Archive for December, 2007

Barnum and Bailey Tour of 1897

December 17, 2007


 The Tour of 1897: A Daily Record of the Triumphs of The Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth. Showing the Towns Visited, Business Done, State of the Weather, and Such Incidents as are of General Interest, with an official list of the Barnum & Bailey Company (Cover title): Barnum and Bailey Tour of 1897
BAILEY, James A., authorized by

Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
(Merchantville, NJ, U.S.A.)

Price: $1750

For sale at:

Book Description: (Buffalo NY) (Published by Harvey L. Watkins / Courier Company) 1897., 1897. First and only edition. A “shape book”: string tied in elephant head-shaped wrappers. 123pp, 88pp ads, (2pp index). Small chip, and slight erosion on the front wrapper, tiny and insignificant stain on the very edge of a couple of pages, a very good or better copy of a very fragile book. Wonderful tour book of the circus’ circuit in 1897 with portraits of some of the acts, executives, personnel, etc., and with extensive statistics. Rare. Not in OCLC. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # 65031


Uncle Sam

December 17, 2007


 [Sheet music] Uncle Sam
Madden, Jim C.; Arr. by Jean Walz

Elmer Book Company
(Elmer, NJ, U.S.A.)

Price: $65

For sale at:

Book Description: Randolph Madden Lyceum; Rayner Dalheim & Co., Music Printers, Chicago, 1916. Book Condition: Very Good. Folio. Folio (and too large for our scanner). Copyright MCMXVI by Randolph Madden Lyceum. Illustrated sheet music. Front cover, in red, white, and blue, depicts Uncle Sam, in top hat. Minor edge wear; else, very good. Rare; not in OCLC WorldCat; no record found of it in a general internet search. “Uncle Sam, Uncle Sam, you’re a good big hearted man, In your suit of Stars and Stripes – We are heart and soul with you, No matter what you do; Uncle Sam we know you’re right. – You may not have the guns But many million sons, Who make them and shoulder them as well, – Just put us to the test We’ll surely do our best And they’ll never say Old Glory fell. Uncle Sam, Uncle Sam, We are with you, Uncle Sam. To a man, to a man We are with you Uncle Sam When the bugle calls we’ll jump right to the fray Prepared? Well Uncle, Call us night or day. We will fight, day or night, Uncle Sam you bet you’re right, No matter where you stand – Tramp, tramp, tramp, we’ll take ’em into camp Fire when you’re ready, We’re with you Uncle Sam. . .”. Bookseller Inventory # 002149


December 17, 2007


Fulcher, Cicely 

Ainsworth Books
(Point Roberts, WA, U.S.A.)

Price: $75

For sale at:

Book Description: Blackie and Son, London. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st UK edition. A tight solid book, hinges intact, text unmarked; Some general edge wear, bottom fore corners worn to boards, spine and back a little soiled, previous owner’s name on FFEP. ; 0.79 x 7.09 x 5.51 Inches; 96 pages; This scarce children’s book is illustrated with colour frontispiece and B&W illustrations. The large print seems to indicate it is for a younger reader. (not in OCLC). Illustrated by Norman Sutcliffe. B000YPJ6LU. Bookseller Inventory # 12004

The Power of Merged Dollars

December 17, 2007


The POWER of MERGED DOLLARS How your dollars, linked with the dollars of other men, can produce greater profit-power when invested in the future of America’s Wonder City

Andrew Langer, Bookseller
(Berkeley, CA, U.S.A.)

For sale at:

Price: $125 

Book Description: Hugh Evans & Company, Los Angeles, California, 1928. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good+. Blue paper boards, lettered in black, brown cloth spine, blue endpapers, A scarce piece of Los Angeles history, with pictures and flowing praise of the prospects for the city. The purpose is to promote an investment in units of the Hugh Evans & Company Realty Trust. This copy has a presentation inscription on the FFEP penned and signed by a Mrs. Mildred Harris on behalf of Hugh Evans & Company. Not in OCLC.; 6-1/4″ x 9-1/2″; Very nice condition apart from being bumped at the upper right corner. ; 25 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 2521

The Silver Spoon

December 17, 2007


The Silver Spoon
KAUFFMAN, Reginald Wright

Price: $300

Bookseller: Between the Covers-Rare Books, Inc. ABAA
Address: Merchantville, NJ, U.S.A.
For sale on

 Book Description: New York Moffat, Yard 1916., 1916. First edition. Publisher’s dummy, printing the preliminary matter and the first few pages, with all other pages blank, near fine, with remnants of the dustwrapper laid in. Although not signed, Reginald Wright Kauffman’s own copy with a single pencil correction in the text. Neither OCLC or the Library of Congress record copies of this title, and we are tempted to conjecture that it was never published. From a large collection of books we recently purchased from his library. Kauffman was born and lived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, although he also maintained homes in Bath, Maine and Switzerland. After graduating from Harvard in 1900, he wrote dozens of mysteries, stories, children’s books and non-fiction. He was the editor of the Bangor, Maine Daily News from 1941-1947. His novel The House of Bondage was widely praised, specifically by Emma Goldman, as the first serious attempt to explore the problem of women and prostitution. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # 55351

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

December 17, 2007 is the public face of the largest combined (or “union”) library catalog in the world.  Library folks usually refer to it as OCLC (Online Computer Library Center).  Currently OCLC/WorldCat catalogs over 1 billion items from over 60,000 libraries around the world.  This blog is not affiliated with OCLC/Worldcat in any way.  It’s just an outlet for one bookseller/librarian  (me) to feature unusual, rare and interesting items that exist outside of WorldCat’s vast reach.

This blog will feature books, and book-like items, for sale online that are not in OCLC/WorldCat. To start with, I will find interesting items on sites like  In the future, I may allow submissions.  Since sellers on sites like abebooks want to sell books, I’m assuming that they’re are OK with me using their content, with proper attribution.  If not, just let me know, and I’ll take any entry off.  I have no relationship with any of these sellers, cannot comment further on their books, cannot provide additional scans, and take no commission or other consideration from anyone.

Ground rules:  All items must not appear in WorldCat in the form listed as of the date of the post.  If only microfilm exists, an item may still qualify.  If different editions appear in WorldCat, that counts, unless there are obvious and major differences.  I’ll lean toward items in English, since that’s my only fluent language.  I’ll favor items being offered for under $500.  I’ll almost always want an accompanying image.  And most of all, I’ll try to choose things that are interesting, unusual or fun.  Much as I respect special collections librarians, this blog will not be filled with incunabula, Renaissance tracts in Latin, or anything of the sort.

I can be reached at notinworldcat (at) yahoo (dot) com .