Captain Packrat (captpackrat) wrote,
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I recently finished unpacking all my books. I have 4 large bookshelves, 26 inches wide and 6 shelves high; they are about 90% full. A few quick stats:

Oldest book: Civil Air Defense by Lt. Col. A. M. Prentiss, 1941
Next oldest: Victory Through Air Power by Maj. Alexander P. de Seversky, 1942
     Song and Service Book for Ship and Field, Army and Navy, Pulpit edition, 1942
     Fifteen Rabbits by Felix Salten, 1942
     Facing Life With God by the Defense Service Council, 1943

Book I've owned the longest:  Blips!  The First Book of Video Game Funnies by Jovial Bob Stine (purchased in the early 1980's)
Newest book: The Sable Quean by Brian Jacques, 2010

Largest book: The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, 14"x3"x10"
Smallest book: Over 1000 Physics Formulae, 2-3/8"x5/8"x2-1/8"

Most pages: The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, 2386 pages
Least pages: It's Against the Law by Dick Hyman (really!), 24 pages

Most expensive: The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, $250

Series with most volumes: Redwall, 21 volumes (so far)

Number of shelves taken up by "furry" books: 6-2/3
Number of shelves taken up by cookbooks: 2-1/4
Number of shelves devoted to Tolkien: 1-3/4

Most unusual book: An Introduction to Planetary Defense: A Study of Modern Warfare Applied to Extra-Terrestrial Invasion by Travis S. Taylor & Bon Boan
Book that most makes people do a double-take: FM 5-25: Explosives and Demolitions, Department of the Army
Most obsolete book: Pan Am's World Guide, 26th edition
Gayest book series: Rainbow Arc of Fire by Gregory Earl Sanchez
Geekiest book(s): The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Favorite fiction book: The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
Favorite art book: Ansel Adams in Color
Favorite cookbook: The Joy of Cooking, 1975 edition
Favorite aviation book: Yeager by Brig. Gen. Chuck Yeager
Favorite reference book: PDR for Herbal Medicine, 3rd edition
Favorite religious book: The Interlinear Bible
Favorite "furry" book: The First Book of Lapism by Phil Geusz

Rarest book: Steven Lewis of Emanuel County, Georgia, and his Descendants and Related Families, Second edition, by Billy C. Lewis (about 100 copies were printed)

Number of books not in English: 7

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