Saturday, September 29, 2012

Last Day of Fall 2012 Book Sale on Sunday 9/28

The semi-annual George Mason Friends Book Sale will close promptly at 5 PM on Sunday, September 29.  All adult and children's books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, audiobooks, maps, comic books, and graphic novels will sell for half-price.

Adult books include hardbacks and paperbacks in a variety of areas.  In addition to popular fiction (adventure and suspense, regular fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, westerns), we've got:
  • art, music, and performing arts
  • business, computers, and law
  • classic and modern literature
  • cooking and crafts
  • fix-it, gardening, humor, self-help and parenting
  • foreign language and English as a Second Language
  • history - American, military, European, and world
  • math, science, medicine, psychology, philosophy, and religion
  • rare books
  • reference
  • sports and games and the great outdoors
Children's books include:
  • picture books
  • early readers
  • fiction and nonfiction for lower and upper grade students
  • reference materials
There is also a separate young adult section.

The sale begins at noon (library services begin at 1 pm) and we hope to see you!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Book Sale - Thursday - Sunday

Our Fall Book Sale begins Thursday, September 27 and goes through Sunday, September 30.  We hope to see you!

     Thursday, 9/27: 5 pm - 9 pm
      Friday, 9/28: 10 am - 6 pm
      Saturday, 9/29:  10 am - 5 pm
      Sunday, 9/30: noon - 5 pm

We've got a few reminders to help make your visit go smoothly:

  • Please be careful to park only in marked parking spaces at the library.  The library is open to the public until 9 pm Thursday, so parking may be even tighter than usual.
  •  We can only take cash or checks for payment of your purchases. NO CREDIT or DEBIT CARDS, sorry.  The library does not have an ATM but there are several banks and stores near by. 
  • No large bins or wheeled bins of any size going down the sale aisles or stored at the end of the aisles. Copier paper boxes or banker's boxes may be carried with you in the sales area.  We will have designated areas for you to leave your boxes while you continue to shop.
  • No  strollers in the sales area. 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.
  • The book sale ends each day promptly at the announced closing time.
  • We haven't viewed videos or DVDs that are on sale. We also haven't listened to the thousands of CDs and audio books that are on sale.
  • At busy times, we may limit how long you may leave your boxes or containers.
 In addition to our display cases in the lobby, we have two smaller cases in the meeting room.  There are lists posted near the cases describing the contents. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fall 2012 Book Sale - Children's Display Case

The right side display case in the lobby of the Library is now full of special finds of children's books which will be for sale at the book sale starting September 27.

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 and we may add books without updating the list.

The Lost Lions, Edward Gorey, 1st edition 2011, Pomegranet, $5
Fine dust jacket, not price clipped.  Unpaginated. 

Le Petit Cajun, George Rodrigue, Bilingual, 1978, $30
Signed by George and Andre Rodrigue.  Rodrigue is famous for his “Blue Dog” series.

Beatrice of Denewood, Emilie and Alden Knipe, 1913, Century Co., $15
No dust jacket.

 Peg o’ the Ring, Emilie and Alden Knipe , 8th printing, Sep 1915, Century Co., $25
Good dust jacket. 

Red Feather, David Cory, 1934, Grosset, $10
Fair dust  jacket, not price clipped.

The World Treasury of Children’s Literature, Clifton Fadiman, $10
3 volumes in 2 oversize paperbacks in slipcase.
The Three Little Monks, George Venzi, 1963, St. Paul Editions, $10
No dust jacket, picture front.

Uncle Wiggily and His Friends, Howard R. Garis, 1955, Platt & Munk, $10
Decorated end papers, no dust jacket, unpaginated.

Take Joy, Tasha Tudor, 8th printing, 1966, World,     $15
Dust jacket damaged by Scotch tape.

Mr. Bliss, J. R. R. Tolkien, 1st American Edition, 1983, 2nd printing, Houghton Mifflin, $10
Fine dust jacket.

A Boy Named Charlie Brown, Charles M. Schulz, 1st ed, 1969, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, $10
Fair dust jacket.

Black Beauty, Anna Sewell, 1903, Hurst and Co., $10
No dust jacket, picture front and spine.

Children’s Picture Dictionary, Lavinia Derwent, 1951, Collins, $10
Poor dust jacket.

Barbar’s Cousin: That Rascal Arthur, Laurent de Brunhoff, 1948, Random House, $15
No dust jacket, picture front.

Georgie Finds a Grandpa, Miriam Young, 1st editon “A”, 1954, Simon and Schuster, $12
Little Golden Book

The Twins, Ruth and Harold Shane, 1st edition “A”, 1955, Simon and Schuster, $10
Little Golden Book

Fire-Hunter, Jim Kjelgaard, 6th printing, 1951, Holiday House, $15
Ex-library, good dust jacket.

The Adventures of Dunno and his Friends, Nikolai Nosov, Translated from the Russian, Foreign Languages Publishing House, $10
Good dust jacket.

Bitsy Finds the Clue, Augusta Seaman, 1950, Doubleday,         $10
Price-clipped dust jacket.

The Lucky Sixpence, Emilie and Alden Knipe, Sept 1912, Century Co., $25
No dust jacket.

Tinker, Dorothy K. L’Hommedieu, 1st ed, 1942, $10
Picture front, no dust jacket.

New Mother Goose Book, Remington-Morse second edition, Ben Aronin, illustrated by Fridolf Johnson, 1943-1944, $20
Good dust jacket.  Only children’s book illustrator ever did.

Buster Bear’s Twins, Thornton W. Burgess, Oct 1923, Little, Brown, $50
Signed by the author.  All color plates are present.  Picture front, no dust jacket.

Giants Come in Different Sizes, Jolly Roger Bradfield, 1st printing, Oct 1966, $10
No dust jacket.

Musical Zoo, Ogden Nash, tunes by Vernon Duke, 1947,          $10
No dust jacket, owner’s name stamp inside cover.

Ginny’s First Secret, Lee Kingman, 1958, Phillips Publishers, $10
A Ginny Doll Story Book, fair dust jacket, child’s name.

Winter’s Tale, Robert Sabuda, pop-up, 2005, $10
Never opened

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Adapted by Robert Sabuda, pop-up 1st edition, 2003, $5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J. K. Rowling, Deluxe Edition in slipcase, July 2007, $10
Wraparound dust jacket.  Like new.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Retold by Jane Werner, 1st edition “A”, 1954, Simon and Schuster, $30
 Out of print.  Little Golden Book.

Why We have Day and Night, Peter Neumeyer, illustrated by Edward Gorey, 1st edition, 2011, Pomegranet,                                      $5
Fine dust jacket, not price clipped.  Unpaginated.

Fall 2012 - 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 September 27. 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 and we may add books without updating the list.

We have more photos but the blogger wants to load them sideways and that just looks funny.

The Artilleryman, The Experiences and Impressions of an American Artillery Regiment in the World War, 129th F.A. 1917-1919,  Jay M. Lee; 1920, $20

English Grammar, Adapted to the Different Classes of Learners, Lindley Murray; 1821, $25

Linweave Limited Editions, The Linweave Association; 1931, $25

Handcrafts of Slovenia, Encounters with Contemporary Slovene Craftsmen, Janez Bogataj;  1999, $30

I Am Spock, Leonard Nimoy; 1995, First Edition, $30

Inscribed (“Steve—Live Long and Prosper”)   

Special Exhibition of the Insect Painting, $25

Fantastique au Visionnaire, S.V.A. Albarelli; Venice, 1994, $20

Berlin Moskau 1900-1950, Irina Antonowa and Jorn Merkert; 1995, $20

Utamaro: A Chorus of Birds; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1981, $15

Fatehpur-Sikri, ed. by Michael Brand and Glenn D. Lowry; 1987, $40

The Polya Picture Album:   Encounters of a Mathematician, ed. by G. L. Alexanderson; 1987, $25

Ballet, Cecil Beaton; 1951, Allan Wingate Publishers, $20

My Life With the Redskins, Corinne Griffith; 1947, $30

The Works of John Bunyan, 2 Volumes; Ed. by George Offor, 1862, Blackie & Son, Paternoster Row, $45

The Pilgrim’s Progress & Other Works by John Bunyan;  With an Original Memoir by The Rev. Geo. B. Cheever, D.D.; 1861,  $25

Journey of the Spirit:  The Art of Gwendolyn A. Magee, ed. by Rene Paul Barilleaux;  2004,  $25

The Tar-Baby & Other Rhymes of Uncle Remus, Joel Chandler Harris; 1905, $20

Jean Cocteau:  Sur le Fil du Siecle, L’Exposition;  Centre Pompidou, 2003, $15


 Incidents of Travel in Central America, Chiapas, and Yucatan, 2 volumes, John L. Stephens; 1842,  $100

Jordens Historia,  2 volumes,  Neumayrs & Kallor;  Stockholm, 1894,  $30

Coinage and Money in the Byzantine Empire 1081-1261, Michael F. Hendy; Dumbarton Oaks Studies Twelve;  1969,  $75

USS Hancock, Far Eastern Cruise 1955-1956, $60

The Limits of Power, America’s Role in the World, Senator Eugene J. McCarthy;  1967, First Edition,  $40

Explorations in the History of Science and Technology in China, ed. by Li Guohao, Zhang Mengwen, Cao Tianqin;  Compiled in Honour of the Eightieth Birthday of Dr. Joseph Needham, FRS, FBA; 1982, $50
Autographed by Joseph Needham

The Antiquity of Nepalese Wood Carving, Mary Shepherd Slusser, 2010, $30

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Books in French for Beginning Readers

Do you want to read to a child in French?

We have a collection from a teacher. It includes six Big Books and the three Little Books that go with them. The books were published by Addison-Wesley in about 1991. Karen Krasny was the author for many of the books. The illustrations are by Thach Bui.

In fact, we have three of each of the sets A, B, C, D, E, F in the little books. All but two of the sets are sealed in shrink wrap.  On the web, we have found comparable books for $25 to $30 each for the Big Books and for each set of the little books. If you are interested, we will sell the entire collection for considerably less than retail.

We only posted images for five of the Big Books because the upload wanted to rotate the sixth image. It just looked funny being sideways.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Next book sale(s)

Our Spring book sale ended on April 22.  Mark your calendar for our Fall book sale to be held September 27-30, 2012.  

If you missed our sale and need books now, check out one or more of these Friends book sales being held at other Fairfax County Libraries:

Friday, April 20, 2012


The Spring book sale will continue until 5 pm on Sunday, April 22.  We have LOTS of great books, DVDs, CDs, videos, and audio books still available.  We are here the following hours for you to shop:

Friday, April 20 - until 6 pm
Saturday, April 21 - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, April 22 - noon to 5 pm  (library services start at 1 pm)

Sunday is 1/2 price day, but shop sooner for the best selection!  We take cash and checks only.

Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spring 2012 - 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 April 19. 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 and we may add books without updating the list.

Mexico, Los Proyectos,      $ 60
de una Nacion, 1821-1888                                              
Guadalupe Jimenez Codinach 

The Correspondence of Honore de Balzac      $ 60
 2 volumes, translated by C. Lamb Kenney    1878                                                             

Rails Along the Chesapeake,      $ 60
A History of Railroading on
the Delmarva Peninsula, 1827-1978
John C. Hayman                                                   1979                                                                                        
The Artilleryman, The Experiences and     $ 40
Impressions of an American Artillery
Regiment in the World War,  
129th F.A. 1917-1919
Jay M. Lee 
Japanese-American and Aleutian Wartime       $ 50
Relocation, Hearings before the Subcommittee
on Administrative  Law and Governmental
Relations, June 20, 21, 27, and September 12, 1984                  
A French Chef Cooks at Home        $ 30
Jacques Pepin  (signed by author)                     1975                                                                                       

Still Life and Special Effects Photography   $ 25
Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz                      2002                                                                                                                            
Paris 1937-1957, creations en france,   $ 35
centre georges pompidou
28 mai – 2 novembre 1981       

The Walls of Jericho $ 75
Rudolph Fisher
Alfred A. Knopf,

Atlas of Creation, Volume 1    $ 20
Harun Yahya 

Joined Colors, Decoration and     $ 25
 Meaning in Chinese Porcelain
Louise Allison Cort and Jan Stuart                    1993                                                                                                

Portret, 1989-2009 $ 30
Stephan Vanfleteren

Francis Gazeau, photographies        $ 15
L’art du metissage                                                                  

The Ladies of the White House   $ 75
Laura C. Holloway 
2 volumes

The Ugly Dachshund      $ 30
G. B. Stern    

Cotswold Characters                     $ 20
John Drinkwater
5 engravings by Paul Nash                                 1921                                                                                                      

Report of the Commissioner of    $ 30
Patents for the Year 1859
volume 2                                  

Grandeza y Decadencia de Roma                                    
Guglielmo Ferrero 
·        III, Fin de una Aristocracia     $ 25      
      IV, Antonio y Cleopatra      
        V, La Republica de Augusto     $ 25    
      VI, Augusto ye el Gran Imperio 
    Ediciones Siglo Veinte 1959      
Japanese Pictures of Japanese Life $ 50
Takejiro Hasegawa
Frederic A. Sharf

    Thunder Dragon Textiles from Bhutan $ 30

The Bartholomew Collection

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan $100
John L. Stephens
Harper and Brothers
2 volumes                      

    Complete Practical Railroading                               
Locomotives, Their Operation,     $ 80 
Care, and Management                                                        

Practical Repairing of Everyday    $ 75

Practical Electricity for Enginemen     $ 15                                  

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Year Progressive     $ 50

Examinations with Answers   $ 50                                          
Westinghouse Air Brake Practice                                                                                                National Institute of Practical Mechanics, Chicago, 1911

Asian Traditions in Clay       $ 20   
The Hauge Gifts
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur  M. Sackler Gallery, 2000                                                      

Japanese Indigo Design             $ 25
The collection of Sadako Fukui
 Kyoto  Shoin                                  
First Edition, 1992                                                                                            

Janis Rozentals, Reprodukciju albums   $ 20
   Riga Liesma                                      

Mormonism: Its Rise, Progress, and             $ 100
Present Condition [The Expose of
Mormons and Mormonism]
N.W. Green                                                              1870                                                                                                               

Complete Practical Railroading,    $ 90
Portfolio of Colored Charts
International School of Engineering

Geschichte der Franzohlchen        $ 50
Revolution von 1848
von Louis Heritier

The Marble Collegiate Church      $ 25
autographed by Norman Vincent Peale
© 1954

The Freer Chinese Bronzes, Volume 1    $ 30

My Last Expedition to the Antarctic 1936-1937 $ 60
Lars Christensen
© 1938

Korean Art, 100 Masterpieces      $ 40
Editions AP International                                 1995                                                                                            

Beyond the Silk Road   $ 20
from the Powerhouse Museum Collection    

Foreign Relations of the United States      $ 60
1961-1963, Volume III, Vietnam
Jan-Aug 1963
John P. Glennon, Editor in Chief                         

Russian Avant-garde Art    $ 30
The George Costakis Collection
Angelica Zander Rudenstine

The Sun     $ 20
C.A. Young                       
New and Revised Ed,1898        

The Art of Hans Heysen $ 20
David Dridan
Chambres d’amis    $ 30
Gent 21 juni-21 september 1986,
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst,
   Inscribed by Jan Hoet                                                       

Pool Light     $ 35 
Photographs by Howard Schatz   

Miami Beach Deco       $ 10
Miniature Models of Miami Beach’s
Historic Art Deco District, 
Alan Rose                                                                                       1997                                            

Rails to Paradise: The History of the      $60
Tacoma Eastern Railroad 1890 – 1919
Russell H. Holter and Jesse Clark McAbee
Gorham Printing 2005, 1st printing

Sketches of Suffolk County, Historical     $ 75
and Descriptive
Richard M. Bayles,
Published by the author, 1874     
Douze Journees de la Revolution,    $ 30
Poemes par Barthelemy, in French and German
   Stuttgart, 1832                                                                                                                 

The Pursuit of Leviathan              $ 25
Lance E. Davis, et al,
University of Chicago Press, 1997

Bodyscapes       $ 20
Allan I. Teger
Shade Tree Press, 1995                      
signed by artist                         

Fuchs uber Ernst Fuchs        $ 45
Bilder und Zeichnungen von 1945-1976

Eugene Onegin,  A Novel in Verse    $ 50
Aleksander Pushkin
Translated by Vladimir Nabakov            
4 volumes

French Art Treasures at the Hermitage     $ 25
Albert Kostenevich,
Harry N. Abrams