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CollectionsYour library (4,752), Wishlist (1), All collections (4,753)


TagsFirst edition in dust jacket (298), BMcC (189), First edition (123), Inscribed (78), Classics of Naval Literature (41), Signed (34), First edition in dust jacket. Inscribed. (33), Artz Collection (28), Lakeside Classics series (27), Frontier Military Series (24) — 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 high school.

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), Montpelier (James Madison's home), the Naval Institute in Annapolis - 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 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

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Member sinceMay 12, 2010

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