Yesterday I made what has become an annual trek down to the Miami Library on Flagler Street. Thursday was the start of their Annual Book Sale. Thousands of donated books are organized by subject into boxes and then put out for sale. What an amazing sight!
The first treasure I came across was a first edition, second printing (April 1969) of “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut. The book is in such great condition (minimal wear, no fading, tight binding) that I have a hard time believing it’s a 1969 printing.
In addition to Slaughter-House, the Belleyre bookshelves now stock “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and “The Return of Sherlock Holmes.” Both are like new, and from the limited edition series of Reader’s Digest publications known as World’s Best Reading. As discussed in the May 7, 2010 New This Week email, Reader’s Digest began offering a mail-order only series of full-length, unabridged classics in 1982. Although the series has been discontinued, there are more than 130 titles. The Reader’s Digest classics are quarter-bound with gold type and embossed images. Each book is richly illustrated. Included with each volume is a four-page illustrated leaflet giving the history of the author.
Picked up several paperbacks as well. They include “Catcher in the Rye,” “Catch-22,” and “Sarah’s Key.”
Have a great week!