Natural History

On offer in the display case near the cash register you’ll find some very interesting ephemera including the items below.  The cover page from an 1825 natural history book is in very good condition.  On close inspection of the detailed illustration, you’ll find several interesting scenes all happening at once not the least of which includes harpoon fishermen flying through the air along with their boat which has been knocked out of the water by a spouting whale.

Cover page for the 1825 book A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith.

Cover page for the 1825 book A History of the Earth and Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith.

A Victorian award of merit.

SOLD – A Victorian award of merit.

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Bedtime Story

 

Good children get sugar plums and grassy meadows with flowing brooks along with all the toys they can carry.  Bad children get scary dreams  in this 1940s thriller starring Little Boy Blue along with Wynken, Blynken and Nod.  Favorite Poems by Eugene Field, illustrated by Malthe Hasselriis.  Copyright 1940.

SOLD – Good children get sugar plums and grassy meadows with flowing brooks along with all the toys they can carry. Bad children get scary dreams in this 1940s thriller starring Little Boy Blue along with Wynken, Blynken and Nod. Favorite Poems by Eugene Field, illustrated by Malthe Hasselriis. Copyright 1940.

Illustration from the poem, "Seein' Things" from the book Favorite Poems by Eugene Field and illustrated by Malthe Hasselriis.  Grosset and Dunlap Publishers, NY.  Copyright 1940.

Illustration from the poem, “Seein’ Things” from the book Favorite Poems by Eugene Field and illustrated by Malthe Hasselriis. Grosset and Dunlap Publishers, NY. Copyright 1940.

Illustration for the poem, "The Shut-Eye Train" from the book Favorite Poems by Eugene Field with illustrations by Malthe Hasselriis.  Grosset and Dunlap Publishers, NY.  Copyright 1940.

Illustration for the poem, “The Shut-Eye Train” from the book Favorite Poems by Eugene Field with illustrations by Malthe Hasselriis. Grosset and Dunlap Publishers, NY. Copyright 1940.

Mother Earth’s Children

The Frolics of the Fruits and Vegetables…This beautiful book, written by Elizabeth Gordon and published in 1914, is the source of these wonderful pages.  Alas, they are a book no more, but Mother Earth’s Children still delights.  In addition to the three illustrations shown here, we also have Pomegranate, Little Miss Sugar Cane, the Mustard children, Cauliflower, Mrs. Quince, Mother Pear and her twins, Banana, Cashew, Watermelon, Olive, the Popcorn children, Herr und Frau Cabbage, Apple, Fig and the little Rice ladies.  Each page has a different illustration on each side.  They are displayed for sale in the arts and crafts section of the store along with a selection of vintage books for your browsing pleasure.  So frolic!

Miss Parsley graces one side of this page and Miss Cucumber (not pictured) is on the other.

Genial Mrs. Wheat. On the reverse is baby Citron.

The sweet and juicy Currant ladies on the front and Brussels Sprout and Horseradish on the back.

Seasons’ Blessings!

The holidays are here!

Open your presents.  Pop a cork.  Eat too much. 

Laugh.  Sing.  Enjoy a good book.  Rest.

Elite Repeat is closed until 10 am on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. 

We’ll see you then! 

 

 

Worn with use and bearing the patina of time. Old books are available in the craft section of Elite Repeat.

Kitchy Kitchen

For generations, the Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book has been the work horse of the kitchen.  For that reason, very few of these books are ever found in excellent condition, and this 1949 edition is the perfect example.  Its frayed edges are softened with decades of use,  its pages foxed with age and the hurried touch of busy cooks.

Old cookbooks make for good reading.  This one should be a best-seller.  According to the information on the first page, some of its outstanding features include color photographs, a meal planning guide, recipes for 35 different kinds of meat, foreign cookery–30+ recipes for foreign dishes, and a chapter devoted to leftovers.

We approach cooking differently these days, 62 years after this book was published.  How kitchy-quaint will our food styling appear to cooks in 2073?

SOLD - 1949 De Luxe Edition

Football Crazy

If you live in Stillwater, you probably are.  Football crazy, that is.  We just can’t wait for the Oklahoma State University Cowboys to hit the field.  But what about the other OSU?  The Ohio State Buckeyes?  Those people are crazy, too.  Not as crazy as we are, but crazy in the same way for fall weather, tailgate parties, and pigskin.  Those Buckeyes are proud of Woody Hayes, and Elite Repeat was proud to offer this signed autobiography for $200.  The book sold in October.

SOLD - 1975 edition signed by Wood Hayes