Two children’s first editions and a story about a legendary dragon-slayer are up for bids in this week’s Professor Parsons’ Picks silent auction sponsored by the Friends of A.K. Smiley Public Library.
They are “The Story of Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims Retold for Children” by Katharine Lee Bates, “Five Little Peppers and How They Grew” by Margaret Sidney and “The Story of Siegfried” by James Baldwin.
Also in the auction are “Oil for the Lamps of China” by Alice Tisdale Hobart, a novel set in China during the Nationalist Revolution; “Picasso: A Study of His Work and! a Biographical Study by Robert Maillard” by Frank Elgar, an illustrated interpretation of Picasso’s works; and “The Rise of American Civilization” by Charles A. and Mary R. Beard, a history of the forces that impacted America’s development.
Books and bid sheets are in the silent auction area on the main level of the A.K. Smiley Public Library, 125 W. Vine St., Redlands.
The auction closes at 1 p.m. Aug. 15.
Sales support book purchases and programs of the A.K. Smiley Public Library.
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‘The Story of Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims Retold for Children’
The Story of Chaucer’s Canterbury Pilgrims Retold for Children” by Katharine Lee Bates was published in 1909. It is a young reader’s introduction to Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales” (1478).
In the preface Bates writes, “What follows is not Chaucer’s text nor a literary rendering of it. It is the story of the immortal pilgrimage told…
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