Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ready To Read

vintge books, antique books, Book Fair, AAUW, Aiken, South Carolina
You better be ready to read as I blatantly show off my finds from the annual AAUW Book Fair last weekend.

I love to read and love books.

Especially old books.

Okay, grab a drink and get ready for the reading round-up.

Who remembers Ideals?  Books - both hardback and paperback - with photographs, illustrations, poems and stories for the different seasons.  This group are all Easter editions from the late 1940's to the 1960's.  Our school library had a subscription to them.  I do collect the Christmas ones, but these Easter ones went off to the shop.

For fun when I was in elementary school, I liked to read reference books and was always disappointed you could not check out reference books from the library.

Maybe that is what spurs me to buy atlases and dictionaries.

Usually in red!

Two world atlases and a rhyming dictionary.

Two beautiful Christmas books - one from the 40's and one from the 50's.

In a box under a table I thought I had discovered a set of classics with red and gold bindings from the 1920's.

Alas, there were two Three Musketeers.

I got a discount.

Children's books from the 1920's - great illustrations.

The next book deserves three pictures.

Abe Lincoln and Nancy Hanks
by Elbert Hubbard

Published by The Roycrofters, East Aurora, New York

From the cover back:

"Printed Roycroftie on special paper, uncut front edges, bound in boards and half leather, title and ornamentation embossed on back."

The book has a loose weave burlap over the cover.

Copyright:  1920

 The fly leaf paper is beautifully designed.

Someone had cut the pages apart to read the book.

Children's music education books.

I love textbooks of any kind really.

I guess it is the teacher in me.

From 1920 to 1950.

Leather-bound Adler's German and English Dictionary.

Quite the massive book.

Title page - yes, that does say 1884!

It is in great condition for a book that is 130 years old!

It looks like it was barely used.

I always hit the foreign language section with my tote bags ready to scoop up tiny volumes of translation dictionaries.

The largest here is six inches in length.

I look for Hungarian books because they are really tiny, but this is the first year of not finding any.

A set of white and gold Italian (I think) books. 

I can usually figure out some words of French, Spanish or German, but not these.

Again their small size got them a place in the tote bag.

French, German, and Spanish textbooks for American schools.

I have looked for years, but never found a textbook for foreign students to learn English.


Great illustrations and cover art.

I bought this book in German about Hamburg for two reasons:

There was a postcard to the person in the United States receiving the book.

And two, the sender glued a scrap of fabric in the back cover to hold three maps of Hamburg.

Oh, and three, the book is red!

A poetry and prose book in Italian.

Two French books:

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


The Three Musketeers

(Just how many Three Musketeers did I buy?  Must go back and count.)

 Various books in various languages.

The tiny yellow one Le Petit Chien - a children's book.

The paperback with the angel on it is a German book of photographs of antique furniture.

This last one is so sweet. It is only 3" by 4 1/2". 

It is the oldest book I found - copyright 1883.

A compilation of four gospel music books.

It contains just the lyrics of gospel hymns and not the music.

For use with all gospel meetings.

304 pages in this little gem.

How many times did I go to the book fair?

Well, only four times this year.

Some years I go more often, but this year we went to the flea market on Saturday so I did not get to attend the second day.

I always go to this event.

I am forever grateful to the AAUW for awarding me the 1971 scholarship from the proceeds of their book fair and attic treasures sale.

I probably would not have been able to attend college and become a teacher who has bought a tremendous amount of books over the decades which sends other deserving students to college.  

A circle of life.

Everybody ready to read now?

See y'all!

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  1. Oh I loved this post! I love old books too and try to go to our book fair every year. I love, love, love that you are the recipient of one of their scholarships and now you are making purchases that may help another prospective professional some day!

  2. Donna you never cease to amaze me with your collections. Your book finds are amazing. Seems like some should be in well known library archives somewhere. And it's great that you give back to a well deserved organization. That's just the wonderful type of person you are!

  3. Sounds like a great cause, and so good of you o pay it back/forward. Love the book with the postcard and maps still inside!

  4. Great books, Donna! And red is a great color for old books, too. Oh, please, don't get me hooked on collecting red books!!!! Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Museum Blog

  5. Donna, love all of your books. I am having serious books envy right now.

  6. Wonderful books Donna. Love the age, the color, the range of types.

  7. Nice! and what a beautiful circle.

  8. What a great collection of books Donna ... you have a good eye for just the best. Love the Gospel Hymn book ... have never seen one with just the words. Nice that you can give back to a worthy cause that you benefited from and make yourself happy with something that you love.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  9. How wonderful to find such fabulous old books and support a great cause at the same time. I love the red and gold classics... I've collected a few myself.

  10. What an amazing collection of books! I was gifted an old book for French pupils learning English for my birthday... If I ever find an other one while thirfting, I'll think of you!

  11. You found some wonderful old treasures. I love old books too. It's wonderful to rescue them and give them a good home. I have a few from the 1880s, too. and isn't it fun to find notes, recipes, postcards, etc. in a book? Thanks for visiting my blog, too, and your kind comments.

  12. You did find some great book treasures, one of my favorites if the Lincoln book, since I've from IL I have always been very interested in old Abe. You also found some gorgeous book covers, blues, red, green. Wow you really did score. Now you need to score in blouses so you can make yourself a lampshade!


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