Monday, July 3, 2017

Welcome to Biblio-Connecting July 2017

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1st Annual Detroit Festival of Books 

Other Book Fairs

Maggs Gets a Makeover

The Darwin Room

Houghton Library 75th Anniversary Symposium Oct 5-6. 2017


Elegant Presidential July 4th Speeches

Common-Place,  13 for 13

The False Folio Affair

Bookbinders on Strike!

The Venice Time Machine Project


This picture is responsible for my blog pick this month.  It normally hangs on the side of the bookcase where the books of my New York Collection are.  Looking at that picture brings back many enjoyable memories of baseball as a player, a fan, and as an umpire.  I was thinking of writing about these memories in a blog post, titled "Maris, Mantle and Me."  But first, I wanted to make sure that no one else had used the title before.  Someone did!  Jack H. Markowitz of Philadelphia included the words in the title of a poem he posted on his blog, Please Ask, Do Tell

Ruth, Maris, Mantle and Me
When you are
In the batter’s box
And taking
Your turn
At bat
And you are
Going for
The record
And swinging
For the fences
It doesn’t matter
If you strike out
Once or twice

What matters
Is connecting
Bat to ball
And sending
That beautifully
Stitched object
Over the fences
And into
The stands

Not even
The roar
Of the crowd
Can be heard
As you listen
To your heart
In your ears
As you are
The bases
And heading
For home
While waving
Your hat
To acknowledge
The fans
Who really
And who
Have been
Rooting you on
Through thick
And thin
Good times
And bad

Through the times
When you were
In a slump
And you
Could not
Find the strike zone
Even with the
Assistance of a
Seeing Eye dog

When I was
In a slump
In a funk
And couldn’t
Find my way out
I could hear the
Boos and taunts
I could feel
The tossed
Brick a brats
That came
Sailing out of
The stands

Throw the bum out!
Came the catcalls
Feed him to the dogs
Leave him on the road
As road kill!
And trade him for
Because Anyone
Would be better than

Nothing is more
Than the roar
And approval
Of the crowd

If you can count
Among your
Many admirers
And acquaintances
One true friend
Then consider
The most blessed
Of all men

The imposters
Hangers on
In every shape
And every size
And they
Are always
To greet you
So long as you have
A paycheck
To cash

But as the old
Ditty used to say
And out

So please
Don’t worry
Or fret
My so-called
Buddies and
My so-called
I wasn’t going
To ask you
If you could

At least
Not just yet

Philadelphia, Pa. 2011


Contemplations of MoiBibliomaniac

What Happened to Me: My Life With Books, Research Libraries and Performing Arts by David H. Stam

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by The Library of Congress

My Sentimental Library

Adrian H. Joline: Author, Autograph Collector, and Dofob


Frederick Locker-Lampson, A Character Sketch: With a Small Selection of Letters Addressed to Him and Bibliographical Notes on a Few of the Books Formerly in the Rowfant Library by Augustine Birrell, London: Constable and Company, 1920

The Life & Times of Leigh Hunt: Papers Delivered at a Symposium at the University of Iowa, April 13, 1984, Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of Leigh Hunt's Birth by Robert A. McCown, Iowa City: Friends of the University of Iowa Library, 1985.

Leigh Hunt and the True Sun: A List of Reviews, August 1833 to February 1834 by David H. Stam, New York: NYPL, 1974 (offprint from the Summer 1974 issue of the Bulletin of the New York Public Library)

Harsh Words: An Address Delivered at a Meeting of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in New York City by T. M. Cleland, New York: The American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1940.

Slightly Chipped: Footnotes in Booklore by Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 1999

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures by the Library of Congress, San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2017

Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker, New York: Vintage Books, 2002

George Payne Rainsford James: A Writer of Many Books by Adrian H. Joline, Privately Printed. No. 18 of 30 copies printed

Library of the Late Adrian H. Joline, Parts I-IX,  Dec 15, 1914–Feb 24, 1916  New York: Anderson Auction Company 1914-1916

The Book Collector and Other Papers by Adrian H. Joline, Privately Printed at the Literary Collection Press, Greenwich, Ct. 1904

Talks About Autographs by George Birkbeck Norman Hill, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1896 (Adrian H. Joline's copy with his bookplate)

DESRON 10 Cookbook by the Wives of the Officers of DESRON 10 (Navy Destroyer Squadron) c.1970s

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern, New York: It Books, 2010

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Welcome to Biblio-Connecting June 2017

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Florida Bibliophile Society Banquet May 21st
The members of the Florida Bibliophile Society and their guests enjoyed the afternoon together.  We had our annual season-ending banquet at Brio Tuscan Grille in the International Plaza in Tampa. The food was delicious! Emma Gregory read her winning essay for the First Annual Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Contest, and three of the honorable mentions in the contest, Josie Bready, Elan Pavlinich, and Rachel Shields, were introduced and recognized at the dinner. Moreover, every person at the banquet received an impressive keepsake created by FBS President Charles Brown, which contained the top five essays in the contest. Our keynote speaker, Mike Slicker, celebrating his 40th year as a bookseller and proprietor of Lighthouse Books, kept us enlightened and sometimes amused with his recollections as a bookseller.  Finally, our silent auction was a roaring success. People went home with books they wanted. And The Florida Bibliophile Society netted $381, which will go towards the Second Annual Lee J. Harrer Student Book Collecting Contest.

London International Antiquarian Book Fair June 1st-3rd  Olympia Exhibition Centre

Quite a Few Fairs in June!

Exhibit on Book Covers Jun 3 - Aug 27

The O'Brien Library at Sotheby's June 7th

Thomas Hansen Presentation on Book Design


Jessamyn West's Blog


The Horseback Librarians

Now Who Just Gave the Bookplate Junkie a Bookplate?

The Folger's Other Early Plays

Augustine Birrell's Ownership Inscription
My Sentimental Library blog post in January  was on Austin Dobson.  And my post for May was on Augustine Birrell.  So I was surprised when I found Augustine Birrell's ownership inscription on one of Dobson's books in the Digital Repository of Arizona State University Library.  I have provided two samples of Birrell's writing below to compare.  It's him.

Here Lizard! Lizard!


My Sentimental Library:
   Augustine Birrell:  That Charming and Graceful Writer...

A glut of books: the last seventeen books are from the library of my friend the late Tom Harris

What Happened to Me: My Life with Books, Research Libraries, and Performing Arts by David H. Stam, Bloomington: Author House, 2014 (Inscribed)

Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief by James P. McPherson, New York: Penguin Press, 2008 

Book of Books: An Eclectic Collection of Reading Recommendations... by Les Krantz and Tim Knight, Lake Geneva, Wi: Wildwood Books, 2007

The Ideals Guide to Literary Places in America by Michelle Prater Burke, Nashville: Ideals Publications, 1998 

Presidential Lottery: The Reckless Gamble in Our Electoral System by James A. Michener, New York: Randon House, 1969 

Authors Take Sides on Vietnam by Cecil Woolf, New York: Simon and Shuster, 1967 

Pilot Bails Out by Don Blanding, New York: Dodd, Mead, 1943 

Charles Evans: American Bibliographer by Edward G. Holley, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1973 

The Neighborhood of Brooklyn by Kenneth T. Jackson, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998 

The Golden Horizon by Cyril Connolly, London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1953 

The Pleasures of Book Collecting by Salvatore J. Iacone, New York: Harper & Row, 1976 

My Leigh Hunt Library by Luther Albertus Brewer, New York: Burt Franklin, 1970 

An Impartial and correct History of the War Between the United States of America, and Great Britain; comprising a Particular Detail of the Naval and Military Operations, and a Faithful Record of the Events Produced During the Contest by Thomas O'Connor, New York: John Low at Shakspear's Head, 1816, 3rd edition. 

Grandma & Me: A Conversations To Keep Recordable Book by Hallmark, 2011 

Satch, Dizzy & Rapid Robert: The Wild Saga of Interracial Baseball Before Jackie Robinson by Timothy M. Gay, New York: Simon & Schuster, 2010 

I Don't Care If I Never Come Back: A Baseball Fan and His Game by Art Hill, New York: Simon & Schuster, 1980 

Pay-off Pitch: A Chip Hilton Sports Story by Clair Bee, New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1958 

Concerning Slang and Other Drool Stories by Elbert Hubbard, East Aurora: the Roycrofters, 1920 

Morley's Variety edited by Louis Greenfield, Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1944 

New Worlds in Old Books by Leona Rostenberg & Madeleine B. Stern, New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 1999 

Old Books in the Old World by Leona Rostenberg & Madeleine B. Stern, New Castle: Oak Knoll Press, 1996 

Bookends: Two Women, One Enduring Friendship by Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine B. Stern, New York: The Free Press, 2001 

The Writer's Chapbook: A Compendium of Fact, Opinion, Wit, and Advice From the 20th Century's preeminent Writers by George Plimpton, New York: Viking, 1989 

Three Hours For Lunch; The Life and times of Christopher Morley by Helen Mck, Oakley, New York: Watermill Publishers, 1976 

The Last Bookman: A Journey Into the Life and Times of Vincent Starrett by Peter a. Ruber, New York: Candlelight Press, 1968 

O Rare Don Marquis by Edward Anthony, Garden City: Doubleday, 1962 

Much Loved Books by James O'Donnell Bennett, New York: Boni and Liveright, 1927 

The Lyttelton Hart-Davis Letters 1955-1962 A Selection edited by Roger Hudson, Pleasantivlle: Akadine Press, 2001 

Among the Gently Mad by Nicholas A. Basbanes, New York: Henry Holt, 2002 (inscribed) 

Patience and Fortitude by Nicholas A. Basbanes, New York: Harper Collins, 2001 (inscribed) 

For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love the Most edited by Ronald B. Shwartz, New York: Grosset/Putnam, 1999 

From My Library Walls by William Dana Orcutt, New York: Longmans, Green & Co. 1945. Bound in half-leather. 

The Friar and the Cipher by Lawrence & Nancy Goldstone, New York: Doubleday, 2005 

Van Wyck Brooks: A Writer's Life by Raymond Nelson, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1981 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Welcome to Biblio-Connecting May 2017

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250 Bookmarks given to booklovers at the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair
April 21-23, 2017!

Florida Bibliophile Society Annual Banquet May 21st

We will have a Silent Auction at the banquet.  I will be donating this set of books with a rather unique bookplate lightly pasted on the front pastedowns.

Activist Winona LaDuke at Harvard

Stanford:  WWII and the American West

Heritage Auctions: Americana May 13th 

Rare Books London 23rd May-12th June


Mike Slicker on Leather Bindings
Mike Slicker will be the keynote speaker at the FBS Annual Banquet


A Birth of a Book

A Book Car Wash?

Historic Libraries Forum

Decoding the Smell of Old Books



My Sentimental Library
Leigh Hunt & Two Leigh Hunt Collectors: Joseph T. Fields & Luther A. Brewer

My Blog Browser
Want to know which of my blog posts were the most popular? I've listed the number of page views for each of my 140+ blog posts on my blog browser


The Strange Treasure of Professor Fitzpatrick by F. B. Sylvester, North East, Pa: The Bunny Press, 1965 (one of Don Brady's mother books)

West India Mission author unknown, Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union n..d. [1835](one of Don Brady's mother books)

The Thrales of Streatham Park by Mary Hyde, Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1978, third printing.  Inscribed: For Arthyr Prager - a good friend to Dr Johnson & the Thrales Mary Hyde Dec 1983, a gift from Gary & Jean Simons

The Light of Asia; or, the Great Renunciation, Being the Life and Teachings of Gautama by Edwin Arnold, Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1881

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:  A Biographical Sketch byFrances H. Underwood, Boston:  James R. Osgood and Company, 1882

Uppity Women of Medieval Times by Vicki Leon, New York:  Barnes and Noble, 1997

From the Ninth Century to Today:  Rare Books Manuscripts and Autograph Letters,  The Rosenbach Company, Philadelphia 1937

Florida Magazine of Verse Winter Park, Fl March 1943 (contains the poem "A soldier Asks . . . ." by Corporal Don Blanding

Doctor Johnson:  Interveiws and Recollections edited by Norman Page, Totowa, N.J.: Barnes and Noble 1987 (a gift from John Byrne).

Many thanks to Rare Book Hub for providing free online access to its Rare Book Transaction History Database for the book evaluations performed by the Florida Bibliophile Society during the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair.
Many Tanks!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Welcome to Biblio-Connecting April 2017

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On Sunday, March 19, 2017 the members of the Florida Bibliophile Society and their guests met The War Virgin: Laura Westley,  a West Point graduate and Iraqi War Veteran who read from parts of her book, War Virgin.  And she told us about some of her experiences at West Point and during the Iraq invasion known as Operation Iraqi Freedom that weren't mentioned in her book.  One long-time FBS member said it was the best presentation he's heard!  And almost everyone who didn't already have a copy of War Virgin  bought a copy of her book.


Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

The Florida Bibliophile Society Presents:
 An Afternoon of the Poet With Peter Hargitai

Sunday April 30 1:30 pm
Mcdonald-Kelce Library, University of Tampa

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrating the Poet Edward Thomas

Compare Two Poems!

Over 7,000 Poems at

Paul Ruxin Book Prospectus

Thanks go to Gordon M. Pradl and Samuel B. Ellenport for compiling and editing this book. Paul  Ruxin was a lover of poetry and wrote about Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, and Rolph Humphries in Friday Lunch; talks he gave before the members of the Rowfant Club.

Notae Bene:  The subscription edition contains material not available in the open-access downloadable file published by the Trustees of Amherst College.

Download a PDF of the Book


Broadside Ballads from the Bodleian

Union First Line Index of English Verse

American Poems

Poetic Miscellanies

Love Poems From the Poetry Foundation


Many thanks go to James Caudle, former Associate Editor of the Yale Editions of the Private Papers of James Boswell, for providing the many Boswell catalogues and handlists to me for use in cataloguing the Boswell Library on Library Thing.  He kept us busy cataloguing the Boswell Library from October 2008 to August 2012!  Jim recently left Yale in order to live year-round in Scotland where he continues to research and publish on Boswell.

Many Tanks Jim!



Since the beginning of the New Year,  you, my readers, have viewed my monthly Biblio-Connecting blog posts significantly more than you have viewed my  monthly Sentimental Library blog posts!  That's why I selected Biblio-Connecting as my blog pick of the month.

My Biblio-Connecting Blog Monthly Pagecviews

My Sentimental Library Blog Monthly Pageviews

My Sentimental Library blog still remains my most popular blog, mainly because there are over eighty blog posts for readers to choose from.  But, thanks to you, my Biblio-Connecting blog is becoming more popular!

My Sentimental Library Blog Overview Chart

My Biblio-Connecting Blog Overview Chart


 My Sentimental Library Blog:
     About Elliot Stock, Henry B. Wheatley and The Book Lover's Library Series

Cursory Remarks About Politics:  Or CRAP, for short.

     The Unaffordable American Health Care Act

     A Close Look at Our Old U.S. Refugee Admissions Program


Essays of a Book Collector: Reminiscences on Some Old Books and Their Authors by Claude A. Prance, West Cornwall, Ct: Locust Hill Press, 1989

A Reprimand and What Came of It by A. Edward Newton, Daylesford, Pa: A. Edward Newton, 1927. A gift from John Byrne.

Letter From America 1946-2004 by Alistair Cooke, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004

The Wright Brothers by David G. McCullough, New York: Simon & Shuster, 2015

Agitations: Letters to the Press by Bernard Shaw, New York: F. Unger Pub. Co., 1985

Report of the County Chairman by James A. Michener, New York: Random House, 1961

Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words by Josefa Heifetz, Secaucus, N.J: Citadel Press, 1974

Carl Erskine's Tales From the Dodger Dugout by Carl Erskine, Champaign, Il: Sports Publishing Inc., 2000

The Age of the Grand Tour: Containing Sketches of the Manners, Society and Customs of France, Flanders, the United Provinces, Germany, Switzerland and Italy in the Letters, Journals and Writings of the Most Celebrated Voyagers Between the Years 1720 and 1820... New York:  Crown Publishers, 1967

William Caxton and His Critics: A Critical Reappraisal of Caxton's Contributions to the Enrichment of the English Language by Curt Ferdinand B├╝hler, Syracuse:  Syracuse University Press, 1960

Eighty-Five Golden Florins: First and Rare Editions pf Favorite Books Selected by Christopher Morley; A Catalog of the Exhibition, April 30-June 23, 1976 by Erica Doctorow, Garden City: Adelphi University, 1976

Central Building Guide by New York Public Library, New York:  Printed at the New York Public Library, 1922

Pasco Collector's Hobby Is One For the Books by Ronnie Blair, New Port Richey, Fl: reprinted by Don Brady, n.d.  A Tampa Tribune article about book collector-turned bookseller George Spiero (one of the bookies).

Microwaves Zap the Book-Munching Lice by Smith -, New Port Richey, Fl: privately printed by Don Brady, n.d.  (his Clearview Press logo not in view).

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, New York: Random House, 2017