Santa Paula Times

Saturday BCL Fall Book Sale: Silent Auction for rare, collectible books

November 02, 2005
Santa Paula News

Mixing in something new with much that is old is the format for Saturday’s Friends of Blanchard Community Library Fall Book Sale’s first-ever Silent Book Auction.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesMixing in something new with much that is old is the format for Saturday’s Friends of Blanchard Community Library Fall Book Sale’s first-ever Silent Book Auction.The Annual Fall Book Sale, held Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., will offer thousands of books at bargain basement prices with Better Books from $1, hardbacks 50 cents and paperbacks only 25 cents. Everything will be half price after 2 p.m.The Silent Auction will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and features many rare and collectible editions not easily found outside the shops of professional book dealers.“Having a silent auction for our rare and unique collectible books will give many people a chance to look them over, record their bids” and then shop the sale before coming back to make sure they’re still in the bidding, said Chris Lemon of the Friends.Offered in the Silent Auction are books of local and state interest: from 1937 is the “Complete Guide to Handloading: A Treatise on Handloading for Pleasure, Economy & Utility” autographed by author Philip B. Sharpe, to a 1956 edition of “The Story of Bodie” also signed by author Ella M. Cain.The Silent Auction will also feature the 1930 illustrated “To The South Seas” by Gifford Pinchot, which chronicles the cruise of the Mary Pinchot to the Galapagos. “French Drawings from Prud’Hon to Daumier,” “Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio” and “The Trees of California” a 1923 second edition with 124 sumptuous original drawings are also available to the highest bidder.
Both authors signed the 1935 “Mexican Odyssey” a tour of urban and rural Mexico featuring 70 block prints encased in the original dust jacket.A very rare book up for Silent Auction is “Aristotle’s Works: Containing Directions for Midwives and Counsel and Advice for Childbearing Women” printed for London booksellers in 1860.In all more than a dozen collectible books will be featured in the Silent Auction.But even away from the Silent Auction the Fall Book Sale is chock full of treasures with books carefully separated into an array of categories ranging from mystery and true crime to biography to history to self-help. Science, computer technology, politics, theater, literature, humor...the Fall Book Sale has them all!There are plenty of books for kids as well as book collections, records, videos, magazines and music, all neatly arranged for easy shopping.All proceeds from the Friends of Blanchard Community Library book sales - two are held each year - go to BCL, which has benefited from the generosity of Friends for decades. The donations of Friends have provided the new book drop outside the library, purchased library carts and updated other library equipment.The Friends work year round readying for the sales, spending one day a week sorting and categorizing donated books as well as those culled from library shelves.