Bayswater's Find of the Week on the Used Book Floor Blog

Saturday, March 2, 2019


     Our most recent "Find of the Week on the Used Book Floor" is one giant "how-to" experience.  If you like to learn new things, (and if you have read any of our past blogs, you know we do) this post could very well be right up your alley.

     Our book that held the find is truly a discovery all of its own.  Published in 1950 and titled, "150 Ways to Play Solitaire," this 128 page small paperback details how to play the classic card game in - you guessed it- 150 different ways.  Ok, we need to take a pause, here, to say - seriously?  Who knew it was even possible to play solitaire anywhere near that many ways? 

     Upon looking at the table of contents, we found that the possibilities are categorized by ways to play using one, two, four, and multiple packs of cards.  To add to the charm, each game has been given a unique name.  You could try your hand at playing "Beleaguered Castle," (a one-pack solitaire game) "Miss Milligan," (a two-pack experience) or "Empress of India," (a multiple pack extravaganza) just to name a few choices.  If none of those struck your fancy, you could always give the "Idiot's Delight" or "Blondes and Brunettes" games a whirl.  Really - those are just the beginning of your solitaire options according to this 69 year-old gem.  

     As if the book, itself, was not enough, while flipping through the many pictures of card layouts, we found a paper from the Wild Salmon Seafood Market in Seattle, Washington.  Providing fish from the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, the Wild Salmon Seafood Market ships their all-natural, wild salmon overnight across the world.  While detailing the many kinds of salmon that are caught in the Pacific, Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean, (Keta, Coho, Sockeye, King and Pink salmon, etc.) the Wild Salmon Seafood Market also provided a chart that guides those cooking the salmon at home.  From baking, broiling, grilling, barbequing, poaching, steaming, sauteing or microwaving, the well-known Seattle salmon provider walks you through what to cook the fish on, how long it needs to be on the heat and other incidental bits of info that could be very helpful.  If you remember nothing from this paragraph but one thing, remember this: in short, overcooking salmon is a common issue and, regardless of how you cook it, all salmon needs to be checked for doneness between 8-10 minutes.

     So...150 ways to play solitaire games with creative names, salmon types from the Pacific and how to cook the perfect fish in any way imaginable...yes, that about covers it for this week's Find of the Week on the Used Book Floor.  We promised a "how-to" experience when you first began reading this and we think we've delivered.  As always, however, we have only touched on the highlights from the book and the find.  To gain the full experience and learn more, "150 Ways to Play Solitaire" and the Wild Salmon Seafood Market's Guide to Salmon can be yours, together, for the grand total of $4.99.  You can catch up with our previous finds of the week from the used book floor at and on facebook.  Better yet, stop by the store in Center Harbor and check out the used book floor for yourself!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Dogs, Cats & Hope For the Future

     Our latest "find of the week on the used book floor" was all about solitude - until it became about saving the lives of millions of animals and humans who have cancer.  Tucked into a 1988 paperback copy of the classic self-help book, "Solitude," by Anthony Storr, was a colorful map of the Colorado State University campus.  It shows all of the buildings and roads on the campus, along with a key that helps to find them.

     This could have been the map for a prospective college student to use during a visit to the campus, right?  At first, we thought so, too, but our eyes were then drawn to the word "vet" written in pencil with a question mark next to it.  We wondered what that meant, so we did a little research and discovered that while Colorado State University is known as an institution that provides a college education, it also contains the Flint Animal Cancer Center, a cutting edge facility that treats cancer in companion animals.  Pioneers in what is known as Comparative Oncology, the CSU Flint Animal Cancer Center draws conclusions between the findings discovered in treating cancer in companion animals and the treatments that are similarly used in humans suffering with cancer, as well.  In other words, The Flint Animal Cancer Center treats animals and translates their discoveries to solutions for people.

     How prevalent is cancer in dogs in cats?  We were wondering, too.  According to the National Cancer Institute, out of the 65 million dogs and 32 million cats in the United States, 6 million new cancer diagnoses are made for each - 12 million diagnoses - each year.  Because it has been discovered that dogs and humans contain many similar genes that are present in cancer, Comparative Oncology has led to the creation and study of the canine genome sequence for human cancer research.  Researchers also hypothesize that in addition to genetic connections, the fact that humans and their cats/dogs share similar water, air and environments create a viable connection for research, as well.

     Upon looking over Colorado State University's website for the Flint Animal Cancer Center, we quickly got swept up in their many stories of hope (complete with adorable pictures) surrounding animals such as Gouda, the cat who is recovering after treatment from nasal cancer, and Benson, the dog who is currently cancer-free after battling lymphoma.  We could not help but wonder (a common occurrence for us when we discover finds in our used books) if the person who left the map of CSU behind in the book was seeking cancer treatments for their pet, also.  We’ll most likely never know, so, to ease our hearts, we'll assume that their pet could very well be Gouda, Benson, or any of the other success stories we read on their website. 

     The copy of “Solitude” can be yours for the price of $4.99 (complete with the map that got us started on this quest of learning to begin with). You can catch up with our previous finds of the week from the used book floor at and on facebook. Better yet, stop by our store in Center Harbor and check out the used book floor for yourself!

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Earliest Wine

     Our find this week takes us back to 1991, 1971, and, finally, 3500 B.C. – all in one swoop!  How is this possible?  Behold, the power of a hidden treasure tucked into the pages of an old used book.

     It is not unusual for the book that contains our find to be just as interesting as the find, itself, and this week is no exception.  Our book is a first edition, limited printing of Hugh Johnson’s “The World Atlas of Wine,” published in 1971.  This book contains 272 pages of pictures, articles and maps that, together, create a comprehensive reference book for any wine enthusiast.  Beyond the printed pages, however, the book actually contains much more.  This gem was once so loved by its previous owner that it was filled with newspaper and magazine clippings from several different publications spanning decades, providing additional insight and new discoveries to enhance the topics in the book. 

     It was one of these newspaper clippings that caught our eye and helped to make this rare book a   Tucked into pages 187-188 was an article from the New York Times entitled, “The Earliest Wine: Vintage 3500 B.C. and Robust” printed in April of 1991.  This article detailed the discovery of an earthen jar from Sumerian ruins in Iran containing rich-colored deposits that were high in tartaric acid - almost certainly the traces of ancient wine.  The jar, with its narrow mouth, tall neck, earthen stopper and rudimentary seal, was deemed to be ideal for storing liquids at the time. 
part of our “find of the week” collection.

     Previous to this discovery, little research had been found to point to the earliest origin and first uses of wine.  With this find, however, the article now suggests that wine was consumed long before Noah planted his vineyard after the flood, or the “first toast was drunk to Dionysus on the shores of Homer’s dark-wine sea.”  In addition, other items such as a stone-bead necklace and a marble bowl were unearthed next to the jars.  These objects were deemed to be luxury items at the time, suggesting that even in 3500 B.C., wine may have been a high-end item, or status symbol, as it is often considered to be today. 

     A first-edition book, many old magazine and newspaper clippings, and the discovery of ancient jars that could contain the first evidence of wine – all previously hidden on one of the shelves of our used books!  To get in on the historic (and wine-filled) fun, “The World Atlas of Wine” can be yours for the price of $25.00.  You can catch up with our previous finds of the week from the used book floor at and on facebook. Better yet, stop by our store in Center Harbor and check out the used book floor for yourself!