Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sir Walter Scott at the Austin Book, Paper, & Photo Show

Hello again, gentle readers; I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to Larry McMurtry for the awful pun on his "Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen," but I simply couldn't resist. How often does one get the chance to use a title like that?

I went to the Austin BP&P Show this afternoon, arriving in the last hour of the last day of the show, just in time, it seems, to stumble upon a really good deal. I'd like to thank Chuck Whiting for telling me about it, because I was otherwise oblivious to the occurrence this event, and hindsight being all that they say it is, I would have regretted not attending.

I don't usually collect Sir Walter Scott's works, but the book was so beautiful, I was unable to ignore it. The seller was, surprisingly, the Austin Public Library Bookstore. Their blog, Recycled Reads, can be found here.

Before today, I hadn't realized that the APL even had a bookstore, let alone one that boasted rare and antiquarian titles among its inventory; I would have thought that the library would have put such books in its special collections room, but it appears that I was blessedly mistaken. I think that I shall be paying them a visit quite soon. Their prices were quite reasonable.

And of course, all the monies collected by the store benefits the APL, a noble cause to be sure.

Without further ado, here are the pictures of my new treasure:

Front Cover

Spine Detail

Seller's Detail Card

Ephemera From Past Sellers: An Antique Advertisement

Penciled Inscriptions

Title Page

I couldn't be happier with this find. And I suspect that the APL Book Store will soon become one of my favorite haunts.

Until next time, I wish you, my readers, all the best in your book collecting endeavors. Cheers!


  1. Glad you could make it by. Nice find--love the bookseller label! Unfortunately, I was unable to get out of the Houston area to attend. I'll be back next year exhibiting. Also in the Austin area worth checking out is Luke Bilberry's 12th Street Books, a rare and antiquarian book shop--the last of its kind (open shop) in Austin. The building's not marked, except by books on the sidewalk outside the door.

  2. Yeah, I've been there, it's a really nice place. Thanks for reminding me, I've been meaning to make a return trip. I picked up a circa 1960's reprint of Jonathan Swift's "Instructions For Servants" with some amazing watercolor illustrations on my last visit. Maybe I'll make a post out of it, even though it's not technically "antiquarian."