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Vintage & Collectible

For some, book collecting is like African big game hunting—taking down the animal is pretty satisfying, but the real excitement is in tracking the beast, following it for hours or even days, picking up sign as it melts into the horizon until finally you get it in your sights. Eli is that kind of book collector. It's the thrill of the chase that drives him; once he completes a set or finds a particular volume it's a bit of a letdown.

That's not to say Eli doesn't love books (he owns a bookstore, after all). It's just that collecting them is something different altogether from owning or reading them, something almost primitive and instinctual, drawing on skills that lie dormant in most of us. The book collector's skills are the same that help a man on safari smell his prey in an old footprint or see a clump of fur caught in the bark of a palm tree or simply see the animal in the distance.

These aren't just any kind of books we're talking about collecting. Anyone can procure each volume of their favorite new fiction, or each year's New York Times bestsellers. They're everywhere, and they don't take much effort to find. The kind of books collectors go for (especially collectors like Eli) are hard or next to impossible to find, typically old, and just plain cool.

Exactly the kind of books we've put in this category, in fact. "Scarce & Collectible" isn't just some goofy title we came up with to generate interest; although these books are not technically "rare," and only occasionally expensive, they aren't at every streetcorner bookshop and they're typically titles appealing to a very specific readership (or ownership, if we're going to be entirely accurate). There's plenty here that the more average library compilers among us will find interesting.

As you scan the titles below, imagine you're in some mahogany-lined old bookstore in an old city and that a whispy-haired old man can tell you the history of each volume in his collection. Or just look for the book you're after, it might be there. Whatever you do, give these books a good home and help us perpetuate one of the most exciting and underappreciated sports in the world.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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1620, Year of the Pilgrims
by Genevieve Foster
from Charles Scribner's Sons
History Reference/Biography for 7th-10th grade
in New World Colonization (Location: B01-08A)
Abe Lincoln: Log Cabin to White House
Landmark #61
by Sterling North
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Adventures and Discoveries of Marco Polo
World Landmark #3
by Richard Walsh
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Adventures of Ulysses
World Landmark #40
by Gerald Gottlieb
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Alaska Gold Rush
Landmark #92
by May McNeer
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr
Landmark #85
by Russel & Anna Crouse
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Alexander the Great
World Landmark #2
by John Gunther
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
America's First World War
Landmark #77
by Henry Castor
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
American Revolution
Landmark #83
by Bruce Bliven, Jr.
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Americans Into Orbit
Landmark #101
by Gene Gurney
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel
Landmark #80
by Katherine B. Shippen
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Arabs
by Harry B. Ellis
from World Publishing Company
for 4th-6th grade
in Near & Middle East (Location: B02-05E)
Balboa: Swordsman and Conquistador
World Landmark #25
by Felix Riesenberg, Jr.
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Barbary Pirates
Landmark #31
by C. S. Forester
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Battle for Iwo Jima
Landmark #118
by Robert Leckie
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Battle for the Atlantic
Landmark #87
by Jay Williams
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Battle of Britain
World Landmark #10
by Quentin Reynolds
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Battle of the Bulge
Landmark #114
by John Toland
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia
Landmark #28
by Margaret Cousins
from Random House
for 5th-8th grade
in American Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Ben-Gurion and the Birth of Israel
World Landmark #62
by Joan Comay
from Random House
for 5th-9th grade
in World Landmark Books (Location: A10-04D)
Best in Children's Books #01
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
Best in Children's Books #02
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
Best In Children's Books #10A
by Eric Knight, et. al.
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
for 3rd-6th grade
in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
Best in Children's Books #11
from Nelson Doubleday, Inc.
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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in Best In Children's Books (Location: A11-04C)
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