What has this image of a trunk, a very stylish trunk it must be said, have to do with anything? Well, I passed a milestone a few minutes ago. I have written 100,100 words of my book, twenty-five chapters all told. Yes, I have gone over and will have to be very ruthless with the editing. Right now, I’m feeling celebratory and looked for images associated with ‘100’s’ to post and oddly, this is what came up. I believe it’s to do with superb trunks of the past a la Vitton, no matter. It is books and so there is a connection with my news. Sadly, none of you will really care, particularly not the book pornographers, as you like to call yourself. You will not be thinking of my achievement at all, instead you will be sighing with lust for this gorgeous trunk of books, old musty leather bound books. Steady now, never judge a book by its cover, not even the elegant trunk it resides in.
For the bibliophiles, for the lovers of history and antiquity - I am thrilled! Last night while doing some research for the book I happened upon a book, a treasure by J.A. MacCulloch, scholar, canon and mysterious man. He wrote, “The Misty Isle of Skye,” and you can imagine why I was so excited to discover this. It’s a book about the people, their history and culture from one who has loved it. I can find almost nothing about the man himself and that is driving me crazy. For now, all in the interests of research you understand, I have ordered the book, to be dispatched from a bookseller in Tintern, Monmouthshire, Wales. It’s a first edition, published about 1905 and I am very excited to be getting it. Excuse the small image, the photo on the book site is tiny. Does anyone know anything about J.A. MacCulloch? He wrote many books about history, celtic mythology, early religions and morality - there must be something to be known about John Arnott MacCulloch? (He lived 1868-1950)
“Mattie delighted in the small things, …the exhale of the day - when she would savour a book…”
© S. Marian, May 22, 2012. An excerpt from “It’s the Small Things,” to be posted tomorrow on “A View From Outside the Box,” url: adialogue
Thank you ‘enchantedengland’ for posting this. I was going to post some books from my favourite bookstore, “Shakespeare and Co,” in Paris but your books are beautiful too. Is there any greater pleasure for a reader than a book? I confess this: When I was in the early throes of divorce, one of my first acts of selfhood was to buy a large, beautiful book. (It was the Chambers Dictionary for the interested, the best dictionary made!) A small but important pleasure.
While I was searching for images to go with my last post, I came across some simple, bookishly clever ideas that charmed me. I love the garland of hearts made from old book pages. If you are like me, you throw away books as easily as discarding your children…that’s what charity stores and Mills and Boon are for (Harlequin Romance for those in North America). Imagine giving a bibliophilic friend a small tree for Christmas decorated in these lovely texty baubles. If you are feeling really ambitious, you could try the plant in a book. I imagine hardcover works well and the weightier the tome, the better.
If you are inspired, the book/heart garland can be found on an excellent blog full of great ideas relating to books, click on the link. If you want to try repotting to a book, cut and paste the following for instruction: http://dornob.com/paper-back-planters-recycling-books-to-pot-indoor-plants/?ref=search Finally, for the baubles made from vintage French novels, cut and paste to learn more: http://bookriot.com/2011/11/30/book-fetish-volume-ix/