For thousands of years already the dog has been the faithful companion of man.
Dogs were held in such high esteem in Ancient Egypt that tens of millions were mummified alongside their owners.
One of my favorite things about collecting old books are the vintage style illustrations.
If you love dogs, or love drawing dogs – this is a fun book for your collection.
Small but mighty, this miniature encyclopedia covers over 100 different breeds.
Printed in the Netherlands in 1951. This book is available on my Etsy site, linked here.
Looking for more books like this? Check out the Blackwell Habitat Book shop.
The Golden Guides, originally Golden Nature Guides, were a series of 160-page, pocket-sized books created by Western Publishing and published under their “Golden Press” line (primarily a children’s book imprint) starting in 1949.
These books were written by experts in their field and illustrated in a simple straightforward style. Intended for primary and secondary school level readers, the first books were field guides illustrated by James Gordon Irving.
Packed with information, maps, charts and beautiful photographs.
Golden Guides are collectible and make great gifts for nature lovers.
You can purchase Vintage Golden Guides on both of my Etsy sites. Links Below.
Blackwell Habitat Books
See more titles and cover variations here!
Bartenders Guide By Trader Vic
Cemented in the tiki hall of fame with his signature drinks and successful restaurant chain, Trader Vic (Victor Bergeron) allegedly invented Tiki Classic Cocktail, Mai Tai .
With over 1500 Classic cocktail recipes this Bartenders Guide includes advice on how to be a great host and appropriate tiki centric glassware.
This copy came with a bonus hand written recipe!
“The association of men with birds has been long and close. Birds and men alike are active mostly during the day, so they share a familiar world of color and sound. In ancient times, priests of pagan cults believed that in some way bird flight foretold the future.”
One of my favorite things to collect are vintage nature and science books. The ones I enjoy most are targeted towards young readers and reliably have the most WONDERFUL, original illustrations and early photography. Check out these beautiful drawings and diagrams from this 1967 print of The Birds.
This book is available for purchase. $12, Shipped in the US.
Vintage Book / The Birds / 1967
Vintage Science Book for young readers.
Check out this cool vintage find I brought home from a recent visit to Vancouver BC.
One of Bill Drake’s seminal works on growing marijuana The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana was self published in paperback / zine format in 1970 (this is a first edition). Definitely has an aura of authenticity and “can do” spirit that marked this early era in cannabis culture.
There are a few pictures from previous generations grow operations.
Cool black and white illustrations, political commentary and detailed instructions on the cultivation of marijuana.
This book is available for purchase on my etsy site. Click SHOP in the Menu .
I am obsessed with Mexico, it’s true!
We are taking our second trip to Mexico City at the end of this month and so in that spirit I thought I’d share some pics I snapped from this vintage Piñata book that I sold in my Etsy shop a few months back.
“A piñata is a container often made of papier-mâché, pottery, or cloth; it is decorated, and filled with small toys or candy, or both, and then broken as part of a ceremony or celebration. Piñatas are commonly associated with Mexico.”
First, I love this gorgeous font and all of the details!
The book was published in 1966 and was very well researched. Discussed in detail the history of Piñatas, both Spanish and Mexican traditions. It also included detailed instructions on how to make piñatas with charming illustrations.
My favorite two Piñata figures were the Witch and Santa (below) simply because of the smiles the illustrator stuck on their faces.
The copy I had of this has sold, but a quick google search will reveal available copies in the universe usually at reasonable prices. My hope is to find another copy in the wild that is in better condition. I wanted to capture some of the images inside for inspiration down the road when I’m looking for a DIY project.
If you’re interested in Vintage Books like this, give my Etsy Shops a quick visit!
Blackwell Habitat Books
See photos from my last Mexico City trip HERE.
Illustrations by Ed Vebell.
From ‘Sports Illustrated: Book of Swimming’ published in 1960 by the editors of Sports Illustrated