Independent Online Booksellers Association

The Flyleaf                                                                                                       July   2016
The Monthly Newsletter of the IOBA
The Flyleaf: The monthly newsletter of the IOBA!

In the days before the internet, sending and receiving letters written by hand, or by machine was de rigueur. Sure, there were telephones (in the last 100 years or so), but a   crisp, unopened, missive, especially a long, detailed epistle from family or friends was apt to send a tingle from head to toes.

Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice sums the receipt of a letter thusly:

"the arrival of letters was the first grand object of every morning's impatience. Through letters, whatever of good or bad was to be told would be communicated, and every succeeding day was expected to bring some news of importance."

For myself, when I was younger, I wasn't a huge writer of letters - except the occasional note from summer camp (because a block of time was set aside to do so daily, and it was expected), and the much more important and dreaded THANK YOU NOTE.

Even though I wasn't overly fond of writing letters, I find, especially as I get older, a true enjoyment of reading letters that others have written -- and if there is an historical basis for the letters, all the better.

This month we're delving into a different act of putting pen to paper: letters (correspondence), diaries and essays.  


PS: (Since it's correspondence month!)  I just found out some information from Constant Contact, IOBA's email and newsletter service,  that I'd like to pass on ...

"Do you send from a Gmail address?
Gmail is changing their authentication policy to prevent customers with email addresses from sending through Constant Contact. We'll make a simple change to make sure your emails still get delivered, but now is a great time to consider investing in a custom domain with a custom email address."

This change to Gmail will affect more than just Constant Contact - check with your IT department to see if a change to your email address is advisable.


Spartanburg, S
A Letter to Bushrod from George Washington
C: Kitemaug Press, 1987. (28) pp. Approximately 2 5/8 x 2 5/16". LIMITED EDITION of 150 copies, this being #29. Printed green cloth over boards black silhouette on front cover and spine titles in black, the design, type setting, printing and binding were done by Frank J. Anderson. A fine copy. (Bradbury, Kitemaug Press, 52) An interesting letter from George Washington to his favorite nephew, Bushrod Washington, written in 1783. Bushrod served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and later studied law in Philadelphia. Washington bequeathed Bushrod Mount Vernon, his library, and his papers, he was so beloved.

A Few Lines to tell You

Iron Mountain, Michigan: Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 1957. Stapled wraps. Very good. [114p.] Cover corners lightly worn, note taped on title page indicates that this is either a 1997 reprint or more likely the original printing distributed in 1997. "Describes in detail the life of a Carmelite Nun" in the Carmel at Iron Mountain as written in letters to her parents. Booklet. B&w illustrations.

On the Little Bighorn With Walter Camp
El Segundo, California, U.S.A.: Upton & Sons, 2002. Book. Near Fine. Hardcover. Signed by Author(s). First Edition. Hardcover. Upton & Sons, first, 2002. In near fine condition, small ink marking on bottom of book pages doesn't appear to be a reminder mark, DJ covered in Mylar. Signed and noted: #3 of ten copies presented to the author by the publisher, 5-27-02, on title page. From the Montana and the West Series, Volume XIV. Camp, who died in 1925 before he could complete his proposed masterpiece, spoke with and corresponded, between 1908 and 1925, with 109 individuals who either belonged to Custer's cavalry or to his Indian scout force, or were civilians attached to Custer's regiment. Frontispiece photo of Camp, internal photos, maps, index.

A Woman's Part in a Revolution
London & New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1897. First printing. Very good overall in deep red cloth covers with gilt lettering - covers are in near fine condition, pages have the usual rather severe toning, with some pages still unopened and others with marginal tears from careless opening. A memoir of an important event leading up to the Boer War by American woman whose husband, John Hays Hammond, was a mining engineer, diplomat, philanthropist and business partner of Cecil Rhodes in South Africa. As one of the four leading reformers,he was first sentenced to death after the abortive Jameson Raid of December 1895, with the sentence later reduced to 15 years imprisonment, and finally to release in 1896 with payment of a stiff fine. As Mrs Hammond explains in her brief preface, this book, which is based in large part on her diaries, is an account of her personal experiences. "The causes of the Revolt in Johannesburg, and the ensuing political questions, are but lightly touched upon, in deference to the silence enforced upon my husband as one of the terms of his liberation by the Boer Government."

Correspondence Between President Truman and Pope Pius XII
44 pp. 8vo. Includes an introduction by Myron C. Taylor, Truman's personal representative to His Holiness Pope Pius XII. Photographs of all three men precede text. The collected correspondence includes ten letters written between April 1946 and December 1949, and serves as a companion to the earlier work entitled 'Wartime Correspondence Between President Roosevelt and Pope Pius XII'. The letters discuss how the United States and the Vatican might work together to alleviate the human suffering and the crises of faith occasioned by World War II, and cooperate towards achieving a lasting peace.
First edition. Includes original onion skin jacket, with loss and tears along top edge (large chip from rear panel). Myron Taylor's calling card affixed to front endpaper with paperclip, and a typed letter on Taylor's stationery to one Mr. Edward Beiderbecke is laid in. Myron C. Taylor, 1950. First Edition. Very Good/Fair.

Travels through Germany in a Series of Letters

Dublin: Whitestone et al., 1787. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. 2 volumes complete. xiii, 433; x, 454 pp. Translated by Rev. Mr. Maty. (8vo) 19x12cm (7½x5") Three-quarter calf and marbled boards. Early Edition. Uncommon Irish Edition. A handsome set. First Volume has a weak front hinge. Paste-down bookplate on endpage, stamp on front free endpage, Printed on laid-paper. Text is clean, some toning but not foxed.

Out of the Blue...

Chicago: Normandie House, 1939. Cloth. Very Good/Good. 205p. Top cover edges sunned, jacket has closed tears and chips to edges. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.
LSD My Problem Child

New York: McGraw-Hill, (1980.) First printing. Near fine in a good dust jacket (slit on front cover of dj, with matching scratch to board underneath - otherwise tight and clean, appears unread.) Memoir of the Swiss scientist best known as the "father of LSD" focusing on the discovery of LSD, the birth of the Psychedelic Age, and the intriguing history of acid. Includes details on his research and personal experimentation, as well as encounters along the way with Aldous Huxley, Timothy Leary, Gordon Wasson and others. Quite aside from the historical and scientific significance of these discoveries, Hofmann describes them as "cracks" in the edifice of materialistic rationality, cracks which should be widened and explored more deeply. Translated from the German by Jonathan Ott, an ethnobotanist himself. xiii, 210 pp.
  These are just a few of the thousands of books available on the IOBA website.  You can search by using the advanced search page .
Find IOBA on   Facebook   or on Twitter

Dealer Catalogues and Varia:

Blind Horse Books: Christmas in July

R & A Patrilla Antiquarian Booksellers: Catalogue 267 - Road Trip! 

Until Next Month...

When I was growing up, a thank you note had a standard format - first the salutation, then a statement of thanks, followed by a quick tip as to how the gift was to be used (if it was jammies, the tip was obvious; If it was cash....well, a cautious bending of the truth might be in order: i.e.: "I'll spend the money on an educational book" [instead of the Pokemon game I'm really getting] ).

Essays had a standard format as well : Introductory paragraph (which lists five points that will be discussed), the five inner paragraphs (one for each point), and a conclusion to wrap up the entire essay.

Diaries were much more free form, and, to my knowledge, didn't have a special format, though an establishment on the state of the weather was a common introduction to a day's entry.

The advent of the internet may not have caused a change in these formats, however, time stands still for neither man nor beast and I've heard that most of the formats I learned are hopelessly out of date.

No matter.  The letters, essays and diaries I enjoy reading are even older than I am, so it works out just fine!

In the make things easier department:

Here's the theme for next month's Newsletter:

Ancient Rome

submissions for items or catalogues are due by the 12th of Augus. 


 Your Editor 
Independent Online Booksellers Association |
c/o editor 
2109 Spring Oak Ct. Modesto, CA 95355

What is IOBA?
The Independent Online Booksellers Association is an international trade organization for internet booksellers that adhere to traditional bookselling standards - wonderful books from professional booksellers. With members on five continents, IOBA members can be found on venues across the internet, including  Our own search engine where every bookseller is a vetted member of IOBA.

Why buy from IOBA member Booksellers?
As a book buyer, you can have confidence when dealing with a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association. The books you buy will be accurately graded and described by professional booksellers and promptly and safely shipped. Every IOBA member puts you first, pledging to uphold our standard of excellence - . The Bookbuyers Bill of Rights