Sunday, May 30, 2010

Random Finds

In this best of all possible worlds, people turn up on my doorstep with exciting and curious books - just the sort for which Village Books is known. In addition to a large new trove of knitting books, some great non-fiction came through the door this weekend.

  • An Arctic Boat Journey by Isaac Hayes, 1820, hardcover, very good condition (especially for its age) with 2 fold-out maps.  Slight tearing on maps.  Little foxing.  Tight binding with gilt still showing, blind embossed. Exciting old book on one of my favorite topics.  Sorry, no pictures yet.  $99.00 plus shipping.
  • Die Pessach-Hagadah, 1929, printed in Austria in gorgeous color.   Calligraphic Hebrew text, with German translations.  Numerous full-page brilliant illustrations. Third edition. Good - some pages coming loose, tears at top & bottom of decorative cardboard covers. Oversized. $30.00 plus shipping.


  • Frank Leslie's Popular Monthly, Vol. XXIV - July to December, 1887. Good - chipped, brittle leather spine, black & white marbled cardboard covers. Oversized.  Lavishly illustrated with both chromolithographs and engravings.  A few pages loosening, otherwise intact.  Beautiful. $45.00 plus shipping (very heavy).
 Frontispiece: Any Port in a Storm

  • California and the Grand Canyon of Arizona, Fred Harvey, 1914.  This lovely, full-color book is softcover and bound with blue cord at the spine.  The color photos within show a California most of us have never seen, including an image of the Golden Gate entrance to San Francisco Harbor prior to the building of  the Golden Gate Bridge.  Those of us with ties to California will treasure this book. Good, cover edges tattered all around, firmly bound & bright. $18.00 plus shipping.
Of course, I always keep more fiction in stock than you can shake a stick at (and that's a LOT, isn't it?) including new titles like The Help, and Homer & Langley (both hardcover); and old favorites like Cranford; novels by Michael Chabon; one of my personal favorites, Water for Elephants; and many other delightful reads. I've got  biographies of Edith Wharton & Henry James, memoirs by Jill Coorain & the endlessly amusing Bill Bryson, plus every John McPhee I can lay my hands on.

So stop by! The season for reading is now! Tues - Sat 10-5. Sundays by appointment or chance.  IF I'M NOT OPEN, it's that pesky employment again!


  1. By any chance do you still have the 18.00 California Book with photos??? I love it.

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    Thanks so much, and thanks for joining my blogging "family."