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  • TRAVELS IN A DONKEY TRAP. by Baker, Daisy.
    Baker, Daisy.
    TRAVELS IN A DONKEY TRAP.

    Edition: Family Bookshelf edition.

    New York: St Martin's, (1974.) dj. Hardcover - "For Daisy Baker, the acquisition of a donkey and trap at the age of 76 was a revelation. 'When Darkie came', she says, 'a whole new world opened up. So I found myself writing this book to express it all'. The donkey not only freed her from the confinement of four walls in the country cottage in which she had begun to see herself spending an increasingly cramped old age; but, because she moved so immutably at the pace of another era, Darkie also brought with her another kind of freedom" and so she begins to reflect on earlier eras, on her childhood and on the countryside she lived in. Illustrated with drawings by Pamela Mara. 160 pp.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket.

    Book ID: 49135
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  • ADVENTURES IN CONTENTMENT. by Grayson, David (pseudonym of Ray Standard Baker, 1870-1946)
    Grayson, David (pseudonym of Ray Standard Baker, 1870-1946)
    ADVENTURES IN CONTENTMENT.

    Edition: Reprint.

    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, nd (ca 1920, c 1907) dj. Hardcover - The first book in a very popular series containing essays and vignettes on rural life in America. Baker was a journalist known as a muckraker, an historian (the author - under his own name - of the classic "Following the Color Line," an examination of America's racial divide) and Pulitzer prize winning biographer. For ten years, the true identity of Grayson was kept secret, and there were several men who falsely claimed to be him, including one conman in Denver. Even after his identity was revealed, it was hard to reconcile the gentle essayist of these books with the fierce muckraker. Illustrated by Thomas Fogarty with…

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    New York: Grosset & Dunlap, nd (ca 1920, c 1907) dj. Hardcover - The first book in a very popular series containing essays and vignettes on rural life in America. Baker was a journalist known as a muckraker, an historian (the author - under his own name - of the classic "Following the Color Line," an examination of America's racial divide) and Pulitzer prize winning biographer. For ten years, the true identity of Grayson was kept secret, and there were several men who falsely claimed to be him, including one conman in Denver. Even after his identity was revealed, it was hard to reconcile the gentle essayist of these books with the fierce muckraker. Illustrated by Thomas Fogarty with a color frontispiece, many small black and white drawings and green and white endpapers. 249 pp plus a final drawing.

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    Condition: Near fine in green cloth with paper labels in a very good dust jacket (some creasing to upper edge, minor edgewear)

    Book ID: 83659
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  • A YEAR IN PROVENCE. by Mayle, Peter.
    Mayle, Peter.
    A YEAR IN PROVENCE.

    Edition: Trade paperback.

    New York: Vintage Books, 1992. The author's wonderful account of what it was like to move into a 200 year old farmhouse in a remote region of the Luberon. ISBN: 0-679731148.

    Condition: Very near fine in printed wrappers.

    Book ID: 55312
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  • A LITTLE COCKNEY. by S. G. (Selina Gaye, 1840-1914)
    S. G. (Selina Gaye, 1840-1914)
    A LITTLE COCKNEY.

    Edition: First edition.

    London: Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1903. Hardcover first edition - The story of a little girl, a privileged city child, who goes to spend several months with her grandmother in a country cottage. Gaye, a rather prolific author, is best known for her books on nature, and much of this book is an account of the "little Cockney" learning about the wonders around her. Illustrated with a full color frontispiece and half title page. The title page only indicates S. G. as the author, but Selina Gaye appears in full on the spine. 187 pp plus 4 pp publisher's ads.

    Condition: Very good overall in dark green boards with illustrations on the front cover and spine, lettering in gilt (offsetting to endpapers, a bit of very light scattered foxing, some wear to the corners and edges of the boards. Uncommon.

    Book ID: 83875
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  • JOHN GOFFE'S MILL. by Woodbury, George.
    Woodbury, George.
    JOHN GOFFE'S MILL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Norton, (1948) dj. SIGNED postcard, hardcover first edition - In the late 1930s an archaeologist at Harvard and his statistician wife left academia to make a life for themselves on the brookside New Hampshire property that had been in the professor's family for two centuries. All that remained at the time was a farmhouse badly in need of repairs and a fallen-down water-mill, originally built by his ancestor John Goffe in the 1700s. Shortly after they arrived the 1938 hurricane devastated their small wood lot. Nevertheless, with the help of local artisans, they learned first saw-milling, then grain-milling, lathe-turning and finally country furniture-making. A story of a way of life disappearing even back then, told with charm…

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    New York: Norton, (1948) dj. SIGNED postcard, hardcover first edition - In the late 1930s an archaeologist at Harvard and his statistician wife left academia to make a life for themselves on the brookside New Hampshire property that had been in the professor's family for two centuries. All that remained at the time was a farmhouse badly in need of repairs and a fallen-down water-mill, originally built by his ancestor John Goffe in the 1700s. Shortly after they arrived the 1938 hurricane devastated their small wood lot. Nevertheless, with the help of local artisans, they learned first saw-milling, then grain-milling, lathe-turning and finally country furniture-making. A story of a way of life disappearing even back then, told with charm and humor. Illustrated with drawings by Arthur Conrad. Laid in is a typed SIGNED postcard from Woodbury showing the restored mill. 245 pp.

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    Condition: Good condition overall in a poor example of the scarce dustjacket. Some offsetting and foxing to the endpapers and edges of textblock, corners slightly . some spots to the covers. The dust jacket and the flaps are in separate pieces and missing the spine portion entirely. The postcard is in good condition.

    Book ID: 81944
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