Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Recently sold are two antique books dealing with gardening in the late 19th century:
1884. 1st edition Garden and Farm Topics by Peter Henderson. This scarce agricultural title has very nice multiple architectural plans and illustrations of plants throughout. Dealing specifically with multiple topics:
Popular bulbs and their culture: Hyacinth, Tulip, Lily, Lily of the Valley, Narcissus, Gladiolus, Calla / Egyptian / Lily of the Nile, Amaryllis, Crocus, Iris, Cyclamen, Ranunculus, plus eleven others that I have never heard of (and I have a horticulture minor).
Window gardening, Basket plants and Care of plants in rooms;
Propagation of plants by various methods;
Rose growing in winter;
Green-house Structures and modes of Heating;
Formation and renovation of lawns;
Onion growing for market;
Growing cabbage and cauliflower;
Growing and preserving celery for winter;
Root crops for farm stock;
plus seven other topics...
1871 Money in the Garden - A Vegetable Manual, prepared with a view of Economy and Profit, by P. T. Quinn. This scarce agricultural title has very nice line illustrations throughout. Dealing specifically with raising 59 different vegetable crops for profit. A very interesting book. Practical information found in an antique book - see how your great great-grandparents grew vegetables.
Recently sold: a 1938 1st Edition Autobiography by Margaret Sanger. At time of sale, only found one other copy of this book available.
Margaret Sanger was an American birth control activist, an advocate of negative eugenics, and the founder of the American Birth Control League (which eventually became Planned Parenthood).
Initially met with fierce opposition to her ideas, Sanger gradually won some support, both in the public as well as the courts, for a woman's choice to decide how and when she will bear children. Margaret Sanger was instrumental in opening the way to universal access to birth control.
Sanger remains a controversial figure. While she is widely credited as a leader of the modern birth control movement, and remains an iconic figure for the American reproductive rights movements, she also is reviled by some who condemn her as "an abortion advocate". (though abortion was illegal throughout Sanger's lifetime, and Planned Parenthood did not then support the procedure or lobby for its legislation). Pro-life groups have frequently condemned Sanger for her views, attributing her efforts to promote birth control to a desire to "purify" the human race through eugenics, and even to eliminate minority races by placing birth control clinics in minority neighborhoods. For this reason, Sanger is often quoted selectively or out of context, and her history and involvement with socialism and eugenics have often been rationalized or even ignored by her defenders and biographers. Despite allegations of racism, Sanger's work with minorities earned the respect of civil rights leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr. *(All biographical information taken from Wikipedia).