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|From: ||Claudia (188.8.131.52)
|Subject: ||Horatio Alger Jr. Antique Vintage Books Fiction Living Books |
Date: || January 9, 2013 at 5:27 am PST|
I am selling all the books for 75.00 (price included media mail
shipping) Please email me if you are interested.
I have for sale seven antique books all written by the famed Horatio
Alger Jr. Horatio Alger (1832 - 1899) was one of the most influential
American authors of the 19th century, who wrote Making His Way; or,
Frank Courtney's Struggle Upward. A prolific author, he wrote more than
a hundred books on the same theme: that honesty, cheerfulness, virtue,
thrift, and hard work would be rewarded with success. While his plots
and dialogue sometimes lacked creativity, he can be credited with
helping to create an uniquely American philosophy of Strive and Succeed.
Titles such as Sink or Swim, Shifting for Himself, and Making His Way;
or, Frank Courtney's Struggle Upward convinced generations that they
could triumph over their circumstances and become an Alger Hero.
Paul the Peddler – Paul the Peddler (242 pages) from 1871 follows the
typical Alger format; Paul Hoffman is a poor but industrious 14-year-old
who ekes out a living for himself and his mother hawking whatever he can
on the desperate streets of New York City... until his hard work and
integrity pay off in wealth and comfort. This is a charming work its
hard-bitten romance tempered by its celebration of virtue and strength
of character. The book is good condition for its age. The spine outside
paper has torn away from the back of the book cover. The inside cover of
the book has a penciled inscription which includes the date “1910”. The
book itself has no copyright, but was printed by the Chicago M. A.
Donohur & Company. The pages are yellowed in age.
Bound to Rise--Bound to Rise (331 pages) from 1873 is a classic Alger
story. Set in 1870s New Hampshire fifteen-year-old Harry Walton
determined to help his impoverished family retain their farm leaves home
to find work and after several different jobs and many adventures
manages to save his familys livelihood and find a promising new career.
The book is in good condition considering its age. The spine on the
outside of the book is in fair condition—no tears and one small pea
sized hole near the bottom. The outside cover of the clothbound
hardcover book is stained and worn. There is no inscription in the front
cover, however the back cover contains some writing and doodling. The
binding on the inside shows signs of wear. The pages are yellowed with
age. The book itself has no copyright date, but was printed by the John
C. Winston Company.
Slow and Sure -- Slow and Sure is the sequel to Paul the Peddler. Slow
and Sure continues to demonstrate the value of steady progress towards
one's goal. Through a series of ups and downs Paul continues to progress
towards success. We meet villains, robbers, artists, investors, men of
learning and men of action - all who contribute to Paul's continued
personal growth. This excellent and compelling sequel instills a desire
for focus and activity as well as teaching great life skills. The book
is in excellent condition considering its age. The outside spine of the
book is in excellent condition. However the inside spine has torn away
from the cover of the book. The pages are yellowed with age. The book
itself has no copyright date, but was printed by the John C. Winston
Andy Gordon -- Andy Gordon or The Fortunes of a Young Janitor by Horatio
Alger Jr, Published by M. A. Donahue, Chicago. In this story we find
Andy Gordon, the son of a poor widow, as the hero. Being eager for an
education, he is obliged to work after school hours to get it. He is a
good student and is well liked and highly respected. Herbert Ross, one
of Andy's classmates, is the son of a wealthy lawyer. He is a conceited,
disagreeable boy, not well liked and not a good student. He treats Andy
most shamefully, but Andy proves to be a friend in need. The many
thrilling experiences, which Andy has bring forth his fine
characteristics. His ideas of justice are firmly fixed in his mind and
he resolves to do all in his power to obtain it. However his work is not
in vain and he is well rewarded. This book is in fair/good condition,
especially considering its age. Cover shows typical wear, some curling
to corners and binding cloth beginning to wear through. Binding loosened
on both the inside of the front and back covers, pages are not folded or
torn but are aged. There is an inscription on the inside cover.
Making His Way -- This book clearly shows its age. The front cover is no
longer attached to the book as is the first cover page. However the rest
of the pages seem to be strongly attached to the binding. There is one
page which is ripped, however the ripped portion is still there—thus no
part of the book appears to be missing.
Only An Irish Boy -- When Andy Burke returns to his widowed mother,
after having worked on a farm some miles away, he and Godfrey Preston,
the disagreeable and haughty son of wealthy Colonel Anthony Preston,
immediately get into a fight. The Colonel defends Andy, attempting to
teach the coddled Godfrey a lesson. However, Mrs. Preston seeks revenge
and discharges Andy's mother from her part-time job as a seamstress.
Fortunately, Andy finds employment as a handyman for Priscilla and
Sophia Grant. When Colonel Preston gets small-pox, his wife deserts him.
However, Andy's mother nurses the Colonel back to health. As the Colonel
recovers, his wife burns his will so that she will inherit the Colonel’s
assets. When the Colonel suddenly dies, she inherits the estate. All
seems lost until a second copy of the will reverses everyone’s fortunes.
The cover is slightly worn, the back cover cardboard was broken, but the
cloth cover keeps it straight. The binding has been taped, but the back
binding cloth cover is torn. There was an inscription but it appears to
have been removed. The pages are yellowed with age.
Joe’s Luck--When his father dies, Joe Mason must work for Major Norton
for room and board. Not only is the Major negligent in providing for
Joe, but he also has an overbearing son, Oscar, who humiliates the
orphan. Tired of being treated like a servant, Joe moves to California.
Soon after his arrival, he saves the life of the prosperous George
Morgan, who rewards him by setting him up as a restaurant owner. Joe
succeeds in the restaurant business and invests his profits in real
estate. Shortly after this, he finds a capable person to operate the
restaurant, and he and a friend, Joshua Bickford, depart to mine for
gold, knowing that their chances are slim, but hopeful to better their
futures. The cover is slightly worn, however it is in very good
condition. The pages are yellowed with age. The binding shows some wear
and the front title page of the book is no longer bound.
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