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Started by brooklyn on Sep 21, 2021 7:42:14 PM
What books do you save from your burning house?

poster Lagopus, on another thread:

<<When my house burns down, as well as rescuing my saxophone and a guitar or two I'll save ....>>

I thought was a great theme for a thread. the rest of you will prove me right or wrong.

ishyomah - 26 Sep 2021 19:09:22 (#43 of 59)

I have just hired a van and rescued my books, ok, library, from my burned down marriage. Along with a load of other stuff I left behind when I quit, ok, fled; but, mainly, the books. Three generations of book buyers/collectors in my family.

I think the prize is the 1st Ed. Child's Garden of Verses, followed by an early, 2-volume edition Paradise Lost.

Tomorrow I drive the final leg of a 1600-mile round trip to the south of France (overnighting at Reims). I'm very tired but so pleased to be able to do this after all the travel restrictions over the past 14 months.

Also liberated some bookcases!

toffle - 26 Sep 2021 18:15:06 (#44 of 59)

I suspect the bookcases will not be free for long...

ishyomah - 26 Sep 2021 19:16:19 (#45 of 59)

Hoh, no!

I'm so looking forward to this weekend!

InternationalVicar - 26 Sep 2021 19:47:21 (#46 of 59)

The question begged here is what is the best way to unload a mixed collection of books. Value not that much, but the more there are, the bigger the need to sell them properly.

arbitrary - 26 Sep 2021 19:50:54 (#47 of 59)

Frank Key's 'Sidney the Bat is awarded the Order of Lenin'

InternationalVicar - 26 Sep 2021 19:58:34 (#48 of 59)

Unbalanced apostrophes


tasselhoff - 26 Sep 2021 20:00:32 (#49 of 59)

They're balanced, but it makes little sense as is.

InternationalVicar - 26 Sep 2021 20:01:25 (#50 of 59)

Also reveals clandestine editing ability.

Antimatter - 26 Sep 2021 21:18:05 (#51 of 59)

#46 I tried selling off a load on Amazon, which on the face of it is easy enough to do but it is a fiddlearse process sorting out the packing, shipping, tracking etc so probably really only worth doing if it is a book of value. I shifted a few at the local flea market but I get really pissed off with people haggling. These days I mostly unload them onto mini libraries, of which here are quite a few locally, and the second hand book shop in town will take the remainder on and whilst they would give me money for them, I get them to credit friend T's account (she is 12).

InternationalVicar - 26 Sep 2021 21:42:54 (#52 of 59)

Interesting. I'm minded to punt the whole lot to a dealer for, like, whatever.

ishyomah - 26 Sep 2021 22:15:04 (#53 of 59)

Last time I did that about 3 boxes of hardbacks go enough for a dinner for 2

InternationalVicar - 26 Sep 2021 22:17:47 (#54 of 59)

That's about right.

brooklyn - 26 Sep 2021 23:17:25 (#55 of 59)

at dinner last night by brother told me of his visit to a used book store with an art store owner who is an expert about fine art books. the guy bought a book for $2 which he told my brother was worth over a thousand.

happily for me, I won't be trying to sell anything worth much.

Garden - 26 Sep 2021 22:22:16 (#56 of 59)

I have a copy of The Little Prince my mother gave me when I was a sophomore in high school.

I'd try and find that one to take with me.

the guy bought a book for $2 which he told my brother was worth over a thousand.

They have to monitor the volunteers who sort books at the state library's annual book sale here (it's a huge event, that's where you take your boxes of books) in case there are any rare book experts. When they identify rare books, they put them on auction.

ReverendBlueJeans - 29 Oct 2021 08:05:29 (#57 of 59)


First edition Child's Garden of Verses ?

hires Ocean's Eleven style International gang of robbers to locate, case and enter Ishy's premises, and to remove said RLS treasure. Leaving a reasonable payment in its place. I'm not a barbarian.

ishyomah - 29 Oct 2021 08:37:59 (#58 of 59)

From my cold dead hands, RBJ

redginger - 05 Nov 2021 21:36:20 (#59 of 59)

J.B. Priestley. The Good Companions.

The Works of Rudyard Kipling.

And if I have time, Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer.

Waits for the roof to fall in!!

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