Sunday, May 18, 2014

For the Birds-

1881 Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Bird's Egg Protection Poster. 

This represents a very early attempt to protect birds and their eggs- the Audubon Society, the longtime champion of birds and their nests, would not be founded until 1886, and in the 1880s there were no Federal laws and only a smattering of state laws, protecting songbirds and their nests and eggs. The MSPCA was founded in 1868, the second-oldest humane society in the United States, and among those on its first board of directors were John Quincy Adams II and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Poster. 9.5"x15". Minor wear, light soil. [40660] $250

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A New Catalog-

Well, despite the best efforts of the Book Elves, another Bookin’! is ready to unleash upon an unsuspecting public. Their efforts included a 7 day-long May Day Festival which featured a succession of Maypoles, each pole having a tendency to conveniently disappear during the evening just before it was time to light the nightly Mayday Festival bonfire. Excuse me- “May Day” Festival, not “Mayday” Festival, though after about 5 days of it, “Mayday” seemed more appropriate... The Book Elves have grown tired of that joke, but I’m going to keep telling it, because I’m the one holding their bail-bond certificates. Those were another result of the week-long celebrations.
But before they also got banned from possessing fireworks, fire-lighting devices, alcoholic beverages, and tubas (don't ask), they finished our latest catalog, which is available for browsing or download as a pdf-
Have fun!