Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Something Very Special

In September 2018,  I was part of a caravan that camped out in a LaQuinta Inn in Pensacola, Florida for an entire week.  Hurricane Irma was heading directly toward our homes in Florida, and our son, who is a weatherman for the U. S. Air Force, advised us to evacuate.  A caravan it was:  me, my wife, our friend Eve Harris, our daughter Anita, her four children, three dogs, and a bearded dragon.   We drove up to Pensacola a few days before the hurricane hit Florida, and stayed a few days longer just to avoid the traffic jams on the way home.  We didn't know what would be left of our homes, but we were glad that we had followed my son's advice.

I didn't know how many books I'd have left, so I decided to buy some more at Farley's Old and Rare Books in Pensacola.  While I was there, Owen Farley told me that he had gotten an offer to buy his property that he couldn't refuse.  And four months later, in January 2018, Farley's Old and Rare Books had closed for good.  

Fast forward to June, 2019.  Owen Farley called and asked if I wanted to buy some of his books about books.  I had bought a bag full of them before, but there were some that all I did was eye the first time around up in Pensacola.  It turned out that what I bought from Owen Farley in June 2019 were the remnants of his reference library: books, price guides, pamphlets, bookseller catalogues, and ephemera that was stored in a looseleaf binder.  In the binder, I found a letter.  And that letter was about something very special!  It was addressed , "Dear friend," and –– Well I'll just let you read it:

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Among the Leaves, Fruit: Comments From My Blog Readers

Down through the years, my blog readers have submitted over 200 comments to my blogs.  And I will share some of their comments with you today.  Some of the readers who left comments were children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of people that I wrote about in my blogs.  I should note, however, that the percentage of readers who left comments was just a mere fraction of the actual readership of the blogs.

The number of views in the chart above are page views.   They represent how many times a blog is visited.  It includes visits to the blog by bots.  The number of comments per se are the moderated comments that I have approved for publication on the blogs.  Comments from spammers I deleted.

The very first comment I received for one of my blogs was from "an old friend."  On June 10, 2007,  Lew Jaffe posted a comment to my post, Among the Leaves, Fruit, which I had recently published to my blog, The Displaced Book Collector.

I was displaced, all right!  My wife and I were in Hawaii watching some of our grandchildren, while their father, a weatherman in the U. S. Air Force, was deployed to Iraq.  My life, at the time, was basically on hold.  Because of heart problems, I had to quit my job the previous year as a mail carrier for the U. S. Post Office.  And I was still anxiously waiting for my disability retirement to be approved.  My life as a bibliophile was on hold as well.  I actually thought that this bibliomaniac was retiring!  In December 2006, I resigned as President of the Florida Bibliophile Society.  I said farewell to the members to the members of the society.  And I said farewell to bibliomania

 But this bibliomaniac could not retire!  No siree!  Books were in my blood!  I began buying books again while I was still in Hawaii..  And write about them I did!  It is now fourteen years later, and I am collecting books and still writing about them.  

My first post to My Sentimental Library blog on Oct 5, 2009, An Unexpected Find in Umatilla, Florida, garnered three comments within the first week it was published. 


Unknown said...

Being a lover of Johnsoniana myself, I enjoyed every word of your literary sleuthing. It is so clear when a book comes into the right hands -- this this instance, yours!

David A.

Jessica said...

This is a lovely story. My father, Roland Sawyer, was a Johnsonian and I can imagine how trilled her would have been at making such a discovery. I apprecialted your detective work as well.


That book was just waiting for you to find it! I love finding books with additional pieces of information (handwritten notes, inscriptions, newspaper clippings, cards etc)it makes the enjoyment of finding and collecting even better.


David Bingham said...

I found your blog through a google search for Austin Dobson's poem on Henry Fielding. Once I'd got what I wanted (the last four lines of the poem) I found myself browsing some of your other posts at random. I particularly enjoyed this one. 

Jerry Morris said...

Jerry Morris said...

Thanks for your comments David. And a belated thanks to Jessica, Ruth, and another David. I'm glad you all enjoyed reading this post. I enjoyed writing it. and I enjoy reading the comments of my blog readers!

Here's the latest comment I have received for one of My Sentimental Library blog posts.  It was dated Jan 13, 2021 and pertained to my Sep 2, 2019 post, Two More Derek Mason Books for My Sentimental Library.

1 comment:

Alex said...

Hello. Thank you for posting about books with ex Libris Derek Mason plates. In 2017 I bought a copy of Duncan Grinnell-Miln’s ‘An Escapers Log’ signed by then author, with Derek Mason’s book plate. I purchased the book from Lighthouse books, FL. It is still with me in the UK, alongside it’s sister publication, ‘The Wind in the Wires’. 
I was interested to read about Derek Mason, I had no idea who he was. 

 My Nov 24, 2014 post, The Early Editions of the Elements of Style, elicited 3 comments, one from the son of Wendell Smith, who sold a Thrift Press edition of The Elements of Style to me, and two comments from Jerry Morris; but only one of the two was from me!


Dell Smith said...

Dell Smith said...

Jerry, so glad my father's Strunk edition helped you fill in your sentimental library.

Jerry Morris said...

My name is Jerry Morris, not the same gentleman who has this site. As a teacher for 34 years, I was guided by the advice of my heroes of the written word, William Strunk JR and E B White. I wrote a book entitled Seven Sentence Building Activities to Develop Advanced Writers based on the exhortations of my heroes. Poking around the internet on a rainy day here near Boston, I am heartened to find another Jerry Morris who has the same affection as I for my heroes. Jerry, my oldest copy is held together with tape and an elastic. I carry it in my bag as I go around the country training teachers on writing. Flying home, I often pop open a Heineken and read the words of my heroes. I feel the cool beer going down my throat and the words warming my heart, my soul, and my mind. Jerry Morris, Marshfield, MA

Jerry Morris said...

Jerry Morris said...

Hello Jerry Morris! I enjoyed talking with you on the phone yesterday. I was surprised to learn that we share the same given name, Gerard. I was even more surprised when I asked you what your middle name was. You replied, "Thomas." I pause here, and say, "my middle name is Thomas too." I was afraid to ask you when your birthday was!

Julius Hopp's granddaughter responded to My Mar 30, 2020 post, Julius Hopp and the Progressive Stage Society, 1904-1906

Rivkah Lapidus said...

Julius Hopp was my grandfather, though he died about two decades before I was born. My mother was Harriet Hopp, my aunt was Beatrice. I have a brother and a cousin, and there are other descendants. Julius married Esther Markowitz, who was at least 20 years his junior. It was not a good marriage from the start. You can contact me. I cannot believe you got this on eBay. What sent you on this search?

Rivkah Lapidus daughter of Harriet Hopp

When I posted Tom and Jerry: Friends and Aiders on Nov 25, 2017, Tom's daughter Mary and his son Drew responded:


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Jerry. And thank you for always being Jerry to dad's Tom. I'm so glad you both "found" each other. Mainly because there's no one like the two of you! My book is beloved...and now so is this piece of writing. Such good memories to have. I'm so thankful you shared them :) -Mary

Drewbiedoo said...

Nice to know someone adored our father as much as we did. I know all the story’s and moments you mentioned very well as I heard them first hand as my Dad was always eager to share his days events with the morris’s . My Dad mentioned many times that it was so hard to make and find close friends in Florida since he moved their. He seem to always pine for buffalo and his friends there and mentioned many times he would move back if the opportunity presented itself. However those thoughts and ideas disappeared once he met you. He had finally found a true friend away from home. It was a nice to know our father finally had a buddy! Thank you jerry and Linda for always being such a big part of our parents lives. 

Hannah, my own granddaughter, responded to my post about her father, and the library he built: In Memoriam: Jamie Ryan DeJaynes.

Hannah said...

Grandpa thanks. This is a very rough time and I really appreciate it that you made this in memory of him

Thank you once again

Readers of My Sentiment Library blog left comments on 67 of the 129 blog posts that I published.  My Jan 30, 2011 post,  Arthur Schlesinger's Bookplate: The Whole Picture, drew the most comments.


Jerry Morris said...

Jerry Morris said...

NOTE: Because of spammers, all comments are supposed to be sent to my dashboard for my review before I post them. However, comments from people signed in on WordPress are not being forwarded. Please contact me via email if your comments don't appear in two days.

John Lancaster said...

It would be interesting to know more about the artist, Paul Laune, and what connection he had with Schlesinger. A quick search in a couple of places indicates he was born in 1899, illustrated a number of books, many with western American themes, some of the Hardy Boys series, and was art editor of the New York Sun. Grew up in Woodward, Oklahoma, where he painted murals for the rotunda of the local museum (Plains Indians & Pioneer Museum: and there’s still an annual art competition named for him. A story by him is on p. 14 of Clearly right in line with the endpaper illustrations for the Schlesinger series.

Beth said...

I also would like to know more about Paul Laune's connection to Arthur Schlesinger. Paul was my husband's godfather; I took some painting lessons from him until his untimely death in the mid 1970's. He was quite a prolific illustrator of children's books but his first love was for horses and Western art.

Jerry Morris said...

Jerry Morris said...

The only connection between Arthur Schlesinger and Paul Laune might be that Schlesinger was the author of the book and Laune was the artist who created the "borders" or illustrated endpapers. Laune illustrated a number of books for The Macmillan Company and for other publishers as well.  

Schlesinger used half of the illustrated endpaper as his bookplate, and kept Laune's name 
on the bookplate.

keeline said...

James Keeline said...

I see that this is over a year old. It was mentioned in a forum about endpapers. I see that Paul Laune illustrated these (though the style reminds me of the work of Robert Lawson). Laune illustrated juvenile series books, including some volumes of the Hardy Boys and Trixie Belden series. I have some info on him should you desire more than this.

James Keeline

Jerry Morris said...

Jerry Morris said...

Please post any info on Paul Laune. JL, Beth, and I want to know more about him.

Jerry Morris

travelpainter said...

I am trying to track down who has rights to Paul Laune illustrations. We want to use an image of his that I found in a book by song collector Dorothy Scarborough printed in 1937. The image would go in a section on song collectors in a new book my husband is writing.Columbia University, which published the book, renewed the rights in 1968 but not the rights to the illustrations. Any one have any ideas?

Unknown said...

His wife, Irene Laune, lives in Phoenix, AZ. She is in her 90s. She probably retains publishing rights to his illustrations.

Sometimes my readers learn a thing or two from reading my blogs.  And they let me know about it in their comments.  Here are five of their comments about my post, John T. Winterich: The Man, His Books, and His Other Literary Endeavors.


D. Adams said...

Great article on Winterich!! I knew very little about the man and your well researched article was enlightening.

Unknown said...

I envy your books about books collection. I have the Primer of Book Collecting and the Bibliophile in the Nursery in my collection. Not sure what to do about the conservation issue. I suppose the acid free protectors would be best and maybe then store that binder and the original case together with a note detailing the relationship between the case and the sheets?

Carl Mario Nudi said...

Excellent article, Jerry. I learn so much about books every time I read one of your posts. Thanks for all the good work.

trav said...

trav said...

What a great post. Thank you for sharing and all of the photos. The Russian edition is a fun find! 

David Nolan said...

My curiosity led me to look up John T. Winterich, whose name I had come across at various times over the years. First, Wikipedia. Then the New York Times obituary. Then your wonderful piece, which was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you so much! I hope your experiences and collection have continued over the years, and am grateful to you for sharing your enthusiasm.
David Nolan
St. Augustine, Florida

Sometimes I learn a thing or two from my readers.  In his comment to Memories of Things Experienced and Things Missed, the RLS scholar Robert-Louis Abrahamson suggested a book that would go hand in hand with Will H. Low's annotated copy of Stevenson's Across the Plains.

Robert-Louis Abrahamson said...

To go along with this, you might like to seek out a copy of Will Low's illustrated edition of Keats' Lamia (1885), with its dedication to Stevenson, prompting in return Stevenson's poem "To Will H. Low": "Youth now flees on feathered foot...." 

This poem later appeared on the famous medallion of Stevenson by St Gaudens, a sculptor friend of Low's who asked to be introduced to Stevenson.

And so one thing leads to another ....

Robert-Louis Abrahamson

Sometimes my readers email their comments to me.  The late Ian Jackson provided a wealth of information pertaining to my post,  The Monk, the Bookseller, and the Manuscript: Tracking Lydgate's Boke of the Sege of Troy Thru Bernard Quaritch's Catalogues.  And I posted his comments as an addendum to the blog post.



         subject:  the boke of troy
Dear Jerry, 
I suspect that the G.W.S. who assailed Quaritch in the New York Tribune was the Tribune’s London correspondent George William Smalley. You also illustrate the entry from Quaritch’s Catalogue 342 (i.e. part IV of the General Catalogue). I attach a scan of my own copy of this catalogue, formerly owned by the Earl of Crawford, and appreciatively characterized. There are a few notes and one or two ticks (of interest?) but nothing for The Boke of Troy. (Peter Howard) Serendipity Books and myself jointly bought the remaining stock and reference library of Bill Wreden some 20 years ago, and this was one item I kept for myself — too good to sell!
Yours sincerely,
Ian Jackson, Berkeley

I am grateful for all the comments I have received from my readers. And keep them coming!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The Beldornie Reprints: Number Nine of the Twelve Blog Post for Christmas


   M E R R Y   H I SS !

Nine years ago, I began a custom that bookmen of days gone by have enjoyed doing, among them Luther A. Brewer and A. Edward Newton.  Each Christmas, they published a keepsake and sent it to their friends.  I decided to post my Christmas keepsakes on My Sentimental Library blog, and to share them with other bibliophiles online.  I already had the resource to supply the material for the next twelve years: twelve essays from Contributions to Biblionotes, the newsletter of the "Bibliomites," the unofficial name of the Society of Antiquarian Booksellers' Employees.  Walter Harris was its editor, which means that he was the author of most, if not all, of the contributions to Biblionotes from 1953 to 1958.

I posted Walter Harris's first eight essays to Biblionotes as my first eight Christmas blog posts:  Ex-Libris, Chapbooks, Grangerisers, Miniature Books, Peter Motteux, The Bewicks and Their Bookplates,  The Rochester Press, and The Book-Plates of Samuel Pepys.  This year I am posting his essay, "The Beldornie Reprints."

If you want to know more about Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter Harris, I recommend that you click on the hyperlink, and read my Dec 2013 Biblio Researching blog post:
About Bibliomites, Biblionotes, and Walter "Wally" Harris.

Here are the first eight of the Twelve Blog Posts for Christmas:

Christmas 2012:  Ex-Libris
Christmas 2013: Chapbooks
Christmas 2014: Grangerisers
Christmas 2015: Miniature Books
Christmas 2016:  Peter Motteux
Christmas 2017:  The Bewicks and Their Bookplates
Christmas 2018:  The Rochester Press


Monday, November 30, 2020

Ventures in Book Collecting, Part II

Little did I know when I posted Ventures in Book Collecting During This Coronavirus Pandemic last April that we would still be in the midst of this coronavirus epidemic seven months later.  

Me: seven months ago
Me: seven minutes ago

Notice any difference?  I'm still one of those people who are at higher risk during this pandemic.

I'm just a year older! But I'm still hanging in there!  I'm still collecting books!  Lots of them! In this post, I'll display and discuss some, but not all of the books I've acquired in the last seven months.

Books About Books is, by far, my biggest collection.  And I have added to it.  I now have over 1400 Books About Books.  

One of the best anecdotal books by a bookseller that I have ever read is Infinite Riches: the Adventures of a Rare Book Dealer by David Bickersteth Magee.  Recently, I acquired two humorous works by Magee.  The first book was about the Grabhorn Press, and the second was priceless advice on how to describe the books a bookseller catalogues for sale.

The Revolt of a Tired Typesetter: Two Excerpts and a Threnody 


The Second Course in Correct Cataloguing, or, Further Notes  for the Neophyte.

Years ago, I had a copy of Magee's first book on cataloguing.  I sent it to Gabriel Austin when he was still at Four Oaks Farm in New Jersey.  And he and Mary Hyde shared a few chuckles when he read Magee's cataloguing advice out loud after dinner one night.

The author of this next book shares David Magee's namesake.  But both Magees may have shared my affection for this snack.

The immortal Anthony Rota was sometimes called the Doyen of the British Book Trade.  Here's a lecture on bibliography that he gave at the Library of Congress on April 24, 1984.

I have three books by Donald C. Dickinson in my library:  his dictionary of American book dealers; his dictionary of American book collectors; and his biography of John Carter.  To add a bibliography of the works of the bookman Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt by Dickinson is icing on the cake.

One of the largest books I recently purchased was The Pioneer Ameericanists: Early Collectors, Dealers, and Bibliographers by J. Kevin Graffagnino and others from the Clements Library.  The book, which I bought from Oak Knoll Books, is a little over 13 inches tall and is shelved with my other oversized books.  It's a little hard to handle, but enjoyable to read.

The smallest book I bought recently was a miniature book formerly owned by the great Kalman L. Levitan, and sold by my friend John Howell.  The title of the book is How the Art of Printing Was Invented: A Bibliofantasy.  In this story, we find out how and why the art of printing was invented.  It was because a monk in a monastery by the name of Dominikus had gotten too tired to write manuscripts anymore, and wanted someone to invent the art of printing....

Somewhere on my library shelves, probably hidden between two big fat books about books, is a really, really thin book by the printer Ward Ritchie,  A Tale of Two Books.  I can't tell you anything about the tale because I have yet to find the book again!

In the 1930s and 1940s, Paul Johnston edited The Book Collector's Packet: A Monthly Review of Fine Books, Bibliography, Typography, & Kindred Literary Matters.  I have three of the early issues.

In the July 1932 issue, Johnston mentions his standing order to buy an old pamphlet with funny type on the cover.

I have yet to read Book Dealer Johnny Jenkins.  I mentioned buying this book when I was on The Rare Book Cafe Show one Saturday afternoon.  Thorne Donnelley, one of the hosts of the show, said it would be an interesting read.

Here's another book about a bookseller.  It's an extensive interview of the Ohio bookseller Bob Hayman by Ron Antonucci.  And I do mean extensive –– thirty-four pages.  On page 32, Antonucci asks, "What have I not asked you that I should have asked you?"  The interview was conducted on August 31, 1996 as part of a project of the Northern Ohio Bibliophilic Society (NOBS) to gather oral history from booksellers and book collectors.

The Ampersand Club, located in the twin cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, has a unique way of announcing meetings of the club: by letterpress invitations.  And just this year, the Ampersand Club published a history of the invitations, which I bought from Rulon-Miller Books.

The next book came my way as a token of appreciation from one of my blog post readers, the Bellingham, Washington bookseller, Robert Mueller.  In May 1962, over 100 members of Grolier Club of New York, led by its President, Donald F. Hyde, embarked from Idlewild Airport on a tour of the libraries of Italy.  Later that year, Gabriel Austin edited a book containing reminiscences of the tour, The Grolier Club Iter Italicum.  And Donald Hyde wrote the Preface.  Thank you, Bob!  

When I first started collecting books about books in the late 1980s, I was primarily interested in the anecdotal books about books and the instructive books about books.  Bibliomysteries did not yet interest me. Since then, I have read bibliomysteries by Christopher Morley, John Dunning, Charles Lovett, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, to name a few.  One of the best bibliomysteries I've read is by my friend Pradeep Sebastian, The Book Hunters of Katpadi, which I read in November 2017. Here are three bibliomysteries I've recently acquired. 

I bought The Forger's Daughter from the Strand Bookstore in September.  And in October, the Strand send me the author's signed bookplate to paste in the book.  That's what I call going the extra mile!

Speaking of forgeries, this next book was published in 1934, the same year that An Enquiry Into the Nature of Certain Nineteenth Century Pamphlets was published.  In the latter book, John Carter and Graham Powell questioned the authenticity of pamphlets of numerous nineteenth-century authors including Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett Browning  and Algernon Charles Swinburne.  While Carter and Powell did not specifically accuse Thomas J. Wise of being the forger, all the evidence they provided pointed to Wise as the forger.  Wise was the owner and creator of the great Ashely Library, the foremost collection of three centuries of English literature.  From 1922 to 1930, Wise published a catalogue of the Ashley Library in ten volumes.  Each volume was introduced by one of the premier bookmen of the day.  And in 1934, the New York bookseller William H. Smith published a book containing the ten introductions, each containing glowing praises of Thomas J. Wise and his Ashley Library.

From its outside appearance, there is nothing out of the ordinary with this next book, Old Book Collector's Miscellany I.   It is the fourth book by Charles Hindley, author of The Catnach Press and Curiosities of Literature that I have added to my library. And it is only volume one of a two-volume set.

What is unique about this book is that it is only one of six copies printed on this yellow-colored paper.  Now to find Volume II!

Three years ago I bought the final galley proof of A Restless People: Americans in Rebellion 1770-1887.  But it was extremely hard to read.  So I finally bought a hard copy, and now I'm a happy camper.

Just this month, I did a video presentation of My Friend Paul Ruxin for the Caxton's Club's memorial library.     As a token of appreciation, Jackie Vossler, President of the Caxton Club sent me a copy of the Club's publication, Memoirs of the Life of John Adlum in the Revolutionary War.  Thank you, Jackie!

We all have "woulda coulda shoulda" moments when we later regret not buying a book when we had the chance.  Even worse, to me, is regretting that we sold or had to sell a book that once belonged to us.
I had to sell a good many of my books in 2006 and 2007 in order to keep me out of the poorhouse when I was waiting for my disability retirement to be approved (bad heart).  And I have replaced some of them.  One of them is The Treasury of American Sacred Song by W. Garrett Horder.  My good friend, the late Frederic Farrar, bought this book, and later donated it to the library of his alma mater, Washington and Lee University.  I remembered that I was amazed by how many poets wrote religious poems that Horder included in his book, and I wanted a second copy.

Going 180ºs in the opposite direction, is this next book.  Again, you can't tell anything different from its book cover, which simply says, The Tenderest Lover.

But here's the title page:

I wanted this book because it was formerly owned by the poet and songwriter Rod McKuen.  McKuen puts Whitman's poetry from this book to music in the 1973 album, Body Electric.  Here is McKuen's sneaker bookplate pasted on the half-title page of The Tenderest Lover.

I have always wanted a book from the library of A. Edward Newton, and I finally bought one: Newton's copy of the 1809 book, Burlesque Translation of Homer.

Thankfully, one of my collections that I was able to sell en blanc in 2006 when I was waiting for my disability retirement from the Post Office to be approved was My Sentimental Airman Collection.  I wrote about the collection in an October 2004 article in the online version of AB Bookman's Weekly.  In February 2017, I included an Afterword to The Sentimental Airmanand published it on My Sentimental Library blog.  Two years later, I wrote about A Sentimental Airman's Second Aviation Collection.  And today I will write about six more books I've added to My Second Sentimental Airman Collection in the last seven months.

The three books above were all formerly owned by the British bomber pilot Derek Mason.  I acquired them in September when my wife and I visited Mike Slicker's Lighthouse Books in Dade City  It was my only trip to a real live bookstore during this coronavirus pandemic, and we had the whole bookstore to ourselves. I now have thirteen books from Derek Mason's Aviation Collection, all of which I acquired from Lighthouse Books. One of the books above, An Hour of Aviation, contains a letter from its author, Captain Norman Macmillan stating that he signed all five books that were heading Derek Mason's way.  I should add that I have read An Hour of Aviation, and the author writes descriptively and down to earth like no other author of aviation that I have read.  So now I have to see if Mike Slicker has the other four books in his stock that  Captain Macmillan signed for Captain Mason.

Here are the other three aviation books I bought, two of which were reportedly were formerly owned by the Aviation collector, Arthur Ronnie, but only one of which contains his bookplate, and that is Air Taxi.

I have added to my Mary Hyde Collection as well!  Again, the cover of this next book gives nothing away. It doesn't even reveal the identity of the book's title!

It is a 1922 edition of the play, Abraham written by Roswitha, the nun of Gandersheim, who was born about the year 935.  The play is about divine forgiveness.  An orphan named Mary is persuaded by her Uncle Abraham to lead a life a chastity.  But Mary succumbs to temptation, loses her virginity, runs away, and becomes a prostitute.  Her uncle tracks her down and convinces her to return to a life of holiness.  Mind you, this was written by a nun!  I am reminded of what Mary Hyde herself wrote when she was asked by her college drama teacher Hallie Flanagan to write a rendition of the life of the character, Valya, that she was portraying in the play, Fear:

Getting back to Roswitha's book,  David, Viscount Eccles gave this book to his wife Mary, Viscountess Eccles.

My Australian friend John Byrne sent me a prized addition for my Mary Hyde Collection: a copy of the memorial service held for Mary Viscountess Eccles at St. Dunstan-in-the-West in London on December 2, 2003.  Thank you, John!

The author Philip Hofer sent Mary Hyde a copy of Himalyan Reverie in January 1959 to read while she was recovering from a foot operation –– at least that's what the accompanying letter said.

I liked the way Hofer wrote and ordered a copy of his book, Mishaps of a Compulsive Collector.  I won't spoil it for you.  But you will enjoy reading that one too!

Louis Auchincloss sent Donald Hyde a copy of his book, The Rector of Justin, in appreciation for being Donald Hyde's guest at a meeting of the Grolier Club.

I have added to my Samuel Johnson Collection as well. Here's Vol II of Catlaogus Bibliothecæ Harleianæ in locus communes distributus cum indice auctorum.  Johnson catalogued Thomas Osborne's Harleian Library with William Oldys from 1743 to 1745.

I bought another book by A. Edward Newton in the last seven months.  In 1930, John Henry Nash printed Newton's play, Mr. Strahan's Dinner Party for the Book Club of California; a fictitious play in which Samuel Johnson and Benjamin Franklin meet.  But I don't have that edition!  In 1930, A. Edward Newton was the President of the Johnson Society, and for his Presidential Address in Litchfield, England on September 18, 1930, he read his play about Strahan's dinner party.  The play is included in the 221st Birthday Celebration of Dr. Samuel Johnson.  As a note for the curious,  Samuel Johnson and Benjamin Franklin actually met on May1st, 1760.

I came across the next book, Encounters: Some Incidents of Literary History, while browsing eBay one day.  It was by Lois Rather and contained a chapter on Joaquin Miller and Elbert Hubbard, which is why I wanted it, for the Joaquin Miller portion.  Eureka Books in Eureka, California was the seller.  And just for the hell of it, I went to their website.  And lo and behold, Encounters was listed at a lower price than the eBay price. I actually bought two other books from Eureka Books as well: David Magee's Second Course in Cataloguing and Rod McKuen's copy of Walt Whitman's The Tenderest Lover.  Both books were less expensive on the Eureka Books website.  I later solved a puzzle concerning the Encounters book.  It was inscribed "With Love, Dad," and contained a gift ditty from "Clif" whose birthday was October 19th.  I queried Eureka Books about "Clif," but Katie didn't know who he was.  She said they acquired the book from the remaining inventory of Peter Howard's Serendipity Books, but they didn't know from whom Peter Howard acquired the book.

I did a litte detective work and learned that Encounters was printed, bound, and published by Clif and Lois Rather.  Clif's birthday was October 19th, so the book was given by him to one of their children!

I should tell you about another book I bought in the last seven months and that's it.  Esto Perpetua: The Club of Dr. Johnson and His Friends 1764-1784.  This book contains talks given by Lewis P. Curtis and Herman W. Liebert at the Grolier Club in 1959. I bought the book from June Samaras, proprietor of Kalamos Books.

I will end this post with a display of the political books I've bought in the last seven months.  But I will  refrain from discussing them here.  I don't want to wear out my welcome!  :-) 

Stay Safe!