Recently the brother of my sister-in-law died. I did not know him well since I had only met him a couple of times. As has become more common, in his obit there was the line about making donations in lieu of flowers. In his case, two organizations were named: the first a local foundation of a sport that he enjoyed playing and the second was the national association of the disease that led to his death. In considering which one I wanted to make a donation, I realized that I wanted to contribute to what he enjoyed in life, not what led to his death. Also that was the first one listed so that carried more weight as well as he might be known in the local foundation as opposed to a national association.
The lieu of flowers got me to thinking what would I want in my obit - what hobbies or what had meaning to me during my life. My main hobby has always been reading and the public library was a godsend to me when I was growing up plus I took my children to the local library often. To say nothing of the value that the FOL booksales have been in my final career (at least I hope I don't end up at McDonalds) . So I decided that the local public library would be the first one with any donations received earmarked for books. I automatically thought of the public school libraries but then remembered ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America)and the Benevolent Fund which provides financial assistance to those in the book trade who find themselves in a time of need.
Although I am not a member of ABAA, I decided that would be my second option for a In Lieu of Flowers. I first learned about the Benevolent Fund here on the BS Board when it was suggested by someone for a bookseller who was in financial need. That bookseller, who was not a member of ABAA, applied and received funds from ABAA. That left a very positive impression on me. I did check the ABAA site and they have had a few contributions made in the past in memory of others.
The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Benevolent Fund
Friends of the Woodburn and Benevolent Funds and In Memoriam
So now I have my "local" and my "national". Time for me to start a desktop file for DH or the sons about things like this. They have been told some things verbally, but time to write everything down as I think of them. It would never occur to them to do a lieu of donations to the library and certaintly not to ABAA. Not in any danger of going anyplace soon, but better to have things organized for them.
TO THE LIBRARIANS ON BOARD: Does your library have procedures in place for accepting "In Memory" money gifts and can such donations be restricted to the purchase of books? If the donation can be limited to purchase of books, can a topic be specified? Why I ask about topic is that the year before we went to Ireland, I was reading every book that I could find on Ireland and to my dismay the main branch of the county library had nothing on the history of Ireland, only travel books to Ireland. I did point it out to one of the librarians! Also, I am amused with myself in wanting to limit donations to books. In the late 1980s/early 1990s, I was on the Governor's Task Force for Libraries and I was the biggest advocate for getting computers into libraries! haha!
This just proved my feelings that Brick Mortal book retail sale is not as optimistic as the other thread has hinted.
Ultimately the uused book business will be monopolized by the chained thrift stores because only they can get free inventory, and online dominated by those mega penny booksellers.
The 'Most Valuable from 1950's' thread got me thinking that some BSB'ers might find the most valuable American picturebooks list of some value.
The following is an excerpt from a database of 25,000 first edition contemporary picturebooks ('contemporary' being the Newbery/Caldecott era). I've given each book in the database a Collectability and Scarcity Index using a 1-to-10 scale. Note that the values are not the market values but what my database estimates the value to be.
|Title||Year||Collect ability||Scarce||Est. Value||Award winner||Illus. Last||Illus. First|
|Curious George||1941||9.5||10.0||$ 31,400||Rey||H.A.|
|And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street||1937||10.0||9.0||$ 24,000||Geisel||Theodore|
|Goodnight Moon||1947||9.0||10.0||$ 22,800||Hurd||Clement|
|Horton Hatches The Egg||1940||9.5||9.0||$ 18,000||Geisel||Theodore|
|Make Way For Ducklings||1941||9.0||9.5||$ 18,000||CM||McCloskey||Robert|
|The Little House||1942||9.0||9.0||$ 13,400||CM||Burton||Virginia Lee|
|The Very Hungry Caterpillar||1969||9.0||9.5||$ 13,400||Carle||Eric|
|The 500 Hats Of Bartholomew Cubbins||1938||8.5||9.0||$ 10,600||Geisel||Theodore|
|The King's Stilts||1939||8.5||9.0||$ 10,600||Geisel||Theodore|
|Where The Wild Things Are||1963||10.0||8.0||$ 10,600||CM||Sendak||Maurice|
|The Runaway Bunny||1942||8.0||9.0||$ 7,800||Hurd||Clement|
|The Snowy Day||1962||7.0||10.0||$ 6,600||CM||Keats||Ezra Jack|
|Millions Of Cats (250)||1928||9.0||7.5||$ 6,400||NH||Gág||Wanda|
|Mike Mulligan And His Steam Shovel||1939||7.5||9.0||$ 6,200||Burton||Virginia Lee|
|Green Eggs And Ham||1960||10.0||7.0||$ 6,200||Geisel||Theodore|
|The Little Engine That Could||1930||8.0||8.0||$ 5,000||Lenski||Lois|
|The Five Chinese Brothers||1938||6.0||10.0||$ 5,000||Wiese||Kurt|
|Millions Of Cats||1928||9.0||7.0||$ 4,800||NH||Gág||Wanda|
|Bumble Bugs And Elephants||1938||7.0||9.0||$ 4,800||Hurd||Clement|
|The Story Of Ferdinand||1936||9.0||7.0||$ 4,600||Lawson||Robert|
|Thidwick: The Big-Hearted Moose||1948||8.0||8.0||$ 4,200||Geisel||Theodore|
|Harold And The Purple Crayon||1955||9.0||7.0||$ 3,800||Johnson||Crockett|
|The Story Of Babar||1933||8.5||7.0||$ 3,600||Brunhoff||Jean de|
|The Cat In The Hat||1957||10.0||6.0||$ 3,600||Geisel||Theodore|
|A Story, A Story||1970||7.0||9.0||$ 3,400||CM||Haley||Gail E.|
|The Carrot Seed||1945||7.5||8.0||$ 3,400||Johnson||Crockett|
|Pumpkin Moonshine||1938||9.0||6.5||$ 3,400||Tudor||Tasha|
|The Giving Tree||1964||9.0||7.0||$ 3,400||Silverstein||Shel|
|White Snow, Bright Snow||1947||8.0||7.5||$ 3,200||CM||Duvoisin||Roger|
|McElligot's Pool||1947||8.0||7.5||$ 3,200||CH||Geisel||Theodore|
|If I Ran The Zoo||1950||8.0||7.5||$ 3,200||CH||Geisel||Theodore|
|Cinderella, Or The Little Glass Slipper||1954||8.0||7.5||$ 3,000||CM||Brown||Marcia|
|Horton Hears A Who||1954||8.0||7.5||$ 3,000||Geisel||Theodore|
|The Travels Of Babar||1934||8.0||7.0||$ 2,800||Brunhoff||Jean de|
|Babar The King||1935||8.0||7.0||$ 2,800||Brunhoff||Jean de|
|Little Tim And The Brave Sea Captain||1936||8.0||7.0||$ 2,600||Ardizzone||Edward|
|Abraham Lincoln||1939||8.0||7.0||$ 2,600||CM||d'Aulaire||Ingri & Edgar Parin|
|Mei Li||1938||8.0||7.0||$ 2,600||CM||Handforth||Thomas|
|Cecily G. And The 9 Monkeys||1942||8.0||7.0||$ 2,600||Rey||H.A.|
|Bartholomew And The Oobleck||1949||8.0||7.0||$ 2,400||CH||Geisel||Theodore|
|The Big Snow||1948||7.0||8.0||$ 2,400||CM||Hader||Berta & Elmer|
|Journey Cake, Ho!||1953||7.0||8.0||$ 2,400||CH||McCloskey||Robert|
|The Egg Tree||1950||7.0||8.0||$ 2,400||CM||Milhous||Katherine|
|Finders Keepers||1951||7.0||8.0||$ 2,400||CM||Mordvinoff||Nicholas|
|Curious George Takes A Job||1947||8.0||7.0||$ 2,400||Rey||H.A.|
|Curious George Rides A Bike||1952||8.0||7.0||$ 2,400||Rey||H.A.|
|A Tree Is Nice||1957||7.0||8.0||$ 2,200||CM||Simont||Marc|
|How The Grinch Stole Christmas||1957||10.0||5.0||$ 2,000||Geisel||Theodore|
|Animals Of The Bible||1937||8.5||6.0||$ 2,000||CM||Lathrop||Dorothy P.|
|Sylvester And The Magic Pebble||1969||8.0||7.0||$ 2,000||CM||Steig||William|
|Zephir's Holidays||1937||7.5||7.0||$ 2,000||Brunhoff||Jean de|
|Babar And Father Christmas||1940||7.5||7.0||$ 2,000||Brunhoff||Jean de|
There are a variety of casings, cloth; pictorial paper, vinyl (like the book clubs). Tweed has been described.
I assume cloth was first.
But beyond that, first printings?