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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!

July 15, 2015

Trouping through Texas - Harley Sadler and His Tent Show

Trouping through Texas 
Well now, what with this, that and the other, it's been quite awhile since I've been here, and it's high time I had my say about something.

So, today I'm giving you a peek into a theatre-history-cum-biography book that's a welcome newcomer to Prospero's Bookshelf.

Written by Clifford Ashby and Suzanne DePauw May and published by Bowling Green University Popular Press in 1982, this entertaining and well written book tells the story of the early 20th century native Texan "hero" entertainer.

At a time in the American Southwest when there was little tolerance between the pulpit and the stage, Sadler became the exception - to the extent that rural preachers called him "as near a certifiable saint as ever emerged from the Baptist Church." And when "Old Harley" came to town, they were known reschedule their regular Wednesday night services to avoid competing with his performances.

This delightful paperback is 187 pages long and well illustrated with black and white photographs.

It measures 9 x 6 inches and is in very good condition.

©2015 ProsperosBookshelf

February 18, 2015

Think Spring! Plan Your Garden!

Perennials: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening
With several feet of snow on the ground and another wintry blast predicted, what better time to curl up with a steaming cup of whatever warms your heart and start planning your springtime garden?

No better time, says Prospero!

To get started, take a peek at this wonderful vintage book, offered by Prospero's Bookshelf. 

A vintage hardcover book, Perennials: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening, was published in 1981 by the American Horticultural Society and is beautifully illustrated throughout with splendid color photos and charming drawings.

You'll read about ...
The Traditional Flowers 
Planning a Perennial Garden
Basic Care and Culture
The Art of Perennial Gardening

And there's handy Plant Selection Guide and an Index

So ... grab a pencil and paper and start sketching and taking notes, because ...

... you'll be donning your gardening gloves, grabbing your trowel
and digging in the dirt before you know it!

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