Today (Wed) I was invited out with a friend, so not much was done at home. After lunch at a favourite Vietnamese restaurant we went to my favourite Indie book store, then on to two second hand book stores! After that, nachos at a small place that was new to me (I don’t eat out too often).
I was SO pleased with a couple of finds at the second hand stores: first, three (THREE!!!) books by Albert Payson Terhune (you’ve likely never heard of him), whose books I discovered in elementary school and which I re-read for years. I haven’t seen them for ages now, and had given up hope of ever seeing them again, but, no, there they were! They cost me a whopping $3.95 for one and $4.95 each for the other two . . . I thought I’d read all his books, but as far as I remember, I’ve not read ANY of these!! Can you tell I’m excited??? Here’s a picture of tbe covers:
But that’s not all . . . I did find some of the thought-provoking sci-fi/fantasy books I was looking for, but it was THIS that was the other real find:
Did you see that it’s a “facsimile of the 1882 edition”? I’m a pretty quiet person, which is a good thing, or I’d have been jumping for joy! I nearly passed this one up, too, because all the other books on that shelf were nearly $20 each; then, the second time I went past it, I had a closer look and saw the actual price . . . and then I opened it and saw what is inside! Needlework instructions for types of work I’ve never tried; in some cases I’d seen examples of a type of needlework, in photos or belonging to someone, but never known what it was called. In other cases I knew a little, but not enough.
Now I’m set to get the organizing done PDQ, as I have lovely adventures waiting for me . . .
Did I mention that there are over 800 illustrations? all wood engravings! Check these out!
I love knowing that, when the original was printed, Queen Victoria still had nearly 20 years to reign and my grandparents had not yet been born . . . and women were the mistresses of their homes, with a multitude of skills, including many of these. (no wonder my mother always said I was born a hundred years too late . . .)
So, a day well-spent!!
No apology for the ‘over-use’ of punctuation, either!! If I were telling you all this over a cup of tea, believe me, you would ‘hear’ those exclamation marks!!!