Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Lost Entry

"A Summer Book Sale"

Over the summer, I was able to make it to one book sale (the other one I usually attend has been postponed for a year due to construction) and I took lots of pictures of what I came away with and had a post all organized and ready to go...but then my laptop decided to go wonky and in the end I had to get a new one.
So, after much reorganization and sorting of files, and losing and rediscovering this entry, I've finally remembered to post it.
Allow me to share what I found:

First up are three books by Robert Louis Stevenson. They're from the early 1900's and in pretty good condition. About six years ago I read "Treasure Island" by Stevenson and I really liked it, so I can't wait to try these.

Next is a set of five books by J.M. Barrie. They date from 1912.

"A Concise Dictionary of English Slang" from the 1950's. Not only will it be useful for writing, it's pretty entertaining to read. There was certainly some interesting slang back then.

It apparently was given as a gift in '56 from a man named David. Usually I can decipher handwriting pretty well, but I'm having the hardest time reading the last part of this. Is that an "and" symbol in the middle, there?

"Reed's Word Lessons". There's just something about antique schoolbooks that I love. There just seems to be so much history behind them and I can only imagine how many little hands held this book as they learned from it.

What makes this book even better is the writing I found inside. Somebody went through and translated a lot of the words into different languages. Most of the ones on this page are translated into Norwegian and German. It struck me as interesting how this spelling book uses so many foreign words as examples. Like "Czar" and the "far" at the top of the page. What does that say about the school and students that used it?

And finally, this book, "The Family Book of Home Entertaining", was really interesting to flip through. It's from the '50's and some of the ideas are really cute. There are pages and pages of fun themes for just about every party you can imagine.

So, I had a lot of fun at the fair that hosted this book sale. There was a good selection, good prices, and I even got my picture taken for the paper!