More Cemetery Books for Sale

All but one of the initial list of cemetery books I posted last week have been spoken for, so I’ve pulled out some more books.  There may be still more to come, but for now, here’s the list of what I have for sale. I will also be listing some true crime/serial killer books on my other blog.  I’ll add the link here when those go up.

In the meantime, let me know (either in the comments below or through the Contact Me form above) if you are interested in any of these books or if you need more information.

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PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE POSTAGE.

NOW AVAILABLE:

photoConsecrated Ground: Funerary Art of New Orleans
by Lisa L. Cook
Pixieco Press, 1998. HUGE hardcover (15” x 12”) collection of b/w photographs. This will cost extra to mail.
$75

 

The Grave001The Grave
by Robert Blair
Spiral bound, letterpress printed by Cary G. Birdwell.
Just an unillustrated copy of this lovely, morbid poem.  The poem was first published in 1747.
$10

Green-Wood 002Green-Wood 001The Green-Wood Cemetery
Walk #1: Battle Hill and Back
Walk #2: Valley & Sylvan Waters
by Jeffrey I. Richman
Published by The Green-Wood Cemetery, 2001. Spiral bound.  Two walking tours of the lovely garden cemetery.
$25 for both.

Abney Park001Guide to Abney Park Cemetery
by Paul Joyce
Essay, listing of interesting graves, some b/w photographs.
Rare, out-of-print. In good shape.
Second edition from 1994.
$30

Arlington001Here Rests in Honored Glory: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery
By R. Conrad Stein
Weekly Reader Books, 1979.  Hardcover, in great shape. A kids’ book on the cemetery’s history.
$15

Last Laugh001The Last Laugh: A Completely New Collection of Funny Old Epitaphs
by Gail Peterson
Published by Hallmark Editions.
Small hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has small rips.
$1

Mexican001The Mexican Day of the Dead
by Chloe Sayer
Shambala, 1990. Small paperback. Some dog-ears. Lots of color and b/w photographs.
$8

 

Remember Me001Remember Me: A Lively Tour of the New American Way of Death
by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen
Collins, 2006. Trade paperback reading copy with dog-eared pages.
$5

 

I ALSO HAVE NEW COPIES OF:

WishYouWereHere-cover-FINAL-600x900Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel
by Loren Rhoads
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites across the globe. More info here.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$12

Cover of the Cemetery Travels Notebook

Cemetery Travels Notebook
by Loren Rhoads
The Cemetery Travels Notebook is the place to keep field notes from your own cemetery adventures. It features 80 lined pages, interspersed with 20 lush full-page color photographs of cemeteries from Paris to Tokyo, with stops at Sleepy Hollow, San Francisco, and all points between, to inspire your wanderlust.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$20

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SOLD:

Dissection001Death, Dissection and the Destitute
by Ruth Richardson
Pelican, 1989. Trade paperback reading copy. This is the standard text on how the poor died and were treated after death.
$15

 

Deadsville001Round-Trip to Deadsville: A Year in the Funeral Underground
by Tim Matson
Chelsea Green, 2000. Trade paperback reading copy with dog-eared pages.
$10

 

Stories in Stone001Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography
Written and photographed by Douglas Keister
Gibbs-Smith, 2004. Brand new hardcover full of full-color photos. The standard text. All cemetery aficionados must have this.
$20

Walk Thru Time001A Walk Through Time: A Historical Guide to Santa Cruz Memorial Park
IOOF Lodge 96, 2004. Saddle-stitched.  Brand new walking tour of the historic cemetery in Santa Cruz, California.
$5

 

Beyond Sight001Beyond Sight Hidden World: The Cemetery in Infrared
by Terri Bertsche
Blurb, 2008. Hardcover. Like new. Very pretty infrared cemetery photos.
$20

Mortal Remains001Mortal Remains: The History and Present State of the Victorian and Edwardian Cemetery
by Chris Brooks
Wheaton, 1989. Hardcover. B/w photos.
$25

 

The American Way of Death
by Jessica Mitford
Simon & Schuster, 1963. 5th printing. Hardcover, no dust jacket.
$3

In Memoriam: A PracticIn Memoriam001al Guide to Planning a Memorial Service
by Amanda Bennett and Terence B. Foley
Simon & Schuster, 1997. Trade paperback. Dog-eared pages.
$5

 

Oregon001Mad as the Mist and Snow: Exploring Oregon Through its Cemeteries
by Johan Mathiesen
Ashland Creek Press, 2011. Trade paperback. A couple of dog-eared pages.
$10

Midst of Winter001In the Midst of Winter: Selections from the Literature of Mourning
Edited by Mary Jane Moffat
Random House, 1982. Hardcover first edition.
$7

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Cemetery Photography

Keister and assistant in Cypress Lawn

Keister and assistant in Cypress Lawn

I’m still sick with this stupid cold, but I managed to get out to Cypress Lawn yesterday to hear Douglas Keister talk about the tombs he’s visited in the Holy Land.  Oh, how I wish he already had a book about them!

Keister is the author of Going Out in Style: The Architecture of EternityStories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography, and Forever L.A.:  A Field Guide to Los Angeles Area Cemeteries and their Residents, as well as cemetery guides to New York, Paris, and the American South.  He thinks of himself as a photographer of architecture who is interested in the history of cemeteries.

After his lecture, Keister led three of us on a “photography adventure” of the cemetery as the sun set.  It was marvelous.  I’ve been taking cemetery photos for decades now, but my pictures are okay at best.  I just point my camera and hope for the best.

Cemetery muse with gold reflector

Cemetery muse with gold reflector

Keister showed us how to look.  Then he showed us how to light.  He allowed us to play with his reflectors, demonstrating the difference between silver and gold reflections.  Each of us got to take a turn holding the external flash and seeing how many different ways you could take the same photograph.

I wish I had my strength back, that I hadn’t been coughing too hard to hold the camera steady.  I didn’t take nearly enough photographs and I didn’t take any notes, but I learned so much that I am eager to take advantage of the next lovely autumn day and shoot yet more images.

There was talk that this photo safari will become an annual event. Keister is scheduled to come back to Cypress Lawn next October 18 (2015) to talk about “101 Tombs to Check Out Before You Do.”  With luck, he’ll lead another exploration around the cemetery in the twilight.  I’m already looking forward to it.

Sunset in Cypress Lawn

Sunset in Cypress Lawn

Links to Douglas Keister’s cemetery books on Amazon:

Forever Dixie: A Field Guide to Southern Cemeteries & Their Residents

Forever L.A: A Field Guide To Los Angeles Area Cemeteries & Their Residents

Going Out in Style: The Architecture of Eternity

Stories in Stone: A Field Guide to Cemetery Symbolism and Iconography 

Stories in Stone New York: A Field Guide to New York City Area Cemeteries & Their Residents

 

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Cemetery Books for Sale

ETA:  All but one of these have been spoken for, so I’ve put a new list of cemetery books up for sale here: http://cemeterytravel.com/2014/10/22/more-cemetery-books-for-sale/.

Thanks so much for all your support!

ETA:  These have been selling much quicker than I expected.  Thank you so much for that!  I have pulled another 20 books and I’ll get them listed as soon as I can.  Please check back.

I’m clearing out some of my extra books.  There will be more, but for now, here’s the list of what I have for sale.  Let me know (either in the comments below or through the Contact Me form above) if you are interested in any of these or if you need more information.

I take paypal.

PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE POSTAGE.

STILL AVAILABLE:

Last Laugh001 The Last Laugh: A Completely New Collection of Funny Old Epitaphs

by Gail Peterson
Published by Hallmark Editions.
Small hardcover with dust jacket. Jacket has small rips.
$1

I ALSO HAVE NEW COPIES OF:

WishYouWereHere-cover-FINAL-600x900Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel
by Loren Rhoads
Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel contains 35 graveyard travel essays, which visit more than 50 cemeteries, churchyards, and gravesites across the globe. More info here.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$12

Cover of the Cemetery Travels Notebook

Cemetery Travels Notebook
by Loren Rhoads
The Cemetery Travels Notebook is the place to keep field notes from your own cemetery adventures. It features 80 lined pages, interspersed with 20 lush full-page color photographs of cemeteries from Paris to Tokyo, with stops at Sleepy Hollow, San Francisco, and all points between, to inspire your wanderlust.
Brand new. Trade paperback.
$20

 

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SOLD:

DeathAfterlife001Death and the Afterlife
by Brian Innes
Beautifully illustrated hard cover.
First edition from 1999.
$15

 

Grave Matters001Grave Matters: A Lively History of Death Around the World
by Nigel Barley
Hardcover with chapters on relationships across the grave, metaphors we die by, war, murder, and capital punishment.
First American edition.
$5

Obituaries001

Obituaries in American Culture
by Janice Hume
Trade paperback. One dog-eared page. Published by University Press of Mississippi in 2000.
$5

 

Petrucelli001Morbid Curiosity: The Disturbing Demises of the Famous & Infamous
by Alan W. Petrucelli
Trade paperback. Price sticker residue.
$5

 

They Went That-a-Way001They Went That-A-Way: How the famous, the infamous, and the great died
by Malcolm Forbes with Jeff Bloch
Hardcover collection of biographies from Aeschylus to Virginia Woolf. Dust jacket.
$5

Comic Epitaphs001Comic Epitaphs from the Very Best Old Graveyards
Gathered and Published by the Peter Pauper Press
Small hardcover with comic illustrations. Inscription.
$1

 

New England Rubbings001Early New England Gravestone Rubbings
by Edmund Vincent Gillon Jr.
Large fully illustrated Dover book of faces, urns, willows, and epitaphs. Some aging, but still tightly bound. Published in 1981.
$7

 

Gravestones of Early001Gravestones of Early New England and the Men Who Made Them 1653-1800
by Harriette Merrifield Forbes
Some chips in the cover and spine wear, but still tightly bound. Lots of b/w photos of early tombstones.
The standard text. Published in 1973. Some faint pencil annotations.
$30

Over Their Dead001Over their Dead Bodies: Yankee Epitaphs & History
by Thomas C. Mann and Janet Greene
Hard cover. Dust jacket is worn. Published by the Stephen Greene Press in 1962.
$3

 

Puritan Gravestone001Puritan Gravestone Art
Published by Boston University
Paperback collection of essays. Discoloration on cover from a price sticker. Tightly bound. Unread.
$15

 

Complete Funeral001The Complete Funeral Manual
by James L. Christensen
Hardcover. Some wrinkled pages.
$5

 

The Reposed001The Reposed
Photographs by William K. Greiner. Foreword by Thomas Lynch. Autographed to me.
Oversized book of photos of the grave offerings in New Orleans cemeteries.
First edition from 1999.
$15

Indianan001Indiana Stonecarver: The Story of Thomas R. Reding
by Ann Nolan and Keith A. Buckley
Paperback with paper cover. Nice clear b/w photographs.
Rare.
$15

 

Living Among001Living Among Headstones: Life in a Country Cemetery
by Shannon Applegate
Hard cover with dust jacket. Published by Thunder’s Mouth Press in 2005.
$3

 

Death's Door001Death’s Door: Modern Dying and the Ways We Grieve
by Sandra M. Gilbert
Thick hardcover that looks at “our relationship to death through literature, history, poetry, and societal practices.” One bent page and some dog-ears.
$5

Abney Park001Guide to Abney Park Cemetery

by Paul Joyce
Essay, listing of interesting graves, some b/w photographs.
Rare, out-of-print. In good shape.
Second edition from 1994.
$30

Hollywood Book001Hollywood Book of Death: The Bizarre, Often Sordid Passings of More than 125 American Movie and TV Idols
by James Robert Parish
Large paperback. Sticker residue on cover, but in great shape.
First edition from 2002.
$10.

Mystery of Life001The story behind “The Mystery of Life” plus a Pictorial Map and Guide to the Famous Art Treasures of Forest Lawn and another Forest Lawn brochure
Saddlestitched. Discoloration on cover from a price sticker.
Rare.
$20

Tombstone Tourist001Tombstone Tourist: Musicians
by Scott Stanton
Autographed but cover is not in great shape. Tightly bound. One dog-eared page.
First edition from 1998.
$5

 

DIY Coffins001Do-It-Yourself Coffins for Pets and People
by Dale Power
A fully illustrated book “for Woodworkers Who Want to be Buried in Their Work”
Unread.
First edition from 1997.
$7

Craphound001Craphound
Clip art of Deaths, Telephones, and Scissors
Updated reprint of the 2006 issue.
$10

 

Etched in Stone001Etched in Stone: Thoroughbred Memorials
by Lucy Zeh
Oversized paperback about the monuments to racehorses.
First edition from 2000. Sticker residue on cover, but in great shape.
$10

Weep Not for Me001Weep Not For Me: A Photographic Essay and History of Cataraqui Cemetery
By Jennifer McKendry
Lovely b/w photos of a cemetery in Kingston, Ontario. Saddlestitched.
Rare.
$30

 

 

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Today my brother would have been 49

Rhoads_Allen_3853The wind ruffles the leaves, making a gentle rustle that seems to echo my breath. It’s a sound so gentle it is no sound, or else it’s the sound of the sea, of the blood, of life in its inexhaustible rush from birth to grave. Ashes to ashes, leaf to earth to soil to feed the roots to swell the buds to form leaves again to capture the sun. Everything is a cycle, endlessly spinning: the earth in its orbit, the sun whirling through the galaxy, one continuous dance flowing farther and farther out from its heart and never ever finding rest.

My brother is buried here. The wind whispers through the variegated grass that has grown high in front of the stone, obscuring words I no longer need to see to feel them stabbing into my heart, a long thin prick like a knitting needle, jabbing again and again so deep that I don’t feel the path of the pain, only its terminus, the point from which it radiates out into my limbs like a heart attack, like a stoppage of breath when you choke on something that cannot be swallowed and cannot be coughed out, which much lodge inside until you die of it.

I do not want him to be dead. My daughter tells me, in a sweet plantive voice, that she wishes she knew him. She wishes he had not chosen to drink himself to death before she was implored from the oblivion that exists before birth to come and help me heal the pain in my heart.

I wish she had known him, too.

She sometimes refuses to come to this graveyard with me any more. Once she came here and gaily chased rabbits, streaks of silence through the dancing grass. Now she knows it makes me sad like nowhere else in the world. Here lies my brother, my grandmother, the only grandfather I ever knew, and the grandmother who helped raise me, alongside her husband, who was dead before my parents conceived me. And a cousin, killed in a car accident before her first birthday, though not before mine.

Many hopes lie buried here.

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Take Your Children to the Cemetery

Rhoads_RockCreek_3119I’ve been blogging every month at Scoutie Girl magazine online, taking an unsurprisingly morbid spin on traveling with kids and aging parents. My travel essays have ranged from visiting the Pharmacy Museum in New Orleans to sleeping with the stingrays at the Academy of Sciences to exploring the sites of St. Joan’s martyrdom to eating in an entirely dark restaurant for the experience of being blind.

This month’s Scoutie Girl column is more directly related to the subject of this blog.  I encourage people to visit cemeteries, whether local or on vacation — and to take their kids along.

You can check the column out here: http://www.scoutiegirl.com/take-your-children-to-the-graveyard.

My question to you is this:  when you explore cemeteries, do you prefer to go alone?  Who do you — or who would you — like to take along as company?

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