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Old 04-30-2008, 07:08 AM   #31
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Seaports in the Moon by Vincent Starrett (1928)
Jog Rummage by Grahame Wright (1974)
They're both in SF&F magazine's Curiosities column:

http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/dcuriosities.htm

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Old 04-30-2008, 08:12 AM   #32
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Well it was suggested already in this thread that someone would come up with a Tibetan text so here goes.

It is the Lam Tso Nam Sum by Je Tsonkapa (1357-1419). It is a summary of a summary and is called the Three Principle Paths. It is only 14 verses but I am referring to the oral commentary on the verses made by Pabongka Rinpoche around 1920 and taken down by Rinpoches students, one of whom was Ken Rinpoche who fled Tibet in 1959 and passed away a few years ago in the U.S.A.

A marvelous little book and a clear and concise overview of Tibetan Buddhism.
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:41 PM   #33
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'My Past' by Countess Marie Larisch. (London: Eveleigh Nash. 1913.)
She was the go-between in the Mayerling affair, when the Crown Prince of Austria committed suicide after murdering his mistress. It was also a source for T S Eliot's 'The Waste Land' (which was why I bought it in 1976. It cost 75p). My copy has a sticker marked 'Ex libris Eugène, Vicomte di Villa.'

I've also got any number of books on obscure forms of needlework (Dresden embroidery, The ex-queen of Rumania's book of tatting, etc.)
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:54 AM   #34
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A few years ago I picked up The Visualized World History at my university's annual used book sale. It's a handbook-sized world history textbook published in 1946 with some spectacularly uncouth ethnic illustrations.

I've also got an early edition of Okakura's The Book of Tea what was lent to me by a friend, though to preserve the crumbly binding I read the FeedBooks version (which was another delightful first).

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Old 05-01-2008, 07:35 AM   #35
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a book by Djuro Viloic called "Three hours" 1939

"Marked" by František Hampl,1940
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Old 05-01-2008, 10:28 AM   #36
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I've also got an early edition of Okakura's The Book of Tea what was lent to me by a friend, though to preserve the crumbly binding I read the FeedBooks version (which was another delightful first).
We've also got it in our book uploads section; also 'The Ideals of the East' by the same author.
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Old 05-01-2008, 10:48 AM   #37
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We've also got it in our book uploads section; also 'The Ideals of the East' by the same author.
I've noticed! Thank you, Patricia.
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:09 PM   #38
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We also have "The Book of Cheese", too, of course!
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Old 05-01-2008, 01:13 PM   #39
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Sadly it doesn't appear to be available as an e-Book, but I've always felt that "How to Find and Have Fun with Seaweed" by Rose Treat (ISBN 1887734007) deserves to be better known .
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I've been looking everywhere for my copy of The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Bloody Obvious.

Say, since there are only seven copies in existence, would Tales of Beedle the Bard qualify as "obscure?" Not that I have a copy, you understand, I ask only for my own edification.
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Old 05-01-2008, 04:07 PM   #41
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Although it is currently considered to be politically incorrect in the US today, I have "The Complete Works of Uncle Remus" and can even read it aloud. However it does take me a while to take my mind and tongue back to youthful memories.
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why isn't it completely correct?

natch-it could,if it wouldn't be a "new" set,like Rowling's.
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why isn't it completely correct?
It carries a lot of politically incorrect baggage: specifically, it portrays slavery in the "American" South in terms that aren't totally condemnatory, that would be enough, but it actually shows slaves as having some decent quality of life.

That isn't a defense of it, just an answer to the question, so please don't sic the PC Police on me.

Wiki has a decent write up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncle_Remus

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natch-it could,if it wouldn't be a "new" set,like Rowling's.
Oh, I didn't realize we were limiting to old stuff, okay then.
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I said "old and forgoten" in another post,I mean it in case of limited editions.You can't realy call Rowling's "money maker" 7 handwriten books fairy tales-series as "obscure", especialy with the price.Women has more money then the queen and sets out to make only a "few" EXTRA milion to give to charity.yay.

and in the second case-Cline's "The dark chamber" would be to,but for the mastery of it's horror fantasy (relating to a black person's "tribe",when a black girl wept in the night,he wrote "wouldn't bother with it otherwise,knowing her kind,I'd smile and go to sleep-and then,when the black people leave the house have them steal the silver (which under the circumstances is belieavable,seeing as their "master" druged her litle girl with cocaine and all))
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I said "old and forgoten" in another post,I mean it in case of limited editions.You can't realy call Rowling's "money maker" 7 handwriten books fairy tales-series as "obscure", especialy with the price.Women has more money then the queen and sets out to make only a "few" EXTRA milion to give to charity.yay.

and in the second case-Cline's "The dark chamber" would be to,but for the mastery of it's horror fantasy (relating to a black person's "tribe",when a black girl wept in the night,he wrote "wouldn't bother with it otherwise,knowing her kind,I'd smile and go to sleep-and then,when the black people leave the house have them steal the silver (which under the circumstances is belieavable,seeing as their "master" druged her litle girl with cocaine and all))
I really do not see the point of this thread going on if all your going to to his deride others submissions. Perhaps you should have titled this thread:

The most obscure books you have that meet my definition of obscure and if they don't I will provide snarky comments.

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