Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Bringing back the old books

As part of our mission to save the remnants of Western Civilization, we are seriously considering having Castalia publish print editions of certain public domain books. The idea is to crowdfund each project, thus making sure we don't waste any time, effort, and expense on books that no one wants.

Unless, of course, I just really want to do that particular series....

Anyhow, the first candidate is the Collier Junior Classics, as it's something I consider a must for every homeschooling family. We'd probably also look very hard at a Great Books series, as well as some of the more important military history works.

Let me know if this concept is of genuine interest to you, and what books would be of sufficient interest to you to back the crowdfunding of them.

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Blogger Ingot9455 June 11, 2019 9:09 PM  

Wonderful gift fodder.

Blogger Joe Smith June 11, 2019 9:17 PM  

My son is only 6 months old, but at some point I'd be looking to get the Collier Junior Classics for him. A Great Books series is also something I'd be interested in having print copies of, at some point.

Blogger Clint June 11, 2019 9:17 PM  

This is a good idea. I know several people who attempted to use the Robinson Curriculum, but found the .pdf of the books unwieldy. Having print options for such things would be beneficial for interested homeschoolers. The Collier Junior Classics is a good choice. The James Baldwin books would be good (Fifty Famous People, etc.).

Blogger Clint June 11, 2019 9:20 PM  

Maybe the Edward Eggleston History books.

Blogger Requited Hate June 11, 2019 9:20 PM  

I would financially support the Collier Junior Classics, Great Books, and military histories.

Blogger Calvin809 June 11, 2019 9:21 PM  

I would go for the junior classics. I have been on the look out for old books for my son to read when he gets old enough.

Blogger Unknown June 11, 2019 9:22 PM  

That's a wonderful idea I don't have any kids yet but I would love to be able to invest in good teaching material.

Blogger Ravin Mavin June 11, 2019 9:22 PM  

A Great Books series would be, well, great!
Back in the 70s and early 80s Britannica did that with I think 60 books. Everything from Plato and Aristotle to the Federalist Papers to even Freud. Best purchase my parents ever made.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 11, 2019 9:24 PM  

This is a great idea, particularly since the marginal cost of electronic books is so low.
Another idea, a subscription service, like the Collier Junior classics was originally. You subscribe, and every month you get a new physical book. It would get you a month prep time per book, and an ongoing revenue stream.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash June 11, 2019 9:24 PM  

Do I smell a crowdfunding campaign?

Blogger jdwalker June 11, 2019 9:25 PM  

I have a soft spot for old books, but I would be interested in buying new reprints. One series I would suggest is The Ancient and Modern Library of Theological Literature.

Blogger thechortling June 11, 2019 9:28 PM  

outstanding (have homeschooled three others in household... one in process).

Blogger Goodnight June 11, 2019 9:29 PM  

Absolutely! We are homeschooling our two grade schoolers and would buy them in a second (particularly in print - neither kid much likes reading books on screens).

Blogger JAG June 11, 2019 9:29 PM  

This is a worthwhile endeavor as it won't be long before certain works and authors are unpersonned, or have their stories edited for wrongthink. It is necessary to preserve them for when the Idiocracy passes into history.

On a related note, when's the last time you heard Dire Straits' unedited version of Money for Nothing? They even edit the "little faggot" lyrics out on Sirius XM which is subscription, and supposedly censorship free.

Blogger Wraithburn June 11, 2019 9:33 PM  

I would like a hardcover copy of the original Penrod, not the new edition which twiddled various bits to make it acceptable to SJWs.

Blogger Linus June 11, 2019 9:35 PM  

I would buy a Collier Classics set. I have an old partial set that was my grandfather's (it's missing book 4 and 6, I think), that's pretty beat up, but I loved reading them.

Blogger Riejun June 11, 2019 9:36 PM  

Great idea and would support as finances allowed.

Blogger weka June 11, 2019 9:36 PM  

There is a need. For the grançhildren...

Blogger dclingwall June 11, 2019 9:36 PM  

Absolutely! My money'll be there. Thanks for suggesting/doing this. Also, as #4 Snidely just suggested - a subscription service would be an excellent option.

Blogger Ariadne Umbrella June 11, 2019 9:37 PM  

I can't crowdfund, but I can be an enthusiastic reference pointing families towards your books.

Blogger Mad Italian June 11, 2019 9:40 PM  


And do like the subscription book of the month or semi monthly option.

Blogger Chad Thundercockovich June 11, 2019 9:41 PM  

I am genuinely interested.

Blogger dtungsten June 11, 2019 9:44 PM  

Count me in!

Blogger thalios June 11, 2019 9:44 PM  

Take. My. Money.

Blogger Clint June 11, 2019 9:45 PM  

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Blogger FUBARwest June 11, 2019 9:46 PM  

It's of great interest to me. One to educate myself but more importantly to start building a library for my future family.

What you guys are doing is more important than 95%+ of the rest of the right on the internet is up to. God Bless.

Blogger lynnjynh9315 June 11, 2019 9:49 PM  

If the cost is under $100 USD, I'm game. I try to support Castalia (bought AToB audiobook yesterday), but I'm pretty poor.

Blogger NP_see June 11, 2019 9:49 PM  

I am interested in the Collier Junior Classics.

Blogger sammibandit June 11, 2019 9:52 PM  

I'm definitely in for this series. I also think it would be cool to have a fairy tale volume with a survey of the great authors and illustrators. Something that I think VD knows is that there should be an overabundance of boy's adventure stories. I'm in a quandry with children's lit and this excellent timing. Throw it in a bundle with a Milo audiobook and I'll pay more.

If you're interested in art books, and I know they're expensive, I have someone in mind who wants that sort of thing. Medieval tapestries or sculpture, Scythian gold, that kind of thing is up her alley. Anything Italian/Roman. So many art books these days are degenetate. I used to read a huge Michaelangelo book as a child and I totally wore it out. I want that experience for my children.

Blogger sammibandit June 11, 2019 9:53 PM  

I wonder what Gutenburg would think of this.

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 11, 2019 9:53 PM  


I would support this.

Blogger Jimmy June 11, 2019 9:58 PM  

Yes to all.

Blogger Jimmy June 11, 2019 9:59 PM  

And the Fitzgerald Great Brain series if possible.

Anonymous Anonymous June 11, 2019 10:01 PM  

I plan on marrying in about a year and having a family. I am considering homeschooling when that time comes or a Christian school. If homeschooling, I would be interested in Collier Junior Classics. And course, Disney would not get any of our money.

Blogger Careless Whisper June 11, 2019 10:01 PM  

That sounds fantastic. Undeniably noble act of heroism at this twilight stage of the culture. I'd buy them on principle alone, but I trust your taste in material. And I would LOVE the idea of "subscribing" to them like Snidely described. It's been so long since I had enjoyable reading delivered regularly to my mailbox!

Blogger tiarosa June 11, 2019 10:02 PM  

Yes I would be interested. Slightly related-what volumes would you recommend for someone who has never had a Western Civilization course (that being me)?

Blogger heyjames4 June 11, 2019 10:03 PM  

Yes. I am interested. I trust your judgement as to what to publish.

Blogger cyrus83 June 11, 2019 10:08 PM  

I'm supportive, I prefer physical books over e-books.

Any chance these might be published under their own imprint to distinguish them if this comes to fruition?

Blogger Woodcock June 11, 2019 10:12 PM  

I would definitely crowdfund Collier Junior Classics.

Blogger Caleo June 11, 2019 10:19 PM  

Absolutely wonderful idea, and I would definitely support this.

Blogger cookierunner June 11, 2019 10:20 PM  

I'm one of the Robinson drop outs. Count me in for Collier and Great Books.

Blogger Matamoros June 11, 2019 10:20 PM  

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Blogger Silent Draco June 11, 2019 10:23 PM  

Sounds good for grandchildren and nephews, also. Great Books - yes; I have about half of the list, and want to add more.

Would there be study guides or starting points as well? Many of the great works need at least some context to read and study well.

Blogger HoosierHillbilly June 11, 2019 10:27 PM  

I have crunched the numbers over and over to try and print various CCEL books into a hard copy. paranoid about the electronics i guess. Never cost effective. If you have a way to print the classics, I'm in sir.

Blogger Dave Dave June 11, 2019 10:28 PM  

I would be happy to crowd fund classical military history. The Punic Wars are some of the most important to know about.

Blogger LZ June 11, 2019 10:30 PM  


Blogger Daniel June 11, 2019 10:30 PM  

Well, Bury's Cambridge Ancient History is outstanding, but there's no way to affordably publish the color maps.

Churchill's The World Crisis series would be of interest.

Kipling's Land and Sea Tales for Boys
Baroness Orczy novels, esp. mysteries
An annotated David Israel's Melting Pot
Irish Guards in the Great War diaries
Tarzan and the Golden Lion

The Conan stories in the character's life order.

A nice set of hardback

Blogger Ahărôwn June 11, 2019 10:31 PM  

Yes please! :D

Blogger rondolf June 11, 2019 10:31 PM  

I'm in.

Blogger Shawnesy June 11, 2019 10:35 PM  

Funny you did this. I was just at my mom's house and came across my old Children's Classics books (not Collier's, a different one) and was ecstatic when I found them. I'm currently reading Arabian Nights again.

I would totally buy this set, and others. In fact, I wish people would print more public domain books in a really high quality format. I'd love to have more books that I can keep and pass down for generations.

One of my favorite things to do as a child was to go through my grandfather's small library. Please do this.

Blogger Darwin is a Harsh Mistress June 11, 2019 10:36 PM  

Vox I hope this comes to pass. I started building my library during Newt Gingrich's "Contract for America" era when I realized they were monkeying with the books even then. One start example was "Good Christian Friends Rejoice," an entry in the Episcopalians' recent hymnal. Was it ecumenical outreach to the Quakers??? Or was it the beginning of the Memory Hole?

$40,000 and many years later I call my library "The Wall of Western Civilization" to spite Carol Gilligan. My kids read great novels like Ivanhoe and A Tale of Two Cities, even Nineteen Eighty-Four in well made leather bound volumes. I hope they will be passed down through the generations. And Bezos cannot disappear them at will.

451 tips o' the hat to Bradbury.

Blogger Grime Knight June 11, 2019 10:57 PM  

I'm totally down for that and I think publishing public domain material is smart idea going forward before censorship levels hit an even higher fever pitch.

Blogger Arthur Isaac June 11, 2019 11:13 PM  

Yes. Those would be awesome. I've priced the like new sets and they're going for a bit. Raised on those.

Blogger Arthur Isaac June 11, 2019 11:14 PM  

Hurlbut's Story of the Bible too.

Blogger The future is Darreing June 11, 2019 11:16 PM  

This would be greatly appreciated. Most of the older books like what are referred to are reprints on amazon anyway. I would much prefer to pay you folks for the same type of product. It would ostensibly be of far higher quality to boot.

Pliny the Elder comes to mind. Also All Honorable Men by James Stuart Martin. It was ridiculously hard to get the copy I have.

I run into this with sheet music for piano as well. I recently began Beethoven’s Pastoral Sonata, and the score I purchased from amazon was just a reprint of a public domain score. If this takes off please know that there is interest in Music as well. Someone has to preserve it and prevent it from being disappeared.

Blogger Cary June 11, 2019 11:16 PM  

I would definitely be interested in a nice print edition of the Collier Junior Classics and either ebook or print editions of other great books.

A couple of years ago I discovered another group that has done a lot of nicely formatted ebooks of various children’s classics when I was looking for some other stuff translated for kids by Alfred Church. They have some great bundle deals and are called Yesterday’s Classics. Their print is limited to print on demand.

Perhaps there would be some opportunity to partner Castalia’s print capabilities and their digital work for selected titles.

Blogger Sam Drucker June 11, 2019 11:17 PM  

James Burnham, Sam Huntington, and Sam Francis please. Any opinion on the "YOUNG FOLKS LIBRARY" AUXILIARY EDUCATIONAL LEAGUE by Charles Knapp?

Blogger Shadowfax June 11, 2019 11:22 PM  

I'd definitely be in for the Collier Junior Classics, and probably for other projects.

And hope for an ebook version as a byproduct.

Blogger Doom's Children June 11, 2019 11:34 PM  

I would buy a set of the Collier Junior Classics via crowdfunding.

Blogger RCR_Chris June 11, 2019 11:45 PM  

I'm in. Been collecting at least an e-library, but would be totally behind an effort like this.

Blogger PseudonymousMe June 11, 2019 11:45 PM  

A service to mankind would be to create parallel sets of great books including respectively ungodly and godly books. Thus, The Tree of Knowledge set can include the bulk of Adler’s Great Books (e.g., the Greeks and Romans, Enlightenment philosophes, Feuerbach, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud, Camus, Sartre, Alinsky, Adorno, and such like), while the Tree of Life could include not only canonical authors (Augustine, Aquinas, the Church Fathers etc.) but also modern prophetical writings that are often elided in such collections (Chesterton, Eliot’s more explicitly Christian essays and the Four Quartets, Lewis, Hopkins, and other such authors).

Thus can a new canon be built for the Age of Rebuilding.

Blogger Randomatos June 11, 2019 11:59 PM  

Sign me up. CJCs in hardcover would be my vote for first production run.

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Blogger Brick Hardslab June 12, 2019 12:37 AM  

I would support this. Will Castalia build up enough of a library to start a subscription service like ku?

Blogger Revelation Means Hope June 12, 2019 12:42 AM  

I've spent several years, a lot of time, and considerable $$ getting the entire Landmark World and US History series of books. It would be a pity if those books completely disappear.

The We Were There series of books, great for introducing reluctant readers to history.

The Childhood of Famous Americans, the original ones that aren't politically correct, the ones that will never be reprinted because they are about men like Bedford Forrest and others like that......

The Happy Hollisters.

Blogger Cloudy_Luke June 12, 2019 12:43 AM  

The Bancroft Classics is a must!

Blogger pyrrhus June 12, 2019 1:02 AM  

All of Kipling that is suitable for children and YA, which is most of it...Would definitely buy it for grandchildren...

Blogger The King's Man June 12, 2019 1:23 AM  

I don't have any suggestions, but I would certainly back the Collier's Junior Classics and would likely back anything else I don't already have.

Blogger Mark K. June 12, 2019 1:24 AM  

Seriously, anything you say is a classic I'll buy.

Blogger Uncle Maffoo June 12, 2019 1:32 AM  

This is a great idea. Collier Junior Classics will be a good start.

Goodreads has a good list of popular public domain works; I'd be all for those.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare June 12, 2019 1:47 AM  

That sounds amazing! I'd happily contribute what I could to such an effort, it's a brilliant idea.

Blogger Dan in Georgia June 12, 2019 2:12 AM  

Notice how "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is never censored.

Blogger Unknown June 12, 2019 2:12 AM  

Very much interested in the Collier Junior Classics.

Blogger Stilicho June 12, 2019 2:33 AM  

Hell yes!

Blogger Eisenhorn June 12, 2019 2:36 AM  

Hell yes, I would like to buy a set for myself and my nephews.

Blogger anorganicbear June 12, 2019 2:36 AM  

I'd be willing to contribute to something like a collection of the precedents of modern fantasy. Containing the Iliad, the Odyssey, de-modernized fairy tails, the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft, the Greek myths, The Jabberwocky, Beowulf, The Raven, etc. in some amalgamation that makes sense.

Blogger fredulent June 12, 2019 2:54 AM  

Here's a children's book that might be of interest. An Australian book called Coles Funny Picture Book. I have a 70s reprint of one of them, dating back to the 19th and early 20th century. The recent reprint was not very good. I found it entertaining as a child. Several were released over some years.

Blogger Unseen11 June 12, 2019 3:02 AM  

I'd buy the series and support a fundraiser for it

Blogger DanF June 12, 2019 3:22 AM  

I like Snidely's suggestion above. Will support any crowdfunding effort and, if needed, donate seed money to the initial effort.

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 12, 2019 3:22 AM  

I am sure you have thought of combining the publication of the home schooling books with a home schooling channel on

Blogger artensoll June 12, 2019 4:16 AM  

I'm in for the Collier Junior Classics.

Blogger Pedro Rocha June 12, 2019 4:33 AM  

I'm interested, particularly if there is anything related to the trivium and quadrivium.

Blogger Hieroglyph June 12, 2019 4:36 AM  

Of interest. I bet there are some interesting old sci-fi books, no longer under copyright.

I know I know, you guys get lots of ideas for unauthorized. But, on topic, I was recently wondering a similar idea could work for, this time with documentaries. Old, non-copyright (if that's possible) docos, brought up to date by a good producer.

Optional Big Bear voice-over, calling people various unprintable, and highly amusing, names. I'd watch.

Blogger Keen June 12, 2019 4:40 AM  

I'm an alt hero backer with 2 young children. I would fund that in a heartbeat.

Blogger fuzzracer June 12, 2019 4:52 AM  

Yes please, we're just about to have our 3rd child and would love a set of educational texts we can rely on for the home.

Blogger Skald June 12, 2019 5:02 AM  

Big thumbs up for Collier Junior Classics and other great books. Will definitely support.

Blogger Ultrahardcore June 12, 2019 5:20 AM  

The concept is definitely interesting. I would be most interested in stories for children (fairy tales, fables, Nancy Drew-esque, etc), American Westerns, and Military History.

Blogger God Emperor Memes June 12, 2019 5:32 AM  

DEFINITELY interested! May I recommend 'Headhunters of The Amazon' by F.W. Up de Graff as being a fantastic, true story of what men can achieve when they boldly step into the unknown?

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Blogger Unknown June 12, 2019 5:34 AM  

I would support this effort.

Blogger MidnightSun June 12, 2019 5:42 AM  

This is great! A dream come true. I'm in for crowdfunding, physical books and e-books. A good series is the Harvard Classics. A diverse collection including Greek Philosophers, Dante, Shakespeare, M. Aurelius, Brothers Grimm just to name a few. Gees Vox, pretty soon you'll need an army to take on all these new projects! Good luck and God Bless.

Blogger WinningforCoins June 12, 2019 5:51 AM  

Although we homeschool in Dutch the Collier Junior Classics sound like a good reference to have.

Blogger D E K June 12, 2019 6:00 AM  

Print only for North America?

Blogger Brett baker June 12, 2019 6:34 AM  

The We Were There books I read were awesome as a kid.

Blogger Amy June 12, 2019 6:50 AM  

Yes please! I paid a not very small sum for the entire Junior Classics set, a few years ago. I remembered reading them as a child and they’ve become treasured by my children too. It would be great to see them in print once again.

I would contribute to a crowdfund for this project, but no specific titles come to mind.

Thank you.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf June 12, 2019 7:00 AM  

I own the "Junior Classics" Volumes 1-10 (1918) - each book is a different color and the few internal colored pictures are protected with rice paper pages. They're really beautiful. You can feel the different era.

The only issue I have is with the story wording. For example: A 'faggot of wood' seems to be a common phrase from that era. So, I've taken to slightly changing the wording for each story (trying to keep the flavor). I write scientific technical papers, I'm not sure how well I'm able to do this ':-/

You may find the stories aren't exactly the ones you remember - they're different. I can see why they were edited to be different and these are probably more akin to the actual folk tales. I think knowing both versions makes them extra special in a way :)

A Japanese friend is going to try and translate each story into Japanese together with MCQ and answers. Ideally, we'd find a Japanese version online (in case anyone sees one). This small adventure was inspired from an earlier video where VOX mentioned these books. And of course his book review with MCQ video.

Blogger James Parliament June 12, 2019 7:07 AM  

I’m in

Blogger Laramie Hirsch June 12, 2019 7:11 AM  

We homeschool. I've been interested in Collier Junior Classics ever since you mentioned them.

Blogger Gettimothy June 12, 2019 7:14 AM  

Its a great idea

Blogger PJW Gent June 12, 2019 7:21 AM  

This is a great idea and nothing beats a physical book for real study. While online reading is good for reading, physical books make study so much more productive with the ability to take notes, underline, highlight, etc. as well as a real sense of location, where the text is (and as a result the ideas) in relation to other texts/ideas. It does something to your brain as you attempt to relate things you are studying together. As far as I am concerned, nothing beats prints for real study.

Blogger RobertDWood June 12, 2019 7:28 AM  

I grow weary of screen time and the expectation that my homeschool sons must also become familiar with ebooks. I will buy paper copies for them.

One of the struggles buying classic works on Amazon is knowing the quality of the indie shop making the public domain print. If I can buy from someone I trust is not scamming me that will always be the first option.

Blogger Gettimothy June 12, 2019 7:31 AM

Although I am hesitent to trust Bloom on the matter.

I concur with other commentors on the joys of a library of lavish hard bound books. Grimms Fairytails, The Hobbit, Twain, F Scott, "the adventures of ullyses". Wonderful memories!

Blogger AmericanDan June 12, 2019 7:37 AM  

If you could do the GA Henty books, that would be amazing. I would buy every single one of those. Would love to have nice looking copies of those books to read with my son one day. Can't wait to see what else you all come up with. This is a fantastic idea!

Blogger Johnny June 12, 2019 7:42 AM  

I don't know about running a profit in the book business, but it is a shame how many desirable books go out of print. This old text book thing is just part of it. I suspect booksellers don't like pushing older books because the new releases get the most money. That tends to be true in a lot of things. 'New' sells, and often for more money.

Blogger VD June 12, 2019 7:44 AM  

The only issue I have is with the story wording. For example: A 'faggot of wood' seems to be a common phrase from that era.

That's exactly the sort of thing we would not change. No compromises with modernity.

Blogger Mike Rock June 12, 2019 7:47 AM  

105..........THANK YOU! That is exactly why these books should be published, preserved and READ....
and understood! God bless

Blogger ddm June 12, 2019 7:48 AM  

This is a fantastic idea! I will back this project.

Blogger Jason P June 12, 2019 7:49 AM  

I'm also very much interested.

The junior classics and great books sound awesome.

If there's enough interest, the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica with, if you're willing Vox, a small companion volume by you of what genuinely hasn't stood the test of time, with recommended further reading.

Considering the replicability crisis in the sciences and so much of the history of the twentieth century being a lie, that might not be that difficult ... Though I'm probably seriously underestimating it.

I would absolutely help crowdfund a straight reprint.

Blogger CarpeOro June 12, 2019 7:57 AM  

Not many electronic versions of JFC Fuller's works (at least fro what I see on Amazon), but I imagine his haven't gone public domain yet.

Blogger Crave June 12, 2019 7:59 AM  

Sign me up for the Collier Junior classics.

Blogger Roman Daoist June 12, 2019 8:05 AM  

Books by Hendrik Willem Van Loon please. He published children's history books about a centry ago now, though they'd probably be high school level today.

I just photo'd a very short chapter "Joshua of Nazareth" from his "Story of Mankind" that I have.

Here is the link.

I also recommend his "Liberation of Mankind" that I also have. It summarises some of the intellectual freedom fighters, and some of what they were fighting against, from over the last couple thousand years.

Blogger Johnny June 12, 2019 8:19 AM  

Jason P wrote:If there's enough interest, the eleventh edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica with, if you're willing Vox, a small companion volume by you of what genuinely hasn't stood the test of time

I used to own the 1911, sold it off into ebay. An impressive work, but I suspect Vox is a little too busy to critique that massive publication, to say the least given the size of the thing.

And in case you don't know, it can be had over on ebay in DVD form, along with numerous used copies for a lot more money.

Blogger LZ June 12, 2019 8:25 AM  

The "God's of the Copybook Headings" copybook
a best of compilation

I would buy that for homeschooling and if you made an illustrated collector version, I would buy that too.

Blogger Z MAlfoy June 12, 2019 8:26 AM  

I would be totally on board with this. I've been a proud supporter of both Alt-Hero campaigns, and would dip into my reserves to support this for the future. I'd even subscribe to a subscription service if offered.

Also, concur to the music suggestion above, if at all possible in the future. I recognize that it's a different printing setup, and probably more expensive. But I would shell out cash for solid collections of things like Renaissance Polyphony, the Complete Masses of Palestrina, etc.

Blogger Luis June 12, 2019 8:26 AM  

Count me in.

Blogger Xorphitus June 12, 2019 8:38 AM  

I would love to have the Great Books series and military histories.

Blogger peacefulposter June 12, 2019 8:42 AM  

After reading this post, I can't help but think of "The Book of Eli".

Blogger Leoric June 12, 2019 8:46 AM  

I am in for any and all old prints. Will participate in crowd fund. I tried finding some of the old books you recommended and the old book smell is not to my liking.

Blogger 🐻Drew🐻 June 12, 2019 8:54 AM  

@VD my wife and I are trying for our first child, we plan on homeschooling and have only scratched the surface. Would love for you to print the Collier Junior Classics.

Blogger Avalanche June 12, 2019 8:55 AM  

@38 'Any chance these might be published under their own imprint to distinguish them if this comes to fruition?"

Ooooh, the "Unauthorized History" imprint! That opens a can of poisonous worms on the libs!!

I'll definitely throw in, even thought I have no one to give the books to. Well, my local library would probably benefit?)

Blogger Greg Hunt June 12, 2019 9:00 AM  

I'm in. Any chance the Time Life Books series' are available for reprint in this manner? (How The West Was Won, etc.)

Blogger artensoll June 12, 2019 9:06 AM  

@111 "Books by Hendrik Willem Van Loon please."

I like the sound of this too.

Blogger Richard Rahl June 12, 2019 9:07 AM  

I'm interested and would participate in the crowdfunding.

Blogger Lightning Hands June 12, 2019 9:12 AM  

Sign me up, coach.

Blogger Gettimothy June 12, 2019 9:13 AM  

@111 That was beautiful. Thank you.

I think the kids will get a smile and a chuckle saying "Willem Van Loooooooooon!"

Blogger Kudos The Lexecutioner June 12, 2019 9:29 AM  

I'm in like Flynn. Please do this, Vox.

Blogger sammibandit June 12, 2019 9:46 AM  

Good luck, Drew. Bless.

Blogger MC June 12, 2019 9:50 AM  

Yes, I'm in for the Collier Junior Classics

Blogger Geoff June 12, 2019 9:56 AM  

This is a great idea. I love the Collier junior classics idea.
I think Ray's Arithmetic set is a good idea for homeschoolers, too.
Printing cheap and beautiful editions of George MacDonald's fiction could be good (I know they're out there, but prices, typesetting, and general quality vary greatly).
A good edition of Jeremy Taylor's book "Holy Living and Holy Dying" would be great because it contains helpful meditations on how to follow Christ in the various dimensions of life and the only quality edition today is like $90 a volume from Oxford. It's by an Anglican priest, but it is really the sort of thing that would help any Christian raise their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
This is a very exciting development, Vox. Thanks for starting it up.

Blogger freddie_mac June 12, 2019 9:56 AM  

Yes please. I'd be particularly interested in military history, but would be willing to support the overall program.

Blogger Prionyx June 12, 2019 10:33 AM  

Count me in. My parents bought a copy of the Harvard Classics series and I devoured them. It was an invaluable investment for a young mind.

Blogger matveidaniilovich June 12, 2019 10:39 AM  

Vellum scrolls. Make it happen.

I would also be interested in audio recordings of blind travelers reciting epic poetry from memory.

Blogger Alexander June 12, 2019 10:57 AM  

Yes, and would financially back this.

Blogger Beardy Bear June 12, 2019 11:06 AM  

This endeavor is of extreme interest to me in general, however, I already purchased Collier Junior Classics pre-1950 by your recommendation.

It is difficult for me to determine which books are in the public domain.

According to this site, which may be inaccurate:

The Encyclopedia Britannica 1911 is in the public domain. That would interest me, but it would be a massive undertaking logistically as well.

Blogger Tom June 12, 2019 11:31 AM  

I am interested in helping you do this Vox. Thank you for your efforts in this matter.

Blogger KPP June 12, 2019 11:58 AM  

Wonderful idea! Would love to see a new edition in hardcover.

I have a set of the Junior Classics in my library and I bought a set for the birth of my first grandchild in February when my daughter asked for books in lieu of baby shower gifts. More grandchildren on the way. Need a place for a new fix!

I also love the idea of a subscription service. A new book every month. Reader's Digest was very successful using this model in a series they called "The World's Best Reading." While they featured some modern authors, the majority were public domain classics. They had gold-stamped faux leather covers and they look good on a shelf. I have probably 60 of the titles, gleaned from thrift stores for the most part. Info here:

Of course, I can see why you might not have an interest in stuff like Jane Austin books, since the market is saturated with them, but there are many titles that might need to see the light of day.

I wish there was something like the old Boy's Life - it was like Christmas when a new issue arrived when I was a kid. Would kids of today be interested in something like that?

Blogger John June 12, 2019 12:26 PM  

Please do this. As a homeschooling family, we would take full advantage of this. Also, would help prevent the inevitable "improving" the classical works in digital format by SJWs.

Blogger Durandel June 12, 2019 12:30 PM  

My family would be a purchaser.

Blogger Richard Rahl June 12, 2019 12:35 PM  

🐻Drew🐻 wrote:@VD my wife and I are trying for our first child, we plan on homeschooling and have only scratched the surface. Would love for you to print the Collier Junior Classics.

Seconded for the same reason. My wife and I have a child starting Classical Conversations this year. I would love to support Castelia House by buying the Collier Junior Classics to support the good guys.

Blogger OneWingedShark June 12, 2019 12:40 PM  

I would be interested.

Blogger RobertDWood June 12, 2019 1:05 PM  

In the young men's category, I particularly enjoyed The Rover Boys series, turn of the century adventure books with some brothers solving mysteries. Resonanted with this 10 year old who liked pocket knives.
In the 90s my mom had these on some kind of digital format, scans as images of the books, and she would print them on a laser printer and put them in 3 ring binders for me. I'd love to buy these in a quality print format, not some garbage scanned page format.

Similar is the Horatio Algers material. Skip the GA Henty stuff, it's pedestrian and repetitive.

Blogger James Dixon June 12, 2019 1:08 PM  

While I think it's a great idea, to the point of being willing to throw $5-$10 to a kickstarter to get the ball rolling, we're not likely to be in the market. We already have most of the books of that type we want.

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Blogger James Dixon June 12, 2019 1:12 PM  

> The Encyclopedia Britannica 1911 is in the public domain. That would interest me, but it would be a massive undertaking logistically as well.

Blogger Mark V June 12, 2019 1:14 PM  

Absolutely. Expanding the Castalia Home-school Collection is one of the most important things you can do to save the remnants of Western Civilization, especially saving historical texts before everything is re-written. I'm hoping Castalia House eventually publishes a series on the history of the 20th Century. As someone who plans to home-school their future children, I'm willing to pay or give a serious amount of cash for this.

Blogger Door in the Hill June 12, 2019 1:46 PM  

I'm interested, and would definitely back as I have money and interest in the specific work. I trust you to put out good works, not bowdlerized garbage.

Blogger June 12, 2019 1:47 PM  

Definitely interested.

Blogger Vlad Z. June 12, 2019 3:07 PM  

World Book Encyclopedia or something similar. Kids oriented, not adult. My brother and I devoured that as kids, everything from the military rank and insignia pages to the dog breeds. I know a lot of stuff from reading the encyclopedia as a kid.

Wikipedia can't provide that.

Blogger Hen June 12, 2019 3:23 PM  

Absolutely yes! And fast, please. I have numerous grands and nieces and nephews who need these books. God bless and thank you most sincerely. I see there are mentions of encyclopedias...perhaps Britainica 1911? In public domain? Anyway thanks VD. Count on our support at the check out counter.

Blogger Hen June 12, 2019 3:26 PM  

Maybe also classic comics too. I would think there would be demand.

Blogger Silent Draco June 12, 2019 3:34 PM  

Kipling's "Just So" stories, in the original language. The amount of 'humphing' will be hilarious: they're all behind since the first day of creation.

Any possibility of old Scouting, camp, or military outdoor and survival manuals?

Interested in backing.

Blogger Ty Richards June 12, 2019 3:59 PM  

Let’s do Collier! I’ve got 5 daughters in homeschool that would benefit from that. Shut up and take my money.

Blogger mojohn June 12, 2019 4:54 PM  

I would support these efforts. I have two young grandchildren who need exposure to the classics.

Blogger Alphaeus June 12, 2019 5:04 PM  

My extra large paperback copy of Augustine's "City of God" fell apart and I need a new one. I'd rather get it from Castalia than anyone else, so, I'll hold off to see what comes up.

Blogger Raker_T June 12, 2019 5:14 PM  

Had to work very late last night, cannot read all the comments this afternoon. Anyway, it sounds like a great idea. I'm pretty sure it was at this blog, maybe a year ago, a comment said that if you want to preserve your history, start acquiring books from prior to 1960. I have been doing that, have a few interesting ones. I'm willing to share any of it if needed. There's a history book from 1889. Even then there's a bit of ra-ra jingoism, but what's interesting is what's included, not excluded.

Blogger tublecane June 12, 2019 5:16 PM  

@57- I think I read Burnham's the Machiavellians for free online, but generally those authors I don't think are old enough to be in the public domain.

Blogger Beardy Bear June 12, 2019 5:18 PM  

@145 Thank you, that is a great resource. Even so, I need one for my shelf. If indeed collapse is coming, we also must be the ones to preserve the knowledge for posterity.

Blogger Rick W June 12, 2019 5:21 PM  

I am interested and will buy. I like the idea of the "Unauthorized" imprint but would prefer whatever imprint name will sell the most.

Blogger Nina June 12, 2019 5:42 PM  

What about a crowd-edited set of books. SimIlar to what project Gutenberg does. With persons contributing work paying lower subscription rates.

Blogger GM June 12, 2019 5:58 PM  

I'm definitely in. Also learned a lot from the comments in the threat - which I appreciate as we're starting to homeschool this year.

Blogger mudkips June 12, 2019 6:09 PM  

I would be interested in the military history books

Blogger sammibandit June 12, 2019 6:11 PM  

>Any possibility of old Scouting, camp, or military outdoor and survival manuals?

I would love this as well.

Blogger freddie_mac June 12, 2019 6:27 PM  

@156 Raker_T
if you want to preserve your history, start acquiring books from prior to 1960

Have been doing the same, and library book sales are a wonderful place to look.

Blogger Trog June 12, 2019 6:50 PM  

Please also look into reprinting "My Bible Friends" by Etta Degering. We have a set that gets well read by every child but we have to be very careful with them.

Blogger Hightecrebel June 12, 2019 7:08 PM  

I like the idea, but I think it would have to depend on how much they would run.

Blogger xavier June 12, 2019 7:37 PM  

A very good idea. I'd also recommend bilingual books I.e a Latin/Greek text with English translation of the also publish works that Loeb's Claasical library doesn't touch because post classical period.
Finally all the romances and chanson de gestes. In both the original and in translation


Blogger digz June 12, 2019 8:20 PM  

Would be a bigger backer of this idea than any other project in the past

Blogger klm4jc June 12, 2019 9:32 PM  

I'm in!!!

Blogger Raker_T June 12, 2019 10:46 PM  

@164 I have a few of those, they're great. There's an antique mall that's conveniently located. There are a couple of book booths in there, one can get lost. One of them has a nice feature, a cart with new arrivals. Makes it easy to do a quick look without going through the sections of the booth.

Blogger J June 13, 2019 12:51 AM  

Great idea, we need to preserve and pass on our heritage. AmblesideOnline free curriculum uses many old and sometimes out-of-print books—you’d have a pre-existing market. (Living Books Press is reprinting some based in Australia). I’ll keep my eye on this—my eldest is only 1st grade (homeschool).

Blogger New Atlantis Lost June 13, 2019 3:23 AM  

I’m in for a new set of the Collier set and probably whatever follows. I bought an original set and they are too fragile to hand to kids trustingly, which defeats the purpose.
I want to augment the chillern’s education... we aren’t going to homeschool but we are doing the next best thing. An online live school providing classic education. Latin and all.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf June 13, 2019 3:28 AM  

VD wrote:The only issue I have is with the story wording. For example: A 'faggot of wood' seems to be a common phrase from that era.

That's exactly the sort of thing we would not change. No compromises with modernity.
The books are a great way to expand any lexicon for sure. Incidentally, the BoB Books are good, another suggestion taken :) In this instance, learning modern English in a world of Japanese is struggle enough. More than I would have thought to be honest.

Blogger Richard Martel June 13, 2019 3:30 AM  

I love this idea. I would definitely contribute. Keep up updated.

Blogger wreckage June 13, 2019 6:24 AM  

Yes. Will back. Go. Now. Gogogogogo.

Blogger Dave Seng June 13, 2019 8:24 AM  

Maybe the 1924 version of "The Box-Car Children"?

Blogger Loan June 13, 2019 9:01 AM  

Yes, interested.

Blogger Kat June 13, 2019 10:38 AM  

Books for little children are also becoming completely pozzed, so I'd love to see something like the Honeybunch books brought back into print.

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 13, 2019 11:27 AM  

Idea for imprint:
Castalia Essentials
- history
- philosophy
- literature
- military
- biographies

Blogger Arcux June 13, 2019 11:36 AM  

I'd pay for good books. I'm amassing quite a library. Also, I found a book at Costco with a collection of important US documents from the Mayflower Compact to the Declaration of Independence, US Constitution, Federalist Papers, all the way down to Obama's first inaugural address (which I'd just as happily skip). Something like that, minus the modern progressive crap would be great.

Blogger Faison June 13, 2019 2:25 PM  

I'm very interested in having the good Collier Junior Classics for my children.

Blogger In the California mountains June 13, 2019 2:38 PM  

I would be interested in them!

Blogger James Fox Higgins June 13, 2019 6:10 PM  

Yes please! I'll be buying those junior classics to read with my sons. Just let us know! 🙏

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 13, 2019 7:32 PM  

Where were you twenty years ago, when we were starting to home school our kids? Our last is going to finish high school in a couple years, and so I'll need these in a few years for grand kids.

I printed many books from Gutenberg for my kids over the years. The old Tom Swift adventures were good, and the original Oz books were fun. The Oz books were valuable, too, because they are so obviously NOT Christian. I could read a story, and then point out the difference between the tale and the reality of God and His creation.

As others have said, books which are called for by home school curricula would have a ready market, and the Henty books are excellent. The Henty books are available in paperback elsewhere, though.

I may not back them all, but I will back many, for physical books.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd June 13, 2019 7:34 PM  

One other thought is that a volume of sermons from late colonial America might be useful. The black robed brigade deserves much credit for the American revolution, for preaching on the proper relations between God, government and man.

Blogger Sargent.matrim June 13, 2019 11:31 PM  

I'd like to crowd fund this. I'd like an original edition of the Collier classics for my kids.

Blogger Oldfart June 14, 2019 1:19 AM  

Most of us consider history to be cut and dried facts. But there are (and we're beginning to see them crawling out of the cracks) those who consider it merely a collection of myths for them to build on. Every issue of every newspaper gives us new examples of this. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn survived the 'River' and the eroding sands of time but are slowly succumbing to the SJW onslaught.

I would pay good money for real books, printed on real paper with the original characters and storylines intact. Hurry though, I'm 85 and time is of the essence.

Blogger Bialar June 16, 2019 3:33 PM  

A little late to the game here, but I have a granddaughter and would love to have the full 1918-version set for her. Would 100% back a crowdfunding for this.

Blogger DrewC June 17, 2019 10:02 AM  

I would love to purchase the 1918 version

Blogger All Day Coffee break June 17, 2019 3:11 PM  

I will be part of the campaign when it comes.

Blogger Thagomizer June 17, 2019 11:56 PM  

Vox, Have you read this post by David Hines about "What Righties Can Do"?

He recommends updated "McGuffey’s Readers", which might be worth looking into.

Blogger nicolas June 18, 2019 12:24 PM  

I would back whatever you print.

Blogger Cootcraig June 23, 2019 6:41 PM  

I would kick in for a crowd fund of Collier Junior Classics and also a Great Books series. The 1912/1918 Junior Classic by P.F. Collier & Son would be great.

Blogger Unknown July 09, 2019 12:51 PM  

I have found only 2 copies of the old edition in my so far short search. I would much rather buy as a new set. Please put a rush on this ;)!

Blogger Unknown August 27, 2019 7:46 PM  

What could be the hard in adding one more voice? After Vox explained the changes made over the editions I started the hunt for these for my children's (future) library. I only have 2 and have done okay on price but I would much rather have a new set and would be happy to crowd fund for a proper hard cover set.

Blogger Unknown September 25, 2019 5:58 PM  

I would 100% support this i have been wanting to buy jr classics and if i can support you aswell then its a winwin. Please let me know where i can buy

Blogger Unknown October 10, 2019 10:00 AM  

I'm on board. Good literature for my kids that I can enjoy reading with them? Yep. Sounds good.

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