The Works of Edgar Allen Poe: Volume V

This 1904 commemorative edition of American macabre author Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales—Mystery and Occultism, Volume V, contains nine of his lesser known stories. It’s quite small, and could fit in a shirt pocket.

Walden

This 1966 illustrated edition of Thoreau’s Walden, first published in 1854, is a truly lovely version of this iconic Transcendentalist work. The black and white illustrations by Aldren Watson are bordered in a golden yellow, complimenting the simple red and gold hardcover.  (There’s also a green and gold hardcover version.)

The Deerslayer

James Fenimore Cooper wrote The Deerslayer in 1826.  This 1954 copy is stamped as property of South Hunterdon Regional High School Library, a school in Lambertville, New Jersey. Somehow it ended up at Village Antiques and Collectibles in Succasunna.  

The Last of the Mohicans

The International Collectors Library was a book club series published by Doubleday Book & Music Clubs and produced in Garden City, New Jersey, from the late 1940s through the late 1980s. The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper was first published in 1829.  

The Sea Wolf

World’s Best Reading is a series of classic books published by Readers Digest beginning in 1982, starting with Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage. Jack London’s The Sea Wolf, which was first published in 1904, was book number 35 in the series and released in 1989. Though this book doesn’t qualify as “antique” by any…

Wilderness Clearing

This 1944 first edition of Wilderness Clearing by young adult historical fiction author Walter D. Edmonds was purchased at Pegasus Antiques in Chester, New Jersey. Edmonds’ 1936 novel Drums Along the Mohawk was a commercial and critical success, telling the story of Revolutionary War-era fictional settlers living in the upstate New York Mohawk Valley, and their…

Half A Hundred Tales by Great American Writers

This 1945 first edition of Half a Hundred Tales by Great American Writers was purchased at Village Antiques and Collectibles in Succasunna, New Jersey. The work is an anthology compiled and edited by Charles Grayson, and includes esteemed American writers like John Cheever, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. I scanned the table of contents…

Little Women

“I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle, something heroic or wonderful that won’t be forgotten after I’m dead. I don’t know what, but I’m on the watch for it, and mean to astonish you all some day.” This 1950 edition of Little Women or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy by…

Breeding & Improvement of Farm Animals

This third edition, sixth impression, of Breeding and Improvement of Farm Animals by Victor Arthur Rice was published in 1942, and found in the homesteading section of the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, ME. This book was part of the McGraw-Hill publications in the agricultural sciences, a series published between 1917 and 1937. Rice was a…

Folk Medicine

  This 1960 edition of Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health by D. C. Jarvis, M.D., was purchased at the Scranberry Coop in Andover, New Jersey. Any literature pertaining to traditional early American medicine—or essentially plants, herbs and tinctures— captures my attention, and I’m always amazed at the bountiful pharmacy growing in our…

The Mushroom Book

This 1905 first edition of the Nature Library Mushroom Book by Nina Marshall, purchased at the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, ME, is one of my favorite books in my collection. As an amateur forager, mushrooms have befuddled my imagination with their mysterious and unusual characteristics. Michael Pollan captures their charm in the “Gathering: The Fungi” chapter of…

Francatelli’s Modern Cook

This 1888 American edition of Francatelli’s Modern Cook: A Practical Guide to the Culinary Art In All Its Branches was purchased at the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, Maine. The author, Charles Elme Francatelli (1805-1876), was a British chef with French training who dominated the London culinary scene for much of the mid-nineteenth century. For a time, he…