Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Sale Recap, Part 2

As promised, here's the recap of the hardcover books I found at the book sale:

First there's Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen and an edition that combines two of Elizabeth Gaskell's works, Cranford, which I already own, and Sylvia's Lovers, which I hadn't heard of before and made it worth the purchase.

Then I couldn't help but get a copy of Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb, plus a collection of some of his other writings. Although I had mixed feelings when I recently read Essays of Elia, to a certain extent I feel a kind of obligation to be a proponent of his work in whatever little way I can.

A copy of When We Were Very Young by A.A. Milne was too sweet to pass up (especially for the price of $0.25!).

And finally, I have a soft spot for used books that have inscriptions written in them and I found two at the sale. The first was in a pretty edition of Thirty Clocks Strike the Hour, a collection of stories by Vita Sackville West, which was dedicated to Edgar Park from his wife in 1932.

The second inscribed copy was a colorful and highly illustrated edition of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper.

Although it's not really a book I'd be interested in in its own right, the 1953 Christmas gift inscription from a mother to her son in Uppsala, Sweden just appealed to me.

The fact that it was one of the final days of the sale also meant that it was half price day. My grand total was 24 books for just $21.75! 

Needless to say, I was pretty happy with my book loot. Don't let the small size of the bags fool you--my arms were about to break off!

I'll definitely be looking to make this an annual event in years to come.


  1. You really found some lovely hardbacks! I love vintage hardbacks especially because they seem hard to find at regular bookshops. You have such a great smile in the photo despite your muscle strain!

  2. I am so happy for you! I must go to this booksale next year too.



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