This Week’s Acquisitions
It all started last Sunday when Harvard Book Store had its semi-annual Frequent Buyer Card sale. The store opened an hour early and by 8:30 a.m. the place was packed with book-buyers, who roamed the store in ones and twos with shopping baskets filled with books. I think bookstore attendance was better than church attendance in Cambridge this past Sunday!
I acquired, for 20% off:
- Robert Appelbaum & John Wood Sweet, eds. Envisioning an English Empire: Jamestown and the Making of the North Atlantic World. (This one is dissertation-related and therefore indispensible.)
- Edward L. Ayers, What Caused the Civil War? Reflections on the South and Southern History. (I thought this book might help me talk more about why I can be considered an historian of the U.S. South. So, job-related, and therefore indispensible.)
- Bernard Bailyn, To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders. (I own everything else ever written by Bernard Bailyn, why not this one too?)
- Gordon S. Wood, The American Revolution: A History. (I’m writing a syllabus on the American Revolution and I wanted to see if this book would make an appropriate textbook for the class.)
- Janwillem van der Wettering, Murder in Amsterdam. (Even dissertators need to have some fun!
Then, later in the week, I got a book I ordered off ABEbooks.com. I’ve recently developed a penchant for good memoirs, and I bought a hardcover first edition of Inga Clendinnen, Tiger’s Eye, for $1.50. How could I resist?
And, after my hair cut yesterday, I discovered the Square has acquired a new used bookstore, Raven Books. (Raven does not have a website and unfortunately for those of you not within driving distance of the Square, does no web-based business.) Raven has a fabulous Early American History section with many publishers’ remainders of rare scholarly finds. So:
- Allan Gallay, The Indian Slave Trade.
- Andrew Levy, The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father who Freed his Slaves.
- John K. Nelson, A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishioners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1740.
All of those are dissertation-related, but there were many others I had to resist in the name of my budget. I’ll go back next week!