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What Would E. B. Say?

Every once in awhile I see a quote from E.B. White like,

I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world.


One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

I can't help but think how much better off we might be if we lived by the dictum, "What would E.B. say?

For years I've handled E. B. White material and it never disappoints. But my stock is beginning to dwindle so I thought I would pair the thought of an E. B. White meme with the need to simplify.  The dictum of less is more couldn't be simpler than this landmark photograph by Jill Krementz of E. B. at work in his writing shack on the shore of Allen Cove in his beloved Brooklin, Maine. 

Could it get simpler?

So, in my yearning to simplify, take a look at what I have in stock from an amazing literary life.

For additional photos of signatures and inscriptions simply click on any of the images below.

There are a variety of ways to order:  directly from our website by clicking on the image, replying to this e-mail, or calling me at 207.338.2006. 

If you would like to save on shipping and are in the area, stop by my new store in Belfast, Craig Olson Books, pick up the books, and browse a bit, there's a lot more where these came from...



White, E. B.
Charlotte's Web [5 Foreign Editions SIGNED by E.B. White].
Various: Various, 1968-1979.
Various. As. A collection of 5 separate copies of "Charlotte's Web" in foreign language editions, all signed by E. B. White. Titled as follows: "Charlotte's Web" [Paperback, Fine, Dutch Language (Amsterdam: A.J.G. Strengholt, 1968)]. "Charlotte's Web" [Hardcover, Fine in Fine Dust Jacket; First Persian Language Edition (Tehran, Iran: Zar Press, 1971)]. "Fantastika Wilbur " [Hardcover, Fine, no Dust Jacket as issued; Swedish Language (Oslo: Raben & Sjorgen, 1973)]. "Charlotte's Web" [Paperback, Fine, Greek Language (Greece, 1977)]. "Paukova Mreza" [Paperback, Fine, Bosnian Language (Zagreb: Biblioteka Vjeverica, 1979)].

All are signed by E. B. White on the first free endpaper. Ever the humorist, White has signed the Greek Language edition "E. M. Oyatt," the spelling of his name in Greek. From the Estate of Joel (1930-1997) & Allene White.
Price: $1,500.00  
White, E. B. (Editor); White, Katharine S. (Editor).
A Subtreasury of American Humor.
New York: Tudor Publishing Co., 1945.
Hardcover. First Edition. First Tudor Publishing Edition. xxxii, 814 pp. 8vo. Wear and scuffing to dust jacket, small losses and tears at edges, now in mylar cover.

Co-edited by husband and wife team E. B. White (1899-1985) and Katharine S. White (1892-1977), Coward McCann published the original edition of this title on November 7, 1941, the Tudor Publishing edition was the second edition produced in hardcover, the Armed Services Edition (in wraps) was issued in 1944. [Hall B5] The only book that the Whites collaborated on, the title went through multiple editions over the years, the last published in an abridged version in 1962. This edition is unique in that it is White's personal copy, with both their names written on the first free endpaper and marked "Ex-libris' by Katharine White and the address "No. Brooklin, Me." Katharine has also noted that "This is the 1st edition of this edition, which is the second in hardcover" -- and she was right!. Pencil edits by Katharine White on pages xiv-xv of the Preface.
Price: $750.00  
White, E. B. (Association).
The Holy Bible Containing the Old and New Testaments.
Philadelphia, PA: A. J. Holman Company, 1971.
Full Leather. As. 280, 166 [Concordance], 22, [8] maps pp. 8vo. Flexible black leather binding with gold embossed titling to spine, all edges gilt, black ribbon marker. Black leather binding. Housed in custom clamshell box.

A unique, humorous, and poignant item, E. B. White's (1899-1985) personal Bible. Unique in that White has signed the Bible on the second free endpaper, humorous in that he has filled out the pre-printed gift presentation page to himself on May 28, 1975, on the occasion of "his buying a new Bible," and poignant that the only indication of any use is his recording of the death of his wife on the pre-printed page for family information: "Katharine Sergeant White July 20, 1977." 
Price: $7,500.00  
White, E. B. (Association); White, Katharine S. (Association); Johnson, Lady Bird.
A White House Diary.
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1970.
Hardcover. First Edition. x, 806 pp. 8vo. Dust jacket has numerous chips, tears, and losses, as well as minor staining, now in mylar cover. Green cloth boards with ivory cloth spine and gold embossed titling. Wear and scuffing to boards, light rust-like staining to boards and edges of text block.

Inscribed by E. B. White (1899-1985) to his wife, Katharine S. White (1892-1977) in blue ink on the first free endpaper: "For Katharine '...a lovely girl with ideals, principles, intelligence....' on that fateful day. 13 November. from Husband" A gift on the 41st anniversary of their wedding that took place on November 13, 1929.
Price: $750.00  
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