Monthly Archives: September 2010

On buying like a collector

Every once in a while…I will buy a book for eventual resale even though I pay top dollar and may never make a dime on it. Continue reading

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On judging a book by its title. Or not.

Will a serious horse person who isn’t already looking ever find this book on my site? Not likely, in my opinion, thanks to its title: The Horse.
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The traces owners leave behind

Whenever I get hold of an old book, I can’t help but wonder about the people who owned it, read it, and even loved it before it passed into my hands.
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The Fraktur Factor

…one little catch: before any typing of German words into translation tools can begin, it is necessary to know what letters to use. Continue reading

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Nothing ever happened in Fredonia, WI

At least, not much that was worth writing about, apparently. Certainly not in the time period I’m interested in, 1850-1900-ish. That’s the half-century when I had two sets of great, great grandparents and their issue, my great grandparents, living there. … Continue reading

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On buying books I can’t read

I keep on buying books written in German even though I have no hope of reading them, and often no idea what they’re about. Continue reading

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