SRA Pilot Library, IIc
(Chicago), Science Research Associates, (1962). The complete collection of 72 volumes in the 1962 series IIc (minus the teacher's handbook, the student record book, and the answer keys), but with 17 volumes from the 1968 IIb series included. (The "c" series indicated grades 6 and 7; the "b" series, grade 5.) An impressively diverse array of authors and subjects (considering the year, 1962), and including Rachel Carson (from The Sea Around Us); Lois Lenski (from Flood Friday); Laura Ingalls Wilder (from Farmer Boy; literary biographies (of Melville and Twain); female athletes (Carol Heiss, Babe Didrikson); tales of Polynesia, Northern Africa, and India; several titles of Native American life; natural history (wildlife, ants, caves, Siberian plant hunting, "meat-eating mammals"); other sciences (blood, the senses, archaeology, astronomy); disabilities and diseases (blindness and leprosy); exploration (the Arctic and Antarctic); history (Lincoln, Jefferson, Patrick Henry; the San Francisco earthquake); biographies (Ernest Shackleton, Jenny Lind, Alfred Nobel, Charles Kettering); computer fiction (a homework machine); and at least five titles on space exploration. The extra volumes, from 1968, are notable for the inclusion of Jo and the Boy Next Door, as excerpted from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, and Marguerite de Angeli's Do Your Best from Bright April, her 1946 story of racial prejudice. The volumes are generally fine, in stapled wrappers, and all fit in the included Pilot Library display box, which is splitting on one corner, thus very good. An educational time capsule. Will ship at cost. [#035043] $1,500
All books are first printings of first editions or first American editions unless otherwise noted.