Something Old, Something New, Something Western…

We’re celebrating the holiday with peaceful times together with family and with good books, and I’ll be playing Santa’s helper today at the sewing machine rather than in the shopping crowds. Before getting back to my craft projects, I snapped a few photos of this week’s book picks. Here’s what I found today in a short browse at Robie Books:

Something Old:

so2This unusual book “My Lady Nicotine” is by J. M. Barrie who is best known as the author of Peter Pan. The text is a selection of humorous personal essays about the author’s smoking habit. Titles within include “Matrimony and Smoking Compared,” “The Romance of a Pipe Cleaner,” and “The Perils of Not Smoking” and seem to promise a unusual flavor of entertainment to the reader in a collectible-quality edition.  This book was published by Hurst and Company in 1899 although the book is undated. Robie Books is offering this on behalf of the  Friends of the Bourbon County Public Library and it is part of a group including various first editions, other titles on tobacco, and one about antique tobacco boxes.

Something New:

sn2Appalachian Science in the Public Interest puts out a calendar each year including an almanac-style presentation and a regional photography theme. This year’s theme is “Appalachian Artisans” and the calendar contains great images of Berea friends and neighbors such as Walter Hyleck, Mary and Neil Colmer, and Michelle Weston at their creative best. Improve your outlook in 2014 with the day-to-day inspirations for simple living on the calendar’s pages.

Something Western:

se2This 6-book Sacketts boxed set from Louis L’Amour is a lovely collector’s item. The set is out of print but this one is new and still in the original plastic wrapper. If you are shopping for a L’Amour fan, then this is the time to shop at Robie Books: The boxed set was only one item from a large collection of hundreds of L’Amour paperbacks we purchased last week. Our Westerns section is overflowing with extra boxes of used paperbacks. They are priced at only $1.00 each, and an entire bag full would make an affordable and thoughtful gift for a fan of the classic Western novel.

Something Blue:

sb2This cased hardcover collection of four classic essays by Henry David Thoreau includes: A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, The Main Woods, and Cape Cod. Beautiful blue cloth cover and ribbon bookmark grace this edition from the Library of America series. This is a used book with a hint of wear on the box, but the book itself is like new–ready, if you like, for your own gift inscription.

The Library of America is an award-winning, nonprofit program dedicated to publishing America’s best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as “the most important book-publishing project is the nation’s history” (Newsweek), this acclaimed series is restoring America’s literary heritage in “the finest-looking, longest-lasting edition ever made” (New Republic).
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