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First Line Fridays - 10/28/16 - Treasure Island

Friday, October 28, 2016

Welcome to my favorite day of the week! FRIDAY!!! The beginning of a fabulous weekend. I am excited to celebrate a dear friend's birthday and participate in our local town's annual trick or treat. It is great! The kids (and parents) all dress up and walk down the main street through our town. The businesses hand out candy and treats. It is during the day and is fun and safe for all involved. 

We just got back from our family's FIRST vacation! The four of us have never been anywhere for FUN before. We always go on road trips for doctor appointments. So it was VERY nice to just relax and spend time with friends and family. 

In one of the towns we passed through, I found a couple of treasures!  First...This Royal Standard #10 typewriter. Made around 1916, I need to do a little more research on the model. I know it is not in the BEST condition, however, it is old...and I LOVE it! 

I also found a copy of Treasure Island published in 1906. It is in good condition and includes "The Literary History of Treasure Island" by Alexander Harvey. Treasure Island was first published in 1883. And the first line is...

Chapter I
The Old Sea Dog at the "Admiral Benbow"
"Squire Trelawney, Dr Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17--, and go back to the time when my father kept the "Admiral Benbow" inn, and the brown old seaman, with the sabre cut, first took up his lodging under our roof."

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  1. So fun! I love the old edition that you found!! :D

    My first line:

    Pecan Street & Congress Avenue
    Austin, Texas
    February 1, 1882

    "My ability to recognize one's true love, and I say this in all humility, surely must be a gift."

    ~If I Loved You Less by Gina Welborn
    In Austen in Austin Vol 1

  2. Across the narrow train aisle from Sarah, a matron examined her Friday newspaper, the bold print headline proclaiming ANOTHER BALLOONIST SUCCUMBS IN KALAMAZOO.
    -First line in the first novella of The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection.
    Carrie Fancett Pagels' "Requilted with Love"

  3. Trips are always fun, and finding treasures makes it even better!
    My first line comes from Laura Frantz's book The Mistress of Tall Acre. One of my favorites!
    On this day, 8 August, 1778, a child was safely delivered. . . .Nay, not safely. Anything but safely.

  4. RACHEL, I adore your "treasures"!

    August 1916

    My foot pressed the pedal on the floor, shifting the Packard Runabout into a higher gear. At Every Turn by Ann Mateer

  5. From Nowhere For Christmas by Heather Gray:
    "Some women were satisfied with one man in their life. There were even women who would say that was too many."

    1. Oh I can't wait to start reading Christmas books!

  6. You have some amazing finds! I'm so happy you all got to get away on a trip together.

    "Here's the first line. The summer storm lit up the night sky in a jagged display of energy, lightning streaking and fragmenting between the towering thunderheads." Dee Henderson Danger in the Shadows
    Have fun at the festival!

    1. OMG!!! I LOVE lightning. I may need to pick this book up!

  7. That is an impressive first line find there, friend!

    "No way. Not now. Not ever." Sam Conrad tossed the manila folder onto his father's massive mahogany desk.
    Blown Together by Janet W. Ferguson

  8. as it turns out, a copy of my book, Cissy, is closest to me (waiting to be signed and mailed) and the first line is,

    “I hate you and I wish you was dead.”

    Cissy is the third book in my unsavory heritage series.


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