For the past several years I have been slowly collecting the Walter J. Black editions of the Zane Grey books.
Every time I would see these books in used book stores they would bring back memories of growing up in ranch country in Kansas. I finally decided to start collecting them as I ran across them. However, I set myself a price limit as I found out that many places overprice them.
There are 75 books in this series and I now have a little more than 50 of them. Someday I plan to start reading them 🙂
The books are in my hallway and I pass them many times a day and when I notice them memories stream back.
In the past couple of months there have been more memories as my thoughts have often turned to Ashland, Kansas where many of my high school friends have been recovering from the large fire. See: Burning Kansas
The memories that come back the most are of my friend Monty who lost his home in the fires. I remember many times that we spent together while growing up and the collection of Zane Grey books that he had in his room. I know at that time Zane Grey was his favorite author. Of course many other memories come back as well of our friendship. I have some great memories of time spent in band as we both played the trombone.
Within the last hour I received news from my Mom that Monty has passed away. He recently was hospitalized for heart trouble and tonight went back to the hospital where he passed away. I am very sad tonight.
One of the books that I am looking forward to reading is Raiders of the Spanish Peaks. When I was in Boy Scouts I spent several summers at Spanish Peaks Scout Camp and also climbed one of the Spanish Peaks.
The only Zane Grey book that I have read is Riders of the Purple Sage. There is a sequel to Riders of the Purple Sage and it was the most recent one that I have found. Perhaps I should move it up on my to-read list.
I know that I will always associate these books with my friend Monty. They will always bring back wonderful memories.
Last week at the library book sale I picked up some books about the Ancient Greeks.
I know that at some point I will want to find out more about different ancient cultures, so pick up books when I can find them at a good bargain. The books I will share tonight will be tucked away for future reference.
I also like to have different levels of detail about history of different cultures and also works that have been written in different times. It is sometimes interesting to see the progression of what is known about the history of a culture.
The first is The Pelican History of Greece by A. R. Burn. This book was originally published as Traveller’s History of Greece in 1965.
The book follows the history of Greece from Prehistory to about 30 B.C.
The Greeks by H. D. F. Kitto was first published in 1951. The approach for this book is a bit different than the previous one as it is less of a sequential history and more of a study of the culture in different eras.
The Portable Greek Historians: The Essence of Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon and Polybius is edited by M. I. Finley. The book has selections from these four Greek historians. I of course have more complete works of some of them in my stacks.
Greek Society by Frank J. Frost was published in 1971. This book follows Greek society a bit further up to the 5th century A.D. and also benefits from additional years of archaeological exploration and historical research.
One interesting note is that H. D. F. Kitto reviewed most of the manuscript before it was published. At that time he was in his 70’s.
I shared this book before in my post Historic Book Acquisitions IV.
Myths and Legends of the Greeks compiled by Nicola Ann Sissons is a collection of classic Greek tales. The book is for intermediate readers and has nice illustrations by Rafaello Busoni.
The books are now tucked away for later reading, but not before browsing through them looking at maps, illustrations and chapter listings.
Do you have a favorite event in Greek History?