Above, one of the many bookmarks I’ve found in the books I collect – some of them are grand – made of leather or embroidered silk; some are little slips of torn paper – but they do their job, just as well. If you collect books, you’re just as likely to collect the bookmarks and other ephemera you find. To my mind, little treasures from the past.
This is a first-edition hardcover by J. Campbell Bruce, who also signed the book. It was owned, previously, by a former Parole officer at Alcatraz. If those walls/cells could talk! If you don’t want to read this 248-page book (there are no photos), you can always see the film adaptation, with Clint Eastwood.
I found the first edition paperback of Jack Kerouac’s The Subterraneans, an Avon Book, published in 1959 (following The Grove Press First Edition of 1958). This small paperback was $.35 originally – a steal then. Henry Miller, in the book’s Preface, wrote ” Jack Kerouac has done something to our immaculate prose from which it may never recover.” Indeed.
Here’s a fun 95-page vintage (1973) cookbook, The New Celebrity Cookbook, compiled by Shirley MacLaine! Proceeds from the book’s sale benefitted Women For! (It was the ’70s, after all). And, movie stars, fashion designers (Edith Head), singers, musicians and even authors contributed their favorite recipes – or their favorite recipes as suggested by their personal assistants. This book contains not only recipes, but the printed signatures (autographs) of the Celebrated, which some people today might like to consult to compare to the autographs they buy on-line.
Three 1920s cookbooks from my vintage cookbook collection – not in the best shape, but think of what they’ve been through – including The Great Depression. These are all brand-name-cookbooks: Procter & Gamble, Good Housekeeping and Wear-Ever aluminum. Imagine! Aluminum cookware was new back then – emerging from the cast-iron ages. Some collectors like cookbooks published before the birth of the big appliance industry. These books are from the days when cooking was more of hands-on, hand-made arts & craft endeavor. Don’t think our Grandma ever thought of it that way.
Here’s a copy of the rather handsome 1963 edition of Webster’s National Dictionary. And here’s the back-story. It was published by Leslie Schwartz Associates in New York. Now, defining the word “quadrat” might be easier than finding any reference to the publisher, Leslie Schwartz Associates. I think it’s really interesting that this publisher came out of nowhere – and then went back.
This is a S.S. Lurline cruise ship menu from Tuesday, May 13, 1941. The cover was painted by famed Hawaiian artist, Frank Macintosh – the title is “Aloha Ukulele.” A menu like this, with its iconic Streamlined Moderne Hawaiian art, stirs up vintage memories of travel, as it was, just before WWII. Dreamy, relatively uncomplicated, and “ideal” in the way we think of it now.
What a find! “The I Love Lucy Book” by Bart Andrews. A 423-page softcover book contains summaries of all the episodes of the original I Love Lucy show – plus complete cast listings, ratings and original air dates. There are hundreds of b/w photos, interviews, and behind-the-scenes tales. Published in 1985 by Doubleday (A Dolphin Book).
The Encyclopedia of the Motorcar: 400 pages of photos and details about fine, fine cars, – including “100 great cars” (circa 1970s). This 1979 history & reference book is for classic-car-collectors – a growing genre in the collecting-for investment field. Also includes the history of the car racing.
the story of an Indian baby and his early childhood, 1930
In another life,
I am told
by my Guide.
He doesn’t have
to say it,
I feel it
of the wind,
of the thrush,
familiar to me -
in a way I
I am old
a cow skull
Not easily erased
Inspired by Little Eagle, A Story of Indian Life, by Therese O. Deming, Illustrated by Edward Deming., Laidlaw, 1930. 96 pages. A perfect little book, disfigured by a rowdy child set loose with a green and purple crayon. All is not lost.