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SOLD - Vintage book first edition The New Rational Typewriting Intensive Course by Rupert P Sorelle, 1926 binding top-down, old drawings

SOLD - Vintage book first edition The New Rational Typewriting Intensive Course by Rupert P Sorelle, 1926 binding top-down, old drawings

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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

The coolest thing about this book is it is bound vertically, top-down. When I saw it was about typewriting I was also instantly hooked and had to look through. Back before feminism helped women's prospects for jobs (and way back before computers of course) typing was one of the most coveted skills for a woman to have if she wanted independence and a job of her own for her own spending money. These women would have used books like this to teach themselves or follow courses to learn how to type, and so anyone interested in feminism and the time period way before even the 50s when women were expected only to be housewives, this would be the book to check out.

Not to say the book is for women exclusively of course. Typewriting was the new invention of the century, the pre-computer of the 20s, and transformed the publishing, writing, reading and business worlds altogether in one big swoop. Now there are people who collect typewriters because there are so many from so many different companies and decades, all different styles and especially ones that still work -- it is a fantastic hobby and collection, I have a friend does this and I am always amazed at her typewriters and stenographers.

It makes me want to learn to do it the right way, because there is virtually no correlation between using a typewriter and using the keyboard of today. Let's not even compare with touchscreen or phones with autocorrect.

Your read this book, look at the intricate designs of the typewriters and their parts, where you fingers should go, what steps should be taken, and you find yourself in another world. This would make a great gift for a writer, a typewriter-lover, someone interested in literary or publishing history, or really anyone who loves old books and wants a truly unique one. There is almost nothing like this book out there--such binding was as the pictures show patented in August 1923, but went out of fashion extremely quickly and can hardly be found anywhere in today's modern book world.

To give you an idea of how the teacher/writer of the book writes, here is a quote from his preface:

"The New Rational is based on the idea that the main object sought in the study of any subject is the development of power (italicized). Three main thoughts have been kept in view: 1) The development of operating skill as a typist. 2) The development of the technical education of the student as an effective business worker. This is achieved by the selection of material that is of permanent (italicized) value, and the instilling of habits early in the training that contribute to ultimate automatic skill. And 3) The development of initiative, self-reliance, and real typing power. This is achieved through the laboratory problems that cause for the constant exercise of judgment, instead of presenting material merely to be "copied."

This book is different, a cool collectible for writers or people who love typewriters, and can be useful for anyone looking to learn how to use old typewriters instead of their computers or iPads for a change. It is also immensely beautiful to look through: I recommend all the pages showing the different typewriters such as the L.C. Smith Typewriter or the Royal Typewriter, the Woodstock, the Remington, etc.

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

-Full title: The New Rational Typewriting - Intensive Course
-Author: Rupert R. Sorelle
-Format: Hardcover, over-the-top binding, first edition
-Condition: Nearly mint, binding a bit fragile but together.
-Publisher: Gregg Publishing Company
-Copyright: Gregg Publishing Company 1926
-Date published: 1926 (binding patented August 1923)
-Provenance: My friend collects typewriters so I found this at The Past Antiques in Connecticut (along with many typewriters too expensive for me or her to buy, but very very cool) so I bought this instead. This was a few months ago 2016.
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because it is rare to find, and when found it is less than 50 but without information or pictures. These copies could be in terrible condition, you really don't know what you are getting when you buy them from these untrustworthy sites because no one is checking on them, and so I am a much more trustworthy seller. You know what you will get when you buy this item and can contact me at any time about anything! I priced the book because of its scarcity as well, including its top-over binding and lovely print pictures inside.
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

The coolest thing about this book is it is bound vertically, top-down. When I saw it was about typewriting I was also instantly hooked and had to look through. Back before feminism helped women's prospects for jobs (and way back before computers of course) typing was one of the most coveted skills for a woman to have if she wanted independence and a job of her own for her own spending money. These women would have used books like this to teach themselves or follow courses to learn how to type, and so anyone interested in feminism and the time period way before even the 50s when women were expected only to be housewives, this would be the book to check out.

Not to say the book is for women exclusively of course. Typewriting was the new invention of the century, the pre-computer of the 20s, and transformed the publishing, writing, reading and business worlds altogether in one big swoop. Now there are people who collect typewriters because there are so many from so many different companies and decades, all different styles and especially ones that still work -- it is a fantastic hobby and collection, I have a friend does this and I am always amazed at her typewriters and stenographers.

It makes me want to learn to do it the right way, because there is virtually no correlation between using a typewriter and using the keyboard of today. Let's not even compare with touchscreen or phones with autocorrect.

Your read this book, look at the intricate designs of the typewriters and their parts, where you fingers should go, what steps should be taken, and you find yourself in another world. This would make a great gift for a writer, a typewriter-lover, someone interested in literary or publishing history, or really anyone who loves old books and wants a truly unique one. There is almost nothing like this book out there--such binding was as the pictures show patented in August 1923, but went out of fashion extremely quickly and can hardly be found anywhere in today's modern book world.

To give you an idea of how the teacher/writer of the book writes, here is a quote from his preface:

"The New Rational is based on the idea that the main object sought in the study of any subject is the development of power (italicized). Three main thoughts have been kept in view: 1) The development of operating skill as a typist. 2) The development of the technical education of the student as an effective business worker. This is achieved by the selection of material that is of permanent (italicized) value, and the instilling of habits early in the training that contribute to ultimate automatic skill. And 3) The development of initiative, self-reliance, and real typing power. This is achieved through the laboratory problems that cause for the constant exercise of judgment, instead of presenting material merely to be "copied."

This book is different, a cool collectible for writers or people who love typewriters, and can be useful for anyone looking to learn how to use old typewriters instead of their computers or iPads for a change. It is also immensely beautiful to look through: I recommend all the pages showing the different typewriters such as the L.C. Smith Typewriter or the Royal Typewriter, the Woodstock, the Remington, etc.

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

-Full title: The New Rational Typewriting - Intensive Course
-Author: Rupert R. Sorelle
-Format: Hardcover, over-the-top binding, first edition
-Condition: Nearly mint, binding a bit fragile but together.
-Publisher: Gregg Publishing Company
-Copyright: Gregg Publishing Company 1926
-Date published: 1926 (binding patented August 1923)
-Provenance: My friend collects typewriters so I found this at The Past Antiques in Connecticut (along with many typewriters too expensive for me or her to buy, but very very cool) so I bought this instead. This was a few months ago 2016.
-Pricing: I priced the book this way because it is rare to find, and when found it is less than 50 but without information or pictures. These copies could be in terrible condition, you really don't know what you are getting when you buy them from these untrustworthy sites because no one is checking on them, and so I am a much more trustworthy seller. You know what you will get when you buy this item and can contact me at any time about anything! I priced the book because of its scarcity as well, including its top-over binding and lovely print pictures inside.

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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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