My Home Library

When I was in high school, I wished having my own private library where I could pick up a book from the shelves and read it anytime I wanted to. I even had my father add it to his architectural plan when he was building our home in Manila. That obsession grew stronger as I got older. When I moved to the United States in 1967, I began buying books and slowly but surely began to build my own book collection. I started with the classics. My first purchase was The Good Earth by Pearl Buck from the International Collectors Library where I bought few books. Then I joined the Literary Guild and the Book of the Month Club. I also bought accounting and finance books, cookbooks, gardening books and memoirs. By the time, I got married in 1970, my book collection had grown tremendously. The best part of it was that I got married to someone who had a huge book collection of his own plus some inherited from his parents – civil war books, Great War books, sportman’s books and much more. My most expensive books came from the Easton Press.

Today, my library is about 3,000 volumes, give or take a few. I have not really counted them but my house is packed with books everywhere – downstairs, upstairs, on the hallways, in the kitchen where my cookbooks are and on the coffee tables and side tables. I have books with multiple editions. I haven’t stopped buying books. Since I can’t go on vacation because my husband is having dialysis everyday, I immerse myself in books during my free time. I have several bookcases around the house. Nothing on the floor yet. Give me time. I should call my home The Library.

I decided to list my books here as I take inventory of them. It might take me a while to list them all but I plan to list them all here. I will start downstairs and then move on upstairs. I’ll number them later so I can take a good count.

Credenza by the Back Door:

1 Atlas of America, Our Nation in Maps, Facts, and Pictures – Reader’s Digest

2 Home Town Long Island – Newsday

3 Long Island – Our Story – Newsday

4 Empress of the Garden – G. Michael Shoup

5 Great Gardens of Britain – Peter Coats

6 Gardens of Eden – Edited by Robert B MacKay

7 One Hundred English Gardens – Patrick Taylor

8 The Garden at Highgrove – HRH The Prince of Wales and Candida Lycett Green

9 Beautiful American Rose Gardens – Mary Tonetti Dorra

10 The Gardens of Gertrude Jekyll

11 Complete Guide to Flower Gardening – Better Homes and Gardens

12 The Complete Flower Arranger – Pamela Westland

13 Castles in Wales – Forward by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

14 The Book of Classic Old Roses – Trevor Griffiths

15 Roses – Ortho Books

16 All About Roses – Ortho Books

17 Flower Arrangements to Copy – Tat Shinno

18 Roses for the Scented Room – Barbara Milo Ohrbach

19 Garden Ideas A to Z – Elvin McDonald

20 The Book of the Rose – Laura Cerwinske

21 Successful Perennial Gardening – Lewis and Nancy Hill

22 Perennial All Stars – Jeff Cox

 

Bookcase near the Back Door:

23 For Whom the Bell Tolls  – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

24 The Sun Also Rises – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

25 A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

26 The Old Man and The Sea -Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

27 To Have and Have Not – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

28 The Dangerous Summer – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

29 Across the River and Into The Trees – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

30 Islands In The Stream – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

31 Winner Take Nothing – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

32 A Moveable Feast – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

33 The Garden of Eden – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

34 True at First Light – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

35 In Our Time – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

36 The Fifth Column – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

37 The Torrents of Spring – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

38 Death in the Afternoon – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

39 Green Hills of Africa – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

40 The Snows of Kilimanjaro – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

41 By-Line Ernest Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

42 Men Without Women – Ernest Hemingway – Easton Press Edition

43 The Making of the President 1960 – Theodore H. White

44 The Hobbit – J. R. .R. Tolkien

45 Miracle at Philadelphia – Catherine Drinker Bowen

46 The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book, Just So Stories, Puck of Pook’s Hill, Stalky & Co., Kim – Rudyard Kipling

47 Complete Works – Edgar Allan Poe

48 Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell

49 Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

50 Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

51 Don Quixote – Cervantes

52 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Volume 1

53 The Complete Works of William Shakespeare – Volume 2

54 Captain Horatio Hornblower I Beat to Quarters – C.S. Forester

55 Captain Horatio Hornblower II Ship of the Line – C.S. Forester

56 Captain Horatio Hornblower III Flying Colours – C.S. Forester

57 Plato Selected Dialogues – The Translation of Benjamin Jowett

58 To America – Personal Reflections of an Historian – Stephen E. Ambrose

59 The Travel Diary of a Philosopher Volume One – Count Hermann Keyserling

60 The Travel Diary of a Philosopher Volume Two – Count Hermann Kerserling

61 Kobbe’s Complete Opera Book – Edited & Revised by The Earl of Harewood

62 Treasury of World Masterpieces: Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Enna – Jane Austen

63 The American Revolution Vol I Part I – Sir George O. Trevelyan

64 The American Revolution Vol I Part II – Sir George O. Trevelyan

65 The American Revolution Vol II Part I – Sir George O. Trevelyan

66 The American Revolution Vol II Part II – Sir George O. Trevelyan

67 The American Revolution Vol III Part I – Sir George O. Trevelyan

68 The American Revolution Vol III Part II – Sir George O. Trevelyan

69 The American Revolution Vol IV Part I – Sir George O. Trevelyan

70 The American Revolution Vol IV Part II – Sir George O. Trevelyan

71 The Military Novels – Jack Hinton I – Charles Lever

72 The Military Novels – Jack Hinton II – Charles Lever

73 The Military Novels – Harry Lorrequer I – Charles Lever

74 The Military Novels – Harry Lorrequer II – Charles Lever

75 The Military Novels – Charles O’Malley I – Charles Lever

76 The Military Novels – Charles O’Malley II – Charles Lever

77 The Military Novels – Tom Burke I – Charles Lever

78 The Military Novels – Tom Burke II – Charles Lever

79 The Military Novels – Arthur O’Leary – Charles Lever

80 The History of the Rebellion I – Edward Earl of Clarendon

81 The History of the Rebellion II – Edward Earl of Clarendon

82 The History of the Rebellion III – Edward Earl of Clarendon

83 The History of the Rebellion IV – Edward Earl of Clarendon

84 The History of the Rebellion V – Edward Earl of Clarendon

85 The History of the Rebellion VI – Edward Earl of Clarendon

86 The History of the Rebellion VII – Edward Earl of Clarendon

87 The History of the Rebellion VIII – Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon I

88 The History of the Rebellion IX – Life of Edward Earl of Clarendon II

89 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Madame D’Epinay I – Versailles Edition

90 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Madame D’Epinay II – Versailles Edition

91 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Madame D’Epinay III – Versailles Edition

92 Courtiers & Favourties of Royalty – Joseph Fouche I – Versailles Edition

93 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Joseph Fouche II – Versailles Edition

94 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Charles Maurice Talleyrand I – Versailles Edition

95 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Charles Maurice Talleyrand II – Versailles Edition

96 Courtiers & Favourties of Royalty – Henry IV – Versailles Edition

97 Omar Khayyam – Edward Fitzgerald

98 Sagen Des Klassischen Altertums – Gustav Schwab

99 A Royal History of England – The Middle Ages – Antonia Fraser

100 A Royal History of England – The Wars of the Roses – Antonia Fraser

101 A Royal History of England – The Tudors – Antonia Fraser

102 A Royal History of England – The Stuarts – Antonia Fraser

103 A Royal History of England – The House of Hanover – Antonia Fraser

104 A Royal History of England – The House of Windsor – Antonia Fraser

105 One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

106 84th Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Collection

107 Three Greek Plays – Edith Hamilton

108 The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

109 My Lady Pokahontas – John Esten Cooke – 1885

110 Harold Nicolson Diaries and Letters 1930-1939 – Nigel Nicolson

111 Harold Nicolson The War Years 1939-1945 – Nigel Nicolson

112 Fall of Giants – Ken Follett

113 Winter of the World – Ken Follett

114 Edge of Eternity – Ken Follett

115 World Without End – Ken Follett

116 The Pillars of the Earth – Ken Follett

117 Hawaii – James A. Michener

118 As the Crow Flies – Jeffrey Archer

119 Out of Order – Sandra Day O’Connor

120 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 1

121 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 2

122 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 3

123 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 4

124 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 5

125 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 6

126 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 7

127 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 8

128 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 9

129 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 10

130 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 11

131 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 12

132 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 13

133 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 14

134 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 15

135 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 16

136 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 17

137 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 18

138 Encyclopaedia Britannica Vol. 19

139 Encyclopaedia Britannica 1976 Book of the Year

140 Britannica 1973 Yearbook of Science and the Future

141 The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants

142 The 2000 Philippines Yearbook – Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation

 

Bookcase on the Living Room left side facing the Kitchen:

143 New Arabian Nights The Dynamiter – Robert Louis Stevenson

144 The Wrong Box The Ebb Tide Island Nights Entertainment – Robert Louis Stevenson

145 Master of Ballantrae Weir of Hermiston Poems – Robert Louis Stevenson

146 Inland Voyage Travels Amateur Emigrant Silverado Squatters – Robert Louis Stevenson

147 Virginibus Puerisque Memories and Portraits Men and Books – Robert Louis Stevenson

148 Kidnapped David Balfour – Robert Louis Stevenson

149 Treasure Island The Black Arrow – Robert Louis Stevenson

150 St Ives The Misadventures of John Nicholson Story of a Lie Body-Snatcher – Robert Louis Stevenson

151 Merry Men Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Prince Otto – Robert Louis Stevenson

152 The Wrecker – Robert Louis Stevenson

 

153 Little Dorrit Vol. 1 – Charles Dickens

154 Little Dorrit Vol. 2 – Charles Dickens

155 Martin Chuzzlewit Vol. 1 – Charles Dickens

156 Martin Chuzzlewit Vol. 2 – Charles Dickens

157 Dombey and Son Vol. 1 – Charles Dickens

158 Dombey and Son Vol. 2 – Charles Dickens

159 Pickwick Papers Vol. 1 – Charles Dickens

160 Dickens’s Complete Works – Pickwick Papers Vol. 2 – Charles Dickens

161 David Copperfield Vol. 1 – Charles Dickens

162 David Copperfield Vol. 2 – Charles Dickens

163 Dickens’s Complete Works – Great Expectations – Charles Dickens

164 Dickens’s Complete Works – Uncommercial Traveller – Charles Dickens

165 The Winter of our Discontent – John Steinbeck

166 The Short Novels of John Steinbeck – John Steinbeck

167 The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

168 War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy

169 Paradise Lost and Other Poems – John Milton

 

170 A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

 

171 Homer – The Odyssey – Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

172 Paradise Lost and Other Poems – John Milton

173 Madame Bovary – Gustave Flaubert

174 The Travels of Marco Polo – Translated by William Marsden

175 Seven Pillars of Wisdom – T.E. Lawrence

176 The Age of Fables – Bulfinch

177 The Way of All Flesh – Samuel Butler

178 Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin

179 Collected Sonnets – Edna T. Vincent Millay

180 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Duke of Richelieu I – M.F. Barriere

181 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Duke of Richelieu II – M.F. Farriere

182 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Duke of Richelieu III – M.F. Barriere

183 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Empress of Josephine I

184 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Empress of Josephine II

185 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Marmontel I – Marmontel

186 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Marmontel II – Marmontel

187 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Cardinal de Retz

188 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Madama Du Barri I – Translated by H.T. Riley

189 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Madama Du Barri II – Translated by H.T, Riley

190 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Madama Du Barri III – Translated by H. T. Riley

191 Courtiers & Favourites of Royalty – Madama Du Barri IV – Translated by H.T. Riley

192 The Good Earth – Pearl S Buck

193 Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

194 The Naked and The Dead – Norman Mailer

195 From Here to Eternity – James Jones

196 The Caine Mutiny – Herman Wouk

196  Almayer’s Folly – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol I – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

197 An Outcast of the Islands – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol II – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

198 The Nigger of the “Narcissus” – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol III – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

199 Lord Jim – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol IV – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

200 Youth – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol V – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

201 Romance – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol VI – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

202 Nostromo – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol VII – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

203 The Secret Agent The Inheritors – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol VIII – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

204 A set of Six – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol IX – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

205 Under Western Eyes – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol X – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

206 A Personal Record – The Mirror of the Sea – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XI – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

207 Twixt Land and Sea – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XII – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

208 Chance – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XIII – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

209 The Shadow Line – Within the Tides – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XIV – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

210 Victory – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XV – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

211 The Arrow of Gold – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XVI – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

212 The Rescue – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XVII – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

213 Notes on Life and Letter – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XVIII – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

214 – The Rover – The Works of Joseph Conrad Vol XIX – Ltd Edition #641 Signed Copy

215 Bracebridge Hall – Irving’s Works

216 Crayon Miscellany

217 Biographies and Miscellanies

218 Life and Letters 1

219 Life and Letters 2

220 Life of Washington 2 –

221 Life of Washington 4

222 Civilization – Kenneth Clark

223 Reporting America – Alistair Cooke

224 Ethan Allen, His Life and Times  – Willard Sterne Randall

 

Book Box #1  

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown

Angels & Demons – Dan Brown

The Proposal – Mary Balogh

The Secret Mistress – Mary Balogh

The Inn of Rose Harbor – Debbie Macomber

The Lady of the Rivers – Philippa Gregory

The Queen’s Vow – C.W. Gortner

Only Time Will Tell – Jeffrey Archer

Rough Justice – Jack Higgins

Raised From The Ground – Jose Saramago

The Great Silence – Juliet Nicolson

French Silk – Sandra Brown

The Buccaneers – Edith Wharton

The Bells – Richard Harville

Flapper – Joshua Zeitz

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford

Happy Valley – Patrick White

Marley & Me – John Grogan

Howards End – E.M. Forster

Below Stairs – Margaret Powell Inside the Dream Place – Sherill Tippins

 

Book Box #2 – Read

The Only Way to Cross – John Maxtone-Graham

Leadership – Rudolph W. Giuliani

Folly Beach – Dorothea Benton Frank

Shem Creek – Dorothea Benton Frank

Surgeon Spy – Fletcher C. Derrick Jr.

Order of Darkness – Philippa Gregory

The Right People – Stephen Birmingham

Fatal Inheritance – Catherine Shaw

The Landower Legacy – Victoria Holt

Power of a Woman – Barbara Taylor Bradford

Capital of the World – David Wallace

Wisdom of the 90s – George Burns

Escaping Into The Open – Elizabeth Berg

Black Monday – Tim Metz

Rescue at Los Banos – Bruce Henderson

Mrs. Lincoln Dressmaker – Jennifer Chiaverini

Dorchester Terrace – Anne Perry

Blind Justice – Anne Perry

The Winter Rose – Jennifer Donnelly

Rose Cottage – Mary Stewart

Midnight Runner – Jack Higgins

The Glitter and the Gold – Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan

 

Left Side Table Living Room

American Rose Society Encyclopedia of Roses – Easton Press

Impressionist Bouquets – Derek and Carolyn Fell

A Flower for Every Day – Nigel Colborn

Japanese Flower Arrangement – Enchanting Ikebana – Reiko Takenaka

An Eighteenth-Century Garland – The Flower and Fruit Arrangements of Colonial Williamsburg – Louise B. Fisher

Debrett’s The Stately Homes of Britain – Sibylla Jane Flower

Home Collection – Clive Christian

Lowcountry Scenes – Jon Wongrey

Floral Style – The Art of Arranging Flowers – Vena Lefferts with John Kelsey

 

Refectory Table

Asia The Beautiful Cookbook – Jacki Passmore

America The Beautiful – Reader’s Digest

The White House – Amy La Follette Jensen

The English Country House A Grand Tour – Gervase Jackson-Stops and James Pipkin

Historic Homes Charleston South Carolina – A Pictorial Guidebook

Celtic Fairy Tales – Joseph Jacobs

 

Upland Game Bird Shooting in America – David Wagstaff, Arthur B Lapsley etc.

The Hudson River School – Bert D Yaeger

Charles & Diana’s First Royal Tour – David Levenson & Trevor Hall

Return to the Philippines – Rafael Steinberg

The Book of Roses – Sylvie Gerard LaGorge

A Heritage of Roses – Hazel Le Rougetel

The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement – Greystone Press

Japanese Flower Arrangement Notebook – Patricia Kroh

Roses of Yesterday – Dorothy Stemler

Cooking for Company – Ruth Mills Teague

Princess Alice – James Brough

Undaunted Courage – Stephen E. Ambrose

The Renaissance in Italy – Jacob Burckhardt

The Rising Tide – Jeff Shaara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-50 — Updated – July 18, 2016

51-130 — Updated July 24, 2016

131-181 – Updated Sept. 13, 2016

182-224 – Updated Dec. 10, 2016

 

 

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