men in Western history,” by J. Edgar Hoover as “one of the greatest law officers in American history,” and by a half-dozen Texas governors as “the best, most fearless, and most efficient peace officer Texas has ever known,” Hamer was approached many times during his lifetime by writers, publishers, motion picture producers, and television writers to grant permission to do his story. To all, he adamantly refused, stating that he wished nothing to appear until after his death.

Some time after his death in 1955, the Hamer family granted permission to authors John H. Jenkins and H. Gordon Frost to prepare his biography. This book was the first to give the complete details of the Barrow-Parker rampage and the events leading to Bonnie and Clyde’s deaths, based on the large file of photographs and information gathered by Hamer during the case. With over 100 pages of illustrations, I’m Frank Hamer tells the amazing story of one of the greatest Texas Rangers of all time.

Published by The Pemberton Press; Copyright 1968, this is a scarce First Edition (unstated printing) with Title Page Date 1968 and unaltered dust jacket (original Retail Price of $7.50). Dust jacket has been pieced together with cellophane tape on the inside and has many chips and small tears; spine lean to the book; no writing, marks, stains, tears, or creases to book.


Old Houses And Buildings Of Fredericksburg (1978)

Old Houses And Buildings Of Fredericksburg (1978) – Written by Elise Kowert with photography by Art Kowert, this book is a compilation of the ‘Old Homes and Buildings’ series that appeared weekly in the Fredericksburg Standard in 1976 and 1975 as a Bicentennial feature. Two buildings were added to this book that appeared in the 1977 series. The 1975-76 series was based on an earlier one that had been researched and written by the author that appeared in the Standard during the years 1954-57. Many older citizens, homeowners, descendants of the builders, and others were interviewed to compile the stories of more than 90 historic buildings and homes in Fredericksburg, and the rural communities that surround this vibrant German community located in the Texas Hill Country not far from Austin. This 1978 Second Printing copy is illustrated with black-and-white photos and an Addendum is also included.

Published by Fredericksburg Publishing Co; Copyright 1977, Second Printing – 1978. Published without dust jacket; minimal cover board wear. No marks or writing.


The Hobbit, Or There And Back Again

The Hobbit, Or There And Back AgainThe Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was first published in 1937. In December 1937, The Hobbit‘s publisher Stanley Unwin asked Tolkien for a sequel. In response, Tolkien provided drafts for The Silmarillion but the editors rejected them, believing that the public wanted “more about hobbits”. Tolkien subsequently began work on ‘The New Hobbit’, which would eventually become The Lord of the Rings, a course that would not only change the context of the original story but also lead to substantial changes to the character of Gollum. Tolkien began a new version of The Hobbit in 1960, attempting to fit the tone of the revised book better to its sequel. He abandoned the new revision at chapter three after he received criticism that it “just wasn’t The Hobbit“, implying it had lost much of its lighthearted tone and quick pace.

After an unauthorized Ace paperback edition of The Lord of the Rings appeared in 1965, Houghton Mifflin and Ballantine requested Tolkien to refresh the text of The Hobbit in order to renew the US copyright. This text became the “third edition”. Tolkien took the opportunity to align the narrative even more closely to The Lord of the Rings and to cosmological developments from his still unpublished Quenta Silmarillion as it stood at that time.

Because of the various editions and printing copies (with many earlier printings not being numbered), there is confusion surrounding the printings and editions. The printing copies of the earlier editions are numbered sequentially, meaning they do not start over with each edition. It wasn’t until the Eighteenth Printings that the publisher (then Houghton Mifflin) started printing the number on the reverse of the title page.

On this copy, there is no stated copyright date or SBN (later known as “ISBN”). However, this is a stated “Eighteenth Printing”, dating to the mid 1960′s, and would therefore be considered a second edition. The map endpapers are black & white, there are 315 numbered pages, and the printed retail price on the dust jacket is $3.95. The outside of the dust jacket is essentially identical to the original 1937 design except that the spine notes the U.S. publisher Houghton Mifflin (“HMCo.”). The cloth boards are light green with blue lettering. All the illustrations and maps were drawn by Tolkien.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Co, Boston; No copyright printed; Eighteenth Printing (stated); Second Edition with unaltered dust jacket (original Retail Price of $3.95). Edge wear to the dust jacket including some mended tears and small chips at spine extremes; cloth cover boards have small area of discoloration at bottom spine edge (not significant) and one small bump to bottom edge; book has no writing, marks or stains to text pages; a very nice, clean copy.


April 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm 3 comments

Big E-Brother Is Watching

If you have been following this blog for more than a few weeks, you know that I have a very mixed opinion when it comes to e-book readers. Depending upon the latest press releases, I have concluded that e-books will either destroy the publishing industry or save it, that printed books are doomed or will always exist, or that e-book manufacturers are either greedy evil corporations or progressive media providers. It should come as no surprise then that the latest news has caused me to place them back on the Dark Side, believing now that e-readers threaten nothing less than our all-American right to privacy.


Back in the day when public libraries first appeared in this country, more than a few paranoid citizens believed that it would be possible for agents of the government to examine library circulation records and determine the political leanings of patrons based upon their reading habits. Future events would indeed support this concern in places such as Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, where suspicion of even the slightest anti-government sentiment was grounds for imprisonment or worse. In his classic novel of an anti-Utopian future, George Orwell portrayed the England of 1984 as a land devoid of personal privacy where citizens were constantly being monitored by the electronic surveillance mechanisms of a dictatorial “Big Brother”.


Jump ahead a few decades to the 21st Century, and suddenly those mechanisms that were feared by so many for so long have become an indispensable fixture in so many lives. Nearly every city in this country is under some form of video surveillance from traffic cameras, security cameras, computer webcams and even people on the street with digital phone cameras. If you use a mobile phone your conversations can be intercepted by a clandestine eavesdropper with relative ease, and anyone using wireless internet for email might as well be posting to a billboard in Times Square. Although intrusive, these forms of surveillance are well known and considered by many to be acceptable trade-offs given the advantages of living in a mobile digital age. However, a much more subtle privacy violation may be happening to you right now and completely without your knowledge. Forget Big Brother – your e-book provider is watching!


Anyone who uses a Kindle (Amazon) or Nook (Barnes & Noble) to download e-books via a wireless connection is automatically tracked by their service provider. Thanks to periodic transmissions from your e-book reader to the provider, not only do they know what you are reading at any given moment – they can tell exactly what page you are reading and any annotations you have made in a given book. What’s even more frightening is that they can also tell exactly where you are on the planet thanks to embedded GPS sensors. While this may not bother many Americans who trust in their legal system for protection from privacy intrusions, citizens of other countries are not so fortunate. Imagine living in China and downloading an e-book that is considered “subversive” by some nameless Party official. With very little effort you could be located, arrested and jailed for the crime of reading anti-government material that only exists as magnetic data on your e-book reader.


Fortunately e-book owners do have some control over these features. On each device it is possible to turn off the message sharing features (quotes, twitter, etc.) via personal preference choices. However, currently the only way to turn off Amazon’s ability to copy your notes and to know which Kindle books you have stored on your reader is to turn off its wireless (Wi-Fi) capabilities and leave them off. In a similar fashion, Nook owners can keep their choices private by switching to “Airplane Mode” and staying in that mode. Either way you would then have to manually load any books you wish to read via the USB connection on your computer (or storage card where supported).


Just because I am paranoid of the tracking features built into e-book readers doesn’t mean I want to throw out the baby with the bath water. There are still some very good reasons to use electronic devices to read books, and perhaps the most important is that younger readers who have been bathed in waves of electronic media stimulus their entire lives can relate to e-books better than their printed counterparts. One recent example can be found in the emergence of some very creative interactive reading applications for the Apple iPad. Unlike most e-book readers on the market, the iPad is a general purpose computer which can be programmed by someone other than the manufacturer. Several enterprising companies have targeted the beginning reader market (ages 2-6) with apps that take full advantage of the iPad’s touch-sensitive screen. A few have expanded on the century-old idea of pop-up books by making interactive pop-ups which utilize the touch-screen to simulate pulling pop-up tabs, triggering animations with sound and text. Others use the built-in webcam to capture a child’s face and project it onto characters in the story, or even monitor a child’s movements and voice to control a read-along text.


These are just a few cases of what I consider to be the most promising uses of e-book technology, certainly offering a much brighter vision of the future than the one Orwell created. Hopefully e-book providers will use their growing influence in the marketplace to push for more privacy protections for readers and fewer restrictions on how and where their powerful new technologies can be used. Maybe one day there will be a generation of readers who take e-readers for granted, and when they hear the phrase “Big Brother Is Watching” they will simply smile and wave back to their loved ones on the other side of the screen.


At Recycled Reads we promise that we will never follow you outside the store (unless you left something inside), never monitor what you purchase (unless you ask our opinion on your choice) and never run out of good books to buy at the lowest prices 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 December 30th:

The Age Of Roosevelt (1960) – Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr. (1917–2007), was an American historian and social critic whose work explored the American liberalism of political leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Robert F. Kennedy. In 1946, Schlesinger was the youngest historian (at the age of 28) to ever win a Pulitzer Prize for his work The Age of Jackson. In 1957 Schlesinger won the Bancroft Prize for American History and in 1957 he won the Parkman Prize for literary distinction in the writing of American history.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, NY with Copyrights 1957, 1959, 1960 (Volumes I, II, III), these are stated ‘First Printing’ copies with unaltered dust jackets (original retail prices of $6.00 for Vol. 1 and $6.75 for each of Volumes 2 and 3). This complete 3-volume vintage history is not a Book Club set – these are first printing copies of the books as they were published. There are some mended tears to the dust jackets and some wear to cover boards. Otherwise each book is clean and free of marks, stains, and writing.


The Handbook Of Texas: A Dictionary of Essential Information (1986) – This two-volume handbook covering numerous details of the history and culture of Texas comes with a third Supplemental volume to make a complete 3-volume set.

Published by The Texas State Historical Association, Austin with Copyrights on Volumes I & II: 1952 (both Fifth Printings from 1986) and Copyright on Supplemental Volume: 1976 (a First Printing copy). All three volumes retain their original unaltered dust jackets with no printed retail prices. The dust jackets are worn with chips and mended tears, otherwise these smaller-sized volumes are clean with no marks or stains.


Bel-Tane (1956) – Written by Stella Price McElrath, Bel-Tane tells the story of Charles MacLean (early settler of Matagorda County, TX) as a “narrative of the blood-and-thunder, life-and-death struggle against the harsh frontier of early territorial Texas, where trails were blazed with blood by outlaw and Indian”, and men like MacLean succeeded in taming the wilderness. Charles MacLean built ‘Bel-Tane’, the finest plantation in Matagorda County. The author’s vivid portrayals, the historical know-how, the spiritual influence, all combine to make MacLean’s story inspiring as well as romantic and informative.

Published by Vantage Press, NY with Copyright 1956, this stated First Edition is signed by the Author and retains its unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: $3.50). The dust jacket is in pieces and has been taped onto the book (spine portion is missing), and there is a gift inscription to a prior owner inside the front cover.


Barnaby Lee (1902) – John Bennett (1865-1956) was an American author who wrote adventure novels for young adults. Barnaby Lee, published in 1902, is a nautical adventure written for young adults about young boy bound for New Amsterdam on a British ship but who is taken prisoner by the Dutch. A very interesting novel concerning New York City while still a Dutch settlement. The novel was originally a short-story published in the St. Nicholas magazine (in serial format) between Nov. 1900 and April 1902. It was also the basis for a 1917 black and white silent film directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring John Tansey and Samuel N. Niblack. This 1902 edition is illustrated by Clyde O. De Land.

Published by The Century Co, NY with Copyrights: 1900, 1901, 1902, this volume is a First Edition (in book form) October, 1902 . The dust jacket is missing and there is light wear to the cloth cover boards, otherwise there are no visible writings, marks, stains or creases.


The All About Story Book (1929) – Although not much to look at from the outside, this is a beautifully illustrated children’s book. The illustrators include very well-known artists of the time such as Johnny B. Gruelle, who illustrated the ‘Raggedy Ann and Andy’ series, as well as Thelma Gooch, Dick Hartley, L. Kirby-Parrish, Lucy Renouf, and M. Morris. The stories in this book are about well-known storybook characters, and all are titled: “All About…” as in All About: Little Red Hen, Peter Pan, Hansel and Grethel, Three Little Pigs, etc. The first story in the book is “Little Black Sambo”, and another story is “Mickie Long-Tail”. Please note that these stories and images are seen as racially insensitive and politically incorrect by today’s standards, and many readers may find them offensive. This also makes these same storybooks very collectible, as most have been withdrawn or are no longer published.

Published by Cupples & Leon, NY with Copyright 1929 (no additional printings listed). This book is printed on heavy stock and although there are multiple hinge cracks, all pages are intact. There is a gift inscription dated ’1943′, however this book appears to be consistent with the 1929 First Edition. The cover boards are worn and there is a heavier chip to the front board, and no dust jacket is present.


Constitution Of Binary Alloys (1958) – This book is a complete revision of “Der Aufbau der Zweistofflegierungen” by Dr. Max Hansen, prepared with the cooperation of Dr. Kurt Anderko and published by Julius Springer in Berlin in 1936. This is a primary reference volume and remains the standard for phase diagrams of binary alloys containing hundreds of figures, diagrams, tables, and appendices, including the Periodic Table of Elements and relevant appendices, plus Index of Systems.

Published by McGraw-Hill, NY with Copyright 1958, this is a Second Edition volume published without a dust jacket. A previous owner’s name, date of 1972 and handwritten price of $38.00 appear inside the front cover, otherwise there are no other writings or marks in this substantial reference volume.


Indian Paintings On Glass (1980) – This is a 1980 presentation book published by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. This beautifully illustrated and scarce book provides an introduction to the subject of painting on glass as a cultural art form. Author Jaya Appasamy discusses regional variations in the art and shows how these pictures were both functional and decorative. This is the first book published on this unusual and exotic medium.

Published by the Indian Council for Cultural Affairs, India with Copyright 1980, this volume retains its unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: 80.00 RS).
A presentation card is attached inside the front cover, otherwise this volume is in very good condition overall with minor dust jacket wear.


Erotic Sculpture Of India: A Socio-Cultural Study (1975) – Author Devangana Desai brings to light a wide variety of themes in the erotic sculpture of India through this study of erotic motives and action over the period from the Third Century B.C. to the Sixteenth Century A.D. This ornate volume is illustrated with with 26 drawings and 156 photographs.

Published by Tata McGraw-Hill, New Delhi with Copyright 1975, this is a First Edition with unaltered dust jacket. A “Second Revised” edition of this book was published in 1985, however this is a true First Edition from 1975 – now very scarce. The original dust jacket is protected with an acetate overlay and the overlay edge is worn, and there is a handwritten price (in pencil) inside the front cover, otherwise there are no markings. The lower edge is bumped resulting in some minor bottom corner creasing to some pages.


The Northwestern Pacific Railroad – Redwood Empire Route (1978) – Written by Fred A. Stindt (longtime historian of the NWP), this is an historical account of the events leading up to the formation of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad in 1907, plus a description of the railroad itself with narrative, statistics, maps, timetables, and hundreds of photos and illustrations!

Published by Stindt, Redwood City, CA with Copyright 1964, this is a Third Edition April 1978 with unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: $22.00) and is signed by the Author. There is edge wear to the dust jacket which includes a few short tears.


The Mineral Belt – An Illustrated History (1977) – Written by David S. Digerness and subtitled “Volume I – Old South Park – Denver to Leadville”, this volume tells an illustrated history of the Denver, South Park & Pacific and its role in the gold and silver mining history of the area. It is lavishly illustrated throughout with vintage as well as recent photographs. The front end paper is a birds-eye view of Leadville, and there is a facsimile map of Denver circa 1880 in a pocket attached inside the back cover. This is the first volume of the author’s three volume series and has become fairly scarce and very collectible. The plastic acetate jacket is the publisher’s original.

Published by Sundance Books, Silverton, CO with Copyright 1977, this is a First Printing (November 1977) inscribed by the Author on the Title Page. A plastic acetate dust jacket covers the volume as issued (no original price printed). There is some wear to the cover boards and some soiling and/or discoloration to the jacket.

December 28, 2010 at 12:30 am 2 comments

Don’t Panic!

Those two words are well known to readers of Douglas Adams’ science fiction comedy masterpiece A Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – they are printed in large type on the first page of a survival manual for wandering space travelers. They are also good words to remember in this stressful time, by which I mean the LAST SHOPPING DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS!


If you are a procrastinator (like me) or just need one more gift to make someone’s Christmas celebration complete, then Recycled Reads is the place to come for your last-minute shopping needs. And when I say last minute, I mean just that because we will be OPEN on Christmas Eve (Friday December 24th) from noon until 6pm.


If you are on a budget this gift-giving season [and who isn't?] then you’ve come to the right place. We have tons of books, media and more to choose from with most at our usual price of $2 for hard-cover books, $1 for soft-cover books, DVD’s, CD’s and vinyl records, $0.50 for infant-to-young-adult books and just $0.25 for VHS, music and audio tapes. If you can spare a few extra dollars, we also have a selection of collectibles, signed books and brand-new publisher review editions for $5 and up. If you still can’t decide on what to buy, we also offer gift certificates in any denomination.


Save time and money by shopping at Recycled Reads on Christmas Eve, and whatever you do: DON’T PANIC!


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 December 23rd:

Civilization and Capitalism (1986) – Fernand Braudel (1902–1985) was a French historian and a leader of the Annales School. His scholarship focused on three main projects, each representing several decades of intense study: The Mediterranean (1923–49, then 1949–66), Civilization and Capitalism (1955–79), and the unfinished Identity of France (1970–85). One of Braudel’s most famous works is the three-volume Civilisation Matérielle, Economie et Capitalisme, XVe-XVIIIe (Capitalism and Material Life, 1400-1800), which first appeared in 1979. (Note: Braudel published the first volume of Civilization and Capitalism in 1967, and it was translated as Capitalism and Material Life, 1400–1800 in 1973.)

The entire three-volume work is a broad-scale history of the pre-industrial modern world, presented in the minute detail demanded by the school called cliometrics, focusing on how people made economies work. Like all his major works, it mixed traditional economic material with a thick description of the social impact of economic events on various facets of everyday life such as food, fashion, and social customs. Braudel compiled descriptive detail rather than building theoretical constructs. He avoided all economic theory, and used statistical data as an illustrative rather than an analytic tool.

Published by Harper & Row, NY with Copyrights through 1981, this is a First Perennial Library Edition (1986, Second Printing). This is a beautiful complete softcover set with minimal wear: no writing, marks, stains, or creases!


The WPA Dallas Guide and History (1992) – Written and compiled from 1936 to 1942 by the workers of the Writers’ Program of the Works Project Administration in the City of Dallas, the Dallas Guide covers everything from local aviation to the city’s zoo. Included as well are a number of automobile tours to the points of interest in Dallas County, and what is still one of the most comprehensive histories of Dallas ever written. When WWII prevented publication of the Dallas Guide in the 1940′s, the manuscript was placed in the Collections of the Dallas Public Library. With its publication THE WPA DALLAS GUIDE AND HISTORY, including as it does many of the original photographs collected by the WPA staff, stands as a significant addition to the historiography of Dallas.

Published by the Dallas Public Library and the University of North Texas Press with no Copyright stated, this copy which includes a Chronology, Bibliography, and Index was published in 1992 and retains its original unaltered dust jacket (no price printed).


On The Beach (1957) – This is a very nice U.K printing of British-Australian author Nevil Shute’s classic post-apocalyptic, end-of-the-world novel published in 1957. The story is set in what was then the near future (1963, approximately a year following World War III). The conflict has devastated the northern hemisphere, polluting the atmosphere with nuclear fallout and killing all animal life. On The Beach is the story of the survivors who detect a mysterious and incomprehensible radio signal originating from the United States. The novel was adapted for the screenplay of a 1959 film featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire, and a 2000 television film starring Armand Asante and Rachel Ward.

Published by Heinemann, London with Copyright 1957, this is a First U.K. Edition (Second Printing) with original unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: 15 shillings net). This is a very nice copy with minimal dust jacket wear and no writing, stains, marks or creases.


Rusty’s Space Ship (1957) – Written by Evelyn Sibley Lampman and illustrated by Bernard Krigstein, this “space race” era children’s book is about Rusty, Susan, and Rusty’s dog Cookie as they take a fabulous trip into outer space with a lizard-like creature named Tiphia.

This book is profusely illustrated with drawings by American illustrator and artist Bernard Krigstein (1919-1990). Krigstein is most known for his innovative and influential approach to comic book art, especially in his most famous work, the short story “Master Race” originally published in 1955. Krigstein also did humor drawings for several editions of MAD magazine, most notably “Crash McCool”, “From Eternity Back to Here”, and “Bringing Back Father”. This scarce children’s book, although missing it’s original dust jacket, is nicely illustrated throughout with Krigstein’s imaginative pen and ink drawings.

Published by Doubleday, NY with Copyright 1957, this is a First Edition (unknown printing) copy of a scarce and collectible title!


When Mother Was A Little Girl (1901) – Written by Frances S. Brewster and illustrated with nine photographic plates and a color cameo portrait frontispiece. Decorative endpapers depict Victorian era children at play beneath overhanging rose garlands. This vintage book is illustrated with highly decorative book and chapter title pages plus a full-color paste-down on the front cover board.

Published by George W. Jacobs & Co, Philadelphia with Copyright 1901 (no other dates listed). Published without a dust jacket, there is a rubbed spot on the front cover paste-down and the spine title.


Centennial ’36: The Year America Discovered Texas (1987) – Written by Kenneth B. Ragsdale with a foreword by Stanley Marcus, this large volume tells the history of the Texas Centennial and the movement to etch a new image of the state, culminating in the 1936 ‘Central Exposition’ in Dallas (on what is now the State Fair grounds). It is nicely Illustrated and contains many black-and-white photographs from the era.

Published by Texas A&M University Press with Copyright 1987, this is volume #23 of ‘The Centennial Series’ and a stated ‘First Edition’ which is inscribed and dated by the author. It retains its original unaltered dust jacket (no printed price) protected by a Mylar jacket.


Mother Goose Melodies (circa 1880′s) – Subtitled “Nursery Rhymes and Nursery Songs set to music by J.W. Elliott” and circa 1880′s-1890′s, this is a beautifully illustrated McLoughlin Brothers book for children. McLoughlin books of this era were known for their artwork, especially their chromalithographic illustrations (see cover board). Most of the whimsical artwork used to illustrate the songs in this book are pen and ink drawings and engravings that have each been signed by the individual artist.

Published by McLoughlin Bros, NY with no Copyright or other dates, this very collectible McLoughlin Brothers book is estimated to be vintage 1880′s-1890′s (and could be earlier). There is significant wear to the board edges and spine cloth, including soiling and rubbing, a previous gift inscription inside the cover, one chip and some minor creasing to pages, and the hinges are weakening.


Mary Baker Eddy – Christian Healer (2009) – Written by Yvonne Cache von Fettweis and Robert Townsend Warneck and illustrated with black-and-white photos, this hard-to-find 2009 Amplified Edition expands on the original 1998 publication of Christian Healer with 35% new material, including additional healing accounts, a “Prelude” that explains the importance of her Puritan upbringing, and a new chapter and “Appendix” with her advice to students on how to heal more quickly and effectively.

Published by the Christian Science Publication Society, Boston, MA with Copyrights 1998, 2009, this large volume retains its original unaltered dust jacket (no printed retail price) and shows very light jacket wear.


A History of Russian Music (1918) – Written by M. Montagu-Nathan in 1914 with a nice frontispiece portrait of Rimsky Korsakoff, this book is still in print today – a classic on the history of Russian music!

Published by William Reeves, London (Charing Cross Road) with no Copyright and Title Page dated 1918 (First Edition was published in 1914), this volume is a 1918 Second Edition Revised and Corrected. Published without a dust jacket, an original price of $2.50 is handwritten in pencil inside the front cover. Otherwise this vintage edition is in very good condition with no visible marks, stains, or creases.


Mark Rothko, 1903–1970: A Retrospective (1978) – This is Diane Waldman’s historical and critical essay on Mark Rothko, one of the pioneers of abstract color painting. Based on the retrospective presented at the Guggenheim in 1978, the book treats Rothko’s work in richness and depth and features 198 reproductions including 96 full-color plates. Also included are photographs of the artist, his family and friends, many published for the first time in this book. A detailed chronology of the artist’s life and an exhaustive exhibitions list and bibliography are also included.

Published by Harry N. Abrams, NY with Copyright 1978, this oversize volume retains its original unaltered dust jacket (retail price: $45.00). There is light wear to the dust jacket, otherwise no marks,stains, writing, or creases on this beautiful art book.


December 22, 2010 at 12:33 am Leave a comment

Worth Reviewing

Have you ever looked at the cover of a newly-released book and wondered about all of the nice reviews that are printed there? Occasionally you will find a new book that has favorable critiques listed on the cover or dust jacket depending upon the source. Publishers print comments that are favorable to a book or author with the hope that those few words will convince a buyer to purchase the book based on the reputation of the review writer. In order to get a selection of favorable reviews for marketing purposes, publishers will often send out hundreds of copies of the book in advance of final publication with the intent that reviewers will read and enjoy the book enough to give a good recommendation in writing.


It is not uncommon for editors at newspapers and magazines to receive numerous new releases from publishers each week. These books often arrive in soft-cover trade paperback format with only the title information on the cover plus the label “Uncorrected Proof” or “Advance Reader Copy”. Since the publisher must allow time for the reader to review and comment on the work, these books are often sent many months in advance of their general publication release date. To insure that these books are not released to the public before their scheduled marketing date, the publisher also stamps NOT FOR SALE on the cover. This is a legal precaution to make sure that nobody in the supply chain is tempted to sell an anxiously awaited book on the open market for large sums of money. However, just as often those books sent out are “Review Copies” which are identical to the edition being published for mass markets and are therefore no different from what you would find in the “New Releases” section of a retail book store.


Reviewing a never-before seen book from a popular author can be one of the great perks of an editor’s job. Imagine what it would be like to receive a small package in the mail, open it and discover the latest installment of a best-selling series like “Harry Potter” or “Twilight” or the newest release by Stephen King, John Grisham or other famous author. If you received one of those books it would feel like getting an early (insert holiday here) present.


Fortunately you don’t have to be a professional editor to have such an experience. Just in time for the holidays, your friends at Recycled Reads have received a limited number of brand new publisher review copies of books that we are offering to our customers for the incredibly low price of $5 each. Most of these newly-released titles were published no earlier than September 2010 and all are in excellent condition, covering subjects ranging from politics and current events to science and memoirs.


Recently-released Review Copies, publisher’s overstock, vintage children books, complete sets and one-of-a-kind collectibles – if you are looking for a unique holiday gift for a special someone at a special price, look no further than your friendly neighborhood Austin Public Library bookstore: Recycled Reads.


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 December 16th:

Screamin’ and Hollerin’ The Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton (2001) – Winner of three Grammy Awards in 2003, this is a “new-in-shrink wrap” boxed set of the complete works of blues legend Charley Patton (1891-1934), considered by many to be the “Father of the Delta Blues”. Included in this package are:

  • 7 Compact Discs with the complete Patton Sessions, plus tracks and interviews with Charley’s Orbit
  • Deluxe 11″x13″x3.5″ hardcover ’78 Album’ and slipcase
  • A reprint of John Fahey’s 1970 Patton book
  • 128 pages of exhaustive new writing on Patton
  • Full-size reproductions of 1929 Paramount ads
  • A complete Paramount/Vocalion Record Label sticker set

Produced by Revenant Records, Album No. 212 and first released on October 23, 2001,
this is a complete 7-CD Boxed Set new in shrink-wrap!


Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, Volume 4 (2000) – Harry Smith was a true polymath – avant garde filmmaker, alchemist, folklorist, painter, magician, archivist and expert on string figures, paper airplanes, and Ukrainian painted eggs – but is perhaps best known for his pioneering three-volume Anthology of American Folk Music originally released in 1952 and reissued to great acclaim in 1997 by Smithsonian/Folkways. Compiled by Harry Smith contemporaneously with the first three volumes, ‘Volume 4′ of Smith’s historic Anthology went unissued for almost 50 years.

In conjunction with The Harry Smith Archives, Revenant Records presents Smith’s “secret volume” in its intended song sequence, including tracks by Monroe Brothers, Carter Family, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Lead Belly, Uncle Dave Macon and Sleepy John Estes. It also features the first in-depth narrative on Smith and his work, with essays by Ed Saunders (Fugs), John Cohen (New Lost City Ramblers), John Fahey, Dick Spottswood, and Greil Marcus, and previously unpublished photos, including a teenage Harry Smith engineering some of his earliest field recordings.

Produced by Revenant Records, No. 211 released in May, 2000, this two-disc set is out-of-print and new in shrink-wrap! Included in its custom hand-made case is a 96-page softcover book.


Shameless Exploitation In Pursuit of the Common Good (2003) – Written by Paul Newman and A. E. Hotchner, this is the authors’ account of Newman’s Own: how they broke every rule of the food business by insisting on all-natural ingredients, bypassing market research, lampooning conventional advertising, and when they actually made money, giving it all away. It is a delightful and inspiring tale of how two irreverent entrepreneurs made the world, and food, better.

Published by Easton Press, Norwalk, CT with Copyright 2003, this is a signed First Edition (Number 282 out of 1,350) with fine binding in genuine leather with gilt, ribbed spine, silk endpapers and ribbon marker. This is a beautiful copy with no conditions noted. Written by Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner, this Easton Press First Edition is signed by both Paul Newman and A.E. Hotchner (with Certificate of Authenticity also signed by both authors)..


Winning (2005) – At the age of 44, Jack Welch became the youngest CEO and Chairman of General Electric. His aggressive marketing and revolutionary approach to leadership during his 20-year tenure resulted in an increase in GE’s market value from $12 billion in 1981 to approximately $280 billion in 2001. This book, written by Jack and Suzy Welch, addresses the difficult challenges that face people at every stage of their careers. Candid advice about strategic, organizational, practical, and personal challenges from one of the greatest husband and wife teams in modern business.

Published by Easton Press, Norwalk, CT with Copyright 2005, this is a signed First Edition (Number 791 out of 1,930) with fine binding in genuine leather with gilt, ribbed spine, silk endpapers and ribbon marker. This is a beautiful copy with no conditions noted. Written by Jack Welch and Suzy Welch, this Easton Press First Edition is signed by both Jack Welch and Suzy Welch (with Certificate of Authenticity also signed by both authors)..


David Copperfield (1872) – This vintage 1872 ‘Household Edition’ of the classic work by Charles Dickens is ornately bound with gilt embossed designs and illustrated with a portrait of Dickens plus 61 illustrations by J. Barnard!

Published by Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square (Lower Manhattan) with no Copyright and Title Page Date of 1872, this volume is part of The Works of Charles Dickens – Household Edition series. Published without a dust jacket, the cover board cloth is heavily worn in spots with a few light stains, the hinges are loose but there are no loose pages, there is heavy foxing (brown spotting) to some pages, and a previous owner’s name is written inside the front cover.


Charles M. Russell, Word Painter (1993) – This oversize volume contains a collection of correspondence from renowned western artist Charles M. Russell including 764 illustrations with 474 plates in full color!

From Booklist: “One of the two giants of Old West art (the other being Frederic Remington, of course) found it difficult to express his sentiments in words. So Charles M. Russell combined the words in his letters with watercolor pictures. Addressing such friends as Buffalo Bill Cody and Will Rogers, he adorned pages and envelopes alike with caricatures of his cowboy past and vignettes of his present life and travels. In letters to potential clients, most of them solicited by Russell’s wife and business manager, Nancy (who, editor Brian W. Dippie speculates, also actually did some of the writing), Russell would submit more finished work. Often the letters would amount to preliminary versions of a more elaborate commission. In the case of a missive to Douglas Fairbanks in which Russell depicted the movie star as the principal hero of The Three Musketeers, the image he mailed inspired the bronze Fairbanks as D’Artagnan. So this selection of the cowboy artist’s correspondence, served up in a virtual whale of an oversize tome replete with some 300 color plates and nearly as many black-and-whites, has the occasional Trivial Pursuit-ish tidbit in it as well as enough to keep Old West art fans absorbed for hours.”

Published by The Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth with Copyright 1993, this volume retains its original unaltered dust jacket (no printed retail price). There is very light wear to the dust jacket, and a partial “Amon Carter” price sticker appears on the dust jacket front (could be easily removed with no damage).


A Television Book of Favorite Nursery Rhymes (1949) – This is a unique vintage “Bonnie Book” illustrated by Valeria Patterson which was published at the dawn of the TV age. Playing upon the popularity of the recently-invented television, it utilizes a rotating “television wheel” to create moving images in the story.

Published by John Martin’s House of Kenosha, WI with Copyright 1949, this is a vintage 1949 “No Additional Printing” (assumed First Edition). The “television” wheel is still attached (as is the cover button) and works just fine. Published without a dust jacket, there is light wear to the cover boards but otherwise no writing or marks. This is in amazing condition for a vintage children “television” book!


Magnus the Mighty Magician (1964) – This is a vintage children’s “Pop-Up” book with pictures by Rudolf Lukes and story by George Theiner.

Published by Bancroft & Co Ltd of London with Copyright 1964, this unusual cloth and illustrated cardboard children’s “pop-up” book with hand tied binding is a very scarce 1964 First U.K. Edition. Issued without a dust jacket, there is a neatly-written gift inscription inside the front cover. Some of the pop-ups have been mended and the last pop-up has a small piece missing that does not allow it to function correctly.


You Don’t Have To Be Crazy But It Helps (1946) – Written by Frances Ireland, the owner of Chicago’s Ireland Magic Company and founder of Magigals, an association of female magicians. In this whimsically illustrated vintage book, Ireland discusses her life and career as a performer, writer and promoter in the field of magic. This vintage volume includes a nice frontispiece photo of Frances Ireland.

Published by the Author, Chicago IL with Copyright 1946, this vintage copy is inscribed by Frances Ireland. It is unknown if published with a dust jacket, and a previous owner’s library stamp appears twice inside.


Illustrated Magic (1950) – Written by Ottokar Fischer, translated & edited by J.B. Mussey and Fulton Oursler with an introduction by Fulton Ourlser, and an unpublished chapter by the late Harry Kellar, “most famous of American magicians”.

Ottokar Fischer (1873-1940) was an internationally known authority on the art of magic. In this vintage book he exposes hundreds of magic effects and explains the secrets of magical apparatus, illusion effects, feats of dexterity and skill, fakes, gimmicks and other secret accessories, vest-pocket magic, mathematical and sleight-of-hand card tricks, mind reading, clairvoyance and telepathy. In each case the author describes the trick as it is seen by the audience and then describes and shows the means be which it is made possible. This book is nicely illustrated and includes a frontispiece photo of Harry Kellar.

Published by Macmillan, NY with Copyright 1931, this is a 1950 Edition Twelfth Printing with unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: $3.95). There is some dust jacket wear with a few small chips and tears, but otherwise no writing, marks or stains on this vintage magic book.


The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock (1974) – Written by Jan Reid with photographs by Melinda Wickman, this vintage 1974 edition chronicles the developing music scene in Austin in the 1960′s and early 1970′s with over 135 black and white photos! Reid tells the story of the movement of “Redneck Rock” that changed the face of traditional country music, focusing on the “exuberant” music community in Austin from its formative years in the early sixties up to the time of the publication of this book in 1974. Artists include Willie Nelson, Shiva’s Headband, Commander Cody, Doug Sahm, Kinky, Gary P. Nunn, B.W. Stevenson, Leon Russell, Kenneth Threadgill, Townes Van Zandt, & many more! There is a 2004 edition of this book, but this is the original ‘First Edition’ that was said to have inspired the Austin City Limits PBS series!

Published by Heidelberg Publishers of Austin with Copyright 1974, this is a 1974 First Edition with unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: $9.95). There is light wear to the dust jacket and a previous owner gift inscription written inside the front cover.


Great Men and Famous Women (1884) – Subtitled “A Series of Pen and Pencil Sketches of the Lives of More Than 200 of the Most Prominent Personages in History” and edited by Charles F. Horne, this complete eight-volume vintage set is beautifully illustrated with photogravures, typogravures, wood engravings, etc. This deluxe leather-bound edition includes tissue-guards, moire endpapers, gilt page edges and titles, and raised spine ribs!

Published by Selmar Hess, NY with Copyrights: 1894, this is a vintage 1894 leather-bound Deluxe Edition. The leather is worn, particularly at edges and corners, with chipping to a few spine extremes, plus light water/moisture damage and some staining noted to some page edges. It is very unusual to find a complete leather-bound set of this vintage.


December 14, 2010 at 3:58 am Leave a comment

Gorilla In The E-Book Room

You may have seen that commercial on TV which shows a huge CGI gorilla casually talking to a person about why they haven’t gotten life insurance. After a short monologue, he shrugs and says “But don’t listen to me – I’m just the 600-pound gorilla in the room”. The reference here is to an old adage about how people can willingly ignore something obvious like a 600-pound gorilla in the room. This week another 600-pound gorilla appeared on the scene, and it could dramatically change the way you read from now on.


On Monday Google announced that it is entering the e-book retail market. In typical Google fashion, it will offer an online retail store selling e-books from nearly 9,000 publishers including all of the major publishing houses. Google’s service will differ from Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (Nook) in that Google’s eBooks will be stored online and can be read on almost any Internet-connected device such as a computer or smart phone. They also plan to partner with independent book sellers and stores which will provide download and point-of-sale retail services.


At this point in time it appears Google will have its hands full trying to enter the retail environment since it is hoping to leverage the experience of its independent bookstores in dealing with what is (for them) a new business model. According to one analyst, independent booksellers will get a cut of the revenue from Google eBook sales through their own website rather than from Google, and that eBook prices will range between $9.99 and $12.99. Google knows that there is big money to be made in e-books (nearly $1 billion in 2010, estimated to triple in 5 years) so they are willing to share a small part of that wealth with hungry independents in order to jump-start their new business venture.


Some publishers are quietly pleased at this announcement since it will provide much-needed competition with Amazon (the other 600-pound gorilla). However, this may turn out to be a “be careful what you wish for” scenario for publishers if Google decides (like Amazon) to enter the e-book publishing business. Only time will tell which gorilla gets the billion-dollar banana.


A Last Minute Reprieve
It’s nearly crunch time for all of you last-minute holiday shoppers, so have I got a deal for you! Thanks to a very generous donation this week by our friends at the Austin American-Statesman, we are pleased to offer a large number of brand new soft-cover and hard-cover books at our usual ridiculously low price of $1 and $2 each. These new offerings can be found on shelves throughout the store and on display near our Collectibles Cabinets.


But what if you’ve looked all around and still don’t have a clue about what to get that special someone on your list? Don’t worry! Our Recycled Reads Gift Certificates make great presents at $5 or $10 each. We have thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl records and tapes to choose from at crazy low prices. They may be small in size, but just one of our Gift Certificates can buy more than Santa could possibly carry down the chimney.


In case you have a very special someone who deserves an equally special gift, don’t forget to check out our Collectibles Cabinets for rare, collectible and one-of-a-kind books. Each week we highlight just a few of our newest additions but we have many more waiting to be discovered by just the right person. All of our Collectibles are diligently researched and, like everything else in the store, priced way below their true value. Take a few minutes to explore this treasure trove and you may find the perfect holiday gift you never knew you needed.


Any way you look at it, Recycled Reads is the place to shop for your last-minute gift ideas. These great deals tend to fly off the shelves as soon as we put them out, so don’t delay!

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 December 9th:

Maxfield Parrish: The Early Years 1893-1930 (1973) – With commentary by Paul W. Skeeters, this vintage 1973 oversized volume has been called the very best and most comprehensive of the Maxfield Parrish books ever published and includes 250 reproductions of Parrish works!


Published by Nash Publishing, Los Angeles with no Copyrights and published in 1973, this is a stated ‘First Printing’ with unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: $50.00). There is some wear to the dust jacket.


The Dream of Gerontius (1866)The Dream of Gerontius is a poem written by Cardinal John Henry Newman (1801–1890) describing the prayer of a dying man with angelic and demonic responses. It was first published in the Jesuit-run review The Month in 1865. Newman, a prominent 19th century scholar and Anglican church leader converted to Roman Catholicism, was later appointed Cardinal. The poem inspired the famous oratorio of the same name by Edward Elgar in 1900.


Published by Burns, Lambert & Oates, London with no Copyrights and Title Page dated 1866 (Third Edition).


Pasted inside are an 1878 newspaper clipping of the obituary of Rev. H.C. De Luynes, a prominent member of the Society of Jesus, plus an engraved illustration (a vintage German prayer card?). This leather bound book with extensive gilt work and ribbing is in very nice condition with some wear to the edges of the leather and some foxing to endpapers. This is currently the oldest copy of this title available on the resell market.


The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Bart. (1868) – This is the Deluxe Leather Edition of Scott’s works complete in a single volume with all of Scott’s Introductions and Notes and with various readings plus the editor’s notes. This beautiful oversize vintage volume is “elegantly” illustrated with a double frontispiece and tissue-guarded full-page engravings. The embossed leather-bound Deluxe Edition also has gilt titles and page edges, raised spine ribs, decorative endpapers and bordered text pages.


The book has three separate dated inscriptions (all in pencil) to give the book provenance: the first is dated Christmas 1870, the second inscription is dated 1879, and the third inscription is dated 1910. The original 1860′s “Slocum & Thompson’s Bookstore, Austin, Texas” sticker remains inside the front cover and is in great condition, lending the book even more provenance! This book was donated by one of Austin’s founding families, and is in the nicest condition we have ever seen for this title!


Published by D. Appleton & Co., NY with no Copyrights, this is the 1868 Edition.
There are multiple dated inscriptions (all in pencil) and some wear to the leather and gilt, but overall this vintage classic is in amazing condition!


Sweet Times and the Blue Policeman (1925) – Stark Young (1881-1963) was an American teacher, playwright, novelist, painter, literary critic, and essayist. Around 1907-08, Young moved to Texas and taught at UT Austin, where he became involved with the theater and established the Texas Review. In 1915 he moved to Amherst College where he taught English before moving to New York as appointed editor of Theater Arts Magazine. Young was also drama critic for The New Republic until his retirement in 1947. During this period he was involved with the New York theater scene and wrote several plays as well as four popular novels.


This collection of little fairy plays was originally written for the children of Dr. Alexander Meiklejohn, former President of Amherst College. The plays were written for children between the ages of seven and twelve years and were a departure for Young from his typical work. The incredible full-plate color plates were drawn by American artist Edwin Avery Park. The dust jacket cover art is indicative of the color plates scattered throughout the book itself.


Published by Henry Holt, NY with Copyright 1925, this is a First Edition with very scarce original dust jacket (no printed retail price). There is significant wear to the dust jacket with mended tears and a several small chips, one page has a small piece of the bottom corner edge missing, and a previous owner’s name and information is present on the front free end paper.


The Little Prince (1943) – This is an early printing English-language copy of the classic children’s story written and drawn by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.


Published by Reynal & Hitchcock with Copyright 1943, this is a very rare stated ‘Third Printing’ with penciled gift inscription dated 1944.


Note: we are constantly asked about locating a First Edition of this book with a dust jacket. True First Editions with dust jackets (even those in poor condition) list on the resale market for upwards of $1,000.


Dolly Madison’s Surprise (1946) – Written and illustrated by Peter Wells, this is a ‘politically incorrect’ vintage children’s book full of vibrant color illustrations about President Madison’s wife, Dolly Madison, who loved to give parties.


Published by John C. Winston Co, Philadelphia, PA with Copyright 1946, this copy is a stated ‘First Edition’ with price clipped dust jacket. A gift inscription and previous owner’s name are written inside the front cover, and there is some edge wear to the dust jacket and cover boards.


Old-Time Mountain Banjo (1968) – Written by Art Rosenbaum, this is a very scarce 1968 publication of the Instruction Method of playing the old-time five-string mountain banjo based on the styles of traditional banjo-pickers! Subjects include: Beginning Up- and Down-picking, Up-Picking and the G Tuning, The Standard C Tuning, Two-Finger Picking, Three-Four Time and the D Tuning, Index Finger Lead, More Down-Picking, The Fretless Banjo and much more. Includes Appendices and a Selected Discography.


Published by Oak Publications, NY with Copyright 1968, this is a very scarce collectible soft-cover publication with no printed retail price. The covers are noticeably worn, with some staining on the back cover which does not go through to pages and some light corner creases, otherwise no writing or marks.


The Fretboard Journal (2006-2008) – This is a collection of 7 issues of The Fretboard Journal, subtitled “The Quarterly Magazine for Musical Instrument Players, Collectors and Builders”.


The issues in this collection are:

  • Number 2 – Summer 2006 (Neko Case)
  • Number 3 – Fall 2006 (Guy Clark)
  • Number 5 – Spring 2007 (Tony Rice)
  • Number 6 – Summer 2007 (B.B. King)
  • Number 7 – Fall 2007 (Earl Scruggs)
  • Number 9 – Spring 2008 (Richard Thompson)
  • Number 11 – Fall 2008 (Ben Harper and David Lindley)


Published by Occasional Publishing, Inc. of Seattle, WA with various Copyrights 2006-2008, these soft-cover journals with illustrated wraps have individual cover prices ranging from $9.95 to $12.95.


A Dance To The Music Of Time (1995) – Anthony Powell (1905–2000) was an English novelist best known for his twelve-volume work entitled A Dance to the Music of Time, first published between 1951 and 1975. Powell’s major work has remained in print continuously and has been the subject of TV and radio dramatizations. In 2008, The Times newspaper named Powell among their list of “the 50 greatest British writers since 1945″. The twelve novels have been acclaimed by such critics as A.N. WIlson and fellow writers including Evelyn Waugh and Kingsley Amis as being among the finest English fiction of the twentieth century. Powell was awarded the 1957 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the fourth volume At Lady Molly’s. The eleventh volume, Temporary Kings, received the W.H. Smith Prize in 1974.


The cycle of novels, narrated by a protagonist with experiences and perspectives similar to Powell’s own, follows the trajectory of the author’s own life, offering a vivid portrayal of the intersection of bohemian life with high society between 1921 and 1971. The title of the multi-volume series is taken from the painting of the same name by Poussin which hangs in the Wallace Collection. Its characters, many modeled loosely on real people, surface, vanish and reappear throughout the sequence. The characters are drawn from the upper classes, their marriages and affairs, and their bohemian acquaintances.


Published by the University of Chicago Press with Copyright through 1995, this is a complete 4-volume First Printing set of the 1995 Edition. These volumes are soft-cover with very minimal wear: no writing, marks, stains, or creases!

December 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm Leave a comment

That Time Again!

It’s hard to believe that Recycled Reads is rapidly approaching its second Christmas season! Seems like it was only last month that we opened our doors for the first time to lines of shoppers eager to find great deals on used books and media. While it is true that time flies when you’re having fun, it also flies even faster when you’re busy – and we have been very busy lately processing lots of new donations from our patrons in addition to our regular shipments from the Austin Public Library.


One of the advantages of being open for more than a year is that you get to have annual events, and this week we are having one of our customer favorites. For one day only on Saturday December 4th, Recycled Reads will hold its second annual $5 Vintage and Collectible Children’s Book Sale. Just in time for the holidays, a large selection of these unique books for children will be offered for sale at the ridiculously low price of $5 each. These lovely books date from the late 19th Century through the present and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at tables conveniently located in the center of the store.


To make your shopping experience even more enjoyable, we are pleased to welcome singer/songwriter Michael Clay who will be performing his music live in our store beginning at 12:30pm. Michael has been writing, singing and playing his own music from Austin to Nashville for many years so this will be a treat for everyone. Following the music, youth librarian Jessica Champion from the Austin Public Library will be holding a special Holiday story time and craft workshop for kids of all ages starting at 2:00pm, so bring the family and enjoy this special gathering.


It’s never too early to shop for the holidays, but if you wait too long it may be too late. In case you run out of both time -and- ideas at the last minute, you can always give the gift of choice with our popular Recycled Reads Holiday Gift Certificates. Unlike those fancy plastic gift cards you might find at other stores, our certificates are printed on 100% recycled paper [naturally], never expire and can be purchased in any denomination. With VHS tapes selling for 25 cents and DVD’s for $1, think of the hours of video entertainment you can give someone with a simple $5 gift certificate. With vinyl records and CD’s at $1 each, that same certificate can buy even more hours of musical enjoyment. And with books starting at 50 cents each, there could be months of reading ahead for the lucky recipient of your thoughtful gift.


There’s a lot going on, so hurry in to Recycled Reads this week for your holiday shopping. It’s that time again!

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 December 2nd:

Tales of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table (1892) – Written by Margaret Vere Farrington with illustrations by Alfred Fredericks and others, this is a beautiful vintage edition of the famous tales of King Arthur illustrated throughout with artwork typical of the Victorian era including a tissue-protected frontispiece. Wonderful embossing on the cover boards still retain much of the original silver and gilt embellishment, and the end papers are a decorative motif typical of the era.

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, NY with Copyright 1888 and title page dated 1892.
This edition was published without a dust jacket, and there is some wear to cover board edges and heavier wear to spine cloth with some dulling/rubbing to silver highlights. A previous owner’s name is written in pencil (could be erased) inside the front cover and there is very light soiling to a few page edges.


Farmer Giles of Ham (1950) – Written by J.R.R. Tolkien and illustrated by Pauline Diana Baynes, Farmer Giles of Ham is a Medieval fable written by Tolkien in 1937 and published in 1949. The story describes the encounters between Farmer Giles and a wily dragon named Chrysophylax, and how Giles manages to use these adventures to rise from humble beginnings and rival the king of the land. It is cheerfully anachronistic and lighthearted, set in a fantasy Great Britain of long ago with mythical creatures, medieval knights and primitive firearms. It is only tangentially connected with the author’s Middle-earth legend: both were originally intended as essays in “English mythology”.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston with Copyright 1950, this is a First American Edition with unaltered dust jacket (original retail price: $2.00). The dust jacket is moderately worn with some fading, mended tears and a few small chips. There is fading and uneven spotting to the cloth cover boards, and two text pages indicate a bit of darkening from where a marker or piece of paper had been laid in.


Five Little Peppers Midway (1893) and Phronsie Pepper (1897)FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS MIDWAY: A Sequel to Five Little Peppers and How They Grew was written by Margaret Sidney and illustrated by W.L. Taylor. This was the second book in the original ‘Five Little Peppers’ series written by Margaret Sidney, the pseudonym of Harriett Mulford Stone (1844-1924). Stone was married to Daniel Lothrop, the founder of Lothrop Publishers, who published the very popular ‘Five Little Peppers’ series between 1881 and 1916. Published by Lothrop, Boston, MA with Copyrights 1890 & 1893, this is a stated 39,000 Printing Copy. The frontispiece tissue guard is missing, a former owner’s name is written inside front cover, shadows from former pencil markings are present, and the hinges are exposed but no pages are loose.

PHRONSIE PEPPER: The Last of the ‘Five Little Peppers’ was the fourth book in the original ‘Five Little Peppers’ series written by Margaret Sidney and was illustrated by Jessie McDermott. This title was to be the final book in the series until readers all over the world sent letters urging Sidney to continue the series. She did for another nineteen years, although most of the titles that followed take place (chronologically) before the third book in the original series. Published by Lothrop, Boston, MA with Copyright 1897, this is a First Edition/First Printing (no other printings listed). A former owner’s name is written inside, otherwise this copy is clean and in very good condition.


Salome (1930) – Written by Oscar Wilde, this vintage 1930 copy is subtitled “A Tragedy in One Act: Translated from the French of Oscar Wilde, with Sixteen Drawings by Aubrey Beardsley”.

Published by Williams, Belasco & Meyers, NY with Copyright 1930 (there are no other dates listed), this copy was issued without a dust jacket. A previous owner’s discrete name stamp appears on the front and rear free end papers, and there is a bumped top corner of the front cover board causing a split to the cloth and a light crease to the cover. The wildly provocative Beardsley illustrations highlight this vintage 1930 edition.


The Jolly Jump-Ups and Their New House (1939) – A complete series of ‘Jolly Jump-ups’ books were produced by the McLoughlin Brothers starting in 1939 with this title by Geraldine Clyne and continued with other titles published throughout the 1940′s. The charming pop-ups show themes of family life (buying a new home, going camping, visiting the farm, etc.) which trace the family from the end of the 1930′s (the end of the Great Depression) through the post World War II boom years. The happy brood of the ‘Jump-Ups’ consisted of Father, Mother, six blonde-haired, blue-eyed children and an assortment of pets. Over time, the series came to encapsulate the ‘American Dream’ and is charmingly illustrated to the era, even if a bit quaint by today’s standards!

Published by the McLoughlin Brothers, Springfield, MO with Copyright 1939, this is a 1939 First Edition with working pop-ups. A few pop-ups look like they may have been lightly repaired sometime over the years, but this book is in particularly good condition with light edge wear to the boards and the impression of a child’s name(?) written and erased on the front cover board.


A Child’s Garden of Verses (1944) – This is a very scarce edition of the timeless Robert Louis Stevenson poetry book because it is “photo-illustrated” by well-known mid-century American photographer Toni Frissell. Frissell (1907-1988) was most known for her fashion photography, but she also produced photos of World War II through her work with both the American Red Cross and with the Women’s Army Corps, as well as portrait photography. This is one of only two children’s books she photo-illustrated during the 1940′s. The black and white photos and photo-endpapers are used to highlight Stevenson’s well-known and popular poetry for children. The author dedicated her work on this book to her two children, their friends and her family’s childhood nurse, Emma Rauber.

Published by U.S. Camera Publishing Corp, NY with Copyright 1944, this is an unstated First Edition. A gift inscription appears on the half-title page, the spine is delaminating and chipping, there are tears at the spine ends, and there is wear to the boards. It is unknown if this edition was published with a dust jacket.


Eloise In Moscow (1959) – Written by Kay Thompson with drawings by Hilary Knight, this is the third book in Thompson’s “Eloise” series with a color gate-fold (centerfold) in perfect condition!

Published by Simon & Schuster, NY with Copyright 1959, this is a stated ‘First Printing’ with original price-clipped dust jacket. The scarce dust jacket has moderate edge wear and mended tears, and there is some soiling to the jacket including a partial moisture ring on the front cover. The book and cloth cover boards are in very nice condition.


The Works of Charles Dickens (ca 1890′s) – This is a vintage 15-volume Sydney Library Edition set of the works of Charles Dickens. Library editions were uniformly bound, most often in leather and gilt to look great on wealthy patrons library shelves – even if the books were often never read. The set is nicely illustrated with full page drawings and each volume includes a frontispiece with tissue guard. This Sidney Library Edition was published by George D. Sproul, and although undated it is consistent with sets published circa 1880′s-1890′s.

Published by George D. Sproul; NY with no Copyright, this is an undated complete 15 volume set circa 1890′s. Covered with half-bound leather, there is some chipping to the cover leather at spine edges and gutters and a few hinges have cracked or are starting, but all pages appear to be intact. It is rare to find a set of this age and in this relatively good condition with ALL the volumes intact. This beautiful “library edition” of Dickens is as classic as it gets!

November 29, 2010 at 3:23 am Leave a comment

Giving Thanks

Just before the turn of the century (this one) we made a special Thanksgiving trip. Normally we spend this time with family and/or friends, either here in Austin or driving to one of several cities in Texas where we have family. That year we decided to try something different and in doing so I gained a new appreciation for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It was 1993 and we were in Houston. If you think of Austin as home then Houston may not be the greatest place to live, but one thing I’ll say in its favor is that it has two airports so flying is quite a bit easier from there than here. That year we decided to skip the usual ritual of eating turkey and watching the Cowboys with relatives and made plans to spend that day in the place where Thanksgiving started: Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Everyone who studied American History in school knows that the early English settlers were Pilgrims fleeing religious persecution who were promised land in Virginia in exchange for creating a New England colony. After traveling for weeks and thousands of miles across a treacherous ocean, their sailing ship Mayflower arrived far off course near present-day Cape Cod. After scouting for a suitable landing site they chose Plymouth Harbor and quickly established a colony nearby. The date was November 1620 and a cold New England winter was rapidly approaching. During that first winter nearly half of the Pilgrims died from malnutrition and exposure. With the help of the local Wampanoag Native American tribe the settlers were able to grow some corn the following year, and in October of 1621 they celebrated the first Thanksgiving Day by sharing a traditional English harvest feast with the tribe.

Our trip took us to the place where the Pilgrims landed (not Plymouth Rock as many believe) and from there we followed their route through the town of Plymouth to our true destination: Plimouth Plantation. Before we planned this trip I had never heard of this place, but the more I read about it the more I looked forward to seeing it in person. Imagine that you were able to take a time machine back to the year 1630 (a few years after that first Thanksgiving) and drop in on the Plymouth colony – what do you think it would be like? Well, if you visit Plimouth you don’t need to imagine. This small village is an authentic recreation of what historians believe was the way the Pilgrims lived. It is also completely staffed – not by guides or park service employees, but by students and researchers who effectively live like the Pilgrims. Their dress, their speech, their behavior and their entire lifestyle is as authentic as possible. This is not a 9-to-5 job but a way of life for these dedicated professionals who do their best to help visitors understand how early colonists survived under what we would now consider to be primitive conditions.

That Thanksgiving day we walked down the main road through town, stopping at different buildings where there were signs of life. The day was dreary, cold and wet, and many of the town’s inhabitants were doing their best to stay out of the rain where possible. One farmer who we met was heading to the blacksmith for some nails but was friendly enough to stop and inquire about our travels from the Virginia Territory (the only settlement that existed south of Plymouth in that day). He asked if we happened to bring any broad-leaf (tobacco) with us and was disappointed to hear we had not, then mentioned that if we were cold that we could stop at his home to warm ourselves. We thanked him for his hospitality and made our way across the muddy trail to his family’s house, a small hut built of thick wood posts and mud over straw. Upon entering we found his “wife” and “daughter” busy preparing the mid-day meal, a large iron kettle of stew cooking over an open pit fire in the middle of their single dark room. They were very pleasant but not very talkative, keeping busy with their chores while we watched. After a polite but short visit we emerged from the smoky hut much warmer and fragrant with smoke to make our way uphill towards the stockade, a tall wooden barrier that protected the town and crops from wild animals. Stepping through the single doorway in this fence we suddenly returned to the modern era, with cars and buildings not far away.

Our Thanksgiving meal that afternoon was held at the Plantation, a much more modern but still vintage set of buildings that were constructed from logs. Unlike the recreation of Plimouth village, the buildings were large and the dining room easily held about 100 people who had come for a traditional meal of native foods including wild turkey, corn pudding, greens with turnips and similar items raised in the nearby farms. The hosts of this event were once again historians and students, but this time the era being recreated was the Civil War and the event being celebrated was the official proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln of the first national Thanksgiving holiday in 1863.

As with the inhabitants of Plimouth, these folks were completely in character throughout the meal. Union officers, women in petticoats and businessmen in waistcoats sat and ate among the modern guests, with topics of conversation ranging from the status of the war to the popular newspaper-serialized literary works of Charles Dickens. It was great fun (and somewhat difficult) to converse with these people while maintaining the illusion of being in 1863. Needless to say, when it was revealed that we came from Texas several shocked exclamations were raised among these steadfast Union citizens, and we hastened to make it clear that our loyalties lay with the North in the “current” conflict. Near the close of the meal, the ranking military officer in the room stood to announce that Thanksgiving had just been declared an official national holiday by the President, and all present gave a rousing cheer and joined in the singing of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.

We left Plymouth later that day, quite moved by what we had witnessed and with a much greater appreciation for the hardships that past generations had endured. Ever since that time Thanksgiving has been a special event in our home, and we always make a point of raising a toast of thanks to the Pilgrims and to President Lincoln for making this day possible.

NOTE: As part of the Austin Public Library, our store will be CLOSED on Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. We will be open again at our usual time on Saturday November 27. All of us at Recycled Reads wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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 Saturday November 27th:

Yo – The First Hepcats Book (1988) – Written and drawn by Martin Wagner, this is a collection of every daily strip from the first 14 months of the Hepcats cartoon as published in The Daily Texan, plus a 10-page story never before published.

Published by Double Diamond Press, Austin with Copyright 1988, this volume is a First Edition, October 1988 signed (not inscribed) by the author on the half title page.


Eenie Meenie Minie Tweed – Eyebeam and the Real World (1985) – Written and drawn by Sam Hurt, this is an early collection of the Eyebeam cartoon strips.

Published by Blunt Books, Austin with Copyright 1985, this volume is a stated ‘First Printing’ signed & dated (’86) by the author with a hand-drawn “Eyebeam” character on the title page! There is some edge wear to the illustrated cover wraps.


Eyebeam – Render Unto Peaches (1988) – Written and drawn by Sam Hurt, this is an early collection of the Eyebeam cartoon strips.

Published by Texas Monthly Press, Austin with Copyright 1988, this volume is a First Printing copy inscribed by the author with hand-drawn characters on the title page! The $6.95 original price is printed on the back cover, there is some edge wear to the illustrated cover wraps, and the bottom edge is bumped with some light creasing.


The Academia Waltz (1979) – Subtitled An Anthology By the University of Texas Cartoonist BERKE BREATHED, this is a collection of Breathed’s cartoons from The Daily Texan before he became nationally known.

Published by Sterling Swift with Copyright 1979, this volume is a scarce 1979 First Edition. There is some edge wear and very light creasing to the illustrated cover wraps, some foxing and age discoloration to the paper, and a few finger-handling impressions to the outside page edges. Otherwise there are no names, marks, or writing on this extremely scarce out-of-print First Edition!


Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland (1929) – Written by Lewis Carroll with illustrations by Willy Pogany.

Willy Pogany (1882-1955) was a very successful Hungarian born illustrator with over 40 books to his credit. This 1929 version of Carroll’s famous book is very scarce, as Pogany has depicted Alice as a 1920′s era “flapper” and most of the other characters have been taken out of their traditional costumes as well. This is a beautifully illustrated book, with black and white illustrations throughout. The end papers are done in full-color and are a whimsical collage of characters from the book.

Published by E.P. Dutton, NY with Copyright 1929, this volume is an extremely scarce First Edition with original unaltered dust jacket (no printed retail price). The dust jacket is heavily worn with mended tears and chips, the embossed cover boards are faded at the edges and spine, the upper edge of the front cover board is chipped, two text pages indicate a bit of darkening where a bookmark or piece of paper had been laid in, and a previous owner’s bookplate and written name are present.


The Second World War (1953) – This is the classic six-volume history of WWII written by Sir Winston S. Churchill which is profusely illustrated with maps and diagrams.

Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston with Copyrights 1948–1953, these Book-of-the-Month-Club editions are a complete 6-volume set with unaltered dust jackets (BOMC with no printed retail price). The set is in very good overall condition with no previous owner markings, and is complete with the original dust jackets that show some rubbing wear, small tears, and light foxing. It is very difficult to find such a well-cared for vintage set that also includes all the original dust jackets!


Young Folks’ Library (1902) – This vintage set edited by Thomas Bailey Aldrich contains hundreds of stories, many written by well-known authors of the period. Each volume is beautifully illustrated with numerous color plates as well as black and white Illustrations. From the title page: “Selections from the choicest literature of all lands: folk-lore, fairy tales, fables, legends, natural history, wonders of earth, sea and sky, animal stories, sea tales, brave deeds, explorations, stories of school and college life, biography, history, patriotic eloquence, poetry.”

This is a very rare complete 21 volume set of the ‘Young Folks Library’, and even includes the scarce The Key To The Treasure House reference guide. All twenty-one books are uniformly bound with beautiful embossed covers and spine designs, plus embossed gilt titles. The upper page edges are gilt. Each volume contains numerous full-page color plates, as well as dozens of additional black and white illustrations. The end papers were specially designed to highlight the monogram for the Hall and Locke Company who published this 1902 ‘Third Edition’. This well-cared for vintage set was donated by the family of the original owner.

Published by Hall and Locke Company, Boston with Copyright 1902, this is a Third Edition printing. A few volumes have the original owner’s name written inside the front cover or on the front free end papers, some volumes show age spotting, uneven fading, or light handling stains to cover boards, a few volumes have loose hinges and two of the volumes (Volumes I & III) show significantly more wear, including loose bindings, cracked hinges, and some mended tears.


Holy Bible (circa 1900) – This is a complete 14 volume Deluxe Limited Edition of the Holy Bible containing the Old and the New Testaments and the Apocrypha “translated out of the original tongues in the year of our Lord 1611″.

This is a scarce Deluxe Limited Edition set published by The Grolier Society in the early 1900′s. Each volume is beautifully quarter-bound in maroon leather with embossed spine ribs and Art Nouveau inspired spine designs, gilt spine titles, gilt upper page edges and rough-cut outer page edges. There are five illustrations per volume including photo-gravures and etchings by LaLauze, Boilot, F. Pagnier, Em. Laitin and others. All illustrated plates have tissue guards.

Published by The Grolier Society, London with no Copyrights, this is a scarce complete Deluxe Limited Edition (1,000 copies) 14 volume set circa early 1900′s. There is rubbing, spotting and discoloration to the cover boards, with possible moisture exposure to some boards but no odors or indication of moisture damage to interiors, some discoloration to end papers, and a previous owner’s discrete stamp on front and/or rear free end papers of each volume. This set was donated by the family of the original owner.

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