Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Portland Book Sale

One of my pleasures is attending Portland's semi-annual Friends of Multinomah County Book Sale.  Having a sister working in Portland's library system allows me to never miss notification of an upcoming sale date.  The sale also gives us an excuse to make the six hour drive to Portland for the weekend.  A weekend of good company, good food, and good book browsing; time well spent!  Of course, no trip to Portland is complete without stops at the two Powell's Bookstores.  A visit to Powell's is an unforgettable stop for the book lover.  

The fall book sale was held in October but only now am I getting around to looking through the stack of books and cataloging my finds.  The Portland book sale is quite an experience.  Rumor has it that it is the largest book sale in the State of Oregon.  Vast tables of books take over a huge room and long lines of book lovers stand in queue for the doors finally open to the public.

When the doors open, I head immediately to the military history and history sections.  Above is the stack of loot pillaged from from the sale.  A number of interesting finds, for sure.  A few Ospreys were snatched up as seen from the top of the pile.  Included are several titles to fuel my burgeoning interest in Ancient Egypt.

Anything in the pile look particularly interesting?

Oh, that copy of Goldsworthy's, The Punic Wars is a duplicate.  Drop me a note if anyone is interested in it.

15 comments:

  1. your book purchases will certainly keep you busy reading during the year?

    I also have a hardback copy of Goldsworthy's, The Punic Wars, a great book and enjoyable to read too! :o)

    cheers,

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    1. Phil, given that it has taken nearly five months to get around to cataloging them, my expectations are low for actually reading them any time soon...

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  2. Ooo, nice haul!

    Coincidentally, I bought a copy of Howard Carter's _Tomb of Tutankhamen_ this afternoon.

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    1. Very cool acquisition! Was this a multi-volume edition?

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    2. No a modern paperback reprint, but with lots of photos from the excavation.

      It was for stock, so it'll appear on Diplomatist Books shortly.

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  3. You've got some good finds in there. Are the Polish books loaded with Winged Hussar goodness?

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    1. Each volume contains at least one illustration of the famous winged hussars.

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  4. Some great looking books Jonathan!

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    1. I hope so! They all looked good upon first inspection.

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  5. Well that should keep you busy for a little while
    Jonathan!

    Christopher

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    1. Oftentimes, the many book purchases are in anticipation of one day retiring and having much more leisure.

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    1. I think so too! Having been to Rome and the Vatican, the Rome Reborn book was an especially good snag.

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  7. Good additions. I'm not sure which weighs more, my lead or my books. i suspect it's the books, though!

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    1. I suspect my books outweigh the lead too but it might be a near run thing!

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