Tuesday, March 24, 2009

This Week's Acquisitions

One notable acquisition this week, a new edition of The Travels of Cyrus, one of the two titles I have mini-collections of. (The other is The Adventures of Telemachus). I like these because there are literally hundreds of different editions of them, and most can still be had quite reasonably.

- The Travels of Cyrus. To which is annexed, a Discourse upon the Theology and Mythology of the Pagans; by Chevalier Andrew Michael Ramsay (n.p. [London], 1772). This is a fairly rare edition (ESTC lists copies at the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Bodleian, and the University of Illinois; WorldCat adds Brigham Young University). My copy comes to me from Ventnor Books on the Isle of Wight, and contains the bookplate of Samuel Woodyear. It is signed "S Woodyear" and "Antonetta Woodyear 1801" on the title page (I haven't done any checking on the Woodyears yet so if anyone has any information on them I'd love to know of it).

And a few other arrivals:

- Shakespeare Wrote for Money by Nick Hornby (McSweeney's, 2008). Publisher.

Curious Men: Being a Collection of Freaks, Frauds, and Fine Fellows by Frank Buckland; edited by Paul Collins (McSweeney's, 2008). Publisher.

- English as She Is Spoke: The New Guide of the Conversation, in Portuguese and English, in Two Parts by Jose da Fonseca and Pedro Carolino; edited by Paul Collins (McSweeney's, 2004). Publisher.

- Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count by Jill Jonnes (Viking, 2009). Publisher.


JKGLA said...


Samuel & Antionetta Woodyear are distant relatives of mine. They were either brother & sister or father & daughter.

The family moved from Southampton to Cowes, IOW, before 1841 (from 1841 census). I can probably give you any info you require about the family. The last survivor of the IOW branch was probably Eve Woodyear of Cowes, who died in her nineties last year.

Fascinated about the bookplate!

Joan Kemp (jkgla@yahoo.com)

JBD said...

Joan - how fascinating! Would love to know see any info on the Woodyears (I like the stories behind the books, very much!). And I've just sent you an email with photos of the bookplate and signatures.