Category Archives: Books

Bookplates, vintage

  Print the bookplates below to add that little something extra to your gifts of loved second hand books. Use them for gift labels on packages and bags. Put them inside your own books, or use to make bookmarks. Put your name on them and put the bookmarks with books you loan out. Share! Blog […]

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Responsibility in the Selection of Books

In her essay ‘Books That Have Hindered Me,’ Miss Agnes Repplier says, “So many grateful and impetuous spirits have recently come forward to tell to an approving world how they have been benefited by their early reading, and by their wisely chosen favorites in literature, that the trustful listener begins to think, against his rueful […]

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Two Christmas Books

According to The Bookman, mid 1890s edition, “…In “Beasley’s Christmas Party,” Tarkington wrote another Christmas carol as lovely as McCutcheon’s Mr Bingle.”  Naturally, I had to look these both up.  I was alternately charmed and horrified by Mr. and Mrs. Bingle.  Here’s a charming bit: Mr. Bingle “The Bingles were singularly nephewless, nieceless, cousinless. There […]

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Christmas Reading

The Rose and the Ring The classic Christmas story The Rose and the Ring was written by Thackeray in Rome for the little daughter of the American sculptor William Story. The Blue Bird: a Fairy Play in Six Acts by Maeterlinck The Blue Bird for Children The Wonderful Adventures of Tyltyl and Mytyl in Search […]

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Isaac Watts: On Improving the Mind by Reading

Previously II. The next way of improving the mind is by reading, and the advantages of it are such as these : 1. By reading we acquaint ourselves, in a very extensive manner, with the affairs, actions, and thoughts of the living and the dead, in the most remote nations, and most distant ages, and that […]

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