Friday, May 14, 2010

The Master of Ballantræ


The Master of Ballantræ, by Robert Louis Stevenson, with an introduction by G.B. Stern and with color lithographs by Lynd Ward. The Heritage Press, New York (1965). 303 pages. $3.99.

Note: I visited two thrift stores this morning, hoping to find a suitable bookshelf for the massive encyclopedia set I brought home yesterday. I didn’t even find an unsuitable one; there were simply no shelves to be had. But I did find The Master of Ballantræ. That made me feel a lot better.


5.14.2010 #2
5.14.2010 #1 (Encyclopædia Britannica, 1892)


8 comments:

Old 333 said...

I love Robert Louis Stevenson. Four bucks (known as two toonies up here). What a deal. I bet an auctioneer might have the right shelves.
Talk to ya later -

PG (sole maker and consumer of Crone Flakes)

William Michaelian said...

Oh, you gloating patent holders. Still, I admire your decidedly non-commercial approach.

The book is very close to perfect condition. I suppose it came with a slipcase forty-five years ago, so I would be laughed off of Antiques Road Show, but I’ve been laughed at before and will be again.

rahina q.h. said...

Encyclopedia Britannica... special memories from my own childhood. I rememeber as a kid buying two sets of encyclopedias despite my parents saying no, there is a library up the road. one set from a second hand book shop when i was 10 years old; the second when I was 14 and realised the first set was way out of date:)

William Michaelian said...

Rahina, I must say, this is the first time I’ve heard of someone buying an encyclopedia set at such an early age. It’s inspiring.

Yesterday evening, I looked up Tennyson, Whitman, and Robert Louis Stevenson, only to find none of them were listed. And so I’m on the lookout for the 1893 edition....

Old 333 said...

Where will the search end? Maybe RLS was just a committee of writers...

It turns out the Oxford made a physics error in their definition of "syphon". Maybe someone at the Britannica HATED RLS, Tennyson, Whitman, and his own mother. The personal history embedded in these old icons! The pathos and mystery! (looks up pathos) (we'll it'll do...)

Gee, it was right near 'patent', as in 'Patent Flakes'. I'm on the road to riches.

Ta -

PG

William Michaelian said...

And to think it all started here. Gives me shivers!

rahina q.h. said...

hey William i forgot to mention, i bought them to look at the pictures.... and in the first set there was a grainy black and white photo of a 'modern diver' wearing a jacket and trousers made of waterproof leather and a helmet with a porthole:)

William Michaelian said...

Well, I’m still impressed. In the second set, I suppose the modern diver was sitting at a desk....