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…

Indian Tales

Indian Tales, illustrated and written by Spanish writer Jaime de Angulo, is a collection of indigenous American folk tales and animal mythology Angulo learned while living among the Pit River Indians of California. This 1953 first edition was purchased at the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, ME.

Farm Festivals

This 1881 first edition of Farm Festivals by poet Will Carleton was purchased at the Scranberry Coop in Andover, NJ, and was published eight years after his popular collection Farm Ballads (1873).

The Call of the Wild

The Call of the Wild by Jack London was published in 1903 to critical acclaim. It’s a prime example of the American pastoral: the domesticated protagonist Buck rejects modernity and chooses primitive life in the wilderness. An action-adventure “survival of the fittest” animal parable, Call of the Wild combines popular literary genres while writing a beautiful, persuasive…

Scranberry Coop, NJ

The Scranberry Coop in Andover, NJ, is a 10,000 square-foot warehouse with more than 150 antique and collectibles dealers. You might be tempted to pronounce it “co-op,” but it’s actually pronounced “coop.” “The Coop is not a co-op, which is why it is pronounced “coop” which rhymes with “scoop.” We are one store. When we’re…

Dickon Among the Lenape Indians

This 1938 first edition copy of Dickon Among the Lenape Indians by M.R. Harrington was purchased at the Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, ME; an exciting find in a bookstore outside of New Jersey. Still used as an educational tool for New Jersey elementary school students, this work has been lauded for its accurate depiction of Lenape Indian life…

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

This 1941 edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain and illustrated by Richard Powers is a Junior Deluxe Edition published by Nelson Doubleday. Purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles in Succasunna, NJ.

The Art of Preserving

“An army marches on it’s stomach.” – Napoleon Bonaparte Nicolas Appert (1745-1841) was a French chef who is known today as the father of modern food preservation. In 1795, Napoleon’s military held a contest with a 12,000-franc prize to discover a more efficient way to preserve and transport food. Napoleon was determined to distribute safe…

Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

This well-loved copy of the Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson in One Volume was purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles in Successunna, NJ. I can’t find a publishing date anywhere on the book, but it’s likely Walter J. Black Inc.’s 1925 edition. Emerson’s classic essays Nature (1836) and The American Scholar (1837) encouraged an explosion of uniquely American literature…

Of Mice and Men

This first edition 1937 copy of  John Steinback’s Of Mice and Men belonged to my mother, and was added to my collection in high school.