Saturday, February 20, 2010

Paper Gems



The bottom book is a 653-page German-language geology volume published in Leipzig in 1887. It employs an old script that’s serious, ornate, and as hard to penetrate as the formations it describes. It’s also heavily illustrated, and interspersed with color plates shielded by vaporous onion skin — a real pride to own. Price: $3.00, “as is.”

The situation is similar with the front-facing volume at right. Published in Dresden, 1893. 522 pages. $1.50.

The other four books, I think, are fairly self-explanatory. They were published by P.F. Collier and Son in New York in 1909 and 1910. You can read about the Harvard Classics here. A complete list of volumes, minus the names of their respective translators, is included. If you’re curious about any of them, just ask. All are in good shape, and were only $1.50 each.

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