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My library has discarded its set of The Golden Bough by James Frazer. Unfortunately this is not a complete set and is missing the first two volumes (which I guess must have been an introductory volume and then Part I, since "volume 3" is labeled Part II). Don't believe the year in the call number; this edition is New York: St. Martin's Press, 1963 (some volumes say 1966).

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I didn't take a picture of the inside of any of these, but the paper seems in decent condition, somewhat yellowed but not like the one below. Free of internal markings as far as I can see.

There is also this extremely condensed illustrated volume which seems to contain just a few selected chapters from the first two to four or so parts (Taboo and the Perils of the Soul, The Dying God) and some from the later Balder volumes (part VII). New York: Avenel Books, 1981; 407 pp; ISBN 0517336332. Considerably age-yellowed, as you can see in the second picture. The jacket art also seems fairly faded on the spine.

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All have library processing: besides the labels you can easily see in the photos, there are call numbers written in pencil on endpapers or title page; plastic jacket covers that have been taped on (although I don't guarantee the tape is still holding on every corner); stamps on edges of pages; glued-in checkout card pockets or the remains thereof; and barcode stickers.

Free to anyone who wants them - pay shipping.
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(opportunity to test the DW images interface here! ah, ok, looks like it's auto-thumbnailing. handy. click to embiggen.)

weird googly-eyed lobster dish


Must be one of those regrettable foods from a Sunset cookbook, right?

Nope. Larousse Gastronomique, Crown Publishers' 1961 English edition. I guess sad food photography was just endemic to the 1960s.
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‘1984’ sales soar after Trump claims, ‘alternative facts’:
First published in 1949, Orwell’s classic dystopian tale of a society in which facts are distorted and suppressed in a cloud of “newspeak” topped the best-seller list of as of Tuesday evening.

Well I flippin' well hope so!

I wonder if people are buying it for themselves, or if e.g. people are buying quantities to distribute, or something like that.

eta: Apparently the publisher has ordered a new print run to meet demand. crikey.
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This has definitely happened to me. Like, one time I re-read Bridge to Terabithia and I suppose it wasn't exactly "BAD AND NOT GOOD TO READ??" but it certainly wasn't like I remembered it being. I shudder to think how I would feel about the Ramona Quimby books or Baby-Sitters Club series if I were to read them now; both better left to the rosy glow of nostalgia, I think. On the other hand, Shel Silverstein is a delight every time (although poetry is a different beast, I suppose). I'm trying to think of what else I read as a kid that would be likely to fall into this category, but actually I think I transitioned to more "adult" stuff pretty early on - I was turned on to science fiction by picking up 2010: Odyssey Two when I was 11, for example (and I didn't know at the time it was a sequel and BOY was I confused, but apparently I liked it anyway because here we are).

Anyway - you? I'm sure most of the people reading this are quite old enough to have had the same experience. What's held up, what's turned to ashes?
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We've discarded a copy of Graves' The White Goddess from my library. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1966 Amended and enlarged edition, paperback, 1981 printing, this cover art. Good condition with usual sorts of library stamping, labels, etc.; no marks within the text that I saw. Would anyone be interested in having it? I would ask a few dollars to cover shipping.

eta: transaction pending.
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Found in an unrelated work context*:

Ents, Elves, and Eriador: The Environmental Vision of J.R.R. Tolkien

Chapter titles:
Varda, Yavanna, and the Value of Creation
Gandalf, Stewardship, and Tomorrow's Weather
Hobbits and the Agrarian Society of the Shire
Horticulture and the Aesthetic of the Elves
Woods, Wildness, and the Feraculture of the Ents
The Necessity of Margins in Middle-earth's Mingled Ecologies
The Ecology of Ham, Niggle's Parish, and Wootton Major
Three Faces of Mordor
Rousing the Shire
Environmentalism, Transcendence, and Action
Some Practical Matters

Sounds interesting.

* Testing circulation behaviors and reuse of barcodes in our new library system requires concrete examples to play with, so I tend to search for random keywords to get test items.
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Book in hand to be cataloged: The Harvard Lampoon, Bored of the Rings, 2012 reissue of 1969 with new foreword. The back blurbs say:

"What do you mean 'parodies are exempt' from copyright law?" --J.R.R. Tolkien
"Narcs? Boggies? This sounds totally fake." --Harry Potter
"Books haven't changed much, I see." --A man coming out of a forty-three year coma
"Guys, we filmed the wrong book." --Peter Jackson

My icon is probably in somewhat poor taste since my mother fell and broke her right humerus two days ago. :-/
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From the jacket flap of Queer (In)justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States which I am just cataloging:

"...examination of queer experiences as 'suspects', defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime. The authors unpack queer criminal archetypes--like 'gleeful gay killers,' 'lethal lesbians,' 'disease spreaders,' and 'deceptive gender benders'--to illustrate the punishment of queer expression, regardless of whether a crime was ever committed."

I get "disease spreaders" and "deceptive gender benders" (sad as it is that people think this way). But I can't say I've heard of "gleeful gay killers" or "lethal lesbians" (?! sounds like some kind of B-movie).
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Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Ed. to be published

Man, I hope they don't make it limited-edition, available only at the con. I wants me one of these, for the nostalgia value if nothing else.
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explosiontastic says:
"Updraging to Windows 95" gee, i wonder why Pauline [one of the librarians] wants to weed this?
err Upgrading
"Updraging" probably is what you did to 95, or Vista
Enotsola says:
explosiontastic says:
that too
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(sorry about the formatting, I c/p'd from a chat window)

good god
ok, this is a book called "what the world eats", featuring photographs of families from various places in the world with a week's worth of their groceries
this Australian family of seven, a single mother, her parents, two teenage boys, one teenage girl, and one younger girl, has this:
11 lb smoked ham, 9.9 lb corned beef, 6.6 lb each ground meat, pork chops, sausages, "steakettes", 4.4 lb each chicken, rissoles (?), 2 dozen eggs, 2.2 lb each beef patties and fish fingers
and one week's food in January: at time of publication, USD$376.45 !!
(in 2008)
elsewhere they talk about biweekly trips which would be a little more believable, but still
SIXTY POUNDS of meat products per week?
i do not believe each of these people is eating 8.6 pounds of meat per day
especially a five-year-old girl
so i can only imagine this is "typical grocery trip" and that a number of these things last longer than 1 week
however, there's no note similar to those next to some others that say "amount of dried fish in the photo is approx 3 months' worth"...
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Geez, does Alfred A. Knopf publish anything that isn't "A Borzoi book"? I swear it's on everything I catalog. (NB: may not be literally true, it just sure feels like everything from Knopf that crosses my desk bears this imprint) At that point, why specify? It's not like you're differentiating from other non-Borzoi you publish. Wha?
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Great googly moogly. Someone apparently sold a copy of the Azoëtia to Weiser Antiquarian, because here it is in their latest catalogue: Read more... )

Didja get the number of that donkey cart? $2250. Now, that's not the one I have; the so-called "Sethos edition" was actually published in several forms in 2002 and 2003. This copy on offer is of the last, the black "Sethos-Behena", and what I have is the "Deluxe" of the 2002 editions (no picture on the page there, but it looks similar to the "Standard" except for the quarter-binding in cream-coloured leather). I have no idea if mine is more or less valuable than the "Sethos-Behena", and I'm sure Weiser paid less for it than they're turning around and selling it for, but geez. (I should probably point out that when I bought it at release I recall paying a couple hundred dollars for it.)
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Clever book title of the day:

Steven Spielberg and Philosophy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Book
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Clever book title of the day:

Steven Spielberg and Philosophy: We're Gonna Need a Bigger Book

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