Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What Is Man?

A few recent acquisitions:

What Is Man? by Mark Twain. The Complete Works of Mark Twain, Volume XII. Harper and Brothers, New York (1917). 376 pages. $4.75.

Don Quixote, Part 1, by Miguel de Cervantes. Translated by Thomas Shelton. The Harvard Classics. P.F. Collier & Son, New York (1909). 545 pages. $1.50.

A reference work I can’t read, printed in Cyrillic in Moscow in 1963. Not a dictionary, not a thesaurus, but arranged alphabetically. 1,040 pages. $1.50.

The Jungle Books, Volumes 1 and 2, by Rudyard Kipling. Illustrated by Aldren Watson. Doubleday & Company, Garden City, New York (1948). Vol. 1, 253 pages. $1.50. Vol. 2, 201 pages. $1.50.

Selected Works of Stephen Vincent Benét, Volume Two (Prose). Farrar & Rinehart, Inc. (1942). 483 pages. $2.00.

Faulkner, O’Neill, Steinbeck. The Nobel Prize Library. Alexis Gregory, New York, and CRM Publishing, Del Mar, California (1971). Published under the sponsorship of the Nobel Foundation & the Swedish Academy. Contains presentation addresses, acceptance speeches, and author biographies. William Faulkner (1949 Prize): A Rose for Emily; As I Lay Dying. Eugene O’Neill (1936 Prize): The Emperor Jones; Homecoming. John Steinbeck (1962 Prize): In Dubious Battle. 375 pages. $2.99.

7.7.2010 #2
7.7.2010 #1 (poem)


Janice said...

What great deals you have found once again. What lucky books to have been found and brought home by William who will care for them and give them a good home...

William Michaelian said...

That he will. And they’re all in good condition....

vazambam said...

Though all the aforementioned are great finds, the one aptly christened by you as "A reference work I can't read" sounds the most mysterious and captivating!

William Michaelian said...

And there’s enough of it to be captivating for a long time. My brother’s wife will be able to read it. When they visit in a few months, at least we’ll find out what it is!

Crissant said...

WOW! Where did you find it???? Good acquisitions with accessible prices.
I never found a cheap don quixote!!!!
I need to know this bookstore!!!!

Hugs, William!

William Michaelian said...

Isn’t it amazing? All but one are from a tiny bookstore at our public library, operated by the library’s Friends to help raise money for the library. The Nobel Prize book is from a local thrift store.