Thursday, May 21, 2020

Stay-at-home shelfie #56

Getting in just under the wire with today's shelfie. So much for blogging a few days ahead, as I was earlier in this series. (It's been a long work week.) In big news, we have arrived at the Last Bedroom Bookcase™. The end is within sight! Whatever will I do for content when this series is over? Perhaps I'll blog my sock cabinet. (Yes, it's a cabinet.) Then again, this isn't called FootwearGreat.1

Longtime readers know that I love old textbooks, right up through the 1970s. I've blogged about many of them over the years under the School Days label (a good rundown can also be found here). But I haven't actually kept most of those old school books. For collecting, it just seems like another Category Too Far.A

These are some of the really old school books that are still on my shelves. I have a real soft spot for geography textbooks, so they are well-represented. There is also a civics textbook and a couple other U.S. history textbooks (as written by the winners, of course). Also: a two-volume history of the Rhine and the absolutely gorgeous 1888 book Visits to Remarkable Places by William Howitt*.

Literal footnote
1. Domain names that are available as of the writing of this footnote:,,,,

A. Featuring Lex van Delden as the Oberscharf├╝hrer.

* Howell was also the author of The Rural Life of England and The Literature and Romance of Northern Europe: Constituting a Complete History of the Literature of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, and the co-translator, with his wife Mary, of The History of Magic, To which is added an Appendix of the most remarkable and best authenticated stories of Apparitions, Dreams, Second Sight, Somnambulism, Predictions, Divination, Witchcraft, Vampires, Fairies, Table-turning, and Spirit-rapping. So there.

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