I would LOVE a book shop that was full of cats and other cute furry animals!! How awesome would that be to curl up on a comfy chair with a hot chocolate or margarita and pet a kitty while reading a good book!? Good luck Jenny! Oooooh, I think your shop belongs somewhere like King William you have been to their annual quirky parade and arts fair during Fiesta, yes? Give the people what they want. Obviously cats, cookies, tea, lots of cozy nooks. A fairy garden for kids to play in while parents drink tea and buy books. Taxidermied rodents dressed as notable literary characters.
Never have I ever uttered these words before: I need to move to the United States. Specifically Texas. I am beside myself with happiness that there will be another bookstore in the world. Pretty please? Can you also have a used books section along with the new? This is the best news! Except for the ferrwts. They are cute, but I do not let smelly things around my books. Not even mynkids.
What makes a bookstore great for me? This beats Amazon. Especially in the middle-grade and YA area. I want a bookstore that does author events, readings, signings, book clubs, storytimes for kids, etc. Ask for Tina. I will visit regularly. Well, as regularly as I can from 7 hours away! I definitely vote for haunted Victorian. My favorite bookstore is the Thrifty Peanut. Also, my favorite bookstores are ones that have had cats and ones that have a certain charm to the building or decor.
One of my favourite local bookstores here in Toronto always has cool magazines from small publishing houses that are really hard to find anywhere else. I love that. Upon reflection, bookstores are actually a pretty dangerous place for me or rather, my wallet.
So exciting! I love handwritten book recommendations on the shelves. They just seem so personal and special. What a great idea! Whatever the featured book is could also be the bookclub discussion book for those who can meet in person and maybe those of us who can only meet virtually. Good luck and best wishes on the endeavor! I love old, vintage book finds. Maybe have a selection of those.
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And the old cookbooks — just in case you need to know how to roast a terrapin while stranded somewhere is always useful. So happy for you. Dream big! Also, San Antonio just became the number one destination on my travel list! No otters. But a cat. And lots of cozy comfy books to read in. A great small community area for authors and writing groups. Great coffee. Check it out! Love this idea! My favorite bookstores have all had unexpected card racks sprinkled throughout. Also- big fan of comfy chairs. Writing nooks? YES Giant chairs. Bright, light areas? Dim dusty hideaway corners?
YES If there is an attic in your space, you must make it part of the shop. PS: I hate giving away my books but for you I will happily donate my duplicates. Shannon akaMonty recently posted Double the fun! Or more likely double, double, toil and trouble.
The kids section needs to be fun and interactive and not one of those places where I am afraid to let my kids touch stuff. Also story time for kids! With beanbag chairs and places for them to snuggle and read!
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Also tell Victor that my favorite bookstore in Galveston had a big fat fluffy cat that just laid on the front desk all day. You need a big fat fluffy cat. Comfy chairs. Used book section that smells a little musty but not too much. Book recommendation blurbs by random non-celebrity folks like me. OMG, this is my dream too. One: It should definitely be in an old house. And two: The most ridiculous, over the top, in house press imaginable, were you set all the type by hand and sometimes put the letters in backwards, and only make like three copies a month.
Oh, and at least one of the bookstore cats should be missing an eye, and another should have extra toes. It must have lots of big squishy chairs and couches for one to sit on and while perusing books! I am so excited for this- like this gives me a reason to get to San Antonio excited!
My favorite things about book stores… USED books. Lots of them. Places to sit. Comic books. A friendly ghost, for sure!!! The bookstore I worked at did have a ghost. Coffee… baked goods. Music, but not too loud. Readings and book clubs and author meet and greets. My whole family loves bookstores. We go to our favorite one almost every week. I love that you are doing this. You need to convince Victor that the bookstore needs a cat. All bookstores need a cat as do all coffee shops, train stations, antique stores, well really anywhere, but I have seen them in all these places and they are always loved and an important part of the experience.
I love bookstores with coffee shops or even small bars, but I would suggest getting a space that allows for it, but adding it later. Opening two businesses at once, one of which requires health inspections and such might be a little overwhelming. I love this idea. I have worked at many bookstores over the years and still dream of opening one myself one day. No character and too sterile.
The walls need to be able to tell stories. Recently hung drywall is soulless. You definitely need a bookstore cat! Although it should likely be a sphinx to avoid causing allergy symptoms in some people! Honestly, the Tiffany lamps at the one in Victoria is so amazing. It really gives the book store feel, somehow.
Fake tiffqy lamps work too! Will you have an upstairs room for people who want to spend the night in a haunted bookstore? Will you adopt me? This sounds awesome! I would like an area with some large tables where I can spread out stuff if I need to see it all at once.
Stay away from new strip malls. Lean towards haunted mansions or at least a large location with a big enough parking lot that you could actually have book fairs with live authors or fantasy mermaid events to use the otters —any way vending events in the parking lot a couple time a year full of vendors that are artistic and a little weird like us Dont let Victor real you in too much. Please, please just have some chairs, and no books on the very bottom shelf where they never get seen. And YAY and congratulations!!!! Bookstores are awesome, you are awesome. Please have lots and lots of places to sit, and not all close to each other!
I wish you all the best! I am so thrilled and excited for you! Just make the bookstore cozy and inviting. Comfy seating in little nooks is essential. Offer a wide variety of books to appeal to everyone. I wish you the best of luck in your new journey. So, I say give it a shot!! Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!! Whats the address? My favorite bookstore was a used bookstore, so have used books, too? Crammed, to the rafters. I loved hanging out there. Please please have a book themed knick knack area: book bags, mugs, book marks, signs, bracelets whatever.
I will take snuggles from any cat, but ferrets are snakes hiding in furry costumes. I do love an older, somewhat discombobulated bookstore full of twists and turns and odd rooms and quiet nooks with a beat up leather chair for reading. Kramer Books in Dupont Circle, DC is one of my faves for their cozy bar, cafe space, events and hang-out-ability. This is so exciting! I imagine wooden floors that creak, two stories high. Also spinnie stands for your doll houses in October!
Very excited for you! I love to do fancy cakes, so if I had a bookstore, it would also have cakes. You had me a margarita bar. My dream bookstore has plenty of lounge areas to kick back and relax while deciding on which books need me to adopt them. A beautiful idea that will be appreciated by many. Maybe your book mobile could randomly drive around and pick up writers, and do an audible in cars version of Karaoke in cars. This is the best idea! You will have the best ever bookstore.
I am a music lover as well as a book fanatic and they host live music, poetry readings etc. They have a cafe with beer and pizza and outdoor seating in the summer. They are very involved in our community and host afarmers market in the summer. Check them out! Hmmm this sounds fun! One of the things I have always wished for in a book store is a view of titles that I do not have ot cock my head to one side to read the title.
Wish you were opening the bookstore in Portland Oregon. This is thrilling news! There is no one better to run a bookstore than someone who loves books. One of my favorite little independent book nooks has paintings by local authors lining the walls. Can you please have coffee? I love this. One of my favorite bookstore was a tiny one in northern Minnesota.
It was well curated and so cozy. Not big and modern. With staff that truly loved books. There were cozy spots to curl up and relax. I really like old haunted Victorian. Shelves that are arranged kind of like a maze so when your allotted browsing time is up, you can run away and hide from the spouse who wants to go. A this will be awesome! B Victor is wrong about the animals. A bookstore should at minimum have a cat. As far as what I like in a bookstore: I love bookstores that sell used books and offer some sort of trade-in program. I like to think that books take you places, so the idea of having travel posters of different literary lands always appealed to me greatly.
There are some incredible artists that have already done some up. I was working on a concept of opening a book bar with a similar theme, please take this and run with it if you so choose! We had ONE bookstore growing up. It was called the Phoenix Bookstore, and it was so awesome.
It was teeny tiny, which fit our town. Eventually it closed because the owners got tired of the up-keep. The irony is that it has yet to rise from the ashes. But you never know! I love it. I may also need to move, quit being a lawyer, and apply for a job with you. Comfy chairs are a must. Anxiety craft products would be great. Comfortable chairs. Warm tea. Creaky floors.
A solid genre section with lots of SF and F and mysteries and not just dozens of copies of the big names you can find anywhere. More books than anything else though pens are okay, and paper. Maybe with a spare room that can temporarily house the psycho woman who is palanning to put her pets in the car and drive to San Antonio to live there now? This is miraculous!!
I lovelovelove this! My opinion: old Victorian house, lots of nooks and crannies, tiny spaces with low key lamps, dusty old books, lots of comfy arm chairs and little tables for your tea …. My alternative dream when I was single was to open a Library with cats and a wine bar, instant success right!? Personally I love spaces that showcase the community, having a local art corridor, partnering with local businesses for workshops, cool chairs are always a big draw. I was diagnosed with PTSD and fibromyalgia a couple of years ago and was told by my psychologist to read your books.
I truly want to thank you for your humor and real life stories, they made me feel human again. Good luck!!! I love bookstores, especially small ones. Used bookstores are even better because the prices are more manageable, as long as the stock is organized well. I have to agree with Victor, though, on the animals. Any animals. Whichever you decide, it sounds marvelous. Although if you make it too welcoming no one will ever leave. Sue Coon recently posted Obsessed with getting rid of stuff.
This is fantastic! I thought you lived in Waco or something like that. Even if it has ferrets. I think you need to come up to Minneapolis and check out the Wild Rumpus book store they have cats, chickens, a ferret, a chinchilla, rats, and even a tarantula. There should also be a sign that welcome people to come in and knit.
This is amazing news! Best of luck on this new endeavor! I think a separate animal room would be awesome, that way those allergic can still go. Tons of comfy squishy chairs, zero overhead lighting preferably just a million lamps , blankets and pillows, and of course snacks and refreshments. Maze-like corridors between tottering bookshelves? Hell to the yeah!!!! What direction am I driving? Please, please, please consider putting your bookstore on the south side of San Antonio. We are thirsting for a neighborhood bookstore. I am retiring this month after 33 years at the same job and will gladly volunteer at your store.
A used book section, where those favorites that are now out of print may find new readers! I cannot wait to see this dream come to life! I am an artist if you need murals!!!! They do exist. This is the coolest bookstore I have ever been in. Shakespeare and Company is full of the most awesome books and has many nooks and crannies for reading and has a cat.
The vibe is so fantastic. The Bookshelf, in Guelph, hosts a writers space every Monday morning and provides coffee and is one of the sponsors of the Eden Mills Writers Festival which you should totally come to. I love bookstores with comfy chairs to curl up in and skim through books I am thinking of buying. Maybe hosting a book club monthly or something I know you have anxiety but perhaps the manager or Victor or someone else could run it…You provide the space and others the voice. Maybe someone could set up a coffee cart out front. So many possibilities! What an exciting adventure! If you want ferrets you should invite my writing group from Oklahoma sometime.
It was the largest independent bookstore in Western Canada back in the time mid s. Decorate the area with lots of old fashion tea cups and glasses, everything rustic and mis-matched. If you could really have kittens and puppies that are up for adoption, that would be fantastic. And ferrets and rats and other small animals — maybe even baby goats. Opening a book store has been my lifelong dream. My favorite ever local bookstore was called Tomes. It was tiny and it smelled good. Not perfumey, more like cedar. It was SOP to go straight back through the store and pet the dog before doing any shopping.
The two women owners were friendly and knowledgeable. I miss it. Right now my local fave is Amber Unicorn which is a used bookstore. The owner is famous for her knowledge of cookbooks. I honestly love this idea and wish I could do it, too. Cats: you need shop cats. Ones that cuddle, ones that supervise, and ones that entertain. Comfy chairs that are not TOO comfy, as in you sink into them and someone has to pull you out.
Recliners, maybe. Docking stations for cell phones or tablets. Cookies and coffee and teas. Book clubs. Wine and book nights. Drag Queen reading nights — you have drag queens come in and read to the audience! This is amazing. I always think of big leather chairs to curl up in and read, and the smell of wood, and a glass chandelier type light that throws random beams around.
Dark cosy, comforting colours. Natural light is a huge plus. So is being staffed by people who READ, so we can talk about books and if I have a reading list similar to theirs, they can recommend books to me. Actually, now that I think about it, staff is the first on the list. Also a plus, greenery outside. Greenery outside the door always seems so friendly. And I believe — especially in bookstores — to allow kids their own book policing.
Let the kids read what they want to read! So proud of you my friend and wish you nothing but success and lots of ferrets, sloths and rescue cats. For me, avoiding becoming more of a gift boutique than an actual place to buy books is key. Most of the few books available are limited to narrow cases tucked under the eaves and the little floor space accorded to books is spent on splashy coffee table books.
I spend a lot of money on books, yet I never go there because nothing is in stock and there is nothing to happily discover either. I will totally come to texas just to visit your bookstore. This is the best thing I have heard all year. Go Jenny! This is so exciting I can barely stand it. The only thing that would be better would be if it were in Milwaukee where I could go to it and buy things directly. What do I like in a bookstore…. Obviously cozy place to start reading right away. They also have a program of donating to local causes with part of your purchase which I always appreciate.
Personally, the thing I think is the best about local bookstores is the employee recommendations. And I have a novel coming out at the end of the month if you feel you need one more item for your shelves! I live nowhere near San Antonio and have never even been to Texas, but this will be my reason. My favorite bookstore near me Rough Draft in Kingston, NY has some cool tables, a bar, and an espresso bar.
Oh and a pop-up bread bakery on weekends! Maybe you can sell those at a discount so you can turn them over frequently. But I live this whole idea and concept. I would also love a proper virtual bookclub chat room that could run alongside a live bookclub so I could participate remotely and those at the bookclub could still see and respond to comments. Writers are nice things to have around a bookstore, and they shed less than cats. It would also be nice to provide introverted people with some opportunities to community build with parallel play activities — you know, things they can do together but not TOO together, like a knit night or a board game night once a month, or a jigsaw puzzle corner.
A good independent bookstore can be Home Planet for the people who have to work really really really hard to fit in elsewhere. I am local and I am stoked. Please squirrel your store with the other book shops on Avenue B by Brackenridge. Or in Monte Vista in the vicinity of Cookhouse, Nola, etc. Also, I am a librarian, and I write about books so can I please write about you opening a bookstore for a huge publication?
Not afraid to ask. Can you make a call to the store and talk to the owner Barbara? In case you can capitalize on any of her inventory? At the very least you should learn something about her business model. Basically, you can trade your books in for some store credit, and the store credit can only be used toward used books. She ansi carries new books and will order anything for you. Get the formulas and software she uses from her. I love this idea so much!! Especially the bookstore cats! A dog would be good, too!
I wish I lived closer!!!! They have amazing community events like Drag Queen Story Hour and a cute little coffee bar that also serves yummy housemade sandwiches and snack-y type foods made with local ingredients. They also serve wine and beer. They also have the outside of the store painted like the binding of books. Definitely an inspirational store you can check out. As for a physical store, comfy chairs, possibly a used books section if it is not all used books. And chest strapped ferrets would totally improve things!
Love this! Bookstore cat is fantastic! To go with all the glorious books metaphysical section with various oracles, tarot decks, etc. Coffee, booze can get …problematic. A coffee kiosk would be awesome. Love the idea, and the margaritas, otters and ferrets. I will have to think about your question — but right away I think THE PEOPLE are what make a great bookstore…so nice to walk in and have friendly people saying hello and not ignoring you.
Also, readings, live events, competitions local short stories and poems, etc. Your books could be the prizes. Or a gift certificate. I like a podcast called Selected Shorts where people read short stories — maybe you could do something like that? Keep us posted — setting it up and getting it running could be the basis for your next book after you write the one about your trip to Europe, of course.
No pressure! Ooh, I love the idea of competitions. Good way to get eyes on new writers. I would LOVE to fly down and do one on my own dime to do one. Keep ONE copy on the floor for kids to destroy. When someone wants to buy a book, they get a nice clean pretty one. And your shrink of destroyed books stays down. I worked in the kids department at Borders many many years ago. And kids bend pages, and love on books. Which is great. My favorite bookstores are ones that have both new and used books. Also, I love it when there is local art on the walls, and even for sale. My favorite bookstore here in Minneapolis is Birchbark Books.
Owned by another writer you may have heard of Louise Erdrich. Small, intimate space which that gives lots of shelves to Native American and many other writers of non-white origin. So exciting!!! Maybe not Stone Oak, though, the traffic is madness, lol. We have a bookstore here in Minneapolis for kids that is called Wild Rumpus. It has a tiny child sized door inside a big door. They have glass panels in the floor where you can see tarantulas. They have shop cats AND shop chickens. The whole place is magical. I kind of see your shop as a tie between this and Shakespeare and Co. Either way, we are completely supportive of this idea up here in Minnesota!
Would be happy to roadtrip there in the dead of winter. This is so exciting. I love my local bookstore here in London. Maybe you could chat to them and see what they do brookspinner. Things I like in a bookstore — wifi, a quite space to read, work or drink a cup of tea. Small meeting space is a plus, so local book related events can happen like a book club could meet there.
I also think staff need to be well read and knowledgeable. OMG jumping up and down excited for you!!! Sadly not anywhere near me physically but perhaps one day when you open it, it shall be a destination for a vacation. Books and cats are some of my favorite things. What a lovely idea! I think you should have a coffee bar and sell croissants and scones and lovely things to nibble on because consumables sell well and can help keep the rest of your operaton afloat. Also lots of nice cozy armchairs and good lighting and a section for used books because that is environmentally a great idea!
Best of luck. I know you will do great. My only advice is start small and let it grow naturally. Sometimes people think too big at first. Start small and cozy and always keep true to yourself. Best wishes. I hope to visit book store one day! A spot for Audio books to be listened to. However — if they could have listened to books, they may have been containable. I love book stores, especially small independently owned ones. So I can still hear my kids, but can roam the stacks for adult books that I may someday read but for now just stack by my bed without worrying overly much that my kids will be abducted.
Best of luck to you! I live near Dallas, which is on the other end of the danged state. And if I lived in San Antonio, I would come work for you. Or at least apply. Because I love the smell of books. This sounds too good to be true. My favorite bookstore sells gently used books and some new, they have a system where you bring in your old books and sort them into the shallow tubs they provide 2 a day max , you sign your name and whether you want your old books back or no once they have taken what they want, and whether you want to know what credit you have accrued that day or no if no the latest they have entered credit for me is the next day and credit can be applied to your purchases.
The one thing that sucks at this place is the noise level— there is a high-pitched sound in the middle of the store and a whining fan somewhere else that means I can only be in there for about half an hour at a time. My local library put that video of a fire in a fireplace up on a TV Screen and had 2 comfy chairs and a coffee table in front of it.
I like a bookstore with a coffee bar but if you want to have a BAR bar, that could be better! Another thing I personally like are carrels, where I can hunker down with my computer, shut out the world and work. Oh Hellz Yeah! My suggestions amount to the fulfilling of my own needs, one of which is to open it in Minnesota my home state , which I know is probably not possible.
But at least have Great Coffee, tea, and sweets there! And I love their tote bags too. I worked for an architectural firm that was in a converted church that had 2 story stained glass windows and hardwood floors and had a few ghost sightings. The owner was able to get it super cheap because no one really wants to buy an old church these days. And on nationalferretday no less! Oooooooooooooo Jenny! This is marvelous! One of the things I love most about book stores are comfy spots to sit and read. They will need nametags. If we can pretend they are fetching cookies, all the better. Tell Victor your fan base demands it.
Does he really want to be responsible for denying your fan base? A reading area that is set up like a giant blanket fort. Nooks that are recessed into the wall like a cubby for people to curl up and read. Separate zones for people who want to chitchat and people who need quiet introvert time. Ooooooh, and a designated day when people could bring their pets! Hard yes to infested with otters but an equally hard yes to small bar!
Also, they have sometimes hosted Paint Nite events which reminded me- I think some Tribe people who are good at painting organized an online version once. Well, that sounds rather ambitious, what with all the ferrets and kittens and raspberry donuts…not to mention the books. My two cents about bookstores that I love: something different. As said by others, whatever you do is amazing, so I have no doubt your bookstore will not be any different. One of my favorite bookstores has little fairy lights all over, and soft lighting. OK, this might have otten deleted, so here it is again.
It has a kid sized door inside the big door. It has glass panels in the floor for tarantulas. It has shop cats and shop chickens. It is magical. I imagine your shop as a cross between that, and Shakespeare and Co. Either way, we are very supportive of this idea in MN, and would be happy to do a destination roadtrip in winter to come and see it. Good luck!! Please make that a priority. But still old and spooky.
Comfy chairs and a wine bar are a must! Crazy maze of 32 rooms covering a city block! Its nuts! See if you can find any interior pictures of that place… The only thing lacking are the animals! Definitely have new and used books. There was one where I used to live that had an antique wood and stained glass bar right in the middle that served as the register and information desk. I also like when the bookstores carry independent books and art by local artists. Best news! This is so good on so many levels, for all of us. Bravo, mazel tov!!
Looking forward to hearing more. Writers from marginalized communities; women, people of colour, indigenous writers, KIDS who are authors… there are so many great ones. I just finished reading a series by N. Good luck to you. The world needs more great bookstores! First off, everything in Illinois is named for Abe or his mother Sarah Lincoln.
The owners were a professor of English and his wife, an eccentric, wonderful woman. That was the best job I ever had. It was much like you are describing your bookshop-to-be. I think with you being so well known, it will be a successful venture financially as well as creatively. My favourite bookshop ever had wonky floors, cubbyholes with chairs, themed displays not based on bestseller lists , newspapers and magazines from around the world, and staff who really knew and loved books.
The owners were previously librarians it bears repeating that librarians never retire who had spot-on next book suggestions for all ages and interests. I would love to see books and events that highlight marginalized communities — work from women of color, indigenous authors, LGBTQ writers, etc.
Collaborate with minority-owned local businesses to support them — like have a local bakery cater your opening or sell trinkets made by local WOC. That would definitely get me into a book store! Used books, old books, out of print books. Not just the current best sellers. And yes cats. My wife worked at a library with a cat for years and it made the place alive.
That should be no problem. I live in a place where we have an awesome local book store Denver area, Tattered Cover. What I love about it are the many staff recommendations, casual atmosphere, and accessible staff. Knowing I can sit there for hours and peruse the books, have a coffee, and read a few chapters before buying is the best. Definitely Margaritas if you want to hassle with liquor licenses and liabilities. They are noisy and annoying even when they are your own. Maybe some well appointed cages for children in a separate soundproof room?
Just spitballing…. San Antonio is now on my list of places to visit. It had a blue cover and with a cat on it. Because I rarely know the author. Have a community wall where people could submit random acts of kindness they had seen. Have some way for people to earn store credit by doing chores or something. You will flourish!
Bookstores that I love have many of the things you describe, and I see ferrets as a major plus sorry, Victor! I mean, at least, right? The bookstores I love most, most, most are the ones that have the same programs as a public library might have and that are connected to the community. Books trip to San Antonio. My favorite bookstore is brand new and so needed in my town. Wait for it……… Rough Draft! I think the most important thing about a local bookstore is community and inclusion. Bookstores are safe spaces for introverts alike. Best of luck to you in this exciting endeavor!!!
I did it once, almost 10 years ago now. Lasted for three years… but, sadly, could not go on longer than that. I can help with the things you should not do as I recall the things I found out too late to fix the mistakes I made. Again, best of luck!! I hope you succeed and are a bookstore owner forever!!! This is my dream too but mine would have a bakery in it. My opinion, it needs to be in some place homey. When you walk in you smell old books and coffee and baked desserts.
Comfortable old couches and recliners. Places where you can work on jigsaw puzzles. A sunny back porch to read in the warm days; a shaded front porch swing to read during the many hot months. A nice old storefront would be great. No big flights of stairs between you and a part of the space, that sucks. And totally hook it up to the floo network so we can all come and visit.
There is a totally awesome indy bookstore in St. Louis called Left Bank Books. They have a bookstore cat and everything! You should look them up. Read alouds to children is always a good idea. The books are old and weathered, but the shop is older. The building is yrs old, and the wood floors let out that baked wood smell in the summer, and the big shop windows let in the light, while a big dog naps by the front counter. This is fabulous news!! Congratulations Jenny!!!
The shop I worked out also sold cards. Best wishes!! Plus I think it might have a cafe… and seating, but not enough fluffy seating if I recall. A perfect bookstore would have wine, better yet a full bar. I always read books based on employee review cards under book. Great music, a massage room and a area with babysitters to read to kids and do crafts while moms read and shop.
Have 5 types of book clubs available to join. Be careful about cats because of allergies. Have kids birthday room where book birthday parties can occur, themed of course to a book ie matilda Have a donation area for books for children. Limit books to only the best. My favourites boom shops are the second hand ones. It smells of pages, and you have to peruse to find real gems. The ones where art and poetry take up larger spaces than self help, but the self help section encourages the spirit, and not a cheap 30 day gimmick.
Also, a dog. A loveable old dog who comes to check on your while youre digging thru the bottom shelf. My favorite book store growing up was called tatnucl bookseller. It was in an old gun factory. All bright sun, wood floors and brick walls. It was a place that you loved to wander, even if you were not buying books. It sold gifts and had a cute cafe! Judy Blume owns it and it has the same calm feeling. One applied advertisement on cardboard, has grommet for hanging, reverse blank but stamped "Germany".
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Pink printed paperback cover, description of Cairo "a modish face for modern printing and advertising" then examples of font. Blue printed paperback cover, advertising and explanation of Fotosetter, photographic line composing machine, illustrations and photographs of machine and use throughout. Beige printed paperback cover, examples of Cornell type, designed by George F. Trenholm, samples of font and descriptions. Spiral bound green printed cover, black and white examples of fonts and ornaments, loose pages from other sources tucked in.
Examples of machine set text and display faces, contains sample and descriptions, book ends with "steps to complete copyfitting" and charts. Stapled pages with additional fonts and four pages taken from a different spiral bound book included. Paper printed two color cover, includes examples of points and series. The booklet consists of descriptions and examples of the Deepene type created by Goudy. Paper booklet with printed cover, printed with black and orange ink, font samples and pictures, have loose price list form folded inside.
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Advertising booklet for Fototype company. The book contains information on the art and technique of photoengraving, with images for examples and a full glossary at the back. Printed cover of spiral bound magazine, frontispiece. Monthly Magazine published for the Pittsburgh graphics art industry, contains advertising, article, samples, and inforamtion about employees and business. Paper illustrated cover, contains illustrations throughout, preface and index.
Book is not complete as it is a sample. Green cover is covered by a tan dust jacket with silver rivet all over, a mylar sheet is covering the dust jacket and a label with the title is affixed, text is written in black and red,frontispiece contains numerous black and white photographs by Berenice Abbott and Margaret Bourke-White et al. Green blind embossed gilt cover, frontispiece, illustrated with approximately engravings, 15 plates, 23 pages at the end contain advertising.
The book contains information about the microscope and the history, use, directions, and specimens. Synopsis describes medical procedures for surgery and the anatomy of the human body. Brown leather cover, no illustrations, Fourth Edition with some additional observations. A Treatise on Indigestion contains information and observations relating to the physical ailments. The chapters list the symptoms, causes, treatments of first, second, and third stages of indigestion. Red gilt and blind stamped hard cover, illustrations and 6 plates 2 of which are frontispieces for each testament , three chambers on spine, gilt stamp of praying woman on front and back cover, gilt forage.
Blue blind stamp gilt cover, 27 page introduction, index in back of book. Common symptoms, and treatments. Contains a catalog of medicines. The book covers very personal ailments and situations such as abortion, masturbation, conception, and menstruation as well as more acceptable discussions as asthma, heartburn, and palpitations. This booklet is a brief history of the approximately hundred years the company was in business. It was founded in , and in the company changed its name to the Dollar Steamship Company.
After a government bail-out of the Dollar Line in , the ownership of the company was transferred to American President Lines. It was formally closed down in , after just over a century of existence. Very slight edge wear, otherwise in great condition. Measures 10" x 7". This is a chart that tracks the electorial college vote for the Presidential elections from to The chart divides the depicts each of the votes by state and year.
It also states how many electoral college votes each state gets and which political party was voted for: Republican, Democrat, Progressive Roosevelt , Progressive LaFollette , or Populist. The purpose of this chart was to inform voters of previous years so that they might be able to make their own predictions for the presidential election of Turns out Franklin D. Roosevelt won over Herbert Hoover by a landslide. Some edge wear, and slightly soiled. The blue backing is slightly detached in the corners. Otherwise fine. Measures 9" x 4". Facsimile reprint of the first issue of the Connecticut Courant originally published: Hartford, Conn.
Original printed by Thomas Green, Reissued from time to time by the Hartford Courant. Appears to be an early reprint. Letter folds, toning, surface soiling. Note within discusses an order.. A single-fold 9" x 7" keepsake titled "Welch Rabbit" When opened an illustration by Max Brodel depicts a cigar smoking fellow on a pedestal with a leashed flock of rabbits with the faces and identies of collagues.
Printed in blue and red on white paper. Graphic depicts clasped hands, the Constitution and the American flag with a field of stars in the background. Contents include a Memorial, the resolution to hold the celebration, Order of Exercise, and Music. Light surface soiling on cover page; edge wear and letter folds. Also includes a map of the Barge Canal System. Measures 9" x 6". Light discoloration; cover only. An approximately page album with handwritten logs of Revolutionary soldiers and information on their deaths. Also includes brief geneologies of town residence, Benjamin Hoopers ay Roll, obituaries and any otther information on the people of Biddeford Maine that captured the fancy of James G.
Garland, the creator of the album. The information spans approx years of Biddeford History. Terms and past records conclude the presentation. Light staple rust. Approximately 80 different examples of Sherborn's work many in their final form, others at various stages of completion. The collection was compiled by his son. Each item is affixed to a single-fold paper mat with a information on the work at the base of the mat including year created, title, brief description type of engraving or art , size and process notes on the particular item.
Each page is numbered with a few engravings with multiple page a,b,c etc. Few lacking. Charles William Sherborn was an English engraver, who chiefly made bookplates. He has been hailed as having led the revival in copper-engraved bookplates, and came to be called the "Victorian little master". Service locations include Army of Potomac, Gen. Sherman's Army, District of N. Joseph Railroad, in connection with letter cariers system, and to look after rebel mail in Maryland. Letter folds. Merriam Company Springfield, Massachusetts.
Gray paper cover, black and white illustrations, photographs, portraits, and copied images, title page is two tone. Part One: Noah's Ark; 1. This Webster 2. The Making of a Lexicographer 3. Enter the Merriams, 5. An International Institution, 7. Seining the River of Words. Gray paper hard cover, black and white illustrations, photographs, portraits, and copied images, title page is two tone.
Four 4 different menus for the annual dinner of the association. Each with it's original envelope. Also includes an anouncement for the meeting to adopt the Constituion and elect Officers for the ensuing year, dated Nov. The final item in the grouping is a dance card for Sociables of the Hartford City Guard for Some discoloration. It was composed of those persons who were active or honorary members of the Hartford City Guard prior to July 5, The first reunion was held on January 8, At their 50th reunion held in , it was agreed that it should be the last reunion. Manuscript documents include an opinion by Richard Storde indicating the railway will be finished within two 2 years and pay a two percent per annum to the stock holders and a counter opinion by J.
Marshall indicating it will not be finished in two years and that it should not pay one percent per annum. A paper confirming the establishment of the Telegraphic connection, a notice of a meeting and a roll-call and the acknowledgment of the second installation to subscription of stock in the West Chester and Philadelphia RailRoad Company. A grouping of materials belonging to John D. Intricately cut from one sheet of paper.
Few separations and light water stains. Housed in mahogany frame. It is accompanied by a silk punch paper sampler bookmark depicting a rose and the name John Ripley. The bookmark was found in the family Bible, Also includes a polished stock visiting card and embossed envelope addressed to John Ripley Esq. Houser Jr. This is all accompanied by a typewritten genealogy of John Putnam, and his wife Priscilla Gould. Various wines and liqueurs served through. The dinner was to introduce the Prince to the American press. It appears he was hosted by Miss Alice Roosevelt. A career naval officer, he held various commands in the Imperial German Navy and eventually rose to the rank of Grand Admiral.
Henry had little in common with his brother, the German Emperor. He lacked, for example, William II's erratic nature and egotism. The prince was truly popular in Northern Germany, and on account of his humble and open manner was beloved by those under his command. On foreign travels, he was a good diplomat, who, unlike his brother, was able to strike the right tone. Thus, on his trip to the United States, Henry made a favorable impression with the critical American press and succeeded in winning the sympathy of more than just the numerous German-American segment of the population. This is followed by 79 signatures and pledge amounts.
A receipt from D. An 8" x 5" illustrated billhead from the Ingleside, Holyoke Mass. The fee is for Dining and addressed to the Bridge Committee. The bill head is printed in green ink with a fine illustration of the exterior of the establishment including the street scene. The letterhead is printed in three colors with a vignette of an eagle carrying an American shield. Printed in various decorative fonts in three colors. Seven 7 different letters written by Tillotson to his close friend cadet Thorne.
The letters are newsy in nature and written in an engaging style. He refers to various individuals by their full names with explicit details on their carrying-ons. Gouveuneur Tillotson antics and lack of interest in school became a somewhat prominent attorney in New York City and served on numerous boards of directors.
Richard Thorne resigned West Point in rather than be dismissed for failing grades and excessive demerits. He was a member of the Brooklyn Militia and served briefly in the Civil War and died in Many of his classmates went on to great fame in the Union and Confederate armies A comprehensive genealogy of the Cox Family dating all the way back to the early s with some branches of the family reaching back even further. The Cox family has a rich history where they were both apart of or witness to some of the major events in American and English History. The book itself was designed by the Rev. Recorded in the book are the names, location of birth, and birth and death dates for each branch of the family tree.
Where the complier of this genealogy knew; added in are burial locations, when individuals immigrated to America, including the ship they traveled on, as well as notations on where she discovered this information. Photographs, postcards, newspaper clippings, family letters, and other ephemera adorn the pages throughout this treasure. George Yeardley, whose ancestor witnessed the signing of the Magna Carter, was one of the first settlers in Jamestown, and three time colonial Governor of the British Colony of Virginia.
William King and his wife Dorothy came to America and settled in Salem. After converting to Quakerism, suffered persecution at the hands of the local government in the s. This house was one of the first times, besides the White House, that an oval room was used in America. These requests for permits range from the building of motion picture theaters, to automobile related establishments on Van Ness , warehouses, a Tamale Parlor, savings and loans, and much more.
An application to build at the northeast corner of Sutter and Stockton Streets, dated April 25, was submitted by J. For a more comprehensive list click HERE.. An 8" x 12" proof before lettering of a fine line illustration depicting an outdoor event of Le Cent Bibliophiles, one of the French bibliophilic societies. It depicts rings of dancing people in the background beneath the trees. In the foreground a woman tends a pot of "stewing books". Printed signature A.
The banquets were organized by the magazine Leon Deschamps, La Plume, between and They were more than just literary events, but of social significance in trying to establish literary space. Pencil signed by J. Each of the four is a silhouette profile of an individual linen weaver with penciled inscriptions identifying each by name and with the profession of linen weaver. Dated , , and The fourth is undated. Speculation is that these may have been given as an annual honor or acknowledgment for service.
Two corner cracks on one glass. Held Thursday Evening, October 18, A four 4 page large format menu and program bound with an orange and black string tie. Additional one page insert with tyext and typography by Arthur C. The first page has a tipped-in image from a photograph of Munder. The second page is the program concluding with a speech by Munder titled "Fine Printing".
Although no year was present, one of the presenters Arthur Gruver was president of the organization that year. A single-fold illustrated circular containing a narrative describing the product and the 16 Points of the Old Anchor and the Reliance Anchor Contrasted. The back page is directed at the yacht owner now having access to the best anchor.
Letter folds.. The base promotes the Adirondack Boat for Sporting Purposes. Reverse is blank. Illustrations and brief description and pricing information on the Adirondack Gig, 14 Ft. Letter folds, light discoloration at base.
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Minimal wear. The back page includes an extensive list of Toasts. The mayor was Aldis Bernard c. Green paper illustrated cover, some illustrations, monthly series. Leather with applied marble cover, stamped Franklin Institute on inside cover, mostly text with illustrations and plates. Neue Folge. Applied illustrated cover over blue cloth, frontispiece, illustrations, plates. Contains lessons in astronomy, including diagrams, descriptions, and accounts of planetary and celestial topics. Dictionary at end. Blind stamped leatherette flexible cover, gilt lettering on spine, marbled end papers, colored edges, color and black and white images, 2 color fold-outs of color shading and inscription design.
Includes illustrated and printed examples of the topics discussed. A collection of 15 reports for Miss Alice Murphy, 1 excuse from examination card from Principals: Miss Orton and Miss Nichols. Examination excuse card is from and is signed H. The brochure features costs for tuition, details of school terms, and an unused receipt of payment. The second is an 11 pp. The second paper is a memorial book fro Lucy Merriam Green. It contains the "Sketch of the Life and Work of Miss Green" detailing her upbringing, schooling, starting her school, and her retirement and later year.
Circular for Bishopthorpe School in near Bethlehem PA, begins with list of trustees and prominent staff, a description and history of the school then the plan of instruction with suggested course schedule. Additional information includes; family arrangements, outfit, terms, extra expenses, and notice to parents and guardians. A 4 page heavy stock with gilt fore edge menu with a red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon binding. The front cover is an illustration of Lady Liberty with the American shield and the Eagle atop the world.
The stars below represent the states of the United States with the exception of the 13 states in the rainbow above representing the 13 colonies. The event was held in Washington DC in September. The imagery on the next page depicts Uncle Sam with a bottle of champagne while representative bottles from various companies "pop their corks".
The back cover depicts an array of international flags wrapped in the United States flag. Fare includes ham and tongue sandwiches, sardines, salmon au tartare and much more. Printed by Bailey, Banks and Biddle, Phila. Light surface soiling from handling front cover. Printed cover with black and white photograph, black and white photographs throughout. An advertisement and supplement for Chicago Female College. Included are descriptions of study, sample years, tuition, specialties, and photographs of campus.
The narrative explains the hotel and its amenities. A larger font at the base reads "Our Motto is to Please". Garrison, Managers. A tip-on provides additional detail on the fine features of the hotel. This includes information on the hotels European Plan and information on their restaurants and food service. The reverse provides a space for Memoranda. Letter folds; otherwise fine.
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Printed in black and white, as a chalk board. The card reads Arthur A. John in the upper right corner. It is for Arthur Waite, who began his career as a mesmerist and medium and converted to Christianity around and deemed himself an artist evangelist. He delivered evangelizing sermons to children using illustrated chalk-talks. Content includes manufactures' handling of dealership requirements, commissions, handling of consumer matters; both sales and complaints.
The possible change from a 12 to a 6 cylinder care for Selden in An 18 pp pamphlet with paper wraps. An address to the Gentleman of the Graduating Class, November 4, In California surgeon Elias Samuel Cooper organized the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific with a board of trustees consisting of ten clergymen and three physicians. The first session opened in May , with a class of ten attending lectures in materia medica, chemistry, physiology, anatomy and medical jurisprudence. Cooper's death in brought confusion to the new school, and in the Pacific Medical faculty "suspended" activities and joined Dr.
Hugh Toland in his efforts to found a viable medical school in San Francisco. A handsome building was soon completed, and Toland Medical College was open for enrolment. Clinical instruction and dissecting experience were the centerpieces of Toland's educational program, reflecting his training and experience in Parisian hospitals where clinical findings were carefully correlated with autopsy results. Some with index cards attached with hand written notes on the procedure and desired results. Also includes individual alphabet letters, die-cuts of food, counting aids using straws to count.
Additionally wall prints by Hayes school publishing, etc. Two posters on dental hygiene. Last but not least class photos of Mrs. Robinson's AM and PM classes. A 24 pp. A letter of reference, a certificate and her high school report card were the tools used by Miss Josephine Smith in to attempt to secure a job as a school teacher. A printed promotional sheet for Geo. Of particualr interest is the placement of actual threads and lace in the "window" of the new building. Measures 9" x 12".
Edge wear and toning. The content is politically oriented and tongue-in-cheek. Langlois and Oscar Smith, both of San Francisco. The letters are dated August , The letter writer mentions his tiring of meat loaf and his excitement to get eggs and lists the many ways he would like to cook them. He questions of they have gotten sugar yet. He is on edge and mentions how he jumps when ever he hears a noise. He has a sarcastic air and references times significant to the time such as Aunt Jemima's pancake mix and Seely mattresses. Austin, Texas: W. Thomas Taylor, Bookseller, no date.
Front cover has title and author with a illustration by Astride Maillol from Ovid's L'Art d'aimer. A brief summary on the books written by Elaine Smyth and W. Thomas Taylor along with remarks by Wilcox on the bindings.. As new. Thomas Taylor, ca. Thomas Taylor. The outer brochure is advertisement for a separately published French bookbinding manual by Jean-Vincent Capronnier de Gauffecourt and a bilingual reprint of the historic text.
A two page explanation and description with a notice of discount for ordering both copies. Features a description of the 'Artist and the Critic' Series. It lists a summary and the first eight titles planned. A description of the binding and paper stock is included. A biography of the series author with a sketched portrait rounds out the broadside. Two samples of what the books will look like are included. The first is Volume 1 and shows the book jacket design, then opens to a biography of an illustrator, Laurence Housman and an example of his work.
The second insert is a sample of Volume 2 which features illustrator Richard Doyle.. Also included is the original order card and envelope. The back page lists other books in the series and the terms of purchase. The insert tells readers of why they chose to create this edition and the making of it. The order card is unused and has the publisher's address stamped envelope.
All are stored in the original publishers stamped envelope which measures 13" x 10".. Stiff Wrapper. Lovat Fraser's Compliments". Westminster for Flying Fame, London. Top of page states "Price-Twopence, plain. Fourpence, coloured. The Poetry Bookshop, London. Lovat Fraser.. Westminster for Flying Fame. Contains a list of publications for broadsides and chap books.
Prices are Broadsides-2 pence plain. All publications decorated throughout by Lovat Fraser. Printed folded paper with color silk screen image, number one in series, red and black text and border. Image is black, white, blue, and red. The inside has one page with Number One and a red lined border and the company logo. The back explains what the series is about and why it was created. Prospectus booklet, stamped soft cover with cut out to title page, text with border and stamped image at end of chapter, fold in back cover houses sample lithographs and contact sheet as well as an unused order form.
The last paper included is a preprinted unused order form envelope. Printed soft cover, string tied binding, illustrations, mathematic tables and instruction. Arithmetic book for children, contains rhymes. Includes basic counting, Roman and Arabic numerals, addition, subtraction, multiple, division, money, weights, and measures, time. Complete with tables and illustrations. A single-fold 10" x 8" notification from the Post Office Department to P. Foland, Oneida Depot, NY. Services to commence on the first of July next.
Signed S. Hobbie, 1st Assistant Postmaster General. Inside pages blank. Folded stampless cover.. He operated a grocery store beginning in Democratic Senator from Tennessee and U. Postmaster General. The post office was located in the store and the village was named Meckville after him. Meck later expanded his business, opening a liquor store in , a creamery, feed store, and shirt factory in , and then establishing Eagle Canning Company in Meck began a cigar manufacturing business in and ran it through when time restrictions forced him to abandon it.
In he ran for Recorder of Deeds as a democratic candidate. Many personal correspondences are from his sons Walter and Allan ? Walter opened the Meck and Coldren Mill with D. Coldren in where they manufactured cotton underwear. Walter remained with the business until Allan became a minister and became a well-respected president of the Lancaster Theological Seminary, where an Allan S. Meck Award honors his memory. The collection relates to the cigar business and grocery store; including financials, invoices, advertisements, and correspondence.
John S. Abbott D. A collection of ten 10 letters primarily from Rebecca Carpenter to her sister Phebe Vaughan but occasionally contain correspondence between Peter Vaughan and Gideon Carpenter. He hopes for names, marriages, births, and deaths in order to prove a relationship. She requests Peter to send any information possible. She details the house and property, explaining she has two rag rugs, a wood shed that will hold two cords, the number of rooms, and how the house has a pump to the cistern that brings water to the sink in the kitchen. Rebecca has extreme pain and the doctor recommends blisters and bleeding.
Gideon Carpenter, ? Louis M. Kelly of Whitman, Mass. It is in response to a recent correspondence sent to the FBI by Whitman. McCarthy and recommends that he removed the short wave band from his radio set and under no circumstances should he allow his wife, Flora M. Kelly access to his Brownie 2-A camera. As a citizen, Mr. Kelly was entitled to have the camera , but With original envelope.. Applied marble over leather cover, stamped inscription, handwritten personal account entries.
Book begins with an inventory of finances; money, stock, real estate, notes as of April 1, The rest of the book consists of debits and credits logs by month. The left hand pages have monetary totals with names of individuals, possibly tracking payments received. The right side has two columns of finances with lists of items.
Each year begins with an inventory and list of stocks and real estate. Enclosed at back is a photograph of a house with family on front steps. Back of paper states " Jackson St. Included are two views of the Macullar Parker Company buildings. Macullar Parker is noted as having "the best clothing for men and for boys Each image includes title an location.
One mentions it is the "South Room in the Dudley home", another "North parlor in old house in Dudley Mass" and also document items in the room. A poster with three different images from photographs of the individual, who is a professional nurse who claims to be a physician. It also lists his relative with addresses. Separation at fold with crude scotch tape repair on reverse. Promotional Piece with image of group in front of building. Appears to have a sign that states "All Are Welcome".
The group consists of men, women, and children. Reverse states that the Eastern Branch will close on the fifteenth day of April An eleven 11 page calendar with an embossed leather cover with leather string tie for Vassar