• <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 817. Bellin's complete five-volume maritime atlas with 581 maps & plates (1764). $24,000 to $30,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 325. An early and important map of the Republic of Texas (1837). $11,000 to $14,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 45. De Bry's early map of North Pole depicting Willem Barentsz' expedition (1601). $3,500 to $4,250.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 154. Poignant map of the United States documenting lynchings (1931). $250 to $325.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 457. Extremely rare matching set of pro-German propaganda from WWI (1914). $2,000 to $2,400.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 815. Homann's world atlas featuring 110 maps in contemporary color (1751). $14,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 60. Miniature pocket globe based on Herman Moll (1785). $3,500 to $4,500.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 8. Visscher's rare carte-a-figures world map (1652). $14,000 to $16,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 158. Matching satirical maps of the US by McCandlish: "Ration Map" & "Bootlegger's Map" (1944). $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 820. One of the finest English atlases of the early 19th century (1808). $4,750 to $6,000.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 59. Important milestone in preparation for 1969 moon landing (1963). $750 to $900.
    <b>Old World Auctions (Feb 8):</b> Lot 805. Superb bible leaf with image of crucifixion of Jesus with gilt highlights (1518). $800 to $950.
  • <center><b>Potter & Potter Auctions<br>Fine Books & Manuscripts,<br>including Americana<br>February 16, 2023</b>
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [KELMSCOTT PRESS]. CHAUCER, Geoffrey. <i>The Works…now newly imprinted.</i> Edited by F.S. Ellis. Hammersmith: Kelmscott Press, 1896. $100,000 to $125,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> [EINSTEIN, Albert (1879–1955)]. –– ORLIK, Emil (1870–1932), artist. Lithograph signed (“Albert Einstein”). N.p., 1928. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> TOLKIEN, John Ronald Reuel. <i>[The Lord of the Rings trilogy:] The Fellowship of the Ring.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Two Towers.</i> 1954. –– <i>The Return of the King.</i> 1955. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> CLEMENS, Samuel Langhorne ("Mark Twain") and Charles Dudley WARNER. <i>The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.</i> Hartford and Chicago, 1873. $6,000 to $8,000.
    <b>Potter & Potter, Feb. 16:</b> LOVECRAFT, Howard Phillips. <i>Beyond the Wall of Sleep.</i> Collected by August Derleth and Donald Wandrei. Sauk City, WI: Arkham House, 1943. $2,000 to $3,000.
  • <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Black Sun Press] Proust, Marcel, 47 Unpublished Letters from Marcel Proust to Walter Berry, Paris: The Black Sun Press, 1930. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Williams, William Carlos (1883-1963), <i>Spring and All,</i> first edition, Paris: Contact Publishing Co., 1923. $400 to $600.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Washington, George (1732-1799), Autograph Letter Signed. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Poe, Edgar Allan (1809-1849), Autograph Letter Signed. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Thoreau, Henry David (1817-1862), Autograph Manuscript. $3,000 to $5,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Paris Commnue], Photograph album. $1,500 to $2,500.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Fleming, Ian (1908-1964), <i>Casino Royale,</i> first edition, London: Jonathan Cape, 1953. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Audubon, John James and the Rev. John Bachman, <i>The Quadrupeds of North America,</i> New York: V.G. Audubon, 1849, 1851, 1854. $4,000 to $6,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Lewis, C.S. (1898-1963), <i>The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,</i> first edition, London: Geoffrey Bles Ltd, 1952. $600 to $800.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> [Bhagavad Gita] Wilkins, Charles, trans., <i>The Bhagvat-Geeta, or Dialogues of Kreeshna and Arjoon…,</i> first edition, London: Printed for C. Nourse, 1785. $700 to $1,000.
    <b>Bonhams Skinner, Jan. 23 – Feb. 2:</b> Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, <i>Faust: Eine Tragodie von Goethe,</i> Hammersmith: Printed by T.J. Cobden-Sanderson & Emery Walker at the Doves Press, 1906-1910. $800 to $1,200.
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Articles - December - 2022 Issue

What Are the Most Borrowed Books of the Last 125 Years at the Brooklyn Library?

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A comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush. Goodnight, moon.

The Brooklyn Public Library is celebrating its 125th anniversary, so you can be sure a lot of books have been borrowed from their collections. They looked back on that and created a list of the 125 most borrowed books in their history. To make a list like that, the books must have either stood the test of time, or have become extremely popular very quickly. There are some of each on the list, though most have at least a few decades under their belt.

 

So, what sort of books do you expect to see on this list? Great works, like Shakespeare? Great American novels from writers like Steinbeck, Hemingway, Twain? Maybe those romances that seem to dominate bestseller lists most of the time? Off-color, racy books that so many people like to read or admire their pictures? The answer is none of the above. The most borrowed books are the most harmless. The list is dominated by children's books. Dr. Seuss can be found on this list an amazing 17 times. These are the books that people of all ages love.

 

Now, here are the top of the top, the top 20 most borrowed books from their list of 125.

 

20. Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd. How is this not number 1? Everyone has read this book or had it read to them. Everybody.

 

19. Sam and the Firefly, by P. D. Eastman. The owl and the the... no, not pussycat, the firefly.

 

18. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss. If a fox in socks is in a box with blocks and clocks... Now you remember!

 

17. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. It doesn't stay tiny for long.

 

16. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This one is not for the children. 23 skidoo all you kids, this is only for decadent rich men and flappers.

 

15. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. You never know what you might see if your airplane crashes in the Sahara Desert.

 

14. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. Of spiders and pigs, and, especially, Charlotte.

 

13. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. You have to eat well if you want to grow up to be a butterfly.

 

12. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. What do the kids do when they aren't supervised by adults? You don't want know. This book about children is no children's book.

 

11. Green Eggs and Ham and Sam-I-am. You can eat them with the fox in socks in his box. Another Dr. Seuss book.

 

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Four young ladies in a book I never read. The audience was little women too.

 

9. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. America's original sin was over two centuries old and alive and well when this book was published in 1960. Six decades later it still is.

 

8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. This is one I did read, of course. This book has been called “the great American novel” and I agree.

 

7. Naruto: Volume 1 by Masashi Kishimoto. I know nothing about this book.

 

6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. One of the romance novels by one of the creative but star-crossed Bronte sisters.

 

5. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman. A baby bird wanders off in search of his mother, with a few wrong turns along the way.

 

4. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. A merry Christmas to all! Bah humbug.

 

3. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat beats out the Fox in Socks for the most popular Seuss book.

 

2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. A boy outside in the city on a very snowy day. The protagonist was an African American boy, daring for 1962, as Harper Lee realized.

 

1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. You never know what may be hiding in your bedroom.

 

The complete top 125 most borrowed books from the Brooklyn Library over the past 125 years can be found here: www.bklynlibrary.org/125/most-borrowed


Posted On: 2022-12-01 03:41
User Name: mairin111

Brooklyn Public Library, 125 years young! Happy thanks for this piece, Michael, I was absolutely thrilled to see it. The major branch of the library at Grand Army Plaza (the Central Library) is a large, imposing building (3 floors); for History and vintage photos, see www.bklynlibrary.org/locations/central/history. The library was just steps away from my apartment building on Plaza Street West, Park Slope, Brooklyn. Why, I visited the library so often that some of the staff thought I worked there! It's been a frequent destination for many Brooklyn writers (Pete Hamill, Paul Auster, Kathryn Harrison, etc.); and a young Bobby Fischer used to meet his chess club in the large foyer. Not so long ago, the original Brooklyn Eagle statue was proudly ensconced in the spacious lobby, above the entrance's revolving door. The librarians I often relied on -- Orlando Bodon, Bob Hayes, Mark Levine, Elizabeth Stone -- were well-trained, dedicated book people; and the InterLibraryLoan staff never failed to deliver on my fussy, obscure requests. May the Brooklyn Public Library continue to serve the readers & writers of Brooklyn, may it always be cherished.
- Maureen E. Mulvihill, 30 Years In Brooklyn (1982-2012).


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    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Vertigo (1958), poster, US. The ultimate poster on this classic Hitchcock title, one of three known examples. £40,000 to £60,000.
    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Lawrence of Arabia (1962), roadshow poster, US. £8,000 to £12,000.
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    <b>Sotheby’s, Jan. 27-Feb. 10:</b> Bullitt (1968), special test poster, US. £3,000 to £5,000.

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