Can you believe that March has already arrived? The year is speeding by so very quickly, I hope it gives us all a chance to catch our breath soon.
In between sleeping, doing the laundry, cleaning the house, watching movies, catching up with friends, throwing the ball for the dog, and other usual weekend activities … I spent some more time sorting through my bookshelves. Apart from revisiting some favourite words and discovering some forgotten works still waiting to be read, I also found some other lovely surprises held within a few of the books. Such little treasures as these, are what makes secondhand books so special, and it’s an experience that e-books (while I love them too) just can’t offer.
Inside the cover of a collected book of letters entitled, ‘The Gentlest Art: A choice of letters by entertaining hands’ (isn’t that title fantastic?), I found a previous owner had added a letter torn from some other text to the collection. Amongst the pages of my copy of, ‘Meditations: Living, Dying and the Good Life’ by Marcus Aurelius, I found a miniature woven rug. The final discovery of the day was a handwritten inscription in my lovely old copy of ‘West Running Brook’ by Robert Frost.
While the rug is sweet in its own way, my favourite finds would have to be the letter and the handwritten inscription (I’m certainly not one to resist the allure of words). This is the ‘Letter to a Laundry’ that was found within my lovely book of letters (I wonder if the sender received a positive response?):
I do have a very big soft spot for hand-written inscriptions in books, though perhaps it’s something we do less often now? That is a very great shame, because there’s nothing more wonderful than chancing upon a secondhand book and seeing clear evidence of its history or prior ownership … it’s especially lovely if the book was given as a gift, as this one was back in the Christmas of 1929 (don’t you love how they each wrote their own inscriptions?). The second inscription is my favourite.
Are you a lover of secret treasures too? Perhaps you’ve found something intriguingly wonderful within the pages of a book? (apart from the words of course). Be well, dear reader.