Wednesday, May 19, 2010

How to Accessorize with a Moose

A great book on wilderness skills came into the shop last week and I thought I would share the details with you.

The book is titled Wilderness Hunting and Wildcraft, with Notes on the Habits and Life Histories of Big Game Animals by Townsend Whelen (Marshallton, DE: Small Arms Technical Publishing Co, 1927). This interesting book features many photographs and illustrations by the author, a larger-than-life outdoorsman, who, like Teddy Roosevelt, came from a patrician background and was a spindly lad, later blossoming into a hale and hearty wilderness adventurer after a course of self-improvement in the American and Canadian forests. He was a soldier in the Spanish-American War and served as a Colonel in the 29th Infantry Regiment guarding and mapping the Panama Canal Zone and surrounding rain forest. He was never happier than when he was by himself in the woods, hunting (and sustaining himself on) big and small game, tinkering with guns and ammo and writing his experiences up for his many published articles and books.

This volume contains chapters about various game animals, clothing and personal kit, how to make camp beds and shelters (Whelen preferred a lean-to) , rifles, marksmanship, photography and the physical preparation needed to survive extended wilderness outings in all manners of terrain. There are many wonderful photographs of wildlife, dead and alive, and of Whelen posed with various beasts and portions thereof, including a splendid shot of the author with a bull moose head and scalp on his shoulders, "a heavy and awkward load of from 125 to 175 pounds".

The book is listed on our bookstore website for $100.

Friday, May 14, 2010

A New Upstate New York Used and Rare Booksellers Pamphlet

The used and rare booksellers of Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties in upstate New York have just published a directory of open shops and other independent booksellers. This pamphlet is now available in member bookshops and at various libraries, visitor centers and other locations. The directory lists shop hours, contact information, bookseller specialties and other information for eleven area booksellers.

To download and print your own copy of this 2010 directory, you can visit the links below or to get a copy by mail, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Old Saratoga Books, 94 Broad Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871.

Page One of Booksellers Directory

Page Two of Booksellers Directory

Happy book hunting!