Monday, June 20, 2011

More to the bookshelf...

I went to the used bookstore after work today and picked up two books: Thomas Kuhn's The Copernican Revolution, and a collection of J.A. Hobson's essays (Hobson was an underconsumption theorist from the late 19th and early 20th centuries).

From Baltimore, I got six volumes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle that belonged to my great-grandfather.

I also got several histories of Maryland including:
Rivers of the Eastern Shore
The Amiable Baltimoreans
Baltimore in the Eighties and Nineties [1880s and 1890s]

A nice hardback copy of The Complete Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (so now I can jettison my crumbling copy of a lot of his stuff that I picked up at some point)

Kon Tiki - one of my favorite books. I also have a crumbling paperback and now I can replace it with a nice hardback.

A three volume history of World War I, published in 1919

A biography of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

And a 1923 edition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, another favorite.

I also got three maps of the Maryland interstate highway system from 1951.

The books associated with the constitutional convention that I hoped to get to weren't in the boxes that I went through. I did, however, get a chance to look through a lot of old photos of my grandparents' families from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. I also got to mess around with an old Kodak camera made in 1917. Between that, talking a lot with them, and eating at their favorite sandwich shop it was a good Saturday.

I think it's time to grab some books I don't make much use of from the shelf and donate them to the public library book sale... circle of life and all that...


  1. Yeah, but did you get to watch the video I posted on your FB page? ;)

    Glad you had a great weekend.

  2. Why Kon Tiki? His theory is basically bullshit; South Americans did not colonize Polynesia.

  3. Cause he sailed a fricken raft across the Pacific!

  4. Which sandwich shop? I lived in Baltimore for 10 years and still (albeit barely) consider myself a Baltimoron.

  5. Ya you might know it, because they're in Towson (Ridgeleigh road). We went to Uncle Wiggly's on York Rd. My understanding is it used to be an ice cream shop, so you might know it as that.

  6. So?

    Lots of mariners have sailed equally questionable craft across the Pacific, the difference being that they didn't have (a) hairbrained, borderline racist schemes about the populating of Polynesia and (b) they didn't write a book about the experience.

  7. What was that you just wrote in the other post about preening, pompous, jackasses, Gary?


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