Last week I stumbled unto a book sale. I’m always on the hunt for books but a missed turn led me to this pile. I was taking my little guy to the park when I missed the exit. This slight detour forced me to drive an extra block. At the corner of the extra block I saw the sign “Used Book Sale.” I immediately pulled into the parking lot of a Presbyterian Church. I showed up right as doors opened and walk through the sale as the first customer.
I was inside for less than 10 minutes and walked away with a great pile and one gem.
There are a number of things I look for at used book sales. In regards to this gem, I look for old books and books with inscriptions. I love reading a book knowing a little about the person that held it years ago. This gem happened to be really old, contained a wonderful inscription, and is a commentary on a Biblical book that is the centerpiece of my doctoral work.
The book is Barnes’ Notes on the Book of Acts published in 1838.
The inscription, best I make make out through faint and cursive writing, reads:
August 2 1840
Mrs. Hary Robertson
Feb 7th 1841
An absolute gem. An absolute steal for $1.
We also had fun at the park.