Did you know that Abner Doubleday, the supposed inventor of baseball, was a Civil War general whose eyewitness accounts of the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg were published in 1882 by Charles Scribner and Sons? Or that T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia, published an autobiographical account of his adventures in Arabia during World War I in a book titled Seven Pillars of Wisdom? Or that Ray Bradbury wrote a mystery, Death is a Lonely Business, set in Venice, California whose main character is thought to be Bradbury himself portrayed just before his marriage and his success with The Martian Chronicles? Donations to the Friends of the Sierra Madre Library have included the Doubleday book, a first edition of the Lawrence account, and a signed first trade edition of the Bradbury mystery.
These exceptional books are among the 15 volumes featured in the Friends Book Sales Committee’s first Silent Auction being held in the Sierra Madre Public Library, 440 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre through Monday, October 29. The books will be on display in the display case in the library’s main room. To inspect the books more closely, visit the library every Saturday in October from 1-2 PM.
Bidding sheets and rules are available in a notebook located on the library’s checkout counter. Bidding will close promptly at 8 PM on October 29. Winning bidders who are not present will be notified by telephone the next day and will then be able to pick up their books at the library.
Proceeds from the Silent Auction will benefit the Sierra Madre Library’s programs, services, and acquisitions. For more information and a complete list of the books to be auctioned, visit our website at www.sierramadrelibraryfriends.
org. For the Sierra Madre Library hours, call 626 355-7186