Saturday, September 1, 2012

Parnassus on Wheels

Image from The Project Gutenberg

"When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book."----Christopher Morley Parnassus on Wheels

What a wonderful thought.

If you've never read Parnassus on Wheels, it's a delightful story about a woman who journeys around in a a book wagon selling books as she travels. Since it's an older book you should be able to find a cheap copy somewhere...I got mine for a $1.00. The descriptions and romance of this lifestyle are wonderful.

You can also find more info about the book over at Project Gutenberg!

While there check out the Flickr link for the book mobiles!

Who remembers library book mobiles?
Driving around the neighborhood full of books to be checked out....There was a library book mobile in my town many years ago but sadly I never got to see it action although I did see the book mobile in the garage at the library. 

Oh, the things that we miss with the progress of time...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Shelf of Bookmen

I found this list of bookmen in the book Understanding Book Collecting by Grant Uden.

Quoted from page 220

BIBLIOCLAST- A destroyer of books

BIBLIOGNOST- One having a deep knowledge of, and insight into, books

BIBLIOGRAPHER- One skilled in matters of book history, format, editions, printing, etc.; also one who compiles a systematic list of an author's works, or one relating to a specific limited subjet

BIBLIOKLEPT-A stealer of books

BIBLIOLATER- One beset with excessive worship of books; more particularly, one with an undue reliance on the letter of the Bible

BIBLIOMANCER-One who tells fortunes by books

BIBLIOMANE (BIBLIOMANIAC)-One with mania for collecting and owning books

BIBLIOPEGIST-One having knowledge, or special love of, bindings

BIBLIOPHILE-A book lover

BIBLIOPHOBE- A book hater

BIBLIOPOLE-  A bookseller

BIBLIOTAPH-A concealer or hider of books

BIBLIOTHECARY-A keeper of books, a librarian

MONOBIBLIOPHILIST-A lover of one book

POLYBIBLIOPHILIST- A lover of many books

Restarting after 2 years....

After deleting and then un-deleting...I've decided that I want to keep this little book blog around. I have a couple of ideas to incorporate here and they are:

1. Sharing book art
2. Sharing quotes about books, bookselling, writing, etc.
3. Promoting authors I personally know...
4. Possible tutorials on bookbinding and repair
5. Personal experiences with books and bookselling

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Adventures with Books (in a small town)

Living in a small town you wouldn't expect much goings-on with books. Maybe a book store or two but nothing out of the ordinary. But without leaving my hometown, I've experienced quite a few "surreal" book experiences.

I began my bookselling ventures by working in a rare book store on an abandoned looking street in the "downtown" area of a steel working neighborhood. This street could be the "main street" of this particular area and the shops that lined the street suggested such. You had the pharmacy, the florist, the local performance theater, the movie gallery and right smack dab in the middle---a rare book store. It's unassuming windows has a bookworm painted on by a local painter woman and shelves stand straining under the weight of old books.

I walked in one day and approached the owner inquiring about an apprenticeship of sorts because I was thinking about going into the book business. The man said he did in fact need someone to help him organize the place and thought I look capable and decided to let me have a go. Little did I know at the time, that this dusty, unalphabetized, unassuming, mousetrap of a book store would in fact turn out to be an backwater Alexandrian library.

In my futile attempts to alphabetize the random, jumbled assortment of books, I found to my astonishment, books that had no business being stuck in this small town.

Did you ever see Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space? Remember Criswell, the would be psychic?

Well, sitting among dusty, forgotten tomes I found "Criswell Predicts from now to the year 2000!" First Edition and Signed by the "great" psychic himself.

The inscription reads: "For Fritz Good Fortune! Criswell 1973"

Maybe this isn't as impressive to some, but for my husband, an avid Ed Wood fan at the time, this was gold.

One day while I was bumbling around stacks of books the owner called me to the front of the store. He opened a drawer behind the desk (the store was filled with amazing old pharmacy shelves that still had the Latin inscribed marble pulls) and he hands me a book saying, "Hold this." I hold out my hand and into he places a simple psalter from 1311. Yes, 1311. The pages are thick paper and slightly buckled. The boards are thick leather. And here I am standing holding an ancient psalter with my bare hands! No gloves, no museum sterility but in a dust-filled, unorganized bookshop. After we talk about the book for a few moments, he takes it from me and puts it back into the little drawer and we go about our business.

Here also were books from Egypt with jewel encrusted covers, books illustrated by Arthur Rackham and probably many other well-known authors and illustrators if I had known what I was looking at.

Only later did I realize that this man also owned other "empty" stores on this street and they too were filled overflowing with old books and periodicals. Who knows what treasures were and are hidden there?

Who knew that a little rare bookshop in a small town could hold treasures like Alexandria and no one would even know?

Monday, February 22, 2010

Top-Ten Favorite Books

In a house full of books, it's inevitable that you will come across a few that you like. Here are some my favorites in no particular order:

1. The Innamorati by Midori Synder
2. Til We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
3. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
4. The Book of Flying by Keith Miller
5. The Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
6. Chocolat and it's sequel The Girl with No Shadow by Joanne Harris
7. The Animal Family by Randall Jarrell
8.The Crow-Girl: the Children of Crow Cove by Bodil Bredsdoff
9. Juniper by Monica Furlong
10. Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood by Meredith Ann Pierce

There are sure to be many more added to this list and reviews to go with them. I'll try to link to author's website if I find them. If you get a chance, try to check out some of these books. They are well worth it!