So, I got to thinking ... since I send out a newsletter monthly, why not post it here as well?
Seemed like a good idea so I'm going to try to remember to post it here monthly as well.
I wish I could make my newsletters as fun and entertaining as Forrest Proper (yes, that is his name) at Joslin Hall Rare books (here's his blog for you -- for the newsletter, I'll have to check and find one to show you what I mean if you don't already get it yourself). He has elves, you see. And his elves are infamous for their ideas that somehow go amazingly, badly awry. I haven't asked Forrest yet, but I have a feeling he has a background in math and physics because the troubles the elves get into with machinery and fire.... oh my!
At any rate, I haven't been able to settle into one style or another regarding my newsletter. Sometimes I think I've got a style, but by the next month, I've lost it. At least here on the blog I THINK I've worked out how I want it to sound (if I'm wrong, let me know, pronto).
Wait -- I just found one of his newsletters. I probably shouldn't link to it before I put my own newsletter up, but here goes: Joslin Hall Fine Books New Spring Catalog .
Now, here's my pitiful entry entitled: It's June already...what will you be doing this month?
(PS: * switch up the list at the end to target certain categories - Youth / Modern Fiction / Science Fiction - but otherwise the newsletter is the same)
Just for fun I checked out the list of events that happen in
June. Everyone knows about Father's Day (June 20th this year),
but what about Donut Day? (First Friday in June - celebrating
the Salvation Army's Donut Dollies who gave donuts to the
troops in World War I ... which gave rise to the name
There are others though. Here are a few of the fun ones:
* National Iced Tea Day (June 10th)
* King Kamehameha Day (June 11th)
* World Naturist Day (A more PC name for Nudist, this is
celebrated on June 4th - I plan NOT to celebrate this)
* Flag Day (June 14th - for the United States)
* Morticians Day (June 16th - again, not so interested in this
celebration...and what does one DO on Mortician's Day anyway?)
* Juneteenth (June 19th - Yet another day specific to the US,
celebrating the abolition of Slavery)
And of course, who can forget Midsummer's Eve! (Variable days
in June depending on which country you're from, but around the
third Friday in June)
Me, I plan to make sure I enjoy every day of the lovely month
of June to its fullest.
For those of you who do get a vacation away from the daily
grind, the book of the month is dedicated to you:
HAWAII PAST AND PRESENT by William R. Castle, Jr.:
Castle Jr., William R.: HAWAII PAST & PRESENT 1917. Dodd, Mead and Company. New York.
Hardcover. Revised and Enlarged Edition / NF / NONE. Illus Type: B&W Photographs.
This edition is the revised and Enlarged edition of 1917 (following the 1913 original
edition).Illustrated throughout with sixteen black and white photographic
plates and a full-color map of the islands. Contents include: The Hawaiian People,
History to 1898, Hawaii as a Territory, Commerce and Industry, The Army and Navy
in Hawaii, Honolulu, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai and Maui, Hawaii, The Volcanoes, Island
Life, and an appendix and index. "This book has a double purpose: to tell those
who stay at home something about Hawaii, the youngest of American Territories; and
to help those who are going there to plan their trip intelligently. Baedeker has
not yet extended his labours to the Pacific Islands, and no guidebook is available
for the traveller. Many books have been written about special phases of Hawaii - its
history, its present conditions, and its natural beauty. This book, therefore, falls
naturally into two divisions, the first part explanatory, the second, as well as
may be, descriptive." $75.00
And, if you've read this far, you deserve a reward. Take 40%
off your purchase at my website -- Use coupon code: JUNEDAY
during checkout to receive the discount. The coupon is good
through June 15th.
Thanks so much!
A SHORT LIST OF NEWLY LISTED TITLES:
1.) Adams, Richard : THE IRON WOLF : and Other Stories. 1980. Allen Lane. London, England. Hardcover. 1st British Edition/ 1st Printing. Near Fine / Near Fine. $30.00
2.) Babbitt, Natalie: NELLIE : A Cat on Her Own. 1989. Farrar Straus & Giroux (J) . New York. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Near Fine / Very Good+. $18.50
3.) Babbitt, Samuel F. (Illustrated by Natalie Babbitt) : THE FORTY-NINTH MAGICIAN 1966. Pantheon Books. New York. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Very Good+ / No Dust Jacket The author and illustrators first book. $35.00
4.) Calhoun, Mary: MISS MINERVA AND WILLIAM GREEN HILL 1930. Reilly & Lee. Chicago, IL. Hardcover. 40th Printing. Very Good+ / No Dust Jacket. $25.00
5.) Hawksley, Enid Dickens (compiled by): CHARLES DICKENS BIRTHDAY BOOK 1948. Faber and Faber Limited. London, England. Hardcover. Very Good+ / No Dust Jacket. $25.00
6.) Herve, Alain: ANIMAL- MAN 1976. Harlin Quist. New York / Switzerland. Paperback. 1st Paperback Edition/ 1st Printing. Near Fine / No Dust Jacket. $15.00
7.) Howard, Max: PEOPLE PAPERS 1974. Harlin Quist. New York / Switzerland. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Very Good+. $30.00
8.) Hughes, Richard: GERTRUDE'S CHILD 1974. Harlin Quist. New York. Hardcover. New Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Near Fine. $25.00
9.) Ionesco, Eugene (Translated by Calvin K. Towle): STORY NUMBER 1 : For Children under Three Years of Age. 1978. Harlin Quist. New york. Hardcover. New Edition/ 1st Printing. Near Fine / Near Fine. $35.00
10.) La Grotta, J. M. and August Lenox (illustrated by): M-G-M'S LASSIE: RESCUE IN THE STORM 1951. Whitman Publishing Company. Racine, WI. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Very Good+ / No Dust Jacket. $12.50
11.) Long, Melinda: HOW I BECAME A PIRATE 2003. Harcourt, Inc.. New York. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / No Dust Jacket. $10.00
12.) Massie, Diane Redfield: MAGIC JIM 1967. Parents' Magazine Press. New york. Hardcover. Trade Edition/ Very Good / No Dust Jacket. $18.50
13.) Raschka, Chris: CHARLIE PARKER PLAYED BE BOP 1992. Orchard Books. 1992. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Fine. Illus Type: Color Illustrations. Illus. by: Chris Raschka. $20.00
14.) Ripkens, Martin and Hans Stempel: ANDROMEDAR SR1 1971. Harlin Quist. New York. Hardcover. 1st American Edition/ 1st Printing. Near Fine / Very Good+. Illus Type: Color Illustrations. Illus. by: Heinz Edelmann. Harlin Quist. A Here and There Book. $45.00
15.) Silverstein, Shel: WHO WANTS A CHEAP RHINOCEROS? 1983. Macmillan Publishing Co. , Inc.. New York. Hardcover. Trade Edition/ Near Fine / Very Good+. Illus Type: B&W Illustrations. Illus. by: Shel Silverstein. $12.50
16.) Spirin, Gennady (Illustrated by) : LITTLE MERMAIDS AND UGLY DUCKLINGS : Favorite Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen. 2001. Chronicle Books. San Francisco, CA. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Fine. $30.00
17.) Stevenson, James: DON'T YOU KNOW THERE'S A WAR ON? 1992. Greenwillow Books. New York. Hardcover. 7th Printing. Fine / Fine. $10.00
18.) Stevenson, Robert Louis (Stitchery by Virginia Tiffany) : SELECTIONS FROM A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES 1974. Golden Press. Racine, WI. Hardcover. 7th Printing. Very Good+ / No Dust Jacket. Illus Type: Color Illustrations. Illus. by: Virginia Tiffany. A Golden Book . $25.00
19.) Temple, Shirley: SHIRLEY TEMPLE'S FAIRYLAND : Stories from her Television Program. 1958. Random House. New York. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Near Fine / No Dust Jacket. $25.00
20.) Vavra, Robert: THE LOVE OF TIGER FLOWER 1980. William Morrow & Company. New York. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Fine / Near Fine. Illus Type: Color Illustrations. Illus. by: Fleur Cowles. $40.00
21.) Walrath, Jane Dwyer: TOBY THE ROCK HOUND 1979. Whitman Books / Western Publishing Company, Inc.. Racine, WI. Hardcover. 1st Edition/ 1st Printing. Very Good / No Dust Jacket. Illus Type: Color Illustrations. Illus. by: Roger Bradfield (Jolly Roger Bradfield). Tell-A-Tale. $30.00
22.) Wells, Carolyn: TWO LITTLE WOMEN ON A HOLIDAY 1917. Grosset & Dunlap. New York. Hardcover. Reprint/ Very Good- / Very Good+. Illus Type: B&W Illustrations. Illus. by: E. C. Caswell. Two Little Women Series. $15.00
Sort of.... well, lame is what I'd call it. I'm still thinking about ways to jazz it up. If you happen to come up with one, let me know.
At any rate, do notice the 40% discount coupon listed -- it's good until June 15th.