Elementary Lessons in Gaelic with a Vocabulary and Key...

May 21, 2015 by

Elementary Lessons in Gaelic with a Vocabulary and a Key by Lachlan MacBean was originally published in 1889 and is an absolutely rare and priceless gem of a book if you are interested in the beautiful Gaelic language. Here’s a few wee examples of text from the book: “When two Vowels meet so that both cannot readily be  pronounced, the least important is omitted,and an apostrophe marks its place, as — Do’n (for do an) duine, to the man. A fundamental rule of Gaelic orthography is that Consonants be preceded and followed by Vowels of the same quality. Consonants preceded by a broad Vowel [a, or //) must not be followed by a small Vowel {e and /) or Tue Tersa. All Gaelic words are accented on the first syllable. The student should pronounce...

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Early Settlers of Alabama

May 21, 2015 by

Early Settlers of Alabama by Col. James Edmonds Saunders (with notes and genealogies by his granddaughter Elizabeth Saunders Blair Stubbs)  was originally published in 1899 and is chock full of interesting tidbits and history of Alabama. If you are from Alabama, or have relatives or ancestors from the great state of Alabama, this book will likely be of interest to you! A small taste from the PREFACE: “Colonel Saunders began in the April numbers of the “Moulton Advertiser,” 1880 (his county paper), a series of “letters” relating to the “Early Settlers of Lawrence  County” (Ala.) and the Tennessee Valley. These articles, increasing, year after year, in scope and valuable material, soon overran their limit, exacting tributary data from neighboring counties, the State, ad- joining States, and only to pause in that dear “Mother of...

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Electro-plating, with numerous engravings and diagrams...

May 15, 2015 by

Electro-plating, with numerous engravings and diagrams by Paul Hasluck  (what a great last name!) was originally published in 1905!  If you’re into this kind of thing…electro-plating…then this will be a fascinating find and read for you. Here’s a small excerpt to get us all excited about electro-plating. First, the preface: “This Handbook contains, in a form convenient for everyday use, a comprehensive digest of the information on Electro-plating, scattered over more than twenty thousand columns of Work— one of the weekly journals it is my fortune to edit — and supplies concise information on the details of the subjects on which it treats. In preparing for publication in book form the mass of relevant matter contained in the volumes of Work, much had to be arranged anew. However, it may be mentioned that a...

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The First Book of Bees

May 2, 2015 by

The First Book of Bees by Albert B. Tibbets was originally published in 1952 and is a wonderful resource for anyone young or old interested in bees. Mr. Tibbets style is very conversational and chatty, as evidenced in his cute dedication at the beginning of the book: “To my wife Helen, my busiest little bee” Here are a few paragraphs to give you a feel for The First Book of Bees MAKING HONEY “Back at the hive, a field bee may give part of her load of nectar to a house bee. She opens her jaws and squeezes a drop of nectar out over her tongue. The house bee stretches her tongue out full-length and sips the nectar from the tongue of the field bee. Bees are most likely to do this on hot...

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Early History of Middle Tennessee...

Sep 16, 2014 by

Early History of Middle Tennessee by Edward Albright originally published in 1909 is a must have resource for anyone whose family is originally from Tennessee, or for anyone with a passion for Tennessee history. Mr. Albright’s own words from his preface: “The history of Tennessee, and especially that of our own section of the State, was long sadly neglected, and it is now with the greatest difficulty that many of the isolated facts of tradition may be woven into a continuous thread of history. The failure of preceding generations to gather and record, first-handed, many of the stirring events of early times in the Cumberland Valley from those who participated in them, has increased the task of the historical writer of today. Only one other attempt has been made to write a history of...

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Civil War Household Tips

Sep 6, 2014 by

Every once in a while, in everyone’s life, there comes a time for a strange remedy. You know what I mean – an out-of-the-box answer to a question you find yourself pondering for days. Modern medicine just doesn’t seem to be fixing it – so what do you do? This, my friends, just might be the book to answer all your questions. Imagine…it’s the mid 19th century, 1860’s to be precise. Please keep in mind penicillin was not discovered by Alexander Fleming until 1928.  We take it all for granted now don’t we? we take for granted…small infections that disappear as soon as the doctor prescribes antibiotic cream, or perhaps you have some… shall we say “un-named” infection that is causing a blip in your regular day. You simply run to the doctor or...

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The Writings of John Muir Volume IV...

Mar 11, 2014 by

The Writings of John Muir: Volume IV The Mountains of California was originally published in 1898. Yet another volume from John Muir of incredible nature writings, this volume centered on the mountains of California.  Here are a few lines from the opening of the book: “Making your way through the mazes of the Coast Eange to the summit of any of the inner peaks or passes opposite San. Francisco, in the clear spring time, the grandest and most telling of all California landscapes is outspread before you. At your feet lies the great Central Valley glowing golden in the sunshine, extending north and south farther than the eye can reach, one smooth, flowery, lake-like bed of fertile soil. Along its eastern margin rises the mighty Sierra, miles in height, reposing like a smooth, cumulous...

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The Emotion of Sympathy

Mar 11, 2014 by

The Emotion of Sympathy by William Winter was originally published in 1856 and is the text of a poem READ BEFORE THE CAMBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, AT CAMBRIDGE, JULY 26th, 1856.  Unique & different. Here are a few lines from the preface: “A comparison is made between the feelings of an exile on returning, after long absence in a foreign land, to that of his nativity, and the feelings, which, as old friends, we experience in assembling together after a long separation. These feelings, though different in degree, are similar in kind. An inquiry follows, as to the origin of such emotions ; and to this inquiry an answer is returned, that we are to seek the explanation in that Law of Sympathy which God has ordained to govern the human race. The universality...

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Scotland and Her Memories

Mar 6, 2014 by

Scotland and Her Memories by  George Ross was an address delivered at Montreal on Hallowe’en, October 31st, 1890. This is reproduction of the original book sold with the speech. Previously hard to come by – and very interesting!! A few of his opening lines to give you a feel for his delivery: “I am not a little depressed tonight by the thought that in inviting me to address you the committee was under the impression I was a native of Scotland, and so, fully accredited to speak for the land “of brown heath and shaggy wood.” I  may as well confess, therefore, at the outset, that I have not that high honor. Years before I was born, my parents bade adieu to their native glens in Rossshire, took ship at Cromarty, tossed for nine...

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The Adventures of Gladys & Dante...

Mar 6, 2014 by

The Adventures of Gladys & Dante is a sweet little ebook novella (short story) I love.  Funny, light, and has that true feeling vibe I love . Hope to read more episodes. Gladys is a divorced mother of two working as a secretary for a jerk. Her co-workers aren’t that great either. Gladys is secretly in love with Dante, the handsome real estate mogul who owns the building where she works. He is also an avid scuba diver and his office is right down the hall. Will Gladys ever catch his eye? Will she be able to get over her anxiety and become a certified scuba diver? How long can Gladys hold her breath?   BUY ON KINDLE BUY THIS BOOK...

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The New York Banker & Broker’s Manual of the New York Stock,Produce,Mining,Cotton,Petroleum Exchanges...

Mar 6, 2014 by

The New York Banker & Broker’s Manual of the New York Stock,Produce,Mining,Cotton,Petroleum Exchanges for 1880-81 was originally published in 1881 and though this is a scanned reproduction of not the best quality I think because of the original quality of the book scanned? Anyway, this is definitely a book to check out if the history of Wall Street and the New York Bankers and Brokers are of interest to you. ahhhh…to be a time traveler… Here is an example of a listing from this fascinating glimpse into the late 19th century Wall Street: CANADA SOUTHERN. Miles of main line owned 230 Miles of branches owned 170 Total 400 Stock, (par value $100 per share) $15,000,000 Bonded debt 13,497,311 Interest on the bonded debt, at the rate of 3 per cent, per annum, is guaranteed...

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Opium Eating: An Autobiographical Sketch...

Mar 6, 2014 by

Opium Eating: An Autobiographical Sketch by an Habituate was originally published in 1876 and offers a unique and glaring window into opiate addiction. During the 19th century opium addiction captured many and this anonymous account comes across as very honest. The author tells us a little about his life, his first experience with opium and his life as an addict.  It is a cautionary tale about drug addiction as valid today as it was back in 1876. To give you an idea of the author’s style, here are a few paragraphs on the Habituate’s inability to get clean. Probably a good book for kids to read in school… “I have not for a number of years made an effort to renounce opium. I know that my unaided efforts would prove fruitless. My constitution would...

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