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The Vintage Book Guild

Hello! and welcome to The Vintage Book Guild! This group is for all of those with a love of antiquarian and vintage books! A friendly place to share your knowledge, ideas and the joys of book collecting. Let's learn from each other!

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Latest Activity: Jan 17

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Rare book

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Need Help with Antique Commonplace Book from 1870's

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Selling Little Golden Books - What's the game plan? 1 Reply

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School Books 2 Replies

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Everymans Library 2 Replies

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Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America Calendar of Shows

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Comment by Victoria Way on February 5, 2010 at 4:41pm
I am a doll appraiser and collector, but also collect original Western books, written by the people who really lived it and wrote about it, all the books are from the 1800's. I also collect books on the Civil War, from that period .The old Western books again written by the ones who who lived it, are so much different than shown in TV Westerns, they lived a hard life, without medicine, food, had to make their own clothes, etc. I have books with actual diaries from the woman who kept journals as they traveled west on the Oregon Trail and other ventures west. An example of how hard it was on the woman, they were on the praries where as far as you could see, it was like an ocean of prarie with no trees in site. When the women had to use the bathroom, the other woman would surround them with their long skirts and form a circle around the one using the hole in the ground , by spreading their skirts to hide the person. Talk about no privacy!! It was so diffiicult for them, sometimes they ran out of water, and woman even had babies in the covered wagons with no water availabe! I find old history fascinating when you hear it from the people that actually lived it. The stories about the Indian attacks are just horrible, worse than you ever hear about.You can not imagine what the Indians did to the white people, but the white man killed off the buffalo and that is what the Indians survivial depended on. The Civil War Stories are written by people that survived the war, and the horrible times they went thru; it is amazing that many survived what would be almost impossible to conceive, having their legs and other body parts amputated with no pain killers, being held prisoner in Anerdesonville, the most cruel and horrible prison of the Confederates, I also have books first edition copies written by some famous outlaws, and that is fascinating also. I also have a personlized first edition of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Does anyone else collect real western books, or civil war things? I could go on and on, it is so interesting to read about real history by the people that lived it.
Comment by Luv2LuvAntiques on February 20, 2009 at 10:24am
Hi Holly! I'll post a picture later! :O)
Comment by Ellene Meece on January 22, 2009 at 5:07pm
I have gathered a few old books from my grandmother's collection and also from cleaning out the storage barn on my family's property last fall. I wrote about this adventure in Hidden Treasures in Junk on my blog.

Here's ten that I have posted on my site Grandma's Treasures Online - so far...

I've seen a few of these online “U.S. Official Pictures of the World War Showing American Participation: Selected From Official Files of the War Dept," written by Moore, William E. And James C. Russell. But, none with this padded cover. It's pretty cool.

I have quite a few older Golden Books for children. I'm wanting to do some research in that area and see if any are in demand.
Comment by vicki hufstetler on January 5, 2009 at 2:29am
Hi paperT, What a wonderful story and a wonderful gift! Your a gal after my own heart! I too love historical fiction and mysteries! Have you read " The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins? that is supposed to be the very first mystery. It's a great story. I think I want to read the book you mentioned - sounds great! That,s if I can find it!
Comment by annie on December 31, 2008 at 3:45pm
Leslie Ford (pen name) wrote mystery/detective novels. I have a nice hardcover set of six collectible books from the 1940s. If you are unfamiliar with her writing, do not expect political correctness. This period writer will take you back to another society.

I am new to this site, so please come and visit my Page.
Comment by Annette and Josh on December 9, 2008 at 12:21pm
I have a small collection of vintage books. I couldn't pick a favorite, but right now I'm pretty pleased with the 5 books I bought for $10 at a garage sale. Including a first edition of Hemmingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls - not great condition, but sound. Whoever bought it cut out the press release from the newspaper and tucked it inside the front cover, so there is discoloration, but - it is signed.
Comment by Edward T. Tuten, ISA CAPP on December 2, 2008 at 8:24am
Hi from Memphis, Tn.. I collect Eudora Welty 1st, Donald Hall, 1st, and Truman Capote, Paul Dunbar, and Joel Chandler Harris..I am what is known in the trade as a "junkie"..I collect, then I collect, and then I collect some more. Love it It's a disease and I don't want to know the antidote.
Comment by wallyh on November 29, 2008 at 4:12pm
Comment by wallyh on November 29, 2008 at 4:09pm
I'm not really an old book lover, but, I thought I'd share my favorite old book research site.
over 60 million books listed last time I checked.
Comment by Pam on November 21, 2008 at 8:37am
Hi all vintage book lovers...I too have a small collection (no pics yet) I am drawn to ones I can decorate with either a lovely Harrison Fischer girl on cover or a beautiful color or childrens books of my favorites is a leather book (not so pretty) titled "Leaves from an Old Log"
signed by the author Gill Robb Wilson and is copy number 475 of the original limited edition ...It's a book of poems from a Captain in the Air force during WW1...totally out of character for my "girlie"
Hope to share my books and photos soon Happy Turkey day to all!!

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