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Classics at Holiday Time

Posted on December 16th, 2014

Whatever holiday we celebrate at this time of year, our homes are overflowing with family traditions.

In my home, reading stories out loud was an important part of celebrating the holiday season.  Cuddled together in bed, our imaginations would build vivid images of places we’d never see and people who never existed.  As we read together, wrapped up in warm blankets, the bedside lamp would create a bubble of light that warded off the cold and dark of the solstice nights.

The Swiss Family Robinson story is one of my favorite classics for wintertime reading; imagining their tropical island helps keep me warm in the winter.  Whether you are starting a tradition with children of your own or reliving days when you were young, this story is a must-have in every reader’s library.

Luckily, we have two copies of this story in stock this holiday season!

Well-loved reading copy

Well-loved reading copy



The Swiss Family Robinson, in Words of One Syllable is a well-loved copy of the story, published around 1900.  This edition features four beautiful illustrations to help inspire your favorite child’s imagination, and is priced low enough that you will feel comfortable allowing it to be a “reading copy”.




Four Beautiful Volumes


If you are looking for a super-special edition to keep behind glass and only handle with kid gloves, we have that edition, too!  Le Robinson Suisse: Ou Journal d’un pere Famille Naufrage Avec Ses Enfans is a 4-volume, French language set.  This first-edition set was published in 1814, and is in beautiful condition.  A true collector will love having this set on their shelf.



I’m wishing you all a season full of wonderful traditions and amazing stories!
~The Bookworm

For the “inner child” at holiday time

Posted on December 9th, 2014

First editions of childhood favorites make great gifts for grown up kids.

If there’s an “inner child” on your holiday shopping list that has been really good this year, we just found your perfect gift!

Dr. Seuss’ Please Try to Remember the First of Octember is a whimsical adventure that encourages the reader to remember that all of their wishes will come true on the first day of Octember when money rains from the sky.  Dr. Seuss’ wild imagination wishes up all kinds of amazingly adventurous items that aren’t available until this magical day.

Adults will appreciate the story even more than they did as children – especially if they have children of their own now.  The story’s narrator wants their child to have everything their little hearts might desire, and the idea of an annual month of windfalls is as appealing to parents as it is to children.

The first edition we have in our catalog is just beautiful and will become a prized addition to any collector’s library.

You can find more gifts for the inner child on your holiday shopping list in the Children’s section of our online catalog.

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

Posted on December 2nd, 2014

When I was a young girl, my favorite thing to find under the Christmas tree was a book.  Even better: a trilogy or a whole series.  Books smelled more delicious than candy and provided entertainment all year long.  Santa never disappointed, and I spent many wintery days in my childhood deep in imaginary worlds, running around the prairie with Laura Ingalls or strolling the streets of London with Sherlock Holmes.

Little Shooter of Birds and the Great Sun

Beautiful Book Cover

In preparation for Christmas, I’ve been double-checking some recent work by our favorite techies at Comment Designs and had the 12 days of Christmas song running through my mind.  As I was browsing through the books, the bird-related titles started jumping out at me (like a partridge in a pear tree), and the festive cover design of Little Shooter of Birds and the Great Sun caught my attention.  Somebody is going to love getting this book for Christmas!

Whether you are shopping for your favorite good girls and boys, or for all of your favorite Secret Santas, you’ll find lots of great gifts in our online store!  Stop in today – with over 2000 items in stock, you’ll be able to find something for everyone on your list!

Happy December, Bookworms!

Transition in Printing

Posted on December 13th, 2013

131045Transition in Printing by James J. Guthrie is a unique little folio, a keepsake, published October 5, 1968 on the occasion of the ceremonies attendant upon the presentation of the 500,000 volume by the Friends of the Library and of the fist volumes toward the second half-million, in the Department of Special Collections, the University Library.

This portfolio, printed letterpress in an edition of 1000 copies, is printed on the occasion of the acquisition of the one-half millionth book in the University of California, Santa Barbara, Library.

Oxford English Dictionary

Posted on July 3rd, 2013

Oxford    Here is something special.

A real leather bound copy of the Oxford English Dictionary; two volumes plus six other  reference books and the wooden stand are included with this beautiful set.