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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

My husband, the mighty hunter.

My husband really does go deer hunting in November. Only once has he been successful, but that's all right--it's a hobby. His father, uncle, and cousins typically send home enough venison with him that we save on beef for a month or so.

That's only once a year. It's tough on him. Another hobby of his, though, is haunting used book stores--both brick-and-mortar and online. It's a mixed blessing, as he usually finds something--but it's cheap. Like his near-complete collection of Giuseppe Ricciotti's works(no more than $15 each), the Douay-Rheims Confraternity Masterpiece Edition Bible ($25), or Will Durant's Story of Civilization (all 11 volumes, $40).
He also brings home treasures for me. Like the DeHarbe's Catechism I mentioned a while back ($5). Or Louis Veuillot's J├ęsus-Christ, copyright 1875 ($25). Or Pierre Grimal's Dictionnaire des Biographies, both volumes, copyright 1958 ($25).
Yes, those last two are in French. Why do you ask?

With the impending desecration/abridgement of the Little House books, I asked him for a favor that channeled both of these talents. How many of the soon-to-be-cut books could he find?

Heh. Once Bob the mailman does his job, we'll be missing one. Out of 15. For less than $85 including shipping.

UPDATE 2/28/07--In looking at his favorite used bookstore for our missing Little House book, he instead found a second-edition hardcover On the Banks of Plum Creek, published in 1937, priced at $6. Which coincidentally is the one I'm reading to Madeleine. It's before the Garth Williams illustrations.
And it's ours.

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4 Comments:

At 8:23 AM, Blogger Daisy said...

You keeping his haunts a secret? Inquiring minds want to know the good places! I suppose that is probably highly classified information though. :)

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Since you asked...

You can try alibris.com, bookfinder.com, or abebooks.com.
For bricks-and-mortar, he really likes the John King bookstore near his work. They have a website, too.

And we actually FOUND them all, but shelling out $70 for On Top of Concord Hill was just a touch out of budget.
In a year or something, I'll bet it's much more reasonable. Like Beanie Babies.

 
At 12:27 PM, Anonymous melanie b said...

Ooooh, I'm green. I really really want to go out and buy them all too. But we need to economize right now and I can't justify the expense. Though with deals like that, I'm very tempted to try to justify it to myself.

 
At 3:51 AM, Blogger Barb, sfo said...

Cool on the Plum Creek book!! I wonder what the early illustrations looked like.

The John Miller book Becoming Laura Ingalls Wilder, mentioned that she thought Garth Williams really captured "Laura." I know that those pictures were part of the fabric of my childhood. I'll hate to see them go.

 

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