Monday, October 18, 2010

REDNESDAY AND RED CHRISTMAS BOOKS



WOW! I just noticed that this is my 400th post! Amazing!





Well, that's enough hoopla for one day, lol!

This past Friday night Teen and I went to our town library's semi-annual book sale. It was extra special this time because a local old-book store in town closed and donated all its' inventory to the library sale. One large room was devoted to these books alone - talk about a heady experience! There were a few dozen tables lined with books and boxes upon boxes under each table. It was like being a kid in a candy store, I didn't know where to begin!

I was thrilled to find four vintage/antique Christmas books, one of which I'd been wanting for the past year - and here they are:

First is a group shot ~


This brown book, The Birds' Xmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin, is the one I've had my eye on, but even the cheap ones were a wee bit too pricey on eBay. First copyrighted in 1886, this is the 1916 edition - very good condition!

Next is By The Christmas Fire by Samuel McCord Crothers. Aren't the words in a cross awesome? This book is 1908 which surprised me because it's in near-perfect condition, and I was guessing 50's or 60's until I read the copyright. The only defect is the faded spine.

Now this book is more modern, from 1951. It's called The Book of Christmas - Illustrations by Seymour. This is the Cuneo Press's Tenth Annual Christmas Book and the preface says, " We hope that you will enjoy reading of the Christmas customs of England as they were practiced when this book was first published in 1837."

And, last is a not old (1991) Christmas murder mystery set in Connecticut. Should be a fun read!

I can't wait to get started on these in the next month or so! Other books I picked up were the Audubon Field Guide to Trees, HTML 4 for Dummies, At Home in the Garden (The Musings of a Victorian Gardener), The Gardener's Eye and Other Essays, and this . . .

The Children in the Little Old Red House by Amanda M. Douglas, 1912. The last chapter is called A Wedding and A Christmas, so it fits right in with my Christmas books!

And what did Teen get? Comic books, a tiny 2" x 3" English/German translation book (red!), two books from The Belgariad (fantasy) series, and these three:

Chinese Wit Wisdom and Written Characters, 1944; cassette tapes of the original radio broadcasts of Superman vs. Atom Man; and The Klingon Dictionary! She has such an eclectic taste in reading material, and she always comes up with such good stuff!
Now, can any of you come up with something more interesting than a Klingon dictionary today? LOL!


27 comments:

Cherry Chick said...

"We wish you a Merry Murder?" Seriously? Sounds gruesome.
I can't beat a Klingon Dictionary. That is unusual for sure...lol.

~~Carol~~ said...

There's not much that beats finding some great old books like these, especially that one with the cross on the cover! Sounds like you found some great additions to your gardening book collection too. You'll have to let us know how the Merry Murder book is. I do love a mystery!
Congrats on your 400th post, and here's to 400 more!
Happy REDnesday!
Carol

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love books! Finding old books at great prices...fabulous. Congrats on 400 posts!!!!

Cindy Adkins said...

I love your Christmas book--so pretty!!!

Cheeseboy said...

Happy 400! I think you should celebrate by looking up a few Klingon words.

Sandy said...

Sue, The link isn't working...is it me or you????? :) Sandy

Icy BC said...

Congrats on your 400 posts..What a milestone..

Marydon said...

I loved the invite to join this festive fun day with you all, but I'll be danged other than a bottle of nail polish if there is a THING in this house that is red. Soooo, I'll just enjoy all of yours ...

Have a great autumn eve ~
TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

LV said...

You made a haul on this book shopping trip. I am sure you will enjoy each of them.I love to read as well. Take care and I will see you next Rednesday.

Diann @ The thrifty Groove said...

I can't seem to link up either.

Great book finds! they all look wonderful

bj said...

Your books are wonderful. Enjoy them. :)
Thanks so much for hosting..I just love playing here 'cause I have so much red.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Sue

I am such a antique book fanatic that I was hyperventilating just reading your post! You bought some wonderful gems.

It's funny...I visited Connecticut this past weekend...lucky nothing strange happened while we were there! lol

♥ Pat

Lily said...

Happy Rednesday. I. love. books.
Your finds are awesome! Enjoy them!
~Lily
www.neverfadingwood.blogspot.com

Melody said...

Hi Sue! almost thought I'd miss this week, but I made it. Thanks for hosting such a fun day and congrats on your 400th.
What great book finds. I love the old book and their illustrations.
Oh and tell Teen to let us know when the first Klingon is met. ;)

The Paint Splash said...

Love all your wonderful finds. Especially the one from 1908! Congratulations. Debbie

Dena E's Blog said...

Woooohoooo Sweetie!!!
Happy RED continues onward!!!
Praise God...
Blessings and Hugs Dena

Rita said...

I slid in this week as well.

Love the listing of books. NO better way to spend time, especially at holiday time than with good books.

Love to read Christmas stories instead of watch the flicks.

Angela said...

How wonderful to get those books. I love vintage books too...I love what Teen got....she grabbed onto some pretty awesome stuff....

Denise Marie said...

http://denisemarie-bloomin.blogspot.com/2010/10/will-you-be-mine.html

Still love ya Sue...can't seem to get my Linky on 1/2 the time here. I even pd $10 for my Linky service. Alas, troubles here and there. Be blessed, love your Christmas reds.

craftyles said...

The green book with the red writing is so awesome! Love it. Thanks for hosting a great party and Happy Reds!

Nora Johnson said...

We love books -especially old ones!Great post for Rednesday - as always!

XOXO Lola & Nora:)

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Sue...CONGRATULATIONS on 400 posts!! I love all your vintage books. I am always drawn to old books at antique sales and such.

Blessings!
Gail

P.S. Thanks for being the hostess with the mostest :)

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh Sue! I am pea green with envy over your book finds, you lucky! How wonderful! Got a giggle out of the Klingon dictionary - my husband is nutty over ST.

Happy Rednesday,
Sally

AshTreeCottage said...

Congrats on your 400th post! Thanks for always being our hostess for Rednesday!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

Hi Sue, This is my first time linking to your party! Thank you so much for hosting and I'm such a red lover you will hopefully be seeing a lot of me.

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

I'm enjoying some books handed down from my great-great grandma. Love the oldies!

I don't often get the chance to link to Rednesday but I always enjoy visiting the others who do :)

Susan said...

Your blog reminded me of that old
Cherry Ames Nurse book series I used to read as a teen !