|Before & After pics of our used book sale|
I love doing this each year because it indulges my inner bookseller and bookworm. As I wrote last year, opening each box of used books is a treat. Another benefit is getting first dibs on buying some awesome books. Each year, I donate bags full of books and then I go home with almost as many.
Here are some of my new finds. Some beautiful picture books:
Some interesting nonfiction:
And two of my favorite finds, a book of World War I posters:
|A few posters from this book|
And an old book, Commercial Engraving and Printing: A Manual of Practical Instruction and Reference Covering Commercial Illustrating and Printing by all Processes, by Charles W. Hackleman (1924):
I love it because when I was in college, my residential college had an old fashioned letterpress printer, where we made engraved invitations, stationery, and posters. As Master Printer at the college, I spent hours putting together the metal type and making short run prints.
This book covers all aspects of a bygone era, such as artists's tools (I'd like a pantograph):
and letterpress printing, to name a few:
As you can see from these finds, this book sale gets great book donations each year. In addition to the usual airport thrillers and best seller book club books, we routinely get the latest "big idea" books (Malcolm Gladwell type books), military history (we're in Virginia), and in depth treatments of all subjects ranging from sociology to education to political history.
What are some of your favorite used book finds?
If you liked this post, you may also enjoy:
- The Joy & Stories of Used Books (my post from last year's sale)
- Sterling Memorial Library: A Library from another Age
- Books for Ocean Geeks (reviews)