Actually the poem sort of poured out of my morning meditation – the book, The Unknown Ansel Adams,(1982) came later. Adamswas not a painting artist, but a meticulous photographer who changed how we view the world – particularly, the wilderness and canyons of our National Parks. There are many books on Ansel Adams, including camera technique books -but this slim softcover features some of his lesser-known, ( I believe) highly spiritual works.
Harry Potter Commemorative stamps – from 2007, Mint
I’ve not read
but I really
since I just
you might say
or, I suppose -
Boy, did you
And I did.
what I asked
(which, by the way,
is always too
& hammer hammer
(in the virtual world)
if you look
Or, you can
sell for too
not be impert,
if you said -
Harry Potter Commemorative stamps not meant to be sent
As a book collector/dealer/writer, I sell my books and writing on different sites. I’ve sold books & ephemera high at some pricey auctions and also at eBay and other stores on the internet. But, on eBay, some times, I often over-estimate what the buyer will bid and under-estimate the price I am asking. This time, the Potter stamps worked out pretty well for both me and my buyer. But that’s not always the case!
Babar is a French children’s character, who first appeared in 1931. He was the lead character in a story book written by Jean du Brunhoff. Over the years, Babar, like the children who read about him, married and became a father. That didn’t slow him down. Babar’s books are popular world-wide, especially in Japan. Over the past 83 years, the Babar books have done a lot to brighten children’s lives and also, hopefully, to help save the Elephants so charmingly illustrated. My copy,shown above, is Babar and Father Christmas, translated from the French (hardcover, a later vintage printing from Random House).
A Voice in the Night and Other Stories by Frederick Hall is from 1911. This is one of those books I bought just for its cover. Many beautiful book covers were crafted during the Art Nouveau era -circa 1900-1915 – often designed with flowing patterns and titled in gilt. I have no idea what the stories are like, but I have a clue, since it was published by The Sunday School Times.
Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, See-Threepio & Artoo-Detoo
Star Wars, 1977, shook us all up movie-wise. It was a seminal moment in light sci-fi film & special affects history – perhaps most of all for George Lucas. Above is a Twentieth Century Fox 1977 softcover book promotion for the film. It lists cast & crew, adds some behind-the-scenes photos and just the barest synopsis. Nice collectible! There’s a lot of buzz already about the 2015 version. We’ll see just how far it moves us this time.
Reading this copy of Fortune, you’d think The Great Depression was a Grimm’s Fairy Tale – there is very little evidence of the Wolf at the Door in this January, 1934 issue. People were crusing you know, or trading stocks, or enjoying Modern art in Fortune’s world. Only Carl Sandburg was brave enough to suggest (subtly) that greed trumped people in need. He didn’t come right out & say it, but he titled his long poem, in this issue, “Moonlight and Maggots.” Yeah.
For a brief time, I was a psychic astrologer. I invented the title – but it worked out pretty good. I taught myself how to interpret the Zodiac Signs (without all the maths) by consulting numerous vintage books on the subject. The Compleat Astrologer was one of them, but the copy I had was a softcover, falling apart; not a beauty like this hardcover, “compleat” in its own slip case. This is a first edition from 1971, by Derek & Julia Parker. Published by McGraw Hill. Very “Hair”, if you know what I mean.
Kodachrome portrait for Harper’s Bazaar by the great Louise Dahl-Wolfe
short little Haiku homage to my love for vintage cameras. I found this July, 1940 issue of PhotoTechnique at the estate-sale of an uber-collector of cameras, photo magazines, books & ephemera. I bought his vintage Bolex 8m movie camera, complete in an English leather case. I won’t use it. I’ll just look at it. Beauty in a box. There was no evidence of digital cameras or photography at this sale, but there were a lot of Kodak cameras (and Rollei, Leica, Zeiss, Minolta, Nikon, Polaroid)etc.
The 1938 version of Uncle Tom’s Cabin from Heritage Press.
This is the 1938 Heritage Press publication of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Illustrated by the amazing Mexican artist, Miguel Covarrubias, this 294-page hardcover (in slipcase) pays homage to the great classic, anti-slavery writing of Harriet Beecher Stowe. The alternate name of her book is “Life Among the Lowly” – and it was serialized, with both titles, in 1951. It appeared then in an abolitionist newspaper, ending in April 1952. Nine years later, the Civil War erupted. This gorgeous hardcover book, above, is almost as gorgeous as the story it contains – both book & story still relevant, don’t you think?
These are the days when interested people (mainly dystopians) discover (or re-discover) Philip Wylie’s Generation of Vipers. Published in 1942, during the War, Wylie unleashed his vitriol on almost every topic you can think of (at least circa 1940s), including women who wore too much makeup, men who profited from making war, and even dear-old Mom (the term “momism” refers to Wylie’s writings). His book caused so much back-lash and ranting from its readers, Wylie’s life became miserable. He said later, he wished he’d never written the book. Here it is, in first edition – war-time issue – from Farrar & Rhinehart, a First edition (war-time)