Everywhere a book, book

The Oxford History of the American People by Samuel Eliot Morison- this is one of the best American histories written for high school and college aged students (and their parents).

The White Robin, by Miss Read, hardback with jacket.

The Travels of Birds by Frank Chapman, 1916, hardback, a children’s book about bird migration.

Then There Were Five, by Elizabeth Enright, a beautiful Red hardback with black and cream illustrations on the cover. Published in 1944 and somewhat soiled, as this is a book children love to read, read again, and share with their friends. But it’s exceedingly sturdy and wellbound, so we’ll be reading this one down to the third and fourth generations.

Burns Complete Poems, Cabinet Edition, 1900, a green hardback with a gilt harp on the cover and gilt lettering on the spine. Very pretty inside and out. I wish I knew what ‘Cabinet edition’ means.

Birds of a Feather Stories by Murlie Burns Wike, illustrated by Marjorie Hull McIntire, published in 1925. The text us blue in this and some of the other children’s nature books we bought, and it makes the pages pretty and a bit easier on the eyes for some reason.

Candy Floss, by Rumer Godden, hardback, 1959, one of Godden’s dollbooks. I don’t much like her books for adults, but we do like her doll stories.

A 1946 copy of Strawberry Girl by Lois Lenski in very battered condition.

Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead, Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1929-1932- I love her writing. Her journals are thoughtful, contemplative, interesting, and alternately funny, charming, poignant and tragic. This one covers the period where the Lindbergh’s lost their first son.

A Little Dixie Captain by Katherine Verdery, about a little lame Southern girl and her family after the Civil War. Her uncle lost his leg in the battle of Gettysburg and he’s afraid he isn’t good enough his True Love anymore. The little Dixie Captain (Annie May) brings them together, naturally. First Edition.

And finally, the last book from the second to the last box- The Delight of Great Books, by John Erskine, published in 1928. According to the blurb, Erskine makes it difficult not to learn and impossible not to enjoy. He says in his first chapter that too often, ‘a book is famous enough to scare off some people who, if they had the courage to open the pages, would find there delight and profit.’ The remaining chapters hold his proofs of that statement as applied to speicfic books- Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, Paradise Lost, Moby Dick, Candida, Modern Irish Poetry and The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, for example. Modern Irish Poets includes Yeats and Synge and several others I do not know anything about. I’m particularly pleased about this one, but I must say that as a true book glutton there’s really very little from this booksale that I wish I did not own.

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5 Comments

  1. Krakovianka
    Posted November 10, 2006 at 9:12 pm | Permalink

    I have that Erskine book! I’m not looking at it right now, because I’m reading another of his books, The Literary Discipline, but I’m planning to have fun with it next year some time!

  2. Mama Squirrel
    Posted November 10, 2006 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I like that Erskine quote about books being so famous that they scare people off. I’ve found that to be absolutely true about some of the “scary” books I’ve read–when you get into them, they’re wonderful.

    Mama Squirrel, wishing she had more time to read more scary books

  3. Krista
    Posted November 10, 2006 at 9:21 pm | Permalink

    Oh, I love And Then There Were Five! It is one of my favorite children’s novels and is definitely my favorite out of the Melendy Quartet. :-) That’s a keeper, all right!

  4. Anonymous
    Posted November 10, 2006 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

    I have a lot of those on my bookshelf, too.

    I remember reading all of the Anne Morrow Lindbergh diaries when I was in high school. I felt like she was a friend. Her writing style brings the reader into her world.

    We just had two library sales in the last month. My shelves runneth over with excellent Winter reading.

  5. Mama Squirrel
    Posted November 11, 2006 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Okay, I posted some thoughts about reading famous books.

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