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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Again a Fairy Tale

Fairies & Enchanters A New Book of Old English Fairy Tales, edited by Amabel Williams-Ellis. Illustrated with color plates and black and white by Wilma Hickson. Published by Thomas Nelson, NY in 1934. First Edition. Bookplate of Bertha Mahoney Miller 1882-1969 afixed opposite of the half title page.

(Since it is a memorial bookplate I have no idea if this copy came out of Miller's own library or the book is associated with her through Horn Book magazine.)
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Snow Day!

It's a snowing enough to cancel all the outside visits, errands, chores, shopping etc.  Locked in with my books, my music, a nice fire in the stove and this view out the window....poor me :-)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Another Fairy Tale Book

...and a rather obscure one.  Fairy Tales From the Isle of Rugen, by Ernst Moritz Arndt, selected and translated by Anna Dabis. Published by David Nutt in 1896. Research shows it was the the only English translation of these tales. 

(I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do about pricing this, there is only one other copy listed on the net that is not a dreaded print on demand and this one has a rather intriguing gift inscription in German that I need to get translated.)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Fairy Tales

One the the Fairy Tale books that rescued me from my rut.  Norwegian Fairy Tales selected and illustrated by Gert Strindberg. Published by Roy Publishing, 1947. A nice tidy review copy with review slip laid in. An yes, that is a nice bright dust jacket with very minimal wear and a few closed edge tears.

Monday, December 6, 2010

hurrah for me

Just when things seem to be sliding from routine into rut, a friend walks in with a box of folk and fairy tale books from 19th and early 20th century and says "are any of these interesting?"  Research to be done! Images to follow!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Just read ARC (advanced reading copy) for Bujold's Cryoburn at Will DEFINITELY be buying the book. (and yes I should have been working)

Monday, August 30, 2010


For the first time in 2 months all my inventory is unpacked & shelved in one place, it's just NOT the same place that I'm in. I have serious separation anxiety.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


packing books with a bad back, bad knees and a bad attitude and I'd rather be READING(advil is my new best friend)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

...on the road again

I like this view of interstate 81's all in the timing.  Early = emptier roads  Sleep in = TRAFFIC

Saturday, July 24, 2010

note to self.... moving books and bookcases in 100 degree heat is NOT TOO BRIGHT.

Friday, July 23, 2010

On the move...

I'd forgotten how HEAVY a fully loaded book box is, multiply the above by about 400 and that should hopefully hold all our inventory.   I predict Advil is going to be my new best friend.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

life is a highway

and we will be on it....  just started the process of moving a 25,000 volume book business down the road from Maryland to Virginia.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It's that time again...

The 2010 Newbery and Caldecott Awards (among others) will be announced on Monday January 18th at 7:45am EST. The live web cast can be viewed at and the results will be on twitter at:

and then the hunt will be on!