Tuesday, October 25, 2005

De-selection or destruction?

This image, entitled The Three Friends was digitally photographed from a book rescued from a library dumpster. It's title: "Beautiful Gems of Thoughtful Sentiment: a vast treasury of choice productions in poetry, prose, and song from the literature and music of all ages." It's publication information is as follows: "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1890, by Henry Davenport Northrop, in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washinton, D. C."

This gem, a book 116 years old, may have no longer fit the collection criteria of this particular library. It is disturbing that the dumpster was to be its next home!

NOTE: Oct. 31/05 listed on www.abebooks.com as $154.99 US

3 Comments:

Blogger Richard said...

I agree . . . it is a shame! Did the book have any resale value? If the library didn't need it maybe somebody else would want it.

But is there any "easy" way, a simple way for small libraries and busy librarians to sell older books? How do you get a fair price? Maybe it is just "easier" to send the item to the dumpster.

Any thots?

Thursday, October 27, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is usually a way to sell something, even if it is for $1 at the library fund-raiser.
There is also a large second-hand market via internet. If the library needs money, and has items of an antique nature, someone may take the time. If they stop to think about it, and their Library Board approves.
Should the library have deselected that item? too many factors unknown.

Sunday, October 30, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what an amazing image from such an old book!

Monday, December 19, 2005  

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