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  • Vintage reading could be the perfect gift

    Tue, 05 Dec 2017 12:22:24 Permalink
    What do you give someone who seems to have everything? Nostalgia might just be the answer. For example, consider a National Geographic Magazine from your loved one’s birth month or from the month of a special anniversary.  The articles are well researched and written, the illustrations are plentiful, there are lots of vintage advertisements included, […] Read More
  • Antiquarian & Vintage Medical Books

    Sat, 25 Jun 2016 12:51:33 Permalink
    My latest curated collection, consisting of nineteenth and early twentieth century rare and unusual medical books, periodicals, and ephemera on a wide variety of specialties: obstetrics, gynecology, glandular disorders, surgery, pediatrics, and much more.   I call attention especially to the A. P. Richmond, M.D., Collection within this curated set of materials.  It consists of over 20 […] Read More
  • Pierre and His Family; or a Story of the Waldenses (1827)

    Sat, 18 Jun 2016 03:22:28 Permalink
    Pierre and His Family; or, a Story of the Waldenses by the author of “Lily Douglas” [Miss Grierson].  Second edition. Philadelphia: American Sunday School Union, 1827. Two steel engravings. 5.75″ tall, 214 pp.  Quarter leather hardcover in good condition. Historical fiction based on the experiences of Waldensians as they returned to their valley homes in […] Read More
  • Announcing the Hope La Mar Collection ("Hope of Hollywood")

    Thu, 16 Jun 2016 02:26:56 Permalink
    This unique collection consists of books and other materials from the personal library of Hollywood psychic, astrologer, and spiritual guide Doris Hope Phillips Pinkerton Lloyd (La Mar) (1901-1991). In addition to serving individuals, she broadcast a radio program and served as spiritual leader of the Temple of Cosmic Philosophy in Los Angeles during the mid-twentieth […] Read More
  • G. G. Stein, Arte Ostetricia (Venezia, 1816) – rare antiquarian medical text with 18 engravings

    Mon, 06 Jun 2016 03:50:49 Permalink
    Stein, G. G..   Arte Ostetricia. Tradotta dal tedesco coll’ aggiunta di alcune osservazioni preliminari da G. B. Monteggia.  Venezia: Andrea Santini e Figlio, 1816. 3rd Edition. 391 pp. 8.0″ tall. Hardcover. G/ NONE. Book is in the Italian language, translated from the original German. Sound binding. Hinges starting. Pages clean, tanned. Cloth over boards […] Read More
  • Southern Appalachia: where the laurel grows

    Thu, 02 Jun 2016 09:00:31 Permalink
    I invite you to download and view my Appalachia catalog. All titles subject to prior sale. Inquires may be made to I accept major credit cards and PayPal. This new catalog contains materials on southern Appalachia. The Great Smokies, the Blue Ridge, the Black Mountains–they are all part of this ancient mountain range. Although Appalachia […] Read More
  • The New-Kanawha River and the Mine War of West Virginia

    Sat, 28 May 2016 02:51:44 Permalink
    McCormick, Kyle.   The New-Kanawha River and the Mine War of West Virginia.  Charleston, West Virginia: Mathews Printing and Lithographing Company, 1959. 176 pp. 9.25″ (21.5 cm) tall. Hardcover. G/ NONE. Signed by author on title page with additional inscription. Sound binding and hinges. Pages clean, tanned. Cloth over boards is edge rubbed with heavier […] Read More
  • New catalog on World War I from Cat's Cradle Books

    Thu, 26 May 2016 07:58:23 Permalink
    I invite you to view and download my World War I catalog.  All titles subject to prior sale.  Inquires may be made to  I accept major credit cards and PayPal. The Great War changed the landscape of the modern world whether we look at the military, medicine, technology, gender roles, diplomacy, international borders, or economies.  This […] Read More
  • A World War I Aviation Staple: The Hispano-Suiza Engine

    Tue, 24 May 2016 04:30:51 Permalink
    Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation. Instructions for the Care and Operation of Model A-I-E Hispano-Suiza Aeronautical Engines. Birkigt Patents. Instruction Book, November 1918. Series No. 7A. New Brunswick, NJ: Wright-Martin Aircraft Corporation, 1918. 240 pp. 7.75″ tall. Hardcover. Condition: Fair/ no dust jacket. Cracked hinges, sound binding. Clean but age-darkened pages. Cloth over boards is heavily soiled […] Read More
  • Armchair travels with Mark Twain…and others

    Fri, 20 Jul 2012 11:18:01 Permalink
    On July 20, 1869, Mark Twain, aka Samuel L. Clemens, published his second book, Innocents Abroad; Or, the New Pilgrim’s Progress.  This travel memoir became Twain’s most popular book during his lifetime. Although it lacks the enduring recognition of Huckleberry Finn, Twain’s account of travels through Europe and the Middle East appealed to would-be travelers […] Read More
  • Remembering Jacques Derrida on his birthday

    Sun, 15 Jul 2012 12:37:47 Permalink
    Jacques Derrida, Algerian-born French deconstructionist philosopher and language theorist, was born 82 years ago today, July 15, 1930. During his lifetime (1930-2004) Derrida influenced untold numbers of scholars seeking to critique literature, language, gender, sexuality, culture, visual arts, religion, and even politics. A good example would be Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism, a quarterly […] Read More
  • Happy Bastille Day, Francophile readers!

    Sat, 14 Jul 2012 01:35:56 Permalink
    Allons, enfants de la patrie! It’s July 14, Bastille Day.  In France, the tricolor is on display and the strains of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem, are in the air.  Once again in the month of July/Juillet, we honor a great revolution. This time it’s the French Revolution, which began in 1789 and ended […] Read More
  • Patriotism, Protest, and the Land of Hope and Dreams

    Wed, 04 Jul 2012 09:59:51 Permalink
    On this Fourth of July, I’m reflecting on what patriotism means. To revolutionaries who were British citizens in the thirteen colonies, if they were even articulating the word “patriotism,” I think it might have meant fighting to forge a new destiny independent of the old ruling power. At NASCAR races and other sporting events, it […] Read More
  • June 6, 1944, D-Day. A turning point in WWII, a day of sacrifices to remember

    Wed, 06 Jun 2012 10:48:12 Permalink
    On June 6, 1944, on the beaches of Normandy, the tide turned on the Western Front in Europe.  With the Soviet Red Army already pushing from the East following the Battle of Stalingrad, and Hitler’s Axis ally Mussolini fallen, Allied victory in World War II was in sight.  Less than a year later, in May […] Read More
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