Book Purges

Going through my books, one shelf at a time. The flu put me behind my curve this week, but this is where I am so far:

Tossed or used for crafts:


Irene of Tundra Towers, by Elizabeth Burrows

Milton's Comus, Lycidas and other poems and matthew arnold's address on miltonMilton’s Comus, Lycidas and other poems and Matthew Arnold’s address on Milton, it’s badly stained, not nearly as pretty as the picture. The binding is split, pages are loose, strings to the binding are visible in every section. 1910.

Party Line/ Out on a Limb by Louise Baker- amusing, autobiographical. Louise lost a leg in a bicycle accident as a child, but she didn’t let that stop her.


Set aside for resale:

The reading interests and habits of adults;: A preliminary report, (Studies in adult education), by William S. Gray, the man responsible for Dick and Jane and largely responsible for foisting the Look-Say method on our public schools. I first heard of him when reading about the follies of our public school system in books by Samuel Blumenfield. John Taylor Gatto also mentions him (you can see a sample here).

Heroes of progress Stories of Successful Americans
by Eva Marie Tappan, published in 1921. Profiles include Cyrus McCormick; Charles Goodyear; Elias Howe; Henry Oscar Houghton; Julia Ward Howe; Luther Burbank; Alexander Graham Bell; Clara Barton; Booker T. Washington; Thomas Alva Edison; Andrew Carnegie; Robert E. Peary; Henry Ford.

butterfly and moth book

Butterfly and moth book: Personal studies and observations of the more familiar species

Mary Jane in New England by Clara Judson. I like her books and I like the Mary Jane books, but something else had to go. This one isn’t in as nice a shape as most of those listed at Amazon.


wagner opera by guerberSTORIES OF THE WAGNER OPERA by Guerber (the author is my main reason for keeping it), 1905. The pretty green and gold cover didn’t hurt its chances, either.

Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings, a 1921 hardback with illustrations by A. B. Frost– Frost’s illustrations of blacks are generally creepy and disturbing, but fortunately, he limits himself here to rabbits, foxes, and bears and they are unobjectionable.

The Fathers of the Constitution; a chronicle of the establishment of the Union, which you can get free4Kindle through this link.=)

The Story Of Abraham Lincoln (1906), by Mary Hamilton and illustrated by S. T. Dadd with very pretty color plates, and it’s in right dandy condition for a book published in the 1900s. It was printed and sold in England, part of the Hall of Heroes series. I suspect the biography is not one that would be much beloved in the south, as it seems to be more hagiography than biography, as is typical for children’s biographies of the time.

modern life arithmeticThe Modern Life Arithmetics: Book One (One) 1929, and the illustrations are so charming I could neither toss it nor cut it up.

The Black Arrow, by Robert Louis Stevenson, it’s in terrible shape, and the title page is gone, but there is still a colored plate or two by Frank Godwin.

And three or four others I didn’t type up the titles for because I was tired.   I’d like to reach the point where I get rid of the same number that I keep, but I don’t think I’m that strong yet.

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  1. Posted January 17, 2014 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    Are you guys “BetterWorldBooks”? Just curious. If I want to buy any of your books, how do I do that?

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted January 17, 2014 at 11:40 am | Permalink

      No, we’re not BetterWorldBooks. Do you paypal? If you wanted to buy one of my books we could work something out that way.

  2. Cate R.
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh my, that butterfly book has a beautiful art nouveau cover. I would consider using it as eye candy.

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted January 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      Well, I did, which is why I have it. But I have 9 thousand or so books, no exaggeration, and a houseful of collectibles from my packratting family. Some things have to go….

  3. Donna
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Any advice on how you are making your decisions? I have been mostly paralyzed by the enormity of the task and am quite overwhelmed trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Perhaps culling now what is obvious and culling again in a few years? What has worked for you?

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted January 18, 2014 at 12:20 am | Permalink

      I try to do it when I’m in a bad mood. It’s easier to get rid of stuff.
      It’s also easier now, since my youngest is in high school. If I am not going to use it in high school and I don’t love if for some other reason, or want the illustrations for the blog, it goes.
      I have culled more than once, too, as you said, culling the obvious now, doing it again in a few years. I have other shelves I am going through slowly with my children, and they either take the books they want or write their names in them for later.

  4. Donna
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 5:54 pm | Permalink

    And where are you selling your books?

    • Headmistress, zookeeper
      Posted January 18, 2014 at 12:18 am | Permalink

      My plan was to box them up and send them Amazon,but if you see something you want, let me know.

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