Books by Eric Sloane

Books by Eric Sloane are a invaluable insight into the author’s personality, thoughts, reflections and philosophy. Eric Sloane (1905-1985) illustrated, painted, and wrote of what he loved most about America. Sloane wrote and illustrated 35 books as an author (though that number is often inflated inaccurately because of reprints and re-issues), a number that does not reflect a number of titles to which Eric Sloane contributed. Additionally, Eric penned hundreds of articles for newspapers and magazines throughout the course of his long career. More information about Eric Sloane, his writing, and his art, is available on our research page.

Eric Sloane signing books at Grand Central Art Galleries, New York City, in 1965.

Above: Eric Sloane signing copies of I Remember America, c. 1975. If you look closely, you can tell the book from it’s distinctive green front and rear board edges and spine. You can also see that Sloane is using his Sharpie marker to personalize copies of the book by drawing covered bridges inside. The gallery is unrecorded, but it is possible it is Hammer Galleries, New York City.

An excellent resource on the titles and articles penned by Eric Sloane over the course of his long career, The America of Eric Sloane A Collector’s Bibliography, written by Dr. Dean L. Mawdsley, is an indispensable source of information. Be sure to obtain The America of Eric Sloane A Collector’s Bibliography SUPPLEMENT 2003, as Dr. Mawdsley updated his original work to include newly discovered works by Eric Sloane. Both were printed by the Connecticut Historical Commission, in 1990 and 2003, respectively. For a complete list of books by Eric Sloane, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Proceeds from the sale of each of these books go to the Wil, Beth, and Edith Mauch Fund for Education, Acquisition, and Scholarship, part of The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. All of our books by Eric Sloane include free shipping and all applicable taxes are on us.

Eric Sloane’s ABC Book of Early Americana.  Hardcover with dustjacket.  Dustjacket is very good with protective mylar cover.  Interior clean and bright as new.  Appears is if it was purchased, the protective cover installed, and then left on a shelf. Price in pencil on flyleaf, otherwise no interior markings. $14.99 Sorry – Sold.

For Spacious Skies by Eric Sloane. Hardcover with dustjacket. Minor rubbing and discoloration to dusjacket. Also slight tears at top rear, top front, and spine. Rear dustjacket flap is creased. Interior clean and bright. $24.99.

Eric Sloane’s I Remember America. Hardcover with dustjacket. Minor rubbing and chips to dusjacket, yet overall good for the age of the book. Interior very good with no writing or marks. This is the nice, larger edition of the original Funk & Wagnalls edition. Signed by the author. $27.50.

Everard: A Haphazard Scrapbook of Memories of Eric Sloane and his Family, as Recalled by his Sister. Obviously not a title by Eric Sloane, but by his sister, Dorothy Hinrichs. Eric Sloane was a pseudonym chosen by a young Everard Jean Hinrichs, who would become famous as Eric Sloane. Everard is a charming read and fills in much of the earliest years of Everard (Eric). Paper cover, spriral bound, as printed by the Connecticut Historical Commission in 1998. The publication had some photographs that did not reproduce well and on October 28, 1998, the staff of the Sloane-Stanley Museum (as the Eric Sloane Museum was called then) reproduced some 15 pages as replacements and issued them along with an explanatory cover letter. This copy includes that addendum package. Overall good condition with minor creases, some rubbing and a few very small tears to the top rear cover. As this was one of Wil’s copies that he used when consulting with Dorothy during his authorship of Aware: A Retrospective of the Life and Work of Eric Sloane, there are some notations in pen and in pencil towards the back of this volume. If that is concern to you as the potential buyer, please email for additional pictures of some of these notations. This title is getting more difficult to find with each passing year. I don’t think that many were printed and the vast majority seems to have been purchased quickly by collectors. $29.99 Sorry, sold.

ABC Book of Early Americana by Eric Sloane. Hardcover, no dustjacket as we believe that this was issued as part of a based set of Eric Sloane’s School Days. Excellent exterior with minor abrasions to bottom of the spine. Interior is bright and clean, without marks, and appears to have been sledom – if ever – read. A very nice copy for $14.00.

How You Can Forecast the Weather (Eric Sloane’s Weather Book). Softcover. This little paperback book has historically ranged wildly in pricing. I am not sure why, though it does seem like it is a difficult version of Sloane’s original to find, and difficult to find in reasonable condition. I took care to photograph the original seller’s description for the book. This title was purchased in a large collection of books from a long-time collector of books by Eric Sloane. Note the $95.00(!) price paid for it. $25.00.

Boxed set of softcover titles in decorative, Sloane-illustrated slip case:  Diary of an Early American BoyA Reverence for WoodOur Vanishing Landscape, and A Museum of Early American Tools.  Difficult to find. $34.99 Sorry, sold.

     Set of two:  Wil Mauch’s Eric Sloane’s Simple Machines:  A Boy, a Diary, and the Building of America along with Eric Sloane’s Diary of an Early American Boy.  A perfect pairing to introduce readers to Noah Blake and his wonderful diary, while expanding Eric’s original 1962 story to include much information on simple machines and how they work, early 19th century-style. Books are tied together with easily removed baler twine tied in a bow (a rough attempt at charm and an homage of sorts, the answer to the question What would Eric do? to create his own set) and including a nice, small vintage gallery brochure of Eric’s paintings from 1983.  Both books are brand new from their respective publishers.   Proceeds from the sale to go to The Friends of the Eric Sloane Museum, a 501c3 non-profit founded by Eric Sloane biographer Wil Mauch in support of The Eric Sloane Museum of Kent, Connecticut.

About Diary of An Early American Boy:
        Originally published in 1962, Diary of An Early American Boy:  Noah Blake 1805 (Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York) introduced a generation of young readers to Noah, Rachel, and Izaak Blake through the eyes of 15 year old Noah Blake’s diary and Eric Sloane’s charming prose.  The book chronicles roughly a year in the life of young Noah and is generously supplemented with Sloane’s iconic pen and ink illustrations.  The copy included in this set is a brand new hard cover book with dust jacket, printed in 2008 as Dover Edition.

About Eric Sloane’s Simple Machines: A Boy, a Diary, and the Building of America by Wil Mauch: 

            This charming and informative volume introduces readers young and old to simple machines and how they work.  Wil modeled this volume after Eric Sloane’s 1962 classic Diary of An Early American Boy, Noah Blake: 1805, using Eric’s original characters, pen and ink illustrations, design, and font.  New stories are told of how Noah, Rachel, Izaak, Mr. Beach, and Mr. Simon used simple machines throughout 1805 to help them accomplish many tasks.  These engaging stories provide the reader with a thorough understanding of what simple machines can and cannot do, generously supplemented with the drawings of architect Barry Merenoff.  Additionally, Professor James Brennan explores the mathematics and physics behind how each simple machine provides a mechanical advantage to the user.  The result is an informative and engaging book that will delight the young and the young at heart, the reader just beginning to understand simple machines and the reader who understands advanced mathematics and physics – and every reader in between. If you love the work of Eric Sloane, you’ll love this book.  The perfect gift for anyone who admires the pen and ink drawings of the artist, and who wants to learn more about how simple machines were used to build much of early America.

Set of two:  Wil Mauch’s Eric Sloane’s Simple Machines:  A Boy, a Diary, and the Building of America along with Eric Sloane’s Diary of an Early American Boy: $35.00.

A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane. 1965, Dodd, Meade & Company, New York. Hardbound with dust jacket. Interior excellent, dust jacket very good. Small tears and losses to jacket. $25.00.

The Seasons of America Past by Eric Sloane. 1958 Funk & Wagnalls. Hard cover with dustjacket. New old stock book. Minimal shelf wear to dusjacket, interior like new. $25.00.

An Age of Barns (1966), by Eric Sloane. Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York. Hardcover with dusjacket. Nice, oversized book. Dustjacket shows moderate wear with rubbing, tears, losses and soiling, but very presentable. Dust jacket price clipped. Interior clean with no marks. $38.00.

Eighty:  An American Souvenir (1985), by Eric Sloane. Dodd, Mead and Company, New York. Hardcover with dusjacket. Nice, oversized book. Dustjacket with minimal shelf wear in the form of rubbing, but very good+. Interior is excellent. Fenn Galleries sticker on flyleaf page. This was obviously a book that was purchased for collecting purposes. $50.00.

A Museum of Early American Tools (1964), by Eric Sloane. Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York. Hardcover with dustjacket. Dustjacket overall good with soiling and small tears, losses to bottom spine. Dustjacket is price clipped. Interior excellent. $22.50.

The Cracker Barrel (1967), by Eric Sloane. Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York. Hardcover with dustjacket. Dustjacket very good with minor tears at top. Interior is like new. $20.00.

The Second Barrel (1969), by Eric Sloane. Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York. Hardcover with dustjacket. Dustjacket overall good with soiling and minor rubbing. Dustjacket is price clipped. Interior is like new aside from some numbers written in pencil on flyleaf. $20.00.

Return to Taos:  A Sketchbook of Roadside America (1960), by Eric Sloane. Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York. One of the newer original copies I have seen. In mylar cover. Dustjacket shows very well with minor rubbing and creasing, interior like new, though with light pencil writing (1st Ed. 75.00) and previous owner’s stamp on title page. $28.00.

Eighty:  An American Souvenir (1985), by Eric Sloane. Dodd, Mead and Company, New York.  Special slipcase edition, printed in Italy. These were limited to 350 copies to be signed by Eric Sloane and 26 copies destined for private distribution by the author/artist. If you are unfamiliar with the story, Hammer Gallery in New York City held a preview for Eric’s show Eighty on March 4, 1985. The show opened the following day. Unfortunately, Eric was beside himself because this slip case version of Eighty had only just arrived on the cargo ship from Italy. Somehow, Eric made it down to the dock where the ship was berthed and talked his way into grabbing what was probably just a case or two of books, many of which he signed for family and friends – hence the A-Z designation on the flyleaf page pictured above. He was supposed to have then signed the 350 copies to be offered for sale, but Eric Sloane died on March the 5th of a heart attack. Every signed copy of Eighty I’ve seen is one of the (presumably because no one knows how many of the 26 he was able to sign) 26 that he was able to sign prior to his death. Every copy numbered 1-350 was signed by his wife, Mimi Sloane, and an explanatory sheet of onion skin paper was inserted in front of the flyleaf page. Oddly, this is the only one I have ever seen that did not have an issue number filled in on the designated page, nor has the onion skin insert signed by Mimi Sloane and explaining that, “Due to the untimely death of Eric Sloane, EIGHTY: an American Souvenir, was regrettably left unsigned”. It is possible that this was an advance copy of the book, or one that was somehow obtained before Eric’s death. $275.00.

Eric Sloane’s ABC Book of Early Americana.  Hardcover with dustjacket.  Minor rubbing to jacket, otherwise clean.  Interior clean and bright as new.  This is a N.O.S. copy. Price in pencil on flyleaf, otherwise no interior markings. Sorry, sold.

You may choose one or more of any of the following titles by Eric Sloane for $12.99 and we will pay for shipping. Purchase 2-3 and add a 5% discount, 4-6 add a 10% discount, 7 or more add a 15% discount off your total order. These are very nice reading copies unless otherwise noted. Photographs will be cheerfully furnished on request. Please ask any questions you may have regarding condition beyond what is noted by calling the gallery:

Eric Sloane’s Weather Book (1949), Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York.  This is the later Hawthorne softcover reprint.  Small amount of pencil writing on front endsheet, otherwise very good inside.  Softcover shows some indentations, slight losses, and other minor imperfections.  

Our Vanishing Landscape (1955), by Eric Sloane.  Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.  Hardcover w/ dust jacket.  Interior very good save for previous owner’s name on front endsheet, dust jacket good with small amount of rubbing, losses, and tears.  

Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather by Eric Sloane. 1970 reprint by Hawthorn Books, Inc.  Small amount of pencil writing on front endsheet, otherwise very good inside.  Softcover shows some indentations, slight losses, and other minor imperfections.  

American Yesterday (1956), by Eric Sloane. Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York. Hardcover w/ dust jacket.  Interior excellent, dust jacket with minor losses and tears, larger approximately 1” tear on front. 

The Seasons of America Past (1958), by Eric Sloane.  Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.  1987 reprint, hardcover w/ dust jacket.  Excellent.   Dust Jacket shows only minor wear.  Promontory Press. 

Return to Taos:  A Sketchbook of Roadside America  (1960), by Eric Sloane.   Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.  This is the softcover Hastings House reprint (1982).  Very clean in and out.

Look at the Sky (1961), by Eric Sloane.  Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York.  1970 revised edition, softcover.  

Diary of An Early American Boy:  Noah Blake 1805, by Eric Sloane. Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.  Soft cover, brand new.  Dover Edition.  

ABC of Early Americana (1963), by Eric Sloane.  Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, Garden City, New York.  Hard cover w/no dust jacket as issued as it was made to be in a boxed set.  Fine condition.   

Special Natural History Bonus of An Age of Barns (1966),softcover.   Special 1967 excerpted edition by the American Museum of Natural History.  Very good collectible condition with  only a small separation at top of binding.  All of the original ordering cards for Natural History Magazine and Eric Sloane’s books are present.

Don’t – A Little Book of Early American Gentility (1968), by Eric Sloane.   Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.  Hardbound, no dust jacket as issued.  Small amount of pencil writing on flyleaf page.  Interior very good, has the feel of being seldom read.

The Second Barrel (1969), by Eric Sloane. Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.  Hardcover, no dust jacket.  Condition is like new.

I Remember America (1970), by Eric Sloane.  Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.  Hardbound with dust jacket.  1987 Gallery edition.  Very good condition inside and out.

The Spirits of ’76 (1973), by Eric Sloane.  Walker & Company, New York.  Hardcover w/ dust jacket.  Interior and dust jacket very good + condition, dust jacket has some small tears and losses.   A copy of Eric Sloane’s “A Declaration of Self Dependence, 1976” is included.  

Eric Sloane’s Sketches of America Past (1987), Promontory Press.  Hardcover w/ dust jacket.  Re-issue of 3 Sloane books in one volume:  Diary of An Early American Boy, A Museum of Early American Tools and A Reverence for Wood.   Dustkacket and interior very good.  Light pencil markings on front flyleaf page.  

Eric Sloane’s America (1982), Promontory Press.  Hardcover w/ dust jacket.  Re-issue of 3 Sloane books in one volume:  American Barns & Covered Bridges, Our Vanishing Landscape and American Yesterday.  

For those wishing to complete a collection of books by Eric Sloane, the following is a list of publications by the author, adapted from Wil Mauch’s Symbols of American Spirit: 50 Years of the Eric Sloane Museum:

We wish you the best of luck in your collecting.  Eric Sloane was a brilliant author, illustrator, and fine artist, and his books are amazing repositories of his philosophy and knowledge. Don’t just collect these books, please read them. For a more comprehensive look at specific titles, see Dr. Dean L. Mawdsley’s excellent The America of Eric Sloane: A Collector’s Bibliography. If you can find a copy, make sure it includes Dr. Mawdsley’s The America of Eric Sloane: A Collector’s Bibliography: Supplement 2003. Both were published by the Connecticut Historical Commission (1990, 2003, respectively).

Clouds, Air and Wind (1941), Devin-Adair Company, New York.  

Camouflage Simplified (1942), Devin-Adair Company, New York.

Gremlin Americanus (1942), B.F. Jay & Company, New York.

Your Body In Flight (1943), T.O. 00-25-13 Air Service Command, Fairfield, Ohio.

Eric Sloane’s Weather Book (1949), Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York.

Skies and the Artist:  How to Draw Clouds and Sunsets (1950), Art Books For All, New York.

American Barns & Covered Bridges (1954), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

Eric Sloane’s Almanac and Weather Forecaster (1955), Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York.

Our Vanishing Landscape (1955), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

American Yesterday (1956), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

The Book of Storms (1956), Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York.

The Seasons of America Past (1958), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

Return to Taos:  A Sketchbook of Roadside America  (1960), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

Look at the Sky (1961), Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York.

Diary of An Early American Boy:  Noah Blake 1805 (1962), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

ABC of Early Americana (1963), Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, Garden City, New York.

Folklore of American Weather (1963), Duell, Sloan & Pearce, New York.

A Museum of Early American Tools (1964), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

A Reverence For Wood (1965), Wilfred Funk, Incorporated, New York.

An Age of Barns (1966), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

The Sound of Bells (1966), Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, Garden City, New York.

The Cracker Barrel (1967), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

Don’t – A Little Book of Early American Gentility (1968), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

Mr. Daniels and the Grange (1968), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

The Second Barrel (1969), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

Look at the Sky and Tell the Weather (1970), World Publishing Company, New York.

I Remember America (1970), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

Do:  A Little Book of Early American Know-How (1972), Walker & Company, New York.

The Little Red Schoolhouse (1972), Doubleday & Company, Incorporated, Garden City, New York.

The Spirits of ’76 (1973), Walker & Company, New York.

Recollections in Black & White (1974), Walker & Company, New York.

For Spacious Skies:  A Meteorological Sketchbook of American Weather (1978), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

Legacy (1979), Funk & Wagnalls, Incorporated, New York.

Once Upon A Time:  The Way America Was (1982), Hastings House, New York.

Eighty:  An American Souvenir (1985), Dodd, Mead and Company, New York.