Monday, February 12, 2018

Collection of a completist: Many editions of prolific Indiana writer Gene Stratton-Porter

Completists, whether in books or other collectibles, tend to want to find every conceivable version of whatever their passion might be. We've recently acquired the handiwork of a completist of the works of Indiana writer Gene Stratton-Porter, whose writing and activism led to the protection of wetlands and other natural areas as well as wildlife in the Hoosier State.

Gene Stratton-Porter is probably best known for her novels like A Girl of the Limberlost (1909) and The Magic Garden (1927). In this collection, there are copies of her first credited novel, The Song of the Cardinal (1903), as well as one titled Strike at Shane's, which some scholars think was actually her first novel. It was published anonymously in 1893, and it was never acknowledged by Statton-Porter herself. Still, our earnest collector added it to inventory.

We're having a marvelous time poring over the various editions as well as the non-fiction works. There's even a bibliography included in the collection as well. If you're a fan of Gene Stratton-Porter, or even if you think you might want to become one, we urge you to come by and take a look at this amazing collection. There are a couple of photos below that give you but a glimpse of what we have.

Statton-Porter was an honored daughter of Indiana, and remains so today, though in her later years she ventured out to Hollywood, set up a movie studio to produce her stories on film, and built a home there that she never lived in because of an untimely death after a traffic accident with a streetcar in Los Angeles.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

See you at the Pilot Club of Jacksonville Antiques and Vintage Show & Sale

We’ll be in Jacksonville this weekend for one of our favorite shows of the year — the Pilot Club of Jacksonville Antiques Show & Sale at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Expo Center. We’ve done this show for many years and we’re always delighted to return. The show runs through Sunday.

Florida history and Southern writers are well received at this show, so we’ve got plenty of selections as well as leather-bound books, antique books, and beautiful antique maps. We have a huge selection of maps in our map room, which is also our children’s library and our Civil War library. (Our regular visitors know exactly what we’re talking about.) Anyway, if you love antique maps (as we do) you owe it to yourself to come in and see our collection.

One thing patrons of the Pilot Club show always anticipate is the delicious desserts offered every year. It’s a side attraction to the antique furnishings, paintings, and, of course, antique books and maps, but sometimes you’d think it was the main attraction. We’ve seen otherwise reasonable antiquers come through the doors and make a beeline for the dessert table before looking at anything else. Oh, well! Life’s short! Eat dessert first.

German chocolate cake is always a favorite and we’ve no reason to believe that this year will be any different.

The Pilot Club of Jacksonville was chartered in 1934. The name was inspired by the riverboat pilots of the day “who represented leadership and guidance, staying on a steady course.” After all these years, looks like the Pilot Club has lived up to that inspiration.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dollars to donuts, this will be popular! (There's nothing here about donuts, though.)

We're launching something new for the new year. Well, it really isn't new at all. We've had Lighthouse Dollars for years. You might have some stuffed in your wallet or tucked away in a book as a book mark. The old ones were blue. The new ones are red. The old ones are still good. The new ones are shiny and new, and they're good, too. What's new besides the design is that we're going to try to remember to give them to you when you are checking out.

Here's how it works: When your purchase in our shop is $20 or more, you get one Lighthouse Dollar. If it's $40 or more, you get two. If it's $60 or more, you get three, and so on. (One for every $20 purchase.) You stuff them in your wallet or wherever you want to keep them and then bring them back for your next purchase. Your Lighthouse Dollars can be applied to your purchase.

It's like a rewards card, only without the card. You just get the rewards when you shop at Lighthouse Books, ABAA.

In the picture above, Mike is holding an enlarged version of one of the new red Lighthouse Dollars. Below is a copy of a sign similar to what we've put up in the store. You can see the new red Lighthouse Dollars and the old blue Lighthouse Dollars. And we're serious, if we don't tell you about Lighthouse Dollars, then ask us. You'll be dollars ahead if you do.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Mr. Fezziwig's Ball, Frontispiece, A Christmas Carol 1843
Nine years ago, Florida author and historian Les Standiford published a little book about a tiny slice of Charles Dickens' writing career. It wasn't a hefty biography, nor was it intended to be. It was merely the story of a writer whose career was starting to tank and his desperate attempt to revive it. That little book has gotten some more attention of late, as has Mr. Standiford himself, because of a movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, which is based on the book and came out this season. Les Standiford heads the creative writing program at Florida International University and is on the faculty of the Writers in Paradise writing workshop at Eckerd College each January. Of course, we're happy for anything that draws attention once again to Charles Dickens and his works. At this festive time of year, we're delighted offer from our family to yours all the best of Christmas season.

Our specialties

Our specialties include Floridiana (Florida History, Florida Authors, Florida Related Ephemera), American History, Literature of the South, Military History (including, but not limited to, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Korean War), Children’s Literature, Maps, Leather Bindings and Rare & Unusual items.

We also have a wide variety of general stock, including a large Landscape/Gardening section, a great selection of Christian/Church History/Bible Study titles, Beat Literature, and much more. Please browse our extensive category list.

Appraisal service

Michael F. Slicker, is one of about 450 qualified members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Inc., and its affiliate the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers.

Condition of the book, demand for it and history of comparable sales are among the factors considered in evaluating the value of a book. Other factors may apply as well.

Please contact us for more information regarding our certified appraisal services. We encourage you to visit our website, Lighthouse Books, ABAA

Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Michael Slicker was the founding president of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and has served as chairman of its annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair since its inception.

The 36th annual book fair is set for April 21-23, 2017 at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg.

The fair is the oldest and largest antiquarian book fair in the Southeast. Learn more about the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair and the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

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