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The Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park have been the fundraising and volunteering champions since 1972. They sponsor special programs on art, history, music, and readings by renowned authors. In 2005, they established the Friends Endowment Fund with the interest going towards the operating costs of the Library and Park.

The Friends of Westerly Library and Wilcox Park are best known for the book sales they hold to benefit the library.  Currently they are held in the summer and winter. All proceeds from the sales go towards the purchase of new materials for the Library. Donated books are accepted at any time; please drop off donations at the Circulation Desk. If you would like to volunteer to help at our book sales, please leave your name and phone number at the Circulation Desk.

Our next book sale will be in July 2018.



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 The Friends of the Westerly Memorial Library and Wilcox Park periodically post below donated books for sale. We list books of local interest, rare books and unique books. If you require more information, or wish to purchase, please contact Margy Long ( or Deb Howson (



Updated 3-22-2018:


1. A Dog of Flanders, Ouida (Louisa de la Ramee) illustrated by Harvey Fuller, Albert Whitman Co., Chicago, 1927, 1st ed., dust jacket intact but ragged. Book in good condition with bright illustrations and large print. 128 pgs.      $10


2. Yugoslavia, Nagel Travel Guide Series, Nagel Publishers, Geneva, 2nd ed., 1968. 576 pgs., 31 plans in b&w., 32 pgs of plans in color, 1 road map of Yugosalavia, 2 folding maps in color.      $12


3. Hot Countries, Alec Waugh, The Literary Guild, NY, 1930. Woodcuts throughout by Lynn Ward. Green cloth cover, no d.j., gently worn. A good reading cope.  $8


4. The Life of Lord Fisher of Kilverstone, 2 vols., Admiral Bacon, Doubleday, Doran & Co., NY, 1929, Red cloth boards. Both volumes clean, in good condition. $15


5.  SOLD Mortimer Mouse and the NEW Ocean House, Ardith M. Schneider, author and illustrator, 36 pgs. Self published with help from the Westerly Preservation Soc. Clean, glossy hard board cover. Like new. Recent.    $10


6. Elsie Dinsmore, Martha Finley, Howard C. Christy, illustrator, Dodd, Mead & Co., NY, 1896, 342 pgs. Tweed cloth cover with gilt and green lettering & decoration. Spine bumped, contents clean and tight.   $15


7. The Jingle Book, Carolyn Wells, Macmillan Co., N.Y., 1899. A charming book of children’s poems, well loved, i.e. a worn copy. B&W line illustrations by Oliver Herford, many in the style of the Gibson Girl. Worn cloth hard cover, 124 pgs.   $30


8.SOLD A Wind to Shake the World, The Story of the 1938 Hurricane, Everett S. Allen, Little Brown & Co., Boston, 1976, Fourth Printing. Hard bound cloth copy with dust jacket, chipped at top of spine, 370 pgs.  $8


9.  The Covered Bridge, An Old American Landmark, Herbert Wheaton Congdon, many b&w photographs by Edmund Homer Royce, Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1946. Red, cloth board cover, 147 pgs, with bibliography and index.   $8


10.Invitation to Complex Analysis, R.P.Boas, Random House, NY, 1987. Like new copy with d.j. 1st ed. Ideal text for a first course in complex analysis covering all the essentials including optional topics and applications to math and physics. 347 pgs.   $20


11.New Earrings, Nicolas Estrada, Thames & Hudson, NY, 2013. 500+ designs from around the world. 530 color earring illustrations with an index of artists. 243 pgs. Paper.  $12

12.The Battle of Jutland, John Buchan, T.Nelson & Sons, London, 1916. 44 pgs, cloth bound. Front fold-out sketch of the battle, lose but complete.  $10


Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Voitech Kubasta, Leicester Brown Watson, 1983. 6 double page colored pop-up pages with all pop-ups intact. Hardcover, slightly bent. Book is 10x7 1/2”.

14.Rules and Instructions for the Maintenance of the Way and Structures, printed by The New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company, effective September 1st, 1916. Small, 3 7/8 x 6 1/2”, red clothbound, 349 pgs. Index  and supplementary data including drawings, tables and misc. information. FOR THE RAILROAD BUFF. $20 


15.The Luck of Roaring Camp, and other Sketches, Francis Bret Harte, Fields, Osgood, & Co., Boston, 1870. Red, hardcover 256 pgs., 4 1/2 x7”. Spine and corners bumped, gold embossed title on spine faded. Otherwise good copy. $18


 16.   Tilop’s Mahamudra Upadesha, Sangye Nyenpa, Sharnbhala pub., US, 2014. New book in fine condition with pristine dust jacket. An explanation of the Indian Mahasiddha Tilopa’s renowned Gangama Mahamudra meditation instructions, given in a traditional Tibetan context by one of its most accomplished contemporary masters. In English. 239 pgs., 6 1/8 x 8 1/4”.    $22

17. Camp and Trail Methods, E. Kreps, A.R.Harding, Columbus, OH. 1910, 1st ed., 273 pgs., 5 x 6 3/4”. Lose binding, discolored dark green cover. Interesting mainly because of historical approach to camping and 7 pages of advertising in back.   $18


 18. Veterans War Stories 1933-1993, Charlestown, Stonington, North Stonington, and Hopkinton Rhode Island, The Westerly Historical Society, The Utter Co., Westerly, RI., 1993. Good condition, no d.j., 235 pgs.      $175



19. Shadows of the Elms: Reminiscences of Moses Brown School 17843-1984, Frank E. Fuller, ed., privately printed, 1983, B&W photographs, 239 pgs. A clean hard cover copy, no dust jacket.             $10




20. The Great Disaster August 18 - 19, 1955 in Winsted, Connecticut, USA., published and compiled by John M.Slocum and W. Summers, Jr., Winsted, CT , paper back, appropriately with some water damage to cover. B&W photos of the flood in Winsted.


21. The Stonington Cook Book. Bicentennial edition 1776-1976. Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, Second Congregational Church, Stonington, CT. Book & Tackle Shop, publisher, 1975. Paper back, 95 pgs.        $8


22. SOLD  Rhode Island Legends: Haunted Hallows & Monsters’ Lairs, M.E.Reilly-McGreen, History Press, Charleston, SC, 2012. Paper back, 125 pgs., 6 x 9”, in good condition. $8.



23. The Register of Wooden Boats 2005-2006, WoodenBoat pub., Torrington CT, sturdy paperback with some slight bump on top of spine. 8 3/4 x 7 1/4”, 696 pgs. Contains photo index, index by designer and boat type, and index by former name.   $30

24.Annals of America. Pub. Enclyclopedia Brittania, 1977. Incomplete set. Vol 1-20; vol 10 & 11 are missing. The Annals contain publications such as John Dean’s Watergate Testimony, Antonin Dvorčak’s “Music in America”, the 1898 American Ultimatum to Spain, and Alexander Hamilton’s “Arguments for Increasing the Power of the Federal Government”. $10 for the set.

25. Masterpieces of Mystery, selections by Ellery Queen. These books are in beautiful condition.  The set consists of these titles: The Golden Age, Parts 1 & 2, The Forties, The Prizewinners, The Grandmasters, Detectives Directory, Part II. 
$4.00 each or $20 for the set.

26.SOLD The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Written by Himself, Vol III. John Bigelow, 1905. Good condition. $7.

27. Journal of William Jefferay, Gentleman. Pub 1899. Very good condition. $12.


28. Folk-Dances from Old Homelands, Elizabeth Burchenal, G. Schirmer, Inc., NY, 1922. 85 pgs., some foxing, hard-cover, 9 1/4 12”. $12

29.Grand Canyon; Exploring a Natural Wonder. Words and Pictures by Wendell Minor. Scholastic, NY, 1998.  Hard cover with dust jacket. Good. $8

30. Welcome Stranger, a Beany Malone Story, Lenora Mattingly Weber, Thomas Y. Crowell Co., NY, 1960. Hard cover with d.j. that has some slight tears on spine. 248 pgs. A popular mid-century writer appealing to adolescent girls.  $7

31. The Automobile Girls at Washington or Checkmating the Plots of Foreign Spies, Laura Dent Crane, Henry Altemus Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1913. Tan cloth cover with picture of girls in touring car. 253 pgs., no d.j, spine bumped. $8

32. SOLD Yosemite Valley, a box of 24 Underwood and Underwood stereosoptic photographic images. This 3 dimensional invention of viewing images was popular around the turn of the century. In many of the 24 pictures the photographer has included people to show the enormity of Yosemite. $75
33. Primary Batteries, George Wood Vinal, Sc.D., John Wiley & Sons, NY, 1950. Black hard cover, embossed title on spine faded, no dust jacket, inside fine, 329 pgs.   $10

34. Tideland Treasure, Todd Ballantine, Univ. of South Carolina Press, 1991. Signed by the author with inscription. Soft cover, some markings, otherwise good, line drawings of fauna, flora and sea life, 210 pgs.  $10

35. Singing on the Road, Margaret E. Sangster, Round Table Press, NY, 1936. Hardback with dust jacket. showing some edge wear. Inside tight and clean. 7 3/4 x 9 3/4”, 95 pgs. $10

36. Trees  Worth Knowing, Julia Ellen Rogers, Doubleday, Page, NY, 1927. Little Nature Library. Black and red boards, gold gilt lettering on bumped spine. 48 illustrations, 16 in color. 291 pgs., indexed. $12

37. SOLD Bambi, A Life in the Woods, Felix Salten, foreword by John Galsworthy, Simon and Schuster, NY, 1928. First printing in U.S. Translated by Whittaker Chambers, illustrations by Kurt Wiese. Green cloth boards, gold gilt on bumped binding, faded. 293 pgs. no dust jacket. $10  

38. SOLD Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book, Edwin Morris Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson Foundation, 2012. Light tan cloth boards with gilt lettering. Both book and d.j. in fine condition. 704 pgs, indexed. Like a new book.  $35

39. Lectures on Legal History and Miscellaneous Legal Essays, James Barr Ames, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA 1913. Black cloth boards, secure binding, no dust jacket. Gilt identification on spine. Table of cases, table of other authorities cited, and index. 553 pages. $18

40. Legends of Charlemagne, Thomas Bulfinch, illustrated by NC Wyeth, 1924. Ex-library book, publisher’s page missing. Four color inlay to front cover slightly scuffed. Book hard cover, no d.j., shows wear. Although the boards are firmly in poace there is some separation at the hinges and a split along the junction at the hinge. Eight full page color illustrations and end papers by the illustrator.   $30




41.   The Real Log Cabin, Chilson D. Aldrich The MacMillan Co., NY, 1942.  Pebbled dk green boards with gold embossing. Spine bumped and some foxing, otherwise fine. Dedication reads: “ to The Beloved Man of History, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, who has enshrined  the log cabin in the hearts of his people.”   $22



42.   Imperial Germany, A Critical Study of Fact and Character, Sidney Whitman, Bernhard Tauchnitz, publisher, Liepzig, Germany, 1891. Maroon boards with gold embossing, no d.j., many pages uncut.  Good condition.  $15



43.   The Divine Art, J.D. Townsend, Abingdon Press, NY, 1931. Hardcover, suede cloth with gilt lettering. Inscribed by owner in fronts piece.  A tight, good copy.    $12


44. A Charlie Brown Christmas and It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schultz.

Pub. 1965 and 1967, respectively by United Feature Syndicate. These gently used children’s hardcovers contain vibrant illustrations by Bill Melendez-Lee Mendelsohn. There is wear and tear on corners and spine. Fair-good condition. $3 each; $5 for the pair.

45. The Story Road, Gertrude Hildebrandt. Pub. 1952 John C. Winston. 169 pp. This is a beautifully illustrated children’s educational book containing 13 stories. It is in fair condition, with the name of the former student owner taped inside. $13.



46. The Lieutenant River, by Susan H. Ely and Elizabeth B. Plimpton

Pub 1991 by Lyme Historical Society and Florence Griswold Museum. 71 pp. Excellent account of 300 years of history of the Old Lyme Region. Very good condition. $6

47. Eisenhower: Soldier and President by Stephen E. Ambrose

American Political Biographer Press. 2007. 635 pp. This book is still in shrink-wrap. $40.00

48“The Old West” Time-Life Books, 1978.  We have 5 volumes of a 26-volume set. They are: “The Texans:, “The Scouts”, “The Frontiersmen”, “The Mexican War” and “The End and The Myth”. Embossed, stamped, beautifully illustrated. $5 each or all five for $20. 


49. Farm-Rhymes with Country Pictures, James Whitcomb Riley, Will Vawyer, illust., Bowen-Merrill Co., Indianapolis, 1901. 187 pgs., no d.j., hard cover dk tan boards with gilt embossing cover and spine. Near fine copy.  $10


50.  Love-Lyrics with Life Pictures, James Whitcomb Riley, Wm.B. Dyer, illust., Bowen-Merrill Co., Indianapolis, 1899. 190 pgs., had cover with dark tan boards and gilt embossing cover and boards. Good copy.         $10

 50.From The Ozarks and the Rockies, Autobiographical notes, Cloyd LaPorte, self-published and signed by the author, NY, 1970. Tan hard cover boards with gilt lettering on tight spine and front. 8 3/4 by 5 3/4” and 113 pages. No d.j. Good, clean copy. $10


51.The Goldfinch Garden, Seven Tales by Barbara Leonie Picard, Illustrated by Anne Linton, Criterion Books, NY, 1965. The author is sometimes called the new Hans Christian Anderson. Hard cover boards, 7 3/4 x 6”, 122 pgs., d.j. has slight tears on spine and corners.            $12


52.A Farm for Juliana, Maud Ester Dillard, Albert Orbaan, illust., Dutton & Co., NY, 1951. First edition. 189 pgs., hard cover, d.j. shows tears.            $28


53.The Striped Bass, Nick Karas, Lyons & Burford, NY, 1993. “The Classic Authoritative book on One of Our Greatest Gamefish, Biology, Distribution, and Proven Fishing Techniques for Fresh and Saltwater. A Great Father’s Day Gift! Cloth hard cover with good d.j.                           $8

54.  The Warmth of Other Suns, The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, Isabel Wilkerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Random House, NY, 2010. Very good copy with d.j.   $10


55.Stepping Heavenward, Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss, Cook Publishing Co., Elgin, IL., 1901. Dark blue cloth boards with half page marbled paper, gift inscription in pencil on inside cover. Very small print.                                $9
56.Arthur Rackham, A Bibliography, Sarah Briggs Latimore and Grace Clark Haskell, Sutton House, Los Angeles, CA, 1936. Decorated pink boards with cloth spine, titled in gilt on spine. Approximately 200 entries. Attempts to record all of Rackham’s published work. In addition to a bibliography of books illustrated solely by Rackham, includes 12 pgs on magazine appearances, a list of dustwrappers by Rackham short sections on commercial and theatrical work. Some slight pencil check marks inside.    $22
57.Contemporary Drama American Plays, selected by E.Bradlee Watson, and Benfield Pressey, Chas. Scribner’s Sons, NY, 1931. Includes The New York Idea, The Emperor Jones, Processional, Begger on Horseback, and The Silver Cord. Red cloth boards with gilt letter on spine and front cover. 6 3/4 x 4 1/4”, 522 pgs.      $6    

58.Manual of Subordinate Granges of the Patrons of Husbandry Adopted and Issued by The National Grange, Eleventh Edition, George Ferguson Co., Philadelphia, PA, 1926. Faded red cloth hard cover, faded “Manual” on front cover, invisible on spine, 
      5 1/2 by 4”, 90 pgs., watermarking on last two unprinted pages.         $11
59.Language Games, Myra King, Educational Publishing Co., Boston, MA, 1909. A neat book of language games that can be acted out with the class participating for 1st thru 3rd grades. Owner’s name on front fly. Brown cloth hardback. Shows wear.

60. HARDBOUND MAGAZINES, 2 partial sets:

Scientific American, vol. from 1935, 1937, 1946, & 1947. 6 months of each year. Very good condition. $5 for the box.

The Survey Midmonthly Magazine. vol from 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936,  1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, 1948. Very good condition. $5 for the box.



61. DETECTIVE BOOK CLUB Series. Hardbound. 1955. Excellent condition. Each volume contains 3 stories. Very good condition. $5 for the box.