A Visit to Copperfish Books

Today we had the pleasure of meeting Cathy Graham of Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida at the lovely shop she runs with co-proprietor Serena Wyckoff.  As you can see, the sun is still shining in Florida, while we have had over a foot of snow during the past twenty-four hours at home in Stanley, New York!

Entrance to Copperfish Books, 1205 Elizabeth St., Suite A, Punta Gorda, Florida

Entrance to Copperfish Books, 1205 Elizabeth St., Suite A, Punta Gorda, Florida

The store carries a nice variety of new, used and antiquarian books, all on one floor.

Antiquarian section at Copperfish Books

Antiquarian section at Copperfish Books

Spacious interior at Copperfish Books

Spacious interior at Copperfish Books

Copperfish Books will be exhibiting books for sale at the Florida  Antiquarian Book Fair (March 14-15-16 in St. Petersburg, FL).  They carry Literature, Americana, Florida, History and general stock.

I saw some interesting Florida pieces here, and purchased a decorated binding and a book by James Whitcomb Riley in a beautiful early jacket, illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy and with page decorations by Virginia Keep.

Tannhauser - A dramatic poem by Richard Wagner, translaed in poetic narrative form by Oliver Huckel.  Published by Thomas Crowell & Co., NY, 1906

Tannhauser – A dramatic poem by Richard Wagner, translated in poetic narrative form by Oliver Huckel. Published by Thomas Crowell & Co., NY, 1906

An Old Sweetheart of Mine, by James Whitcomb Riley (Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy)

An Old Sweetheart of Mine, by James Whitcomb Riley (Illustrations by Howard Chandler Christy)

A decorated page and a Christy illustration from "An Old Sweetheart of Mine"

A decorated page and a Christy illustration from “An Old Sweetheart of Mine”

And here are the two Cathys…meeting in person for the first time!

The two Cathys!  Cathy Graham of Copperfish Books and Cathy Petruccione of Old Scrolls Book Shop.

Cathy Graham of Copperfish Books and Cathy Petruccione of Old Scrolls Book Shop.

Cathy (me!) and Ron

Cathy (me!) and Ron inside Copperfish

We had a fun visit with Cathy Graham, enjoyed shopping in her book store, and look forward to seeing her again soon!

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  1. Sounds like a great store. The Tannhauser is one of a series likely printed by Updike. I have at least one: Walkure. I would like a chance to buy yours when ready to sell.Here is a scan;

    Crowell, 1909, Updike.

    Good hunting! Thanks for the Blog, I do enjoy your trips, vicariously of course.

    J

    • Good to hear from you John! I’ll save the Tannhauser for you. Finding a few more you may be interested in. The St. Pete book fair was fantastic — I couldn’t believe how crowded it was with book browsers and buyers. Makes me feel the antiquarian book trade is still very much alive and well.
      Cheers!
      Cathy


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