Hello. I am Debra Harrison, a lifelong reader and book lover who found a few documents in books from used bookstores and got bitten – bitten hard… by the book collecting bug. I first found a note from Eleanor Roosevelt to her cousin Alice inside a book about FDR. The note was on a card by artist/illustrator Fritz Kreidel who wrote a children’s Christmas book with Ms Roosevelt. So I searched til I found a pristine copy of the children’s book for my collection. About now things started clicking – I started thinking about favorite authors and historical figures that I admired and decided it would be great to have them with me in some way in my home. Perhaps a book by or about them,,, or a letter signed by them…
It was about this time that I picked up a book by James Russell Lowell – a favorite figure of mine for years and found inside a handwritten poem from James Russell to Oliver Wendell Holmes on the occassion of his eightieth birthday! An (I assume) unpublished poem in the hand of the poet! Not his best work unfortunatly, but I was beside myself with excitement!
I have always dreamed of oneday having a personal library. One which held much loved books waiting to be reread as well as books that would be new to me. I continued to haunt second hand bookstores and discovered the world of Ebay, ABE, Powell’s Books, Biblio, and more… I also discovered I have a particular fondness for beautiful books – fine bound books, preferably signed but even unsigned would please me as I discovered many classic books I had been meaning to read at surprisingly affordable prices. My collection was growing… books everywhere!
I had been a breast cancer survivor for about 5 years when I was diagnosed with two additional cancers unrelated to my previous cancer or to each other, More surgery… more chemp… bald again… And now unable to work. As my collection grew, so did my credit card balance. What to do? I found myself book rich and cash poor. So – I started this site where I will sell some of my books as I feel I can part with them. I also have an Ebay store ArtLiteratureandMore http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Art-Literature-and-More__W0QQ_armrsZ1 . I will be working hard on this site so I hope you come back and do so often. I will be updating and adding new features. Soon I will have a shop connected offering many rare treats from my library.
Thanks much for visitin’.