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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

March 31, 2011

Booksellers from the Vestiesteam

Summer is coming, and one begins to think of a vacation, perhaps visiting friends.  First of all, the wise traveler always takes along a few favorite authors, but there is always the danger of running out of reading materials. You may be a host or a guest, but what would you hope to find in the well-appointed guestroom? One authority on the subject suggests that the rule of thumb includes the Bible, a selection from Shakespeare and  at least one novel by Jane Austen.

What do you think? Or if the occasion presented itself, what would you hope to find on the night table beside the guest bed in which you find yourself?  Let's get some help from a few members of the Vintage Etsy Society Street Team (vestiesteam).

The World of Washington Irving
VintageCDChyld has a wonderful shop with books, kitchen items and many other items, but we are mainly interested in her books at the moment.  Depending on your frame of mind, here is one that might interest you: The World of Washington Irving. Living in the first half of the 19th century in America, Irving was a wonderful teller of tales, and the author of this book explores Irving's contribution to American letters and the world of literature and politics (in which Irving participated) which surrounded him.

David Harum A Story of American Life
Let's find another Vestiesteam shop.  How about CabinWindows?  The owner of this shop lives in a cabin in Colorado, loves the simple life and may be found reading a book while she sits on  her swing. I think that we have caught her reading a very popular book from the very end of the 19th century: David Harum A Story of American Life by Edward Noyes Westcott. As the shop owner says, it is a beautiful story and book (and at a good price).

We could go on for a long time exploring Vestiesteam shops for great books for any occasion, but time is passing and you are anxious to find a good book. How about something different - drama, plays.  Plays may be a bit more demanding to read because the narrative and the exposition are gone and you are left with only dialogue. You  have to supply the imagination to "see" the action that the dramatist is obliged to leave to the actors of his play. But reading plays is really fun, and it is all left up to you.

Here are two lovely collections of plays from Rosegoldaline.

Famous American Plays

And here's something from my shop, ProsperosBookshelf.

The History of the Theater

Now what would you like to find in our guestroom as the night falls and you smell the ocean air?


Opendoor Studio said...

And i have seen a photo of your lovely place and you are not kidding about the ocean air through the windows!
love this hmm. something to ponder!
great read JOE!

simplysuzie2 said...

Ahhh, nothing better than reading vintage books; something about their musty smell that adds to the thrill of the book! My favorite tho is vintage children's books where the illustrations make the story come alive! I wanna be in that swing, feeling the ocean breezeand reading som wonderful old tale from the past. So so envious!

ReinvintageArts said...

How have I not found your blog page before? Shame on me. I'm a sucker for old books myself, just never can seem to give up the good ones. Even the silly little 1923 local cook book I came across earlier this week. It just squeezes in on my eighth book shelf. I think I have a problem

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