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|The Hidden Staircase|
Although I read many Nancy Drew mysteries in my younger days, I didn't own a single copy of one...until now. This one has a copyright date of 1959 which is when the character and stories underwent a major revision and modernization from the ones first published in the 1930s and '40s.
|Woman's Day Book of Calligraphy|
Janice Glander-Bandyk and Dennis Droge
Calligraphy is my newest interest and I was happy to find this book with a publication date of 1980. It not only gives instructions on forming the letters of five different styles but also projects using those 'hands': bookplates and stationery being especially appealing to me.
|The Sketch Book|
I was delighted to find this hand-sized book - copyright 1900 - by the MacMillian Company which it published as part of its Pocket American and English Classics series. It contains the well-known stories of Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. It also holds Irving's comments on his first voyage to England in 1804 and the many literary excursions and meetings he had there. There is a highly amusing story, "The Art of Book-making", in which he discovers a room in the British Library where "studious personages" are borrowing from or copying the works of ancient authors and in his words "manufacturing books".
What was formerly a ponderous history revives in the shape of a romance, an old legend changes into a modern play, and a somber philosophical treatise furnishes the body for a whole series of bouncing and sparkling essays.
The first of the new books: Daily Buddhist inspirations taken from the works of The Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and others whose names I cannot pronounce but whose words are beautiful.
Normally, I might not have been attracted by a book such as this, but thought it might help assuage the heartbreak on the recent death of my nephew. It contains short poems and comforting thoughts by a variety of writers. I am glad I found it.