Last weekend, my family and I headed off towards our usual book-sale haunt at a nearby library. Since the last sale, we’ve had the chance to volunteer – by which I mean straightening books and kind of sort of really shopping at the same time. It’s wonderful; you get volunteer hours and feel as though you’re contributing to your community while scouring the rows for books you’d want to add to your own collection.
At this sale, I picked up a few interesting books – I’ll admit it wasn’t one of my best book-sale experiences in terms of purchases. To be completely honest though, I need to really make room in my house if I’m expecting to buy any more books any time soon. I still have the books I bought from the last book sale sitting in my family room. (Sorry Mom!)
#1: Immortal Masterpieces of Literature: I, IV, IX
With a pretty dramatic series name, these books also have pretty fancy binding. Published in 1937, they’re not too old, but exquisitely beautiful. I wish I could have purchased more so that they would look more substantial lined up on a book shelf…if there was space.😬
#2: For Whom the Bell Tolls – Ernest Hemingway
So, the picture looks super weird because I took it on a glass table…I just wanted to make sure that everyone understands that this is not some crazy magic trick.
Anyway, I think I found a first edition! 👏 This book was published in 1940, and although Hemingway published For Whom the Bell Tolls with another publishing house when debuting this novel, I still think this edition is a first. It’s missing its paper cover, which is a bummer, but these book-sale books are usually devoid of those anyway. I’m still glad to have found it!
#3: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther – Gustav König
This title was definitely my favorite out of all the ones I brought home. According to my research, this book dates back to 1857. I had to really unearth this date, so I’m not exactly sure about it’s accuracy. None of the pages have a publishing date – but I know it was printed in Germany.
The book is beautifully illustrated, and the print is quite unique. I’m excited to read it! These sorts of older books always have interesting tidbits of information that either the author’s opinion, or an opinion of society at that time that hasn’t made it through the years.
#4: At the Sign of the Jack’o Lantern – Myrtle Reed
I’ll be completely honest and say that I really only bought this book because it’s beautiful. It’s also really cool inside. Check this out:
I haven’t yet figured out the purpose behind the lay-out, but I’m very curious.
This edition was published in 1910, and I’m pretty positive that it is a first edition. Apparently it’s supposed to be a really good book…It’s on my reading list for the summer!
#5: The Little Leather Library
Did I say that the Martin Luther book was my favorite? Well, I might have lied a little. These tiny books are competing with it.
They’re from 1920, though they look much, much older, and from what I’ve read, they’re not the most valuable. Despite this, I am very fortunate to have them – I won them in an auction! Aren’t they cute? The titles range from Emerson’s essays, to Kipling’s short stories.
The wear and tear is quite extensive in some of them, which makes me wonder: what have they gone through? I wish we could watch the stories of the books we buy!
Besides more records than I need and two seasons of The Office for which I paid more than I really wanted to, this concludes my ‘haul’ (ick)! If anyone is interested in the records I got, let me know. Most of them are classical and star Austrian composers. Also, keep your eyes out for my posts on Austria – coming soon! I’m thinking of starting with a post on the history of the Habsburgs. I cannot explain to you how difficult it was for me to learn about their history. It’s weird how the internet was of no use to me.
Anyway, thanks for reading!