That was fun!
1. In my reading I keep seeing references to a compilation of short stories that was put together by the English playwright, novelist, and short story writer Somerset Maugham. The collection is called Tellers of Tales: One Hundred Short Stories from the United States, England, France, Russia and Germany. (1939) It's easy to find references to it, but I'd really like to read it. Can you find a full-view copy of this book that I can read online (without having to spend a zillion dollars)?
I'm going to quote Regular Reader Arthur Weiss on this (lightly edited):
First I tried Google Books and Project Gutenberg - as the anthology should be out of print. Then I just did a Google search:
["teller of tales" "One Hundred Short Stories from the United States, England, France, Russia and Germany" Maugham ]
And up came: One Hundred Short Stories...
Hard copy versions are available to purchase from a few places for around $50 or less at like Biblio.com and other sites.
Maugham's own works are easier to find online - but this was an anthology. You can see his collected stories at FadedPage.com
LESSON: The Internet Archive now includes much much more than archived websites.
That's a good lesson there at the end: The Internet Archive DOES have much more than you might expect. I promise to queue up a post about the Archive in the near future. Stay tuned.
Regular Readers found this pretty straightforward; there are multiple variations on this search that will work. Interestingly, this also leads to Amazon and eBay (you could buy a used copy there), and to Hathi Trust (but it's not in full-view). Like you, the only full-view copy I could find is at the Internet Archive.
2. Also in my reading, I came across a word that seems to describe some kind of very old fastener. The word is "latchet," but it does not have anything to do with shoes (e.g., a string used to fasten a shoe) or any kind of fish. It took me a while to find a good image of what a latchet fastener is--can you find one and tell us what it is? And for extra credit, where and when were latchets primarily used?
Interestingly, this book points out that latchets usually had spirals of wire ("which experiments have found to be highly effective"), but that few of the spirals have survived.
or the one from the British Museum (and found on the Google Cultural site; see also this different latchet at the British Museum web site, which has a great zoom function)...