Category Archives: The books I keep

Never mock a Minoc! (It hurts their feelings)

What do the Field Museum of Natural History and I have in common? We both own a copy of The Natural History of the Minocki of the Lakeland Region of Wisconsin, by Professor Richard C. Schneider (self published, 1980). I … Continue reading

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Training vs Breaking – An old teaching a dog book

Practical Dog Training; or Training vs. Breaking, by S.T. Hammond. (New York: Forest and Stream. 1892.) I can’t remember exactly when I bought this little book — probably 35 years ago. I do remember where I bought it: at the Renaissance … Continue reading

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On ruining a perfectly good book

Bad things happen to good books. See my post on Spine perished – a summer project, for example. Granted, “spine perished” is an extreme case. More commonly, a book will get dropped, or get wet, or the jacket will be torn … Continue reading

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Roses are red, violets are blue…

Every once in a while (not often enough), I go through my shelves and identify those books in my personal library that I haven’t looked at in years and am unlikely to ever read again, either because my interests have … Continue reading

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The books under the bed

These were books bought before I got snobbish about owning hard covers, let alone first editions. Continue reading

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