Dover Books

I can’t remember when I first discovered Dover Books, but it was way back when they published mainly facsimile editions of  books whose copyright had lapsed. That’s still true, but it’s just one part of the dazzling Dover catalogue. I’m writing this from my living room — one of five rooms with bookshelves — and lessee… This is what I gathered:

  1. 79 Decorative Alphabets for Designers and Craftspeople
  2. Italian Drawings from the 15th to the 19th Century
  3. Filet Crochet
  4. Drawings of Mucha
  5. Fun Faces — 15 Punch Out Masks
  6. 24 Outline Display Fonts  CD ROM and Book
  7. Alexander Scriabin:The Complete Preludes and Etudes for Pianoforte Solo
  8. Franz Liszt: Complete Hungarian Rhapsodies for Solo Piano.( Yes, we have a piano.)
  9. Full-Color Celtic Decorative Letters CD-ROM and book.
  10. Favorite Songs of the Nineties (The “After the Ball” “A Bird in a Gilded Cage” 90s)
  11. My Ladye Nevells Booke of Virginal Music — William Byrd
  12. Domenico Scarlatti:  Great Keyboard Sonatas Series II
  13. Antique French Jumping Jacks: 11 Easy to Assemble Toys That Move

My sister Julia and my daughter Honor in 1990, wearing those cool cardboard punch-out Victorian masks, from a book I can’t find any more.

Here’s the wiki on Dover:

Jeez, where to start? Well, maybe with the catalog: What a wonderworld! I had no idea of the scope of the science writing. I can get a copy of “The Principle of Relativity” for 6.97? Linus Pauling’s “General Chemistry” for 9.98? “Catastrophe Theory for Scientists and Engineers” — 26.95 . If I were castaway on a desert island with only this book to read, I guess I’d give it a stab — may the sailing gods help me: “The Finite Element Method:Linear Static and Dynamic Finite Element Analysis.”

I’ll leave those and the hundreds of other science titles to those who love or need them. You know my frippery ways: check out the paper dolls!

  1. Chanel
  2. Classic TV Moms: Peg Bundy, Laura Petrie ,Claire Huxtable,, June Cleaver,Carol Brady.
  3. The Obama Family (and every other First Family
  4. The Dalai  Lama and Family (!)
  5. Marie Antoinette
  6. — and all the rest, from Country Stars through Gothic costume

Harry Houdini will teach me magic. Boris Spassky will teach me chess. I don’t own a copy of “Leaves of Grass,” but for three bucks I can –a facsimile of the 1855 edition, — through the Thrift Line. Here’s my wish list after fifteen minutes of browsing: “Rufus Estes’ “Good Eats”The First African-American Cookbook,” “The Art of Perfume CD-ROM and Book,” “The First Jewish-American Cookbook,” “Write it Right:a Little Blacklist of Literary Faults,” by Ambrose Bierce.

Dear old Dover!



Filed under Art, How Cool is That?, Library Card, Music, Ten bucks or fewer, Yarn

5 responses to “Dover Books

  1. M., you really are TOO MUCH! How have we avoided touching on Dover Books all these years???

    I see Filet Crochet on your list… did we even talk about that necessity? Of course ALL my crochet books, without exception except a Peter Max one, are Dover. I’ve only ever crocheted Dover doilies.

    And while we didn’t have the punch-out masks instead we had the punch-out put-together castle back when there was a little boy around.

    A great source for $1 copies of classics that the school bookstore wants mass-market $9.95 for, too.

    I’ll never be able to pick a favorite C&C… never never ever. But this one is DEF in the running I can tell you that.

    Are they still in Minneola, I wonder and hope?

  2. Yup, per Google — the address is Mineola, NY. Dover is a national treasure!

  3. Yummm. Books R Us.

    Oddly (for me), I’ve been writing about perfume all day.

    And the Bierce sounds fun.

  4. Rachel, I’m looking forward for your words on scent — a difficult subject to write about but with you I have no fears.

    I think I’m gonna have to order Ambrose. Tomorrow.

  5. trish mcneilly

    do you still have old vintage crochet ?i purchased many of them n 1990″s and would like more now trish

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