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CollectionsYour library (3,664), Wishlist (6), All collections (3,670)


TagsFirst edition in dust jacket (191), BMcC (189), Inscribed (64), First edition (55), Signed (29), Artz Collection (28), First edition in dust jacket. Inscribed. (26), Classics of Naval Literature (23), HBRS (21), Lakeside Classics series (17) — see all tags

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About meRetired U.S. National Park Service ranger and park superintendent. Married with two lovely daughters, one grown, one in 3rd Grade!

During my NPS career, I served at Saratoga National Historical Park (NY), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (MO), Sitka National Historical Park (AK), Fort Laramie National Historic Site (WY), Pinnacles National Monument (CA), and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve (AK).

About my libraryI simply love books and libraries! I have been collecting books on western Americana, the US Navy in WWII, the British Army, the fur trade, Russian America, American military history, Lewis and Clark, Thomas Jefferson, and general history, science, and philosophy for about 35 years. I don't know exactly how many books I have, but roughly estimate ~5,000 cloth and paperback books.

I have visited libraries across the US - Braintree (John Adams's home), Monticello, Washington, D.C., Hearst Castle (CA), The Huntington (CA), Harvard, Mission Carmel (1st library on the west coast north of Mexico)- and in Florence, Rome, the Vatican, Russia, where ever they'll let me in, even if I don't speak the language!

Tho' my collection is primarily used and rare books, I'm known for keeping more than one retail bookstore profitable in my pursuits.

GroupsAmerican Civil War, American History, Antiquarian Books, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books on Books, History Readers: Clio's (Pleasure?) Palace, Lakeside Classics Collectors, LibraryThing Gatherings and Meetups, Military History, Naval History and Fictionshow all groups

Favorite authorsEdwin C. Bearss, Daniel J. Boorstin, Winston S. Churchill, Anne Fadiman, William Least Heat-Moon, Thomas Jefferson, Roger G. Kennedy, Rudyard Kipling, Walter Lord, Samuel Eliot Morison, Kenneth L. Roberts, Robert M. Utley (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresArgonaut Book Shop, Bartleby's Books, Berryville Old Book Shop, Blue Plate Books, Farenheit 451 Booksellers, Four Seasons Books, Lyrical Ballad Bookstore, Old Harbor Books, Powell's City of Books (Portland), The Book Shop, Title Wave Books - Midtown Store, Weller Book Works

Real nameGary J. Candelaria

LocationSharpsburg, MD

Account typepublic, lifetime

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Member sinceMay 12, 2010

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It's wonderful to reconnect with you after all those years!
I have uploaded a cover for Surfboats and Horse Marines: U.S. Naval Operations in the Mexican War, 1846–48 by K. Jack Bauer

hey, thanks a lot for the reply !
Hi Gary,
Enjoy. I found most of them on LT.
Hello, Gary! What a pleasant surprise! It is indeed me. I got married a few years back, but I'm still in Alaska and I'm actually somewhat recently moved back to Yakutat as the Yakutat DR, believe it or not. I'm glad you got in touch, because I tried getting in touch with you a few years back and all I had was A's address. Drop me a note at Jacqueline.A.Lott at

I just wanted to point out that you and I are two of only 5 folks here on librarything with John Elting's "Battles of Saratoga". Seems to be a nice rarity!! I got mine as a present from an aunt and uncle who lived near the battlefield. I had the good fortune to visit the battlefield twice. I was also down in your neck of the woods on one occasion (I live in NJ). Before we had kids, my wife saw that there was a craft show down in Frederick, Maryland and said she wanted to go. Now I'd rather have my fingernails pulled than go to a craft show, but I saw that Frederick isn't too far from Antietam, so we made a deal, and went to both. I'd love to get back down there again.

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