Tuesday, October 19, 2010

No Strollers or Large Bins in the Sale Areas

The book sale has a long standing rule that strollers are not allowed in the sales areas. That means you can bring the stroller into the building but you may not bring it into the small room where children's material is being sold, into the large sales room off the lobby, or into the aisles of the sales material out in the main library.Child carriers with solid frames that people wear like back packs are also not allowed in the sales areas. We do understand that it is inconvenient but it is just too crowded, especially Thursday night and Sunday afternoon.
Bin too big to bring into sales area
This year again large bins are not allowed in the sales areas. Again, there are places in the library you can leave them.
Box 10" high, 12" wide, 15" long
You may bring in boxes of the type frequently called Stor-Alls or Bankers Boxes. You may also bring boxes that printer paper came in, roughly 11" wide by 17" long. We will have containers you may use in the sales areas but we are going to ask that those big bins be left somewhere else.
Copy paper box is a good size.

If the containers you bring are disposable like these boxes, we ask that you bring a coat or blanket or something non-disposable to mark your collection. A few times we have had the unfortunate experience of people abandoning their piles. Most shoppers don't mess with other people's piles. An abandoned pile means books aren't available to someone who may want them. An object that most people wouldn't abandon helps us know that the shopper is shopping and will be back.  At busy times, we may limit how long you may leave your boxes.

I am one of those people who walk into the grocery store intending to buy two bags of stuff and walk out with four bags of stuff. If you are one of those people, do not fear. We will have bags and boxes here for you to use if you don't bring your own.

Now is a good time to remind readers that we do not accept credit cards or debit cards. We have a large number of banks in the vicinity so stop at the ATM before parking.

Do come to this sale. While I haven't counted each book, I can tell you that we have more boxes than any time in the past two years.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fall Book Sale - Adult Display Case

The left side display case in the lobby of the Library is now full of special finds of adult books which will be for sale at the book sale starting October 21. Warning: we reserve the right to correct any mistakes we have made in the prices or descriptions being published here. We may remove a book if we detect a mistake.

The Haunted House Mystery, L.P. Wyman; Publ. A.L. Burt, 1936                 $75
No DJ; red cloth; volume 26 in series.

Seekrieg und Seemacht , Friedrich Lutzow; 1941                                2 volumes $75
In German; no DJ; some sunning and fading, tears and wear on binding.

Boots and Saddles, Elizabeth B. Custer; Harper & Bros., copyright 1885    $50
Brown cloth cover with gold decoration; with portrait and map. 

Annual Register or a View of the History, Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1770.  The fifth edition.   $60
No DJ; printed in 1794; Leather spine and corners with decorative paper; wear to covers; tight binding.

Kyoto Romance, Teruhide Kato with Liane Grunberg; First Edition by Unsodo Publ., 1992      $25
Soft cover; very good/near fine.

Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; Edward Fitzgerald transl.; First printing of Pocket Book Ed., 1941      $20
Good; lovely illustrations by Gordon Ross.

Rossetti, Evelyn Waugh; Duckworth, 1975                                        $25
A new edition of Evelyn Waugh’s first book with an introduction by John Bryson; VG/VG; previous owner’s name on end paper.

A Boy’s Will, Robert Frost; Henry Holt and Co., no date.                         $75
No DJ; binding worn and spotted.

One Hundred Years of Korean Calligraphy (1848-1948)                $60
VG/VG in VG box; Plates translated into English.

All the Best, George Bush; My Life in Letters and Other Writings; Signed on pasted-in label; Scribner, 1999                  $50
VG/VG; some wear on corners.

Vlemk, the Box-Painter, John Gardner; Lord John Press, 1979; stated first edition, signed & numbered.        $50
NF/NF in mylar cover; illustrated by Catherine Kanner.

The Art of Building Cities, Camillo Sitte; Rheinhold Publ., 1945                             $50
No DJ; worn red binding; translated by Charles T. Stewart

Augustus Saint-Gaudens 1848-1907, A Master of American Sculpture; Musee des Augustins, 1999      $40   

Soft Cover, VG. 

Manual of Wireless Telegraphy for the Use of Naval Electronics, by Lt.Commander S.S. Robison, USN; US Naval Institute, 1909                                         $40
Binding worn and dirty with owners’ names on endpapers; tight binding.

The Convert Rolls, edited by Eileen O’Byrne; Irish Manuscripts Commission, 1981            $40
No DJ; VG maroon cloth binding with gold lettering.

Know Thyself, The Science of Life, George Howard Jones, M.D.; Peabody Medical Institute, 1881    $20
No DJ; bright blue cloth cover with bright gold and black decoration; gold page edges.

The Lives of Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Hernando Cortes, and Francisco Pizarro; publ. Marsh, Capen, Lyon, and Webb, 1840;             $25
No DJ; worn and spotted green cover; possible water damage.

Women’s Suffrage; The Reform Against Nature, Horace Bushnell; Scribner, 1869      $25
No DJ; lower fifth of spine cover missing; upper spine taped; owner’s name on front end-paper.

History and the Art of Printing, P. Luckombe; printed by W. Adlard and J. Browne, 1771         $65
Spine mended; decorative paper boards; ink markings on first few pages, rest clean; paste-ins from private library.

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers, Maria Augusta Trapp; J.P. Lippincott Co.; 1949, 4th impression; autographed by members of Trapp family.                                         $35
DJ has several tears; book good.

Bedu, Humberto da Silveira; Genoud Entreprise D’Arts Graphiques              $150
Fine/Fine in VG box; deluxe limited edition of 6000 copies; contains 176 photographs of Bedouins of Arabia

The Double-Faced Tablets from the St. Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod, by V.N. Lasarev; Iskusstvo Art Publishers, Moscow, 1983            $30
Decorative boards, front and back; corners worn but body square.

Dones y Promesas: 500 anos de arte ofrenda (exvotos mexicanos), Fundacion Cultural Televisa, 1996     $60
Soft cover; VG with some wear on edges, spine

Traditional Papermaking and Paper Cult Figures of Mexica, Sandstrom; Univ. of OK Press, stated 1st ed., 1986  $25
DJ clean but with tears, book slightly cocked; address label on front endpaper.

Early Netherlandish Carved Altarpieces, 1380-1550, Medieval Tastes and Mass Marketing, by Lynn Jacobs; Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998                                         $60

Cristo, Esencia y Trascendencia, Xavier Escalada S.J.; Enciclopedia Guadalupana       $45
Good/good; corners bumped; oversized

Cyprus, Byzantine Mosaics and Frescoes; NY Graphic society, 1963                      $50
DJ good but with some tears; book binding clean; oversized volume in UNESCO World Art Series with 32 full-page color reproductions.

Pskovska Ikona XIII-XVI Vekov; printed and bound in USSR, 1990                      $40
VG/VG; Cyrillic inscription on front endpaper.

French Costumes Designed by Lepage-Medvey, with a Preface by Andre Varagnac; Hyperion Press, 1939      $30
Covers worn and some loose pages; prints crisp and bright, each with cover sheet.

The Working Farmer Devoted to Agriculture, James J. Mapes; Volume IV; Frederick McCready, 1853       $50
Very worn leather spine; decorative boards, also worn; pages show foxing and stains but text in good condition.

Florentine Codex, General History of the Things of New Spain, Fray Bernardino de Sahagun; 12 volumes; translated by Arthur J.O. Anderson & Charles E. Dibble; School of American Research & Univ. of Utah, 1975         $200
No DJ; red cloth binding in very good condition.

Narrative of the Expedition of an American Squadron to the China Seas and Japan, Commodore Perry;  3 volumes; 1856    $1000

Volume 1—lithograph opposite p. 144 missing; binding needs repair; all woodcuts and pages present
Volume 2—maps present but fragile; water damage to back binding and several pages at end with no printing
Volume 3—very good condition; all pages and charts present
All volumes have some yellowing of paper, particularly around margins, and some fading of binding.

Plate from Perry

A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method, Sir Banister Fletcher;  16th ed., B.T. Batsford, 1954    $25
No DJ, good condition.

Kokai Nikki: The Diary of the First Japanese Embassy to the United States of America, Muragaki Awaji-No-Kami; 1st printing, Foreign Affairs Assn. of Japan, 1958             $100
Soft cloth covers hand sewn; box is broken in several parts.

First Annual Report:  Resettlement Administration, 1936                  $100
DJ in good condition except for split along spine with small pieces missing; book has sun damage, crack on back endpaper, and loose in front;  large fold-out map bright and intact.

Batalla Contra el Olvido, Jaime Ardila & Camilo Lleras; Editado por Ardila & Lleras Ltda., 1985     $25

Henri Le Secq PHOTOGRAPHE de 1850 a 1860, Eugenia Parry Janis & Josiane Sartre; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, 1986        $17.50

Walk in Beauty, Connie Seabourn; autographed; Milbourn Publ. 1993       $30

The Wood and the Graver, The Work of Fritz Eichenberg; autographed by artist; Clarkson N. Potter, 1977    $30
DJ intact but with stain and some tears;  book top dirty; contents clean and prints sharp and clear.

Vida y Obra del Pintor Francisco Pradilla Ortiz, Ana Garcia Loranca & Ramon Garcia-Rama; Caja de Ahorros de Zaragoza    $20
VG/NF; some wear along DJ edges.

Yellowstone, A Century of the Wilderness Idea, Ann & Myron Sutton; autographed authors and Pat Nixon, et al; Macmillan, 1972                                         $35
G/VG in good box

Earthquake Conditions in Chile, Studies in Comparative Seismology, Bailey Willis; Carnegie Institution, Publication Number 382, 1929                $30
Soft cover; cover shows wear and some stains, but contents clean and tight; maps in back pocket.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Special Children's Books in this Sale

One of the display cases in the lobby of the Library is now full of children's books which will be for sale at the book sale starting October 21. Warning: we reserve the right to correct any mistakes we have made in the prices or descriptions being published here. We may remove a book if we detect a mistake.

Dear Readers and Riders by Marguerite Henry, first printing from 1969, no dj, $10

The Christmas Cat by Efner Tudor Holmes, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, unpaginated, has a price-clipped dj, from 1976, $10

Cowboy Andy by Edna Chandler, illustrated by Raymond Kinstler, intact dj from 1959, a Beginner Book, $10

Hugh Loftings' Travels of Dr. Dolittle adapted by Al Perkins, illustrated by Philip Wende, intact dj from 1967, a Beginner Book, $10

Robin Hood by Paul Creswick illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, has 8 color plates with tissue guards, no dj, from 1917, $12

East of the Sun and West of the Moon by Kay Nielsan, 6 illustrations, 1 illustration missing, no dj, from 1932, $10

A Big Ball of String by Marion Holland, Beginner Book #5, intact dj, from 1958, stated 1st printing, $20

Prairie School by Lois Lenski, 1st edition, price-clipped dj, from 1951, $10

Take Joy selected and edited by Tasha Tudor, illustrated by Tasha Tudor, with dj, 1966, $10

The Private World of Tasha Tudor by Tasha Tudor and Richard Brown, illustrations by Tasha Tudor, photographs by Richard Brown, stated first edition, has a dj, 1992, $5

The Catholic Child's Bible in two volumes (Old and New Testaments), no dj,  Giant golden books, 1958, $10 per volume

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, 13 illustrations with tissue guards, 1 illustration missing, no dj, from 1911, $10

The White Company by A. Conan Doyle illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, 13 illustrations, no dj, reprint from 1930's or 1940's, $12

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth, 14 pictures with tissue guards and a map, no dj, 1913, $12

Me by william Saroyan, illustrations by Murray Tinkelman, unpaginated, no dj,1st edition, 1963, $15

What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry, unabridged, no dj, 1968, $20

Pinocchio by Collodi, illustrated by Copeland, has decorated end papers, no dj, 1904, $10

Pointers for Little Persons by Virginia Parkinson, photographs similar to claymation, 6 collectible hard covers with dj's, 1943, $20

Poo-Poo and the Dragons by C.S. Forester, illustrated by Robert Lawson, 1st edition, no dj, from 1942, $20

Little Black Goes to the Circus by Walter Farley, illustrated by James Schucker, a Beginner Book, with dj, from 1963, probable 1st edition, $12

The Day the Guinea-Pig Talked by Paul Gallico, illustrated by Dulac, price-clipped dj, from 1963, $10

The Giant Golden Book of Mathematics by Irving Adler, illustrated by Lowell Hess, no dj, from 1960, $10

The Pop-Up Book of Gnomes paper-engineering by Tor Lokvig, no dj, from 1979, $10

Panama's Jungle Book by Susan Core, illustrated by Anne McKeown, unpaginated, with dj, from 1942, $10

Christmas on the Isthmus by Susan Core, illustrated by Anne McKeown, a story in rhyme, with dj, from 1936, $10

The Little President by Don Calhoun, printed in black, pink, and green, with dj, from 1946, $15

Frances Tipton Hunter Picture Book by Marjorie Barrows, illustrated by F. T. Hunter, 20 full page illustrations, no dj, from 1935, $10

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Phones at the Library on Sunday

The recession has hit the libraries in Fairfax County very hard. The hours have been reduced, again. Staffing has been cut. One fall-out to the reductions is answering the phones. The staff no longer answers the phone on Sunday even when the library is open. The system went further and set the computer so the phone doesn't ring on Sunday even when the library is open. If the phone doesn't ring, the person calling can't leave a message and get a call back. The person calling will hear a message about the phones not being answered.

On Mondays, Regional Libraries in Fairfax County open at 1 pm. Before opening, the odds are good that the phone service will stay at the Sunday message. Just because Monday morning is a work day for most of the world, don't expect to be able to leave a message until after 1 pm.

If you try to call us, please make the attempt on Saturday before 5 pm or on Monday after 1 pm. I know it is frustrating but it is not in our control.