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Vintage books "Mini Book Crate" four titles from 1910s to 1950s including one volume of 9 separate works, comes with cute crate for book set

Vintage books "Mini Book Crate" four titles from 1910s to 1950s including one volume of 9 separate works, comes with cute crate for book set

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  • Vintage item from the 1910s
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There are no other books like these.

And there's no other collection like this either! This mini book crate is the first I've put together but I'm going to see how they sell, I've got two to put up on the site now, and they are four vintage books bunched together as a bargain for you lovely old book lovers to enjoy.

This specific one comes with four famous and rare old works:

-Penrod by Booth Tarkington
-Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
-World's Greatest Literature: The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

And the last needs a little explanation. It is a beautiful volume of nine whole separate works compiled in 1955, some in whole and some in part. These books were known as "Best-in-Books" volumes published by Nelson & Doubleday, of which each had their "main book" and then followed with a few other complete novels, and some long excerpts from others at the end. There are several that I know of done in this way (I own the version of Band of Angels by Robert Penn Warren which came as a Best-in-Book publishing also) and this one's main title is "The Squire" by Enid Bagnold.

So, the titles in this book go as follows:

-The Squire by Enid Bagnold (Complete Novel)
-You've Got Me in Stitches edited by Lawrence Lariar (Cartoon Feature)
-Quiet Under the Sun by Kevin Fitzgerald (Complete Novel)
-A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes (Complete Novel)
-The Captives by John Brick (Complete Novelette)
-Vagrant Viking by Peter Freuchen (Excerpt)
-Paris and Its Environs by A Milton Runyon and Vilma F. Bergen (Picture Feature)
-Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway (Excerpt)

Hemingway! This book is so exciting and these types of publications (best in books) are so exciting because of how much is packed into on big fat volume, and the amazing writers they feature. They truly cover the best fiction of the times, and it is so interesting to see what that was considered to be during those times when legends that have gone on to truly BECOME legendary writers in history were competing with those that have sort of slipped away into it.

As it says this novel is illustrated, as are Penrod and The Vicar of Wakefield, and they define what it is to be a vintage book. I know someone will adore these books in their little crate and I can't wait for them to own it. You may decide to keep up the mystery of the novels and their details, I certainly won't include them here, or you can look them up and learn about them before you buy this one of a kind Mini Book Crate, it is up to you.

But I kind of hope you buy it with little knowledge of what you are getting. It's just more exciting that way, like walking into an old library and finding these on the shelves. :)

And here's the OTHER straight information you may be looking for:

Here's the order I'll use:

1-Penrod by Booth Tarkington
2-Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
3-Best in Books' The Squire, etc.
4-World's Greatest Literature: The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

-Formats: From left to right - First edition hardcover, First edition hardcover, First edition hardcover, Unknown Hardcover.
-Conditions: There are two signed and dated, two unmarked, and they all four have no rips or age stains, just come in the state of those old books you love to have on your shelves, vintage and showing frays at the bindings which are loose but intact.
-Publishers: From left to right - Grosset & Dunlap; Doubleday, Page & Company; Nelson Doubleday Inc.; The Spencer Press
-Copyrights: From left to right - 1914 Doubleday, Page & Company; 1913 Doubleday, Page & Company; 1955 Nelson Doubleday Inc.; Not Listed
-Dates Published: From left to right - 1914, 1913, 1955, undated
-Provenance: These all came from different places it would be too hard to remember each one, let's just say that the "Best in Books" was owned previously by a Gina Bart in "Bc 7.7911" which I take to mean she signed it on the 11th of the 7th month in 1979, but I could be totally wrong. Mrs. Red Pepper was owned and noted as a "Very Good Book" by Alice A. Evan in May 1913 and the others are unsigned.
-Pricing: I priced the Mini Book Crate based on the price of the crate itself and the competing prices of the novels within, the renown of the works especially in the 'Best-in-Books's contents, and the age range of the four books. Keep in mind there are listings for some of these books that come without pictures at all, so I disregarded those, though you may decide to hunt down these separate titles and make the investment. If you do, I'd bet you the bargain would be this mini crate anyway :)
There are no other books like these.

And there's no other collection like this either! This mini book crate is the first I've put together but I'm going to see how they sell, I've got two to put up on the site now, and they are four vintage books bunched together as a bargain for you lovely old book lovers to enjoy.

This specific one comes with four famous and rare old works:

-Penrod by Booth Tarkington
-Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
-World's Greatest Literature: The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

And the last needs a little explanation. It is a beautiful volume of nine whole separate works compiled in 1955, some in whole and some in part. These books were known as "Best-in-Books" volumes published by Nelson & Doubleday, of which each had their "main book" and then followed with a few other complete novels, and some long excerpts from others at the end. There are several that I know of done in this way (I own the version of Band of Angels by Robert Penn Warren which came as a Best-in-Book publishing also) and this one's main title is "The Squire" by Enid Bagnold.

So, the titles in this book go as follows:

-The Squire by Enid Bagnold (Complete Novel)
-You've Got Me in Stitches edited by Lawrence Lariar (Cartoon Feature)
-Quiet Under the Sun by Kevin Fitzgerald (Complete Novel)
-A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes (Complete Novel)
-The Captives by John Brick (Complete Novelette)
-Vagrant Viking by Peter Freuchen (Excerpt)
-Paris and Its Environs by A Milton Runyon and Vilma F. Bergen (Picture Feature)
-Green Hills of Africa by Ernest Hemingway (Excerpt)

Hemingway! This book is so exciting and these types of publications (best in books) are so exciting because of how much is packed into on big fat volume, and the amazing writers they feature. They truly cover the best fiction of the times, and it is so interesting to see what that was considered to be during those times when legends that have gone on to truly BECOME legendary writers in history were competing with those that have sort of slipped away into it.

As it says this novel is illustrated, as are Penrod and The Vicar of Wakefield, and they define what it is to be a vintage book. I know someone will adore these books in their little crate and I can't wait for them to own it. You may decide to keep up the mystery of the novels and their details, I certainly won't include them here, or you can look them up and learn about them before you buy this one of a kind Mini Book Crate, it is up to you.

But I kind of hope you buy it with little knowledge of what you are getting. It's just more exciting that way, like walking into an old library and finding these on the shelves. :)

And here's the OTHER straight information you may be looking for:

Here's the order I'll use:

1-Penrod by Booth Tarkington
2-Mrs. Red Pepper by Grace S. Richmond
3-Best in Books' The Squire, etc.
4-World's Greatest Literature: The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

-Formats: From left to right - First edition hardcover, First edition hardcover, First edition hardcover, Unknown Hardcover.
-Conditions: There are two signed and dated, two unmarked, and they all four have no rips or age stains, just come in the state of those old books you love to have on your shelves, vintage and showing frays at the bindings which are loose but intact.
-Publishers: From left to right - Grosset & Dunlap; Doubleday, Page & Company; Nelson Doubleday Inc.; The Spencer Press
-Copyrights: From left to right - 1914 Doubleday, Page & Company; 1913 Doubleday, Page & Company; 1955 Nelson Doubleday Inc.; Not Listed
-Dates Published: From left to right - 1914, 1913, 1955, undated
-Provenance: These all came from different places it would be too hard to remember each one, let's just say that the "Best in Books" was owned previously by a Gina Bart in "Bc 7.7911" which I take to mean she signed it on the 11th of the 7th month in 1979, but I could be totally wrong. Mrs. Red Pepper was owned and noted as a "Very Good Book" by Alice A. Evan in May 1913 and the others are unsigned.
-Pricing: I priced the Mini Book Crate based on the price of the crate itself and the competing prices of the novels within, the renown of the works especially in the 'Best-in-Books's contents, and the age range of the four books. Keep in mind there are listings for some of these books that come without pictures at all, so I disregarded those, though you may decide to hunt down these separate titles and make the investment. If you do, I'd bet you the bargain would be this mini crate anyway :)

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
If the book comes later than expected this does not mean it was sent late. Every book is sent within 1-3 business days, unless one of the days is a Sunday, then it could be an extra day. This applies to International orders as well, but they might take longer to get to you than in-country orders. If there is a problem, please bring it up with UPS or see Etsy's policies.
I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

Important to note, however, that I may have it in my holdings already so it ALWAYS helps to check in with me. Listings come up continually, and it may just be waiting here to get processed and put up.
Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
Always willing to make new friends and take on new jobs or opportunities -- this business does not stop me from working a full or part time job, and I am currently looking, so please contact me! Dempseylynch@gmail.com. I am definitely interested in talking with you and love meeting new people (especially book lovers of course).
Sure! Although the books are priced the way they are and are worth that amount based on a lot of factors (condition compared to others available online, if there are any available online or if it is the only one, age and whether it is signed or special in some way, etc.) I am always willing to hear you out as to why you think the books price is off, and work with you as best I can. I cannot guarantee the price will change, that is bad for my business, but I will listen to you. Don't be afraid to reach out. The worst that can happen is I will say no.

I put the reasons behind my pricing method for each item at the end of the listing so check that out if you're curious too :)

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