Category Archives: Rarities & Conservation

Desert Island Books: Pandemic Edition

We all know that reading a good book or two (or three or more) is one of the best ways to pass the time, and it is especially helpful when you are asked to stay home and practice social distancing. … Continue reading

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True Christmas Treasure

First edition of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, 1843, published by Chapman & Hall, London, with four hand-colored illustrations by John Leech and additional b&w illustrations by Linton. Original rust colored cloth covers with gilt lettering and decorations bound … Continue reading

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Here is a very scarce children’s book that just turned up in a storage box, having been misplaced for years. It was published by The John C. Winston Company in 1953, and may have seemed old-fashioned even then. Marie Curtis … Continue reading

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Erskine Caldwell

Here is a mighty fine Erskine Caldwell collection, mostly first editions, for sale as a collection or individually.  Separate photos are available on request, as well as further bibliographic information.  The titles and prices are listed below, all first editions … Continue reading

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Gardening Libraries

Tonight we had an excellent NOBS Forums presentation with some mighty fine show-and-tells! The program was co-sponsored by the Native Plant Society and featured two librarians from our cultural institutional libraries. Gary Esmonde from the Cleveland Botanical Gardens gave a … Continue reading

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A Hunk o’ Cast Iron

I got a new toy!  It’s a rather heavy toy.  Cast-iron.  With black paint and stencil.  And a wheel crank that resembles a ship’s steering wheel.  Except cast iron, like I said.  It arrived in a heavy box with thick … Continue reading

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