My wife and I drove up from Florida to Groton, Connecticut this month so she could attend a Danish Sisterhood of America Convention. And while she was attending meetings on Saturday, April 14th, I was browsing books at Store Four of The Book Barn in nearby Niantic, Ct.
I never made it out of Store Four. I spent hours in there browsing books that were to my liking.
The prices were more than reasonable. And I bought a book bag to carry the books I bought back to the hotel
Amidst all the bookcases, Store Four has a couch on the second floor. And two cats were napping on the couch. Friendly cats they were. While I was there, a little girl was petting them while her parents were browsing the books.
Last but not least, I found a first edition of Strunk & White's book, The Elements of Style!
To my friend
–on a subject I
am sure you
–from Maurice Needham
July 22, 1959
In 1946, Paul Harper was a mere copywriter for the advertising agency that Maurice Needham created in 1924. By 1960, Paul Harper was chairman of Needham Harper Worldwide. Harper passed away in December 2013 in Lyme, Ct. This book ended up fifteen minutes away in Store Four of The Book Barn in Niantic, Ct. It is now in my library in Bayonet Point, Florida with all my other copies of The Elements of Style.
On our way home to Florida, my wife and I took exit 227 off of I-81 and spent hours browsing in the Factory Antique Mall in Verona, Va.–the largest mall in America!
I bought five books there in June 2015. But this time I had to be very choosy. Besides the books I bought at The Book Barn in Niantic, I had a substantial purchase online this month. So I limited myself to just what I "had" to have at the Factory Antique Mall. And that was this calendar from 1947! I was born in June, 1947–on Friday the 13th!
I mentioned my substantial online purchase. It was for $225! I couldn't pass this book up. I have spent many an hour poring over bookseller catalogues. Moreover, my friend Kurt Zimmerman wrote the Intro and an Envoi.
I'm writing a paper about James Boswell and Hester Thrale Piozzi, which will be published in a book of essays by Bucknell University, so I bought these two books online to add to my reference library on Boswell and Piozzi.
We finally made it back home to Florida Wednesday night the 18th. Two days later, I was coordinating the Florida Bibliophile Society's running of the hospitality table at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair: greeting booklovers, checking in their books, and signing them up to receive copies of our online newsletter, The Florida Bibliophile. And then on Sunday, we performed book evaluations from 1pm to 4pm (myself, Irene Pavase, and Lee Harrer).
I roamed around and around the book stalls all weekend at the book fair. There were least five books that I wanted to buy. But there was only one book that I "had to have." And that was a book from Booth 3, Mike Slicker's Lighthouse Books:
There is more to this book, published in December 1906, than meets the eye. Much, much, more!
There is Dorothy Furman's bookplate pasted on the front pastedown. And Claudia Q. Murphy's bookplate is pasted on the front free endpaper.
There is a different bookplate of Claudia Q. Murphy's pasted on the rear pastedown.
Here's some information on Claudia Quigley Murphy (1863-1941):
Mrs. Claudia Quigley Murphy, Home Economics Consultant
Miss Dorothy Furman had three loves: Robert Louis Stevenson, autograph letters, and bookplates. She was one of the bibliophiles who helped Grolier Club members arrange an exhibition of the First Editions of Robert Louis Stevenson at the Grolier Club in November 1914.
She liked to insert pertinent letters into her books. The Harry Ransom Center has two letters from Evelyn Blantyre Simpson to Dorothy Furman, that Furman laid in two books about RLS that Simpson wrote.
There were 269 lots of bookplates in her bookplate collection, which sold at Walpole Galleries in 1923. Moreover, there were 94 books about bookplates up for auction, in which Miss Dorothy Furman had laid in over 195 autograph letters from bookplate artists.
Her copy of Hitchcock's The Building of a Book was no different. Laid in the book, in the chapter by Francis H. Halsey, titled "The Literary Adviser," was an A.L.S. from Francis W. Halsey to Dorothy Furman.
And laid in the book, in the chapter by John Anderson Jr. titled "Selling at Auction,"was an A.L.S. from John Anderson Jr. to Miss Furman.
As a finale, Miss Dorothy Furman laid in a teaser in the chapter by Charles E. Goodspeed titled "Rare and Second-Hand Books."