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…

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.

Modern Tales & Animal Stories

The Young Folks Treasury was a twelve volume book series aimed to entertain and educate children. Modern Tales & Animal Stories is the fourth book in the series; my 1919 first edition was discovered at Riverbooks in Hallowell, Maine.

Baree, Son of Kazan

This is a first edition of Baree, Son of Kazan by James Oliver Curwood, published in 1917 and the sequel to Kazan (1914). Curwood was an avid conservationist and spent long periods of time living in the Canadian wilderness, which inspired him to set his action-adventure stories in nature. He writes in the preface that he sets…

Farm Legends

Will Carleton, a poet who wrote about life in rural America, compiled Farm Legends to follow his successful anthology Farm Ballads. Carleton followed with others like it, including Farm Festivals (1881), City Ballads (1885), City Legends (1889) and City Festivals (1892). This copy was published in 1887 and purchased at Pegasus Antiques in Chester, NJ.

Tartuffe or The Hypocrite

Tartuffe or The Hypocrite and The Would be Gentleman by Moliere, 1963 edition purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles in Succasunna, NJ

Sword of the Wilderness

 Sword of the Wilderness by Elizabeth Coatsworth tells the story of a child kidnapped by Native Americans in 1689 in Maine. This copy was published in 1936 and purchased at Maine Bookhouse in Oxford, Maine. I particularly enjoy collecting old illustrated children’s literature that describes life in early America, particularly encounters with Native Americans, so this fits…

Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll is the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This illustrated edition was published in 1946 and purchased at Village Antiques and Collectibles, Succasunna, NJ.

Milton’s Poetical Works

The Poetical Works of John Milton, edited by Sir Egerton Brydges, Bart, published in 1854. Purchased for a mere $25 at Cabot Mill Antique Mall, Brunswick, Maine.

Great Moments in History

Great Moments in History: A Graphic Survey of 150 Decisive Events in the World’s History by Samuel Nisenson & Alfred Parker, 1932 edition, with a handwritten note dated November 22, 1932 on the inside cover. Each page is a newspaper-style article about great moments in [Western] history, each with an accompanying illustration. Purchased at Half…

The Three Musketeers

This version of The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas is the 1999 Reader’s Digest: The World’s Best Reading edition, illustrated by Rowland Wheelright and purchased at Half Moon Antiques in Windham, ME.

Thrilling Lives of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill

A 1911 edition of Thrilling Lives of Buffalo Bill and Pawnee Bill by Frank Winch, purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles, Succasunna, NJ. Another great addition to my collection, combining my interests in folklore, early perceptions of Native Americans and children’s literature. History is merely the chronicle of great men. Their deeds remain alive forever…

1923 Atlas of the World

This 1923 Atlas of the World and Gazetteer was purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles, Succasunna, NJ. Very interesting maps showing how much the borders of the world’s nations are constantly evolving.

A Conrad Argosy

1942 edition of A Conrad Argosy, a collection of Joseph Conrad short stories illustrated with woodcuts by Hans Alexander Mueller.


This 1929 copy of Bambi by Felix Salten was purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles, Succasunna, NJ. First published in 1923 in Austria, this environmentally-conscious work was translated into English in 1928 and released in North America by Simon & Schuster. The Disney adaptation had many changes, including adding sidekick characters Flower and Thumper.


1962 Reprint, purchased at Village Antiques & Collectibles, Succasunna, NJ

Things Girls Like To Do

Spotted this book at my favorite local antique shop, Village Antiques & Collectibles in Succasunna, NJ. While not one I wanted for my personal collection, its always fascinating to see early literature directed towards female readers. The 1917 Uplift Vocational series, Things Girls Like to Do and Things Boys Like to Make, really show how far women…