Chapter 252 Test Shelves — Day 2

I made good progress on the test shelves today. I put all the books out on the shelves that I will bring with me to the fair. Rather than bringing all of my Western Americana, this time I’m bringing one bookcase of children’s books about space from the 1940s-1960s, one bookcase of Californiana with a specific emphasis on Southern California, one bookcase of books about printing and typography, and one bookcase of modern fiction and miscellany. I’ll also have half of a glass trophy case. That case will hold any small or fragile items and several illuminated manuscript leaves I recently acquired. I didn’t take photos of the items that will go in the glass trophy case, but I will try to before I leave. Additionally, I have an interesting Emily Dickinson item and a diary written by a woman who founded her own political party in the 1890s.

I’ve got the test shelves laid out two days before I expect to leave. What could be left? Since at least two cases of these items are un-priced and uncatalogued, I need to spend all of Wednesday doing some cursory research. Oh, yeah. And packing, too. In the meantime, here are some images of the test shelves:

All four shelves (sorry for the dark shot):

Californiana and a bit of Western Americana

Childrens’ books about space and the moon

Printing and Typography


See you in the stacks!


Filed under Book Fairs

2 responses to “Chapter 252 Test Shelves — Day 2

  1. Ethan

    What is the Emily Dickinson item you mention?

  2. Here’s the catalogue description for the item:

    [Dickinson, Emily]. Sweetser, Charles And Henry — Editors. THE ROUND TABLE: A WEEKLY RECORD OF THE NOTABLE, THE USEFUL, AND THE TASTEFUL. VOL. I NO. 1 – VOL. II NO. 31. New York: The Round Table: 1863-1864. First edition.

    Large folio. All issues bound in contemporary cloth. Generally very good specimen of this fragile Civil War production. ROUND TABLE was one of the earliest American periodicals to devote itself to what we would now refer to as “journalistic objectivity”. In addition, the Sweetser’s decried the “elegant mediocrity” of the American literary landscape and sought a “rougher, stronger race of literary athletes.” For the March 12th 1864 issue, the ROUND TABLE succeeded in this endeavor, anonymously publishing Emily Dickinson’s “Some Keep the Sabbath” under the title “My Sabbath “– one of less than a dozen known appearances of her work in print during Dickinson’s lifetime and her only known magazine publication. With its themes of solitude, loneliness, God, and rebellion, it is also arguably the most typically Dickinsonian of the verse printed while she was alive. Offered here is a continuous run of over eighty issues (until the Civil War forced the brothers to suspend publication temporarily) of this influential periodical, a valuable window into Northern sentiments and portrayals of the Civil War, and a milestone in the history of 19th century American verse. Rare.

    Text of poem, “My Sabbath”:

    Some keep the Sabbath going to Church —
    I keep it, staying at Home —
    With a Bobolink for a Chorister —
    And an Orchard, for a Dome —

    Some keep the Sabbath in Surplice —
    I just wear my Wings —
    And instead of tolling the Bell, for Church,
    Our little Sexton — sings.

    God preaches, a noted Clergyman —
    And the sermon is never long,
    So instead of getting to Heaven, at last —
    I’m going, all along.

    I think this is an interesting item from an Emily Dickinson standpoint — less than a dozen of her poems were printed or published during her lifetime. I also think this item is a wonderful Civil War era resource, as it’s got many issues of THE ROUND TABLE bound together.

    Hope this answers your question, but if not, feel free to email and ask more. Thanks again for reading the blog.


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