Friday, March 03, 2006
One more find from last weekend
I am assuming that the great jacket illustration is copyright-free, as there is no mention of the artist or source either on the jacket or in the book itself.
The author quotes John Bunyan on one of the preliminary pages:
"The Author's Apology for His Book"
"Art thou for something rare and profitable?
Wouldest Thou see a Truth within a Fable?
Art thou forgetful? Wouldest thou remember
From New-year's day to the last of December?
Then read my Fancies, they will stick like Burrs,
And may be to the Helpless, Comforters."
And speaking of things rare and profitable, I heard recently from Scott, the editor at Fine Books & Collections magazine, and he thought my readers (all three of you) would enjoy this. For me, after shopping for good books for under (often way under, being a thrifty Yankee indeed) twenty bucks each, it was fun to read about the other end of the spectrum. I myself would have liked item #68 (the Philobiblon, I have two 20th century reprints, but not a first edition, of course). And I'd love to sit and flip through the letters of item #81 (Winslow Homer is one of my favorite painters). Mmm. Thanks, Scott!