I just thought I’d share with you some of the neat little antique books I have in my collection, how I came by them, any particular comments I might have concerning them, with names and inscriptions or writing found inside.
Original owner: Laura B. Elliott
I purchased this from a used book store in Waterville, ME.
The One Hoss Shay by Oliver Wendell Holmes with its Companion Poems How the Old Horse Won the Bet and The Broomstick Train (1898) ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay about a buggy which belonged to a deacon. It is said that the buggy
was crafted so well that in needed no repairs for over 100 years. The problem with the buggy was that it wore out completely, all at once and fell apart while the deacon was on a journey. Holmes satirizes the deacon’s position, pointing out that taking “logic” to the extreme can make a situation worse instead of better.
I purchased this from a thrift store in Waterville, ME. The old book, is like new.
Don’t: A Manual of Mistakes and Improprieties more or less prevalent in Conduct and Speech by Oliver Bell Bunce (1884) ~ A victorian handbook of etiquette, very entertaining.
I ordered this on ebay from an antique dealer in Belfast, ME.
Dreams by Olive Shreiner ~ A little book of the author’s dreams.
Inscription of original owner: “A book I have loved.”
This is from a little used bookstore in Waterville, ME.
A Thousand and One Gems of English Poetry: Forming a complete Dictionary of the Most Admired Passages of the Brittish Poets (1869) ~ This could be a later publication, though prior to 1882. I found this at the same little used bookstore in Waterville, ME.
Book’s original owner and inscription: Addie C. Ames, Jefferson, December 25, 1882
Sweden and the Swedes by W. W. Thomas, Jr. (1892) ~ Written by William Widgery Thomas, Jr. – Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to Sweden and Norway. This book belonged to my grandparents who emmigrated from Sweden. It is one of my most treasured books, an exceptional volume providing all information on the history and culture of Sweden including the country’s affiliation with Norway.
Gipsy Smith, An Autobiography (1909) ~ His Life and Work. Rodney (Gypsy) Smith, 1860-1947, was born in a tent, raised on a Gypsy camp, never attended a school – not even for a day! – yet he influenced the lives of millions of people for God through his powerful preaching. He was converted in 1876 and, the next year, was invited by General William Booth to join him in evangelistic work. He served as an officer with the Salvation Army until 1882. He then began ministering as an itinerent evangelist working with a variety of organisations all over the world, but particularly in Britain and America.
I picked this book up while doing novel research on Gypsy’s. This man has a fascinating life.
Ellen’s Idol by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (1864) ~ a Sunday School story, children’s morality book. The first in a series, we meet Ellen, Tiny, and their brother Fred, following six-year old Ellen’s struggle to overcome selfishness.
Book’s original owner and inscriptions: Grace Townsend, Barnard, Vermont, Windsor County. “This book is what Mrs. Walker gave me when I was nine years old.”
I found this at a yardsale on Dedham St., Wrentham, MA.
Mrs. Marshall’s Key, and What it Unlocked by “the author of the New Commandment” (1870) ~ A religious morality book about Johnny Whadley who is adopted by Captain and Mrs. Marshall. I found at same yardsale in Wrentham, MA.
Book’s original owner and inscriptions: May Martin. “Though many miles apart we be please see these lines and think of me.”, “My pen is poor, My ink is pale, But my love for you, Will never fail. My pen is poor, My ink is pale, But my love for you, Will never fail.”
Live and Learn of The Woodbine Series by Mrs. Madeline Leslie (1871) ~ Inside quote: “Perseverance is the surest road to success.”
Prefatory Note inside cover: “The facts narrated in this volue, were communicated to the author by the subject of the story,a nd contain many valuable lessons to the young of our age and country.
Certainly the struggle with the spirit of reenge: the sweet peace that rewards forgiveness; the joy of victory over temptation, the unsatisfactory nature of sinful indulgence, and the blessedness of virtue and piety should warn youth against the broad road to death, and allure them into the path of life and peace.” – the author.
This is from a little used bookstore in Waterville, ME.
Pigs is Pigs by Ellis Parker Butler (1906) ~ An adorable little children’s book I found at that yardsale in Wrentham, MA. My children got a real kick out of this one!
Frontispiece “Pets thim animals may be, but pigs, I’m blame sure they do be.”
The Bunny Twins by Harrison Cady
The Gingerbread Boy told by Eunice Tietjens
The D. L. Moody Year Book, A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody, Selected by Emma Moody Fitt (1900) ~ Written by his grandaughter.
Inside cover Mr. Moody’s Favorite Texts:
Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2
The Lord God will help me, therefore shall I not be confounded, therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know I shall not be ashamed. Isaiah 50:7
Love – The Supreme Gift; The Greatest Thing in the World by Henry Drummond (1887)
The Three-Fold Secret of the Holy Spirit by James H. McConkey (1897) & (1899)
The Mansion by Henry van Dyke (1911) ~ The book had belonged to my great aunt.
St. George and the Dragon, Bedtime Wonder Tales by Clifton Johnson (1919) ~
Book’s original owner: Judy M. Packard
The Curious Lore of Precious Stones by George Frederick Kunz (1941)
American Catalog of Books – published in the United States 1861 – 1866.
American Catalog of Books – published in the United States 1866 – 1871.