The World's So Full of Things with: Ephemera. Hal Vincent.
The World's So Full of Things with: Ephemera
The World's So Full of Things with: Ephemera
The World's So Full of Things with: Ephemera
The World's So Full of Things with: Ephemera
The World's So Full of Things with: Ephemera

The World's So Full of Things with: Ephemera

Detroit, MI: Harlo Press, 1966. Limited First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Hal Vincent. "The author, Hal Vincent, and his wife believe the world to be "so full of things," and this story tells how they have succeeded in getting the most out of living...Though largely a story of their lives and its varied activities, it is, in parts, historical in that many comparisons are drawn between the old and the new- the inconveniences of their youth vs. today's modern inventions and easy living. The "hub" or locale, around which the story centers and at which point it was written, is a small town in northern Michigan where the author and his wife maintain a summer residence...Their great zest for life- in spite of some severe illnesses and (adversities) - their love of nature and all that God has provided, their recognition and appreciation of the bounties of the Earth, as told in this book, will provide inspiration to any who read it." (from front & back flaps) A memoir by Hal Vincent, a retired banker who was apparently very successful but has been all-but-lost to history. We surmise that Vincent was born in the later 19th century & therefore experienced more change & progress in the world during a relatively long life than any generation before or (yet) since. Everyday activities with his wife, children & grandchildren are related from a now-forgotten perspective that we can return to with his eyes. With charming frontispiece & many interior illustrations by Ethel Aldridge, of whom we also can find no information. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page. One of 1000 copies per colophon, where the number of this copy is stamped: 745/1000. Vincent's various previous publications, many relating to banking, self-help & inspirational topics, are listed on back cover of dust jacket. On blank front endpaper, Vincent has hand-written & signed in warm old-fashioned cursive: "Best Wishes-/ (signed) Hal Vincent/ (line-flourish)." We found & have retained, between pages 136-137, a receipt from the venerable W. Milliken Inc. department store in the northern Michigan towns of Traverse City & Cadillac, dated August 23 (no year) for the original price of this book as stated on front flap, plus tax. These stores were founded & conducted by the family of one of Michigan's greatest, most prescient Governors- William G. Milliken (1922-2019, governed 1969-1983). Though undated, the condition (below) of & price referred to on this receipt indicate it was printed very close to the time of publication (1966). A sweet, nostalgic & collectible Michigan memoir. Book in very fine condition with only very slight wear & fading to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; very light spotting to side & lower edges of text block; more significant at upper edge of same. Interior very fine with only slight spotting to paste-downs & endpapers. Dust jacket fine with mild-to-moderate rubbing, sunning, scratching & spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; mild wear & some tiny bumps, creases at thin edges & corners of same; mild spotting esp. at spine, residue of tape (though no tearing evident) at front flap-cover edge of blank inner jacket. Ephemera fine, once-folded horizontally with attendant crease; browning & spotting thereon & more slightly on surfaces; a few tiny bumps, chips at edges & corners. Very Fine / Fine. [Item #4409]

Price: $30.00